Doug Norcross - Ward A
Doug Nocross and his wife, Sue, are active citizens of Waynesboro and are now enjoying retirement. Doug has three children. He lost his son Kevin to cancer in 2003. He has two daughters, Drema Antes, and his Granddaughter, Caitlin; and Ashley Adams and her husband Aaron, who have a 9 month old daughter, Avery Lynn. Ashley is a licensed Registered Nurse at UVA hospital and a 2003 graduate of Waynesboro High School. Aaron is a Deputy Sheriff in Culpeper County. Doug enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, bowling, watching and listening to political talk shows.
Doug is returning to the School Board after a break. He has devoted many years to Waynesboro Schools. Waynesboro has a strong tradition of having one of the best school systems in the state and we continue today with that tradition. We never forget who we are serving — the Children of Waynesboro. We want the very best education for each child no matter what their culture or ethnic background. It is with pleasure that he serves on the Waynesboro School Board.
Melinda Ferguson – Ward B – Vice Chairman
Melinda received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. She then completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and was awarded a Doctor of Medicine in 1992. Following completion of her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Virginia, she taught in the medical school there for two years before entering private practice in the community in 1998. She is currently practicing at Waynesboro Women’s Health. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Brookings, have lived in Waynesboro since 1995.
Melinda has two children in the Waynesboro school system. Nick is in eighth grade at Kate Collins Middle School and Ellie is in third grade at Berkeley Glenn.
The wonderful experiences and quality education that her children are receiving through the Waynesboro Public Schools motivated her to express an interest in completing Dr. Johnathan Lovelady’s term on the School Board, and she is very grateful for the opportunity. The challenge of continuing to provide the best possible educational experience for every child in today’s increasingly difficult fiscal and social environment will best be met by a collaborative, creative, and open team of educational profesionals and families, and she looks forward to participating in that process.
Jeremy Taylor – Ward C – Chairman
Jeremy, his wife Colleen, and their four children, Andrew, Brendan, Martha, and Graham, have lived in Waynesboro since 1996. Andrew is a 2006 graduate of Waynesboro High School, and is currently attending Piedmont Virginia Community College. Brendan graduated from Waynesboro High School in 2007, and is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Martha is a sophomore at Waynesboro High School, and Graham is in the Sixth Grade at Kate Collins Middle School.
Jeremy is intensely interested in our children’s schools because he believes that an education is the most valuable thing that any of us can ever possess, and the only thing that can never be taken away from us. He wishes to continue, to expand, and to improve upon the great successes our school division has achieved through the tireless efforts of our talented teachers, staff, and administrators. Jeremy is honored by the trust that has been placed in him by the citizens of Waynesboro, and he looks forward to serving them as a member of the School Board.
Kathe Maneval - Ward D
Kathe is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, where she majored in psychology and religion. She received her Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Following her formal education, Kathe worked with disabled adults in a variety of programs, ultimately managing the vocational and independent living programs at Easter Seals in Georgetown, Delaware. Kathe also holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (not in public practice) from Delaware.
Kathe and her husband, Tom, are both Delaware natives. They have lived in Waynesboro since 2000, when Tom was transferred from DuPont in northern Pennsylvania. Tom currently works as a Reliability Engineer at Merck in Elkton, VA. Tom and Kathe have four children in the Waynesboro Public Schools: Michael, 12th grade (WHS and SVGS); Alex, 10th grade (WHS); Elizabeth, 8th grade (KCMS); and Patrick, 6th grade (KCMS).
Kathe has been an active volunteer in the Waynesboro Public Schools since her eldest child entered kindergarten in 2000. She facilitated gaining tax-exempt status for both Westwood Hills and Berkeley Glenn PTOs, and most recently for Kate Collins Middle School PTO. Kathe served as Treasurer for Westwood Hills PTO for nine years and served as Treasurer for Kate Collins PTO for two years. She also served on the Superintendent’s Budget Review Team for two years prior to becoming a school board member.
In addition to these activities, Kathe currently serves as Treasurer and Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 73 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In 2007, Kathe was awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the Newark Area Welfare Committee (Newark, DE) for her volunteer work with that organization. In 2010, Kathe was recognized by the Waynesboro Fire Department Volunteers for her volunteer assistance; and in 2011 she received Honorary Membership in the Waynesboro Fire Department.
Kathe is honored to have this opportunity to serve the children and families of Waynesboro. She wants to help ensure that the Waynesboro Public School division continues to have the resources it needs to provide a quality education to every student, while making the best use of its available resources. She is committed to helping the Waynesboro Public School division increase its success in all areas of education.
Linda Schorsch Jones – At Large
Linda graduated from Stuarts Draft High School in 1982 and from the University of Virginia in 1986, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in English including a minor in Foreign Affairs. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She went on to law school at the University of Richmond, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1989. In law school she had the opportunity to spend a semester studying at Cambridge University in England and to have clerkships with both the state Attorney General’s Office (Mary Sue Terry) and the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office (Jim Gilmore)
Linda clerked for the Virginia Supreme Court upon graduation from law school and then served as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Harrisonburg/Rockingham County. She has been an attorney at Poindexter, Schorsch, Jones & Hill, P.C. in Waynesboro since 1991. She focuses her law practice in the areas of child custody and divorce. She is married to Steve Jones, who is with the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Staunton Region. They have two children, Zachary, who is senior at Waynesboro High School and the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and Seth who is a 10th grader at Waynesboro High School.
Linda is a certified Guardian Ad Litem for the 25th Judicial Circuit, where she represents the interests of children in litigation. She believes that providing children with a quality education is essential to the success not only of the children themselves, but to the community as a whole.