Partner Board Members

Founding members:


Gracie R. Agnew, Chairperson


Gracie R. Agnew is the University Supervisor at Longwood College. She worked as an educator for 40 years serving as a teacher, assistant principal, curriculum specialist, principal, and Director of Instruction. Although she received several awards, one of which was being named Principal of the Year for the State of Virginia, she says, “The greatest reward was the opportunity afforded me to partner with so many gifted educators to positively impact the lives of students, our greatest resource.” Gracie Agnew enjoys gardening, reading, and working jigsaw puzzles in her free time.






Beth Deatherage, Vice-Chair


Beth Deatherage is the Vice President, Director of Accounts at HD Web Studios. She has a Bachelor’s of Art from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University. She has thirteen years of experience in sales and marketing. She began her career at HD Web Studio in 2010. She serves on the Martinsville Uptown promotions committee and as a board member for the Southern Piedmont Technology Council. She is married to Robert Deatherage and has one son. She also enjoys reading and eBay in her free time






Susan King Sabin, Secretary

Susan SabinSusan is an Independent Contractor and the Office Manager at Law Office of Heath L. Sabin. She has been serving families since December 2010, advocating for those in need and directly assisting with childhood development for over 200 families. Over the last two years, Susan has spent time speaking at conferences and trainings for childhood education providers and families. She currently serves on the Promising Neighborhoods Advisory Committee through Smart Beginnings, along with the CHILL Board. Susan and her husband, Heath L. Sabin, run our their law office, serving the community through legal services, advocacy, and personal growth.






Mike Minter, Treasurer

Mike MinterEmployed by HC school system as Director of Secondary Instruction and Student Assessment. Married to Beth, who also works for the school system. They have three children. Enjoys golf.








Ann Adkins

Ann AdkinsAnn Adkins is a retired special education teacher with 37 years at Henry County Public Schools. Ann has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and an endorsement in Specific Learning Disabilities. Ann loves physical activities such as tennis, Zumba, yoga and walking. She enjoys participating in activities at Smith Memorial Methodist Church. Ann is also the proud mother of two wonderful adult daughters. 







Matthew Brown


Matthew Brown is a Prevention Specialist/ Drug Free MHC Coordinator at Piedmont Community Services. He has worked at Piedmont since November of 2014. He has previously worked for Henry County Public Schools for 1 ½ years and Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services for 2 ½ years. Matthew Brown is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Magna Vista High School, Minister, and Musician.







Nicole DeShon 

Nicole DeShonNicole has been the orthodontic partner with David Jones at Orthodontist at Jones & DeShon Orthodontics for one year. She is a recent graduate of West Virginia University. Nicole is a member of Charity League and  is enjoying getting to know more about Martinsville and Henry Co. Her hobbies include traveling and spending time at the lake.








Brian Hairston

Brian Hairston4-H agent for over 17 years and is the district agent. Teaches in Brazil for a month every year. Married to Tiffanie, also a HC employee. They have two children.








Betsy Haskins


Betsy is a native of Martinsville, Virginia and is the owner of Music Moves for Piano. She is a master teacher of piano, voice and organ and has taught Kindermusik for28 years and Music Together for 25 years. She taught music and math at Carlisle School  for 23 years and new teaches piano and voice at Carlisle and her home studio. She has served as organist for several local churches over the last 25 years.  Betsy is past president of Charity League, Child Abuse Prevention Team, and  Piedmont Arts Assoc. She is a member of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and serves on the Session. She resides with her husband, Jim, in Henry County, and has 4 children and 3 grandsons. Betsy enjoys quilting and tennis.






Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel RodriguezESL program in Henry County Public Schools since 2009. Has 2 daughters, married to Diana who also works for the HC Public Schools. Enjoys running.