Deidre JohnsonExecutive 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 Culpeper with her two children; a 17 year old daughter and a 13` year old son. She can often be found outdoors walking, fishing with her children, or reading. She is also the founder of a nonprofit, The Ayden Christopher Foundation, which raises funds to help families in Virginia with children in the hospital with critical congenital heart defects (CHD) and to promote awareness of CHDs.

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


Erin CrettierActing Policy

After 5 years in retail management, Erin began as a volunteer for VOCAL in November, 2016. A passion for mental health advocacy and social justice led her to VOCAL’s offices. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 with a BFA in Theatre: Costume Design. Erin currently resides in Richmond, and is very excited to join the VOCAL team.



Don Johnson – REACH Program Director –

Don holds an Associate degree in Applied Science from Lord Fairfax Community College and is currently pursuing his BS in Sociology.  He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, a WRAP© Facilitator, and a Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency Facilitator. Don also has completed Mental Health First Aid training, is a Crisis Intervention Team instructor, sits on the Doors2Wellbeing National Youth Advisory Council as the veteran representative, and is also a member of the iNAPS Youth and Young Adult Peer Support Committee.

Before coming to VOCAL, Don served over two years as a Peer Recovery Specialist for the Program of Assertive Community Treatment team at Northwestern Community Services Board in Winchester and as Outreach Coordinator for Strength in Peers in Woodstock. A veteran of the United States Army, SGT Johnson served as a medic on posts worldwide, but most particularly was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in October 2007 through January 2009 with the 86th Combat Support Hospital to the famed Baghdad ER.


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.


Heather OrrockCo-OPP Director/Development Director –

Heather Orrock is the Co-OPP Program Director/Development Director at VOCAL. As the Co-OPP Program Director, she provides capacity building,  organizational development, and technical assistance to Virginia’s network of peer-run programs. As Development Director, Heather is 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.


Malaina PooreNetwork Program

Malaina Poore has been with VOCAL for 7 years, first as Executive Assistant then as Firewalkers Coordinator. She had led  Firewalkers workshops, readings and public speaking events from graduate psychology classrooms at James Madison University to Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco and many places in between. Her work with Firewalkers received the 2011 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling from the National Storytelling Network. Malaina is also a trained Trauma Informed Care facilitator through SAMHSA. She holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Masters Degree in Creative Non-Fiction, and she recently completed the Management Academy at the Center for Non-Profit Management.


Megan Sharkey – REACH Program Manager –

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!