Virginia Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP) 

The Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP) was founded in 1975.  TRIO personnel in Virginia saw the need to create an alliance among all TRIO programs within the state in order to collaborate their efforts in educating Virginians, state politicians, and national politicians about the work of TRIO programs. 

VAEOPP is a strong voice for TRIO students and staff in Virginia.

Purpose and Objectives

The Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, Inc.  shall provide a forum for its members to define the problems and needs of Virginia citizens who may be essentially categorized as persons with disabilities and/or persons who are educationally, culturally, and/or economically disadvantaged.

 

The Association shall coordinate the efforts of its membership in meeting the needs of eligible persons and shall work toward expanding and improving their educational and occupational opportunities.

 

The Association shall provide the mechanics for the dissemination of information that might provide a basis for the design and implementations of policy decisions. 

 

The Association shall also plan and implement training sessions and other professional development activities for TRIO personnel.

 

The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

VAEOPP’s member institutions provide grant aid and researched based direct services to their respective program participants that effectively improve secondary school graduation rates, increase college matriculation, persistence and degree completion rates, and encourage low income, first generation, and students with documented physical or learning disabilities to pursue graduate and professional school. VAEOPP facilitates its members’ work through the provision of professional development opportunities for TRIO staff, by supporting annual and on-going advocacy initiatives, and by awarding scholarships to program participants through a competitive application process.

 

Our Programs

Educational Talent Search

Student Support Services

(Classic & STEM)

Upward Bound (Classic/Veterans/Math & Science)

Educational Opportunity Center

DESIGN

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program 

 

Meet The Board Members

The VAEOPP Board consists of program personnel from across the Commonwealth volunteering as officers, program representatives, and committee chairs. 

Executive Board

President

Michelle Bair

Virginia Commonwealth University

Student Support Services

bairmc@vcu.edu

President-Elect

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

Educational Talent Search

kowens@vsu.edu

Immediate Past President

Sarah Williams

Lord Fairfax Community College

Student Support Services

swilliams@lfcc.edu

 

Secretary

Alicia Cowen-Brown

Virginia Tech University

Upward Bound

Assistant Secretary

Shanna Francisco-King

Patrick Henry Community College

UB/UBMS/ETS

Treasurer

Adam Moore 

UVA at Wise

Upward Bound

Assistant Treasurer

Maria Whited – Counselor

Wytheville Community College

Student Support Services

Parliamentarian 

Jessica Ketron

Mountain Empire Community College

ETS & SSS

 

 

 

Program Representatives

 

Educational Opportunity Center

Camille Younger

Danville Community College

cyounger@dcc.vccs.edu

 

Student Support Services

Carol Conner

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

chconner@dslcc.edu

 

Upward Bound

VACANT

 

Talent Search

Noreen Mitchell

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

nmitchell@dslcc.edu

 

McNair

VACANT

 

Our Committees

 

Alumni

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

Archives

Marcia Mitchell – Director

UVA-Wise

Awards and Recognitions

Carol Conner​

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

Communications/Technology

VACANT

Development

VACANT

Financial Affairs

Sharon Harris

Danville Community College

sharon.harris@danville.edu

Legislative

Kristy Casstevens

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

kcasstevens@dslcc.edu

Membership

Whitney Wells

UVA-Wise

Wew3x@uvawise.edu

Nominations and Elections

Noreen Mitchell 

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

Scholarship

VACANT

Time and Place

Michelle Bair

Virginia Commonwealth University

TRIO Achiever

Maria Whited

Wytheville Community College

Adhoc Committees

Emerging Leaders

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

New Personnel

Chimene Boone 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Alumni

Keonte Owens 

Virginia State University

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