Staff Listing

When someone joins the People Places family, they tend to stay with us. Nearly half of our staff members have been with us for a decade or more. In the list below, you’ll see staff members from every office alongside the number of years they’ve been part of our team—testaments to the strength of our community and our commitment to families.

Key Leadership of People Places

Key Leadership

Nancy Strang

Nancy joined People Places in 2010 and was instrumental in the development of a community-based services program for the entire agency.  She has served as Executive Director since April of 2016 and is the acting Director of the Valley office sites.  Nancy has an extensive background in the child-welfare field, having previous involvement with residential, clinical, treatment foster care, adoption, and community based service programs.

She received her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2000. Nancy has over 25 years of experience working with children and families, including 20 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations.

Linda Gitz Currence

In 1995, Linda came to People Places after a 19-year career as a social worker at the Charlottesville Department of Social Services, with a concentration in family, child protection, and foster care services.

During her time at People Places, Linda was a line worker, Supervisor, and Adoption Coordinator before becoming the Associate Director at the Charlottesville site in 2002. She also serves as the Director of Social Services, with agency-wide oversight of compliance with Virginia Department of Social Services licensing standards.

She has over 40 years of experience in the child welfare field.

Linda received her master’s in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management, in 2005, from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Blinn

Michael is the Chief Operating Officer at People Places. He began working at People Places in 1998 where he focused primarily on Information Technology, finance, and operations. He grew up in Augusta County and graduated from Riverheads High School then Eastern Mennonite University. Michael has served as both a Director and an Officer on several nonprofit boards.  He is most passionate about bringing best-in-class technology and financial tools to the community.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys basketball, being outdoors, and eating really good food.

Brad Wentz

Brad has been working in the field of Child Welfare for the last 25 years.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Mary Washington College and earned a master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brad started his Child Welfare journey with the Orange County Department of Social Services as the sole Child Protective Services worker for the entire county. 

In 1997, Brad became a Child Protective Services Worker for the Charlottesville Department of Social Services. During his 14 years of service in this position, Brad was promoted to Senior Social Worker and then to the CPS Program Supervisor.  He received his license in Clinical Social Work in 2011. In recognition of his impact on the community and commitment to the field, Brad was nominated and named the John L. Snook Child Advocate of the Year for the Charlottesville area in 2009.

Brad assumed the role of Child Protective Services Supervisor in Albemarle County in 2013 where he served for 4 years. During his tenure, Brad was a member of the agency Leadership Team, helping develop the agency Strategic Plan and Business Plan. 

Brad joined People Places in 2016 where he trains staff and teaching parents on Trauma Informed Care and where he recently assumed the role of Regional Program Director for the Charlottesville office.

People Places Employees (by tenure)

  • (0-5 years)
  • (6-14 years)
  • (15-25 years)
  • (26-40 years)

0 – 5 Years

  • Avan Batten
  • Ryan Bose
  • Kristen Burns
  • Emily Carickhoff
  • Eli Crawford
  • Jason Critzer
  • Terry Hey
  • Will Hagy
  • Kelly Howdyshell
  • Wills Kitchen
  • Jan Pulliam
  • Charles Quigley
  • Michelle Shifflett
  • Mirela Serifovic
  • Kindall Stevenson
  • Angie Veach
  • Brad Wentz
  • Kayla Wiencek
  • Rhonda Wiley
  • Cheri Wilhelm
  • Jennifer Williams

6 – 14 Years

  • Tina Bosserman
  • Kristine Brooks
  • Paula Burnett
  • Emily Davis
  • Cheryl Dickensheets
  • Richard Doyle
  • Holly Edwards
  • Michele Freeman
  • Mary Glover
  • Megan Kincheloe
  • Ray Leavitt
  • Donna Schindler
  • Julie Schroen
  • Barbara Station
  • Nancy Strang
  • Michelle Truslow
  • Frankie Waalewyn
  • Amy Wilt

15 – 25 Years

  • Missy Berry
  • Michael Blinn
  • Linda Currence
  • Kim Higgins
  • Douglas Johnson
  • Kevin Madden
  • Joyce Stratton

26 – 40 Years

  • Ann Barnett
  • Carol Bright
  • Penny Combs
  • Sally Koch
  • Bill Heizer

People Places Board Members

Kristina Blakely

Kristina joined the People Places board in 2017 after years of experience serving children and families through working as a Family Consultant and a teaching parent. Kristina first learned about People Places during her undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University where she earned her degree in social work. During that time, Kristina felt a calling to one day be a part of the People Places family. Her calling was actualized when she was hired as a Family Consultant in the Staunton/Harrisonburg offices from 2002-2007. Kristina and her husband, James became teaching parents in 2009 and served a number of children over the next 7 years. Kristina has also worked at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board where she served children, families and adults for a total of 13 years. Kristina recently graduated with a master’s in counseling from Eastern Mennonite University and is currently working as a Clinician with Intercept Youth Services.

Erin Garcia

Erin was born and raised in Albemarle County, and spent her formidable years at home watching her parents live lives of service. She attributes ​her parents’ example to her passions in giving back to the community today. After attending James Madison University and obtaining an degree in social work, Erin spent several years in the human services field. For two years, she worked at People Places as a Family Consultant. She joined the People Places board of directors in 2017.

Throughout the past decade, Erin transitioned from human services into real estate where she now serves clientele in the Charlottesville/Albemarle and surrounding counties.​ She loves this work as it combines her desire to help others with a fast-paced environment, full of many details and challenges. In her free time with her husband and two children, she enjoys exploring new places, travel​ing, trying new restaurants and recipes, drinking strong coffee, and having good conversation.

Charlie Rogers

Charlie joined the Board of Directors in 2017 after years of working with the agency as both a Teaching Parent and adoptive parent. As the founder and CEO of Innovative Software Solutions (ISS), Charlie has extensive experience running all facets of his business. Charlie holds a B.S. in computer science from Old Dominion University. When not working, Charlie pastors, reads, golfs, and gives back to the community that helped him, his wife, and eight children.

Rebecca Simmons

Rebecca graduated from James Madison University with her undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked in the criminal justice field as a Probation Officer and later worked with at-risk children and families in a clinical setting. In 2015, Rebecca joined the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center as their Executive Director. Her experience in the criminal justice field, and her work with children who have experienced trauma, has helped guide the Children’s Advocacy Center in serving even more children in our community who are impacted by abuse,

Rebecca lives in Churchville with her husband, Tim, and they are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child in January. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling to new places.

Brandon Tankesley

Brandon was born and raised in Augusta County and has lived in Stuarts Draft his entire life. He attended Riverheads High School where he graduated in 2004. Upon graduation, he attended Bridgewater College, graduating in 2008 with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. Brandon started working at the Staunton accounting firm of Elmore, Hupp & Company in May of 2008, where he has maintained continuous employment since graduation. In January 2017, he was promoted to partner at the firm. Brandon has spent five years coaching JV football at Riverheads High School. He and his wife, Brittany, continue to reside in Stuarts Draft.