Joyce Moran usually isn’t surprised by much in life, but last Thursday night she was really surprised.
About 45 people gathered at a special dinner recognizing Moran’s 25th anniversary as chief executive officer of the nonprofit Children’s Advocacy Programs of the Blue Ridge, a community agency dealing with abused children. She was also one of the founders of the agency, located on Main Street across from the courthouse in Rocky Mount.
As she entered the room hosting the event, Moran burst into a huge smile and brought her hands up as if receiving a blessing. The crowd, made up of members of the board of directors, staff, volunteers and well-wishers, cheered her on.
Moran addressed the group, thanking them for the honor and letting them know how happy and proud she was at leading the ever-growing agency. Under her leadership, the agency and its programs for abused children has expanded to two adjoining counties.
Moran’s career began as a program coordinator for the Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocate program in 1994. A nonprofit umbrella agency, Children’s Advocacy Programs of the Blue Ridge was founded in 1999, transitioning the CASA program from a county-governed program into the new nonprofit agency. This allowed the organization to raise funds and expand victim services into a comprehensive response center.
During her tenure, the agency has grown to an 11-person staff with five contract employees and is governed by a 13-member board that represents Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties and the City of Martinsville.
Establishing the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center in 2001 and a satellite center in Patrick County in 2018 were two significant projects that continue to support comprehensive and collaborative responses to child victims in the region.
Moran is a graduate a graduate of Ferrum College. She and her husband, Barry, have four children, Samantha, Ethan, Shannon and Delaney.