Deidre Johnson- Executive Director –

Deidre previously held the position of Interim Executive Director and prior to that, Operations Manager. She has the unique firsthand experience of organizing the business of a statewide non-profit as well as a firm knowledge of recovery and peer empowerment. Deidre has been employed with VOCAL since 2012.

Deidre lives in Chesterfield with her two children; a 20 year old daughter and a 16 year old son. She can often be found outdoors walking, fishing with her children, or reading.

Deidre has completed Peer Support Specialist training and is finishing work on a Certificate of Non-Profit Leadership.


Heather OrrockDeputy Director –

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 is also responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of VOCAL’s fundraising activities. Heather 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

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 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.