Youth Services Committee

The Opportunity Inc. Youth Services Committee, a group concerned with helping young people, JJN_7927 develops the portion of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) geared towards preparing youth for graduation and employment.The Council develops programs in partnership with organizations that provide support for in and out-of-school youth between the ages of 14 and 24 in the areas of career exploration, education, leadership development, workplace readiness skills and occupational skills training.

Youth Services Committee Members

Mr. Jeffrey W. Ainslie


President of Finance & Operations

The Ainslie Group

Dr. Elsie Barnes

Vice Chair

Professor of Political Science

Norfolk State University

Ms. Vonya Alleyne

Vice President, Human Resources

Cox Communications Virginia

Ms. Andrea Arnett

Workforce Planning & Development Consultant

Sentara Healthcare

Ms. Sean Beslow

Admissions Counselor

Virginia Job Corps

Ms. Barbara Brinson

Youth Coordinator

City of Virginia Beach Youth Opportunities Office

Kecia N. Brothers

Regional Reentry Specialist – Eastern Region

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

Mr. Thomas Calhoun


Norfolk Federation of Teachers

Ms. Tammy Carlson

Human Resource Director

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

Ms. Christina C. Conner

Youth Representative

Ms. Alice L. Jones

Director Student & Alumni Programs

Old Dominion University

Ms. Pamela Little-Hill

Director of Social Services

City of Portsmouth

Mr. Kevin P. Paveglio

Campus President

ECPI University

Ms. Martha Razor

Early Childhood Specialist


Mr. Shawn Sawyer

Executive Director

Tidewater Youth Services Commission

Ms. Barbara J. Shears-Walker

Adult Education Coordinator

Portsmouth Public Schools – Adult Education Center

Dr. Aaron Spence


Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Ms. Barbara Washer

Development & Event Strategist

Virginia Ship Repair Association

Mr. Guenter Weissenseel


IMS Gear Virginia Inc.

Mr. Kevin Will


Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads

Mr. Steven Wright


Chesapeake Economic Development

Ms. Yvette V. Young

Vice President

Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.