County official appointed to state board

Debbie Burcham, director of Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services and executive director of the Chesterfield Community Service Board, has been appointed to the Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board by Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to information from the county.

The board, which consists of no more than 15 members appointed by the governor, provides advice to the Commissioner of the Department for the Aging about public guardianship. The board also assists in the coordination and management of local public guardianship programs. Burcham had served on the Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board from 2004 to 2006 after having been appointed by Governor Mark Warner.

Burcham, who joined Chesterfield County in January 2009, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Old Dominion University and her master’s from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Burcham previously served as the chief deputy commissioner for the Department for the Aging, she currently serves as chair of the Services Development Committee of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards and as a member of its board of directors.

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