Board of Directors

All community action agencies (CAA) are governed by a tri-partite Board of Directors, meaning 1/3 must consist of elected public officials or their representatives, not less than 1/3 of members must be chosen democratically and represent low-income individuals/families, and the remaining 1/3 of members must represent the community (business, labor, industry, religious, law enforcement, education, other major groups, and interests).  CAA boards are governing boards which means the board of directors is the community action agency and is legally responsible for its actions.  The board provides oversight and sets policy, while the Executive Director and the employees of STEP perform the day-to-day operations. STEP board members are all volunteers. 

The STEP board of directors utilizes its committees to carry out the functions and operations of the board.  STEP has 8 committees.  They are the:  Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Planning Committee, Fundraising Committee, Audit Committee, Personnel Committee, and Building Committee.

The STEP board of directors works very closely with the Head Start policy council, fulfilling the Head Start Performance Standards requiring that certain governance functions be shared jointly by the STEP board of directors and the Head Start policy council.


2018 – 2019 Board of Directors

Angie Austin, President 
   Market Manager, Member One Federal Credit Union
Michael Ferguson, Vice President
   Food Services Director, Ferrum College
Greg Winge,Secretary/Treasurer
   C.S.A. Program Director, FC Government Center

Linda Aron
   Banking Professional, Retired
Mary Bonds

   Manufacturing Professional, Retired
Antron Brown
   US Army, Retired
Cooper Brown
   Attorney, Commonwealth’s Attorney Office
Pam Cobler, Ed.D.
   Disability Rights & Resources Volunteer
David Cuff

   Chapter 60 Commander, Disabled American Veterans
Pat Cundiff
   Interior Designer/Opertaor P.A.C. Interiors
Debbie Hamrick
   Adult & Career Education Coordinator, Franklin County Public Schools
Crystal Harris
   Patrick County Board of Supervisors, Retired
Betty Kingery
   Re/Max Mountain to Lake Realty Owner
Peggy Morrison
   Urban Planner, Retired
Rita Murphy
 Educator, Retired
Patti O’Neal
   Day Care Provider, Retired
Mark Newbill   
Rocky Mount Town Council
Angela Phillips
   Director, FC Family Resource Center
Leon Puckett
   Stuart Town Council
Warren Rodgers, Jr.
   Executive Director, Southside Survivor Response Center
Christy Stocks
   Director, Student Support Center, Patrick Henry Community College