Appriss’ flagship solution, VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the nation’s leading automated victim notification system. Through VINE, victims and concerned citizens can register and be notified when an offender is released from custody. VINE is used across 48 states, providing millions of Americans the peace of mind they deserve.
In each state, there is at least one designated VINE Program Manager. The Program Manager is typically an employee of the entity or agency that holds the VINE contract in that location, and serves as the liaison between Appriss and their community. They are the main point of contact for all VINE-related questions, concerns, or needs that citizens may have, and are responsible for ensuring their community is knowledgeable about the VINE services available to them.
Program Managers are imperative to the success of VINE, as they provide Appriss invaluable feedback and suggestions from the field so we can be confident the service offers a streamlined, user-friendly experience and continues to be a trusted safety net for victims/survivors.
Our VINE Program Manager in the State of Virginia is Amy Sheets. We are excited to get to know Amy a little better…
Name: Amy Sheets
State/Title: Virginia VINE Program Manager
What drew you to your role as Virginia VINE Program Manager?
I’d worked in government communications most of my career, including many years as a public information officer for Chesterfield County, VA. In 2014 I moved to a state university position, and while I enjoyed working with students and faculty, I found that I missed working for the community. I saw this position in late 2016 and was immediately drawn to the idea of working with both victims of crime and law enforcement, and knew it would be a great opportunity to serve my community and my state.
What keeps you in your role?
Every day is a new opportunity to support advocates, law enforcement and survivors of crime in their recovery.
What is the best part of your job?
I am profoundly grateful to be a part of a team of people at VCPI who are committed to making communities safer, and who believe in and support VINE.
What does VINE mean to your state?
Virginia VINE is profoundly important to victims, advocates and law enforcement. With 100 percent of our jails and DOC facilities participating in VINE, we are able to allow all Virginians to know where an offender is and have that peace of mind. Even though I run the reports regularly and can see how frequently VINE is being used in our state, I am always so happy when I go to a state conference or public event and have someone come up to me and say, “Oh, I know VINE!” and then tell me about how they or a loved one are using the platform. We are looking forward to expanding the VINE platform in Virginia over the next few years to add additional features to further serve the people of the commonwealth.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Reston, in Northern Virginia.
What are your hobbies?
I read, knit, and experiment with various handcrafts, including watercolor, paint by number, slow stitching, etc. Basically, anything that involves a lot of small pieces, brushes, pots of water, or anything else that will tempt one of my dogs or my cat into making a mess behind my back.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
What is your dream vacation?
New Zealand, or Nazaré, Portugal, in the winter to see the giant waves (I am not a surfer, but would love to watch the waves safely from the shore).
What is your favorite food?
Truthfully, movie theater popcorn (it’s been a long 14 months).
Favorite sports team?
I don’t have one, so I’ll pick the last professional sports team I saw in person, Brentford F.C. (I primarily went to the game because my kids wanted to and also because they have a stand at the stadium that sells pancakes. PANCAKES. Brilliant.)
What books are you reading right now?
The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (which is AMAZING, can’t put it down) and Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto (light, funny and fluffy, a good beach read).
What TV shows are you binging right now?
Who Killed Sara? on Netflix while we’re waiting for season two of Lupin and Ragnarok to drop (both are also Netflix).
Do you have any pets?
Three, a cat named Zeke; an Australian Labradoodle named Alfie; and a six-month old Sheepadoodle named Frankie (both dogs are pictured to the right).
Not a quote necessarily, but the poem “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing” by William Butler Yeats. It’s about knowing your worth even if you don’t succeed at something, or are mocked by others for even trying. It’s a short poem, but it ends like this: “Be secret and exult,/ Because of all things known/ That is most difficult.” I first read it when I was about 16 and it’s stayed with me ever since.
What is interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I’m actually rather superstitious, which is a whimsical way of saying I’m a bit of a control freak and when I can’t control something, wearing a “lucky” necklace gives me the illusion that I can.