NRCA names Helm to director position

New River Community Action (NRCA) announces the appointment of Sheryl Helm as its new director of Early Childhood and Family Services.

The position’s responsibilities include directing NRCA’s Head Start program, a position Sheila Tucker previously held for 10 years. Tucker passed away in March.

“Sheila Tucker was a strong advocate for Head Start children and families in the New River Valley, and on the state and national levels. My goal is to continue Sheila’s focus on high quality services, and to promote strong family and community engagement in early childhood programs.”

Helm joined NRCA in 2011 as site administrator for Giles County Head Start. She previously served as executive director of Wytheville Community College Child Development Center and college adjunct instructor.

Helm earned her associate of applied sciences degree in human services/early childhood education from New River Community College, a bachelor’s degree in management from Bluefield College and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.

Helm is a certified mentor for the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI), a Smart Beginnings statewide program created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early childhood education programs. NRCA’s Narrows Head Start Center, under the direction of Helm, is one of the two highest VSQI-rated early childhood education programs in the NRV.

“We are pleased and excited to have Sheryl Helm in the position of director of Early Childhood and Family Services,” stated Terry Smusz, NRCA executive director. “She has served Head Start and Giles County as a strong regional leader.  She brings expertise in early childhood development and excellent management skills to her new position, along with a commitment to ensuring the highest standards in services for young children and their families.”

Helm lives in Giles County with her husband, Stuart.




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