Barrett's Board is responsible for advising the Director in matters involving the center’s day-today operations, financial responsibilities, and personnel policy. The Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the center, and ensuring that the center is in compliance with all state regulations, including those set by the Department of Health, Fire Department, and Licensing. The Director also supervises all center staff, including Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Aides and other support staff. 



Raynell Stokes

Moving to Charlottesville in the early 1980’s, Raynell Stokes is now a retired from being an educator and administrator in Albemarle County Public Schools for 33 years. With mutilple terms on the African American Teaching Fellows Board, (AATF) Raynell continues to support its effort to recruit and retain African American teachers in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle school divisions. In addition she also services on the Executive Board of Interfaith Movement Promoting Actions by Congregations Together, (IMPACT) and is a member of the 100 Black Women of Charlottesville Metropolitan Area. Raynell has dedicated her life to providing and supporting equitable education and resources for all children / students while respecting and appreciating diversity and advocating for justice for all in our school division and community.


Brenda Castañeda

Since 2015, Brenda has served as the Legal Director of the Economic Justice Program at Legal Aid Justice Center.  From 2007 to 2015, she worked as a staff attorney at LAJC.  Prior to that, she worked as a staff attorney at Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg.  Brenda is a graduate of Yale University and received her law degree from the University of Virginia.  Though native of Tucson, Arizona, she has been a resident of Charlottesville since 2003. Her two oldest children are both alumni of Barrett ELC.


Jenny Isaacs- Lowe

I am a teacher at Venable Elementary in the Charlottesville City Schools.  I moved to Charlottesville in 2001 to work on my master’s degree in special education at the UVA Curry School of Education.  The most rewarding aspect of my work is that I specialize in leading problem-solving meetings for early intervention teams to ensure students are getting what they need to be successful.  As a local educator, I’ve had the honor of teaching many Barrett alumni.


Maribeth Haynes

Maribeth has been with IBM Corporation for 37 years. Her current role is Marketing Manger, Global Payment Solutions and Sales Enablement for IBM Watson Financial Services. A graduate of Denison Univesity, she moved to Charlottesville in 2014 to wed her husband, John Haynes who grew up in Charlottesville, is also a Denison graduate and now is a Geology Professor at JMU. Together they have 4 grown children.
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Charlie Kollmansperger

Charlie is a Real estate agent with Long & Foster, in their Historic Downtown Office, He has called Charlottesville his home for 21 years. He earned is Master's Degree from UVa in Elementary/Special Education and taught at Greenbrier Elementary from 2000-2005.

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Berdell Fleming

Berdell Mccoy Fleming is a native of Charlottesville. Born and raised here she went to Barrett as a young child, the Jefferson Elementary school and proudly graduated from Burley High School. Berdell is an educator in The Charlottesville Public schools system with over 30 years of service.


Muriel Wiggins

Muriel has been calling Charlottesville her home since 1990, when she retired here. She is very active in the community, serving on numerous boards including Habitat For Humanity, the City's Social Development Commission, and School Board.


Justin Pincham

Justin is the Founder and CEO at Halcyon Contracting, a design-build firm in Charlottesville. Justin is a graduate of the London School of Economics.  Though originally from London, he has been a resident of Charlottesville since 2001. He lives here with his wife and son and their two cats. Most of all Justin loves working with people to help them build their lives around what they care about the most and the dreams they have for the future.

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Dede Smith

Dede has been living and actively involved in Charlottesville since 1979. Her interests and community service have focused on education, environmental advocacy, and local African American history. Dede has served on the Charlottesville School Board (2000-2006), Charlottesville City Council (2012-2016) and was the executive director of the Ivy Creek Foundation from 1993-2007. Her interest in the Barrett Early Learning Center brings together these diverse interests, serving as the Board liaison for renovation and preservation of the Center's historic architecture, African American history, and sustainable future. As such, Dede has spearheaded the funding and completion of an extensive renovation of the Center with a focus on a safe and healthy environment for the children, and efficient use of water and energy. Dede also organized and oversees urban gardening and environmental backyard programs at Barrett, as well as music and art enrichment activities. Dede is Married to Dr.Timothy Wilson, Sherrell J. Aston Professor of Psychology at UVA They have 2 children who are CHS graduates.

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Leslie Harris-Scott


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