Virginia Cardinal Award

The Virginia Cardinal Award is VASBO's premier recognition given to one of its members each year for exemplifying professionalism, leadership, and innovation in the field of school business management. The award winner is announced at the Spring VASBO conference. The winner also attends the Southeast Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) the following year and is recognized as the Outstanding School Business Official for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nominations are accepted year round but close on March 1st for the current award year. If you know a member of VASBO (even those on the current Board) who has made a significant impact in local and state school business finance, please complete the Cardinal Award Nomination Form by March 1st.

As we have every year since 2009, VASBO members nominate some of their outstanding peers for recognition. The 14th Cardinal Award winner is Christina Berta, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations for Hanover County Public Schools. 

Christina Berta serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations for Hanover County Public Schools and has over 15 years of experience in school business management. In her current role, she serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the district and provides supervision and oversight for the departments of transportation, school nutrition, school facilities, budget and finance, technology, and the education foundation.

“Her credibility in her role is vital to both the immediate and long-term success of the school division. We take seriously our motto, “A Tradition of Excellence,” and Christina Berta has both maintained and enhanced that proud tradition” said Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Gill. “Her results have included a unanimous vote of approval on her first budget, support for the largest raise for educators in the county in decades, community support for the design of a new elementary school, and the trust of all with whom she works.”

Christina has been an integral part of VASBO for many years as she has served as a colleague, friend, and mentor to countless school business officials across the state. As past President of the organization, her leadership continues to serve as a model for VASBO members. 

Congratulations Christina on being the 2022 Cardinal Award Winner!


Christina P. Berta

2022 Cardinal Award Recipient  

 Cardinal Award Winners

2009 Edith Williams - Richmond County
2010 James Meyer - Spotsylvania County
2011 David Cline - Prince William County
2012 William Flaherty - Spotsylvania County
2013 Dennis Jarrett - York County
2014 Penny Hodge - Roanoke County
2015 Lisa Frye - Frederick County
2016 Joanne Wright - King and Queen County
2017 Tina Cropp - Madison County
2018  Bill Bowen - York County
2019 Krista Kelly - Manassas Park City Schools
2020 Marcia Stevens - Caroline County
2021 E. Brook Thomas - Northampton County
2022 Christina P. Berta - Hanover County