The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is led by the State Board of Directors.  This group provides legal and fiduciary oversight, approving the budget, setting the strategic direction, and providing supervision and direction for the executive.  State Board committees include Development and Marketing, Finance, and Governance.

VCIC’s chapters are local advisory committees based in Lynchburg, Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater.  Learn More …

 

STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

The State Board of Directors provides primary oversight of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.  These individuals volunteer their time, talent and expertise to lead the organization.  Current members are:

Chair

J. Benjamin English
Hirschler

Vice Chair

James R. Spencer
U.S. District Court, Retired

Secretary

Elizabeth M. Panilaitis
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Treasurer

Chris S. Zambas
Community Volunteer

Immediate Past Chair

Chavis W. Harris
Newport News Shipbuilding – HII

Members

Hadeel M. Abouhasira
Williams Mullen

Grant L. Azdell
Randolph-Macon College

Charlie C. Boyd, Jr.
BWX Technologies, Inc.

John S. Capps
Central Virginia Community College

M. Imad Damaj
Islamic Center of Virginia

Miriam R. Davidow
Community Volunteer

ReNeé S. Dunman
Old Dominion University

Melissa K. Early
SunTrust Bank

Martin A. Einhorn
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.

Mekbib L. Gemeda
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Jodi K. Gillette
Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.

Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas
Dominion Energy

Ashby C. Kilgore
Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Derek Polley
Mass Mutual Commonwealth

Kathryn M. Pumphrey
Centra Foundation, Retired

Quan T. Schneider
Altria Group Distribution Company

Baljit S. Sidhu
Sikh Association of Central Virginia, Inc.

Aaron D. Smith
University of Lynchburg

T. K. Somanath
Community Volunteer

Joycelyn Spight Roache
Old Point National Bank

Alexis N. Swann
Wells Fargo Bank

 

Emeritus

David D. Burhans
University of Richmond, Retired

 

LOCAL CHAPTER MEMBERS

 

Local chapter members are the “eyes and ears” of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, identifying program opportunities, supporting the Humanitarian Awards Dinners by securing chairs, selecting honorees, and selling tables, and making sure that VCIC is well-connected in the communities we serve.

The Lynchburg Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides direction and support with a particular focus on the greater Lynchburg community.  In addition to planning the annual Lynchburg Humanitarian Awards Dinner, the local chapter supports the organization’s programming and outreach efforts.  Current officers and members are:

Chair

James W. Wright
Genworth Financial

Vice Chair

Jodi K. Gillette
Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.

Secretary

Shanda K. Horner
Community Volunteer

Immediate Past Chair

Nathaniel X. Marshall
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Members

Dori Baker
Author & Speaker

Charlie C. Boyd, Jr.
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Ally D. Davis
Liberty University

Georgia M. Delbridge
Community Volunteer

Bert Dodson, Jr.
Dodson Pest Control

Kenneth R. Garren
University of Lynchburg

Ellen S. Gross
Central Virginia Community College, Retired

Hermina W. Hendricks
Randolph College

John R. Nimon
Agudath Sholom Congregation

Bruce D. Phipps
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Inc.

Kathryn M. Pumphrey
Centra Foundation, Retired

Dennis S. Roberts
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Lila A. Rosenthal
Community Volunteer

Marc A. Schewel
Schewel Furniture Company

Marjette G. Upshur
City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development

Charles B. White
Pettyjohn, Wood & White, Inc.

Sterling A. Wilder
Jubilee Family Development Center

Gloria T. Witt
Define Success Coaching and Facilitation Services, LLC

Meredith J. Woo
Sweet Briar College

The Peninsula Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides direction and support with a particular focus on the greater Peninsula community. In addition to planning the annual Peninsula Humanitarian Awards Dinner, the local chapter supports the organization’s programming and outreach efforts. Current officers and members are:

Chair

Donna E. Woods
Hampton City Schools

Vice Chair

Eugene M. Jordan, II
Old Point Trust

Secretary

Wayne D. Lett
Newport News Public SchoolsRetired

Immediate Past Chair

Chris S. Zambas
Community Volunteer

Members

Marika E. Anthony
Educator, Retired

Hugh J. Barlow
Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P.

