The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has proudly recognized the following individuals and organizations at the Richmond Chapter Humanitarian Awards Dinners (biographical information accurate at the time the award was presented):

 

Heidi W. Abbott (2014)
Theodore F. Adams (1964)
Susan W. Adolf (2017)
Alex Alexander (1995)
Richard A. Arenstein (2002)
ART 180 (2017)
Patricia M. Asch
(2005)
Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.** (1992)
Edward L. Ayers (2014)
Tommy P. Baer (2010)
Willard Bailey (2006)
Gerald L. Baliles (1994)
Jeannie P. Baliles (1994)
Kathleen Burke Barrett (2013)
Viola O. Baskerville (2009)
Martin P. Beifield, Jr.++ (2013)
Nancy R. Belleman (2012)
Adrian L. Bendheim (1965)
Joseph B. Benedetti (1990)
Myron Berman (1977)
Peter J. Bernard (2009)
James F. Betts (1986)
Cora Marie Billings (2001)
Virgie M. Binford (1998)
Anthony J. Binga, Sr. (1985)
Robert P. Black (1991)
Lawrence E. Blanchard, Jr. (1989)
Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (1978)
Thomas J. Bliley, Sr. (1970)
Brian K. Blount (2017)
William C. Boinest (2000)
Bon Secours Richmond Health System* (1999)
Lewis T. Booker (1997)
Raymond H. Boone (2002)
Thomas C. Boushall (1965)
Andrew J. Brent (1992)
J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr. (2006)
Lucille M. Brown (1992)
Charles F. Bryan Jr. (2008)
Thomas P. Bryan, Jr. (1977)
Esther M. & Rudolph H. Bunzl (2003)
David D. Burhans (2008)
Robert L. Burrus, Jr. (2001)
Alice Calloway (1984)
Benjamin P. Campbell (2000)
A. Dale Cannady (2007)
Thomas Cannon (1978)
Charles M. Caravati (1976)
CarMax* (2013)
Mary Tyler Cheek (1985)
Thomas N. Chewning (2005)
Adele Clark (1967)
Community Learning Week* (1997)
Congregation Beth Ahabah*   (1995)
Arthur Dennis Conrad (1999)
Moska B. Constantino (1980)
Patricia B. Coukos (1985)
Donald T. Cowles (2011)
Dorothy N. Cowling (1976)
Walter W. Craigie, Sr. (1969)
James S. Cremins (1985)
Mr. & Mrs. Morrill M. Crowe (1968)
Lisa D. Cumbey (2016)
Virginius Dabney (1971)
John J. Daly (1963)
M. Imad Damaj (2013)
Claude R. Davenport, Sr. (1967)
Miriam R. Davidow (2011)
Frederick Deane, Jr. (1990)
Willie Jones Dell++(2011)
Samuel H. Dibert (1994)
Desmond Diggs+ (2005)
Constantine N. Dombalis (1974)
Hung Ching “Dick” Du (2004)
James W. Dunn (2012)
Elk Hill* (2010)
John M. Ellison (1968)
Emanuel Emroch (1974)
Sadie E. Engelberg (1978)
Michael D. Estes (1988)
Anne Fischer (1989)
Harold Fitrer (2016)
P. James Flamming (2001)
Jesse E. Fleming (1986)
Fred Fletcher (1966)
Francis M. Foster Sr. (2004)
Richard W. Foster (1977)
W. Brooks George (1988)
Ariel L. Goldburg (1964)
Frances T. Goldman (2000)
Reuben Goldman (1968)
Henry R. Gonner (1983)
William H. & Alice T. Goodwin** (2005)
Robert L. Gordon, Jr. (1973)
Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr. (2009)
Harry Grandis (1990)
Roger L. Gregory (1997)
Barbara Radcliffe Grey (2016)
Robert J. Grey, Jr. (2005)
Marjorie N. Grier (2011)
Raymond Gross (1991)
Jerome Gumenick (1998)
Ernest M. Gunzburg (1983)
Robert J. Habenicht (1969)
John H. Hager (2002)
William C. Hall, Jr. (2012)
Brenton S. Halsey (2007)
Adrian W. Harmening (1992)
Grace E. Harris (2004)
Monroe E. Harris, Jr. (2011)
William A. Harrison, Jr. (2017)
E. Bruce Heilman (1999)
Herbert L. and Mildred Millhiser Heltzer (2006)
Vernard W. Henley (1979)
David M. Hicks (2000)
Oliver W. Hill, Sr. (1982)
Edward S. Hirschler (1986)
Helen P. Horwitz (1988)
S. Harold Horwitz (1988)
John Howlette (1995)
Edwin Hyde (1972)
Israel Ipson (1991)
Allix B. James (1975) (2009++)
Susie N. James (1996)
Joseph A. Jennings (1979)
Jewish Family Services* (2015)
Dwight C. Jones (1999)
Miles J. Jones (1983)
Timothy M. Kaine (2000)
Malcolm Kalman (1992)
Stewart Kasen (1995)
John C. Kenny (1993)
Maria F. Keritsis (1988)
Neil S. Kessler (2014)
John W. Kinney++ (2010)
Alan I. Kirshner (2001)
Philip W. Klaus (1970)
Nathaniel & Amy Krumbein (1993)
Elizabeth B. Lacy (1991)
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin L. Lambert, Jr. (1980)
Benjamin L. Lambert, III (1993)
Charlotte Lange (2005)
J. Christopher Lansing (2004)
Melvin D. Law (2003)
Alexander Lebenstein (2009)
Gail L. Letts (2017)
Harry Lyons (1966)
Gus D. Mandaleris (1982)
Steven A. Markel (2004)
Anthony Marmarou (1998)
Harold M. Marsh, Sr. (1997)
Henry L. Marsh, III (1994)
Maureen Denlea Massey (2010)
Irving May (1963)
C. Coleman McGehee (1986)
John J. McGurn (1973)
Austin McLeod+ (2005)
John J. McMahon (1971)
Delores L. McQuinn (2013)
Peter & Susan Mellette (1987)
Robert R. Merhige, Jr.* (1987)
Charles Millhiser, II (1981)
George M. Modlin (1970)
John V. Moeser (2015)
T. Justin Moore, Jr. (1984)
J. Earl Moreland (1966)
Charles M. Morrison (1984)
Joseph J. Muldowney (1974)
Cynthia I. Newbille (2014)
Paul Nichols (1988)
Amy P. Nisenson (2013)
Mrs. W. Sarsfield Nott (1982)
Neilson J. November (1976)
Marvin Jackson Null (1991)
Darcy S. Oman (2008)
James & Helen Parthemos (1986)
Philip Morris USA* (2004)
Catherine S. Plotkin (2007)
Lewis F. Powell, Jr.** (1982)
Heath K. Rada (1998)
Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. (2003)
Richmond Theological Consortium* (2001)
C. David Robbins (2006)
Walter S. Robertson (1963)
William B. Robertson (1972)
Lawrence E. Roffman (1985)
Martha F. Rollins (2012)
Claire M. Rosenbaum (1999)
Gilbert M. Rosenthal (1982)
ROSMY* (2014)
Thomas L. Ruffin (1982)
John J. Russell (1964)
Muhammad S. Sahli (2003)
Anne P. Satterfield (1997)
W. Harry Schwarzschild (1969)
S. Buford Scott (1981)
Ranjit K. Sen (2010)
David T. Shannon (1981)
Robert J. Shine, Jr. (1981)
Stuart C. Siegel (1996)
Thomas A. Silvestri (2015)
Mark B. Sisisky (2008)
Florence Neal Cooper Smith** (2014)
Frank Soden (1977)
T.K. Somanath (2011)
George Spanos (1984)
James R. and Margaret P. Spencer** (2015)
Nicholas A. Spinella (1980)
Jack D. Spiro (1975)
John S. Spong (1975)
LaVerne B. Spurlock (2010)
St. Joseph’s Villa* (2009)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church* (2016)
Anne Y. Sternheimer (1997)
Mark A. Sternheimer (1997)
Wallace Stettinius (1994)
Harold P. Straus (1994)
Mary Ellen Stumpf (1998)
Walter F. Sullivan (1975)
Lee C. Tait (1983)
Shantaram K. Talegaonkar (2012)
Richard J. Tarrant (1989)
Robert L. Taylor (1974)
Morton G. Thalhimer, Jr. (1979)
Morton G. Thalhimer, Sr. (1967)
William B. Thalhimer, Jr. (1971)
Frank J. Thornton (2007)
William S. Thornton (1989)
Richard G. Tilghman (1993)
Larry E. Tolpi (1999)
Clarence L. Townes, Jr. (1987)
Eugene P. Trani (1995)
Samuel Z. Troy (1980)
James E. Ukrop (2006)
Robert S. Ukrop (2006)
Ukrop’s Super Markets* (1993)
Henry L. Valentine, II (1996)
Jacob M. & Saul Viener (1972)
Virginia Historical Society* (2002)
Virginia Holocaust Museum* (2000)
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts* (2003)
Virginia Power* (1996)
Wyatt Tee Walker (2008)
Hays Watkins (1995)
Lance D. Watson (2016)
Thelma Bland Watson (2015)
James L. Weinberg (2016)
Jay M. Weinberg (1984)
E. Ayn Welleford (2017)
Marilyn House West (2012)
James C. Wheat, Jr. (1978)
Anne Marie Whittemore (1996)
L. Douglas Wilder** (1990)
Henry I. Willett (1976)
Geline B. Williams (1979)
Michael Paul Williams (2012)
Paul D. Williams (1965)
Hortense B. Wolf (1987)
Samuel S. Wurtzel (1973)
Michel S. Zajur (2002)

