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VISION

The Southside Wellness Coalition is committed to a safe, secure, healthy, prosperous and drug free community in the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg.

MISSION

Collaborating with local resources and partnerships to foster wellness and a drug-free community for our youth, adults and families in the counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg.

Approved November 2020 by the membership of Southside Wellness Coalition

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LEADERSHIP

Ann Bishop - Chair

Ann F. Bishop, RN, MSN recently retired from Southern Virginia Higher Education Center where she managed the Center of Nursing Excellence for the last eight years. Ann also served as Director of the Southside Virginia Area Health Education Center since 2015. Before joining SVHEC, Ann was Nurse Manager for Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and prior to that worked in a variety of nursing positions in hospitals and home health settings for over 20 years.

Learn more about Ann in her Member Spotlight.

Diane Edmonds - Vice Chair

Dr. Edmonds was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, and raised in Kansas. As the child of a military father, she was afforded the opportunity to live all over the world. However, Virginia has become home since her father’s retirement. Dr. Edmonds graduated from Bluestone Senior High School and went on to further educational endeavors. She has an Associate’s degree in Human Services; Bachelor’s in Sociology and Social Work; Master’s in Community and College Counseling and a Ph.D. in Addiction Counseling/Psychology.

Dr. Edmonds has been in the field of Human Services since 1989. Her current positions are: a Clinical Supervisor/Psychologist for Turning Point Youth & Family Services; College Professor for Southside Virginia Community College teaching Health, Human Services and Psychology classes on numerous campuses, including 2 Dual Enrollment sites: Central of Lunenburg and Greensville High Schools. She is a contract employee for the Court Services Unit teaching Shoplifting Prevention and Substance Abuse groups. In addition, Dr. Edmonds is eligible to teach VASAP.

Dr. Edmonds works with the entire lifespan … from womb to tomb. She provides individual; marriage and family; group counseling and all clinical components for the employees under her supervision. Dr. Edmonds has a passion for helping others and giving back for all the blessings received during this amazing journey. Substance Abuse is her area of expertise, but humanity with grace covers all the areas of Human Services and that is her mission in supporting others in the home, school and community.

Dr. Edmonds was blessed to be married to Sgt. Ronnie Edmonds with the South Hill Police Department and from their union came their beloved son. Tyler graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2019 with his Master’s degree in Public Administration. Dr. Edmonds has a cat named Pumpkin and granddog named Leo.

Kimberly Gordon - Secretary

Bio coming soon!

Dominique Watson - Active Member-at-Large

Dominique was born in South Boston, VA, and is a Halifax County native who grew up in the Scottsburg community. After graduating from Halifax County High School, she went on to complete her Associate’s in Human Services at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA. By 2015, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Health Administration Management at Stratford University.

Dominique joined the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s staff in August 2019 as the new Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Outreach Coordinator. This position has provided her the opportunity to connect with many people and become a resource to the community regarding health careers and education. Prior to coming to SVHEC, Dominique was the Volunteer Services Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, VA.

Shavonda Stith - Active Member-at-Large

Shavonda Stith is a First Sergeant at the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, currently assigned to Brunswick High School as a School Resource Officer. She also supervises four other SROs. 

Learn more about Shavonda in her Member Spotlight.

Gavin Jordan - Active Member-at-Large

Bio coming soon!

Stephen Wilson - Active Member-at-Large

Bio coming soon! In the meantime, check out his Member Spotlight.

Kenan Tyner-Smith - Fiscal Agent

Kenan was born in Alexandria, VA, and raised in the Northern Virginia suburbs. After graduating from a Fairfax County public high school, she attended George Mason University in Fairfax. In 1992, she had earned both a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from GMU. For the next eight years, she worked as a high school English teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.

In 2004, Kenan moved to Southside and worked as a high school English teacher for Mecklenburg County Public Schools and then as middle school English chair for Halifax County Public Schools.

In 2018, Kenan accepted the position of Prevention Coordinator at the Southside Community Services Board. This position allows her to utilize her communication skills in new and challenging ways while addressing the substance use and mental health issues facing our local communities. Kenan currently lives in Clarksville with her husband, Michael, and two Bluestone High School teens. Her two sons are attending UVA and JMU respectively. Kenan is proud to be a part of the Southside Wellness Coalition and looks forward to its continued growth and development.

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THIS EFFORT TAKES ALL OF US!

We welcome community partners and individuals from Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg counties to get involved!

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