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

Beverly Becker
Director

SquareOne
Phone: (757) 409-0139

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

Tonya Evans
Family Engagement Specialist - Pre-K Program

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Laura Silverman
School Administration

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Teresa Hunter
Parent/LENA Coordinator

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

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

Tyler Savage
Education Manager

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

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

Amy Ward
Virginia Beach GrowSmart Administrative Technician

Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
4525 Main Street, Suite 700
Virginia Beach City, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 385-6495

Michela Allen
Team Leader

Project Link
Phone: (757) 385-0810

Rebecca Carter
Pre-K Instructional Specialist

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1614

Keith Enty
Relocation, Information & Referral Specialist; Work and Family Life Consultant

Fleet and Family Support Center - Oceana/Dam Neck
Phone: (757) 433-2912

Matthew Haddox
Youth Services Coordinator

Virginia Beach Central Library
Phone: (757) 385-0193

Jessica Hale
Infant Program/EI-Part C Supervisor I

Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services
Phone: (757) 385-4450

Iris Hatten
Recreation Specialist II, Out-of-School Time Programs Unit/Early Childhood

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Dept.
Phone: (757) 385-0425

Winter Jones, MA
NAVY Exceptional Family Member Program Case Liaison (NAVY EFMP Case Liaison)

Fleet and Family Support Center - Oceana/Dam Neck
Phone: (757) 433-2912

Dr. Lorena Kelly
Executive Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1429

Beth Parker
Assistant Director

EVMS, Minus 9 to 5
Phone: (757) 639-9193

Rachelle Perkins
Emergency Case Manager/Individual Deployment Support Specialist/Information and Referral

Fleet and Family Support Center - JEB Little Creek/Fort Story
Phone: (757) 462-4144

Josetta Thomae
Infant Program/EI-Part C Supervisor I

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

Marisa Powell
Family Services Specialist II

Virginia Beach Dept. of Human Services, Employment Services and Childcare Assistance Program
Phone: (757) 385-3243

Marquita Sykes
Manager, Hampton Roads Developmental Screening Initiative

United Way of South Hampton Roads
Phone: (757) 853-8500 ext. 142

Rowena Gesick
Family Outreach Representative, Office of Family and Community Engagement

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Phone: (757) 263-1821
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