Mary’s Success Story
“Not only has Ways to Work helped me with my finances, but this program has helped me with my life. I’m such a better parent.”
Mary – Ways to Work Client
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 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 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 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.
We’re excited to announce our recent grant awarded from Capital One in the amount of $25,000 for our Ways to Work, Richmond program.
Ways to Work is an Economic Empowerment program that provides low-interest car loans to working families. It is designed to help participants move toward financial stability, increased self-sufficiency and advanced career opportunities. In addition to loan assistance, participants receive financial education and coaching – making a substantial difference in their lives.
Thank you, Capital One, for supporting the mission of HumanKind and changing lives.
We’re excited to announce our new Child Development Associate (CDA) class partnership with Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)! The college is going to provide a space for us to teach the class on their campus. This course gives early childhood educators the knowledge they need to complete the CDA exam, which is essential to earning the CDA credential that gives educators the qualifications they need to become directors and leaders in the child care community. Your contribution helps build partnerships such as this that leads to strong foundations for the future of our community — our children.
The class will run at CVCC from Jan. 14-Oct. 6, 2016, and is limited to 30 people. Learn more today!
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.
These programs empower families to become healthy and successful. Parents learn necessary skills to prevent child abuse and neglect, to be more self-sufficient and to build a brighter future.