List of LEA Committees & Chairs

  • Community Outreach – David Palanzi
  • Compensation & Climate – David Palanzi
  • Elections – Melissa Muszynski, STEP, Evergreen Mills ES
  • Government Relations – Sandy Sullivan, Grade 3, Legacy ES
  • LEA-Retired – Claire Scholz, President
  • Membership – Alexa Severo, Grade 2, Sugarland Run ES
  • Scholarship – Tim Brown, Spanish, Woodgrove HS & Christina Ramirez, Kindergarten, Sterling ES
  • Transportation Caucus – David Palanzi

Compensation & Climate

  • Chair: Dave Palanzi
  • Tim Brown, Spanish, Woodgrove HS
  • Patrick Buckley, Grade 1, Forest Grove ES
  • Melissa Muszynski, STEP, Evergreen Mill ES
  • Barb Plunkett, Bookkeeper, Lightridge HS
  • Alexa Severo, Grade 2, Sugarland ES
  • Faye Sterling, Grade 2, Balls Bluff ES
  • Sandy Sullivan, Grade 3, Legacy ES
  • Karen Tyrrell, Digital Experience Specialist, Belmont Ridge MS
  • Allyne Zappalla, Social Worker, Stone Bridge HS
  • Kelly Byrd, UniServ Director
The Compensation & Climate Committee is responsible for setting the conversation with the administration around areas of compensation and climate within LCPS. The committee will determine areas for discussion around budget and policy priorities of all members and will communicate these with to Dr. Williams and his staff. LEA’s recommendations will also be used to frame our conversations with the School Board and the Board of Supervisors at budget time.
Compensation & Climate Committee Meeting Dates:
Thursday 4:45 p.m. @ LEA Office unless otherwise noted.

  • November TBA with Dr. Williams


  • Chair:  Alexa Severo, Grade 2, Sugarland ES
  • Kris Acker, Teaching Assistant, Willard IS
  • Tracy Athwal, Teaching Assistant, Smart's Mill MS
  • Christine Casuccio, Special Education, Harper Park MS
  • Helen Decker, Teaching Assistant, Forest Grove ES
  • Dana Foddrell, Kindergarten, Leesburg ES
  • Michelle Moses, Special Education, Loudoun County HS
  • Kiera Poplawski, Math, Park View HS
  • Angela Powner, Grade 5, Discovery ES
  • Amy Stelly, IFT, Arcola ES
  • Amanda Stoermer, ESL, Park View & Stone Bridge HS
  • Shirlita West, Teaching Assistant, Farmwell Station MS
  • Dave Palanzi, President, LEA
  • Kelly Byrd, UniServ Director
The Membership Committee is responsible for promoting member benefits, recognizing members, organizing workshops and community events, planning socials, and assisting new employees. Our goal is to increase and retain members.
Membership Committee Meeting Dates:
Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. @ LEA Office unless otherwise noted.

  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 7 (Thursday)
  • December 4
  • January 9 (Thursday)
  • February 5
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 7 (Thursday)

Government Relations 

  • Chair: Sandy Sullivan, Grade 3, Legacy ES
  • Kris Acker, Teacher Assistant, Willard IS
  • Michelle Barnett, ELL Teacher, Buffalo Trail ES
  • Adrian Carpio, Social Science, Farmwell Station MS
  • George Cassutto, Social Science, Harmony MS
  • Darryl Dawson, Science, Seneca Ridge MS
  • Jeff Dunn, Social Science, Dominion HS
  • Laura Gray, Reading, Park View HS
  • Tracie Lane, Librarian, Cardinal Ridge ES
  • Jonathan Radow, English, Farmwell Station MS
  • Claire Scholz, LEA-Retired
  • Alexa Severo, Grade 2, Sugarland ES
  • Bertha Tiffany, LEA-Retired
  • Nevine Youssef, Special Education, Lunsford MS
  • Christy Sullivan, UniServ Director
The Government Relations Committee is responsible for organizing community groups, educational staff, and businesses to advocate for support of creating strong public schools. Our goal is to ensure that the policy makers make the best decisions for our students, staff, and schools.
Government Relations Committee Meeting Dates: 
Mondays at 4:45 p.m. @ LEA Office unless otherwise noted.
  • September 16
  • October 15 Tuesday - Pre Legislative Dinner
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 16
  • January 13
  • January 27 VEA Lobby Day
  • February 10
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18


