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Northern Virginia Community Outreach Program

Michele Leith at the Greenspring Fraud Expo in March

In January the Office of the Attorney General extended the reach of its community outreach programs by securing an outreach coordinator in every region of the state. The Northern Virginia Outreach Coordinator, Michele Leith, works closely with many groups in the Northern Virginia area. She is a board member for NVAN (Northern Virginia Aging Network). She is also a member of the Prince William County G.R.I.T. (Gang Response Intervention Team) and the Greater Prince William Human Trafficking Task Force.

The Northern Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator works closely with the Northern Virginia TRIAD groups. The coordinator regularly holds presentations on all the available programs and resources that the Office of the Attorney General provides. Programs such as, Medicaid Fraud Control, Elder Abuse and Neglect, Human Trafficking, Financial Fraud Prevention awareness and education, legal services fraud outreach, and consumer protection to local community organizations, faith groups, service providers, Triad groups, neighborhood watches, law enforcement community groups, and senior living communities.

Northern Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator, Michele Leith is involved in a large number of activities in the NOVA area, many of which you will see information about right here.

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EVENTS

    

Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Conference Spotsylvania Stafford Fredericksburg TRIAD/S.A.L.T. Council Meeting
*** Registration Required *** - More Info... Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging
Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center June 7, 2017 - 9:00 am 
May 31 - June 2, 2017 - All Day 460 Lendall Lane
2800 Shore Drive Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451  
   
Prince William County Prevention Alliance Meeting OAG "Street Smart Senior" Fraud Prevention Presentation
Sudley North Government Building Pohick Regional Library
June 8, 2017 - 2:00 pm June 13, 2017 - 7:00 pm
7987 Ashton Avenue 6450 Sydenstriker Road
Manassas, Virginia 20110 Burke, Virginia 22015
   
Prince William County Gang Response Intervention Team Meeting Spotsylvania Stafford Fredericksburg TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council Meeting
Manassas City Police Department Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging
June 20, 2017 - 1:00 pm July 5, 2017 - 9:00 am
9518 Fairview Avenue 460 Lendall Lane
Manassas, Virginia 20110 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
   
Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN) Board Meeting Remote Access Medical (RAM) Clinic
Northern Virginia Regional Commission Wise County Fairgrounds
July 18, 2017 - 1:00 pm July 20-22, 2017 - All Day
3040 Williams Drive, Suite 200 State Rte 680
Fairfax, Virginia 22031 Wise, Virginia 24293
   
NOVA Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting Spotsylvania Stafford Fredericksburg TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council Meeting
Sully District Station Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging
July 27, 2017 - 1:00 pm August 2, 2017 - 9:00 am
4900 Stonecroft Boulevard 460 Lendall Lane
Chantilly, Virginia 20151 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
   
Prince William County Gang Response Intervention Team Meeting Spotsylvania Stafford Fredericksburg TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council Meeting
Manassas City Police Department Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging
August 15, 2017 - 1:00 pm September 6, 2017 - 9:00 am
9518 Fairview Avenue 460 Lendall Lane
Manassas, Virginia 20110 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Safe Neighborhood

Photo of Theresa Scales and the crew of HR Scene.Project Safe Neighborhood is a grant that Norfolk was awarded back in November 2014 in an effort to help reduce the gun & gang violence amongst our youth. Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator, Theresa Scales speaks to the At-Risk population about the consequences of gun & gang violence. The agenda of this program is to educate our youth on what the law states in regards to being tried & convicted as adults at the age of 14, the DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice) process. The program also strives to bring awareness to the affects being locked up has on their future, as well as their family. 

Project Safe Neighborhood has held events that connect with the adults that interact and work with the At-Risk population. These events provide gun and gang awareness information.

Theresa has also given presentations at Elementary, Middle, and High Schools throughout Norfolk, and is speaking at the upcoming Sheriff's Summer Camp. She has also participated in several career days throughout Norfolk Public Schools, and Social Skills groups for foster parents and children. Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator, Theresa Scales is involved in a large number of activities in the Norfolk area, many of which you will see information about right here.

