Leadership

Key Staff

Greg_Peters

Greg Peters

PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Greg Peters has served as president and CEO since January 1, 2000. Greg started his career at UMFS as a treatment foster care coordinator. He served as the Tidewater regional center director, associate executive director, and chief operating officer. Greg is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience working with high-risk children and families.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College and a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Greg has continued learning through courses at the University of North Carolina, Harvard University and the College of William and Mary. He is a 2000 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.

As a child advocate and community leader, he has served as president of two of the major child care associations in Virginia. Greg was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to serve on the state executive council for the Comprehensive Services Act for At-Risk Youth. He is active on a local, state and national level in developing and implementing creative partnerships to address gaps in the human service system.

 

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Jay Ziehl

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Jay Ziehl has served as chief operating officer, and most recently as executive VP/COO of UMFS, since 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to coming to UMFS, Jay worked in the public and for-profit sectors developing and supervising juvenile justice and at-risk youth programs. In all, he has more than 34 years of experience in the field.

 

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Matt Lisagor

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Matt Lisagor received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Old Dominion University in 1991 and became a Certified Public Accountant in September 2000. Matt has more than 15 years of financial experience, 12  in a healthcare and human service setting. Matt has held financial positions in private, public and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the UMFS team, Matt was the vice president of finance, hospital operations, for a large behavioral healthcare company in the Richmond area.

 

Laurie Dever

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

Laurie Dever joined UMFS in 2015 after serving as vice president of human resources and leadership development for YMCA of Greater Richmond. She brings a unique mix of education, counseling and more than 20 years of human resources experience in nonprofit and for-profit companies.

Laurie has a bachelor of science and master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has a post-masters certificate in advanced professional counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. She is a board certified professional counselor and holds a professional human resources certification through Society of Human Resources Management.

 

Gary Duncan

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Gary Duncan joined UMFS in March 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has more than 26 years of experience fundraising for nonprofit programs, with specialization in major and planned gift giving. As the founder of two residential and educational programs for youth, he has extensive expertise in working with children and youth from challenging environments. Gary has provided fund development leadership in various programs including the National Park Foundation, ChildFund International, iBex Technologies, the Alliance for Children and Families and Community Attention Homes.

 

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Nancy Toscano, PhD

CHIEF PROGRAM AND STRATEGY OFFICER

Nancy Toscano received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Siena College and her master’s in social work from New York University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of VA-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) from the Medical College of Virginia. Nancy received a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. She has several years of nonprofit experience in the United States, England and Malaysia working with high-risk children and families in a variety of roles. She has also been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at VCU since 2007. Nancy’s experience, interest and focus is on organizational behavior and culture, metrics analysis and strategic thinking. She has training in Innovation Engineering and the Gazelle’s method of strategic execution.

 

Wade Puryear

VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOLS

Wade Puryear earned a master’s degree in special education from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a post-graduate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Virginia postgraduate professional teaching license with endorsements in administration and supervision, English, ED, K-12, and specific learning disabilities K-12. He supports and directs all Charterhouse School programs in Richmond and Edinburg. Since 2001, he has held increasingly responsible positions in private day and residential school leadership and operations in various nonprofit organizations. Wade has a passion for giving students with special needs opportunities for vocational training and other life skills that will help them become productive and contributing members of their communities. Wade is enrolled in VCU’s post-graduate certificate program for professional counseling and is pursuing his credentials as a licensed professional counselor.

 

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Adalay Wilson

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

Adalay Wilson has a master’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University. She became a licensed clinical social worker in 1992 and has been with UMFS for more than 25 years. She oversees UMFS statewide community-based programs, Project LIFE, foster parent recruitment and community outreach initiatives.

 

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