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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 (3) areas at SBVP: Organizational Administration, Program Management, and Fund Development. She works closely with the Executive Director to build organizational administrative capacity that creates a high-performing organization, successfully executes the overarching communications, outreach and resource development strategies for the organization. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood from James Madison University and has dedicated almost 30 years to educating children under the age of five. She has been a teacher, nursery supervisor, development assistant, and a preschool screener all before coming to SBVP

 

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

MALEAH AMOS

Collective Impact Director 

As Collective Impact Director, Maleah 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. Maleah has worked in the non-profit realm prior to arriving at SBVP and her commitment to building community awareness attracted her to the models SBVP was founded on. 

Maleah holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Houston and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is married and has 3, 7, 10 and 12 year old daughters; Maevin, Victory, Madison and Kennedy, respectively. They enjoy daily exercise, experiencing unique cultural cuisines and exploring the world around them.

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.

LIA RUDON

Business Administrator 

As Business Administrator, Lia 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. Lia has been heavily involved in the community for the past 15+ years and has spent the last 7 years in local non-profit management, focusing on military families and early childhood development.

 

She is currently working toward a degree in Human Services, and has also studied Graphic Design throughout both High School and College. As a mom of 3 and wife of an Active Duty service member, she stays very busy with her family whom enjoy hiking with their dog, going to the beach, spending time with friends, cooking, live music and camping.

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