CCPS Board Members

Meet CCPS Board Members

Helen Payne-Jones | Chair

Helen Payne-Jones

Helen Payne-Jones
hpaynejones@ccps.net

Ms. Payne-Jones and her family moved to Charles City in 2006. We are the descendants of James and Keziah Charity, who settled in Charles City County as recorded in the 1810 census. Our family has a long rich history of accomplishments and contributions to the county.

In the spirit of continuing our family’s contributions to the county, Helen agreed to campaign for School Board and was elected in November 2011. She is a former vice president at Bank of America and REDC Community Capital Group, with decades of experience in consumer/commercial financing.

I felt it was important to have parent representation on the school board; someone with a real vested interest.' Helen and her husband Micheal are the proud parents of four children; their youngest is attending Charles City High School.

Herbert J. Johnson | Vice Chair

Herbert moved to Charles City County in 1975.  He is married to Francene Adkins Johnson and has attended St Paul’s College, Boise State University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has worked closely with the Charles City High School Band and other entities in the school system.

Martha Harris | Member

Ms. Martha Harris

Martha Harris
mharris@ccps.net

Ms. Martha Harris was elected to serve as School Board representative for District 3 in 2011. In 2015, she was re-elected for an additional four year term. Ms. Harris is an advocate for children, employees, and other individuals. Her work with the youth in Charles City County began over 30 years ago. She has coached cheerleading and tee-ball with the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Metro Youth Football League. Ms. Harris volunteers regularly with the Charles City Young at Heart, Senior Connections, and other County organizations, as well as the Richmond area Youth Workforce Transition Council.

Ms. Harris received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University, and a Certificate in Grant Writing from the University of Richmond. Ms. Harris is a Private Investigator, certified through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Ms. Harris has expertise in employment law, employee relations, disability laws and advocacy, and career development. She began her professional career in 1983, where she served as a Civil Rights Investigator with the VA Department of Transportation. Currently, Ms. Harris is employed with the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management as a State EEO Program Specialist, where she investigates complaints of unlawful employment discrimination and conducts compliance reviews of Virginia’s Executive Branch agencies. Ms. Harris is also a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Court and a Notary Public with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ms. Harris’ message to young adults is, “Your circumstances and/or background do not define you. You have the ability to work your way ‘out of’ circumstances beyond your control. You are only responsible for your actions or inactions.”

E. Preston Adkins | Member

E. Preston Adkins

E. Preston Adkins
padkins@ccps.net

Mr. Elvis Preston Adkins has been married to his lovely wife Tina for 27 years. He has a son, Wesley, and a daughter, Stormie. All are graduates of Charles City High School. Mr. Adkins was elected as an At- Large School Board Member in 2007, re-elected in 2011, and again in 2015. He has a passion for getting the job done and working with the parents of students and the employees of the school system.

Mr. Adkins serves as head usher at Samaria Baptist Church, where he also serves on the Church Council. He is an enrolled member of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, were he is a member of the Chickahominy Tribal Dancers. Mr. Adkins has spread the culture of his Native people for 35 years through dance and teaching. He has had the opportunity to visit France twice sharing his culture. He has also been a part of the last nine governors’ inaugurations.

Mr. Adkins had the opportunity to participate in opening Interstate 895 with Governor Mark Warner. He also had the opportunity to meet and talk with former Pres. George W. Bush when he visited Charles City County in 2008. He currently enjoys working everyday as a truck driver, which he has been doing for the past 31 years.

Dr. Steven Fuhrmann | Member

Steve and his wife, Louise Hudgins, first moved to Charles City in 1976. Steve was born and schooled through the master’s degree level in Wisconsin. Among other educational achievements, Steve earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a Registered Nurse.

Dr. Steven Fuhrmann

Dr. Steven Fuhrmann
sfuhrmann@ccps.net

He retired from public service in 2005, after 15 years as Public Health Manager for the Chickahominy Health District and has experience as a: pediatric, rehabilitation and neurosurgery intensive care nurse; adolescent residential tre

atment care director; university administrative faculty member; high school guidance counselor and school food service director.

He has traveled extensively in North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Steve was first elected to the Board in 2011 and served as Chairman in 2012.