Board of Directors
The Planning Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-planning corporation governed by a volunteer regional Board of Directors. We thank these dedicated supporters of quality childcare and community planning and engagement.
Ms. Oneiceia Howard – Chairwoman
Mr. Anthony D. Sandifer – Vice Chair
Mr. Carter Smith – Secretary
Ms. Angela Kerns, CPA, HCCP – Treasurer
Ms. Valerie Langhorne – Immediate Past Chairwoman
The Honorable J. Samuel Glasscock
Mr. Greg Grootendorst
Mr. James R. Herndon
Mr. Richard J. Knox, Jr.
Ms. J. Gail Nicula, Ph.D.
Ms. Anne Odell
RADM Byron E. “Jake” Tobin (Ret.)
Ms. Eva Wiggins
Jo Ann Short, Ex Officio
Advisory Board Members:
The Honorable Paul J. Battle
Ms. Shameka Council
Ms. Nicole Brown-Griffin
Ms. Patrycja Plucinski
Ms. Cydney Claren Robinson
The Honorable Martin Thomas, Jr.
The Honorable John M. de Triquet, M.D.
The Honorable Sabrina Wooten
The Planning Council has a long history of exceptional leadership across the organization, supported by a team of professionals and staff dedicated to helping people and communities improve their quality of life.
The Planning Council staff includes expertise in the human services needs in everything from quality childcare to homelessness prevention best practices, from nutrition and obesity prevention training to community assessments and programs, from grant writing services to connecting landlords to qualified families in need of housing.
Ms. Short has three decades of leadership experience with the YMCA Movement where she served as CEO for 14 years. Jo Ann’s achievements include leading strategic growth, mergers, governance advancement, fund development, financial turnaround, and program innovation. Then, as founder and principal consultant of Simplify Nonprofit since 2017, Ms. Short has provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations such as the Girl Scouts of the USA and other for-profit and nonprofit startups.
Ms. Short is a graduate of Springfield College with a BS in Community Leadership & Development and her MS in Organizational Management & Leadership. She is originally from the Northeast and moved to Virginia Beach in the spring of 2022.
Throughout her tenure in various financial positions at The Planning Council, she remains committed to identifying efficiencies and initiating innovative tactics to lead the organization’s financial efforts. She has advocated successfully for a paperless work environment and manages all the IT complexities for our various Maryland, DC, and Virginia offices, including those team members who work from home.
With a wealth of experience in federal compliance, Ms. Malone balances varying grant guidelines to ensure The Planning Council remains in line with Office of Management and Budget guidelines.
She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BS in Accounting, and she holds her MBA from Strayer University. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and relocated to Hampton Roads with her family at the age of ten.
Julie Dixon serves as the Senior Director of Planning and Program Development for The Planning Council. In this capacity, she oversees a variety of community planning, assessments, and evaluation work, as well as the coordination of several coalitions across Hampton Roads.
Since 2005, Ms. Dixon has held positions with progressing responsibilities, beginning as a Community Planner/Continuum of Care Coordinator, then as Program Administrator, and now over the entire Planning Team.
Prior to joining The Planning Council team, Ms. Dixon worked for five years in Washington, DC, and eight years in Moscow, Russia, in various positions for AIDS Foundation East-West, the American International Health Alliance, and New York University.
Ms. Dixon received her bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Russian language from California State University at Sacramento, and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. In 2010, she also received a certification from UNC-Chapel Hill for Business Planning in Public Health.
Monique Adams serves as the Senior Director of Children’s Services. Since 2016, she has served The Planning Council through various roles in Children’s Services, currently managing and supporting the department operations of the Navy EFM Respite Care Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
With over 20 years of leadership experience, Ms. Adams has held several positions in the Financial Services Industry and in Early Care and Education. Her experience includes the Merchant Services division of NationsBank (now Bank of America) and as a team member at USAA. After switching careers to Early Care and Education, she has held positions as Teacher, Assistant Director, and Program Director.
Ms. Adams received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Norfolk State University and her MS in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Walden University. Ms. Adams is a native New Yorker currently residing in Hampton Roads.