Leadership

BOARD

Michael Giancaspro, Chair

Marshall Ross, Vice Chair

Bruce Sadler, Secretary

Ken Huntsman, Past Chair

John S. Brenneke

John Fuller

Keith Hare

Ann Hodges

Iris Holliday

Sarah Hoyle

David Reid

Jennie Reynolds

N. H. Cookie Scott

Melissa Sikes

Nancy Toscano

Karen Walker

Bruce Whitehurst

 

Board Member Bios

Key Staff

Nancy Toscano, PhD, LCSW

PRESIDENT and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Nancy Toscano was named UMFS President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2021. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer. Before joining UMFS in 2007, Nancy worked with youth and families in New York, California, as well as in England and Malaysia. She has extensive experience in organizational behavior and culture, metrics analysis, and strategic thinking, and she is trained in Innovation Engineering and the Gazelle’s method of strategic execution.  

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of VA-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) from the Medical College of Virginia, Nancy also is graduate of University of Michigan and the Alliance’s Executive Leadership Institute. She was chair of Richmond City’s Community, Planning and Management Team and facilitated its strategic planning process. She serves on the Child Abuse and Neglect Advisory Committeehas appointments to the boards of Virginia Coalition of Private Providers and the United Methodist Association (UMA), and she played a key leadership role in Virginia’s implementation of the Family First Preservation Services Act. In 2018, Nancy was invited by Virginia’s Office of Children’s Services and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to provide strategic planning facilitation for the State Executive Council. 

Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Siena College and her master’s in social work from New York University. She earned her PhD in public policy and administration with a concentration in nonprofit leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she later became an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work.  

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Matt Lisagor, CPA

CHIEF FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

UMFS Chief Financial Officer Matt Lisagor is a Certified Personal Accountant who brings more than 29 years of financial experience to his role at UMFS. Through years of working with private, public, and non-profit organizations of varying budget capacities, Matt has developed extensive operational finance expertise. 

Prior to joining UMFS, Matt served as Vice President of Finance, Hospital Operations, for a national publicly traded behavioral healthcare company responsible for seven facilities.   

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Old Dominion University in 1991. In September of 2000, he became a Certified Public Accountant. Matt’s been leading UMFS’ financial operations since 2007. 

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Adalay Wilson, LCSW

CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER

Adalay Wilson is Chief Program Officer at UMFS, where she’s worked since 1989. She has more than 35 years of experience developing and directing successful programs and initiatives in the nonprofit and public sectors and provides leadership, strategic direction, and vision for statewide community-based services and grant programs. Adalay previously served UMFS as Associate Vice President of Programs, Adoption Director, Regional Center Director, and Treatment Foster Care Supervisor. 

Adalay has a passion for supporting the strengths of children, teens, and families through services that promote prevention, preservation, reunification, and Kinship Care. She has extensive experience in program management, budgeting, child protection, child welfare, mental health, counseling, grant administration, collaborative partnerships, and community relations. 

After earning her bachelor’s of social work from Virginia State University, Adalay went on to earn her master’s of social work from Norfolk State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and past-president of the Virginia Association of Licensed Child Placing Agencies. Adalay currently serves on the Chesterfield Community Policy and Management Team, Child Welfare Advisory Committee, and the Three Branch Appropriate Foster Care Placement and Prevention Services workgroups. 

Lindsey Layne, M.Ed

VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY & INNOVATION

Lindsey Layne has worked in the field of education and training for fifteen years.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Longwood University and her M.Ed. in Adult Learning from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Lindsey has played an integral part in designing, training, and implementing the Gazelles Model of strategic execution at UMFS.  She has a successful track record of instructional design, consulting and facilitation, often asked to deliver trainings across the Virginia. Lindsey is a MBTI Certified Trainer and earned her Blue Belt Certification in Innovation Engineering.  Additionally, Lindsey has trained with UMFS’s partner agency, Diakonie, in Munich, Germany.  Lindsey’s professional interests are CX, innovative startups, and data visualization. 

Deborah Burton, MSW

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS

Deborah Burton began her career with UMFS in 1995 as a Social Worker in the UMFS Tidewater office. She previously worked for the Department of Social Services (DSS) and residential programs. In Tidewater, Deborah worked in a unique program designed to provide permanency options for children who lived with family members who had AIDS. The “My Sister’s Children” program resulted in a standby guardianship law for parents, which allowed them the opportunity to plan for the care of their children if they became incapacitated or passed away. 

Deborah would go on to be named Adoption Supervisor at the UMFS Richmond office and was later promoted to Associate Program Director for the South Hill office. After leaving the agency for a year, Deborah returned as Program Director for the South Hill office. Since her return to the agency in 2003, Deborah was promoted to a Regional Director’s position for the South and West Region. Under Deborah’s leadership, that program grew to include offices in Lynchburg, South Hill, and Farmville.  

Deborah is a graduate of Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work. She has more than 30 years of experience with both the private and public sectors of social work. Deborah is passionate advocate who ensures parents are empowered to make decisions regarding their children. Deborah is also dedicated to using her gifts to cultivate emerging leaders in the organization. 

Erica Ellison

Erica Ellison, Esq., MBA

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Erica Ellison brings a wealth of experience to UMFS in her role as Associate Vice President of Human Resources. She joined UMFS in February 2020 after having worked for 20 years in leadership positions with private-sector leaders like Hewlett Packard and Northrop Grumman.  

skilled human resources executive, Erica’s strengths include achieving strategic objectives through well-developed analytical, diagnostic, and partnering skills that create authentic and lasting solutions for complex organizational challenges like acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and high-growth cycles. 

Erica is a Catholic University of America alumna with a bachelor’s in business. She’s earned her juris doctorate and MBA from the University of Maryland. 

Katie Moore, CFRE

DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT

Katie Moore joined UMFS in 2012 as Development Manager and now serves as Director of Fund Development. Katie has 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2018. Katie enjoys building relationships with donors and connecting them with opportunities to make an impact in the lives of children and families served by UMFS.

Katie is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina. She has earned certificates in grant writing and management and fund development from the University of Richmond and completed the RVA Leadership Lab in 2019. Katie is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives (VAFRE).

Molly Rafferty Davis, MA

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Molly is the Executive Assistant to the CEO. She began her journey with UMFS in January of 2014 with our Therapeutic Treatment Services (TTS) program.  Molly then worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator facilitator for 3 years before transitioning to our TFC program as both a TFC social worker and the Intake Specialist.  Molly was also a leader of the Central Region Systems of Care Expansion Center grant and supervised our Family Support Partner program.

Molly has a master’s degree in counseling from Marymount University and is a National Board-Certified Counselor, as well as a credentialed Facilitator and Coach in High Fidelity Wraparound. Prior to UMFS, Molly worked as a Data Coding Specialist for a consulting firm and was a Research Analyst for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs.

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