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anderson
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Beverly M. Anderson
Chair

January 2013 – December 2020
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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 second 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.

melnyk
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Kimberly A. Melnyk
Vice Chair
District 7 - Princess Anne

January 2015 - December 2022
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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 was appointed by City Council to the Vision to Action Community Coalition, serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Musical Theatre and is a member of the Governor's School for the Arts Regional Board.  She is a mentor at Green Run Elementary School, volunteers with the VBCPS Beach Bag Program and is a member of the Social Ministry Team at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  She is a former employee of Premier Millwork and Lumber Company, her family owned and operated business. She and her husband, George, have three children, one of whom still attends VBCPS.


edwards
Name Contact Information
Mr. Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards
District 2 - Kempsville

January 2013 - December 2020
District 1 - Centerville
July 1998 - December 2012
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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 served as chairman from 1999-2016 and as School Board vice chairman from 2017-2018. 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
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Sharon R. Felton
District 6 - Beach

January 2015 - December 2022
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Dottie Holtz
At-Large

January 2011 - December 2022
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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.


Laura Hughes
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Laura K. Hughes
At-Large

January 2019 - December 2022
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757.647.0795
Laura.Hughes@vbcpsboard.com






Biography to come.


manning
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Victoria Manning
At-Large

January 2017 - December 2020
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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.


riggs
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Trenace B. Riggs
District 1 - Centerville

January 2017 - December 2020
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Carolyn T. Rye
District 5 - Lynnhaven

January 2015 - December 2022
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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 a decade as corporate trainer and group insurance management consultant for Prudential Insurance. The proud daughter of two career high school teachers, 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 recent terms on both her St. Nicholas Catholic Church Pastoral Council, and William & Mary’s regional alumni chapter board. She is founder and inaugural president of William and Mary’s Northern New Jersey Alumni Chapter, and has served the past decade as an advisor to her campus sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. As a national Fight Colorectal Cancer advocate, she and her daughter, an early age onset colon cancer survivor, collectively have lobbied Congress, engage in community-based education and awareness, and promote annual fund-raising. Mrs. Rye also has served in a fundraising capacity for her college, and past church capital campaign. She graduated from the College of William and Mary as a Government major, with concentrations in history and mathematics. She holds an MBA degree from Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. Her husband Kenneth is retired, and served parallel legal careers as Counsel, United States Navy, Military Sealift Command, and Judge Advocate, Unites States Army. She and Ken are the proud parents of two VBCPS graduates.


weems
Name Contact Information
Mrs. Carolyn D. Weems
District 4 - Bayside

December 2009 - December 2022
At-Large
July 2002 - December 2009
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757.464.6674 (home)
Carolyn.Weems@vbcpsboard.com







Carolyn Weems was first elected to the School Board in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Weems moved to Virginia Beach after graduating from Clemson University and has lived here for 36 years. Weems and her husband, Billy, both coached and taught for Old Dominion University before having five children and starting their own business. For decades, Weems has volunteered in our schools, PTAs, churches and community organizations. She is very passionate about improving and expanding instruction and opportunities for students receiving special education and technical/career courses of study. Weems is the founder and president of Caitlyn’s HALO, a non-profit focused on Helping Addicts and Loved Ones. This was inspired after the tragic loss of their daughter, Caitlyn, after she became addicted to pain killers prescribed by doctors. To educate others, Weems was instrumental in getting HB1532 passed that mandates all schools in Virginia to offer opioid focused education.  For her advocacy, Weems was named the recipient of the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award as well as the Virginia Beach Human Rights Award.  In her spare time, Weems is co-chair of the Hampton Roads Opioid Working Group, a Sunday School teacher for Old Donation Episcopal Church, a Good News Club Leader, a reading tutor and a Cub Scout Den Leader. All of her children graduated from VBCPS and her granddaughter is currently attending Virginia Beach City Public Schools.


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 Dianne Alexander. 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 web page or call the Office of Community Engagement at 757.263.1337.