VBEF Board members share why they volunteer their time.

Kevin Hill, president
MassMutual Commonwealth

I am thrilled to be working with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation. The foundation supports the teachers and students who feel that the set standards are not enough. I want to be a part of group that promotes education growth, helps raise the bar, and supports those who are willing to put in the extra effort.

William Morales, president elect
Program Manager, Valkyrie Enterprises, Inc.

A solid educational foundation will set up our children for success as contibuting members of society, and ensure they are ready to take advantage of future 'life changing' oppurtunities afforded to them. VBEF provides me opportunities to pay back to my community the debt I owe society for my professional success.

John Mazach, treasurer
Community Leader

Having spent 30+ years in the Navy and 10 years in the shipbuilding industry, I learned the importance of a solid education particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at an early age (pre college/university). I also have a daughter who teaches in the Virginia Beach school system and a son-in-law who is a principal in the same system and I am interested in what they do.

Monica Curry, secretary
Business Development Manager

I've worked with Virginia Beach City Public Schools' technology programs for the last 14 years. Technology is my passion and encouraging students to embrace it has been my goal. Joining the Virginia Beach Education Foundation board enables me to further support students in Virginia Beach to grow their technology skills.

Rob Broermann, past-president
CFO, Sentara Healthcare

I, my wife and my children are all products of Virginia Beach Public Schools. We are blessed to have such a great public school system in Virginia Beach. Serving the Foundation is small token of my gratitude.

Jon Abrahams
Co-Owner, Jpixx

From day one, I've always been impressed with VBEF staff and volunteers. They do such great work, and having a family and owning a business in VA Beach, I can think of no better organization to contribute my time and services to help the greater good. It's a joy to see the real-world results of VBEF (and I get to see that firsthand, which is amazing).

Morgan Albiston
Principal Structural Engineer, Speight, Marshall & Francis

As someone who was born and raised in Virginia Beach, quality education for our community is something I am extremely passionate about. I look forward to working with other leaders to continue to raise the bar and create the best learning environment for our students and faculty.

Justin Ballard
Director of Business Development, S.B. Ballard Construction Co.

S.B. Ballard Construction Company has been building first class education facilities for Virginia Beach Public Schools for decades. Having the opportunity to serve as a Board Member for the Foundation is an honor and enables me to further support my children that attend VBCPS, their fellow classmates and the great educators that help grow our youth.

Tom Barringer
President, Beach Windows & Siding

Having grown up in Virginia Beach and attending VBCP Schools, I will do everything posssible to give back and make sure the students receive the best possible education.

Rob Berz
Architect, RRMM Architects

Devoting time to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation is one of the best ways I can think of to ensure the outstanding teaching and learning continues to happen here in Virginia Beach.

Daniel D. Edwards
Daniel D. "Dan" Edwards Chairman, Virginia Beach School Board (Ret.)

VBEF presents an opportunity to leverage private resources to enhance basic tax-supported public schools in unique ways to make incredible things happen all very satisfying to my passion for public education.

Joe Flanagan
Journalist

I got to know the Virginia Beach Education Foundation from years of serving as MC (Master of Ceremonies) for their teacher grants awards program, TGIF Celebration. I've also been impressed with the board's passion to serve teachers and the dedication and hard work of the teachers where my three children attended schools. Contributing to the foundation is time and money well spent.

Christine Gustafson
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, The Breeden Company

It's an honor to play a role in strategizing new programs and revenue avenues for the organization. I understand my voice has impact, but I am also able to hear impactful voices of others, too.

Sheila S. Magula
Past-Superintendent, VBCPS

Knowing the school division cannot support financially all the great ideas, I want to help the Foundation Board with fundraising and with processes to enable teachers to move forward with implementation. The conversation with, and excitement of, students participating in these projects and activities indicate that the Foundation is having a long-term positive impact on student growth and learning.

Debbie Nadiran
Community Leader

I have worked as a Partner in Education with the school division for 33 years. In that role, I was able to see the direct benefit of community involvement in our schools and the positive experiences students receive because of the program. As a board member with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, I have the opportunity to further benefit the school division and the great work that is done in our schools on behalf of our students and community.

Robyn M. Niss
Civil Engineer, Kimley-Horn

I love finding opportunities to support students in what they’re passionate about! It’s the extra programs, niche clubs, or special projects that allow kids to really flex their creative muscles, grow their confidence, and develop a love for learning. Being part of providing those opportunities through VBEF would be incredibly rewarding!

Skip Templeton
Vice-President, TowneBank Mortgage

Having been a graduate of COX HS, and with my kids having attended VBCPS, I believe in the schools and look forward to giving back.

Debbie Griffey Hughes
Coordinator, Virginia Beach Education Foundation

I'm a better person when I work for a cause. It inspires me to know that students benefit from the projects and activities that teachers are designing and we are funding. I want more people to reap the rewards of helping our students achieve success in whatever they do.

