Our Team

Advisors Council

In June 2013, VECF launched leadership strategies for research, evaluation and policy to provide service to communities across Virginia in analyzing data, guiding research and evaluation, and discerning policy implications for the state’s system of school readiness services for young children. The work is guided by VECF’s Advisors Council, comprised of policy, research, and evaluation experts, as well as by the practical findings from the network of Smart Beginnings initiatives. This distinguished group of experts includes:

Kevin Allison

Kevin W. Allison, Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Rhian Evans Allvin

Rhian E. Allvin

Chief Executive Officer of NAEYC

Peter A. Blake

Peter A. Blake

State Council of Higher Education for VA

Gerry Cobb

Gerry Cobb

Pritzker Children's Initiative

Michael Friedlander

Michael Friedlander, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Rolf Grafwallner

Rolf Grafwallner

Council of Chief State School Officers

Colleen Kraft

Dr. Colleen A. Kraft, M.D.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Christopher Lloyd

Christopher D. Lloyd

McGuireWoods Consulting

Helene Stebbins

Helene Stebbins, M.P.P.

Alliance for Early Success

Chewning Fellows

Thanks to the generosity of Board Member Emeritus, Thomas N. Chewning, VECF has in-house capacity for data analysis and policy development. Chewning Fellows, experts in research and evaluation, facilitate the work of the Advisors Council, oversee and implement VECF’s research and evaluation agenda, and manage data systems strategies.