Meet the Team

Ridge Schuyler | Dean, Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, PVCC

Ridge serves as dean of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s new Community Self-Sufficiency Programs, which uses a peer network to identify people being left behind in our economy, and provides the training and supports they need to find quality employment in our community. He connects real people to real jobs so they can realize their potential.

Ridge Schuyler graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia School of Law. Ridge spent 10 years on Capitol Hill serving as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher and chief policy Aadvisor to U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. In 2011, Ridge published the Orange Dot Report which analyzed the economic struggles facing a considerable portion of Charlottesville’s families and suggested solutions. Ridge founded and directs the Charlottesville Works Initiative, a partnership between the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Virginia Community College, to implement those solutions.

Frank Squillace |Director of Employer Relations, PVCC

Frank Squillace serves as the Director of Employer Relations for the Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Self-Sufficiency Network to Work program. His focus is on encouraging local employers to offer quality employment to the network of job seekers in central Virginia. 

Frank graduated from Saint Bonaventure University and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.  Frank has over 35 years of administrative experience in various positions. He has specialized in operations, relationship-building and customer service.  He was instrumental in establishing several of the programs, services and networking at Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Church of the Incarnation and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, all in Charlottesville.  

Frank is originally from Syracuse, New York and enjoys spending time with his wife Jane, his two children and four step-children, reading, sports and playing cello in his rock band, 180 (http://180music.net).

Sarah Mendoza | Peer Network Coordinator, PVCC

Sarah serves at the Peer Network Coordinator for the PVCC Network2Work program. She is passionate about supporting Peers so that more Job Seekers may access better paying jobs and the resources they need along the way to become self-sufficient. 

A social worker by training, Sarah has served in various social work sectors such as child protective services, community development, housing for military veterans and Great Expectations before joining the N2Work Team. She served in the Peace Corps from 2007 to 2009 and describes it as “one of the best experiences of my life."

Sarah is passionate about social justice, eradicating poverty, and empowering the most vulnerable amongst us. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Edgar, traveling, meeting new people, and cooking. She hopes to one day open up her own business and build a foundation that will donate towards programs and organization that promote social justice and the eradication of poverty. Sarah currently serves as the vice president of the Virginia chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America and is a member of the Foster Care & Adoption Awareness Coalition of the Piedmont Region.

Rebecca "Becky" Payton | Adult Career Coach, PVCC

Becky has over 15 years of experience as a career counselor and job coach with high school and adult education job seekers. She can advise and provide the tools to assist a job seeker to present themselves in a professional manner for that first impression and for continued success for the career of their choosing. She recently relocated from West Virginia where she worked for 12 years as the career development consultant in an adult education program. She enjoys camping and hiking and is looking forward to exploring and getting to know the Charlottesville area and meeting you.

Amanda Key | Peer, PVCC

Amanda has over 11 years working in the human services field in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys working with individuals from all economic backgrounds and has a passion for working and advocating for individuals with disabilities. When not busy at work, Amanda enjoys spending time volunteering in the community and spending time with her family.

Victoria Maxey | Administrative Assistant, PVCC

Victoria started as an Enrollment Specialist with PVCC Workforce Services, and has made a smooth transition to Administrative Assistant with the Community Self-Sufficiency Programs. She has a strong desire to help others, which makes the position she holds in the program a great fit. She and her husband have three beautiful children, whom they truly adore. She also has a passion for fashion and interior design.