- Last Updated on 11:35 AM 04/23/12
- BY PAULA I. BYRANT
Ronda P. Campbell has been tapped the new executive director for the Mentor Role Model Program following a board of directors’ vote Thursday.
A resident of Vernon Hill, Campbell told directors she is passionate about children.
A mother of two children, a 17-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter, Campbell is married to Mark Campbell who heads up the Virginia State Police Gang and Drug Task Force in Halifax County.
“We have so many children over at our house all time,” she said. “I see the value of nurturing young minds.”
Campbell said she realizes there are many single parent households in the county with children sometimes “getting put on a backburner.”
“I’m passionate about teaching kids and helping to mold their lives while they’re young,” she added.
She spoke of mentors who have showed her “the ropes” and helped her along throughout her life.
“I have a lot of ideas about how to bring the program into the public’s eye,” she said referring the marketing methods that would generate public interest.
Campbell said she also is willing to speak to groups about the Mentor Role Model Program.
Frequently her husband is asked to speak with groups about how to prevent youth from becoming involved in gangs and drugs, and she said she too could speak to the groups and tell them about the many benefits of the Mentor Role Model Program which was organized by Harvey Dillard, Carter Hicks and Gaitha Richardson.
“I believe that this exposure would be very helpful in getting the word out into the community and recruiting volunteers to work with the young people. I accompany him often to these meetings, as the executive director, I could speak on behalf of the Mentor Role Model Program to generate interest and awareness in the community about the needs for solid mentors for our youth,” she said.
“We can appeal to people’s emotions,” she said explaining if people do not have time to volunteer as mentors, she would share the importance of making donations to the non-profit program.
“We can always use money if people don’t have time,” she added.
She also suggested area churches could be approached about sponsoring a child in the program.
“I’ve got a whole lot of other ideas,” she added.
Campbell said she believes that most successful people have mentors in their life.
She has served as an executive recruiter for the past 15 years working in the corporate business world, and she said she believes her experiences of working with all levels from CEOs to individual contributors from various disciplines and diversities will be an asset as she takes on the responsibilities of executive director.
She lists her expertise and skills in the areas of pharmaceutical/biotechnology, banking/finance, other industries/disciplines and sales and marketing.
“I know how to communicate effectively and how to motivate and inspire people to take action,” she added.
Campbell was ranked in the top 10 national recruiters with Fortune Personnel Consultants in 1997 and 1998.
She also is a distinguished member of the Manchester’s Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals and has served as honorary co-chairman of the National Business Advisory Council.
She will assume her duties as executive director on Monday.