FEC Biographies

Louise Epstein, Chairman

Parent Organization:

FairGrade

FEC Email Address:

louise.epstein@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org

Louise Epstein is a co-founder and former budget chair of FEC, and the recording secretary of the McLean Citizens Association.

 

Therese Tuley, Vice Chairman

Parent Organization:

SLEEP (Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal)

FEC Email Address:
therese.tuley@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Terry is currently SLEEP chairman, as well as a member of Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform and Coalition of the Silence.

Michele Menapace, Communications

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform
FEC Email Address:
Michele Menapace
Michele Menapace has been an advocate for children in Fairfax County & throughout Virginia for more than 12 years, through involvement with local, county and state-level PTA.

Maria Allen

FEC Email Address:
maria.allen@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Maria is a former TV News Producer (ABC News) who now produces online educational content for the web.

Jody Bennett

Parent Organization:
Fairfax County Coalition of Adovcates for Public Schools (FairfaxCAPS.org)
FEC Email Address:
jg.bennett@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Jody Bennett has a long history of involvement in the field of education. She has a Masters in Nursing Education and a Doctorate in Curriculum Instruction.

Sheree Brown-Kaplan

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Alliance for Appropriate Public Education (FAAPE)
FEC Email Address:
s.brown-kaplan@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Sheree Brown-Kaplan is a long-time advocate for children with disabilities and a former At-Large candidate for the Fairfax County School Board.

Walt Carlson

Parent Organization:
Parent Advocate
FEC Email Address:
walt.carlson@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Walter Carlson has been an FCPS observer and activist for over 15 years.

Kim Farrell

Parent Organization:
Fairfax County Coalition of Advocates for Public Schools (FairfaxCAPS.org)
FEC Email Address:
kim.farrell@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Kim Farrell is a member of FairfaxCAPS which is a coalition of civic organizations, neighborhood associations, parents, homeowners, and area residents from throughout the region who are dedicated to

Kimberly Adams

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Education Association (FEA)
FEC Email Address:
kimberlyadams@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Kimberly Adams is the President of the Fairfax Education Association. In her 14 years of teaching in Fairfax, Kimberly has been a classroom teacher for 6 years and school librarian for 8 years.

JoAnne Hammermaster

Parent Organization:
Real Food For Kids
FEC Email Address:
j.hammermaster@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
JoAnne Hammermaster is co-founder and president of Real Food For Kids, a group that strives to improve the quality of school food in FCPS.

Caroline Hemenway

Parent Organization:
FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org
FEC Email Address:
caroline.hemenway@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Caroline Hemenway is co-founder and director of www.FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org, a group of concerned citizens who have convened to fight for reform of Fairfax County public school disciplinary

Janet Otersen

Parent Organization:
FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org
FEC Email Address:
janet.otersen@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Janet Otersen is a member of FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org.

Phyllis Payne

Parent Organization:
SLEEP (Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal)
FEC Email Address:
phyllis.payne@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Phyllis Payne co-founded SLEEP (Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal) and has been working to increase awareness of teen sleep needs and advocating for school start times that work for

Ginger Shea

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Education Coalition
FEC Email Address:
ginger.shea@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Virginia Fitz Shea is the author of the Full SchoolDays blog. She is chair of Schools Committee of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area.

Dave Thomas

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Education Association (FEA)
FEC Email Address:
dave.thomas@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Dave Thomas is a former Board Member of the Fairfax Education Association and former FCPS Teacher.

Beverly Jurenko

Parent Organization:
Fairfax County Association for the Gifted
FEC Email Address:
beverly.jurenko@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Beverly Jurenko is President of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted. She currently serves on the Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee for the Fairfax County School Board.

Kate Van Dyck

Parent Organization:
Restore Honors Courses
FEC Email Address:
kvandyck@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Kate Van Dyck is a parent of 2 FCPS students who attend/attended schools in the Cluster 4 area of Fairfax County.

Faye Wagoner

Parent Organization:
Fairfax Education Coalition
FEC Email Address:
faye.wagoner@fairfaxeducationcoalition.org
Faye Wagoner, NBCT •Teacher for 33 years mostly in middle school English. Department Chair for 8 years. •National Board Certified in 1995.

Jeffrey Anderson

Parent Organization:
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) -Fairfax
Since 2008, Jeff has been leading the effort within Fairfax County to get more children to walk and bicycle to school.

Since 2008, Jeff has been leading the effort within Fairfax County to get more children to walk and bicycle to school. After requesting a bike rack at Wolftrap Elementary, he teamed up with the National Safe Routes to School Partnership and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling to successfully lobby FCPS to change School Board policy allowing parents to choose how their children get to school. His children started a Bike Train as a way to promote active transportation to school and has teamed with other parents in Vienna to hold a Bike/Walk Challenge week for 5 years running. His efforts have encouraged more schools to actively promote walking and biking to school across the Fairfax County. Jeff is married and a father of three children at Kilmer and Wolftrap. He spent his career working in engineering and marketing for software companies and has a BS from Brown University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He currently represents the Wolftrap Elementary School PTA on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council; is the Hunter Mill district representative to the Fairfax County Dept of Transportation Trails & Sidewalks Committee; a member of the FCPS SRTS Working Group; the Chair of the SRTS committee for the Wolftrap PTA and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, a member of the Board of Directors for Trails for Youth.

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