The Growsmart Team

The GrowSmart Team represents multiple City departments, community organizations, and the local school division.

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The Growsmart Team

The GrowSmart Team represents multiple City departments, community organizations, & the local school division. By coming together on a regular basis, we are able to have a greater collective. 

GS Team

Jarrett Brunny
Director, United for Children

United Way South Hampton Roads

Beverly Becker
Director, SquareOne

SquareOne

Andrea B. Burford
Family and Community Partnerships Manager

Family Services/Engagement (Head Start)
Phone: Office (757) 962-8005 ext. 206

Amanda Caton
Healthy Families Supervisor

Community Visiting Team / Virginia Beach Dept of Public Health
Phone: (757) 518-2662

Katie Cerqua
Youth & Family Services Manager

Virginia Beach Public Libraries - Central Library
VA 23452
Phone: (757) 385-0147

TBD
Infant Program/EI-Part C Supervisor I

Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services
Phone: (757) 385-4455

Sue Crosland
Literacy Specialist

Bonnie Dienst
Family Services Specialist II - Child Care Program

Department of Human Services

Karen Drosinos
Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1144

Tonya Evans
Family Engagement Specialist - Pre-K Program

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Patti Gstell
Partner Engagement Manager

United Way of South Hampton Roads
Phone: (757) 853-8500 ext. 156

Laura Silverman
School Administration

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Teresa Hunter
Parent/LENA Coordinator

Christine John, PhD
Infant and Toddler Specialist - Eastern Region

Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network - Community Training & Communication Department
Phone: (757) 397-2981

Karen Kagel, MS. Ed
Pre-K Family Engagement Instructional Specialist

Department of Teaching and Learning - Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1614

Jeanie Leaverton
Co-Director

Parish Day School
Phone: (757) 491-6130

Matthew Lighthart
Assistant Community Services Manager

Virginia Beach Public Libraries

Brandi Mezzapeso, RN
BabyCare Supervisor

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health
Phone: (757) 518-2755

Jennifer McElwee
Infant Program/EI-Part C Supervisor II

Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services
Phone: (757) 385-4425

Ijeoma Nwazuruokeh, MPH
Community Relations Representative

Anthem HealthKeepers Plus – Virginia’s Leading CCC Plus and Medicaid Health Plans
Phone: (757) 434-6996

Jennifer S Pagano
Service Coordinator (Clinician II)

Virginia Beach Infant Program
Phone: (757) 385-4429

Cardell Patillo, Jr. M.A., M. Div
Executive Director

Mile High Kids & Community Development/Head Start
Phone: (757) 962-8005

Ninah Pearson
Child & Family Wellbeing Program Manager

Virginia Beach Human Services
Phone: (757) 385-3284

Brittany Peeples
Pre-K Family Engagement Specialist - Department of Teaching and Learning

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1070 ext. 31427

Donna Carroll
Parent and Life Skills Educator

FFSC Oceana/Dam Neck
Phone: (757) 433-2912

Tyler Savage
Education Manager

Mile High Kids & Community Development - Head Start
Phone: (757) 839-0302

Karen Schell
Youth Outreach Coordinator

Central Library
Phone: (757) 385-0193

Lauren Small
Certified Business Analyst - Early Education Small Business Program

Hampton Roads SBDC
Phone: (757) 618-9218

William Watkins
Education and Training Supervisor - Fleet and Family Support Center

FFSC Little Creek

Kristen Whalen
Co-Director

Parish Day School
Phone: (757) 491-6130

Leah Williams-Rumbley
Senior Director of Advocacy

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore
Phone: (757) 314-4572

Gloria Walker
Kinship Navigator - Housing Resource Center

Virginia Beach Human Services
Phone: (757) 385-3636