Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Ronald K. Spears, Chief Executive Officer of Elk Hill, to the State Executive Council of Children’s Services.
Spears was first appointed to the Executive Council in April 2021 to fill an open vacancy. Last week, Governor Northam reappointed him to the position for three additional years. Spears’ 40-year career has been dedicated to improving the lives of children across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been with Elk Hill for 38 years, beginning his tenure as Chief Executive Officer in July 2020.
“I am incredibly honored to serve on the Children’s Services Executive Council and appreciate the confidence Governor Northam has in my ability to help guide policy decisions that will improve the lives of Virginia’s youth,” commented Spears.
To Elk Hill’s Board Chair, Charles E. Bradshaw III, Spears is uniquly qualified to serve in the role.
“Ron has spent decades working with children, families, schools,” Bradshaw said, “and the community to design solutions that allow children impacted by mental health challenges to overcome overwhelming obstacles and dream of bright futures.”
Elk Hill, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Goochland, has been providing a continuum of mental health services to youth across Central Virginia for over 50 years. Services include individual and group mental health therapies, specialized schools, residential programs, community outreach, and daily therapeutic treatments.