Meet Our Amazing CHS Team

Leadership Team:



Chief Executive Officer

Nadine is President & CEO of Children’s Home Society of Virginia (CHS), an agency which has served Virginia’s vulnerable children and youth since 1900.  Nadine’s connections to CHS run deep – she has provided legal counsel to adoptive families, served on its board of directors and ultimately adopted her children from the agency. Prior to CHS, Nadine practiced law for several years at Hill, Tucker & Marsh Law Firm. She also served as the Executive Director of Volunteer Families for Children.

Nadine was recently nominated as a 2018 Richmond Times Dispatch Person of the Year honoree. She was also selected as Pat Asch Fellow for Social Justice. Nadine is a trustee on the Longwood University Board of Visitors and a member of the Virginia State Bar Association. She is also a Hull Fellow in Philanthropy through the Southeastern Council of Foundations.  Nadine served a brief tenure on the Richmond City Public Schools Board.

Nadine has served in a variety of nonprofit leadership capacities, including as a Trustee of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and the Family & Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia. Nadine has been a board member for several organizations, including the National Network for Youth Policy Council, the Mid Atlantic Network for Youth, the Old Dominion Bar Association, Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) and Virginia Premier Health Plan. She was also on the President’s Council of UNOS and an Executive in Residence for the Nonprofit Learning Point

Nadine has a Juris Doctorate from the T. C. Williams School of Law and has served on that school’s alumni association. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Richmond where she served on the Westhampton College Alumni Board. Nadine is a member of Cedar Street Baptist Church of God and has two children, Kaitlyn and David III.

Best part of my job: Seeing the smiles on the faces of the families we create
Favorite color: Teal
Favorite magazine: National Geographic
Someday I want to: Visit Hawaii and Tahiti
Favorite children’s book: The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Why I chose to work for CHS: Because I am passionate about the mission and I am energized everyday by having the opportunity to tell the CHS story.

Nadine may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 260.

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Kimberly Kugelman


Kim Kugelman provides CFO related services to companies on a part-time and/or contractual basis.  Prior to her role as a Fractional CFO, Kim worked for various companies in accounting and finance related roles for over twenty-five years. Her career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC after graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Richmond.  She then worked for Altria before accepting a role with Circuit City, and then ultimately with JPMorgan Chase who purchased the Circuit City private label credit card division.  Kim later decided to broaden the scope of her experience by taking on roles as COO and CFO for two smaller companies, the YWCA of Richmond and Resort Hotel Association, respectively. The accounting and operational positions held throughout her career, within companies of varied sizes and industries, afford Kim the tools and perspective needed to be a successful and effective fractional CFO.

Kim holds a BS in Accounting from the E. Claiborne School of Business at the University of Richmond, and spends her spare time volunteering for Lab Rescue and ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation.

I collect candles
Favorite movie is Love Actually
Favorite magazine is Southern Living
Favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree
Favorite spot in Richmond is Carytown
The best part of my job is working with all different aspects of the business
Why I chose to work as Part time Controller – to partner with the team to continue to move CHSVA forward.

Kimberly may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 330.



Chief Marketing Officer

Dave has led marketing and branding efforts for non-profit and human services organizations for twenty years, and joined Children’s Home Society of Virginia in July of 2016. A Richmond, Virginia native, Dave started his career in advertising as a creative director and account manager, and where he first developed a national television and advertising campaign for Special Olympics International. Dave owned and operated Martin Branding for ten years, where he focused on the non-profit industry with branding work for Family Lifeline, Family Matters of Greater Washington, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, Boy Scouts of America, and the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. Before joining CHS full time, Dave served as the marketing director for Infian, a medical technology company, and partnered at BizConX, a sales and marketing consulting firm. Dave served on the advisory board for the Children’s Home Society of Virginia, as well as the University of Richmond Institute of Philanthropy, Boy Scouts of America/Heart of Virginia Council, CapUp and the Byrd Theatre Foundation.

Favorite ice cream: Mint chocolate chip
Someday I want to: Take a year off to travel
Favorite sport: Lacrosse
My happy place is: My sectional sofa in my TV room
Favorite family activity: Game night at home
Why I chose to work in marketing: I hope to improve people’s lives by generating awareness and creating opportunities for growth and success

Dave may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 130.



Chief Advancement Officer

Bruin joined CHS in July of 2016. An attorney by training, he comes to CHS straight from serving as Interim Executive Director of the Maymont Foundation, where he was a former President-Elect of the Board and Chair of the Development Committee. Prior to serving at Maymont, Bruin was a litigator at several Firms in the Richmond area including Hunton & Williams and LeClairRyan. Bruin has served on several non-profit Boards including Maymont, East District Family Resource Center and the Vestry of St. Mary’s Church, Goochland.

