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The Virginia Health Occupations Educators Association (VHOEA) was established in 1978 when the decision was made in the Virginia Department of Education to establish a separate service for health occupations. Prior to that time the teachers in Health Occupations were part of the Virginia Trade and Industrial Education Service (T&IES). Carol Stickney was the first Supervisor of the Health Occupations Service at the state level. While part of the T&IES, the health occupations educators (HOE) participated in a Summer Conference for an annual statewide meeting of the HOE teachers and supervisors. Beginning in 1974, the health occupations teachers elected members of the group to serve as chairman for each conference. Those serving under this structure were:

1974: Ann Wrenn, Emporia

1975: Carrie Allyn, Henrico County

1976: Delores Mulkey, Tazewell County

1977: Dee Eitel, Franklin County

The Virginia Health Occupations Education Association was formed in 1978 in response to a need for an organization solely for health occupations educators in Virginia. Its purpose is to promote the development and advancement of health occupations education, to encourage the growth and development of those engaged in the field, and to support the programs and objectives of the Virginia Vocational Association. The VHOEA was created as a division of the Virginia Vocational Association. The Virginia Department of Education restructured the division of Vocational Education and renamed it the Office of Career & Technical Education which is aligned under the Division of Technology and Career Education. The division of Health Occupations Education (HOE) was changed to the office of Health and Medical Sciences (HAMS) at the same time of this restructure. VHOEA changed the association’s name to VAHAMSEA in 2010 to reflect the change at the Department of Education. There are seven regional constituents of the VHOEA, now VAHAMSEA Past Presidents :

1979: Bernice Childress, Henrico County                        2023- Robert Totty, Chesterfield

1981-82: JoAnn Wakelyn, Yorktown

1982: Mildred Mason - Norfolk

1982-84: Frances Moore, Fairfax

1984-86: Nancy Carper, Winchester

1986-88: Woody Hanes, Farmville

1988-90: Ann Austin, Newport News

1990-92: Gwen Sweat, Suffolk

1992-94: Karen Spangler, Williamsburg

1994-96: Joyce Bishop, Christiansburg

1996-98: Katherine Decker, Portsmouth

1998-00: Gloria Rudibaugh, Norfolk

2000-02: Jerry Osborne, Radford

2002-04: Kathy Jones, Chesapeake

2004-06: Regina Artz, Chesapeake

2006-08: Ellie Riggs, Wise

2008-10: Burma Bell, Norfolk

2010-12:Michele Wright, Richmond

2012-14: Michie Walton, Chesapeake

2014-16: Jane Best, Chesapeake

2016-18: Deborah Wright, Rockbridge County

2018-20: Amy Bossieux, Hanover 

2020-22: Anne Barker, Henrico

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