Established in 1998, Women Education Leaders in Virginia (WELV) is a not-for-profit organization, affiliated with the Curry School at the University of Virginia, that includes and supports women in all areas of education in Virginia.
Click on “About WELV” above to learn more about our organization.
President – Beth Baptist
Past President – Gena Keller
Vice President – Staci England
Secretary – Kim Evans
Treasurer – Julie Myers
Higher Ed Rep – Paula Lichiello
Exec. Dir. Emerita – Margaret Blackmon
Executive Director – Elaine Fogliani
Administrative Assistant – Liza Scallet
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT WELV IN OUR EFFORTS AS WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOURS?
Annual Membership Dues Are As Low As $25
The WELV Affiliates Program began in the fall of 2013, when a group of educators from Fredericksburg decided to form a local “affiliate” chapter of WELV.
The goal of the program is to support the WELV mission by providing opportunities for social as well as professional networking and to extend the mentoring and the discussion of issues that are such a valuable part of the WELV Annual Conference each spring.
Learn more about the WELV Affiliates Program here.
New regional chapters are expected to be formed in 2015 – 2016.
If you would like to form an affiliate chapter in your region, please contact Elaine Fogliani, WELV’s Executive Director.
WELV is honored to have the support of American Fidelity Assurance Company as our first Business Partner. American Fidelity has more than 50 years of experience providing financial security solutions to the education community and is also an excellent resource for school systems in understanding the new healthcare laws.
Our thanks to American Fidelity for supporting women leaders!
WELV LEADERS MARGARET BLACKMON AND LAURIE MCCULLOUGH ARE FEATURED IN UVA MAGAZINE
Margaret Blackmon, WELV’s Executive Director Emeritus, and Laurie McCullough, a WELV Past President and the current executive director of VASCD, are recognized in the February 2016 issue of Curry Magazine (published by the Curry School of Education at UVA) as “Spheres of Influence” who have played a major role in bringing about important improvements in public education in Virginia. Read the article here.
MEET BETH UMBARGER, THE NEW REGION VI REPRESENTATIVE
Beth earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and Child Development as well as an M.A. in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from Radford University, and then degrees in Administration and Supervision and Supervision of Special Education from Virginia Tech. She worked in Roanoke County as a high school special education teacher, then became a county-level supervisor of special education. She went back to the building level and held two assistant principal positions in Roanoke County, then served as the Principal of Greenfield Elementary in Botetourt County for six years. She is now the Assistant Principal at Burlington Elementary in Roanoke County.
The WELV Ambassadors Program provides an opportunity for individual women leaders to lead outreach efforts for WELV. Whether hosting “chat and chew” sessions on important issues for women in leadership positions, sharing cutting-edge innovations in pedagogy, or simply meeting informally with other women educators in the state to talk about their daily challenges and long-range aspirations, our Ambassadors spread WELV’s core mission of advancing the interests of women education leaders in Virginia.
WELV’s Awards Program recognizes distinctive achievements by women leaders in Virginia public education.
And our broad community of WELV supporters plays a crucial role in helping us to select deserving winners!
Acting on nominations from the community, the WELV Board of Directors examines the full range of a potential winner’s accomplishments as they relate to and reflect the purpose of each award. Winners are celebrated at our Annual Conference in March.
For more information about an award, please click on a page link under WELV Awards on the Menu at the top of this page.