Board of Directors
President – Amy Gregory
Vice President – Karlyn Smith
Secretary – Ashley Gregory
Treasurer – Scott Bateman
Directors – Henry Ferry, Anthony Gilbert, Tracy Jackson and Wanda Martin
Youth Seat – Megan Blaum
Amy Gregory – President
Amy Gregory has been a Mechanicsville resident for over 40 years. Amy is married to Johnny Gregory and together they have three children, Ashley (22), John (19), and Hunter (18). Amy has her master’s degree in Special Education K-12 with an additional endorsement in adapted curriculum from Regent University. She has been employed by Hanover County Public Schools for 13 years. She served as a long-term substitute for the first seven years serving students with autism, intellectual disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, and students with multiple disabilities. Amy has taught functional academics with extensive support at Chickahominy Middle School for the past six years. She has volunteered for many organizations including Ashley’s Angels, Camp Easter Seals, DSAGR, Night to Shine RVA, and Challenger Sports. Amy serves as a director for the Challenger Sports Division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church (CSBC). She also serves as a member of the Special Needs Resource Team at CSBC as a consultant to their special needs ministry. Amy was nominated by a colleague in October 2016 for membership in the Virginia chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Amy was inducted as an official member in January 2017. Amy started volunteering for HCSS in December of 2015, became a director in April of 2016, and most recently took the position of President of the Hanover Community Support Services Board. She is always looking for ways to continue to serve and educate others on the importance of volunteering for their community.
Karlyn Clevert Smith – Vice President
Karlyn C. Smith enjoys her work int he community, the school and especially her work with Helps Ministry in the community and her church, Mountain of Blessing Christian Center. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in Richmond, Virginia most of her life. She attended Armstrong High School and later attained an AAS degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Simmons college in Boston, Massachusetts. She is not far from attaining her Master’s degree in Education. Karlyn completed a banking career with Predecessor Banks, now know as Bank of America. She attained the level of Vice President in the Bank of America Private Client-Trust Operations Division, until her retirement in 1996. Karlyn Smith is one of the founders of the Richmond Urban Bankers Association. She is an educator and taught Middle and High School for both Richmond and Henrico County Public Schools. She served as Teen Health Coordinator, from the Communities in Schools Program and Children’s Choir Director. Karlyn is President of her own business, Grave Haven Management, Inc. (which is a residential home for adolescent females that have been abused or neglected). Karlyn is affiliated with various organizations and served on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Girl Scout Council, Brother’s Keepers Ministries, Inc. Drug and Alcohol Program, and was a member of the Selective Services Board. She and her husband, Rev. Ray N. Smith Sr. are blessed with two adult children and their families. She has twin granddaughters and a grandson. Karlyn loves working with youth and enjoys being a servant where she can help people in the community.
Ashley Gregory – Secretary
Ashley Gregory is a 2016 graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education. She is certified in PreK-12 Choral General Music Education. Ashley is a native of Mechanicsville, Virginia and moved back upon graduating to start her teaching career in King William County, Virginia. In addition to teaching music in the public school setting, Ashley has also choreographed many show choir groups across Central Virginia.
Ashley began volunteering within the special needs community at the age of 9 and has not stopped since. She has started her own annual dance camp for people with disabilities and has been a part of the inception of many other non-profit organizations that serve the special needs community. In the past, Ashley was awarded the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for the Youth Category and was appointed/served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee for National and Community Service under Governor Tim Kaine and Governor Bob McDonell. She was also a member of the Hanover County Special Education Advisory Committee. Ashley currently serves as a director for the Challenger Sports division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church (CSBC). She is also the director of the Sunday morning Special Needs Ministry at CSBC. Additionally, Ashley is on the planning committee for Night to Shine RVA, which is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. As a current member of the Hanover Community Support Services Board of Directors, Ashley is constantly looking for ways to increase her participation and support of this organization and many others throughout the community.
Scott Bateman – Treasurer
Henry Ferry and his family have lived in Hanover County for twenty-four years. Henry is a passionate volunteer who has served many organizations over the years including the Beaverdam Heritage Days, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Richmond, and he has been a board member of Hanover Community Support Services since 2003. Henry has served HCSS in many capacities; most recently as President in 2016. Henry looks forward to watching HCSS grow and serve Hanover community members with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and substance use disorder.
Anthony Gilbert – Director
Anthony is a Clinical Care Coordinator and Substance Use Specialist for the Intensive Community Treatment team accessed through the Hanover County Community Services Board. Anthony began his service in 2010 and has since worked jointly with citizens and families in assuring integral services were accessible for mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities. As exhibited through his community advocacy and boundless devotion to advancing the vision of Hanover County, Anthony profoundly believes that values that bond our community together are the same principles that allow Hanover County to be the premier destination for an enriched and cultivated life.
Tracy Jackson – Director
Tracy lives in Mechanicsville with her husband Rodney, daughter Jenna and son Justin. She has lived in Mechanicsville for twenty years. Tracy is employed with Sonabank (formerly EVB) as a Vice President in Commercial Lending. Tracy has been in banking for thirty years and over those years have held a variety of positions. Tracy has served in many volunteer roles/capacities over the years to include United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Atlee Gridiron. She is very passionate about supporting and providing for individuals with special needs and their families. Tracy looks forward to watching and being a part of HCSS as it continues to provide and support the differently –abled citizens of Hanover County.
Wanda Martin – Director
Wanda Martin and her family have been residents of Hanover County for more than 20 years. Wanda has spent the majority of her professional career as an employee of the Hanover County Community Services Board. Her current position is that of Program Coordinator for Quality Improvement for DD Services and Transportation. She is passionate about person-centered thinking, wanting to ensure that individuals who are “differently-abled” are treated with dignity and respect and that they are recognized and appreciated for the gifts and talents that they contribute to their home and communities. Wanda enjoys serving on the HCSS board because of the support that the organization provides to individuals who are differently-abled and their families. Often the financial support that HCSS is able to provide is the emergency support that the individual or family needed to remain in their home or on their job. That is very gratifying to Wanda.