Staff

 

Fran
Bolin,
MSW

Executive Director

Ms. Bolin has a B.A. in Social Work from Meredith College with a minor in Religion. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Planning and Administration and focus on criminal justice, from Virginia Commonwealth University. While attaining her M.S.W. she worked as an intake officer with the Henrico Community Corrections Program and as a juvenile justice research intern for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. She has worked with policy professionals, state/community organizations and school systems on such issues as child abuse and neglect, juvenile competency, the needs of children with incarcerated parents and most recently, family reintegration and offender reentry. Ms. Bolin has served as the Co-Chair for the Health and Family Reintegration Work Group through the Governor’s Reentry Council and as a Co-Convener for the Richmond Regional Reentry Council. She currently serves as a member of the Juvenile Reentry Task Force for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Before joining the staff of AFOI, in January, 2001, Ms. Bolin worked as a Local Probation Officer for Community Corrections Services (CCS) in Chesterfield County and as an Intensive Education Instructor for the Capital Area Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP).


Angie Strickland, MSW

Director of Programs & Development

Angie Strickland, Director of Programs and Development, has a B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Planning and Administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working with inner-city youth and families, which led her to obtain an M.S.W. degree.  Since obtaining an advanced degree in social work, Ms. Strickland’s work has always focused on at-risk children, youth and families.  She has worked in program development, data management and program evaluation, as well as fund development and grant writing.  Ms. Strickland is a member of the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network and has served on the board of a local chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. 


Bobby
GrAY

Video Visitation Program Coordinator

Bobby Gray, Program Coordinator for the Video Visitation Program, joined the staff of AFOI in January, 2017.  Mr. Gray comes to us with an Associate’s Degree in Information Systems Technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Bobby recently retired from the Henrico County Police Department after 15 years of dedicated service. He has also previously served on the Powhatan Little League Board of Directors as their Safety Officer, a role he held from 2014-2017. 


Casey
Natale

program assistant

Casey Natale recently graduated with a BA in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time at VCU, Ms. Natale had the opportunity to intern with the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office at the Richmond City Justice Center. Ms. Natale worked directly with the residents of the Justice Center in the REAL (Recovery from Everyday Addictive Lifestyles) Program with re-entry planning, locating community resources available, and in-center group discussion regarding recovery and creating healthy habits and goals. Ms. Natale finds her passion in helping others and has plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work in the hopes of making a positive impact to our Criminal Justice System and those it affects.


Patrick
Link

MSW Summer Fellow, 2018

Patrick Link, MSW Summer Fellow for 2018, began his work with AFOI as an intern during his foundational year field placement in VCU's Master of Social Work program. Prior to pursuing his MSW, Patrick received a B.S. in Psychology and Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has significant past experience in fundraising and event planning, and also served in AmeriCorps for two years after graduating from college.