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Just Compassion, Inc. Board of Directors Bios

Dr. Joy Heaton

Dr. Joy Heaton is Founding President and Executive Director of Just Compassion, Inc. Her qualifications include three earned degrees – a Bachelors of Accounting, a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctorate in Ministry as well as certifications as a public accountant (CPA) in Texas and North Carolina. She worked as a corporate accountant for twelve years and then enrolled in graduate school to become an ordained minister in 1998. While serving a rural church in North Carolina for six years and another rural church in Virginia for five years, she became keenly aware of the lack of resources to serve the basic needs of the poor. During this time she also travelled to Brazil and witnessed unspeakable conditions of poverty. In response she helped to sponsor a mobile dental unit to provide free care to migrant workers in Halifax County, NC, and in Virginia she helped to incorporate “Missions Ministries” for the poor in Sussex County. Following her twelve years of experience as a CPA and eleven years as a minister, Joy launched Just Compassion, a not-for-profit corporation, in 2012 to serve the medical/dental needs of the poor in Virginia. She now combines her corporate accounting expertise with her ministerial passion for the poor and utilizes her strong organizational skills and connections with volunteer dental and medical professionals in regional churches to lead Just Compassion to fulfill its mission in providing medical and dental care to the poor at no cost to the patients.

Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler is employed with Duke University Medical System as a Medical Office Building Specialist within Engineering and Operations, overseeing multiple buildings and construction projects for Duke Health. Chris has been employed with Duke since 2013 in several positions within the health system. Chris has been active with the NC Baptist organization serving others through construction projects, the Medical and Dental bus program, and many other mission projects for NC Baptist. Chris has been attending Hope Community Church in Apex for the last 3 years, serving as an usher and recently joined the Hope staff as a Security team member. Chris is a Chaplain who has served North Carolina in many areas, specializing in those struggling with the death of loved ones. Chris serves with a great love for people and a passion to serve the lord. Chris has a calling to go and seek out the needs of others.

Ellen Jackson Miller

Ellen serves as Secretary for Just Compassion and is Principal Legislative Analyst for the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, where she has worked for more than a decade. Mrs. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary. With her strong analytical expertise and effective communication skills, she brings an understanding of how to collaborate with governmental agencies, how to apply for public funds, and how to identify the needs of underserved populations in Virginia.

Rob Oscanyan

Rob served in the United States Air Force for 13 years, starting as an Airman Basic and rising to the rank of Captain. During that time, he worked as a linguist specializing in Korean, an intelligence analyst, and a pilot. Following his military career, he became a teacher and case manager for individuals with traumatic brain injury and multiple diagnoses, helping to develop the first comprehensive traumatic brain injury program in South Dakota. Rob was a case manager and lesson plan development specialist in North Carolina while also managing six group homes with 25 residents, nearly 100 staff members, and a total annual budget of $6,000,000.  He has also worked as a kitchen and bath designer and project supervisor/lead electrician in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Colorado. He has a BS in Sociology and a BA in Business Management/Asian Area Studies. His passions are social and environmental volunteering, flying, teaching and learning from others, and spending time with his family. He has been fortunate to serve others while living in eight States, the Republic of Korea, and Armenia where he worked building homes for the needy.

Rev. Traci Bunn Powers

A native of Newport News, Traci earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Campbell University in North Carolina. For more than twenty years, she served churches in North Carolina and Virginia. Her last pastorate was at Westhaven Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA, from 2005-2015. Currently she owns several retail franchise businesses in Newport News and Mechanicsville. From 2006-2014 she served on the Virginia Baptist Mission Board as Chairwoman for the Emerging Leaders Ministry Team. Currently she is serving as Chairwoman of the Committee on Boards as Committees for the Baptist General Association of Virginia. She is married to The Rev. Dr. Bruce P. Powers, IV, who is the Pastor of Walnut Hills Baptist Church in Williamsburg. They have three children, and Traci is very active as an advocate for those who live with Autism. She brings to Just Compassion her connections to church volunteer mission teams and love of children as well as her business acumen.

Tanya West

Tanya was born, raised and currently lives in Waverly, Virginia. She was Valedictorian of her class at Sussex Central High School and later earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Camp Community College. She is the proud mother of two adult children. In addition to working as a bookkeeper and insurance agent, she has been a Mary Kay consultant for 21 years. She currently works part-time at Sweet Southern Charm, a gift and boutique store in Colonial Heights. A cancer survivor since 2005, Tanya received a liver transplant in 2014 and is now enjoying good health. She says the best word to describe her is “resilient.”

Serving from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022






















Dental Examination

Dental Cleaning

Dental X-Rays

Fillings and/or Extractions

Medication as needed

Oral Hygiene Education



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