* indicates Distinguished Merit Citation
** indicates Distinguished Virginian Award
+ indicates Brotherhood Youth Award

++ indicates Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding


Heidi W. Abbott (2014) – Ms. Abbott touches many aspects of Richmond life with her compassion and generous spirit. As board chair of the Richmond Police Foundation, she raised money for initiatives such as a Violence-Free Zone at George Wythe High School and graduation dresses for Richmond students who experience homelessness. She also participates in weekend outreach at Creighton Court public housing. Ms. Abbott is active in Higher Achievement and other efforts that enhance the education and life chances of city students. (back to top)


Theodore F. Adams (1964) – Adopted son of Virginia, distinguished pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church since 1936, dynamic President of the Baptist World Alliance, 1955-1960, nationally known author, recipient of honorary degrees from nine colleges, trustee or director of college, hospital and welfare organizations, servant of his fellow man, longtime spokesman for the ideal of the Brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. (back to top)


Susan W. Adolf (2017) – Susan Weiner Adolf is a long-time Richmond leader, volunteer, and advocate for children and the Jewish community. As part owner of her family’s business, Saxon Shoes, she supported special projects like Shoes for the Needy and Bright Beginnings. Susan exemplifies the value of “paying it forward” through her involvement with projects like the Student Division of the Jewish Federation Campaign, where she teaches Jewish youth the importance of giving, or Tzedakah. She and her husband also work to support the LGBTQ community by holding meetings and programs at Adolf Jewelers. Susan is excited to be involved with Dancing Classrooms of Richmond, an organization teaching children social awareness and self-esteem through dance. (back to top)


Richard A. Arenstein (2002) – Richard A. Arenstein, president of Arenstein and Associates, a real estate development and investment firm, also serves his community as president of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. He began his career in Florida as a news and sportscaster, before moving into the public relations field. Returning to Richmond, Ric entered his family’s real estate business and began taking an active role in the community. A leader in areas of growth and development, Ric recently directed a multi-million dollar campaign for the renovation and expansion of the Jewish Community Center of Richmond. He chaired the site selection committee for the Children’s Museum of Richmond, securing the present location adjacent to the Science Museum of Virginia. His additional Board activities currently include the United Way Services, Temple Beth-El, the Richmond Jewish Foundation, the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine Foundation, and the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board. (back to top)


ART 180* (2017) – ART 180’s mission is to give young people in challenging circumstances the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others. Founded in 1998, the organization engages Richmond’s most vulnerable youth by using art as a means for positive youth development, building resiliency and linking individual growth with the emergence of social responsibility. They then invite the community to engage through their public exhibitions, showcases and events. ART 180 builds inclusive community by bringing people together who might not normally intersect, and it encouraging them to communicate – through their art, and through conversation. (back to top)


Patricia M. Asch (2005) – A native of New York City, Patricia M. Asch earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University. After a “temporary” move to Richmond in 1957, she devoted her energies to volunteering with a variety of agencies, including Jewish Family Services and Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. Pat entered the paid workforce in 1974 in a part-time position at VCU, then spent 10 years as Executive Director of the YWCA, helping to position the agency as a champion and provider of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. After a brief retirement, she became Director of the Soviet Settlement Program at Jewish Family Services, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Jackson Foundation, helping to support over 150 agencies in the Richmond area. Pat chaired a capital campaign to restore the YWCA’s historic Richmond building and has volunteered service to Congregation Beth Ahabah, United Way, Big Sisters of Richmond and many others. She is the mother of two married sons and grandmother of five. (back to top)


Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.** (1992) – Mr. Ashe is a native of Richmond who now resides in New York, and a graduate of UCLA. He is one of the most renowned players in the history of tennis including Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles. His activities include serving as Chairman of the Tennis Advisory Staff of Head Sports USA, tennis director for the Doral Resort and Country Club in Miami, Fla., tennis commentator for ABC television, HBO, and host of the syndicated television series “The Other Side of Victory.” In addition to his charitable activities, he has been outspoken in support of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. From lecture to promotional appearance to fund-raising exhibition, he brings dignity to each of his endeavors. He remains, first and foremost, the class of his profession. (back to top)


Edward L. Ayers (2014) – Dr. Ayers is president of University of Richmond as well as a noted historian, teacher, and author. Under his leadership, the University has increased enrollment of American students of color, first-generation college students, and public school students. Dr. Ayers seeks to bring people to a common ground of understanding regarding our shared history. His public history involvement includes the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Future of Richmond’s Past, the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War Commission, and inclusive conversations to advance a better understanding of Richmond’s shared history. (back to top)


Tommy P. Baer (2010) – Partner in the law firm Canfield, Baer & Heller LLP. His family fled Germany to escape the evils of Adolf Hitler. Bringing about fairness and confronting injustice is where Tommy’s dedication lies. While honorary international president of B’nai B’rith, he played a vital role in bringing to justice the brutal commandant of the Croatian concentration camp where Jews, Gypsies and others were killed by the most barbaric methods. As President of B’nai B’rith International, he met with countless world leaders including President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Madelyn Albright, Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, Tony Blair and Jordan’s King Hussein, just to name a few. His work in the Richmond community has included the First Freedom Center, the Jewish Federation of Richmond and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. When asked what motivates him to give of himself to the community, Tommy shared, “Primarily, the desire to express, through deeds, my gratitude to the United States for providing me and my family a safe haven during the Holocaust period.”(back to top)


Willard Bailey (2006) – A native of Suffolk, Virginia, Willard Bailey earned his undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree from New York University. A CIAA Hall of Famer and “winningest” football coach, he has coached for 32 years in CIM territory, including 9 seasons at Norfolk State University, 22 seasons at Virginia Union University and is currently in his second season at Saint Paul’s College. In over three decades of college coaching, Coach Bailey has mentored many outstanding people. His student-athletes have gone on to become professional athletes, obtain solid occupations and become pillars of their communities. He inaugurated and directs the “Win-Win Program for Youth Enrichment”, which is designed to educate Virginia’s youth about the four major maladies that affect them: AIDS, accidents, suicide, and homicide. Coach Bailey is a state ambassador for the Jason Foundation for Suicide Prevention, participates with the International Mission of World Visions’ Adopt-A-Child program, and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, NAACP, and the National Urban League.(back to top)


Gerald L. Baliles (1994) – Former Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles is a partner in the Administrative Law and Business Practice Groups of Hunton and Williams and is a member of the Environmental and Corporate and Securities teams. As Virginia’s chief advocate for economic development and improved trading relationships, Governor Baliles led eight trade and business development missions overseas. Baliles was Attorney General of Virginia from 1982 to 1985. In 1993, the former governor received a Presidential appointment as Chairman of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong and Competitive Airline Industry. He currently is Chairman of the Commission on Educational Equality and Chairman of PBS. Baliles serves as a board member on New American Schools Development Corporation, The Atlantic Council of the United States, The United States Council for International Business, The Council on Foreign Affairs and the Washington Airports Task Force. He is a member of the corporate boards of Dibrell Brothers, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Corporation. (back to top)


Jeannie P. Baliles (1994) – Jeannie P. Baliles, a former high school teacher, holds a strong commitment to education. As Virginia’s First Lady, she devoted the greater part of her time and efforts to addressing the problems of adult illiteracy. Mrs. Baliles founded the Virginia Literacy Initiative, a two-part effort made up of both public and private components. She serves as Chairperson of both the Initiative and the Virginia Literacy Foundation, a non-profit endowment. In addition to her volunteer work with the Foundation, Jeannie Baliles currently serves on the local boards of Memorial Child Guidance Clinic Endowment, Metro Richmond 2000, The Richmond Ballet, Richmond Community High School, Trinity Episcopal School, The Valentine Museum and The YMCA. She is presently Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Committee of The Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Jeannie Baliles is married to former governor Gerald L. Baliles; they have two children, Laura Ashley and Jonathan Tabor. (back to top)


Kathleen Burke Barrett (2013) – A lifelong resident of her native Richmond, Kathleen Burke Barrett has served the community in countless and immeasurable ways. An avid fundraiser and cheerleader for a number of charitable causes, Kathleen is a proud graduate of St. Gertrude High School, an institution that helped instill in her a sense of community and the value of giving back. Having previously served as the CEO of the American Red Cross, Kathleen is now the chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Villa, a nonprofit serving some of the area’s most vulnerable children. Her desire to help charities through fundraising includes her work with the Red Cross, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Bon Secours, where she serves on their Foundation Board. Kathleen also raises money to free the wrongly imprisoned through DNA testing.  (back to top)


Viola O. Baskerville (2009) – A native Richmonder, Viola O. Baskerville is Secretary of Administration to Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine. She is the only African American female cabinet head in the administration. Her many years of public service include election as Vice Mayor of Richmond City Council and election to the Virginia House of Delegates. Among her most notable legislative achievements was establishment of educational scholarships for those locked out of Prince Edward County Public Schools, thus offering opportunities for adult learners to pursue educational goals. With an undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and a law degree from University of Iowa College of Law, she strongly believes in developing the next generation of political leaders. She has served on boards for Richmond YWCA and the Jenkins Foundation and now a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and UNOS Foundation President’s Council. Viola and her husband have two grown sons. (back to top)


Martin P. Beifield, Jr.++ (2013) – Considering his greatest contribution to the community his willingness and ability to “articulate, represent forcefully and stand proudly for the values and teachings of Judaism and the Jewish people,” Rabbi Martin P. Beifield, Jr. is inspired by generations of Rabbis who saw service to their community as an intrinsic part of their rabbinates and also the encouragement of a congregation which understands his involvement in the community. Rabbi Beifield is the Sophia and Nathan Gumenick Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Ahabah. He has been instrumental in growing Beth Ahabah’s work related to peace and justice issues, ensuring that all feel welcomed and that the temple is inclusive. He has also overseen a rapid expansion of Beth Ahabah’s programmatic and educational activities. Rabbi Beifield’s community work includes support of The New Israel Fund, Jewish Family Services of Richmond and Planned Parenthood.  (back to top)


Nancy R. Belleman (2012) – Currently chairman of the board of the Jenkins Foundation, Nancy Rosenthal Belleman also serves as co-chair of the Compassionate Community of Faison Centers of Excellence, and has been board president of Congregation Beth Ahabah. A graduate of Marymount High School, Dickinson College, and Virginia Commonwealth University, she has held leadership positions with United Way committees, the Memorial Guidance Clinic, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, and Orchard House School. Nancy’s dedication to the Jewish community is also evidenced through her work with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Jewish Community Center. (back to top)


