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DIANE UMSTEAD

Executive Director

Diane is the Executive Director. She has dedicated her entire career to working on behalf of children and families in government, schools, and non-profit organizations. Diane is a collaborative leader with firsthand, grassroots community experience - first, as a Norfolk Public School teacher, then Director of two international child care centers. She has worked at state and national levels in Washington DC, Maryland, Arizona, and North Carolina advancing equitable policies in early childhood development and health and building the infrastructure needed to serve all young children from birth to age five. Diane has a BS in Elementary Education and graduate studies in Early Childhood Administration. She grew up in a military family, living mostly in Virginia Beach, is married to a music educator, and has two adult children.

 

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JULIE DUREGGER

Assistant Director

Julie is the Assistant Director. She 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 capacity and executes overarching communications, and resource development strategies. Julie has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and has spent over 20 years working on behalf of young children and families. She is a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and currently resides in Newport News with her husband. She enjoys staying active, cooking, and spending time with her three adult children.

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HILARI DEVINE 
Early Childhood Systems Director

Hilari is the Early Childhood Systems Director. She works to strengthen the efforts of child care and early learning programs by offering continuous quality improvement resources and supports. Hilari has been working at SBVP for 15 years and counting. She takes great pride in knowing that the programs she leads are assisting in the improvement of quality at businesses. When Hilari isn't at SBVP, she's digging her toes in the sand at the beach! 

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MICHELENE MENAPACE

Prenatal Resource Program Manager

Michelene is the the Prenatal Resource Program Manager. She supports our staff of Prenatal Resource Specialists in providing resources to pregnant women. She works with core health and human service community partners to ensure pregnant women connect with this program and serves as the liaison between SBVP and the Virginia Department of Health. Michelene has worked at SBVP since 2014 and was a specialist before becoming manager in 2021. The Army brought Michelene, her husband, and their four children to the Peninsula in 2003, and they made it their permanent home when her husband retired in 2008.

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SARITA MCCOY GREGORY

Office Administrator and Manager​ 

Sarita is the Office Administrator. She handles the operational responsibilities of the organization, serves as facilities manager, and is a liaison between SBVP and our vendors and partners. She also provides technical and functional support to staff. Sarita also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Sarita and her spouse have three children and one furry baby. Sarita is active in the community, serving as Public Policy Chair of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and is a past member of the Board for Giving Black Philanthropy with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. She enjoys listening to great podcasts, reading, learning new languages, and enjoying long walks by the water.

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MELISSA DIAMOND

Preschool Development Grant Quality Coordinator 
Virginia Quality Regional Rater

Melissa serves in multiple roles. She supports early childhood education quality improvement by coordinating behavioral support services, training and coaching for early childhood program administrators and classroom teachers. Before coming to SBVP, Melissa taught at a school serving children with autism. Her passion for educating parents about the early signs of behavioral problems led her here.

 

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.

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KIM BLOOM

Preschool Development Grant Quality Coordinator 
Virginia Quality Regional Rater

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TIFFANY LEGETTE

Family Engagement Specialist 

Tiffany is Family Engagement Specialist. She oversees efforts to engage parents of young children so their voices are centered in our work. Tiffany is also a parent advocate throughout Hampton Roads and currently serves as PTA President at Forrest Elementary in Hampton and President of the Peninsula Head Start. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she is a devoted mother of two boys. 

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NANCY NULL

Child Care Specialist 

Nancy is a Childcare Resource Specialist and Program Manager. She provides training to child care providers, preschool and Head Start teachers and family day home providers. Nancy retired from a career with Head Start but wanted to continue her life's work of ensuring that children receive a proper pre-k education. 

 

She studied at 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 spending time with extended family and friends at the beach, pool, or river--any activity related to water! Nancy delights in lots of laughter.