Upon retirement from 33 years of state service in 2007, I accepted a part-time job with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). The DVS Commissioner had a vision of establishing a behavioral health and traumatic brain injury program that would help Virginians returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with the stress resulting from military service. Working with Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Services Organizations, DVS, the Virginia General Assembly, other state agencies, the Virginia National Guard, the Veterans Healthcare Administration and many other significant contributors, we created the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP). VWWP is now known as Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) to better reflect its comprehensive role in helping veterans and families. Through a regional network, VVFS connects veterans and families to services available from the VA, local providers and public and private organizations. You can learn more about this program and the services of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services at www.virginiaforveterans.com<
While working with DVS, I was able to successfully write a number of grant proposals that funded services expansion. In 2014, I decided to go back to the University of Richmond, School of Philanthropy, and pursue a certificate in grant writing and grants management. Upon completing that program, I incorporated StreamLines on May 22, 2014.
I’m working now with several nonprofit groups, helping them expand their services with corporate and foundation resources. I partnered with the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance and Kova Digital on a project for the Virginia Community College System. Our partnership identified and mapped all of the assets in Virginia for veterans’ education, training and employment. We conducted a gap analysis and extensive literature review, and provided recommendations to the Governor’s Board of Workforce Development for strategic planning and improvements. I’m working with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to update a number of departmental instructions for the operation of state facilities. I’ve recently been elected President of Chesterfield Alternatives, Inc., which provides housing for persons with behavioral health and developmental disabilities.
I am happy to talk with you about your project management or grant-writing needs. Just give me a call, text or email.