Our Partners

First Connections VA Board of Directors

The First Connections VA Board of Directors (BoD) consists of community leaders who provide collaborative decision making for our Smart Beginning Coalition.

The Council includes:

  • Ray Spicer–Director, Dept Social Services
  • Kim Evans–Assistant Superintendent, Hopewell Schools
  • Dr. Kari Weston (Chair)–Superintendent, Dinwiddie Schools
  • Rose Mastracco–Director, Dept Social Services
  • Serbrenia Sims–Assistant Superientent, Surry
  • Jim Scruggs–Director, Elementary Education Prince George
  • Lisa Pennycuff–Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Accountability
  • Shel Douglas–Director, Dept Social Services
  • Dr. Lisa Winfield–Director VPI, Sussex Schools
  • Dr. Ed Daley–Assistant City Manager, Emporia
  • Dr. Angela Wilson–Superintendent, Greensville/Emporia Schools
  • Rufus Tyler–Executive Director, The Improvement Association
  • Robert Hamlin–Community Member
  • Lee Mahaney–Ford Agency
  • Tonjia McCollum–Director of Childcare, Ft Lee
  • Rev. Marcus Campbell–Abundant Life Christian Center
  • John Holtkamp–Director, Emporia Dept of Social Services


Partners Working Together

Hopewell-Prince George First Connections VA 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   First Connections VA
  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