Meet the School Board
Rachel Kirkland, Chair
Mrs. Rachel Kirkland has been a member of the Manassas Park School Board since 2008 and is the School Board Representative to the Special Education Advisory Committee. Prior to her service as a School Board member, she served on the Special Education Advisory (20042008), as well as on the City of Manassas Revenue Sharing Committee. She has two sons who are enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools. In addition to her school duties, Mrs. Kirkland is a Media Specialist for a neighboring school division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University and a Masters’ in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.
Carlos Jose Vargas, Vice Chair
Mr. Carlos Vargas became a member of the Manassas Park School Board in 2013. A strong supporter of Manassas Park City Schools, he has volunteered and attended many school division functions and events. His family moved into Manassas Park in 1999. He, and his wife Maria, currently have five children; one a preschooler, two who are enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools, and two who have graduated from Manassas Park High School. Mr. Vargas is an Information Technology Specialist for the US Department of HUD in Washington, D.C.
Hong J. Xu
Mr. Xu is a strong supporter of K12 education with two daughters currently enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools. His oldest daughter graduated from Manassas Park High School in 2014. Mr. Xu is also a strong supporter of first generation college goers, especially those from immigrant families, and is also currently serving on the College Board of Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to his education related work, Mr. Xu is a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years and currently an inhouse lead counsel for the Dow Chemical Company specializing in intellectual property laws. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from China, a M.S. degree in Engineering from Utah State University, and a J.D. degree from the Thomas Cooley Law School.
Alanna Mensing is an advocate for public education and believes that every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. Alanna and her family moved to Manassas Park in 2009, and she understands the importance of having a strong community involvement. She has been involved in many community events and organizations, including serving on the ARB for the Homeowner’s Association. Alanna has two children who are not yet old enough to attend school. She is a music teacher and has a BFA in classical piano performance and education.
Deborah L. McIntyre-Yurkovich
Ms. McIntyre-Yurkovich has been a Manassas Park City resident since 2004. She is the proud parent of three children, one of whom is special needs. As a parent of students enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools, she has vested interest in the school system, and she wants all children to succeed.
Ms. McIntyre-Yurkovich is a managing and founding partner of a law firm and an attorney who specializes in education law, family law and criminal law. For over 15 years, she has represented students, families, teachers, school staff members and individuals in a variety of legal matters. As a part of her legal career, she has had the unique opportunity to work with school administrators and appear in front of school boards throughout the Northern Virginia area.
Ms. McIntyre-Yurkovich holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Mary Washington College and a J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Dana Williams, School Board Clerk
Mrs. Dana Williams has been the School Board Clerk of the Manassas Park City School Board since 2010. She also served as a member of the Manassas Park City School Board from 2003 – 2009. She has lived in Manassas Park since 1994 and has a son currently enrolled in Manassas Park City Schools and one son who graduated from Manassas Park High School. In addition to her School Board Clerk duties, Mrs. Williams is an integral member of the Human Resources department and assists with the hiring of our substitute employees.
Deputy School Board Clerk
The Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Manassas Park City Schools (MPCS), Mrs. Pam Blake has worked for Manassas Park City Schools for the last nineteen years as well as serving as the Secretary on the BELL Board or Trustees for most of her tenure. In 2013 Mrs. Blake temporarily filled a vacancy as BELL’s treasurer in addition to her role as secretary and was formally elected to the position in 2014.
In addition to her service to both MPCS and to the BELL Board, Mrs. Blake currently serves as a member of the American Association of Administrative Professionals and was a former member of the Signal Hill Lions Club, where she served as both Secretary and Treasurer.
Mrs. Blake grew up in Manassas Park and attended Manassas Park Elementary School (MPES) prior to the town receiving City status, moving on to attend Parkside Middle School and then graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School. Mrs. Blake then furthered her education through attendance at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) where she focused her studies in business. In her off-time Mrs. Blake enjoys spending her time with her husband of 43 years Jim, along with her three daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Blake’s commitment to MPCS and BELL is reflective in her years of service, dedication and active participation. She believes in the mission and vision of MPCS. Through her work with BELL she promotes the encouragement of educational activities and endeavors for MPCS, their administrators, teachers and students. She takes great pride in her work.