Board of Directors

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 eight committees.  They are the:  Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Planning & Evaluation Committee, Fundraising Committee, Audit Committee, Personnel Committee and Property and Safety Committee. The STEP Board of Directors meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month.  These meetings are open to the public and the public is encouraged to attend.  Please click here for the 2023-2024 term meeting schedule.

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.


2023 - 2024 Board of Directors

Angela Phillips
  Director, FC Family Resource Center

Douglas Perry
  Deputy, Patrick County Sheriffs Office

Cooper Brown
  Commonwealth's Attorney

Sherri Perez
   Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Virginia Department of Corrections

Michael Ferguson
   Food Services Director, Ferrum College

Rita Murphy
   Educator, Retired

Patti O'Neal
   Day Care Provider, Retired

Betty Kingery
   Re/Max Mountain to Lake Realty, Owner

Heather Kesterson
  Program Manager, Franklin County Children's Services Act

Michael Smith
   Farm Equipment Sales/Contractor

Ami DeCaprio
  Community Liaison, Intercept Health

Renee McAdams
   Parent Representative, Head Start Policy Council

Hannah Woods
  Assistant VP/Branch Manager, Carter Bank & Trust