Governor Warner Has Selected Two New DMHMRSAS State Board Members
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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