Staff

DIANE UMSTEAD

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Diane provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the organization. Diane started her career in education as a teacher in Norfolk Public Schools. Over the last 40 years, she has worked on behalf of children and families in government, schools and non-profit organizations. Her collaborative leadership style has advanced equitable child outcomes in three different state early childhood systems (MD, AZ, NC) and she is happy to bring that experience to the local level here on the Peninsula.  

 

Diane has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and graduate studies in Early Childhood Administration and Organizational Development. Diane grew up in a military family living in Virginia Beach from 6th grade through high school graduation. Her parents and brothers still live there. She and her husband live in Newport News and are the parents of two adult children.

 

JULIE DUREGGER

Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Julie is responsible for management and co-leadership in three areas: Organizational Administration, Program Management, and Fund Development. She works closely with the Executive Director to build organizational administrative capacity, and executes the overarching communications, outreach and resource development strategies for the organization. Julie earned her B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and has spent almost 20 years working on behalf of young children and families. 

 

Julie is a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and currently resides in Newport News. She is married and the mother of three adult children. She enjoys staying active, cooking, and family time.

HILARI DEVINE 
Early Childhood Systems Director

As Early Childhood Systems Director, Hilari's job is to strengthen the efforts of the Peninsula Region child care and early learning programs by offering continuous quality improvement resources and supports. To date, Hilari has been working at SBVP for 13 years and counting. She takes great pride in knowing that the programs she assists are satisfied in the improvement of quality of their businesses. 

JENNY CORLEY

Universal Screen Coordinator

Here at SBVP, Jenny oversees the Prenatal Resource and Referral Program. She works within the community to connect with pregnant women and identify resources to help them have a healthy pregnancy and be prepared to be a parent. Before coming to SBVP Jenny worked in public health for over 30 years.

 

Jenny earned her BS & MS in Nutrition and Foods from VA Tech. She has two daughters who live in North Carolina with their families. She and her husband love to travel and enjoy exploring new places around the world.

MELISSA DIAMOND

Preschool Development Grant Quality Coordinator 
Virginia Quality Regional Rater

Melissa's role here is to support early childhood education quality improvement efforts by coordinating behavioral support services, training and coaching for early childhood program administrators and classroom teachers. Before coming to work at SBVP, Melissa taught at a school for the autistic. Her passion for educating parents about the early signs of behavioral problems has lead her to SBVP.

 

Melissa earned her Masters Degree in Education. She is a wife and a mother to two young children. They spend their time reading the same book 100 times, chasing around their two pups, and visiting with friends and family.

MARIEA JOHNSON

Business Administrator 

As Business Administrator, Mariea handles both the operational responsibilities of the organization as well as the internal bookkeeping. She also serves as facilities manager and liaison between SBVP and our vendors and partners. She also provides both technical and functional support to staff and operating systems. 

TIFFANY LEGETTE

Family & Community Engagement Specialist 

As Family & Community Engagement Coordinator, Tiffany oversees efforts to engage the community, seeks volunteers, and organizes special events or programs. She works to build public awareness of and engagement in the Collective Impact Initiative.

 

Tiffany is a parent advocate for children and families throughout the Hampton Roads area and currently serves as PTA President at Forrest Elementary in Hampton and President of the Peninsula Policy Council for HRCAP. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she is a devoted mother of two boys, Davion and Cameron. 

NANCY NULL

Child Care Specialist 

Nancy's job here at SBVP is to provide training to child care providers, preschool and Head Start staff, family day home providers. Nancy, now retired, wanted to continue her life's work of ensuring that children receive a proper pre-k education. 

 

She studied at a multitude of schools including Gulf Park Junior College, University of Tennessee, University of Virginia Darden School of Business (Early Childhood Leadership) and the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations.  She and her husband have two children and one grandson. They enjoy family time and spending time with extended family and friends at the beach, pool, river, any activity related to water, and lots of laughter.

Teams

Universal Screen Team

(top) Glynda Lowery, (clockwise) Judy Vega, Teresa Morewitz, Michelene Menapace, Jenny Corley