2021-22 VCA Officers and Board Members Biographies
President: Libbie Miller President-Elect: June T. Williams-Hopson Vice-President: Alton Baskerville Treasurer: Perteacher Drone Secretary: Tawana Ferguson At-Large Board Members
Vanessa Crawford, Ernest Giles, Chuck Kehoe, Vincent Givens, Larry Edmonds, Erma Locust, Curly R. Sellers, Marilyn Hill, Teresa Harvey
Libbie Miller has been a Senior Research Analyst in the Virginia Department of Corrections’ Research Unit since 2016 where she assists in the development of technical, statistical, and research findings that are used to support the strategic goals and efforts of the agency. She currently serves as the Virginia Correctional Association Secretary. Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Libbie spent nine years as the Senior Research Manager for Scantron Corporation. While there, she oversaw the Research and Statistics Department as well as designing evaluations and conducting research projects to support external and internal client needs. Libbie earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Genetics, focusing on Mathematical and Statistical Analyses, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Libbie had served previously on the VCA Board in the office of Secretary, and now will serve VCA as President.
Captain June T. Williams-Hopson has been with the Virginia Department of Corrections 22 years, starting as a Correctional Officer at Coffeewood Correctional Center, She was promoted to Sergeant at Virginia Correctional Center for Women, Overseeing Strike Force, Laundry, Tool, Key, Armory, and Therapeutic Community Unit. Currently Training Development Coordinator Sr Security Unit for the Department’s Academy for Staff Development. June currently holds Certifications in Corrections Crisis Intervention Team, Dialogue Lead, Dialogue Coach Dialogue Skills Trainer and Working Dialogue. June is also Central Circle Lead.(DCJS) Criminal Justice General Instructor, and firearms Instructor (Armor: Glock, Remington, Windham). Stratford, Foley Belsaw Professional Locksmith, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Comprehensive Less Lethal, OC, Aerosol Projectors, Specialty Impact Munitions, Distraction Devises, Chemical Munitions Instructor, Nova Instructor, Vehicle Operators Driver Instructor, American Heart First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, and Monadnock Instructor. June has served for 9 years as a member of the VCA Conference Planning Committee. In May 2012 June was awarded Co-Facilitator - Evidence Based Practices Ray Ferns Restorative Services. She served as a Strike Force member, Past & Current Gold Member of Correctional Peace Officer Foundation, June was voted VCA Member of the year 2014 ACA & VCA and is a current VCA Member since 2002. Mrs. Williams-Hopson was elected in a Special Election held in February 2021 to the office of President-Elect.
Alton Baskerville has been President of AB Management & Consulting, LLC for the past nine years. Previously, he served with the Virginia Department of Corrections for thirty-nine years. Retired in 2011 after thirty-two years as a a warden of major prisons. He has spent the past seven years auditing dozens of prisons and jails throughout the country as a Department of Justice Certified PREA Auditor, and as an American Correctional Association Audit Chairperson for Adult Institutions. He has been a board member of the Virginia Correctional Association (VCA) since 2006; served as President of the Virginia Chapter, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice. Alton is a member of Friendship Memorial Baptist Church, serving in the Deacon and Trustee Ministries. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his four grandkids, and cycling. Alton graduated from Armstrong High School in 1967. Received a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University in 1971; received a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from VCU in 1980. Mr. Baskerville begins his 2nd term by continuing as VCA's Vice-President.
Perteacher Drone My law enforcement career began 25 years ago. During that time, I have worked in local, state, and federal government as a Re-entry Case Manager, Prison Case Manager, Parole Officer and Probation Officer. I am a certified Workforce Development Specialist and Trainer, and a Post-Conviction Risk Assessment Trainer. As a volunteer, I have served as the chairperson for the Petersburg Domestic Violence Taskforce, a volunteer with Home Again, a shelter for homeless families providing inspirational encouragement. I serve on the advisory board and I am a volunteer with Family Restoration Network, where I counseled incarcerated fathers with fatherhood skill building, upon their release if they are reunited with their children we continue to coach the fathers through the process of being a present and hands on dad. I have 14 years of management experience. I have a B. A. Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Welfare. I graduated in 1981 from Winston-Salem State University, an accredited university. I have been a member of Virginia Correctional Association since September 2017. In addition to her Administrative Assistant duties under the guidance of Petersburg Sheriff Vanessa Crawford, she is involved with community events, including those sponsored by the TRIAD Organization. TRIAD assists senior citizens in Petersburg and surrounding localities with life-enriching activities and valuable resources for improving and enhancing their lives. Ms. Drone begins her term serving as VCA Treasurer.
Tawana Ferguson is a long time employee of Virginia Department of Corrections, having served both in regional facilities, prisons, and at present from Headquarters at Atmore Drive in Richmond. Mrs. Ferguson served previously as an At-Large member of the Board until her election as VCA Secretary.
