About FOHS

Our Mission

1) To inform the citizens of Hanover County about the budget process and the impact of existing and continuing cuts.

2) To advocate for the interests of Hanover County Public School stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members.

3) To improve the quality of life in our county by lobbying for adequate funding, staffing, and good educational practice at the local level.

4) To ensure good educational practice at the local level.

Core Values

  • We are a non-partisan organization
  • 21st century education and workforce development requires the use of current technology every day, in every school.
  • By establishing a supportive and safe learning community, Hanover County Public Schools will foster a lifelong love of learning and develop educated citizens capable of solving today’s problems.
  • We believe that students become more enriched citizens through challenging and meaningful curricula as well as extracurricular activities including athletics, the arts, and civic organizations.
  • Cultivating a positive work environment for every employee will retain the best and brightest instructional staff.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Ben Franklin

FOHS Leadership Team


Chair: Dr. Michelle Schmitt is the Director of the VCU Center for School-Community Collaboration. Dr. Schmitt is also the parent of two Hanover County Public School students.

Vice-chair: John Hardy Willson works for Gilead Sciences as a Therapeutic Specialist and he is also a parent of two Hanover County Public School students. He is presently serving his second term as the Vice Chair of Fundraising of the Hanover Republican Committee and was recently elected as Region II Vice Chair of the 7th Congressional District.

Treasurer: Cathy Easter is a Hanover resident who works in the non-profit sector and is a parent of two recent Hanover County Public School graduates.

Kay Loving worked for Hanover County Public Schools for 30 years, first as a middle school math teacher and as a Guidance Counselor. Since retiring she has taught math part-time and worked for Germanna Community College part time as a Career Coach at Caroline High School.

Dr. Mary Ann Pugh is a retired Clinical Psychologist, who served as Director of the Center for Counseling and Career Planning and as Associate Dean of Students at Randolph-Macon College.  She is the parent of two former Hanover County Public School students and lives on a farm in Montpelier with her husband.

Randy Sherrod was educated in Hanover County Schools and has two children in this great school system. Randy has been a Commonwealth of Virginia employee for over 16 years and currently works for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Randy is a CPA, has a BBA in Accounting from Radford University and an MBA from Longwood University.

Educators Advisory Team:

Bill Callahan has been a high school Social Studies teacher in Hanover County for the last 17 years. In addition, he coaches lacrosse and is a fellow in the Clinical Faculty at VCU and has mentored new teachers in programs through VCU, University of Richmond, and Randolph Macon College.

Chris Pace, a Hanover County Public Schools graduate, has been a high school Social Studies teacher in the County for 21 years, including two years as Teacher of the Year at his school and 2002 as Hanover County’s Teacher of the Year. He has also been recognized for his softball and golf coaching and won an REB award. He lives in Ashcreek with his wife and three children, all Hanover County Public Schools students.

If you are interested in learning more about this organization or would like to learn more about how you can help, please contact us at friendsofhanoverschools@gmail.com, and check out the information available on the rest of the site.



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