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 and Oral Health Program Manager, 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 dedicated almost 30 years to educating children under the age of five. 

 

Julie is a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and currently resides in Newport News. She is married and the mother of three children. She enjoys staying active, cooking, and is always up for a long day at the beach!

LaKeisha Brooks-Tyson

Collective Impact Director 

As Collective Impact Director, LaKeisha leads the development and implementation of the Collective Impact Initiative to change population-level outcomes for children prenatal to age 5 in Hampton and Newport News.

LaKeisha was born and raised in Downtown Newport News is an experienced nonprofit executive, writer/poet, entrepreneur, and mother of two boys. Driven by her passion for youth, community, and equality, she takes pride in her efforts to bring awareness to issues of life for at-risk and disenfranchised people. LaKeisha holds a double BA in African American Studies and Political Science and a double MA in International Affairs and Public Policy. LaKeisha is excited to work on behalf of and with the community who helped develop her.  

HILARI DEVINE 

Virginia Quality Regional Coordinator 

As Virginia Quality Regional Coordinator, 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

Behavior Coordinator

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 for behavioral problems has lead her to SBVP.

 

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

DAWN EDQUIST

Business Administrator 

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

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

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