Our sponsors have stepped forward with us to effect change to protect our children from abuse. We work hard to ensure that every dollar given is used wisely; our sponsors can feel confident their gifts make a difference.
Board of Directors
Principle Advantage Government Relations Group
Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse HR
Betty Wade Coyle
Director Emeritus, Champions For Children:
Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads
Diana J. Behling, DNP, RN
Elizabeth Chupik, Esq.
City of Virginia Beach
Michelle Clayton, M.D.
CHKD Child Abuse Program
Gail Heath Davidson
VDSS Eastern Regional Office-CPS Consultant
Old Point National Bank
Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation
We are developing a Council of professional volunteers that work to deliver our programs into the region and take our message forward into the community.
This dedicated group is the core of the working organization – they are the advocates who train, who serve, who plan, and who make our organization go.
We are proud to call them Champions!
Mary Jo King
Melynda Ciccotti’s career in school psychology and childhood development has led her to the front lines of combatting child abuse. Throughout her career, Melynda has encountered many unsafe situations for children and witnessed the compromised day-to-day functioning of a multitude of children facing traumatic personal, unsafe and harmful environments. Most recently, Melynda worked as Deputy Director for a Hampton Roads issue-oriented business group that provides private sector leadership to the Virginia Beach community. The work of this group focused on information gathering and problem solving for complex regional issues.
Melynda accepted the Executive Director position on a part- time basis in June 2015. Since that time, she has delivered, with a strong group of trained volunteers, a nationally recognized child abuse prevention program into the region for adults who care for children, including daycare providers, faith-based preschools staffers, public school employees, community nurses, and college students majoring in the human services field. Melynda is engaged in structuring the organization, first known as Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, to optimize child abuse prevention efforts. “There is more to come,” says Melynda, “and with strong community support, we can effect positive change in Hampton Roads.”