Admon Alexander
Director of Family and Community Engagement, VBCPS

As the Director of Family and Community Engagement for VBCPS, joining the Virginia Beach Education Foundation is an exciting way to support the innovative initiatives that VBEF provides for both students and teachers. Many of these initiatives are focused on authentic learning opportunities that can provide resources for teachers and assist students to reach their full potential.

Tara Campbell

Vincent Darby
Principal, Seatack Elementary School

I do not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact those I meet. I accepted the invitation to this board to continue serving and to give back as much as I can in any way that I can.

Paula Johnson
Principal, Landstown High School

Having served as an educator for over 32 years with VBCPS, it is an honor to work with VB Education Foundation to assist in supporting innovative learning for the whole child. The children are our future, and we must prepare them to be future ready.

Carolyn Rye
School Board Chairwoman, VBCPS

It is a welcome School Board Chair honor to serve in an ex officio capacity on this Foundation board. It is my intent to support board members in their VBEF pursuit of educational excellence and innovative learning.

Aaron Spence
Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

As Superintendent I proudly work with the foundation because I understand the powerful, lasting impact strong partnerships have in our schools. Beyond generating financial resources for teachers, the foundation creates a sense of ownership across our city with leaders from every sector joining together to make a difference for every student, every day.

Sterling White
Director of Elementary Schools, VBCPS

Helping educators is what VBEF does! As an educator, I've always admired what the foundation has done for our educational community. Being a part of this organization was an easy choice for me. I'm just glad I was given the opportunity to serve our educators.

Nelson Adcock, past-president
GeoEnvironmental Resources, Inc.

I am proud to be a member of the Virginia Beach Education Foundation Board. Maintaining a high quality public education system is vital to the growth of our community. Being a member of this organization allows me to invest my time and talents to help shape the future.

Christopher Ettel

Debi Gray, past-president
Community Leader

Steve Harwood

Bill Kamarek
Electronic Systems, Inc.

John Langlois
Tele-Video Productions & Advertising Agency

H. Frank Malbon
Sr. Vice-President, Tidewater Home Funding, LLC

Strong belief in attempting to raise private sector funds to fund grants for public school teachers. Since all three of my children have been publically educated, I have seen the results that can be achieved. We all need to work together in achieving our mission.

Tony Pirrone
Quality Stone Concepts

I am a firm believer that education is one's most important assets. In order to empower our students, we must empower those that are passionate about teaching. The VBEF does just that, by providing grants for teachers who seek to educate above and beyond the required minimum, thereby giving the best possible education.

Harry R. Purkey, Jr.
Harry R. Purkey, Jr., PC

To help make the Virginia Beach Public Schools one of the best public school systems in the country.

Jane M. Purrington
Community Leader

I began my career as a public school teacher and felt it was my niche. The Virginia Beach Education Foundation seemed an excellent way to continue to serve and maintain contact with the field of education after retirement.

Neil L. Rose, past-president
Willcox & Savage, PC

Upon finishing my two terms on School Board, I found the Foundation to be a great way to continue to give back to the public school system to try and help repay the opportunity I was given to be successful through the quality, free public education that met my educational needs.

Mike Ross, past-president
HBA Architecture & Interior Design

I wanted to be part of a driving force behind promoting innovative teaching practices and processes that empower our students with the gifts of learning how to think and learning how to learn, that equip them with critical and creative thinking skills, and that awaken our childrens’ intrinsic motivations for learning.

Patsy Slaughter

Emilie M. Tilley
Community Leader

The Virginia Beach Public Schools Foundation is all about supporting teachers who want the best education for all students in their classrooms and schools. How could I not want to be involved in such a group? The Foundation takes seriously its mission to reward excellence and fund innovative, creative programs to benefit students.

Ned Williams, past-president
William E. Wood & Associates

The Foundation, through recognition of teachers and support of unique programming, contributes significantly to the exceptional public education system that is available in Virginia Beach.

Board Members

Members

Kevin Hill - President
William Morales - President Elect
John Mazach - Treasurer
Monica Curry - Secretary
Robert Broermann - Immediate Past-President
Jon Abrahams
Morgan Albiston
Justin Ballard
Tom Barringer
Rob Berz
Daniel D. Edwards
Joe Flanagan


Christine Gustafson
Sheila Magula
Debbie Nadiran
Robyn Niss
Skip Templeton

Ex officio Members

Debbie Griffey Hughes - Coordinator
Admon Alexander
Tara Campbell
Vincent Darby
Paula Johnson
Carolyn Rye
Aaron Spence
Sterling White

Emeritus

H. Nelson Adcock
Christopher Ettel
Debi Gray
Steve Harwood
Bill Kamarek
John Langlois
H. Frank Malbon
Tony Pirrone
Harry Purkey, Jr.
Jane Purrington 
Neil L. Rose
Mike Ross
Patsy Slaughter
Emilie Tilley
Ned Williams

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