Jody holds a B.A. in Education and History with a minor in German from Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University) in Mars Hill, N.C. and is a retired Virginia probation officer. She has additional training and education in the fields of law and domestic violence. Over the years she has been very active in the community as a nonprofit volunteer and as an advocate for individuals who need a voice. She is the founder of Citizens Against Family Violence and The Rainbow House (now The Southside Survivor Response Center), our local shelter for victims of domestic violence. She and her husband, Lewis, live in Collinsville. She has two daughters, Lindsey Martin and Leslie Martin. Jody frequently visits WeCare and chats with the members. Currently, one of her main goals is to introduce WeCare to more potential members and make the community more aware of the great opportunities WeCare offers, saying "It's a great recovery tool!"
James was born and raised in Henry County and attended Henry County Public Schools through the 10th grade. He later earned his GED and attended vocational school at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, VA while he was rehabbing from issues related to a childhood case of polio. After leaving Woodrow Wilson, he went to work as an auto mechanic's helper, his trained vocation, in Richmond, VA. He worked at that job for about 18 months before returning to Martinsville and going to work for Sara Lee Knit Products, where he worked for 16 years. James has been a member of WeCare since August 2007 and has been clean since 2008. He is in recovery from opioid addiction, cocaine addiction and mild alcohol use. He attends WeCare on an almost daily basis. He has four adult sons, all of whom reside in the Martinsville/Henry County area. James is happy to be serving on the board of WeCare because he believes in our mission, saying "WeCare saved my life by getting me off the street and giving me some positive feelings and hope."
John was born and raised in Elkton, Maryland. He graduated from Bohemia Manor High School in nearby Chesapeake City, Maryland. An avid NASCAR fan, John came to Martinsville for the spring race in 2013 and has been here ever since. His first day at WeCare was Friday of that race weekend. At the time, he was homelesss and struggling with alcoholism. John has made great strides since 2013 as he now has a steady place to live and has been alcohol free since the summer of 2016. John's hobbies are camping, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. He has ambition to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail. In addition to serving on the WeCare Board of Directors, he serves as President of the WeCare membership. John has a son that lives in Martinsville, a daughter that lives in Millsboro, Delaware, and 7 grandchildren. John says that he is proud to be serving as the membership President and as a member of the Board of Directors, positions that give him a sense of purpose and allow him to be able to help others in situations similar to his.
Shelby was born and raised in Pittsylvania County and attended Pittsylvania County Public Schools, including Tunstall High School. She moved to Martinsville in 1984 and went to work at the Best Western Motel, where she worked for 9 years. After leaving Best Western, she worked for the Dutch Inn for a short time. She also worked with Public Partnership Limited as a caretaker and attendant for a local disabled individual. Shelby has three adult sons, all of whom live in Henry County or Danville. Between the three sons, she has 6 grandchildren. Shelby has been a member of WeCare since January 2010. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and raising her own vegetables each year. She also enjoys crocheting, embroidery and crafting. Shelby says "Thanks to WeCare, I have been able to more effectively deal with my physical and mental disabilities. WeCare has also given me the skills and knowledge I need to aid two of my sons in their own recovery, one from alcohol and one from schizophrenia."
Rebecca was born and raised in Henry County, the youngest of three sisters. She attended Henry County schools, graduating from Fieldale -Collinsville High School in 1976. From high school through 1984, Rebecca was employed at Collinsville Printing. She married in 1976 and has two sons, Brad and John. She also has one granddaughter, Ava. Rebecca loves animals and has two pets, her dog Sweet P and her cat, Lucky. Rebecca has always had an interest in the arts and is a member of Piedmont Arts Association in Martinsville. She attends Studio 107, shere she has been learning and practicing stained-glass artwork. She also loves to paint and has many works to her credit. Rebecca has been a member of WeCare since 2007.
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Sam was born at Bethesda Naval Hospital to career Air Force officer Bob Petty and Bassett native Patricia Philpott Petty. Sam lived in three countries and seven states until his Father retired to Philpott when Sam was 13. Sam graduated from Bassett High School and attend Ferrum College for a year before transferring to Radford University where he received a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems. Sam’s 28 year career as a Computer Network Administrator began with a stint at the State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Sam then worked at Bassett Walker for four years and London Fog for four years. When London Fog closed their local operations he moved on to Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville and finally to Piedmont Community Services where he has been for the last 18 years. Sam is a staunch progressive who believes in helping the people of this community gain access to state and local resources in any way possible.
Angela Smith has lived in the Henry County area all her life. She is a graduate of Bassett High School and attended Patrick Henry Community College for nursing. She currently works at The Salvation Army as the Social Services Administrator, where she has served our community for 15 years. She is married to Kevin Smith and has three children. Angie is passionate about helping people succeed and WeCare is a perfect fit. She joined the WeCare board in 2018.
Larry was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and educated in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. When Larry was 24 years old, his father retired from General Motors and the family moved to Eden, NC, his mother's hometown. He was employed at Ridgeway Clocks from 1984 until 1994. While working there, he met his future wife and moved to Henry County. He has been a member of WeCare since March 2011 and has been clean since shortly thereafter. He has two adult children, both of whom still live in the Martinsville/Henry County area. Larry is a strong advocate of WeCare, saying "I have been in and out of different recovery centers since the 1980s and WeCare is the only one that worked for me."