VEA Board, Officers & Committees | Virginia Education Association
VEA President and Vice President
Dr. James J. Fedderman
VEA Vice President
VEA Board of Directors
George Schlegel, III
VEA Retired At Large
Dr. Dennis Pfennig
VEA Retired At Large
SVEA Aspiring Educators President
VEA committees are appointed by the VEA president to advise in critical areas of our work. Ad hoc committees are appointed as needed.
View committee charges and membership below.
Communications - Public Relations Committee (2020-2022)
This committee advises the Department of Communications and Public Affairs on internal communication systems to ensure that they meet the needs of members and local associations, and advises the Department on enhancing the VEA image with internal and external audiences.
Members of this committee also advise on appropriate use of cutting-edge communications technology and encourage and increase Union activity at Local level by promoting current communications initiatives and public relations activities through UniServ councils and other appropriate committees.
This committee certifies delegates to the VEA Delegate Assembly and assist during business sessions during the Assembly.
Megan Link, Co-Chair
Barbara Wilson, Co-Chair
Mary Haislip, Staff Liaison
Education Support Professionals (ESP) Committee (2020-2022)
This committee makes recommendations as appropriate to increase the integration of educational support concerns into Association policies and programs, and thereby enhance the Association’s image among education support professionals.
Members make recommendations for conferences as applicable, and recommendations designed to enhance the local Association’s ability to improve benefits available to education support professionals.
Alyce Pope, Chair
Board Liaisons: Connie Finney, George Schlegel, III
This committee canvasses ballots for state, general and/or special elections and reports the results to the VEA Board of Directors. Committee members should be delegates to the VEA Convention.
This committee reviews the VEA Campaign Regulations, statewide election procedures, and makes recommendations to the VEA Board of Directors. The committee reviews VEA statewide candidates’ campaign practices and expenditures and reports to the VEA Board. The committee meets during the Delegate Assembly to respond to campaign inquiries.
Ethel Williams, Co-Chair
Steve Whitten, Co-Chair
Valerie Jackson Smith
Dr. Brenda Pike and Samantha Crouse, Staff Liaisons
Executive/Budget Committee (2020-2021)
This committee advises the VEA president and the VEA Board of Directors on critical Association and education issues. The committee prepares the annual VEA budget to be recommended to the VEA Board of Directors.
James Fedderman, President
Carol Bauer, Vice President
Charlotte Hayer, Senior NEA Director
Fitz Turner Commission for Human Relations and Civil Rights (2020-2021)
This commission reviews human relations needs in all programs, events, and initiatives of the VEA and recommends steps to intensify commitment to advance human dignity of every individual.
The commission acts as the vanguard, monitoring behaviors of extremists and hate groups within the education environment and recommends recommends action as needed to the VEA president and VEA Board of Directors. VEA leadership will work in collaboration with the commission.
Members promote the inclusion of culturally competent and responsive Curriculum and Instruction as well as recognitions which highlight the wealth of diversity within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Commission members screen applications for the Fitz Turner Awards Program and the Beblon G. Parks Scholarship make appropriate recommendations to the VEA president.
The commission reviews VEA and NEA Resolutions relating to human and civil rights and advises the VEA Board regarding implementation.
All terms begin September 1 and end August 31.
Larry Moore, II
Naila Holmes, Staff Liaison
Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Committee (2020-2022)
This committee communicates with members on current instructional and professional development issues. Members make recommendations as needed from information on reform initiatives, policies, and regulations which relate to teacher quality, student learning, and other education issues.
The committee screens applicants for the the Mini-Grant Program and for the NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and makes appropriate recommendations to the VEA President.
This committee recommends the VEA Legislative Agenda to the Board of Directors, serves in an advisory capacity to the VEA president during the General Assembly session, and reports the status of VEA-supported legislation and other legislative activities to the VEA Board.
Joy Kirk, Vice Chair
James Fedderman, President, Chair (ex-officio, voting)
Carol Bauer, Vice President (ex-officio, non-voting)
Kathy Burcher, Staff Liaison
Membership Committee (2020-2022)
(UniServ Council Chairs)
(UniServ Standards Advisory Committee – USAC)
The committees makes recommendations regarding strategies to increase and maintain a high level of VEA membership.
The committee reviews documentation concerning the level of knowledge and participation in organizing and negotiations activities on the state and local level, and makes recommendations for expanding activities as appropriate.