Adrian L. Bendheim (1965) – Richmond Public Schools and the University of Virginia. One of the organizers of Richmond Chapter of NCCJ and served on its board many years. Twenty years as Board Member, Chairman of Finance, Sunday School and other committees of Congregation Beth Ahabah, of which his great grandfather was first president and his grandfather its first Rabbi. Now a trustee of Beth Ahabah and founder and server on many Jewish organizations. Member and past officer of many local, state, and national real estate organization. (back to top)


Myron Berman (1977) – Native of New York, graduate of Jewish Theological Seminary of New York with a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, dedicated rabbi, author and community leader, former Chaplain of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean crisis, spiritual leader of Temple Beth El since 1965, service on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary and Virginia Commonwealth University, past president of the Richmond Area Clergy Association and the Central Virginia Rabbinical Association, author of numerous articles in learned journals as well as Shabbat In Shockoe, a Bicentennial history of Richmond Jewry to be published in the Spring, recipient of the City’s Medallion from the Mayor of Richmond for positive work in race relations. (back to top)


Peter J. Bernard (2009) – Peter J. Bernard, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours Virginia, is committed to providing “world class” service to all. He has led the effort to provide specialized outreach programs for ethnic minority groups and established an interpreter training program. Services to vulnerable populations without health insurance have been expanded, such as the free clinic on the campus of St. Joseph’s Villa. Within Bon Secours facilities, support for spiritual care services draw from multiple faith traditions. After earning his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Peter received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the board of directors for a number of community-based entities including the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross, the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, and The Forum Club. Peter and his wife have four sons. (back to top)


James F. Betts (1986) – Director of Warring and Associates, a national management consulting firm. A former campaign chairman for the United Way of Greater Richmond. Also serves as a director of Dominion Resources, Inc. and of Central Fidelity Banks. He is a member of the parish council at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. Chairman of the crusade committee of the Virginia division of the American Cancer Society and serves on the board of visitors of Virginia Military Institute.  (back to top)


Cora Marie Billings (2001) – Cora Marie Billings has been a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas since 1956. She currently serves as Pastoral Coordinator of St. Elizabeth, Richmond, as well as Directress of the Office for Black Catholics. Her lifelong commitment to the field of improving human relations has led to involvement with ministries at both the high school and college level and to staff workshops around the U.S. on Catholicism in the black community. Working with the NCCJ since 1990, Sister Cora Marie has served as chair of the Richmond Chapter and has been an active director and promoter of the Metrotown program for many years. She holds the distinction of being the first African American woman in the nation to head a church as pastoral coordinator. This recognition led to her name being the response on a “Jeopardy” television broadcast:: “Who is Sister Cora Marie Billings?” (back to top)


Virgie M. Binford (1998) – Virgie Binford spent 37 years in the Richmond Public School system as a teacher, supervisor and director of various early childhood and elementary education programs. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Virginia Union University. She served as Federal Programs Monitor on the islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix for the Department of Education. She is actively involved in various community services such as the Richmond Nursing Home, Red Cross, YWCA, Juvenile Court and others. She is the international vice president of Pi Lambda Theta, an honor society in education. Dr. Binford has a consulting firm, I-U-CAN Company, marketing a variety of educational materials for use in homes, schools and community organizations.  (back to top)


Anthony J. Binga, Sr. (1985) – A native of Richmond, Virginia, he was educated at West Virginia State College where he received his B.S. degree. A graduate of L. C. Morse College of Embalming, he is the former President of the Virginia Morticians Association and Chairman of the Board of Scott Funeral Home. During World War II he served on the War Price and Rationing Board. An active member of his church, he has served on the Board of Deacons of All Souls Presbyterian Church. One of the first members of the Richmond Human Relations Commission, he has long been active in civic affairs serving on the Boards of the YMCA, The Salvation Army, The Virginia Community College System, The Richmond Community Hospital and The Bethlehem Center. (back to top)


Robert P. Black (1991) – Dr. Black is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned his B.A. in 1950 and his Ph.D. in 1955. He has served in various capacities at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond since 1954 and as it President since 1973. Dr. Black is currently contributing his time and energy to the community be serving as a board member or advisor to eighteen civic groups, charities and governmental advisory bodies. He has helped 39 charities, educational institutions, and other civic groups as an officer, board member, or lecturer. He has served his church, United Methodist, in numerous capacities. He is a member of five professional associations. He has made a lifelong commitment to Brother/Sisterhood through the strengthening of community institutions of good will. (back to top)


Lawrence E. Blanchard, Jr. (1989) – Lawrence E. Blanchard, Jr. is a native of Lumberton, North Carolina. He received his A.B. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School. He is a retired Vice Chairman of the Board of Ethyl Corporation. Mr. Blanchard has served throughout the community on various boards, such as the Board and Executive Committee of the Richmond Symphony, Advisory Council of the Robert E. Lee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a trustee of Randolph-Macon College, the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He is a past Chairman of the Richmond Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. (back to top)


Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (1978) – Native of Richmond, a graduate of Georgetown University, three years service as Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, outstanding community leader and businessman, president of Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Homes, elected to City Council and appointed Vice Mayor in 1968, Mayor of Richmond 1970-1977, past president of the Virginia Municipal League and board member of National League of Cities, service on boards of multiple business, educational and charitable organizations including among others the Metropolitan Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Central Richmond Association, VCU, Crippled Children’s Hospital, NCCJ and St. Mary’s Hospital, a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award of the Richmond Bar Association and the Civic Award of B’nai B’rith. (back to top)


Thomas J. Bliley, Sr. (1970) – Native of Richmond, B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Dayton, respected mortician and officer in family firm, humanitarian and leader in multiple religious, educational and charitable causes including service on the boards of the Richmond Home for Boys, the Catholic Family and Children’s Service and Secretary- Treasurer of Benedictine High School, Catholic Co-chairman of the Richmond NCCJ Chapter since 1960, a board member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. (back to top)


Brian K. Blount (2017) – Brian K. Blount is President and Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC. As a teacher, lecturer, theologian, and leader, Brian is a passionate and tireless advocate for interfaith dialogue and inclusion across many areas of difference. A graduate of Princeton Seminary, he is a leading national scholar of theology, cultural studies, and hermeneutics, the award-winning author of six books, and the co-editor of Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship. He is currently the President-Elect of both the Society of Biblical Literature and the Association of Theological Schools. (back to top)


