School Health Advisory Board (SHAB)


The purpose of the School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is to advise the school division on broad topics or on specific aspects of the coordinated school health program. Areas of concern include, but are not limited to: mental health, school nutrition, health education, health services, physical education, staff wellness, school climate, dropout prevention, school safety, violence prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, and family life education. SHAB provides guidance and serves to advocate school health concerns. SHAB assists with the development of health policy in the school division and the evaluation of the status of school health, health education, the school environment, and health services. SHAB will hold meetings at least semi-annually and report annually on the status and needs of student health in the school division to any relevant school, the school board, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Department of Education.


SHAB will operate in accordance with the established expectations set forth in pending bylaws and established norms.


2022-23 School Health Advisory Board Members

School Board Representatives District
Adele Jackson School Board Representative, Brentsville District
c/o B L. Simpson
Jennifer T. Wall School Board Representative, Gainesville District
c/o B L. Simpson
Member Representatives Title
Kristina R. Baehr Athletic Trainer, Freedom High School
Dr. Julie Crawford Director of Student Health and Wellness Department
William M. Desmond Administrative Coordinator Security Services, Risk Management and Security Department
Dr. Vanessa Gattis President and CEO of Prince William County Community Foundation (PWCCF)
Dr. Martin E. Grimm Director of Student Activities Management
c/o Hilda G. Layne, Administrative Assistant II
Tracy Johnson, RN Clinical Team Leader, Student Health Services
Bishop Leonard Lacey United Faith Christian Ministry in Stafford
Melissa Laitinen Health Specialist, Head Start
Dr. Miriam Saad Lender Physician Practice Lead Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
INOVA Medical Group Gainesville
Heather Martinsen Therapist IV-Behavioral Health, Wellness Supervisor
Prince William County Community Services
Brenda Miller-Dorick Coordinator, Student Health Services
Silvia Nakasone Manager, Healthcare Access, Partnership for Healthier Kids
Dr. Ronald Pannell Supervisor of Specialized Education, PWCS
Teresa A. Polk Supervisor of Student Health Services
Cindi Sutton Clinical Team Leader, Student Health Services
Linda Woods Nurse Supervisor, Prince William Health Department
Kristi Young Parent
Kennard Young Student, Hylton High School
c/o Christina Langley, Director of School Counseling