Margaret Nimmo Crowe, Executive Director
Margaret Nimmo Crowe is the executive director of Voices for Virginia’s Children. Margaret has worked at the organization for more than eleven years, previously serving as policy director. She led the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health, a broad-based advocacy initiative that is increasing access to children’s mental health services in the Commonwealth, and is frequently quoted in the media statewide as an expert on children’s mental health policy. As a result of her advocacy efforts on behalf of children, Margaret was awarded the Joseph V. Gartlan Award, given by the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards.
In addition her experience at Voices, Margaret served as the chairperson of the volunteer Board of Directors of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority and as a member of the Child and Adolescent Task Force of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. In 2012 Margaret was named a recipient of the Stettinius Award from The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, and she was named to Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2011.
Margaret graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in Religious Studies.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 23
Michael Brown, Director of Development
Michael is Voices’ Director of Development. He is responsible for developing and implementing the development plan, as well as building relationships with new and current individual donors, increasing Voices’ visibility within the Commonwealth, and increasing our fundraising capabilities. Previously, Michael was the Director of Development with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia where he was responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of the organization’s development plan. He has his Certificate of Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary. He also played in the Detroit Tigers’ organization for 2 years. Michael lives with his wife Robyn and two dogs in Montpelier.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 32
Ashley Everette, Policy Analyst
Ashley Everette is Voices’ Policy Analyst for children’s mental health and health and is the coordinator of the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health. Ashley comes to Voices with many years of nonprofit, early childhood development, children’s mental health and research experience. Most recently, she worked for ChildSavers a non-profit organization in Richmond, where she developed and implemented a community-based, early childhood mental health consultation program. She has also played an integral role in the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health and is one of the first infant mental health professionals to be endorsed in the state of Virginia.
Ashley is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, and earned her Master’s Degree in Child Development from Tufts University.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 26
Emily Griffey is Voices’ Senior Policy Analyst for early childhood and education. Emily comes to Voices with experience in working on early childhood issues at a local and regional level for Richmond’s Smart Beginnings and Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign. Most recently, she worked for Richmond City Social Services on policy implementation and program improvement strategies. Emily’s work for Voices focuses on children from birth through age five.
Emily is a graduate of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Johns Hopkins.
She also volunteers with Family Lifeline’s Young Professionals Board and as a middle school mentor in Richmond Public Schools.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 34
Ted Groves, Kids Count Data Director
Ted Groves, our dear friend & co-worker, passed away on March 29, 2016.
Ted Groves is Voices’ KIDS COUNT Data Center Director, providing comprehensive data and information on child well-being in Virginia. Ted joins Voices after leaving retirement from his prior position at Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse, where he directed information technology and state reporting, as well as program evaluation, privacy and information security compliance. He has presented nationally on privacy and information security topics. Ted is also a part-time accreditation surveyor of behavioral health organizations for CARF, an international accreditation body.
Ted received his M.S. in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Ford Foundation Fellow.
For any inquiries that would have come to Ted, please contact: [email protected], or our Office Administrator, Nikkia Johnson, 804 649-0184
Nikkia Johnson, Office Administrator
Nikkia Johnson is Voices’ Administrative Support and Office Management Professional. Her duties include updating and maintaining current donor database systems, managing Voices’ development activity, preparing materials for board meetings, and providing support in conducting forums, training sessions and fundraising events. Nikkia graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Sociology.
Nikkia has a long background of interning at several of Richmond’s nonprofit organizations, as well as working with youth and teens. Among her numerous hobbies and volunteer services are teaching dance, mentoring at Brown Middle School, and traveling.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 21
Amy Woolard, Senior Policy Attorney
Amy Woolard is Voices’ Senior Policy Attorney, focusing on child welfare, foster care, juvenile justice, & youth homelessness policy, as well as broader poverty & safety net issues that Virginia families face. She is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Homelessness, and has also contributed extensively to Virginia’s implementation of the federal Fostering Connections to Success & Increasing Adoptions Act.
In addition to policy/legal research and writing, administrative and legislative advocacy, and coalition-building, Amy has also written on children’s policy issues for publications such as the Clearinghouse Review, developed model legislation in her core policy areas, & frequently presents on child welfare and juvenile justice policy topics at both state and national conferences such as the ABA Conference on Children and the Law. She has also guest-taught policy courses at the University of Richmond School of Law, Georgetown University, & Virginia Commonwealth University.
Prior to joining Voices, Amy served as the Lewis F. Powell Fellow in Legal Services with the JustChildren program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in both Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. As an education attorney, Amy represented children in foster care and children experiencing homelessness in cases involving special education services, enrollment issues and school discipline.
Amy is a member of the Virginia Bar, and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She also holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa (Writers’ Workshop) and an M.S. in Communications from the VCU Brandcenter (Adcenter). In her free time, she also serves as an attorney/advisor with the pro bono program of the Legal Aid Justice Center.
Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 24