William C. Boinest (2000) – William C. Boinest, Chairman Emeritus of Craigie Incorporated, has served his hometown of Richmond through a lifetime of professional, civic, educational and religious support. His skills in investment banking have extended to leadership in United Way campaigns, board memberships in Grace House and Stuart Circle Center, and chairmanship of Bon Secours Richmond Health Corp. Among other organizations which benefit from Mr. Boinest’s involvement are the American Red Cross Greater Richmond Chapter, the Library of Virginia, and the Regional Transportation Advisory Board. (back to top)


Bon Secours Richmond Health System* (1999) – Bon Secours Richmond Health System is represented by Sister Nancy Glynn, Sister President of the Board of Directors and Vice President for Mission at Richmond Community Hospital. In 1999, the Sisters of Bon Secours mark the 175th anniversary of their founding in Paris, France during the French Revolution. The not-for-profit health care system provides millions of dollars in charity care and community commitment services yearly to the Richmond area. Local operations include St. Mary’s Hospital, Stuart Circle Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, two senior living centers, Virginia HealthSource physician services company, 20 physician practices, a charitable foundation and numerous other healthcare services.(back to top)


Lewis T. Booker (1997) – Lewis T. Booker, a retired US Army Reserve Colonel, is an attorney with Hunton & Williams. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond, then received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Booker’s current civic activities include: the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, the Robins Foundation and the Richmond Symphony Council. He serves as counsel for the Christian Children’s Fund and the Baptist General Board of Virginia. In 1995, Booker received the Hunter Martin Professionalism Award from the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. (back to top)


Raymond H. Boone (2002) – Founder, editor and publisher of the Richmond Free Press, Raymond H. Boone is also founder and president of Paradigm Communications, as well as Imperial Building Property, LC. His career in journalism has reaped numerous awards for journalistic excellence and revealed him as a crusader for racial justice. As an associate professor of journalism at Howard University, he emphasized to his students fairness and diversity of opinions in writing. As a Pulitzer Prize juror, Ray’s efforts resulted in African-Americans and women being named to the Pulitzer Board at Columbia University. Under his leadership, the Richmond Free Press has been nationally recognized for its economic justice campaign. In 2000, Boone was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame for “exceptional achievement” as a veteran editor and executive, and in 2002, the United Negro College Fund recognized his “stellar achievements in education and public service.” (back to top)


Thomas C. Boushall (1965) – Graduate of University of North Carolina. Served in high banking circles here and abroad. One of the founders of Virginia Hospital Service Association. Served Richmond School Board; State Board of Education; Overseer of Sweet Briar College; member, Advisory Council on Educational Television of State of Virginia; Vice-chairman, Richmond City Library Board; member, National Institute of Social Sciences; many other civic boards and committees for the city and state governments. A founder of Richmond NCCJ Chapter. (back to top)


Andrew J. Brent (1992) – Mr. Brent is a native of Richmond and a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Undergraduate and Law Schools. He is a partner of the law firm of Christian, Barton, Epps, Brent & Chappell located in Richmond. He is a member of St. James’s Episcopal Church and an active leader therein. A veteran of World War Two, he served in the United States Navy from 1941-1946 retiring with the rank of Commander, USNR. Active in many community organizations, he has served as President of the Richmond Metro Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee of the United Way, and on the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. (back to top)


J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr. (2006) – J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr. retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in 2004, after serving as president for more than 10 years. In his 34-year career with the bank he held a variety of positions, including director of research. With an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and both master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University, Al earned an additional graduate degree as a Fulbright Fellow at University of Strasbourg, France, and also served in the U.S. Army for two years. He is currently a director of Albemarle Corporation, Faison Enterprises, Markel Corporation, Owens & Minor, and T. Rowe Price Group. A member of the board of visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, he is also a former chairman of the United Way of Greater Richmond. Active in civic work, Al serves on boards of directors or trustees for E. Angus Powell Endowment for American Enterprise, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Richmond Renaissance, St. Christopher’s School, the Tredegar National Civil War Center Foundation, VA Council on Economic Education, and the Virginia Historical Society.  (back to top)


Lucille M. Brown (1992) – Mrs. Brown is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Virginia Union University and Howard University where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She is Superintendent of the Richmond Public School System. A life long educator, she has been a teacher and administrator since 1954. She serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia Union University and the Board of Trustees of Garland Avenue Baptist Church. She has also served on the Boards of the Richmond Urban League, the Y.W.C.A., and the American Red Cross. She continues to be active in fund-raising and volunteer work for the United Negro College Fund. (back to top)


Charles F. Bryan Jr. (2008) – A native of Tennessee, Charles F. Bryan Jr. is a distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute, with a master’s degree from University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from University of Tennessee. As president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society since 1988, he has overseen the development of numerous exhibitions focusing on different religious, ethnic, and racial groups, and has ensured that every program tells a balanced and inclusive story. He has considerable experience as a teacher, lecturer, and speaker throughout the U.S. Bryan carries his beliefs in fairness, justice, and impartiality into his volunteer work in the Rotary Club of Richmond and in his church work. He and his wife Cammy have two married children and a grandson. (back to top)


Thomas P. Bryan, Jr. (1977) – Native of Richmond, graduate of the University of Virginia with an L.L.B. degree from the University of Richmond, a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II, able attorney, community leader and businessman, president of the United Way of Greater Richmond and board chairman of the Federated Arts Council of Richmond, former member of the House of Delegates, City Council and Mayor of Richmond 1954-56, a past president of the Richmond Community Action Program in addition to others, 1954 recipient of the Jaycees Distinguished Award as Outstanding Man of the Year, for the State of Virginia and the 1954 Good Government Award of the Richmond First Club, a former vestryman of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. (back to top)


Esther M. & Rudolph H. Bunzl (2003) – A native of Vienna, Austria, Esther M. Bunzl moved to Richmond from New York in 1971. Esther has been a dedicated community volunteer leader for over thirty years. Active in numerous organizations, she serves as a trustee for the United Way, Elk Hill Farm, and Cities in Schools. She is a founding member of the Richmond Children’s Museum and the Mary Anne Rennolds Concerts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her community service also involves the Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, the Federated Arts Council, and the Daily Planet. Like his wife, Rudolph H. Bunzl is a native of Vienna, Austria. A veteran of World War II, Rudy served this country in the United States Army. He began work for the Shell Chemical Corporation in California, coming to Richmond as a vice president of American Filtrona, where he later became president and chairman of the Board. Engaged in volunteer work and leadership, Rudy has served as a trustee of the Richmond Symphony Foundation, the World Affairs Council, and the VCU Foundation Board where he was president. Along with his wife Esther, they have established and continue to lead the R.E.B. Foundation. (back to top)


