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Anderson || Edwards || Felton || Holtz || McDonald || McLeod || Melnyk || Rye || Taylor || Tengco || Weems

Anderson Mrs. Beverly M. Anderson
2105 Commodore Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Vice Chair
January 2013 – December 2016
757.481.5292 (home)
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Beverly M. Anderson was elected to the School Board in November 2012. She retired from VBCPS in June 2012 after a 36-year career as an elementary school teacher. Her community involvement is varied. Throughout Anderson's years with VBCPS, she served as: president of the 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 the PTA at Trantwood Elementary, Lynnhaven Middle and Alanton Elementary. Anderson also volunteers for Relay for Life and the Noble Women of Virginia Beach. She graduated from Concord University with a bachelor's of science degree in education. She and her husband, William, have two sons who graduated from VBCPS.
Edwards Mr. Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards
1585 Lake James Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
District 2 - Kempsville
January 2013 - December 2016
District 1 - Centerville
July 1998 - December 2012
757.717.0259 (cell)
757.495.3551 (home)
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Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards was elected to the School Board in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is serving his 16th annual term as School Board chairman. 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 director of youth programs for the 1,700-member Tidewater Striders Running Club, and serves as the treasurer of the Road Runners Club of America, an organization of over a thousand running clubs across the nation. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers, and on the boards of the Tidewater College Access Foundation and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation. He is also immediate past president of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club and president of the Kempsville Ruritan Club. He has been an active 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
113 Burford Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
District 6 - Beach
January 2015 - December 2018
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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 Ms. Dottie Holtz
1304 Downs Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
January 2011 - December 2014

757.460.2440 (home)
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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.
Mckenzie Mr. Joel A. McDonald
P.O. Box 62765
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
District 3 - Rose Hall
January 2013 – December 2016
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Joel McDonald was elected to the School Board in November 2012. From 2006 to 2012, he was employed by VBCPS as the Data Support Specialist at Luxford Elementary, where he also served as a School Improvement Coordinator for the 2011-12 school year. While at Luxford, he served as an active member and executive officer of the Luxford Parent Teacher Association, a building representative for the Virginia Beach Education Association and was recognized for his effectiveness and efficiency by the VBCPS Superintendent. Currently, McDonald provides web design, development and communications consulting through his business, Comit Strategies. He is a 2003, and second generation, graduate of Bayside High School and an alumnus of the Cisco Networking Academy at the Advanced Technology Center, where he earned his Cisco Certified Networking Associate certification. McDonald earned his Associate of Arts in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, and his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University.
McLeod Mrs. Ashley K. McLeod
5508 Del Park Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
January 2015 - December 2018
757.552.0348 (home)
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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 attends the International Baccalaureate(IB)program at Princess Anne High School and their daughter Allison attends 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
2608 Fresh Meadow Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
District 7 - Princess Anne
January 2015 - December 2018
757.619.3811 (cell)
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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.
Rye Mrs. Carolyn T. Rye
920 Downshire Chase
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
District 5 - Lynnhaven
January 2015 - December 2018
757.306.9762 (home)
757.777.8249 (cell)
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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.
Salyer Mrs. Elizabeth E. Taylor
928 Queen Elizabeth Dr.
Virginia Beach, Va 23452
January 2013 - December 2016
757.663.6706 (home)
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Elizabeth "Betsy" Taylor was elected to the School Board in November 2012. She retired from VBCPS in February 2009, with 40 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary School Education. She is a past president and secretary of the Virginia Beach Association of Elementary School Principals, the Tidewater Zone Director of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals and has served as a board member of the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. A long-time participant in the PTA, Taylor received the PTA Lifetime Membership Award, The PTA Distinguished Service Award and the PTA President's Honor Award. Taylor is a certified pet therapy dog handler who visits libraries and schools with her dog, Beaufort, to emphasize the importance of reading to children. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University and a master's degree in Supervision and Human Relations from George Washington University. Taylor is married to Henry W. Taylor, Jr., who is retired from the United States Marine Corps.
Seery Mr. Leonard C. Tengco
281 Independence Boulevard, 5th Flr
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
District 1 – Centerville
January 2013 - December 2016
757.499.8971 (office)
757.456.5445 (fax)
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Leonard C. Tengco was elected to the School Board in November 2012. He is a practicing attorney who focuses his practice in real estate, civil litigation and business/corporate law. Tengco is a product of VBCPS in the Centerville District, having attended Centerville Elementary School, Brandon Middle School and Tallwood High School. He was awarded a debate scholarship to attend James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2004. Before earning his Juris Doctor at Michigan State University College of Law in 2007, Tengco was elected to serve as vice president of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Since then, he has served as the law clerk for the Third Judicial Circuit of Virginia, assistant commonwealth's attorney for the city of Portsmouth, and assistant appellate defender in Richmond. Tengco is also designated by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). In 2011, Tengco was selected for class membership to the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia's flagship Political Leaders Program. In 2012, he was recognized for significant service by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer's Conference for his role as chair of the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference hosted at Regent University School of Law. Tengco remains an active leader in various community organizations throughout Hampton Roads.
Weems Mrs. Carolyn D. Weems
1420 Claudia Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
District 4 - Bayside
December 2009 - December 2014
July 2002 - December 2009
757.464.6674 (home)
757.363.8281 (fax)
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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.

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Last Modified on Monday, February 09, 2015