Together, we make real, meaningful and measurable change in the lives of our neighbors.

Get to know the team whose passion triumphs over our community’s toughest challenges each and every day.


Abby Verdillo Hamilton

President & CEO

Lara Thompson

Director, Board Engagement & Administration

Vivien McMahan

Vice President, Community Impact

Hannah Adkins

Community Engagement Manager

Leslie Clark

Director, Family Health Strategies

Jessica Bookout

Early Education Specialist (540) 283-2783/

Chris Chase

Roanoke Regional Mixed Delivery Preschool Pilot Coordinator

Emily Chase

Virginia Quality Technical Assistance Specialist- Central Virginia

Pamela Chitwood

Associate Director, Community Impact - Franklin County

Jessica Griffith

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Carla Helton

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Talitha Kirby

Virginia Quality Technical Assistance Specialist

Lynn West

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Catie Sumner

Preschool Development Coordinator

Denise Ellis

Director, Early Learning Strategies

Jennifer Durrance

Smart2Start Navigator

Hollie Harmon-Smith

Smart2Start Navigator

Nicole Dudding

Smart2Start Coordinator

Connie Stevens

VP, Communications

Kyle Butto

Communications Manager

Alisha Childress

VP, Resource Development

Brooke Gill

Relationship Manager

Corey Slusher

Investor Relations Specialist

Terry Bridges

VP, Operations & Finance

Sue Booth

Finance Manager

Becky Dudley

Database Manager

Kirsten McGhee

Finance Associate

Michelle Berg

Grants Manager

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