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 (2019-2020)
This committee advises the Office of Communications, Marketing, and Technology on internal communication systems to ensure that they meet the needs of members and local associations, and advises the Office 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 the involvement of local associations in public relations activities.
Jennifer Rokasky, Co-Chair
Kimberly Adams, Co-Chair
Robyn Roberson (SVEA: Aspiring Educator member)
Board Liaisons: Christine Hawley, David Palanzi,
John O’Neil, Staff Liaison
Credentials Committee (2019-2020)
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 (2019-2020)
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.
Allison Batty, Chair
Arthur “Mike” Anderson
Terri Welborn Potter
Board Liaisons: Robbie Jones, 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
Charles “Chuck” Ronco
Dr. Brenda Pike and Samantha Crouse, Staff Liaisons
Executive/Budget Committee (2019-2020)
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.
Jim Livingston, President
James Fedderman, Vice President
Charlotte Hayer, Senior NEA Director
Denise Davis, VEA Retired-at-Large
Fitz Turner Commission for Human Relations and Civil Rights (2019-2020)
This commission reviews human relations needs in the VEA programs and recommends steps to intensify commitment to advance human dignity of every individual, monitors extremist activities within the educational environment, particularly incidences of stealth candidates, censorship, and other extremist influences on curriculum and educational policy, and recommends appropriate action to the VEA president and Board of Directors.
Members promote the observance of holidays and recognitions highlighting the wealth of diversity within Virginia.
Commission members screen applicants for the Fitz Turner, Mary Hatwood Futrell, Youth Awards, 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 Board of Directors regarding implementation.
All terms begin September 1 and end August 31.
JoEllen Livingston, Chair
Naila Holmes, Staff Liaison
Instructional and Professional Development (IPD) Committee (2019-2020)
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.
Becky Austin, Chair
Edna “Diane” Outlaw
Amanda B. Ronco
Jessica Bailey (SVEA: Aspiring Educator member)
Board Liaison: Kelly Walker
Dr. Antoinette Rogers, Staff Liaison
Legislative Committee (2019-2020)
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, Co-Chair
Melissa W. Peters
Jim Livingston, President, Co-Chair (ex-officio, voting)
James Fedderman, Vice President (ex-officio, non-voting)
Kathy Burcher, Staff Liaison
Membership Committee (2019-2020)
(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 provide final approval for the A+ Awards for Membership Growth and make recommendations to the VEA President.
Tracey Mercier, Chairperson
Blue Ridge – Rebecca Jasman
Central Virginia – Carmen Crowder
Chesapeake Bay – Gabrielle Walton
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights – Sonia Smith
Colonial – Katrice “Kati” Rutherford
Commonweath – Melissa Amos
Cumberland Mountain – Phyllis Mullins
Dominion – Jennifer Andrews
Ed-U-Serv – Donna Lopez
Elizabeth River – Charletta Williams
Fairfax – Kim Adams
Loudoun – Dave Palanzi
Mountain View – Sandra Barnstead
New River – Erin Bull
NOVA (Alexandria & Arlington) – Leslie Stockton
Piedmont – Corey Foster
Prince William – Cynthia “Riley” O’Casey
Richmond – Antuane “Ramon” Moore
Southside – Patricia Moore
Southwest VA – Tracey Mercier, Chair
Tidewater – Gordon Jones
Valley – Kathleen Holter
Breanne Armbrust, Staff Liaison
Minority and Women's Concerns Committee (2019-2020)
This committee advises 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.
Members receive information on the content, delivery, and selection of the peer training for the Minority Leadership Training Program, the Women’s Leadership Training Program, and the Diversity Training Program, and makes recommendations to the President and Board of Directors as appropriate.
The committee identifies training needs of members and suggests development of appropriate programs to the President and Board of Directors.
The committee makes specific recommendations to the President and Board of Directors regarding appropriate means and methods for continuing minority input into the Association.
The committee reviews materials available to educators to assist in the identification and protection of at-risk and abused children in addition to reviewing VEA and NEA resolutions relating to minority and women’s concerns and advises the VEA Board regarding their implications.
Toney McNair, Jr., Chair
Kenneth Mark Deal
Lola McDowell (VEA-Retired member)
Rikki Hull (SVEA: Aspiring Educator member )
Board Liaisons: Milondra Coleman, Riley O’Casey, Sonia Smith
Naila Holmes, Staff Liaison
Professional Rights & Responsibilities (PR&R) Commission (2019-2020)
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 2019)
Mitch Cunningham, Chair
Laura Jones, Vice Chair
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Amy S. Lamb
James “Gary” Puckett
Joan Quigley (alt.)
Dena Rosenkrantz, Staff Liaison
Resolutions Committee (2019-2020)
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.
James Fedderman, Chair
District A: Cathy Smith
District B: Lezley Wilson
District C: Kevin Hanna
District D: Christine Hawley
District E: Kevin Hickerson, Matthew Wallace
District F: Jennifer Rokasky, Tabatha Zarkauskas
District G: Amy Kenney, Katie Rosenbrook
District H: Joshua Folb, Amanda Ronco
District I: Connie Finney
District J: Sarah Amick
District K: Vacant
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, Linda Powell
Retired Reps: Pat Kennedy, Vashti Mallory
SVEA: Aspiring Educator Rep: Morgan Brown
NEA Resolutions: Carla Okouchi, Charles “Chuck” Ronco, Sonia Smith, Gwen Edwards (ESP), Miles Carey (Internal Editing)
John O’Neil, Staff Liaison
Special Education Committee (2019-2020)
This committee studies proposals and state regulations, such as Special Education Regulations, SOLs and SOAs, for the education of students with disabilities and makes recommendations for Association policy in special education.
Members promote professional development for educators regarding current laws and legal procedures affecting special education.
Committee members review proposals and regulations for licensure and standards for approval of teacher education programs for special education teachers and make recommendations for Association policy.
Gloria Collins, Chair
Sharon Helbert (VEA-Retired member)
Thalia Cornejo (SVEA: Aspiring Educator member)
Board Liaisons: Tim Brown and Madeline Wingate-Alfonso
Melinda Bright, Staff Liaison
VEA Convention Mike Spotters (2019-2020)
They assist at the VEA Delegate Assembly in recognizing members who wish to be recognized.
Jane M. Larimer, Chair
Mary Ellen Haines
Ellie St. John, Staff Liaison
NEA Convention Planning Team (2019-2020)
This team reviews the NEA Convention process and makes appropriate recommendations to the VEA Board.
Christina Bohringer, Co-Chair
Riley O’Casey, Co-Chair
George Schlegel, III
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