Philip ‘Chip’ Dodd
CEO & President
Chip, the oldest son of Kay Mirick, has been at the helm of SSVA since 2005. He is a keen entrepreneur who has transitioned SSVA into a financially sound, technologically savvy company and one of the best service providers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He frequently says that his job is to keep the stadium open so team SSVA can play the game. In addition to his leadership, Chip is a fun loving “outdoorsy” person with too many hobbies to count. Some of his favorites are adventure racing, boating, camping, skateboarding, wakeboarding, rock-climbing, new technology, mountain biking and scuba diving. Chip is well respected among other professionals within the industry, having presented at many ID / DD focused conferences and serving on various boards and committees. In addition he is an active member and has held various national and international positions in EO – Entrepreneur’s Organization.
Andie, Kay’s protege, began her journey with SSVA in 2007. An Air Force “Brat,” she completed her B.S. in Sociology from University of Maryland and M.S in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma while living in Germany. Andie is a licensed QMHP, a Certified Trauma Professional an endorsed Positive Behavioral Supports Facilitator and a PCT Trainer. Her clinical approach is holistic in nature, focusing on individual strengths and overall wellness. She has a genuine caring for all people (and animals) and works tirelessly to help others live their best lives. Andie assisted in the development of Positive Practices and is a champion of a more positive and peaceful world. She acts a role model and mentor to SSVA’s leaders, and was awarded the 2018 VNPP Leadership Award. In 2015, Andie became a Registered Yoga Instructor. She has since completed over 300 hours of additional training focusing on specific population to include people impacted by cancer (Y4C), addiction (Y12SR), trauma (MYT) and autism (Ashrams for Autism). She now leads Team ThisAbility Yoga offering several classes a weak.
Andrea has been with the company since 2011. She leads SSVA’s financial department, overseeing the day-to-day fiscal operations and collaborating with the owners to outline a sound fiscal strategy that promotes continued success. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University. She is a proud mother of three children and loves seeing them feeling proud, energized and doing the things they are passionate about. She is especially encouraged when her son with Down syndrome is accepted and valued by others. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything adventurous! Whether it be mountain biking, running, paddling, rock climbing or even scuba diving, she loves being on the move and off the beaten path.
HEAD OF INFASTRUCTURE
John graduated Summa Cum Laude from ODU with a B.S. in Marketing Management, and he was an ODU Marketing Student of the Year (2005). He has worked at SSVA for over 20 years. He likes to use his creativity and hands-on abilities to help people. He is an U.S. Air Force Veteran, Private Pilot, and volunteer at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach (which helps him to stay connected to both the military and its history). In his spare time, John enjoys traveling, relaxing, cooking and French bread baking.
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
A native of Hampton Roads, Tenishia has been heading up the Human Resources Department of with SSVA since 2016. She brings to the department her expertise in the HR field along with a strong sense fairness and advocacy for team members. Tenishia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University in Psychology with a minor in Community Health. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons, especially out in nature. She likes to stay active and has participated in several local fun runs, including the Shamerock 8k, the Insane Inflatable 5k and the Surf and Sand 5 Miler. To refuel, Tenishia enjoys discovering new cuisines and frequenting unique eateries.
HEAD OF MEDICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE
Jeanie has been with SSVA since November 2003. She joined our team as a Direct Support Professional in Day Support. Her interest in the medical field and focus on details and systems helped her to develop our Medical Quality Assurance department which is now leading. Jeannie received her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology and English from Charleston Southern University. She has always been passionate about the human services field. She enjoys helping and advocating for others. Jeanie’s hobbies include being outdoors, camping, horseback riding, riding motorcycles, photography and playing with her “pups”.
HEAD OF TRAINING AND EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT
Michelle has been working in the field of intellectual and developmental disability for over 25 years. She has been with SSVA for most of this time and began her career as a Direct Support Professional. She is endorsed as a Person-Centered Thinking Facilitator and a Coaches’ Trainer. This combination gives her a unique perspective in identifying person-centered opportunities for team members. Michelle is an expert in positive practices and fully embraces SSVA’s philosophy. She enjoys spending time with her three teenage daughters and husband. Among her favorite pastime activities are crabbing, fishing and being outdoors. She also loves meeting new and diverse people, being exposed to different worldviews and is dedicated to a positive and peaceful world.
HEAD OF MEDICAID WAIVER COMPLIANCE
Heidi came to SSVA in July 2004 as a Direct Support Professional in Day Support. She has a passion for helping others, especially those who are perceived to not have a voice. In a culture that celebrates and rewards those who “yell” the loudest, Heidi wants to help others be heard. She likes to see people smile and enjoy life. Heidi holds an Associate degree in Accounting, but over the years she learned that she is more interested in people than numbers. Her goal is to give at least one positive “thing” away and receive one positive “thing” from every relationship she has, regardless of the duration of that relationship. Whether it is a kind word, a hug, some encouragement, a walk in the park, a listening ear or just sitting in silence with that person, she wants to ensure she gives away kindness. In her spare time she enjoys college basketball, has a flair for origami, and is a die-hard fan of Star Wars.
Veronica graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Business with a concentration in Accounting. She joined the Fiscal department in October 2015. She communicates with vendors/ agencies on behalf of the company to ensure all the financial liabilities are paid in a timely manner. Veronica enjoys that every day at SSVA it brings new challenges and opportunities. She loves doing races and creating new items with family and friends.