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July 19, 2021 


Goochland, VA  - Elk Hill CEO Appointed to State Executive Council 


Governor Ralph Northam appointed Ronald K. Spears, Chief Executive Officer of Elk Hill, to the State Executive Council of Children’s Services.  


Mr. Spears was first appointed to the Executive Council in April 2021 to fill an open vacancy. Last week, Governor Northam reappointed him to the position for three additional years. Mr. Spears’ 40-year career has been dedicated to improving the lives of children across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been with Elk Hill for 38 years, beginning his tenure as Chief Executive Officer in July 2020.  


“I am incredibly honored to serve on the Children’s Services Executive Council and appreciate the confidence Governor Northam has in my ability to help guide policy decisions that will improve the lives of Virginia’s youth” commented Mr. Spears.  


“Ron Spears is uniquely qualified to serve in this role,” stated Elk Hill’s Board Chair, Charles E. Bradshaw III. “Ron has spent decades working with children, families, schools, and the community to design solutions that allow children impacted by mental health challenges to overcome overwhelming obstacles and dream of bright futures.”  


Elk Hill has been providing a continuum of mental health services to Virginia youth for over 50 years. Services include individual and group mental health therapies, specialized schools, residential programs, prevention services, community outreach, and daily therapeutic treatments. Elk Hill served more than 900 children ages, birth through 18, during the pandemic and anticipates an increased need for services as schools begin in-person instruction in September.

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