Bruin is delighted to help support the great work being done by CHS and works closely with donors to match their interests to the needs being met by CHS. He holds a BA in Politics from Washington & Lee University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Oysters
Dream vacation: Several weeks in the National Parks
Favorite family activity: Grilling on the back deck
Favorite spot in Richmond: Maymont’s Italian Garden when the tulips are blooming
Why I chose to work in Development: Because by raising money I can help my colleagues at CHS change lives

Bruin may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 160.

Programs Team:

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Cassie Cunningham

Policy Director

Cassie joined CHS in February of 2018. Her experiences as an attorney and guardian ad litem led her to find her passion in helping at-risk children and youth. While running her own law firm, Cassie became involved in the non-profit community including volunteering for Hanover Safe Place, serving on YWCA Richmond’s Young Women’s Leadership Alliance and as President of Hanover Cares. Cassie is thrilled to continue helping Virginia’s children and youth by promoting and advocating for stronger foster care and adoption policies both locally and statewide. Cassie has a BA in Political Science and International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a JD from University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.

The best part of my job is: Helping people
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
My pet is: A 100 lb Dogo Argentino named Loki
Favorite magazine: People (for the crossword puzzle)
Favorite pizza topping: Just cheese
My happy place is: Lydia Mountain in Stanardsville
Why I chose to work as a Policy and Research Analyst:  I want to help children and youth on a higher level and make long-lasting changes in Virginia to support them.

Cassie may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 334.




The Possibilities Project Program Manager

Diehdre joined CHS in 2017 as manager of The Possibilities Project. She brings over seventeen years of experience working to serve children and families in Richmond City and surrounding counties. She began her career in the mental health field working directly with at-risk teens in a residential setting. Over time, Diehdre effectively utilized her knowledge and skills to develop and manage many successful therapeutic programs throughout RVA while strengthening communities along the way. However, Diehdre’s most proud of the numerous children, families, and professionals in the field that have been able to reach their own levels of success based on the advocacy and training provided by programs under her leadership. In addition to her undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Behavioral Science, Diehdre also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling.

The best part of my job is: Seeing individuals reach their goals.
My pet is: My sweet dog, Zoe.
Favorite magazine: Essence Magazine
My happy place is: My hometown of Hampton Roads, VA
Why I chose to work as a Program Manager: I enjoy developing programs that will improve communities and help “level the playing field” for individuals and families who need the extra assistance. My goal is to continue building effective therapeutic programs that will be advantageous long after I’m retired.

Diehdre may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 336.



Foster Care & Adoption Senior Social Worker

Emily graduated from Grove City College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, she moved to China and worked as an English and Special Education teacher at a foster home as she prepared children for adoption. Through her work overseas, Emily became passionate about foster care and adoption. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her Master’s of Social Work  degree and gained experience working with international foster care, child protective services, and refugee resettlement. After graduating, Emily joined the Foster Care Adoption team at CHS in 2015. Emily is a Certified Trauma Practitioner.

Favorite color: Turquoise
Favorite snack: Smoothies
Favorite movie: Les Miserables
Someday I want to: Travel throughout Asia
Favorite spot in Richmond: Belle Isle
Why I chose to be a social worker: I love working on behalf of children and families to help create positive change and achieve permanency.

Emily may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 250.

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Kim Lewis

The Possibilities Project Independence Coordinator

Prior to joining the CHS team, Kim spent 20 years working in the education field, in both public and private school settings. During this time, she felt the need to obtain a Master’s degree in Counseling to further assist parents and children in building strong families. Kim then worked with youth and families through Intensive In-Home counseling and as a Therapeutic Foster Care case manager, providing therapeutic interventions for foster families. Kim is excited to continue helping young people achieve stability in their lives in her role at CHS.

The best part of my job is: Observing the resiliency that young people exhibit through tough situations
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite snack: Any type of crackers
Favorite family activity: Traveling to different places and/or playing games with the whole family
Dream vacation: A European cruise!

Kim may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 210.



Foster Care & Adoption Program Manager

Laura first became involved with Children’s Home Society in September 2011 as a social work student intern. During this time, she helped prepare families to adopt children from foster care and worked diligently to meet the needs of adult adoptees. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2012 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Laura joined the Foster Care Adoption team full-time. Laura is a Certified Trauma Practitioner and a TBRI educator.

Favorite color: Green
Favorite snack: Chips and salsa
Favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings series
Dream vacation: Visiting Italy and Greece
Favorite children’s book: The Phantom Tollbooth
Why I chose to be a social worker: I love teaching and encouraging families as they look forward to an adoption

Laura may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 290.



The Possibilities Project Case Manager

Kristen began working at CHS in February 2016 as the Case Manager for The Possibilities Project, a new program connecting young people who have aged out of the foster care system to housing and services. Kristen has worked with children, teens and families involved with the foster care system for the past 8 years in both South Carolina and Virginia. Kristen began her work in foster care as a residential counselor and teacher in several group and congregate care homes in South Carolina. She later worked as a mentor with teens and as a foster care social worker for the Charlottesville City Department of Social Services. Kristen received her B.A. in Sociology in 2008 from Coastal Carolina University and eventually went on to get her M.S.W from the University of Southern California in 2012.