GAP- Gang Awareness for Parents group with Department of Juvenile Justice - Norfolk Court Service Unit, under the direction of Theresa McBride. This is a very basic gang awareness class for parents of juveniles who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System here in Norfolk. The classes will be held at the Huntersville Multi-Purpose Center once per month. There were about 20 parents last evening. The parents are being referred to the classes by the Probation Officers and the Diversion Counselor. This is a one-time hour long class. In this class, parents learn the definition of Criminal Street Gangs, names of some of Norfolk's local Hybrid gangs, the reasons our youth join, the DJJ system, how their children's behavior will  have an impact on their lives if their child gets further into the system, as well as, things that can be done as a parent to stay in tune with their children. 

A recent news clip from hrScene website highlights the outreach efforts by Norfolk police department in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General's Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator: Theresa Scales -  Norfolk Police Hope to Bridge Gap with Community through Forums

 

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EVENTS

Anti-Bullying, Gang Awareness & Gun Violence Prevention Forum These are FREE Family Events. See Flyer...
Sponsored and Hosted by Anti-Violence Alliance Food, Entertainment, Vendors.
   
Southside STEM Academy at Campostella Norfolk Scope
July 29, 2017 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm August 26, 2017 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1106 Campostella Road 201 East Brambleton Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23523 Norfolk, Virginia 23510
   
** SPANISH FORUM **  
East Ocean View Recreation Center  
October 7, 2017 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm  
9520 20th Bay  
Norfolk, Virginia 23518  
   

 

Theresa Scales giving a presentation at Norview Middle School on real guns vs. fake guns and the consequences of children playing with guns and gun violence in Norfolk. 

 

There was a young boy who came from the crowd and joined in. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Meet Your Community Outreach Coordinators

Central Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator: David MalakoutiDavid Malakouti, Central Virginia:   David worked as Alternative Programs Coordinator as well as a Victim/Witness Specialist for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Richmond. Mr. Malakouti received his Bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice. Mr. Malakouti also received his Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Criminal Justice.

Phone: 804-786-1922  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Roanoke Community Outreach Coordinator: Debbie BellDebbie Bell, Roanoke:   Prior to joining Attorney General Herring's office, Debbie worked with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Roanoke County Police Department and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.   

Phone: 540-562-3571  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Mountain Empire Region Community Outreach Coordinator: Amy DuncanAmy Duncan, Mountain Empire Region:   Before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, Amy taught elementary school students for 19 years, and worked in the medical field where she piloted the first Medication Reconciliation program at The Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.   

Phone: 276-628-1799  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Northern Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator: Michelle LeithMichele Leith, Northern Virginia:   Prior to joining Attorney General Herring's office, Michele worked for a variety of human services and social services agencies in Northern Virginia serving diverse populations including victims of crime and violence and their loved ones, mental health service recipients, human trafficking victims, public school students, and the homeless.   

Phone: 703-359-1121  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Tidewater Community Outreach Coordinator: William ShacklefordWilliam Shackleford, Hampton Roads:  William has a background of working with diverse populations. His background includes time with the Hampton Department of Human Services as an eligibility worker. He also worked for 8 years as a Family Engagement Specialist in Hampton City Schools. Just before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, William served as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’ s Office in the City of Newport News.

Phone: 757-382-6511  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator: Theresa ScalesTheresa Scales, Project Safe Neighborhood:  Before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, Theresa was a Special Education Teacher for Norfolk Public Schools and a case manager with a Non-Profit agency that worked with abused children that had been removed from their natural homes. Theresa also worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice and a Juvenile Parole Officer with the Norfolk Court Service Unit.

Phone: 757-823-4334  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Randy DavisRandy Davis, Central Virginia: Healthcare Fraud & Elder Abuse:  Randy Davis is a native of North Carolina, but has spent most of his life in Richmond. He worked for local radio and television stations for 28 years before becoming a state employee. He has been with the Attorney General's Office since 1999. Randy has served as the Attorney General’s Director of Communications and later as his Director of Programs until 2009, when he transferred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Today, he serves as the Unit’s Community Outreach Coordinator for Central Virginia, where he spreads the word about the growing crimes of healthcare fraud and elder abuse. Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married 41 years, raised two children and immensely enjoy playing with their five grandchildren.

Phone: 804-786-7750  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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