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Anderson || Edwards || Felton || Holtz || Manning || McDonald || McLeod || Melnyk || Riggs || Rye || Weems

Anderson Mrs. Beverly M. Anderson
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Chair
January 2013 – December 2020
757.288.7473 (home)
Beverly.Anderson@vbcpsboard.com
Beverly M. Anderson was elected to serve as an At-Large member of the School Board in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She is currently serving her first term as School Board chairperson. Anderson is a retired VBCPS teacher with more than 36-years as an elementary school teacher. Her community involvement is varied. Throughout Anderson's years with VBCPS, she served as: president of the USS Nimitz Officers Wives’ Club; vice president of the Pembroke Elementary PTA; secretary, board member and faculty representative for the Virginia Beach Education Association; board member of Atlantic Soccer Club and board member of the Hampton Roads Sand Soccer Council. Over the years she volunteered with PTAs at Trantwood and Alanton elementary schools; Lynnhaven Middle School; and Cox High School. Anderson also volunteers for Relay for Life and the Noble Women of Virginia Beach. She graduated from Concord University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She and her husband William have two sons, who both graduated from VBCPS.
Edwards Mr. Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards
Vice Chair
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 2 - Kempsville
January 2013 - December 2020
District 1 - Centerville
July 1998 - December 2012
757.717.0259 (cell)
757.495.3551 (home)
Daniel.Edwards@vbcpsboard.com
Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards was elected to the School Board in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. He is currently serving as School Board vice chairman after serving as chairman from 1999-2016. Edwards is the former owner of a small manufacturing company in Virginia Beach. He had a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy, serving both at sea and working ashore largely in public finance. Edwards serves on the board of directors, as the treasurer and as the scholarship chair the 1,700-member Tidewater Striders Running Club. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers and for the national Crime Stopper USA board, and on the boards of the Tidewater College Access Foundation and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation. He is also a past president of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club and the Kempsville Ruritan Club. He has been an member of the Virginia Beach PTA since 1984. Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and holds a master's degree in business administration from The College of William and Mary. Both his children are graduates of VBCPS.
Felton Mrs. Sharon R. Felton
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 6 - Beach
January 2015 - December 2018
757.509.7313
Sharon.Felton@vbcpsboard.com
Sharon Felton was elected to the School Board in 2014. She is a life-long resident of the city of Virginia Beach where she attended Seatack Elementary, Virginia Beach Junior High School and First Colonial High School. For years she served her community as an education advocate, helping parents and students successfully navigate through the education journey. She serves the community in several capacities to include: President of the South Norfolk District Deacon's Wives' Auxiliary; Seatack Community Civic League – 1st Vice President; Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Commission Member; Virginia Beach Black Law Enforcement Pioneers Committee Member (2nd Precinct project); Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission Member; Outreach Coordinator for New Hope Church of God In Christ’s Crusade Against Drugs and Violence; Norfolk 17 Historical Review Committee Member (Old Dominion University); and a former RSVP Volunteer for Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. Felton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in History from Old Dominion University, and has been employed with Old Dominion University’s Perry Library for more than 30 years Her children attended VBCPS and her grandchildren are currently students in the system.
Holtz Mrs. Dottie Holtz
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
At-Large
January 2011 - December 2018
757.460.2440 (home)
Dorothy.Holtz@vbcpsboard.com
Dottie Holtz was elected to the School Board in November 2010. Holtz retired from VBCPS in 2008 after a 30-year career, serving as a teacher and computer resource specialist at Thoroughgood Elementary. In 2002 Holtz was named Thoroughgood Elementary's teacher of the year. Prior to teaching for VBCPS,Holtz taught for eight years. Her community involvement is diverse. Over the years she has been involved with organizations to include: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Lynnhaven River NOW; Tidewater Arts Outreach; the Sierra Club; Virginia Organizing Project; League of Women Voters; Relay for Life and Salvation Army. Holtz is a lifetime member of the Virginia Beach Education Association and serves on the 3rd Precinct Police Advisory Committee, Technology Hampton Roads Council and the Virginia Beach Reading Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Fordham University and a master's in elementary education, with a concentration in technology, from Old Dominion University. Holtz's three children graduated from VBCPS.