David D. Burhans (2008) – Chaplain emeritus of the University of Richmond, has served the University for thirty years, as chaplain, special assistant to the Office of Advancement, a member of the president’s senior staff, and a teacher in arts and sciences. A graduate of William Jewel College in Missouri, he received his doctoral degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Because of his special interest in the ministry of pastoral care, his work often involves people in crisis situations. He is an active counselor and speaker to diverse groups of people. In the community, Burhans is chairman emeritus of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ State Board and also serves on boards for Volunteer Emergency Families for Children and Virginia Holocaust Museum. He and his wife Ellen are parents of four adult children and grandparents of eleven. (back to top)


Robert L. Burrus, Jr. (2001) – A graduate of the University of Richmond, Robert L. Burrus, Jr. is currently Rector of the University’s Board of Trustees. He is a partner and served as Chairman of one of the largest law firms in the southeast, McGuireWoods LLP. His service to the Richmond community includes trusteeships with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Historical Society, Historic Richmond Foundation, Richmond Children’s Museum, and Circuit City Stores Foundation. At present he is a Director with CSX Corporation, Smithfield Foods, and S&K Famous Brands, to name a few. Active in Virginia concerns, Mr. Burrus has served on the State Council on Higher Education as the Chairman of the Council and on the Governor’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Recognized for outstanding community service, Mr. Burrus is the recipient of the 4-H Club Alumni Award, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Silver Hope Award, and the Charles S. Rhyne Award from Duke University. (back to top)


Alice Calloway (1984) – A native of Richmond, she was educated at Virginia Union University where received her B.A. in Sociology and at Fisk University where she received her M.A. in Sociology. A dedicated educator, she has served on the faculties of Virginia Union University and Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her educational concerns lead to serving two terms on the Richmond School Board during which time she helped to bring about an orderly process of desegregation within the context of quality education. Active in community programs, she has served as a Commissioner of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, on the boards of the Richmond Urban League, the Richmond Council on Human Relations, the Virginia Center for the Performing Arts, Leadership Metro Richmond and numerous others. (back to top)


Benjamin P. Campbell (2000) – The Reverend Benjamin P. Campbell is Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill, an ecumenical Christian community and retreat center on Church Hill in Richmond. As an ordained Episcopal priest, he has served on the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in several capacities. Mr. Campbell has directed two non-profit organizations, Richmond Urban Institute and Home Base Inc., which is a community-based low-income housing corporation. A graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond program, he and his family make their home on Church Hill.  (back to top)


A. Dale Cannady (2007) – A native of the Richmond area, A. Dale Cannady was educated at Hampden-Sydney College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics. In 1971 Dale began his career in banking with United Virginia Bankshares, progressing through the ranks and changing focus from human resources to commercial lending. In 1996 he became Executive Vice President and Commercial Group Head of the Region. In 1997 Dale was appointed Regional President and CEO of SunTrust Bank/Central Virginia covering 52 offices in greater Richmond. An active community leader, Dale is widely respected for his service to numerous organizations around the Richmond area including his present service on the boards of Prevent-Blindness Virginia, the Science Museum Foundation, Leadership Metro Richmond, Virginia Union University, Boy Scouts of America Heart of Virginia Council, and numerous others. Over the years Dale has led major fund raising projects for UNCF, the United Way, and the Hospital Hospitality House. Recently retired from SunTrust, Dale and his wife Linda reside in Midlothian.  (back to top)


Thomas Cannon (1978) – Native of Richmond, service in U.S. Navy during World War II, a graduate of Hampton Institute, served as an art consultant teacher for Richmond Public Schools before joining the postal service, known as a “working Man’s philanthropist, from a modest salary has given away thousands of dollars to needy individuals and causes to implement the philosophy of “the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God,” received nationwide publicity on television shows, Voice of America and featured articles in such major media publications as Time, Ebony, Readers Digest and New York Times, a recipient of appreciative awards from numerous groups including among others the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Keneseth Beth Israel Synagogue, NAACP and the Boy’s Club of Richmond.(back to top)


Charles M. Caravati (1976) – Native of Richmond, graduate of the University of Richmond and the Medical College of Virginia, dedicated physician and community leader, former faculty member, Assistant Dean of Continuing Education and current chairman of the executive committee of the MCV Foundation and St. Joseph’s Villa, author of “Medicine in Richmond: 1900 to 1975,” active in multiple community concerns including vice president and board member of the Adult Development Center and chairman of the recent successful drive for funds for the new home of the Little Sisters of the Poor. (back to top)


CarMax* (2013) – CarMax’s approach to diversity and inclusion is based on one word: respect. The company respects its employees, customers and vendors. It acknowledges their individuality and values their contributions to the company’s success. CarMax sees diversity as an integral part of everything their culture, the same as the company’s other core values such as integrity, teamwork, and continuous improvement. Approximately 45% of the company’s 18,000 associates are from diverse backgrounds. More than 24% of their associates are women, compared to 18% of the auto dealership industry. Almost 45% of their overall management teams are women and/or minorities. The company has been involved with Partnership for the Future since 2008. Other organizations that have benefitted from CarMax’s sponsorship and support include the United Negro College Fund, ROSMY, FeedMore, the NAACP, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Metropolitan Business League. (back to top)


Mary Tyler Cheek (1985) – A native of Richmond, Virginia, she was educated at Vassar College where she earned her A.B. degree. An active member of her church, she has served on The Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and as the church’s Junior Warden. A dedicated volunteer, she was a Nurse’s Aide during World War II. She has also served on the Boards of St. Paul’s College, the Richmond YWCA, The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association and numerous others. At president she serves on the Board of The Citizens to Commemorate The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and as Chairwoman of the Film Committee. The recipient of many awards, she has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Richmond, St. Paul’s College and Washington and Lee University. (back to top)


Thomas N. Chewning (2005) – Thomas N. Chewning is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dominion Resources, and a vocal and visible supporter of their award-winning corporate volunteer program. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also won three ACC singles tennis flight championships, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Finance. Tom serves as a trustee of Virginia Union University and as a board member of the American Heart Association in Richmond and the Metropolitan YMCA. He is currently chairman of the board of U-turn Inc., a Christian ministry to young athletes, as well as chairman of the Greater Richmond and Petersburg area United Way Capital campaign. An ordained deacon at First Baptist Church, Tom, with his wife Nancy, has a son, a daughter, and two grandsons. (back to top)


Adele Clark (1967) – Adopted daughter of Virginia, artist and teacher of art, together with an active interest in government, leader in the women’s suffrage movement, serving as first secretary of Equal Suffrage League in 1909 and first president of the League of Women Voters in 1921, service on two state commissions by appointment of Governors Trinkle and Byrd, an organizer of the Virginia League of Fine Arts and Handicrafts, an early promoter of and by appointment a member of the State Art Commission, a faithful member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, a founder of NCCJ in Richmond. (back to top)


Community Learning Week* (1997) – Community Learning Week is being recognized for helping to make observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday substantive as well as symbolic. Emphasis was placed on generating good will in the community, bringing the entire community together, being a positive influence in Richmond and providing positive role models for Richmond’s youth.


