Heather OrrockDeputy Director – heather@nullvocalvirginia.org

As the Deputy Director, Heather is responsible for ensuring the effective implementation of VOCAL policies and procedures, maintaining strong fiscal management; and assisting the Program Directors in all aspects of program operations. Heather continues to provide capacity building,  organizational development, and technical assistance to Virginia’s network of peer-run programs. She holds a BA in Sociology from The College of William and Mary and is a 2010 graduate of the Emerging Non-Profit Leaders program. She has also completed Peer Recovery Specialist training and holds a certificate in Board Education from BoardSource.


Yolande LongNetwork Program Coordinatoryolande@nullvocalvirginia.org

Yolande Long holds a B.A from Mary Washington College where she double majored in Sociology and English, and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is the former Executive Director of ABIL (Agoraphobics Building Independent Lives).

A native of New York and a current resident of Bon Air, Yolande joined the VOCAL family in 2005.


Megan Sharkey – REACH Program Director – megan@nullvocalvirginia.org

Megan was raised in coastal New Jersey and attended undergraduate university in Pennsylvania. Knowing that she wanted to live in a city and having an uncle who is Richmond-based, Megan made the move to Virginia. Since settling in Richmond, she has worked to complete her Master of Social Work, with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice, from Virginia Commonwealth University. Megan’s interests include participating in social justice efforts to dismantle institutionalized oppression, getting engulfed in other worlds through books, listening to public radio, and spending quality time with loved ones. Megan first learned of VOCAL in 2016 while interning with another local mental health organization. She joined VOCAL as the REACH Coordinator last year and is excited to continue this incredible work.