Nancy Hans, Executive Director
Nancy joined the Council in the fall of 2001 as a parent volunteer. And she hasn’t left yet! She began with the Council at a time when the sole focus of the group was on administering the Guiding Good Choices parent education program. She hosted both parent classes and the Train the Trainer workshops. Then in Fall 2004, she became involved in the local prevention conference that launched the family day dinner—9 years later it is still going strong. She ascended to the level of Council Coordinator in the spring of 2005, coordinating the Council’s grant efforts through the DFC support program. As a parent of 3 Roanoke county youth, she is deeply invested in the health of our local community. Nancy sits on the board of Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, and the Salem Family YMCA Board; she sat on the Board of CHIP for 6 years. Nancy guided the council through the second phase of the DFC in 2008, when the Council secured its own 501(c)3 status, and was instrumental in securing the Council’s “Got Outcomes!” award 2010. She ascended to the level of Executive Director in 2011.
Taylor Powell, Administrative Assistant
Brooks Michael, Parent Education Coordinator
Brooks Michael joined the council in January 2007 as the Parent Education Coordinator. She teaches the Guiding Good Choices and Staying Connected with Your Teens Parenting Programs in various locations throughout the valley including churches, schools, YMCAs, and civic organizations. These evidence- based parenting programs focus on building protective factors around youth in grades 3rd-12th as they face the challenges of adolescence. Brooks is also the Adolescent Health Educator with Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Roanoke and Salem Prevention Planning Teams, the Better Beginnings Coalition, and RAYSAC. She comes from a grant-writing and health education background, and enjoys working with teens and their families to help them make the transition from childhood to adulthood as safely and productively as possible.
Board of Directors
Pam Altizer: Education Consultant, VA Quality Technical Assistant, Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke
Michael Galliher: Deputy Clerk, Roanoke County Circuit Court
Dustin Harper: Northside Middle School Resource Officer, Roanoke County Police Department
Lynn McDowell: Director of Prevention and Wellness at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare
Doug Perry: National Guard
Emily Sanders: Genesis Rehabilitation Services