Board Members

Charlottesville School Board Members

Portrait of James BryantMr. James Bryant, Board Vice-Chair


bryantj1@charlottesvilleschools.org 

Member Profile

Joined the Board in April 2018

 

Reason for being on the School Board:

I’m serving on the School Board because I want to represent the students, parents, teachers, support staff, and other stakeholders. It is my honor to continue to assist and support the superintendent and other Board members in making Charlottesville City Schools a model school district.

Personal information:

A lifelong Charlottesville resident, I am a graduate and a long-time employee of Charlottesville City Schools. I retired from the schools in 2016 with 39 years of experience in public education, and I have remained active in the community. My  professional memberships have included the Virginia School Counselor Association, Virginia Education Association, Charlottesville Education Association, and the National Education Association (Lifetime Member). Locally, I have served on the 10th and Page Street Task Force and the 10th and Page Street Neighborhood Association, and I have previously partnered on projects with MACAA, the African American Teaching Fellows, Upward Bound, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, and more.

Lashundra Bryson MorsbergerMs. Lashundra Bryson Morsberger


brysonl1@charlottesvilleschools.org 

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2020

 

Reason for being on the School Board:

I’m on the Charlottesville School Board to be a voice for Black and Brown students who aren’t reaching their full potential under our current system. I am here to be an advocate for those who don’t feel they have a voice at the table.  I know what it’s like looking in from the outside and wondering how, when, and why decisions are made.  I’m here to be an advocate for transparency and equity in our schools.

Personal information:

I grew up in Richmond, and I attended public schools both there and in Arkansas.  I know what it’s like to attend schools that are poorly funded and maintained.  I also know that amazing teachers and support staff can change the trajectory of a child’s life.  Also, with over 15 years of human resources experience, I am uniquely suited to work with our community and schools to affect positive change.

Ms. Emily Dooley

dooleye1@charlottesvilleschools.org 

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2022

Reason for being on the School Board:

During my time as an employee of public schools, I recognized a disconnect between those making decisions on behalf of schools and the professionals who were left to implement them. I believe that my experience in the classroom and in leading a building will help ground division decisions in the day-to-day realities of teaching and managing a building, while keeping a progressive eye to how we can make systemic change to benefit all members of our community. I believe deeply in the ideals of public education and the role our schools can play in positively impacting our community.

Personal information:

I have called Charlottesville home since 2003 when I came to UVA as an undergraduate student studying in the School of Education. Upon graduation, I taught at Monticello High School in Albemarle County for six years before moving into administration. I served as a middle school assistant principal and then as an elementary school principal before switching to my current career in real estate.

sherrykrated2Dr. Sherry Kraft


krafts1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2016

 

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.

Lisa Larson-TorresMs. Lisa Larson-Torres, Board Chair


torresl1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2018

 

Reason for being on the School Board:

I am grateful to serve on the School Board bringing and offering my unique perspective and experiences as a parent who has worked throughout the years to advocate for my child who has unique needs.  I feel I have a great sense of how to collaborate and engage with all team members and I feel I can offer that voice as well as my experiences to our community and children who may need that extra support.

Personal information:

I have been a resident of Charlottesville since 1999.  I am a physical therapist and provide home-care services to our community.  I have one daughter who has attended Charlottesville City Schools (Burnley Moran, Walker Upper Elementary, Buford Middle School and is now at CHS).  I enjoy time with my family and daughter, good movies, outdoor sports, good music and reading in my spare time.

Highlights of your time on the Board:

Having just joined the School Board in January 2018, I can only say that the highlight has been learning about the schools and getting a better understanding of the incredible work done by school administration, staff, and my colleagues on the School Board.

small-Jennifer-McKeeverMs. Jennifer McKeever

mckeevj1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2012

 

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.

Mr. Dom Morse

morsed1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2022

Reason for being on the School Board:

My vision is to build a school system that works for every student and to bring the community together to ensure student success. When I was a student, I experienced education trauma by being neglected, forced into overcrowded classrooms and not given a choice in my learning. Eventually, I dropped out of school. Today, I am a Charlottesville High School GED graduate and progressive educator working to ensure another generation of students don’t share my learning experience.

Personal information:

I am the youth entrepreneurship facilitator at Murray High School and Community Charter Middle School and was the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) 2020 Educator of the Year.

 

Student School Board Representatives

The Charlottesville School Board has three student representatives. The 2021-2022 representatives are (left to right) Laila Sheikh-Abdul Salam, Rachel Rugumayo, and Aniyah Moore. Dr. Eric Irizarry, CHS Principal, introduced the students to the School Board in September. The three students will each serve one trimester with Laila serving first.