Family-Education Partnership Staff

 

Ashley Ashley Graham, MSW
Ashley has been the Director of HumanKind’s Healthy Families program  since 2011.  She focuses on program development, quality assurance and  improvement, data and outcome measurement, and supervision of  staff. She brings years of home visiting expertise to the Family-Education  Partnership program. Ashley has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from  James Madison University and a Master of Social Work Degree from  Virginia Commonwealth University. Her prior work experience includes  medical social work, behavior modification with children, and Child  Protective Services. Ashley will be the supervisor and primary contact  person for the Family-Education Partnership team.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Jim Meador, MA, QMHP-C
 Jim is the Community Awareness Coordinator for HumanKind. He  provides supervision and oversight to several programs in addition to  building collaborative relationships in the community and educating them  about the work and mission of HumanKind. Jim has clinical experience  working with children and families facing mental health difficulties, adults  with intellectual and physical disabilities, and children on the Autism  spectrum. Jim has provided services in the home, school, and community  settings through a variety of programs including Therapeutic Day  Treatment, Intensive In-Home, Mental Health Skill-Building, Supportive  Employment, grief support groups, and outpatient counseling. He holds a  Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, a Master’s in Human Services, and is currently finishing a second Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Jim will provide mental health consultation to the Family-Education Partnership team.

 

 

 

 

 

Kata  Kata Dungan, BA
 Kata is a Family-Education Partner here at HumanKind and will be  working directly with our families. Kata served in Guatemala as a  volunteer in the Peace Corps. As a Healthy Schools volunteer, she worked  with local elementary school teachers to facilitate age appropriate health  lessons, maintain a clean school, and manage small development projects  in their communities. From the Peace Corps, she continued her service as  an AmeriCorps member in Fairbanks, Alaska, designing an after school  program for teenagers living with disabilities. She then relocated to  Billings, Montana, where she worked with homeless youth and as a  program coordinator for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)  Billings to help fight stigma against mental illness. She graduated with interdisciplinary honors from University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts Degree in International Human Rights and a minor in Public Health and is currently enrolled in a Masters of the Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Special Education from North Carolina State University.

 

 

 

 

Sandra Sandra McConnell
 Sandra is also a Family-Education Partner and will be working directly  with our families. She has more than 28 years of experience in early  childhood education, with the majority of her experience being in the  preschool classroom as a teacher. Sandra has provided care in a variety of  roles, including as an assistant, teacher, director and mentor. She worked  as the director of Elizabeth’s Early Learning Center, a large accredited,  non-profit childcare center in the community, and eventually opened her  own childcare program, Cole’s Early Learning Center. She has also worked  with programs such as Smart Beginnings and Head Start. Sandra is a  member of both the High/Scope Association and the National Association  for the Education of Young Children. She attended Radford University where she studied human development with an emphasis on childcare.

 

 

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Thank you, Capital One, for supporting the mission of HumanKind and changing lives.

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The class will run at CVCC from Jan. 14-Oct. 6, 2016, and is limited to 30 people. Learn more today!

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Early Childhood Development

Building a strong foundation in the early years prepares children for success in school, social settings and life. Our Early Childhood Development programs help young children develop core competencies as well as confidence.

 

Residential Care

We offer three types of residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities as well as therapeutic foster care for children in need of a loving home.