President: Mr. Michael A. Davidson, Principal, Marion Senior High School, Smyth Division. Mike is in his 31st year in public school education and was a social studies and math teacher for 18 of those years at the middle and high school levels prior to entering administration. He has administrative experience at both the middle and high school levels in the Smyth Division and was the principal of Chilhowie Middle School from 2006 to 2011. He has been a member of VASSP since 2004. B.A. Emory and Henry College, M.S. Radford University.
President Elect: Dr. Mark G. Makovec, Principal, Blair Middle School, Norfolk Division. All of his teaching and administrative experience has been in the Norfolk Division. Prior to being named principal at Northside in 2012, Mark was an administrator at Norview Middle School and an assistant principal at Granby High School. Earlier in his career he was a dean of students at Rosemont Middle School. As a social studies teacher, Mark served in various athletic coaching positions in football and track. Mark joined VASSP in 2002. B.S. and M.Ed. Wake Forest University, Ed.S. and Ed.D. The George Washington University.
Past President: Mr. Eric V. Brent, Executive Principal, Fairfax County Division. Eric is in his 30th year as an educator. He served as a teacher, school counselor, coach, club sponsor, Director of Student Services, and assistant principal in the Prince William and Fairfax County School Divisions. In addition, he served 11 years as principal in both divisions – three years in Fairfax and eight years in Prince William. Eric has been a VASSP member since 2002. B.S. James Madison University, M.A. Virginia Tech, Certification University of Virginia, currently pursuing Ed.D. Virginia Tech.
Executive Director/CEO: Dr. Randy D. Barrack, VASSP, Richmond. Randy has been the executive director of VASSP since 1979. The former high school principal is an experienced mediator who is regularly involved in litigation affecting school principals and assistant principals. He has been an advocate for public school education at the Virginia General Assembly since 1979. He is a co-author of The Legal Handbook for Virginia School Administrators, 3rd edition, Omni Publishers. Randy has also written or edited numerous monographs and professional handbooks including The Virginia Principal – A Professional Practice Handbook. He is a member of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and a longtime adjunct professor for Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2016 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. B.S. James Madison University, M.Ed. Virginia Commonwealth University, Ed.D. University of Virginia, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University.
State Coordinator: Ms. Carole A. Kihm, Principal, Longfellow Middle School, Fairfax County Division. Carole was the 2014 Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia. She was the 2009 First Year Principal of the Year for Fairfax County Public Schools. She has served as a teacher, counselor, Director of Student Services, and administrator in K-9 for 26 years. Carole completed the Principals’ Institute Leadership program at Harvard University and has been a guest speaker at the University of Virginia Leadership program. She was president of the Middle School Principals’ Association for the Fairfax County Division in 2014. Carole co-authored “Road Map to Academic Success K-12” and was co-chair of the Fairfax County Division “Middle School Grading and Reporting” document. Carole has been a VASSP member since 2010. B.S. Ohio University, M.Ed. Ohio University, Doctoral courses, University of Virginia.
DOE Representative: Dr. Steven R. Staples is Virginia’s 24th superintendent of public instruction. Prior to his appointment as the commonwealth’s chief school officer, Dr. Staples served for nearly two years as the executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, was a faculty member at the College of William & Mary from 2008-2012 and worked in various capacities in four Virginia school divisions. He began his career in public education in 1976 in Prince George County where he taught elementary, middle and high school students, and also served as a high school department chair and assistant principal for instruction. In 1985, Dr. Staples became principal of Hopewell High School and three years later moved to Montgomery County as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He served – beginning in 1991 – as division superintendent in York County for 16 years. In 1997, he was selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year. M.Ed. and B.A. College of William & Mary, Ed.D. Virginia Tech.
Dr. Richard A. Turner, Marketing Specialist, Roanoke County Division. Richard is a past president of VASSP. He has spent all of his educational career in Roanoke County beginning as a teacher in 1982. He became assistant principal at William Byrd High School in 1992 and was the principal there since 1999 until this past June. VASSP member since 1999. B.S. and M.S. Virginia Tech, Ed.D., NOVA South Eastern University.