The committee also reviews unit composition and UniServ operation standards and makes recommendations to the VEA Board of Directors.
Members of this committee serve as a vehicle for UniServ units to discuss joint concerns and goals, and screen applications for the A+ Awards for Membership Growth and make recommendations to the VEA President.
Members work to help develop engagement in New Ed.
Charles “Chuck” Ronco, Chairperson
Blue Ridge – Rebecca Jasman
Central Virginia – Melanie Lewis
Chesapeake Bay – Gabrielle Walton
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights – Sonia Smith
Colonial – Sam Eure
Commonweath – Melissa Amos
Cumberland Mountain – Phyllis Mullins
Dominion – Jennifer Andrews
Ed-U-Serv – Adam Wolf
Elizabeth River – Charletta Williams
Fairfax – Kimberly Adams
Loudoun – Sandy Sullivan
Mountain View – Sandra Barnstead
New River – William “Andy” Metzler
NOVA (Alexandria & Arlington) – Ingrid Gant
Piedmont – Cory Foster
Prince William – Mary “Maggie” Hansford
Richmond – Charlotte Hayer
Southside – Patricia Moore
Southwest VA – Tracey Mercier
Tidewater – Gordon Jones
Valley – Katherine “Lee” Meadows
Todd Park, Staff Liaison
Minority and Women's Concerns Committee (2020-2022)
This committee facilitates the achievement of ethnic minority delegate presentation at least equal to the proportion of identified ethnic-minority populations within the state of Virginia.
This committee advises and makes recommendations to the President and Board of Directors, as appropriate, regarding diversity, multicultural, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender equity issues and programs, employment practices, and other issues and programs of concern to minorities and women, with special emphasis on state initiatives which promote equity and minority engagement.
This committee identifies and recommends the resources that are relevant, equitable, and adaptable to meet the needs of all students and education professionals.
The committee serves as the designated liaison to receive and address minority and women’s concerns submitted by VEA members and makes appropriate recommendations.
Christine Melendez, Co-Chair
Carla Okouchi, Co-Chair
Katrice “Kati” Rutherford
Kara Ring Walter
Lola McDowell (VEA-Retired member)
Kendrick Mason (SVEA: Aspiring Educator member )
Board Liaison: Katina Harris
Naila Holmes, Staff Liaison
Professional Rights & Responsibilities (PR&R) Commission (2020-2021)
This commission is charged with reviewing and recommending action regarding the legal rights of members.
All terms begin September 1 and end August 31.
Executive Committee (elected in Spring 2020)
Jeremy Utt, Chair
Joan Quigley, Vice Chair
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Leslie Jo Byington
Melanie Lewis (alt.)
Dena Rosenkrantz, Staff Liaison
Resolutions Committee (2020-2022)
This committee reviews, edits, and proposes amendments to the VEA Resolutions. Members conduct an open hearing on proposed Resolutions and present proposed Resolutions to the VEA Delegate General Assembly.
Carol Bauer, Chair
District A: Cathy Smith
District B: Lezley Wilson
District C: Sammie Browning
District D: Christine Hawley
District E: Kevin Hickerson, Matthew Wallace
District F: Jennifer Rokasky, Tabatha Zarkauskas
District G: Melissa Muszynski, Katie Rosenbrook
District H: Joshua Folb, Amanda Ronco
District I: Connie Finney
District J: Cheryl Knight
District K: Angelnet Stith
District L: Sonia Smith
District M: Angela Moss
District N: Helen Adams-Johnson
District O: Sheila Mapp
District P: Jennifer Andrews, Kati Rutherford
District Q: Renee Beverly, Clarence Collins
Retired Reps: Pat Kennedy, Vashti Mallory
SVEA: Aspiring Educator Rep: Jessica Bailey
NEA Resolutions: Carla Okouchi, Charles “Chuck” Ronco, Sonia Smith, Gwen Edwards (ESP), Miles Carey (Internal Editing)
Fitz Turner Commission: Amy Lamb
John O’Neil, Staff Liaison
Special Education Committee (2020-2022)
This committee studies state and federal proposals and regulations with their impact on students with disabilities noting the overlap between the state and federal.
Members promote professional development for educators regarding current laws and legal procedures affecting special education.
Members coordinate with ABTEL for proposals and regulations for licensure of teacher education programs programs for special educators, including career switchers training; making recommendations for Association policy.
The committee reviews regulations and policies regarding transition services for students with disabilities making recommendations for Association policy.