Board Members

Charlottesville School Board Members

Dr. Adam Hastings


hastina1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2016

Committee assignments:

Black Male Initiative, Finance Committee, Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) Board (alt), Public Education Fund of Charlottesville/Albemarle,  Special Education Advisory Committee (alt), Student Discipline Committee (alt), and Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Delegate

Reason for being on the School Board:

I’m serving on the School Board  in order to apply my professional expertise and personal convictions to improve the quality of life of all of our Charlottesville neighbors through the transformative power of public education.

Personal information:

A Charlottesville resident since 2004,  I’ve spent my career working in education in Central Virginia as a middle and high school teacher, a high school administrator, and dean at PVCC. With a professional background in both traditional and career and technical education, and an academic background in educational leadership and online learning, I have extensive experience with the issues facing our schools and community.  I enjoy Charlottesville and Virginia through friends, food, arts, and fun.  In addition, I am active with the Arc of the Piedmont and local youth lacrosse.  

sherrykrated2Dr. Sherry Kraft, Board Vice Chair


krafts1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2016

Committee assignments:  

City of Promise, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),  Preschool Steering Committee, School Health Advisory Board, Student Discipline Committee (alt)

Reason for being on the School Board:

Through my work as a clinical psychologist, I have had extensive experience with area school systems, courts and social services.  When my children were students, I was an active parent in PTOs and  booster organizations at Burnley-Moran, Buford, and CHS. My Board service is a continuation of that commitment to Charlottesville’s schools. I value community engagement as a way to improve our quality of life.

Personal information:

For thirty years, I have served as a clinical psychologist, and for twelve years, I was a faculty member of the Curry School of Education.  In addition to serving as a parent-leader at three Charlottesville City Schools, I have held leadership roles on professional and community boards, as well as with the Charlottesville Democratic Party. I am a fan of Charlottesville’s rich local music and theater scene and an active member of Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. Other interests include reading, friends, and spending time in Chautauqua, New York. I continue to improve my skills at Mah Jongg and cooking with local vegetables.

AmyLauferMs. Amy Laufer


laufea1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2012

Committee assignments:

Black Male Initiative, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Preschool Steering Committee, Student Discipline Committee, Title I Advisory, Virginia Schools Boards Association (VSBA) Delegate

Reason for being on the School Board:

I am a teacher by trade and I have three children enrolled in our school system, the board is a perfect fit for my skill set and interests. I feel strongly that the strength of our community/society lies in the education of our children. I want to be part of the process of this critical service.

Personal information:

I’ve lived in Charlottesville since 2002, married to Aaron Laufer (CHS alum), and we have three children, Hannah, Adam and Henry. I graduated from University of Milwaukee, BS in Geology and Columbia University Teachers College, MA in Secondary Science Education. I enjoy Zumba, reading historical fiction, and traveling.

small-Jennifer-McKeeverMs. Jennifer McKeever

mckeevj1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2012

Committee assignments:

Housing Advisory Committee, Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement (GRACE), Quest Advisory Committee, School Health Advisory Board (alt), and Special Education Advisory Committee

Reason for being on the School Board:

The School Board is a natural extension of my advocacy work on behalf of children in our community. I want to ensure that all members of our community have a voice in our school system, that teachers feel valued and are supported appropriately and that our children are getting the best possible education.

Personal information:

I grew up in Albemarle County, graduated from Western Albemarle, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia (in addition to American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.). I work at Jones and Green, LLP a small civil litigation law firm downtown. I have three children, two are at Burnley Moran Elementary School. My husband, Chris Wiles, is an electrical engineer at a small company and has been a volunteer firefighter at Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department for more than ten years.

small-Ned-MichieMr. Ned Michie


michien1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in July 2004

Committee assignments:

Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), CATEC Board (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center), CLASS Advisory Committee (Creative Learning After School & Summer), Naming of School Facilities, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and Student Discipline Committee

Reason for being on the School Board:

I feel a special connection to the Charlottesville School System, having gone all the way through the system myself (Greenbrier Elementary, Jefferson School for 6th grade, Walker Junior High, and CHS when the building was brand new). When my daughter enrolled in Greenbrier, my wife and I became very active in the PTO and ultimately served as co-presidents. My desire to be on the School Board grew out of these connections and the recognition that public education is critically important, not only to the success of individuals but also to the success and vitality of the community as a whole.

Personal information:

My “day” job is being an attorney representing clients in Charlottesville and central Virginia. I also serve on a number of other community boards and committees, including the Piedmont Housing Alliance, the Greenbrier Neighborhood Association, and the Rivanna Trails Foundation. I am married (Karen) and have a daughter (Molly) who is a 2010 graduate of CHS. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family, playing basketball and tennis, hiking, camping, and canoeing.

Highlights of your time on the Board:

The most important thing I’ve been part of a as a Board member was hiring Dr. Atkins as our superintendent. I’m also proud of leading the charge on starting the three-year-old preschool program and helping it grow.

small-Leah-PuryearMs. Leah Puryear

puryeal1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the board in July 2006

Committee assignments:

CATEC Board (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center), City of Promise, Finance Committee, Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) Board, Public Education Fund of Charlottesville/Albemarle, and Student Discipline Committee

Reason for being on the School Board:

I wanted to be on the Board because I felt all students needed a voice, and I wanted to be the one to help them be heard.

Personal information:

I am a mother of two children, Alysha Corbin and Eugene Puryear, who both graduated from Charlottesville City Schools. I enjoy reading mysteries, listening to jazz, and cooking.

Highlights of time on the Board:

Becoming chair was an honor for me. I am also proud of voting for the three-year old program and providing a consistent retirement package for employees.

small-Juan-WadeMr. Juandiego R. Wade, Board Chair


wadej1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2006

Committee assignments:

CATEC Board (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center), CLASS Advisory Committee (Creative Learning After-School & Summer), Naming of School Facilities,  and Regional Adult Education Board (Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education)

Reason for being on the School Board:

I joined the School Board because I wanted to do more to reach and teach everyone child in the school system. I had been a long time mentor and volunteer for many years.

Personal information:

I’ve lived in Charlottesville since 1999. I am married to Claudette T. Grant, and we have one daughter, who attends the City schools. I graduated from Norfolk State University and University of Virginia.

Highlights of time on the Board:

Every year during graduation, I have a front row seat to see the results of hard work by many people.

Student School Board reps Mollie Pepper, Nadiya Khaydari, and Fré Halverson-Taylor with CHS principal Dr. Eric Irizarry
Student School Board Representatives

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the Charlottesville School Board has three student representatives.  Mollie Pepper, Nadiya Khaydari, and Fré Halverson-Taylor will rotate on the Board’s schedule.

Except for Adam Hastings,  Sherry Kraft, and Amy Laufer, photos are courtesy of Glen Walker, CHS ’16.