All community action agencies (CAA) are governed by a tri-partite Board of Directors, meaning 1/3 must consist of elected public officials or their representatives, not less than 1/3 of members must be chosen democratically and represent low-income individuals/families, and the remaining 1/3 of members must represent the community (business, labor, industry, religious, law enforcement, education, other major groups, and interests). CAA boards are governing boards which means the board of directors is the community action agency and is legally responsible for its actions. The board provides oversight and sets policy, while the Executive Director and the employees of STEP perform the day-to-day operations. STEP board members are all volunteers.
The STEP board of directors utilizes its committees to carry out the functions and operations of the board. STEP has 8 committees. They are the: Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Planning Committee, Fundraising Committee, Audit Committee, Personnel Committee, and Building Committee.
The STEP board of directors works very closely with the Head Start policy council, fulfilling the Head Start Performance Standards requiring that certain governance functions be shared jointly by the STEP board of directors and the Head Start policy council.
2018 – 2019 Board of Directors
Angie Austin, President
Market Manager, Member One Federal Credit Union
Michael Ferguson, Vice President
Food Services Director, Ferrum College
C.S.A. Program Director, FC Government Center
Manufacturing Professional, Retired
US Army, Retired
Attorney, Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
Chapter 60 Commander, Disabled American Veterans
Interior Designer/Opertaor P.A.C. Interiors
STEP Head Start Policy Council Chair, Homemaker
Adult & Career Education Coordinator, Franklin County Public Schools
Patrick County Board of Supervisors, Retired
Re/Max Mountain to Lake Realty Owner
Urban Planner, Retired
Day Care Provider, Retired
Director, FC Family Resource Center
Warren Rodgers, Jr.
Executive Director, Southside Survivor Response Center
T & T Autobody
Franklin County Board of Supervisors
Director, Student Support Center, Patrick Henry Community College