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

Nancy Strang, Executive Director and Interim Regional Program Director for Staunton

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.

Holly Edwards, Human Resources Manager

Holly joined the People Places Business Office in 2012.  As the agency continued to grow, the need for a Human Resources Manager became evident and, with her passion for payroll, benefits, compliance, and supporting employees, Holly was a natural fit for the position. A member of the Society for Human Resource Management, she became a Certified HR Professional in 2015 and joined the Executive Management Team in 2018.   A lifelong resident of Staunton/Augusta County, Holly is proud to be a part of an organization that serves children and families in our area.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and training her Labradoodle, Charleigh.

Michael Blinn, Chief Operating Officer

Michael 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, Regional Program Director for Charlottesville

Brad has been working in the field of Child Welfare for the last 25 years.  He has worked in Orange County, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville as a Child Protective Services Worker and Supervisor.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Mary Washington College and earned a master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Commonwealth of Virginia.  In recognition of his impact on the community and commitment to the field, Brad was named the John L. Snook Child Advocate of the Year for the Charlottesville area in 2009.

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

  • Chase Acton
  • Avan Batten
  • Kristen Burns
  • Emily Carickhoff
  • Jason Critzer
  • Spencer Eavers
  • Sarah Gibson
  • Will Hagy
  • Karen Herrell
  • Terry Hey
  • Shaquana Kasyula
  • Megan Kincheloe
  • Lisa Lotts
  • Bridget Mahoney
  • Janice Pulliam
  • Charles Quigley
  • Kimberley Rexrode
  • Mirela Serifovic
  • Michelle Shifflett
  • Angie Veach
  • Matthew Walters
  • Brad Wentz
  • Kayla Wiencek
  • Rhonda Wiley
  • Cheri Wilhelm
  • Jennifer Williams

6 – 14 Years

  • Tina Bosserman
  • Melissa Blinn
  • Kristine Brooks
  • Elijahawa Crawford
  • Emily Davis
  • Cheryl Dickensheets
  • Richard Doyle
  • Holly Edwards
  • Michele Freeman
  • Ray Leavitt
  • Donna Schindler
  • Julie Schroen
  • Barbara Station
  • Nancy Strang
  • Michelle Truslow
  • Frankie Waalewyn
  • Amy Wilt

15 – 25 Years

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

26 – 40 Years

  • Ann Barnett
  • Carol Bright
  • 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.