WELCOME TO WELV

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.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(2015 -2016)

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

 

GET INVOLVED

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT WELV IN OUR EFFORTS AS WE SUPPORT YOU IN YOURS?

Annual Membership Dues Are As Low As $25

OR

CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

[List of School Divisions in Each Region]

Region 1:
Regina Turner
Mathematics Specialist & Consultant, Sussex County Schools
RTurner31@gmail.com

Region 1 Web Site
Region 1 Facebook Page

Region 2:
Lee-Ann O’Dell
Program Director, University of Virginia, School of Cont. & Professional Studies
lo4n@virginia.edu

Region 3:
Sheri Almond
Principal, Cople Elementary School, Westmoreland County Schools
almondsl@wmlcps.org

Region 4:
Jennifer Cavanaugh
Assistant Principal, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County Schools
jennifer.cavanaugh@loudoun.k12.va.us

Region 5:
Linda Reviea
Superintendent, Staunton City Schools
lreviea@staunton.k12.va.us

Region 6:
Beth Umbarger
Assistant Principal, Burlington Elementary School, Roanoke County Schools
bumbarger@rcs.k12.va.us

Region 7:
Christine Kinser

Superintendent,Tazewell County Schools
ckinser@tazewell.k12.va.us

Region 8:
Merle Herndon
Superintendent, Halifax County Schools
mherndon@halifax.k12.va.us

 

WELV AFFILIATES



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.

WELV now has affiliate chapters in Region I (3D), Region III (WILd), and Region IV (WALL).

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.

 

17TH ANNUAL WELV CONFERENCE IN REVIEW

17th ANNUAL WELV CONFERENCE

Thursday, March 17  –  Friday, March 18, 2016


Holiday Inn, Charlottesville – University Area

 

CONFERENCE RESOURCES:

SOCIAL MEDIA, PRESENTATIONS, AND

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

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Carol Ann Tomlinson Keynote Speaker

 

Featuring a Keynote Address by the noted author and UVA professor Carol Ann Tomlinson, this year’s conference examined challenges and opportunities for women education leaders as they strive to “create today . . . and lead tomorrow.”

Over the two days of the conference, participants gained a deeper understanding of issues of importance to them personally and to their professional communities through formal speeches, panel presentations, break-out sessions, and both social and professional networking activities.

In addition to Dr. Tomlinson, the 150 participants learned about developments in public education at the federal level from Noelle Ellerson of the AASA, received updates on key education issues in Virginia from State Superintendent Steven Staples, and gained insights from Dr. Pamela Baldwin into effective strategies for more fully engaging families and communities in local and state education matters.

 

 

MANY THANKS TO THE SPONSORS OF

the 17th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

(Click on the logo to link to the sponsor’s web site)

 


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BUSINESS

PARTNERSHIP

INITIATIVE

 

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.

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Our thanks to American Fidelity for supporting women leaders!

Learn more about the benefits of our Business Partnership Initiative

 

 WOMEN LEADERS

IN THE NEWS

 

 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

UmbargerBeth 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.

 

AMBASSADORS

PROGRAM

 

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.

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WELV AWARDS

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.