Mr. Irby was born and raised in the foothills of Virginia. He has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Business Education. He attended graduate school at the University of Virginia where he earned a Master's Degree in Education in School Counseling and Community Agency Counseling. His experiences in counseling extend from pre-k to grade 12. Mr. Irby has been married for nearly 25 years. Along with his wife, he has served "in loco parentis" (Latin for "in the place of a parent") for children requiring care. In his time off he and his wife enjoy their 3 pet cats, taking walks, kayaking and travel.