2016 Symposium


The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care presents
the Symposium on Ending Youth and Family Homelessness:
Moving from Silos to Systems 
on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at the Salem Civic Center.

The Symposium provides a great platform to collaborate, network and share ideas to support youth and families experiencing homelessness.  Presenters will offer alternative approaches to address homelessness as well as policy that drives successful programs at the local, state and national levels.  Participants will come away with information to assist them in enhancing the quality of life and stabilizing housing for youth and families.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Mayor Randy Foley, City of Salem

Opening Plenary: Moving from Silos to Systems: What do the numbers tell us at the community level? Using performance measures to drive funding decisions. 
Presenter: Joe Savage, Jr., PhD, Regional Coordinator, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
Facilitator: Dr. Paula Prince, Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Joe Savage USICH Presentation

Supporting Homeless Students through Policy: Challenges faced by Homeless Students
Presenters: Patricia Popp, State Coordinator, Project HOPE Virginia; Anita Price, Vice Mayor, City of Roanoke
Facilitator: Ashley Reynolds Marshall, Financial Stability Manager, United Way Roanoke Valley
Patricia Popp Project Hope Presentation


Mirco Session One: Welcoming Families Home: A Neighborhood Perspective
Panel: Joe Patrick Kraft, Realtor and President of Oud Southwest, Inc.; Corbin Prydwen, Realtor, Prydwen Enterprises
Facilitator: Bob Clement, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Office of Neighborhood Services

Micro Session Two: Mentoring Works!
Presenter: Marie Muddiman, Executive Director, Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
Facilitator: Tamy Mann, Executive Director, Safehome Systems
Marie Muddiman Mentoring Works Presentation
Program Description for Mentee
Mentor Job Description
Family Mentoring Covenant
Mentor Policies and Procedures

Lunch: Remarks – Chris Morrill, City Manager, City of Roanoke
Lunch provided by City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and the Virginia Housing and Development Association

Lunch Plenary: We Can’t Program Our Way Out of This: Why Communities Need a Systemic Response to Family and Youth Homelessness
Presenters: Mindy Mitchell, Program & Policy Analyst, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Lou Kadiri, Deputy State Director, Office of Senator Mark Warner
Facilitator: Dr. Paula Prince, Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Mindy Mitchell NAEH Presentation


Afternoon Panel Session One: Why Families are a Good Investment: The Funder Perspective
Panel: Kathy Robertson, Department of Housing and Community Development; Carly Oliver, Foundation for Roanoke Valley; Afira DeVries, President & CEO, United Way of Roanoke Valley
Facilitator: Pam Kestner, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Kathy Robertson VDHCD Presentation
Carly Oliver Foundation for Roanoke Valley Presentation

Afternoon Panel Session Two: Youth without Family Privilege: Addressing High Risk Youth Populations
Panel: Deborah Bell, Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General; Cathy Brown, LCSW, Division Director, Child & Youth Family Services, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare; Odette Iferkia, Prevention Specialist and Family Wellness Coordinator, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare; Joshua Olinger, Diversity Center
Facilitator: Jenny Alexander, PhD., MSW, Chief Social Work Supervisor, Roanoke City Department of Social Services
Cathy Brown BRBH Presentation
Odette Iferika BRBH Presentation



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Presenter and Facilitator Bios:

Jenny B. Alexander, PhD, MSW
Jenny Alexander, PhD, MSW, is the Chief Social Work Supervisor at the City of Roanoke Department of Social Services (DSS). Prior to returning to public child welfare Dr. Alexander taught social work as an assistant professor. She taught for a total of 20 years at two universities: New Mexico Highlands and Radford. While in academia her focus was public child welfare, where she managed the Title IV-E student stipend program, developed the Institute for Children and Families and various child welfare courses. Dr. Alexander started her career in public child welfare in New Mexico over 30 years ago. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of New Mexico, her Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University, and her PhD in Human Development with a concentration in Family Studies from Virginia Tech. jenny.alexander@roanokeva.gov

Cathy Brown
Cathy Brown is a 1995 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters Degree in Social Work.  In 1999, Ms. Brown was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia.   She is currently the Division Director of Child, Youth and Family Services for Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare (BRBH). During her career as a Clinical Social Worker, she has held a number of Clinical Social Work positions in various areas of practice, including foster care and adoption, working with adults with Intellectual Disabilities, School Social Work and Community-based Mental Health services. In her current position as Division Director of Child, Youth and Family Services for BRBH, she oversees the operations of all programs offered by the agency which treat children, youth and their families, including psychiatry services, outpatient counseling, School-based services, Crisis Intervention and Case Management.  She is a member of the Executive Management Team for the CSB, and is currently the Chair of the Children’s Council for the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB).  cbrown@brbh.org


Bob Clement
Bob Clement

Bob Clement is the Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the City of Roanoke’s Office of Neighborhood Services.  He has been employed with the City since 2003 and designs, directs, and coordinates projects, programs and activities for the city’s neighborhoods.  He has a Business Degree from VA Tech and brings with him several years of experience in the design and development of community–based projects within diverse communities and groups. Bob lives in the historic Old Southwest neighborhood and is active in his neighborhood organization, Old Southwest, Inc. bob.clement@roanokeva.gov

Malora H. Horn
Malora H. Horn has a B.S. Virginia Tech, majoring in Psychology.  In 2003, she received her Criminal Justice, M.S.  from Radford.  She has worked primarily as a mental health professional in the Roanoke Valley, working with at-risk-youth and families providing a variety of services, including, in-home services, and crisis intervention, and intensive case management, director of a local boys group home and also worked as a youth mentoring program coordinator. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITT College in the Criminal Justice Program.  In 2003, she became the Homeless Student Program Coordinator, Roanoke City Schools.  She currently serves as a member of the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness (BRICH), as a member of the Turning Point Board since 2003; a member of VAFEPA since 2015 and has served on the Project HOPE Advisory Council since 2011. mhorn@rcps.info

