Board of Directors
President – Amy Gregory
Vice President – Ashley White
Secretary – Tracy Jackson
Treasurer – Ginger Germani
Directors – Bryan Berry, Rachel Carson, Anthony Gilbert, Sara Matthews and Hallie Murray
Youth Seat – Belle Skelton
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, John, and Hunter. 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 17 years. She served as a long-term substitute for the first eight 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 nine years. She has volunteered, and continues to, for many organizations including Ashley’s Angels, Camp Easter Seals, DSAGR, Night to Shine RVA, Young Life Capernaum 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 appointed by county supervisors as as ‘at large’ member of the Hanover County Community Services Board in December 2017 and reappointed for a three year term in 2019. She serves on several subcommittees including the Jean C. Harris award committee and currently serves as chair of the CSB public awareness committee. Amy started volunteering for HCSS in December of 2015, became a director in April of 2016, and has served as the President of the Hanover Community Support Services Board for the past several years. She is always looking for ways to continue to serve and educate others on the importance of volunteering for their community.
Ashley White – Vice President
Ashley White resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia with her husband and 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 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 the director of the Challenger Sports division of Compass Sports at Cool Spring Baptist Church (CSBC). She is also the director of the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Special Needs Ministry at CSBC. 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.
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.
Ginger Germani – Treasurer
Ginger Pomfrey Germani, Vice-President/Business Banking Relationship Manager with Atlantic Union Bank, is a Hanover County native. She works closely with small to medium size, privately held businesses to provide a variety of financing and cash management strategies. Ginger has experience handling a variety of commercial loans including, real estate loans, equipment financing, business acquisition, SBA loans and SBA 504 loans.
In addition to her banking career, she has worked with Charlottesville, VA based, Web RTC Ventures, to develop a mental health platform for colleges. Ginger brings her own life experience in mental health, including the loss of her oldest son, William Austin Germani, by suicide at the age of 19, to every aspect of her work. She established the Austin Germani Memorial Fund in 2017 to provide funding to non-profits engaging in work with Emotional Support Animals and to promote mental health education for youth, two issues that Austin were very important to Austin as he battled with his own anxiety and depression. Ginger is trained ASIST trained through Living Works and is also trained to present the Living Works instructional program, safeTalk. A bold mental health advocate, she speaks to students and other groups about her family’s experiences with mental health and suicide.
In addition to her role on the Hanover Community Support Services board, she also currently serves on the board of the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia. Her previous work includes the board of the Albemarle County Police Foundation, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, Live Arts (Charlottesville), Executive Committee of the Business Women’s Round Table for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of their Quadruplicity, Business Women’s conference. Ginger currently resides in Hanover County. Her younger son, Colton Germani, is a student at Longwood University. Her two fur-children, Eddie and Ava, fully support her endeavors so long as she does not bring any pets home.
Bryan Berry – Director
Bryan Berry has spent the past 30 years as an owner, partner or as an Independent Adviser Representative in the financial services industry. For the past 5 years, he has been a partner at Old Dominion Asset Management. Along the way he has worked to help individuals and small companies formulate and execute game plans to navigate the ups and downs of the financial markets as they all sought to achieve lifetime goals. Bryan also serves as the CFO of Synapse, LLC, a firm focused on bringing business professionals together with one another and the nonprofit community. In addition, Bryan has been active in coaching several sports and investing much of his time in various service roles at Cool Spring Baptist Church. As someone who has always had a heart for the less fortunate and other service opportunities, Bryan was touched personally by the grace of others when after a short, but severe battle with multiple organ failure, he received life saving transplants on Thanksgiving day in 2018. As a result he has become an ambassador for the United Network for Organ Sharing and a supporter of the National Kidney Foundation. Bryan has been a supporter for the last few years of The Miss Hanover Abilities Pageant and looks forward to helping HCSS in any way that he can.
Rachel Carson – Director
Rachel Carson is a Hanover county native. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 with a masters in teaching. Rachel currently teaches kindergarten in Hanover county. She has always had a passion for children. Rachel began volunteering within the special needs community when she was 10 years old. She volunteered with the Resource Connection helping assist the director with administrative duties. She also helped orchestrate her church’s God’s Song program, managing volunteers and integrating children with special needs into community activities. She has worked as an in-home support staff for many different families working on life skills, social skills, and helping them navigate through school work. Rachel is excited to advocate and serve on the HCSS board!
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.
Sara Matthews – Director
Sara Matthews resides in Hanover County, with her husband and three children. Two of her children attend Lee-Davis High School and her oldest is a sophomore at Wake Forest University. She has been a director for Challenger Sports for the last 9 years, where she has developed relationships with many families in the special needs community. She has volunteered for the Miss Hanover Abilities pageant, and is currently serving as social media coordinator for Night to Shine. Sara is employed by Hanover County Public Schools where she is an Instructional Assistant in the Autism Program. She has been nominated for Hanover County Spirit of Volunteerism awards five times for her support in various organizations, including the Laurel Meadow Elementary PTA, Stonewall Jackson Middle School Chorus, Challenger Sports, and the Lee-Davis Choral Boosters. Her free time is spent organizing choral students as President of the Lee-Davis Choral Boosters and watching her children perform on stage while serving as Show Administrator for the Lee-Davis Drama Boosters. She is excited about serving with HCSS!
Hallie Murray – Director
Hallie Hovey-Murray is managing partner at Gordian Partners, LLC, a policy consulting and strategy firm, and director of the 1 in 68 Foundation, a non profit with a focus on preparing students on the Autism Spectrum for post-secondary education and the workforce. She is a graduate of William and Mary Law School and of Southern Methodist University. Through her work as a speaker and advocate, Hallie works towards creating a more inclusive world for individuals who are differently-abled, and she is excited to advocate and serve on the HCSS board!
Belle Skelton – Youth Seat
Belle Skelton, 15, is a rising Sophomore at Atlee High School. Belle lives in Hanover County with her parents and two sisters. Belle loves soccer and is apart of the varsity Atlee High School team. Even as a little girl Belle has always had a strong desire to help others. Belle has the unique ability to relate and connect with everyone she meets. She has been involved with various programs such as the TILT (Teens Interacting Learning Together) program at Chickahominy Middle School, Challenger Sports, Mrs. Hanover Abilities, Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, Teacher and Coaches Assistant to aid those with special needs, Vacation Bible School Camp Counselor. Belle will be the Community Coordinator for Atlee High School for the 2019/2020 school year. Last, but certainly not least, Belle has received the prestigious honor to serve as the Hanover Community Support Services Youth Seat. Belle will also be leading the new youth advisory council. Her passion in life is to serve and help others, especially those with challenges. She is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to serve her community.