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

Barry Fallon, Board Chair; Director, External Manufacturing, Newport News Shipbuilding

Dr. Jenefer Snyder, Board Vice Chair, Dean of Languages, Math and Sciences TCC

Becky Zambas, Board Treasurer; Branch Manager, Town Bank Churchland

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

Lakeesha Atkinson, School Board member, Portsmouth Public Schools

Dr. Elie Bracy, Superintendent, Portsmouth Public Schools

Mindy Carbonneau, formerly of the Elizabeth River Project

Dr. Johnny Garcia, Founder/CEO. SimIS

The Honorable Shannon Glover, Portsmouth City Councilman and local businessman

Rob Hogan, retired Vice President, Newport News Shipbuilding

Dr. Aliecia McClain, Asst Dean, College of Science, Eng’g & Technology, Norfolk State Univ

Laura Nelson, Director of Science, Portsmouth Public Schools

Heather Wood, SE Regional Director for Ports and Intermodal Transportation, Dewberry

James Wright, Director of Engineering & Tech Services, City of Portsmouth

Dr. Bill McConnell, Asst Prof of Education, Virginia Wesleyan University

Board Advisors

Susan Long-Molnar, Development Director; President, Managing Communications Inc.

Rich Neefe, STARBASE Victory Program Coordinator

Geoff Hemphill, Legal Advisor; Partner, Vandeventer Black, LLC

Ryanne Shields, Administrative Assistant, Port of Virginia

 

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 “EAGLE”

Tiffany Nichols
TEACHER, AKA “SWAN”

Givita Griffin
TEACHER, AKA “ALGORITHIM”

 

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