Pam Kestner
Pam Kestner was appointed by Governor Terence R. McAuliffe as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Her work focuses on children, family and poverty issues with a specific focus on addressing homelessness in Virginia. Prior to her appointment as homeless outcomes coordinator in July 2012, Pam served as President and CEO of the Council of Community Services in Roanoke, VA, which is a private nonprofit human service planning agency, where she worked for over 26 years. Before working with the council, she worked as a juvenile probation officer in Lebanon, Virginia. Pam has a BA degree in Sociology from Emory & Henry College and a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. pamela.kestner@governor.virginia.gov

Mindy Mitchell
Mindy Mitchell is a Program and Policy Analyst at the National Alliance to End Homelessness who focuses on policies and practices that affect youth experiencing homelessness. Prior to joining the Alliance, Mindy worked as a case manager for homeless families in Mobile, AL. That work with homeless families inspired her to go to law school in the hopes of one day working to end homelessness at a more structural level. After law school, she completed a Legislative Fellowship with the New York State Senate, focusing primarily on affordable housing and emergency mortgage assistance legislation. Mindy received her sociological education at the University of South Alabama and her legal education at CUNY School of Law, and she is passionate about using systemic responses to solve social problems.

Marie Muddiman
Marie Muddiman
Marie Muddiman is the Executive Director at Family Promise of Greater Roanoke.  Her background includes a wealth of experience in the nonprofit arena.  She has worked for United Way of Roanoke Valley as Community Impact Manager, for Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council as Development Manager, and for United Methodist churches.  She has a degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Batten Leadership program at Hollins University. mmuddiman@familypromiseroanoke.org

Patricia A. Popp, Ph.D

Patricia A. Popp, Ph.D. is the state coordinator for the education of homeless children and youth in Virginia and a clinical associate professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Area at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She also serves as the liaison for the Virginia Department of Education to the Virginia Department of Social Services for implementation of the educational stability requirements in the Fostering Connections Act. Prior to joining The College in 1995, Pat was a teacher in Hanover and Henrico Public Schools. Her research interests include children and youth experiencing homelessness and other forms of mobility, students with disabilities, and teacher quality.   Among her publications, she has co-authored Students on the Move: Reaching and Teaching Highly Mobile Children and Youth, Reading on the Go, and Effective Teaching and At-Risk/Highly Mobile Students for the National Center for Homeless Education, and West Meets East for ASCD. She has worked with school districts and states and has presented at international, national, and state level conferences in the areas of highly mobile and homeless students, classroom management, and teacher effectiveness.  Pat is a past president of the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities, past president of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), and past LeTendre chair and member of the committee for the NAEHCY Education Fund. pxpopp@wm.edu

Anita Price
Anita James Price
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Anita attended Hampton University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocational Education and Home Economics from Morgan State College.  She later earned her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Virginia Tech.  She began her teaching career in Baltimore, Maryland and upon relocating to Roanoke in 1977, taught at Patrick Henry High School for ten years.  She later became a counselor during the transition of Roanoke City School’s junior high schools to the middle school concept.  In 1991, she became a school counselor at Round Hill and Huff Lane Elementary Schools.  Mrs. Price dedicated 35 years to public school education and prides herself as an advocate for the youth of Roanoke.  In 2008, she was elected as the first African-American woman to serve on Roanoke City Council.  In 2016, she was re-elected for a third term and will now serve as Roanoke’s first female African-American Vice Mayor.  As a true lifelong educator, Councilwoman Price has devoted her platform as an advocate for children, youth and their families.  In 2015, she was appointed vice-chair of the National League of Cities’ Council on Youth Education and Families. She also serves as the Urban Chair of the Virginia Municipal League’s Executive Committee. anita.price@roanokeva.gov


Paula Prince, PhD
Paula Prince, PhD,  is an assistant professor of sociology at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Previously, Dr. Prince was the Vice President of the Council of Community Services, a human services planning agency in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Prince received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. She received her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she was the recipient of an Andrew K. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Prince is presently on the Boards of Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, the Adult Care Center and serves as Secretary of the Salvation Army Turning Point DV Shelter Advisory Committee.  She is Chair of the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness. plprince@jchs.edu

Kathy Robertson
Kathy Robertson is the associate director of homeless and special needs housing for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  In this role, she is responsible for the implementation, administration, and management of state and federal funding for homelessness prevention and assistance. Ms. Robertson serves on the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Homelessness  and co-chairs its Interagency Partnership to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness committee as well as serving on the Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence. kathy.robertson@dhcd.virginia.gov

Joe Savage, Jr., PhD
Joe is a recognized leader with over 15 years of experience in the fields of homelessness, social policy, economic development, and human services administration. His prior work experience encompasses positions in which he was responsible for overseeing transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, Continuum of Care funding, strategic planning, and coalition building.  His passion for this work has cultivated years of skills and expertise that have helped bring over $150 million of funding to support housing and services for the homeless and community development projects. Joe’s commitment to this work is rooted in his belief in the dignity of human life. He received masters’ degrees in social and urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.


Hotel Options: 

Days Inn Salem

LaQuinta Inn Roanoke-Salem

Sheraton Roanoke

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salem


For more information, please contact Carol Tuning at 540-312-8301 or carol.tuning@roanokeva.gov.