Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission

The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission is a City Council-appointed group formed in 1980 to undertake the task of promoting litter prevention, recycling, beautification and general environmental awareness through educational projects designed to reach all segments of our community. In Virginia Beach, presentations and educational resources are provided to school clubs, community organizations and business on litter prevention and awareness. The Clean Community Commission and Waste Management work together to provide great Volunteer opportunities for Virginia Beach residents.



George Denice


George Denice retired from the City of Virginia Beach Department of Agriculture after serving thirty-two years as an Administrative Specialist. He served as a City liaison to the Clean Community Commission since 1984 and upon retirement in 2010, was appointed by City Council as a Commissioner. George attended Virginia Wesleyan College and received a BA in Political Science. George is also volunteers with Master Gardeners, Extension Leadership Council, and Kempville Lake Architectural Review Committee. George serves on VBCCC due to his desire to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.​

Scott Kellam


Scott Kellam is an HVAC electrical contractor and president of Kellam Mechanical. Scott achieved his Business degree from Elon University and holds a Master's Degree in HVAC and Electrical from the Virginia State Board of Contractors. Scott, a lifelong Virginia Beach resident, is extremely involved in the community. Scott proudly supports the Virginia Beach Education Foundation as a project liaison and is further involved with the HVAC industry via the Air Conditioner Contractors Association (ACCA) and Plumping, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC). Scott accepted an invitation to become a board member of VBCCC in 2014 to promote community involvement with providing a clean and healthy environment for our community.​


Dr. Anne Mannarino, a native of England, spent most of her early educational career with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools as a science teacher. She has worked as an assistant principal in both middle and high schools and was the Science Instructional Coordinator for the secondary school science program in Virginia Beach. After a stint as curriculum coordinator for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement program at the College of William and Mary and statewide, she joined Regent University's Martinson Math and Science Center as the Project Director of Standards Within Integrated Real-World Learning. Dr. Anne Mannarino received her Doctor of Education Degree and Education Specialist Degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies. She earned her Masters in Science Education from the College of William and Mary and received her BS. in Environmental Biology from London University, England. Anne volunteers as an environmental facilitator for national programs such as Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Project Wet and also volunteers as director of Region 2 Virginia Association of Science Teachers.​ Anne began working with VBCCC when she was an educator in Va Beach schools and involved her students in local environmental activities.


Monika Phillips

VBCCC Commissioner

Monika Phillips is originally from Germany. She has an A.S. Degree in Business from TCC and B.S. Degree in Business/ Major Accounting from ODU, Norfolk. She has gained some volunteer experience in the school system helping out in the library and assisting teachers. Becoming greener and supporting the goals of the environmental movement that seeks to improve quality of the natural environment is very important to her. She is committed to help reduce pollution. Ultimately making better choices, learning and adapting to new ideas in achieving the goal to protect quality of life and natural habitats is her mission.

Josie Sprague


Josie Sprague​ is a retired high school business teacher from California. In addition to volunteering for the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Josie volunteers at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center as a docent. Josie feels that her role as a commissioner, and at the Aquarium, is an opportunity to ​educate about environmental issues.



Debbie Greenfield is a retired teacher and principal who moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She holds a BA in Sociology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Western Carolina University. She also volunteers at the The Virginia Beach library teaching adults with developmental disabilities to read. Debbie joined the VBCCC in 2016 to focus of creating a clean environment for future generations and educating about recycling.

Julie Searcy


​Julie Searcy worked as an Environmental Health Specialist, Senior, at the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Beach District after attending Old Dominion University, earning a B.S. in Geography with a Natural Resource Management emphasis. After participating in Clean the Bay Day for many years, helping with groups participating in Adopt- A- Highway program, and getting involved with by participating in the Helping Hands program, Julie was appointed a VBCCC Commissioner in October, 2016.  Julie says she is most rewarded by working along with other community members to clean up litter from our beaches, roadways, and other areas that have been littered, in order to provide a healthier environment for people and wildlife.​

​​Jennifer Powell

VBCCC​ Commissioner

​Jennifer Powell served ten years active duty U.S. Navy and is a current active member of the U.S. Navy Reserves. She was certified as an instructor, qualified as a Master Training Specialist and the leading supervisor for advanced and basic training divisions at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC). Early in her career she was a Law Enforcement Specialist, stationed in Groton, CT and in the Middle East providing force protection for U.S. Armed Forces assets, property and personnel. She was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal in 2011, Sailor of the Year in 2010, Instructor of the Year in 2009, three Navy Achievement Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various awards and citations for her volunteer involvement in the community. ​​

Following active military service, she transitioned to a Police Officer, and Jennifer is currently employeed with the City of Chesapeake. 

Jennifer Powell has Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice, Associates of Arts in Computer Studies, and a Certificate in Correctional Administration from University of Maryland University College, MD. She completed the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy and received her Law Enforcement Officer Certification in 2012. 

​She's volunteered in organizations at almost every duty station while active duty Navy for 10 years. In this area shes volunteered with the Aquarium, Special Olympics, Foodbank of Southwestern Virginia, Samaritan House, J&A Racing Events (Shamrock, Rock n Roll ½ Marathon), Fallen Heroes Freedom Festival and Life Rolls On (surfing event). Jennifer loves being connected with the community and giving back through generosity. 


 Keep Virginia Beach Beautiful

The Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission serves as the governing body of the Virginia Beach Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate. KAB welcomed Virginia Beach to its expanding nationwide, community-based network of affiliates, Tuesday, February 25, 201​4, in City Council Chambers.  Susan Burkhardt, KAB Affiliate Marketing and Training Senior Director, addresse​​​d the Virginia ​Beach City Council to make the announcement.
The VBCCC and Keep Virginia Beach Beautiful will provide numerous community greening and litter reduction-related volunteer opportunities.​​​​​​​​




 Meeting Minutes

The Com​mission meets on bi-monthly basis. These meetings are held the second Thursdays in January, March, May,  July, September, and November of each year. These evening meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Virginia Beach Landscape Management building, at 4141 Dam Neck Road.​ 
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