Our Leadership

Elk Hill stands out from the pack for the long-term commitment of our senior staff – not just to our organization, but to service and leadership in the communities we call home.

Michael Farley

MS Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Farley has been with Elk Hill for over 30 of its 40+ years. After returning from serving with the Peace Corps in Africa, he joined the Elk Hill team as a counselor. He then went on to serve as the Director of Programs, becoming Executive Director in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Mr. Farley has received three gubernatorial appointments and has been twice elected president of both the statewide accrediting/advocacy body for specialized education facilities and the largest coalition of private providers in Virginia.

Ron Spears

Chief Operations Officer

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Ron Spears has been with Elk Hill since 1984. He served as a Team Leader, Admissions and Aftercare Coordinator and Director, Director of Community Services, and Director of Programs before becoming Chief Operations Officer. He knows every Elk Hill program from the ground up and has helped them evolve as the needs of our young men and women change. Mr. Spears is immediate past President of the Virginia Association of Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF), and has been recognized by the Central Virginia Partnership on Youth as the 2012 Outstanding Private Partner of the Year for actively demonstrating community collaboration and service to youth and families.

David Wyman

Chief Financial Officer Director of Administration

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David Wyman joined the Elk Hill team in 2008. Prior to that, he worked for more than 20 years as a senior financial executive in high-tech, manufacturing and software organizations. He also serves on the Chesterfield County School Board.

Jessica Cocciolone

CFRE Director of Development

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Jessica Cocciolone, CFRE, joined Elk Hill in 2016 to lead the development team in raising more than $1 million annually for Elk Hill programs, building public awareness through marketing communications, and engaging volunteer and community resources to advance the Elk Hill’s mission.

Jennifer Kincaid

Human Resources Director

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Jennifer Kincaid brought her 20+ years of experience in Human Resources to Elk Hill in 2011. Prior to joining Elk Hill, she worked for a treatment facility for at risk youth and also has experience in the industries of higher education, hospital and manufacturing. Ms. Kincaid’s education is in Substance Abuse Counseling, Early Childhood Education and Sociology.

Alex Sullivan

Community Relations Coordinator

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Alex Sullivan has been with Elk Hill since 1980 and knows our programs inside and out. He is actively involved in marketing our services and building strong community outreach and customer service relationships. Well respected in the local community and in the human service sector, Mr. Sullivan is a tremendous asset to Elk Hill.

Darlene Ferguson

EdS Director of Education

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Darlene Ferguson brings brings 25 years of experience to Elk Hill working in the public and private sector of education as a teacher, case manager, supervisor, and educational director of programs serving the needs of students with various emotional and learning disabilities, as well as autism and other health impaired disabilities. Ms. Ferguson earned a BS and a MS from James Madison University and a post-master’s degree from the George Washington University in educational leadership.

Laura Easter

PhD, LPC Director of Community Services

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Laura Easter joined Elk Hill in 2007 as the first Program Director for our Spring Garden group home for girls, and was then promoted to the new position of Community Services Director. Dr. Easter received her master's degree in school counseling from Loyola University in Maryland and her doctorate in counselor education from the University of Virginia. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has served as a counselor working with adults, children, and families in public and private school settings, residential facilities, and community mental health centers, and has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia teaching and supervising Master's students in the counseling program. Dr. Easter serves on FAPT and CPMTs in several counties, as well as the steering committee for the Systems of Care KKIC Start Initiative.

Tammy Johnston

MSW, LCSW Director of Residential Services

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Tammy Johnston has been with Elk Hill since 2010 as a Program Director at the Spring Garden Group Home for girls. She was promoted in 2015 to her current position as Director of Residential Services. She has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families within mental health and residential settings. Ms. Johnston received her BA from the University of Virginia and her Master's in Social work from West Virginia University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also earned a certificate in Trauma Treatment and Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland. She has served on FAPTs in several counties and continues to advocate for youth and their families in various capacities.