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President's Message


Cristina Alsop, President

Henrico County Public Schools

Monica Robinson, President-Elect

Virginia Beach City Public Schools                                             

Valdivia Hall, Secretary
Halifax County Public Schools 

Carl McDaniel, Treasurer

Roanoke City Public Schools



April Blunt, Region I

Petersburg City Public Schools

Christin East, Region I

Goochland County Public Schools

Monica Robinson, Region II

Renee Hailes, Region II





VACANT, Region V

Augusta County Public Schools

VACANT, Region V

Louisa County Public Schools


Jennifer Dean, Region VI

Salem City Public Schools

Emily Altizer, Region VI

Montgomery County Public Schools 


Marcia Shortt, Region VII

Wise Public Schools

Pam Eakes, Region VIII

Halifax County Public Schools

Sherri Almond, Region VIII

Cumberland County Public Schools


Megan Moore

VDOE, Director, Office of ESEA Programs

Randall Johnson, Ed.D.

VDOE, Office of ESEA Programs

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The purposes of VAFEPA are:
  • to promote and facilitate communication and collaboration among federal education administrators throughout the state;
  • to provide opportunities for federal education administrators to discuss, propose, and take action on matters of common concern;
  • to share ideas and information regarding current scientifically-based research;
  • to promote opportunities for professional growth for all persons involved in federal education programs; and
  • to inform professional associates, policy-making bodies, and local citizens about legislative needs and actions related to federal education programs.


The primary goals of VAFEPA are:

  • to support schools and division administrators in the implementation of federal education programs that effectively supplement local and state education programs to close the achievement gap between children who are advantaged and children who are economically disadvantaged, children from major racial/ethic groups, children with disabilities, children classified as limited English proficient, and other subgroups such as migratory and homeless students;

  • to provide opportunities to promote effective teaching and learning;

  • to increase student achievement through cross-program coordination and integration of services and activities; and

  • to assist division administrators in interpreting and implementing student achievement through cross-program coordination, integration of services and activities as related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Cristina Alsop, President

Happy New Year Federal Program Administrators of Virginia! The beginning of the year is always a time to reflect and update our to do lists. The winter weather has been up and down allowing for some time to get outside and enjoy the weather. The VAFEPA Board has been busy working to plan for our October 2023 Conference. It has been a while since we were together in person so we are looking forward to October. Another 2023 learning opportunity is just around the corner in March. Visit the NAFEPA website to learn more about this opportunity. Before you sign up and pay the additional $100 for your NAFEPA membership, join VAFEPA for $75.00 and become a member of NAFEPA also. That is right two for the price of one and save $25.00.

When I became a federal grants coordinator, one of the first organizations I joined was NAFEPA, National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators. This professional organization has provided me with resources, ideas, thought partners, and much more. What I did not know was that if I joined VAFEPA I would automatically have a membership with NAFEPA at a cost that is much lower. 

I love ending each day reflecting on what I learned and what impact my work had on my school division community and beyond. I would love to connect with you as we each grow to build our network. Most recently, I thought about our LETRS cohort. The use of our Title II funds to support the LETRS professional learning cohort for teachers and an administrator PL opportunity has afforded over 100 educators to improve and strengthen the literacy instruction for the students in their classrooms. The work of my team to include the fiscal team and other departments to make this happen is evidence of the power of federal funds to impact students across the division. Share with someone the impact federal funds have made recently in your division.

Leading and Learning Together!
Cristina N. Alsop
VAFEPA President