Golden H. Bethune-Hill
The Community Free Clinic of Newport News

Tracy S. Brooks
Newport News Public Schools

Valerie C. Butler
Realtor

Sam C. Canavos
Community Volunteer

George Chioros
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

M. Denise Counce
TowneBank

W. Vidal Dickerson
Christopher Newport University

W. Fanchon Glover
College of William & Mary

Norma B. Harvey
Hampton University

Howard E. Heard
Emmanuel Baptist Church

Patricia A. Heath
Patty Heath Insurance Agency

Syed Ismail
Muslim Community of Tidewater

C. W. Johnson
Daily Press

Trevion D. Jones
U.S. Air Force

Guy G. Levy
Levy Dental Group

Kris Rarig
Thomas Nelson Community College

Don Roberts
WAVY-TV 10

Robert G. Saunders
Hunter Law Firm

William T. Saunders, Jr.
Wells Fargo Advisors

Ward Scull, III
Virginia Transfer & Storage Co.

Edith G. White
Hampton Roads Community Action Program

Nhu Q. Yeargin
Yeargin Landscape Services, Inc.

The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides direction and support with a particular focus on the greater Richmond community. In addition to planning the annual Richmond Humanitarian Awards Dinner, the local chapter supports the organization’s programming and outreach efforts. Current officers and members are:

Chair

Dwight Jones
LeClairRyan

Vice Chair

Lesley H. Bruno
Institute for Contemporary Art

Secretary

Sharon Amoss
InnerWill Leadership Institute

Immediate Past Chair

Richard L. Thalhimer
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Inc.

Members

M. Imad Damaj
Islamic Center of Virginia

Miriam R. Davidow
Community Volunteer

Melissa K. Early
SunTrust Bank

Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick
Department of Criminal Justice Services

Hollee R. Freeman
MathScience Innovation Center

Wendell B. Fuller
Fuller Wealth Advisors

Ghazala F. Hashmi
Reynolds Community College

Patrick C. Kinlaw
Henrico County Public Schools, Retired

D. Mason Lecky
St. Christopher’s School

Erin Lessin Mahone
#IfYouCouldSeeMe: Stories for Change 

Gary A. Mance
Wells Fargo Bank

JoAnn McCaffrey
Bon Secours Richmond – East

Steven T. McCarther
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Jo S. Murphy
Virginia Commonwealth University

John G. Myers, Jr.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Inc., Retired

Patricia W. Plaisted
Community Volunteer

Cristina Domínguez Ramírez
Henrico County Public Library

Thomas Raper
Anthem Virginia HealthKeepers

Kimberly A. Ross
Consultant

Mona Hafeez Siddiqui
Virginia Office of the Attorney General

The Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities provides direction and support with a particular focus on the South Hampton Roads community. In addition to planning the annual Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner, the local chapter supports the organization’s programming and outreach efforts. Current officers and members are:

Chair

Martin A. Einhorn
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.

First Vice Chair

Sara Jo Rubin
Rubin Communications Group

Second Vice Chair

Melvin T. Blackwell
Little Zion Baptist Church

Secretary

Robin A. Mancoll
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Immediate Past Chair

Kelly T. Jackson
Virginia Wesleyan University

Members

Carolyn A. Abron-McCadden
Community Volunteer

Colleen R. Brennan
City of Virginia Beach

Joan Bryan
TowneBank

Albert G. Butzer, III
First Presbyterian Church

Somya Dwivedi-Burks
Somya trains, LLC

Bernard I. Einhorn
Community Volunteer

Chas Ferguson
Atkinson Realty

S. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Old Dominion University

Delores “Dee-Dee” Gee
DDG Media Consulting

Catherine X. Heben
KPMG

Mark A. Johnson
SunTrust Bank

J. Jerry Kantor
Community Volunteer

Elsie Harold Lans
Norfolk Public Schools

Barbara Hamm Lee
Sharing Info, LLC

Eleanor L. Lipkin
Community Volunteer

Charles V. McPhillips
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

Saher Mirza
Community Volunteer

Jeanne B. Natali
Tidewater Community College

Cecelia T. Tucker
Old Dominion University

Gregory S. Zittrain
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Nominate a Board/Chapter Member

You may nominate a prospective member for VCIC’s State Board or one of the chapters at any time.  Nominees are reviewed each spring by the officers of the Board and Chapters.  Those who are invited to be new members serve 3-year terms beginning on July 1 of each year.  Contact Jonathan Zur, President & CEO, with questions.

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