Beatriz Amberman has devoted more than 39 years of her professional career to serving as a human rights advocate in Virginia. She first moved to Virginia with her family while her husband was pursuing his family practice medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and managed his private practice. Once established in Virginia, she became the chair and founding member of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations, vice chair of The Virginia Latino Leaders Council, and founder of the Hispanic Community Dialogue Organization of Hampton Roads.
She has served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Latino Advisory Board, appointed by Virginia governors Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Bob McDonnell, and was the chair from 2008 to 2009. Beatriz was also a member of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Latino Summit Organizing committees from 2015 to 2017. In addition, she served on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, Mexican Embassy and was selected in 2008 by more than 150 Mexican-American leaders from across the United States to speak on their behalf before Mexican President Vicente Fox. Beatriz also has served as executive national vice president for the Mexican American Coalition, a national organization of more than 600 Mexican leaders from across the United States.
Currently, Beatriz serves on the board of many civic organizations throughout Virginia and abroad, such as The Virginia Oral Health Coalition. She is a City Council–appointed member to the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission and to the board of directors for Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. She also has been recognized with multiple awards and recognitions.
When she is not working, Beatriz loves to dance. She has been a member of the Virginia Beach International Folk Dancing Club for decades, where she has learned dances, culture, and music from around the world.
Lynn Briley was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she graduated in 1967 with honors from I.C. Norcom High School. Lynn became one of the first African American residential students at William & Mary College and graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in English. During its 2018 commencement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of African American students in residence, the College of William & Mary honored Lynn with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In addition, she graduated in 1977 with a M.A. in Communications from Norfolk State University.
From 1972 through 1986, Lynn was a language arts/English teacher, a teacher in adult literacy programs, and a teacher trainer with the Department of Staff Development. She completed her certificate of advanced study in educational administration at Old Dominion University and has done post graduate studies in educational leadership at William & Mary. Lynn served as an assistance principal at Cradock, Manor, and Churchland high schools and principal at EXCEL Campus alternative high school, Churchland Middle School, and I.C. Norcom High School. In 2013, she retired from Portsmouth Public Schools and currently works as an adjunct instructor at Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth campus.
Lynn is a lifelong member of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Portsmouth and volunteers in women’s health-related awareness and fundraising activities. In addition to serving Senior Services, she serves on the Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court board and is a member of the City of Portsmouth Historic Preservation Commission. She is committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens and continues to be an advocate for legislation, funding, and resources that support and sustain the well-being of people from infancy into adulthood, including the growing senior population.
When she is not working, Lynn spends her time as an avid gardener, Food Network devotee, and weekend warrior of home improvement projects. She is the proud aunt of two adult nieces and their families.