Sheriff Vanessa Crawford has served in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement for over 40 years. Over 28 years with the Virginia Department of Corrections and as the Sheriff of Petersburg for 15+ years. Sheriff Crawford was the first African American female to be elected unanimously as president of the Virginia Sheriffs Association. She was also elected unanimously as president of the Virginia Sheriffs Institute. during her first term as Sheriff, she received the national designation of Certified Jail Manager through the Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC), by authority of the American Jail Association. This prestigious certification documents that mastery of a strong level of knowledge in the specialty and demonstrates continuing education and growth. Not only did Sheriff Crawford received this national designation; she has been recognized and appointed by the Honorable Timothy Kaine, former Governor of Virginia, to the Adult Fatality Review Team and now serves on the Department of Criminal Justice Services Board, appointed and reappointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe. She has been a member of the National Sheriff’s Association Domestic Violence Committee for a number of years and Vice Chair of the Petersburg Task Force on Domestic Violence. Sheriff Crawford has received numerous awards and certificates for her years of service and work in the community.2017 Petersburg Chamber of Commerce-Hometown Heroes Award and noted as one of twelve “Politically Unusual” elected officials across the country in the “O” (Oprah) magazine in November, 2012. From 2014 until 2017, Sheriff Crawford was the only African American Female Sheriff in the United States; Sheriff Crawford is the only Sheriff in the Commonwealth of Virginia to attain the certification by the Department of Justice as a PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) auditor.Sheriff Crawford was formally honored with 2 resolutions in her honor for her dedication and community service from the House of Delegates, HJ 332 and by the Senate, Senate Joint Bill 182.Sheriff Crawford was appointed to the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam’s Transitional Team in 2018.She was honored by the General Assembly-House of Delegates in 2018 with Joint Resolution, HJ 274, in honor of and for her service to her community and state. She was recently elected (2020) as the Third Vice President of the The Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers (VALECO). Most recently, in 2020, Sheriff Crawford was honored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce with the F. Nathaniel Gatlin Award for her service to the local community. Sheriff Crawford is married to Leon Crawford, a retired military officer and they have 5 children, Latricia, Roderick, Cornell II, Leon and Courtney and 14 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Her mother is retired educator Esther T. Reese (deceased in 2000). Sheriff Crawford is a past President of the VCA and now serves as an At-Large Board Member.
Sheriff Ernest L. Giles, Sr. has served the citizens of Sussex County for more than 28 years. He was hired by Sheriff E. S. Kitchen, Jr. as a deputy sheriff assigned to the jail. After several years he transferred to Patrol, and was promoted through the ranks until he was appointed by Sheriff Raymond R. Bell as Chief Deputy. After the untimely death of Sheriff Bell, he became Sheriff. Sheriff Giles has been active in the Virginia Sheriff's Association, the Virginia Correctional Association, and has been a leader in advocating for the senior citizens of Sussex County. Sheriff Giles continues to promote safety and security for his constituents and has led in updating technology and infrastructure of his department. He is a lifelong citizen of Sussex County. Sheriff Giles begins his 2nd term as a member of VCA's Board.
Charles J. (Chuck) Kehoe has been a member of VCA for over 30 years. He regularly attends the monthly VCA Business Meetings and volunteers for various assignments. Chuck is a Past President of the American Correctional Association. Chuck has been employed in corrections for 56 years and has been the director of three agencies.
Major Vincent B. Givens has devoted his life to one of service. Having first served his country in the United States Army, he has served the citizens of Sussex County for the past 38 years. He was appointed as Deputy Sheriff and assigned to Jail duties by Sheriff E.S. Kitchen, Jr. He was promoted through the ranks until his appointment as Jail Administrator. He has served in this leadership position through the administration of three Sheriffs. Major Givens is now Administrator of the Jail and Head of Security for the Courts under Sheriff Ernest L. Giles, Sr. Major Givens is active in community outreach programs. As Jail Administrator, he is currently undertaking many facility upgrade and modernization projects under the leadership and support of Sheriff Giles. Major Givens begins his 2nd term serving on VCA's Board.
Larry Edmonds is a long time employee of Virginia Department of Corrections, having served as warden at several facilities; currently at Greensville Correctional Center. He has served VCA previously as an Officer as Treasurer of VCA, and as an At-Large Board Member. Mr. Edmonds begins his 2nd term as an At-Large Board Member.
Erma Locust recently retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections where she last served at Headquarters on Atmore Drive in Richmond. She has previously served VCA as an Officer as Secretary and as an At-Large Board Member. She begins her 2nd term as an At-Large Board Member.
Curly R. Sellers Member of the following Organizations: American Correctional Association #10647640 Virginia Correctional Association Southern States Correctional Association Zeta Phi Beta Sorority INC. Order of Eastern Star Lifetime member of National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
Curly R. Sellers began her career in 1998 as a Grievance Coordinator at Greensville Correctional Center. She was promoted to Counselor in 1998 and then Clinical Social Worker in 1999. In 2000, she became Treatment Program Supervisor at Indian Creek Correctional Center. She left this position in 2004 to work with the Department of Rehabilitation until she got the call to come back home to DOC in January 2008. In 2004, Ms. Sellers became a Certified Substance Abuse counselor with the state of Virginia. She came back as a Re-entry Specialist in 2008 and then in 2010 promoted to Unit Manager at St. Brides Correctional Center. In 2013 promoted to Chief of Housing and Program where she opened River North Correctional Center a level 4 institution. Ms. Sellers graduated from Tidewater Community College in 1993 with an AS degree in Education. She went on to get her Bachelor degree in 1994 in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University. Curly later on continued her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling in 1997 from Hampton University. Curly has served on the board of Parks and Recreation and Industrial Development in the City of Galax. She has served on many planning committees throughout Virginia and other states. She also enjoys being a motivational/ inspirational speaker. She likes energizing her audience and getting them involved. Ms. Sellers is a small business owner of Platinum’s Event Planning where she works as a Certified Event Planner. Ms. Sellers was appointed by the Board at their March 10th, 2021 meeting to fill the vacancy created by the election of June T. Williams-Hopson as President-Elect.
Marilyn Hill is Assistant Warden at Nottoway Work Center. Ms. Hill begins her 2nd term serving on VCA's Board.
Teresa Harvey works for Virginia Department of Corrections. Ms. Harvey previously served as VCA's Treasurer. She begins her new term serving as an At-Large Board Member.
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