Goals of Committee
  1. Support LEA in achieving our goals by communicating our message and actions through all media.
  2. Promote and support all our members by illustrating their actions as education professionals.
  3. Provide support to internal LEA communication needs. 
Communications Committee Meeting Dates: 

Transportation Caucus

  • Dave Palanzi, LEA President
  • Christy Sullivan, UniServ Director
All meetings are at the LEA Office from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM and include lunch.

Meetings may be held on Teacher Workdays.

*Meetings are open to all members-please pre-register no later than noon the day prior to the meeting. RSVP:


  • Chair: Tim Brown, Spanish, Woodgrove HS
  • Andrea Jordan, English, Heritage HS
  • Christina Rameriz, Grade 2, Sterling ES
  • Loree Bendel, Secretary, Sterling MS
  • Celeste Liscowski, LEA-Retired 
  • Debbie Harris, LEA Office Manager


  • Chair: Melissa Muszynski, STEP (Pre K), Sully ES
  • Loretta Hall, LEA-Retired
  • Sue Clark, LEA-Retired
  • Debbie Harris, LEA Office Manager

LEA Community Outreach

  • Chair: Dave Palanzi
  • Sandy Sullivan, Grade 3, Legacy ES
  • Melissa Muszynski, STEP (Pre K), Sully ES
  • Tim Brown, Spanish, Woodgrove HS

LEA-Retired (LEA-R

  • Claire Scholz, President
  • Loretta Hall, Vice President
  • Christy Sullivan, UniServ Director
Join VEA-Retired

Your membership in VEA-Retired and NEA-Retired helps your Association achieve its goals for schools, for active school employees, and for retirees. Providing security and dignity for school retirees has always been a high priority for VEA, and you can help through your membership. We also have a growing list of active local VEA-Retired chapters that will welcome your participation and continued fellowship.

Who's Eligible

VEA-Retired and NEA-Retired are programs of the Virginia Education Association and National Education Association for those who have retired from employment in the field of public education. Lifetime membership in VEA-Retired is available to retired educators and active VEA members prior to their retirement.

Membership is open to all who worked in Virginia public schools, even if they now live out of state, and were Active Association members for at least five (5) years.

Benefits of Membership

Among the benefits of being a VEA-Retired member:

  • Staying connected with fellow NEA members and programs
  • Opportunities to share your expertise by volunteering and mentoring
  • Supporting political and legislative efforts to protect your retirement resources
  • Excellent, cost-saving programs such as Medicare supplement insurance and our long- term care insurance program
  • Continuing subscriptions to The Virginia Journal of Education, the VEA’s retiree newsletter, VEA-R Connections, and the NEA’s retiree  magazine, This Active Life
  • A variety of other money-saving member benefits, such as insurance programs, credit programs, loan and mortgage programs, deposit savings accounts, and investment programs

A note to members who have retired but have chosen to return to part-time or full-time teaching in a special program: VEA-R membership was not designed nor priced for members who are employed either on a full-time or a part-time basis.  VEA-R membership provides only limited UniServ assistance and does not cover the member for employment-related problems.  Thus, if you are teaching on a full or part-time basis, you should become an Active Member in order to make use of your UniServ Director’s expertise or to participate in the VEA/NEA Legal Services Program (Kate Frank- Dushane Program).

Lifetime Members and Pre-Retired Subscribers will not be required to pay additional dues at any time in the future for any reason.  Annual members will be sent a renewal form each year prior to September 1.

Updated  October 2019