Our Team

Together, we make real, meaningful and measurable change in peoples’ lives.

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


Afira DeVries

President & CEO

Lara Thompson

Office Manager

Abby Hamilton

VP, Community Impact

Vivien McMahan

Director of Early Learning Strategies

Pat Young

Director of Healthy Family Strategies

Pamela Chitwood

Associate Director, Community Impact - Franklin County

Katie Kennedy

Director of Youth Development Strategies

Brittany DeKnight

Program Manager, Family Health Strategies

Antwyne Calloway

HUB Manager

Raquel Conn

Community Engagement Manager

Jessica Griffith

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Carla Helton

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Lynn West

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Gail van Duursen

Early Learning Strategies Program Manager

Amelie Rives

Financial Stability Strategies Manager

Hannah Adkins

Family Health Strategies Program Assistant

Connie Stevens

VP, Marketing & Communications

Kyle Butto

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jeff Collignon

VP, Resource Development

Brooke Gill

Relationship Manager

Wil Preston

Relationship Manager

Jessie Coffman

Director of Philanthropy

Terry Bridges

VP, Operations & Finance

Sue Booth

Finance Manager

Kirsten McGhee

Finance Associate

Becky Dudley

Database Manager

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