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DIANE UMSTEAD

Executive Director

Diane 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

Deputy Director

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 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 and spending time with her three adult children.

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HILARI DEVINE 

Early Childhood Systems Director

Hilari works to strengthen the efforts of child care and early learning programs by offering continuous quality improvement resources and supp
orts. 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 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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KIM BLOOM

Preschool Development Grant Quality Coordinator 
Virginia Quality Regional Rater

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TIFFANY LEGETTE

Family Engagement Specialist 

Tiffany 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

Childcare Resource Specialist and Program Manager

Nancy 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.

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Shanise Talia Williams

Regional Manager 

Meet Shanise Talia Williams, a dynamic professional dedicated to driving social change and empowerment. With a versatile background spanning social work, DEI initiatives, and entrepreneurial ventures, Shanise is a catalyst for transformative impact. As the founder of House of Elevation Coaching & Consulting PLLC and House of Elevation INC, Shanise specializes in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), executive coaching, and fostering inclusive cultures. Shanise has held roles in renowned nonprofits, including the YMCA and AmeriCorps, as well as management positions at Fortune 500 companies like Capital One and Verizon. In her local community, she's known for organizing impactful protests and marches, notably the Girls Take Granby Women's March. Shanise holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University and dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Currently, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Regent University. Driven by a passion for empowerment, Shanise is committed to fostering positive change and helping individuals and communities thrive. She stands as a beacon of inspiration for a more inclusive and just society.

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LESLIE FENTON

Mixed Delivery Coordinator

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CIERRA HARRIS

Finance and Operations Administrator

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