Three new NAPS Board members were elected at the Annual Meeting: Meghan Bowis, Becky Crowther, and Roger Gruben. Here are some details.
Meghan was born and raised in Northumberland County, graduated from Northumberland High School, and attended James Madison University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and then went to the University of Virginia – Richmond Center to receive her teaching license. She taught art for seven years at Lancaster Primary School. During that time she obtained a Masters degree in Library Media from the University of West Alabama. She is in her third year as the library media specialist at Northumberland Elementary School.
“I believe that literature and art compliment each other and I incorporate both areas into my lessons every day. I enjoy working with all of the students and using my knowledge to help them succeed in their school careers,” Meghan says. “My husband and I have six-year-old twin girls and three dogs. We are very busy, but we wouldn’t change it!”
Becky loves teaching fifth grade math and science at Northumberland Elementary School. A graduate at VCU, she majored in Environmental Studies. On field trips she measured trees in the forest, collected samples of water in streams, and collected, preserved, and identified over 200 invertebrates. In her classroom, she prefers “hands on” activities.
“In my classroom you will be destroying cupcakes, boiling eggs, creating models, exploring the NES nature trail, building vehicles, and playing with LEGOs,” Becky explains. “Outside the NES classroom, I am very passionate about my vegetable garden at home. I love to go camping with my daughter, sew, draw, and make paper crafts. I also want to get chickens one day so I can have fresh eggs every morning.”
Roger lives on Dividing Creek in Northumberland County with his wife Bette, a retired green building consultant. He is a member of the Northern Neck chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and is an active supporter of the Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity.
He retired from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a senior VP in 2016. During his last two and a half years with SAIC, he worked part-time managing reviews of major proposals, conducting competitive strategy workshops and supporting business development process improvement projects.
From October 1992 to April 2014, he served SAIC as the Director of Business Development Operations & Support. In this role, he oversaw the corporate proposal development centers in McLean VA and San Diego CA, corporate trade shows and events, competitive research and analysis, the corporate customer relationship office, and the Government Contracts Support Center.