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voices-257-MargaretMargaret Nimmo Holland, Executive Director

Margaret Nimmo Holland (formerly 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. Margaret was honored with an Outstanding Woman Award in Law and Government by the YWCA in 2016. 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

voices-264-MichaelMichael 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. 22

voices-280-AshleyAshley 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

Allison Gilbreath, Policy Analyst

Allison Gilbreath is Voices’ Policy Analyst for Foster Care and Juvenile Justice. Allison comes to Voices’ with several years of experience working on issues related to children and families. She began her career at Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, then with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and most recently with the Lt. Governor’s office where she worked on the Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success. Allison is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and has been appointed to the CASA/Children’s Justice Act Advisory Board for DCJS.

Allison was a Governor’s fellow in 2011 and selected for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program at University of Virginia’s Sorenson Institute. Allison has given speeches at the Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Conference and the Virginia Statewide CASA conference as well as many other public speaking forums. Alison was awarded the 2015 RVA inspiring woman award as well as the 2016 David Saunders Legislative Award from the VCU School of Social Work. She also serves on the YWCA of Richmond’s Young Woman’s Leadership Alliance. Allison earned her B.S. and Master’s of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: [email protected], 804 649-0184 ext. 32

voices-297-EmilyEmily Griffey, Policy Director

Emily Griffey is Voices’ Policy Director 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

voices-282-TedTed 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

voices-295-NikkiaNikkia 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 — such as The Podium Foundation and ART 180 — 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