Mr. Donald D. Vale, Principal, Thomas Harrison Middle School, Harrisonburg Division. Don is a past president of VASSP and has 35 years of experience in public education with nearly three decades of experience in administration at the middle and high school, and central office. Don is a former NASSP State Coordinator for Virginia. He has served as chair of the Albemarle County Principals Association as well as a variety of local and state level committees. A member of VASSP since 1986, Don attests to the invaluable personal experience and growth that has occurred as a result of his involvement. B.A. University of Virginia, M.Ed. University of Virginia.
Dr. Travis Burns, Principal, Northumberland High School, Northumberland Division. Prior to joining the Northumberland school system, Travis spent 15 years in the Gloucester Division as a social studies teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, and middle school principal. He is the author and co-author of three recent publications. “Organizational Justice” was published in NASSP’s Principal Leadership in April 2013. “Organizational Dissent” with co-author Chuck Wagner was published in NASSP’s Principal Leadership in December 2013. Travis is also co-author with Professor Michael DiPaola of “A Study of Organizational Justice, Organizational Citizenship Behavior, and Student Achievement,” published with American Secondary Education. VASSP member since 2011. B.A. University of Mary Washington, M.A. and Ed.D. College of William & Mary.
Mrs. Tammy Mooney Houk, Principal, Brooke Point High School, Stafford Division. Tammy is in her 33rd year as an educator. She has served as a teacher, coach, principal intern, and assistant principal. She has worked in high schools in the Fairfax and Stafford divisions. In 2005, she helped open Mountain View High School where she enjoyed leading professional development for faculty and leadership development for students. In 2014, Tammy was named Assistant Principal of the Year for Stafford County Public Schools. She has presented on block scheduling and service learning at the district and state level. Tammy has been a VASSP member since 2006. B.A. James Madison University, M.Ed. George Mason University.
Mr. Douglas Fulton, Principal, Freedom High School, Loudoun Division. Prior to becoming the principal of FHS, Doug served as an assistant principal at Potomac Falls High School for five years. He has been a public school educator for 28 years in the Fairfax and Loudoun divisions. Doug has taught at the middle and high school levels, served as a coach, and sponsor activities coordinator. He has been a VASSP member since 2010. B.A. Graceland University, M.A. George Mason University.
Dr. Timothy L. Healey, Principal, Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School, Prince William Division. Tim is in his 28th year as an educator in Virginia. He has been an English Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and an Associate Superintendent for Student Learning and Accountability. Currently, Tim is the opening principal of Prince William’s 12th High School – Colgan High School. He has co-authored two books to help parents and students with the ninth grade transition. In addition, he has written articles for Principal Leadership, The Education Digest, and Our Children (the magazine of the National PTA), and is a frequent state and national presenter. He has been a VASSP member since 1997. B.A. James Madison University, M.Ed. Virginia Tech, Ed.D. Virginia Tech.
Mrs. Jennifer S. Rucker, Principal, Goochland Middle School, Goochland Division. Jennifer has been principal of Goochland Middle School since 2013. She was assistant principal at Charlottesville High School, Albemarle Division (2011-2013). Prior to becoming a school administrator, Jennifer was director of school counseling for Varina High School (2004-2011) and school counselor at Highland Springs High School, both in the Henrico Division. She has also been an administrator in higher education serving as a housing coordinator at University of Richmond – Westhampton College (2001-2002) and assistant director of admissions (1997-1999) at Sweet Briar College. She has been a VASSP member since 2013. B.A. Sweet Briar College, M.Ed. Lynchburg College.
Mr. Jeffrey S. Johnson, Principal, Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake Division. Jeff began his professional career as a teacher with Chesapeake Public schools in 1993. He has served as a high school teacher, a high school assistant principal, and as a middle school and high school principal. He and his wife graduated from Chesapeake Public Schools and their children attend and excel in the very same schools they attended. He has been a VASSP member since 2014. B.S. and M.S. Old Dominion University.
Mr. Ronnie Collins. Principal, Virginia High School, Bristol Division. Ronnie has been principal of Virginia High School since 2010. He served seven years as assistant principal there. His background includes being a social studies teacher and head coach of several sports. He was the 2002-03 Virginia Middle School Teacher of the Year. VASSP member since 2003. B.S. Clinch Valley College, M.Ed. Radford University.