Our Team

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

David Nova

Interim Director, Family Health Strategies

Jessica Bookout

Early Education Specialist (540) 283-2783/ jessicab@uwrv.org

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

Gail van Duursen

Early Learning Strategies Program Manager

Lynn West

Early Education Specialist, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke

Catie Sumner

Preschool Development Coordinator

Denise Ellis

Director, Early Learning Strategies

Jennifer Durrance

Smart2Start Navigator

Connie Stevens

VP, Communications

Kyle Butto

Communications Manager

Michelle Darby

VP, Resource Development

Brooke Gill

Relationship Manager

Jessie Coffman

Director of Philanthropy

Terry Bridges

VP, Operations & Finance

Sue Booth

Finance Manager

Becky Dudley

Database Manager

Kirsten McGhee

Finance Associate

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