October 12, 2008
School Board Race School Board Race
I have the education as a social worker and personally have experienced some the situations that parents have to deal with when it comes to their children and the school system. I know the community as a whole, which has been instrumental in allowing me to establish an open dialogue across racial barriers. My experience of eight years serving on the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Board of Commissioners has given me an understanding of policies and procedures, and I have the ability to get things done. I am the best candidate for the Nansemond Borough because of my common-sense approach, problem-solving skills, leadership skills, and analytical and decision-making abilities. Dealing with situations concerning children or staff, I know what to look for psychologically and how to deal with human behavior.
I have served in the Virginia school system (for) 31 years as a teacher and guidance counselor. I am coordinator and director of Hope Counseling Center; this process gives opportunity to continue tutoring and counseling individual/group interventions. My experience continues to expand throughout the community.
Thelma V. Hinton
Years in Suffolk 26
Education Norfolk State University, 1998, bachelor's degree in social work; STOP Organization Vocational School of Nursing, 1989; John F. Kennedy High School
Occupation Caretaker for disabled son
Family Three children, Terry, Herbert and Angel
Civic involvement Vice chairperson for the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority; member of the East Suffolk Federated Civic League; organizer for the National Night Out Against Crime; served as Resident Council president, Hoffler Apartments, since 1990. Marion H. Matthews
Years in Suffolk 15
E ducation Norfolk State University, bachelor's degree; Hampton University, master's degree; Virginia University of Lynchburg, doctorate
Family Widow; two sons, Vincent and Colonius Rawlings
Occupation Retired guidance counselor and teacher; educational counselor and counselor court service provider
Civic involvement Director and coordinator, Hope Counseling Center; matron, Order of Eastern Star; board member, Child Development Educational Center; president, Suffolk Substance Abuse and Youth Council Robert Barnes II
Family Wife, Gloria ; three children, Sheldon, Alto-vise, Nathaniel
Education Richmond Seminary Master of Divinity (1977); United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, Doctor of Ministry (2003)
Occupation Senior pastor, Canaan Baptist Church; family counselor, adjunct professor, Virginia University of Lynchburg; former Portsmouth police chaplain
Civic involvement Member of Suffolk Education Foundation; Board chairman of Tidewater Ministerial Relief Effort; raised more than $15,000 for Suffolk tornado victims; member of Suffolk Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance James E. Perkinson Jr.
Years in Suffolk 35+
Education East Carolina University, bachelor's degree; Old Dominion University, master's in education
Family Wife, Betty ; two daughters, Rebecca and Christina; son, James
Occupation Academic dean for Business, Public Services and Technologies, Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake campus
Civic involvement Member, deacon and elder at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church; former member and officer and zone governor, Driver Ruritan Club; former Little League softball coach; former member and officer, Deerfield Civic League Diane B. Foster
A ge 49
Years in Suffolk 22
E ducation Radford University, bachelor's degree in sociology; Norfolk State University, endorsement in early childhood education; University of Virginia, master's in education in literacy
Family Husband, Jeff; three sons, Ryan, Joshua and Jake
Occupation Early literacy/career development specialist for STOP Organization Head Start Program in Norfolk.
Civic involvement Advisory board of First Book Hampton Roads; former PTA board member for three Suffolk schools; steering committee for Ready to Read/Chesapeake Public Schools Sharon R . Harris
Years in Suffolk 10
Education Rutgers University, bachelor's degree in English and sociology
Family Husband, Harold ; son, Harold Jr.; daughter, Eileen
Occupation Retired Suffolk business owner ; retired Army Reserves
Civic involvement School Board member since 2000; past president of Suffolk Kiwanis Club; co-facilitator of Suffolk Youth International Association; 4-H adult leader; 4-H Congress counselor; 4-H camp counselor; member of Nansemond River Pilot Club Phyllis C. Byrum
Years in Suffolk 54; lives in Whaleyville Borough
Education Forest Glen High , 1969; Barton College, bachelor's degree , 1973; Robert Taft Institute of Government at Old Dominion University; James Madison Institute of Government
Family Husband, Randy Byrum, a teacher in Gates County Public Schools
Occupation retired Suffolk Public School teacher
Civic involvement Suffolk Clean City Commission, represents the Whaleyville Borough; Whaleyville Village Initiatives steering committee; Whaleyville Ruritan Club; Whaleyville Historical Society Nansemond Sleepy Hole Whaleyville
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