Let me introduce myself...
Experience & Education
Co-administrator, Prince George (VA) Schools Watch Facebook group (created January 2018)
Since January 2017, I have attended the majority of regular monthly school board meetings and budget work sessions and many special school board meetings. For this Facebook page, we started taking notes about these meetings and requesting documents that were distributed at these meetings. This group was created as a public forum and because we thought the school division wasn’t sharing enough information with the public.
Executive Director, Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (since April 2019)
Substitute, Prince George Schools (for 5 years mainly in secondary school offices, classrooms, libraries & transportation)
Coordinator, Prince George Youth Workforce Academy (formerly the J.O.B.S. Program, for over 7 years)
Since college I have worked part-time or full-time for over 30 years. I have worked with many different people in various jobs in the for-profit, non-profit, government, and education sectors.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (2015)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1989)
Graduate coursework in Technology & Science Policy (1987-1989)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1987)
Prince George County Citizen’s Academy (2014 – learned about local government)
Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders (2006 – learned about Virginia government)
Washington Internship for Students in Engineering (1988 – learned about the U.S. Government)
Ran for School Board in Prince George County, Virginia (2017)
Ran for Mayor in Emporia, Virginia (2008)
Served as undergraduate student body president and graduate student body president at Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!)
Community & Organization Volunteering
Boy Scout Troop 902 (fundraising committee)
Church of the Sacred Heart (various ministries)
Clements Junior High School PTA (officer, 2014-2015)
FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics team at Moore Middle School (coach for 6 years)
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team at PGHS (coach for 5 years)
Gifted Advisory Committee, Prince George County Public Schools (past member)
Mission Ministries – Waverly food pantry (officer, since 2009)
Moore Middle School PTO (officer, 2012-2014)
Petersburg Battlefields Foundation (officer, 2015 to present)
Prince George Promise (board member & officer, 2013-2015)
My family moved to Prince George County in 2010 to live in a rural area with good schools. We live near Moore Middle School (Disputanta address, Union Branch voting precinct).
Husband: Kevin Kessler – born and raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; graduated from Penn State University; works at Georgia-Pacific in Emporia, Virginia
Son: William – born in Emporia, Virginia; in Prince George attended South, Moore, and Clements; graduated from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in 2019; attends Christopher Newport University.
I grew up in Hammond, Indiana (near Chicago, Illinois); attended college in Atlanta, Georgia; worked in State College, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC; moved to Virginia in 1997 (lived in Petersburg, Sussex County, Emporia).
By the way, my last name is pronounced JAD-ER-NACK (someone asked).