Arthur Dennis Conrad (1999) – Reverend Arthur Dennis Conrad, pastor of Holy Rosary Church, works extensively to develop interfaith and interracial dialogue through his ecumenical ministry with Richmond Hill. As a member of the Interfaith Housing Corporation Board, he worked with Persons of Faith to improve housing and community development throughout the Greater Richmond area. His close work with the medical community has helped develop relationships between hospitals and the African American community. In addition he has been very involved with the Richmond AIDS Ministry. Through his work with Hope for the Cities, Rev. Conrad has helped educate and inform the Catholic Church and the Greater Richmond community of the need for dialogue and communication between different groups on a variety of topics.  (back to top)


Patricia B. Coukos (1985) – A native of Weirton, West Virginia, she was educated at West Liberty College where she received her B.A. degree and at the University of Richmond where she earned her M.S. in Education. A lifelong educator she has been both a teacher and a guidance counselor. She was Supervisor of Elementary Guidance Counselors for the Richmond Public Schools from 1968 until her retirement. In 1971, she organized the Virginia Elementary School Counselor Association. Active in her church, she has served on numerous committees and Boards as well as holding the position of Superintendent of Religious Education for twenty-three years. A recipient of the Danforth Foundation Award, she is also listed in Who’s Who of American Women and the World’s Who’s Who of Women. (back to top)


Donald T. Cowles (2011) – A former Alcoa/Reynolds Metals Company executive, Donald T. Cowles has worked to build healthy integrated school communities in metropolitan Richmond. For 14 years, he was an organizer and mentor in the Micah Initiative. His community service includes Hope in the Cities, Richmond Hill, United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg; and Virginia Mentoring Partnership. Don is also a Trustee and active member at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from Princeton University in 1969, University of Virginia School of Law in 1972, and University of Virginia, Darden Business School, Executive Program in 1988. Don and his wife are the parents of two daughters.  (back to top)


Dorothy N. Cowling (1976) – Native of Lancaster County, graduate of Virginia State College with Doctorate of Education from Lehigh University, post graduate study abroad and Harvard University, distinguished educator and community leader, joined Virginia Union University faculty in 1955 and in 1971 appointed Vice President for Administrative Affairs, one of the first black members of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia by appointment of Governor Holton and reappointed by Governor Godwin in 1973, recipient of numerous honors including a scholarship established in her name by her students at Virginia Union in 1964.(back to top)


Walter W. Craigie, Sr. (1969) – Native of Richmond, humanitarian, sportsman and columnist, leader in many community organizations, educational and charitable causes, astute investment banker and teacher of investments, recipient of numerous awards including the Outstanding Citizenship Award of B’nai B’rith, a founder and Co-Chairman of NCCJ in Richmond, National Vice- Chairman of NCCJ for Southeastern states and a former president of the Episcopal Churchmen of the Diocese of Virginia. (back to top)


James S. Cremins (1985) – A native of Washington, D.C., he was educated at the University of Missouri, where he received his A.B. degree and at the University of Virginia School of Law where he earned his L.L.B. A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy and was one of the first Americans sent ashore in Japan to prepare for the official surrender. He was General Solicitor of Seaboard Coastline Railroad and is now Assistant General Counsel of The CSX Corporation. An active member of his church, he serves on the Diocesan Finance Council. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, a Director of the Maymount Foundation and active in the Robert E. Lee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. (back to top)


Mr. & Mrs. Morrill M. Crowe (1968) – Natives of Missouri, educated at Washington University and Webster College respectively, married in 1938, moved to Richmond in 1939, active leaders in numerous civic, business, cultural and religious organizations, each has raised thousands of dollars for charity including St. Mary’s Catholic Hospital and Kiwanis work with underprivileged children. Mayor of Richmond from 1964-68 and present member of Richmond City Council. (back to top)


Lisa D. Cumbey (2016) – Lisa Cumbey is founding principal and strategic director of Propolis Design Group, which specializes in brand expression and cross-media design craft. She has won numerous design awards for identity, packaging, event and publication design. Her pro-bono work and personal causes have included many LGBT efforts, founding board of the Central Virginia Business and Professional Guild, board of directors of The Hand Workshop, and service to Fan Free Clinic and Diversity Richmond, among others. Lisa is a volunteer with the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association, and a member of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.  (back to top)


Virginius Dabney (1971) – Native of Charlottesville, B.A., M.A., University of Virginia, honorary degrees from University of Richmond, Lynchburg College and College of William and Mary, teacher, Pulitzer Prize winning editor, author of numerous articles and books including “Virginia: The New Dominion.” 1971, humanitarian, presented B’nai B’rith’s “Man of the Year Award” in 1963, first Rector of Virginia Commonwealth University, a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, president of the Virginia Historical Association, a founder of the Richmond NCCJ Chapter. (back to top)


John J. Daly (1963) – Adopted son of Virginia, distinguished editor, civic leader and worker in behalf of many organizations serving the community, leader of youth, faithful member of Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish, recipient of the papal honor of Knight of St. Gregory, and of the Catholic Layman of Virginia citation, leader nationally and regionally in the educational program of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. (back to top)


M. Imad Damaj (2013) – Dr. M. Imad Damaj was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended the University of Paris where he earned his PhD in pharmacology in 1991. He is currently a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Imad is described as a “bridge-builder,” as much of his life has been dedicated to connecting people from different faith communities. His involvement with the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Community Affairs, Virginia Interfaith Center, the Bon Air Interfaith Trialogue, the Muslim-Catholic Dialogue, and the Muslim- Evangelical Christians dialogue are but a few examples of his good work. Imad’s community involvement also includes serving on the boards of directors for Leadership Metro Richmond, Richmond Habitat for Humanity, Chesterfield Education Foundation, and the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America.   (back to top)


Claude R. Davenport, Sr. (1967) – Native Virginian, humanitarian, leader in many community organizations, educational and charitable causes, astute investment banker and teacher of investments, active as local and regional chairman of numerous committees of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America since 1920, recipient of the American Institute of Banking’s 50- Year Service Award in 1965, a founding father of Richmond’s City Manager form of government, an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, founder of NCCJ in Richmond and long its finance chairman. (back to top)