Victoria Manning Mrs. Victoria Manning
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
At-Large
January 2017 - December 2020
757.330.0432
Victoria.Manning@vbcpsboard.com
Victoria Manning was elected to the School Board in November 2016. Manning grew up on a small family farm in the Shenandoah Valley. She moved to Virginia Beach in 1992, paying her way through college and becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree—a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Old Dominion University. She began her professional career as a casualty insurance adjuster, then worked as a church administrator and managed her own business as a distance running coach. A longtime community volunteer, Manning has worked with Girls on the Run, the Boy Scouts and the United Way; created and directed youth fitness camps; and served as leader of Old Donation Center’s “Final Mile” running program. In 2015, she formed “Parents and Teachers for Accountability in Grading.” She is also passionate about special education, a cause close to her heart as she serves in a guardianship role for her uncle who has Down Syndrome. Her husband is a Naval Officer and she is proud to represent and support military families in our schools. She and her husband enjoy supporting their two sons in soccer, baseball, volleyball and wrestling. They are strong supporters of the local military community and are also active leaders in their church. She is an avid distance runner, having completed an ultra marathon and many marathons.
Mckenzie Mr. Joel A. McDonald
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 3 - Rose Hall
January 2013 – December 2020
757.504.0134
Joel.McDonald@vbcpsboard.com
Joel McDonald was elected to the School Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. Prior to joining the board, he was the data support specialist at Luxford Elementary from 2006 to 2012, where he also served as the school improvement specialist coordinator for a time. While at Luxford, he was an active member of the school's Parent Teacher Association, serving as its treasurer; the school's building representative for the Virginia Beach Education Association; and was "Tagged by the Superintendent" for his effectiveness and efficiency. McDonald was recognized by the Gay-Straight Alliance of Bayside High School with their 2013-2014 Equality Award for valuable actions of support, determination, advocacy, and acceptance. In 2014, he received the Virginia Beach Education Association's Friend of Education Award for outstanding service and commitment to the students and teachers of Virginia Beach. McDonald is a second-generation alumnus of Bayside High School and was among the first students to attend the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center where he completed the Cisco Networking Academy. He attended Old Dominion University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Professionally, he provides web design, development, and hosting through his firm, McDonald Web Works.
McLeod Mrs. Ashley K. McLeod
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
At-Large
January 2015 - December 2018
757.552.0348 (home)
757.748.7084 (cell)
Ashley.McLeod@vbcpsboard.com
Ashley K. McLeod was appointed to the School Board March 9, 2010 to fill a vacant At-Large seat and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She is a committed school and community volunteer. Her school volunteer work includes holding the post of PTA president for Old Donation Center and vice president of programs for Plaza Middle School’s PTA. She was ODC Volunteer of the Year in 2007. McLeod served as co-chairman of the school division’s Long-Range School Facility Master Plan Steering Committee in 2007-2008. McLeod’s volunteer work in the community is varied. She is a member of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Board of Directors, Boy Scout Unit Coordinator, past-president of Campus East Community Assn. and Northwest Beach Partnership, and elder at Bayside Presbyterian Church. Currently, McLeod is the Communication and Membership Director for the Virginia Maritime Association. She owned her own consulting business from 1999-2008, allowing her to work from home while raising her family. From 2008-2014 she was the Executive Director of Norfolk Sister City Association. McLeod holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education from Indiana University. She taught on the elementary level from 1992-1998, in Chesapeake, where she was a finalist for the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year award and in Hillsborough County Schools, Florida where she served as grade level chair. McLeod is married to Gregor McLeod (USN Retired). Their son Doug is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Princess Anne High School and their daughter Allison is a graduate of Salem High School’s Performing Arts Academy. They live in the Northwest section of Virginia Beach, near Virginia Wesleyan College.
Melnyk Mrs. Kimberly A. Melnyk
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 7 - Princess Anne
January 2015 - December 2018
757.619.3811 (cell)
Kimberly.Melnyk@vbcpsboard.com
Kimberly Melnyk was elected to the school board in November 2014. She has lived in Virginia Beach for 40 years and is a product of VBCPS, having attended Old Donation Elementary School, Brandon Middle School and Green Run High School. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and taught for VBCPS at Glenwood, Strawbridge and Christopher Farms Elementary Schools. Melnyk is the past president and secretary of the Christopher Farms Home Owners Association, teaches Children's Liturgy at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and is a volunteer at her children's schools. Currently, she is employed at Premier Millwork and Lumber Company, her family owned and operated business. She and her husband, George, have three children, two of whom still attend VBCPS.