Favorite color: Red
Favorite ice cream: Mississippi Mudd
My pets are: 2 cats named Marley and Mochi
Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni
Favorite children’s book: The Big Friendly Giant
The best part of my job is: Helping my clients find their voice, explore their potential and talents, and use those things to achieve their goals

Kristen may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 150.



Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Krista graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in child psychology. After graduation, she worked as a kindergarten teacher and then a Head Start teacher. Krista then became interested in child welfare and took a position as a family stabilization worker with the Richmond Department of Social Services. Before joining CHS in August 2009, Krista was a child mental health family case manager with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. As the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, Krista focuses her efforts on finding permanent families for children in foster care.

The best part of my job is: Getting to spend time with kids
Favorite snack: Chex Mix
Favorite movie: When Harry Met Sally
Favorite magazine: VegNews
Someday I want to: Skydive!
My happy place is: At home with my husband and son
Favorite spot in Richmond: Maymont

Krista may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 240.



Post-Adoption Program Manager

Sara is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Family Studies. After graduation, she spent a year volunteering  in Americorps’ NCCC program and during this time solidified her wish to become a social worker. Sara then attended VCU’s Master’s of Social Work program, from which she graduated in 2010 and was awarded the VCU School of Social Work 2010 Service Award. Sara pursued a career in medical social work and later worked as a therapist for children and teenagers who have experienced acute trauma. Sara joined CHS as a social worker with the Foster Care Adoption team in 2014 and then moved to lead the Post-Adoption Program in 2015.

I collect: Postcards from wherever I travel, the cheesier the better
Favorite ice cream: Vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles
Favorite magazine: Real Simple
My happy place is: Bethany Beach, Delaware… I’ve been vacationing there with the same friend for over 10 years
Favorite spot in Richmond: Kayaking on the James
Why I chose to be a social worker: The need for people to adopt children from foster care is great and there is so much that is misunderstood about adoption and foster care. I wanted to help those who have an interest in adoption break things down and meet their goals.

Sara may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 200.



Post Adoption Social Worker

Anna graduated from VCU’s Master of Social Work program in 2013 and since that time has been working with youth in foster care, first as a case worker and later in a supervisory and training capacity, advocating for youth to meet their permanency goals, have stable foster placements, and connect to services and resources. Prior to her work in foster care, Anna was intern with the American Red Cross in Richmond assisting families displaced from their homes due to natural and man-made disasters. In all of these roles, Anna worked with youth and families with a range of life experiences, mental health diagnoses, and behavioral concerns. Because of these experiences, Anna eagerly began learning about trauma aware practices and now believes finding ways to heal relationships by building resiliency in youth, is far more important than focusing on problems and diagnosis. Anna joined CHS in 2018, as a Post Adoption Social Worker.

The best part of my job is connecting with youth and families and contributing to positive change
Favorite color is green or purple
Favorite snack is various kinds of gummy candy.
My happy place is hanging with friends and family, usually around a meal, and talking a lot.
Favorite spot in Richmond is anywhere along the river.

Anna may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Fredericksburg office at (540) 226-0583.

Support Team:

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Kate Davis-Hawkins

Database and Special Events Coordinator

Kate may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 180

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Leann Owings

Senior Bookkeeper

Leann comes to CHS with ACP Resources, Inc., in helping with our finances since February 2014. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has her B.A. from the University of Louisville. She has been doing bookkeeping for over 20 years. She loves helping her clients fulfill their needs and watching their business grow while supporting their mission.

I collect Limoges
Favorite cereal is grits (yes, I’m a southern girl)
Favorite pizza topping is black olives
Favorite children’s book is Guess How Much I Love You
Favorite family activity is anytime spent with my husband and 3 kids
The best part of my job is getting to meet and work with a variety of people

Leann may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 110.

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Sarah Peters

Office Manager

Sarah joined CHS in June 2018. She holds over ten years’ experience in administration and operations, with most of that time spent in the non-profit sector. A Virginia native, she received her Bachelors of Science in sociology with a minor in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah considers herself a humanist over a scientist, and enjoys supporting the important work of CHS.

Favorite snack: Dark Chocolate
Favorite ice cream:
Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
Favorite magazine: 
Virginia Wildlife
My happy place is: 
On a beach at sunrise
Favorite children’s book: 
 Happy Birthday Moon
Favorite family activity: 
Backyard Badminton and Cooking Out
The best part of my job is: 
Supporting the great work of CHS Staff

Sarah may be reached by e-mail or by calling the Richmond office at (804) 353-0191 ext: 100.