Meet the Team
Kristin Smith Dunlop, Director of Communications & Community Engagement
Kristin joined Hanover County in February 2023. She leads the communications team’s efforts to connect residents and businesses with their local government.
Kristin’s entire career has focused on communication. She spent more than twenty years as a broadcast journalist in Tucson, Cleveland and Detroit. Her work has appeared on NBC, CNN, VH1 and HGTV. For five years, Kristin covered Hanover County news as a reporter for WRIC-TV in Richmond. She is a five-time Emmy Award nominee and the recipient of numerous accolades from the Associated Press and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.
Kristin believes transitioning from reporter to government communications was an obvious choice. Both jobs aim to keep people informed with 100% transparency. In 2019, she left the private sector for a role as a public relations specialist in Henrico County.
Kristin grew up in St. Louis and earned her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and City County Communications and Marketing Association.
Kristin and her husband have a grown son. She loves running and spends spring through fall cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals.
Shelby Walker is the Communications Coordinator for the department specializing in videography, social media and graphic design. She is responsible for filming County events, maintaining the County’s social media pages and designing County communication materials.
Shelby started with the County in September 2022. She designed the FY2022-FY2026 Strategic Plan, designed and filmed the 2023 State of the County presentation and created the County’s online Government Complex directory highlighting the history behind the building names here on campus. Her favorite project thus far was filming a 7-year-old resident’s first day as a Hanover firefighter as part of a partnership with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia.
Shelby is a May 2022 graduate of James Madison University and is a Hanover native. She enjoys concerts, cooking and spending time with her family.
She is excited to continue to tell the stories of Hanover residents and showcase our great community. Have a story? Send it her way!
Saundra Martin joined Hanover County in 2016. She serves as the executive assistant for Communications & Community Engagement and the County Administrator's Office. Saundra spearheads event planning for the County. She’s the logistical coordinator behind groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, receptions and also supports the Administration office assisting with various committees and other duties.
When Saundra’s not in the office, she’s likely at the beach. She loves sun, sand, and water. Saundra enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown children. An avid sports fan, you’ll find Saundra cheering on the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Seahawks.