School Board

Diana Williams – Ward A

Diana WilliamsDiana Williams and her husband Clarence have lived in the valley since 1997 and the City of Waynesboro since 2011. Their sons completed their K-12 education in Waynesboro - C.C. is a 2015 graduate of Waynesboro High School and Christopher graduates May 2017.

Diana is the digital editor and strategist for BackStory, an American history podcast. She brings more than five years of experience in higher education communications with a keen interest in digital presence management to her role. She is a new media professional with a MA in journalism and public affairs from American University

As a graduate of public schools, Diana understands that a great public school education provides a solid foundation for all future endeavors. She will look to ensure that Waynesboro Public Schools continues to attract quality talent, maintains responsible stewardship of resources, and will seek out opportunities to increase educational success.

Diana is grateful to server the children and families of Waynesboro. She looks forward to collaborating with board colleagues and the community. She will work diligently to promote Waynesboro as one of the best cities in Virginia to receive a public education.

Rick Wheeler – Ward B

Rick Wheeler

Rick is a graduate of Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Recreation and Religion.  He then went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. Rick served as a Minister for Students in various states including Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.  

He and his wife Elizabeth moved to the Valley in the Fall of 1995 and have been a vital part of the community.  They have three sons who have either graduated from or are current students in the Waynesboro Public School system.  Rick and Elizabeth have been a vital part of the educational, spiritual, physical, social and mental aspects of their sons’ lives, as well as, many children in the Waynesboro community.

Rick is currently a small business owner, in the service industry, in the city of Waynesboro.  He and his business partner take joy in serving the community and giving back to it.  This opportunity is another way Rick feels he can serve the community of Waynesboro and make a difference for the future.


William M. Foster  – Ward C

School BoardWill and his wife have lived in Waynesboro since 2003. Their two children are students in the Waynesboro Public School system as third and fourth graders at William Perry Elementary.

Will attended Liberty University where he studied Business and Religion. Prior, he studied Computer Science and Engineering at American National University.

Currently a Hospitality Professional in Hotel Management, Will has received national recognition among his peers for his work in the industry. He has helped to manage hotels that have consistently received the Platinum Award for Excellence and achieving a#1 ranking in
their brand in 2012.

As an entrepreneur. Will’s entrepreneurial interest began in 1995 when he founded UP Athletic, a sports apparel company. As a spin-off of UP Athletic, he founded Athlete International Marketing (AIM) a sport marketing firm that sought and negotiated endorsement contracts for Professional Athletes (primarily NFL players). The company was successful negotiating contracts with major sports apparel and telecommunications companies. He is also the Founder & CEO of; a social networking internet site that allows college students in the U.S. and abroad to campaign for funds to supplement their tuition cost. He saw the need for such a platform because of the continued increases in tuition cost and student loan interest rates. Although being an entrepreneur and hotel management professional are rewarding. Will realizes it is only through education that dreams can become reality. Whether one is formally educated or self educated, the fundamental cornerstone to success is education.

A firm believer that creativity should never lose its place in the classroom.Will hopes to accomplish this while serving on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee to recognize and champion the creativity of students.He also believes that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,Mathematics) education should be a primary focus within Waynesboro’s Public Schools. He recognizes it as a key component in the future of innovation and entrepreneurialship.

Being active within the community is important.Will devotes his time to coaching little league football in the WQC (Waynesboro Quarterback Club) and baseball with the WYBS. He also has shown his commitment to humanitarian efforts by leading mission teams to Asia where children were fed and school supplies were provided in economically challenged areas. With the goal to ensure all students are afforded the best educational opportunities and teachers the resources to produce productive, creative, and thriving students who will ultimately become productive citizens.

Will welcomes the opportunity to serve the children of Waynesboro Public Schools in achieving
educational excellence.

Kathe Maneval – Ward D - Chairman

School Board

Kathe is a graduate of Swarthmore College,Swarthmore, PA, where she majored in psychology and religion. She received her Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Following her formal education, Kathe worked with disabled adults in a variety of programs, ultimately managing the vocational and independent living programs at Easter Seals in Georgetown, Delaware. Kathe also holds a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (not in public practice) from Delaware.

Kathe and her husband, Tom, are both Delaware natives. They have lived in Waynesboro since 2000, when Tom was transferred from DuPont in northern Pennsylvania. Tom currently works as an Engineering Supervisor at Accutec Blades in Verona, VA. Tom and Kathe have four children: Michael, a Chemistry Teacher at Essex High School; Alex, a junior, and Elizabeth, a freshman, at The College of William and Mary; and, Patrick, 11th grade (SVGS and WHS).

Kathe has been an active volunteer in the Waynesboro Public Schools since her eldest child entered kindergarten in 2000. She facilitated gaining tax-exempt status for both Westwood Hills and Berkeley Glenn PTOs, and most recently for Kate Collins Middle School PTO. Kathe served as Treasurer for Westwood Hills PTO for nine years and served as Treasurer for Kate Collins PTO for two years. She also served on the Superintendent’s Budget Review Team for two years prior to becoming a school board member.

Kathe currently serves as Treasurer and Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 73 at Westminster Presbyterian Church and as Bookkeeper for St. John’s Episcopal Church.  In 2007, Kathe was awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the Newark Area Welfare Committee (Newark, DE)for her volunteer work with that organization. In 2010, Kathe was recognized by the Waynesboro Fire Department Volunteers for her volunteer assistance; and in 2011 she received Honorary Membership in the Waynesboro Fire Department.

Kathe is honored to have this opportunity to serve the children and families of Waynesboro. She wants to help ensure that the Waynesboro Public School division continues to have the resources it needs to provide a quality education to every student,while making the best use of its available resources. She is committed to helping the Waynesboro Public School division increase its success in all areas of education.

Erika Smith – At-Large 

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Erika Smith is a Waynesboro native and has lived in the city since 2001. She and her husband, Bryan, were both raised in Augusta County. They have four children in the Waynesboro Public School system- Airelle at Waynesboro High School, Gabriel and Levi at Berkeley Glenn Elementary, and Asher at the Wayne Hills Pre-K Center. They also have a younger son, Brooks.

Erika graduated from Stuarts Draft High School in 2001. After attending Blue Ridge Community College, she became a Licensed Pharmacy Technician. She currently works part-time at her church.

Erika has been an active volunteer in Waynesboro Public Schools since her daughter started Pre-K in 2006. She has served as a board member for Berkeley Glenn PTO, serving since 2009, as Secretary, Treasurer and President. Erika has served on Waynesboro Schools’ Talented and Gifted Advisory Board since 2013.

Erika is invested in our community. She delivers Meals on Wheels for the Waynesboro Senior Center. Her children are active on local sports teams and she loves to volunteer and cheer them on!

Erika is excited to serve the children and families of Waynesboro. She is dedicated to serving the diverse population in our city. She is committed to ensuring that every child experiences the many opportunities available in our public schools.


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