Social Services Advisory Board

Meetings


  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Beginning with January, the board meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month
  • Hanover Human Services Center
    Large conference room (behind the Hanover Department of Social Services)
    12304 Washington Highway
    Ashland, VA 23005

Minutes


Minutes are available following approval.
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Members

  • Robert Barnette, Chair/Mechanicsville District 7071 River Pine Court Mechanicsville, VA 23116
    Home Phone: 804-559-2310
    Cell Phone: 804-647-7087
    Work Phone: 804-541-5451
    Email Robert Barnette

  • Sue Dibble, Vice Chair/South Anna District 10299 Longest Road Glen Allen, VA 23059 Home Phone: 804-752-6866
    Cell Phone: 804-357-6438
    Email Sue Dibble

  • Ed Gooding, Beaverdam District 17050 Old Ridge Road Montpelier, VA 23192
    Home Phone: 804-883-7172
    Email Ed Gooding
  • Bernadette Cornelius, Cold Harbor District 7097 McCauley Lane Mechanicsville, VA 23111
    Phone: 804-306-0247
    Email Bernadette Cornelius
  • Robert "Rick" Richardson, Ashland District 209 Randolph Circle Ashland, VA 23005 Home Phone: 804-798-2853
    Cell Phone: 804-385-1049
    Email Robert "Rick" Richardson
  • The Honorable Faye O. Prichard, Member-at-Large/Board of Supervisors/Ashland District 511 Chapman Street Ashland, VA 23005
    Home Phone: 804-798-5985
    Work Phone: 804-828-5866
    Email Faye O. Prichard
  • Jamie Radtke, Henry District 9246 Pamunkey Crest Drive Mechanicsville, VA 23111
    Phone: 804-301-5301
    Email Jamie Radtke
  • E. Page, Chickahominy District 10322 Brickerton Drive Mechanicsville, VA 23116 Home Phone: 804-550-7687
    Cell Phone: 804-837-7687
    Email E. Page
  • Sheila Crossen-Powell, Director Hanover County Social Services 12304 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005
    Work Phone: 804-365-4122
    Fax: 804-365-4110
    Email Sheila Crossen-Powell
  • Robin Riley, Clerk of the Board/Hanover County Social Services 12304 Washington Highway Ashland, VA 23005
    Work Phone: 804-365-4104
    Fax: 804-365-4110
    Email Robin Riley
Members represent each of the 7 magisterial districts in the county. An 8th member is an at-large member and a member of the Hanover Board of Supervisors. Staff members include the director of Social Services and the clerk of the board, who are non-voting members of the board. Legal counsel from the County Attorney's Office also is present in a non-voting capacity.


Terms of Service


Members serve 4-year terms and may serve no more than 2 consecutive terms, unless they have filled an unexpired term. In that case, the unexpired term does not count toward their appointment time.

Purpose


The Social Services Advisory Board is composed of 8 members: 7 members who represent their magisterial districts and are appointed by their Hanover Board of Supervisor members; and 1 at-large member from the Board of Supervisors. According to the Code of Virginia, ┬ž63.2-305, an advisory board has 5 charges:
  • Display interest in all matters pertinent to the public assistance and social services needed by the people of the jurisdiction served by the local department
  • Monitor the formulation and implementation of public assistance and social services programs by the local department
  • Meet with the local government official who constitutes the local board at least four times a year for the purpose of making recommendations on policy matters concerning the local department
  • Making an annual report to the governing body or bodies, concurrent with the budget presentation of the local department, concerning the administration of the public assistance and social services programs
  • Submit to the governing body or bodies other reports that the advisory board deems appropriate (Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Social Services, Local Board Member Handbook, March 2012, page18)
Board members also are expected to function as liaisons with community partners and as public educators (ibid, page 19).

Scope


The Hanover Board of Supervisors approved the move of the Board of Social Services from an administrative board to an advisory board on June 9, 2010. This decision was based on the county's and the department's desire to assist each other during difficult financial times and due to the county's awareness that many other jurisdictions of similar size had moved from administrative to advisory boards. Ordinance 10-13 became effective on July 1, 2010.

Type


Citizen, Board

Further Information


Board members receive $250 per month.

The department's main telephone number is 804-365-4100.