Jobynia Caldwell is the director of equity affairs for Virginia Beach Public Schools. Caldwell taught English at several local high schools before becoming an administrator. She served as assistant principal at First Colonial High School followed by principal positions at Bayside Sixth Grade Campus, Corporate Landing Middle, Salem High, and Tallwood High. In 2001, she was named Secondary Principal of the Year by Virginia Beach Association of Secondary School Principals (VBASSP), and in the spring received the regional Women of Distinction Award from the Hampton Roads YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia State College and a Master of Science in Administration from Old Dominion University.
Dr. Helen R. Stiff-Williams, a professor in the School of Education at Regent University, teaches in and provides coordination for the Character Education cognate area in the Ed.D. Program. Her areas of expertise include: Character Education, standards-based education, school improvement for low-achieving students and low-performing schools, and K-12 educational policy. Stiff-Williams is engaged in research and writing projects on effective urban schools, closing achievement gaps, and examining the impact character education on student performance. She is the co-editor of Closing the African-American Achievement Gap in Higher Education.
Israel Ortega serves as strategic initiatives manager for the Heritage Foundation and editor of libertad.org. He regularly contributes commentary to prominent Spanish-language newspapers and online publications and is a frequent guest commentator on major Spanish radio and television outlets. He has appeared on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel discussing policy issues, particularly as they relate to Hispanics in the United States. Ortega also writes a monthly column for El Diario La Prensa, the largest and oldest Spanish-language publication in New York City.
Dr. Marcela Chaván-Matviuk serves as the director for the Center for Latino Leadership at Regent University. She possesses a rich international experience leading nontraditional educational projects and is passionate about the success of Latino students. Chaván-Matviuk has a Ph.D. in Intercultural and International Communication, and a master's degree in both counseling and social communication. She serves as chair of the education committee of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, founder and outreach director of Hispanic Leadership Forum and Chair of the LALP scholarship program.