Staff Listing

When someone joins the People Places family, they tend to stay with us. Nearly half of our staff members have been with us for a decade or more. In the list below, you’ll see staff members from every office alongside the number of years they’ve been part of our team—testaments to the strength of our community and our commitment to families.

Key Leadership of People Places

Key Leadership

Nancy Strang

Nancy joined People Places in 2010 and was instrumental in the development of a community-based services program for the entire agency.  She has served as Executive Director since April of 2016 and is the acting Director of the Valley office sites.  Nancy has an extensive background in the child-welfare field, having previous involvement with residential, clinical, treatment foster care, adoption, and community based service programs.

She received her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2000. Nancy has over 25 years of experience working with children and families, including 20 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations.

Linda Gitz Currence

In 1995, Linda came to People Places after a 19-year career as a social worker at the Charlottesville Department of Social Services, with a concentration in family, child protection, and foster care services.

During her time at People Places, Linda was a line worker, Supervisor, and Adoption Coordinator before becoming the Associate Director at the Charlottesville site in 2002. She also serves as the Director of Social Services, with agency-wide oversight of compliance with Virginia Department of Social Services licensing standards.

She has over 40 years of experience in the child welfare field.

Linda received her master’s in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management, in 2005, from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Blinn

Michael is the Chief Operating Officer at People Places. He began working at People Places in 1998 where he focused primarily on Information Technology, finance, and operations. He grew up in Augusta County and graduated from Riverheads High School then Eastern Mennonite University. Michael has served as both a Director and an Officer on several nonprofit boards.  He is most passionate about bringing best-in-class technology and financial tools to the community.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys basketball, being outdoors, and eating really good food.

Brad Wentz

Brad has been working in the field of Child Welfare for the last 25 years.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Mary Washington College and earned a master’s degree in social work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brad started his Child Welfare journey with the Orange County Department of Social Services as the sole Child Protective Services worker for the entire county. 

In 1997, Brad became a Child Protective Services Worker for the Charlottesville Department of Social Services. During his 14 years of service in this position, Brad was promoted to Senior Social Worker and then to the CPS Program Supervisor.  He received his license in Clinical Social Work in 2011. In recognition of his impact on the community and commitment to the field, Brad was nominated and named the John L. Snook Child Advocate of the Year for the Charlottesville area in 2009.

Brad assumed the role of Child Protective Services Supervisor in Albemarle County in 2013 where he served for 4 years. During his tenure, Brad was a member of the agency Leadership Team, helping develop the agency Strategic Plan and Business Plan. 

Brad joined People Places in 2016 where he trains staff and teaching parents on Trauma Informed Care and where he recently assumed the role of Regional Program Director for the Charlottesville office.

People Places Employees (by tenure)

  • (0-5 years)
  • (6-14 years)
  • (15-25 years)
  • (26-40 years)

0 – 5 Years

  • Thomascine Allen
  • Avan Batten
  • Ryan Bose
  • Kristine Brooks
  • Paula Burnett
  • Eli Crawford
  • Jason Critzer
  • Holly Edwards
  • Shawn Fitzgerald
  • Terry Hey
  • Kelly Howdyshell
  • Janice Pulliam
  • Charles Quigley
  • Julianna Schroen
  • Mirela Serifovic
  • Barabara Station
  • Kindall Stevenson
  • Angela Veach
  • Brad Wentz
  • Rhonda Wiley
  • Cheri Wilhelm

6 – 14 Years

  • Dinah Bell
  • Melissa Blinn
  • Christina “Tina” Bosserman
  • Emily Davis
  • Cheryl Dickensheets
  • Richard Doyle
  • Michele Freeman
  • Mary Glover
  • Kim Higgins
  • Douglas Johnson
  • Ray Leavitt
  • Jeannie Lockinger
  • Donna Schindler
  • Barbara Slaughter
  • Nancy Strang
  • Michelle Truslow
  • Frances Waalewyn
  • Amy Witt

15 – 25 Years

  • Jerelyn Anderson
  • Missy Berry
  • Michael Blinn
  • Linda Currence
  • Kevin Madden
  • Joyce Stratton

26 – 40 Years

  • Ann Barnett
  • Carol Bright
  • Penny Combs
  • William Heizer