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Governor Warner Has Selected Two New DMHMRSAS State Board Members

(Richmond -August 22, 2005)   Governor Mark Warner has selected two new members to serve on the State Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Board.   Cheryl Ivey Green of Richmond and Kathryn Ascough Smith of Martinsville will join the board at its upcoming September meeting in Richmond.   They replace outgoing members Prince Raney Rivers and Garnett Robinson.  Both will serve a 4-year term.  

 

Cheryl Ivey Green

 

After 20 years in banking and technology, Cheryl Ivey Green made a career move that forever altered her life.  Five years ago, Reverend Green accepted the calling to become the Minister of Discipleship at the First Baptist Church of South Richmond.   Now she oversees the educational arm of this 2,500-member ministry, and directs the congregationís spiritual growth and development.

 

Reverend Green is a Newport News native and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.  She obtained a Master of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.  Working in some of Richmondís toughest neighborhoods, she has a passion for the recovery ministry.   Substance abusers and their families come to count on the nurture and care from Reverend Green as they work to put their lives back in order.  In addition to her church ministry, she also works as a Legislative Assistant to Delegate Dwight Jones of Richmond. 

 

 Kay Smith

 

When it comes to serving the community and giving of her time, new board member Kay Smith is no stranger to the task at hand.  The Martinsville native has spent a lifetime involved in volunteer service.   Ms. Smith is currently active with the Board of Directors of Piedmont Community Services, the Adult Day Care Center of Martinsville, and the Garden Club of Virginia.   Along with her husband Frank, theyíve played an integral role in the new building campaign of the Martinsville Association of Retarded Citizens.  They are also the primary caregivers to their 29-year old son Harrison, who has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.  

 

The former elementary school teacher has a degree in English from Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.   She has served on the Special Education Advisory Board of the Martinsville City Schools, the Board of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, as well as the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County.  Ms. Smith says seeing first hand the challenges faced by those who are affected by mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse issues, is what inspires her to stay involved.

 

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The State Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services Board is a policy making body comprised of nine citizens from across the Commonwealth. At least one third of the members must be consumers or family members of consumers, with at least one being a direct consumer of services. The Board has the statutory authority for the establishment of policy for the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services and community services boards. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The boardís next meeting is scheduled to be held September 7-8 at Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond.

 


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