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Our Team

About United Way of Greater Charlottesville

United Way of Greater Charlottesville and Ready Region Blue Ridge are committed to improving school readiness outcomes by addressing disparities and leading the charge for equity so that all children have access to opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, language, ability, geography, or zip code.

United Way of Greater Charlottesville is one of nine organizations selected to coordinate services and build the partnerships needed to strengthen quality early childhood care and education (ECCE) in Virginia. As the Ready Region Blue Ridge Lead, our core function for this project period is to provide ongoing on-the-ground support for the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) in the region. To find out more about United Way of Greater Charlottesville, please click the link below.

Ready Region Blue Ridge Staff

Amanda Meadows

Early Education Specialist Read More

Barbara Hutchinson

Chief Strategy Officer Read More

Brianna Sarceno

Early Education Specialist Read More

Dabney Coleman

Administrative Assistant Read More

Jesse Laase

Early Education Specialist Read More

Kearsley Hinely

Director of School Readiness Read More

Lina Montoya

Early Education Specialist Read More

Nicole Alexander 

Senior Early Education Specialist Read More

Terrell Thompson

Family Engagement Specialist Read More

Ready Region Blue Ridge Leadership Team

Amanda Leech

Executive Director of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Read More

Blair Davis

VQB5 Coordinator, James Madison University Read More

Carla S. Moody

Director, City of Harrisonburg Public School System Read More

Deirdre Kellner

Director of Community Impact, United Way of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro Read More

Jennifer Hall

Senior Director of Community Investment, United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Read More

Kearsley Hinely

Director of School Readiness Read More

Marta Szuba

VQB5 Coordinator, Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Read More

Maryam S. Sharifian, Ph D.

Director of Early Childhood Initiatives & Assistant Professor College of Education, James Madison University Read More

Ravi Respeto

President & CEO, United Way of Greater Charlottesville Read More

Sarah Barnett

Education Specialist, Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Read More

Stacey Bosserman

Mixed Delivery Coordinator, James Madison University Read More

Terrell Thompson

Family Engagement Specialist Read More

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides the governance structure for Ready Region Blue Ridge. It is tasked with developing and implementing a regional strategic plan in partnership with the Leadership Team (which consults with the Sub-Regional Leadership Teams), the Family Leadership Councils, and other representatives from the 21 cities and counties in the region. The regional strategic plan will ensure that communities are engaged to provide public/private alignment with the development of an early education system across the entire state that will provide each child in Virginia equitable access to a quality early education.

Family Engagement Councils

The Sub-Regional Family Leadership Councils must be representative of the communities each represents and are key stakeholders that inform the work of Ready Region Blue Ridge. Their voices are required for the many decisions to be made by the Sub-Regional Leadership Teams, the Regional Leadership Team, and the Steering Committee. The Councils meet virtually approximately six times per year, and members are reimbursed for their time. Interested parents are encouraged to email ReadyRegionBlueRidge@unitedwaycville.org or complete and submit the Contact Us form.