Leadership & Staff

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STARBASE Victory has dedicated support and leadership through a board of directors and a full-time teaching staff at Victory Elementary School.

Leadership

Executive Director, Bill Hayden, RADM, USN (Ret)

Board Members
Chair, Maureen Mizelle, Former Director, Portsmouth Schools Foundation
Vice Chair, Laura Nelson, Coordinator of Science, Portsmouth Public Schools
Treasurer, Dr. Barry Fallon, Director, Steel Fabrication & Assembly, Newport News Shipbuilding
Secretary, Dr. Jenefer Synder, Dean of Languages, Math and Sciences, Tidewater Community College
Matt Barnes-Smith, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Port of Virginia
Dr. Elie Bracy, Superintendent, Portsmouth Public Schools
Ron Green, Director of Process Excellence, The Port of Virginia
Jack Groder, Manager Intermodal Planning & Business Development, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Larry Jones, President, Spotlight Interactive Media
Dr. Aliecia McClain, Chemistry Department Head, Norfolk State University; Director DNIMAS
Rev. Cardell Patillo, Portsmouth School Board
Linda Ridenour, Former teacher and PPS School Board Member
Hillary Smith, Banking Officer, TowneBank Churchland
James Wright, City Engineer, Portsmouth
Board Advisors
Susan Long-Molnar, Development Director/Marketing (part time contractor)
Rich Neefe, STARBASE Victory, Program Coordinator
Geoff Hemphill, Legal Advisor for STARBASE; Partner, Vandeventer Black, LLC
Staff

The STARBASE program has a dedicated teaching staff with extensive expertise in STEM fields. All educators hold a master’s degree or higher.

Laura Nelson
COORDINATOR OF SCIENCE, PORTSMOUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Richard Neefe
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, AKA “VOYAGER”

Maria Cooper
TEACHER, AKA “QUANTUM”

Ann Gunter
TEACHER, AKA ”POLARIS”

Bill Lee
TEACHER, AKA ”BROOKLYN”

Matt Stakes
TEACHER, AKA “BIRDIE”

 

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