Melnyk Trenace B. Riggs
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 1 - Centerville
January 2017 - December 2020
757.403.3573
Trenace.Riggs@vbcpsboard.com
Trenace Riggs was elected to the school board in November 2016. Born in Norfolk, but raised in Virginia Beach, she is a product of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, having attended Woodstock Elementary School when it housed first through seventh grades and Kempsville High School when it was an eighth through 12th grade school. After earning her Bachelor of Science in education from Radford College, Riggs began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Currituck County Schools where she taught for two years before joining VBCPS. In Virginia Beach, she continued her career as a kindergarten teacher for 17 years at Creeds and Kempsville Meadows elementary schools and as a sixth grade English and social studies teacher for 19 years at Larkspur Middle School. After retiring in 2012, Riggs served as President of the Virginia Beach Education Association (VBEA) through June 2016. She also served on the Virginia Education Association (VEA) board and executive board for 10 years (2006-20016). Riggs is married to John Wakefield, a retired VBCPS teacher. Between them, they have a daughter and three sons, all of whom graduated from Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Riggs also holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from Old Dominion University.
Rye Mrs. Carolyn T. Rye
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 5 - Lynnhaven
January 2015 - December 2018
757.306.9762 (home)
757.777.8249 (cell)
Carolyn.Rye@vbcpsboard.com
Carolyn Rye was elected to the School Board in November 2014. She began her professional career in the business sector, serving as corporate trainer and group insurance management consultant for Prudential Insurance. Rye ultimately turned to her education roots as a longtime private mathematics tutor and secondary school classroom teacher in local schools. She was also employed by Virginia Beach City Public Schools from 2000-2014 as an intermittent substitute teacher. Rye served on the PTA Boards of Lynnhaven Middle, Kingston Elementary, Kemps Landing Magnet and Ocean Lakes High School, and is a two-time PTA president at both the elementary and high school levels. She is a recipient of the PTA Distinguished Service Award. Rye is an active member of the community, serving two terms on both her St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Council, and as Schools Committee chair for William & Mary’s South Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter. She was founder and president of her college’s Northern New Jersey chapter, and presently serves as an advisor to her campus sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. As a national Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate, she and her daughter have collectively lobbied Congress and raised in excess of $100,000. Mrs. Rye also has served in a fundraising capacity for her college, and church Capital Campaign. She graduated from the College of Willam and Mary as a Government major, with concentrations in history and mathematics. She holds an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. She and her Navy civilian attorney husband Kenneth are the proud parents of two VBCPS graduates.
Weems Mrs. Carolyn D. Weems
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
District 4 - Bayside
December 2009 - December 2018
At-Large
July 2002 - December 2009
757.464.6674 (home)
Carolyn.Weems@vbcpsboard.com
Carolyn D. Weems was elected to the School Board in May 2002 and was re-elected in May 2006 as an At-Large member. On December 8, 2009, the School Board appointed Mrs. Weems to fill the District 4 – Bayside seat vacated by the resignation of former Board member Dan Lowe. In 2010 she was re-elected. A former tennis coach at Old Dominion University, Weems has served as a volunteer for VBCPS and the Virginia Beach community. She has held the position of PTSA president at Bayside High School, served on numerous PTA boards and has been a member of the Planning Councils of Thoroughgood Elementary, Independence Middle and Bayside High schools. Weems has served in the capacity of youth leader, Sunday School teacher, speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteer counselor for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Weems earned a bachelor's in administrative management from Clemson University. She and her husband, Billy, have five children – all of whom have attended VBCPS.

The School Board and staff welcome your interest in our meetings and encourage your involvement in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. For questions about School Board meeting agendas and minutes or to speak at one of our meetings, you may contact the clerk of the School Board at 757.263.1016 or email diannep.alexander@vbschools.com. If you are interested in learning more about community support of our schools and how you can become involved, visit the division’s Community Engagement webpage or call the Office of Community Engagement at 757.263.1337.

Last Modified on Friday, September 8, 2017