Our Partners

Leadership Advisory Council

The Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) consists of community leaders who provide collaborative decision making for our Smart Beginning Coalition.

The Council includes:

  • Melinda Sexton-Chairperson–Ingram and Associates
  • Nicole Dooley-Vice Chairperson–Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Kathryn Thompson-Secretary–Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing
  • Lee Mahaney-Treasurer–Ford Agency Insurance
  • Belinda Hooper–John Tyler Community College Department of Early Childhood Development
  • Bill Gandel–Prince George Board of Supervisors
  • Bernetta Quinn–Hopewell-Prince George Healthy Families
  • Cailee Malahan–Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Congress
  • Cindy Blanks–Legislative Assistance, General Assembly
  • Dr. Kim Evans–Assistant Superintendent-Hopewell City Public Schools
  • Libby Vinsh–Prince George County Department of Social Services
  • Michelle Grate–Prince George County Public Schools
  • Dr Novella Ruffin–Virginia State University & Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Patricia Lobo–Hopewell Head Start
  • Rev. Marcus Campbell–Abundant Life Christian Center
  • Scott Firestine–Appomattox Regional Library System
  • Tonjia McCollum–Fort Lee Children and Youth Services
  • Wanda Walker–Hopewell City Department of Social Services


Partners Working Together

Hopewell-Prince George Smart Beginnings partners with the following agencies and programs to promote public awareness of the needs, services and programs available to children prenatal through 5 years of age and their families to promote School Readiness for all children before entering kindergarten:

Appomattox Regional Libraries John Randolph Foundation
Cameron Foundation Just Kids, Legal Aid and Justice
Ft. Lee Child and Youth Services Prince George Department of Social Services
Hopewell Department of Juvenile Justice Prince George County Public Schools
Hopewell Head Start Smart Beginnings Crater
Hopewell Prince George Healthy Families Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education
Hopewell City Public Schools Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of Early Childhood Development
Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
James House PACE