Miriam R. Davidow (2011) – Miriam R. Davidow is currently Director of Strategic Services with the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. She is the founder and 13 year veteran of the Richmond Jewish Coalition for Literacy, has been team leader and a mentor at Swansboro Elementary School, serves on the Multi-Cultural Committee at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and is on the board of the Richmond Jewish Foundation. Miriam graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and earned a Non-profit Management Certificate and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband have a daughter and a son.  (back to top)


Willie Jones Dell++ (2011) – Retired Executive Director for the Richmond Community Senior Center, Willie Jones Dell received a B.S. degree from St. Augustine’s College and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served as a volunteer mission worker in Haiti for 25 years, annually providing direct care to patients in an outpatient clinic, the critical care unit for babies and the hospice care unit in Port Au Prince. Other affiliations include the Multicultural Advisory Council for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Family Lifeline, the Fan Free Clinic, Richmond One to One, Heifer Project International, the YWCA, and the American Red Cross. Willie and her husband have one son.  (back to top)


Samuel H. Dibert (1994) – Samuel H. Dibert, retired former President of Dibert Valve and Fitting Company, Inc., has served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Richmond since 1991 and has been a trustee of the Catholic Charities of Richmond Fund (formerly Monsignor McMahon Fund) since 1986. An active volunteer in the Catholic community, Dibert has directed the Nocturnal Adoration Society of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and served as vice-chairman of the 1981 Fund Drive at Epiphany Catholic Church, where he also was a member of the finance committee. Currently, he is active in the Richmond area Cursillo Movement. Mr. Dibert has co-sponsored Vietnamese, Chinese and Laotian youths and adults and has worked with the Refugee Resettlement Office – Richmond Catholic Diocese in job placement of these immigrants. From 1987 to 1990, Dibert chaired the Implementation Committee of the U.S. Bishops’ “Economic Justice For All” and was a Project Business Consultant at Mosby Middle School. He is married to the former Florence M. Gerondale, and they have two sons, Sam and Hugh. (back to top)


Desmond Diggs+ (2005) – The Brotherhood Youth Award was designed to recognize a young adult who exhibits humanitarian distinction as an agent of unity in his or her community. The establishment of this award was a direct result of the Unitown program segment which encourages leadership skills and outreach in the community. In 2005 the Brotherhood Youth Award was presented to two young men who attended the Hermitage High School Unitown in the spring of 2004. Later, as high school seniors, Desmond Diggs and Austin McLeod led a campaign in Henrico County which raised $74,000 for victims of the Asian tsunami. (back to top)


Constantine N. Dombalis (1974) – Native of Norfolk, degrees in theology from Greek Orthodox Seminary of the Holy Cross and The Episcopal General Theological Seminary, pastor since 1954 of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, appointed Archdiocesan Vicar of the Greek Orthodox Churches of Virginia in 1968, active in multiple community organizations including UGF, Salvation Army, Virginia Council of Churches, served as president of the Richmond Clergy Association and the United Nations Association, a founder of the Pre- Naturalization Classes for Aliens, long time spokesman for the ideal of the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. (back to top)


Hung Ching “Dick” Du (2004) – A native of Szechuan, China, Hung Ching “Dick” Du earned a masters degree in Industrial Engineering from South Dakota State University. He went on to become founder and co-owner of six Peking Restaurants, two Uno Chicago Bar and Grills, and Camille’s Sidewalk Café. Mr. Du has further served the Richmond community as a director on boards of the Metro Business Foundation, Retail Merchants Association, and American Red Cross. He is past president of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, a board trustee of the Asian American Society of Central Virginia, and a participant in Hope in the Cities Dialogue programs. Dick and his wife Linda are the parents of two grown sons. (back to top)


James W. Dunn (2012) – Currently serving Bon Secours Richmond Health System as Vice President of Advocacy & Community Affairs, Jim Dunn is also a retired Chamber of Commerce CEO, having served in four states over a 38 year period. He has been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars in special funding to support economic development and transportation initiatives and advancement programs targeting early childhood development, crime, and public safety. The Richmond Forum, Venture Richmond, and FeedMore have also benefited from his volunteer time, as well as the Richmond Police Foundation, where he served as board secretary.  (back to top)


Elk Hill (2010)*  – The facility in Goochland provides and facilitates healthy environments where young people and their families can feel safe to make positive changes, by offering specialized education, community-based services, and residential programs to help re-direct troubled lives. “Each child who graduates, returns home, or goes on to live a productive and successful life is our most significant achievement. Each parent who creates a safe and loving home thanks to our intervention exemplifies our excellence. And every young child who stays in school and circumvents foster-care demonstrates our success.” (back to top)


John M. Ellison (1968) – Native Virginian, graduate of Virginia Union University, A.M.-Oberlin, Ph.D.-Drew University, recipient of three honorary degrees and several special citations, Baptist clergyman, teacher and college trustee, first Negro President of Virginia Union University, 1941-55, Chancellor since 1955, active leader in numerous educational , religious and community organizations, editor and author of nine volumes, latest being Preaching In The Space Age-1968. (back to top)


Emanuel Emroch (1974) – Native of Richmond, graduate of University of Richmond and T. C. Williams School of Law, author and lecturer, practiced law in Richmond since 1930, a founder and past president of the Richmond and Virginia Trial Lawyer Associations, 1954 Richmond Brotherhood Week Chairman, served as chairman of the Committee which procured enactment of the Anti-Discriminatory Advertising Law in Virginia, a founder of the Richmond NCCJ chapter and national board member, former president of the Brotherhood of Temple Beth Ahabah and the Mid-Atlantic Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. (back to top)


Sadie E. Engelberg (1978) – Native of Beaufort, North Carolina, moved to Richmond in 1900, a graduate of the University of Richmond which honored her with its Golden Legion Certificate in 1962 and its Phi Beta Kappa Award in 1969, outstanding and beloved teacher at John Marshall High School and head of its History Department from 1926-1959, co-authored “Cavalier Commonwealth” – 1939 adopted as a textbook for all Virginia Schools, over the years a teacher of teachers in special sessions at University of Richmond, Duke, VCU and others, an early participant in NCCJ, a recipient of the Valley Forge Foundation Award for outstanding teaching and citizenship and the Distinguished community Service Award of the Richmond Jewish Community. (back to top)


Michael D. Estes (1988) – Dr. Michael D. Estes is a native of Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Estes works as an Anesthesiologist at Saint Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Estes is most noted for his volunteer work in “Operation Kids,” a project sponsored by the Christians Children Fund that has arranged for medical doctors to volunteer their services for children in Kenya and Guatemala. These services involve mostly reconstructive surgery for severely injured or deformed children. (back to top)


Anne Fischer (1989) – Anne Fischer is a native of Stuttgart, West Germany. She attended the University of Heidleberg and received her Masters of Social Work from RPI. She and her late husband, Ernest Fischer, were refugees from Nazi Germany in 1934 and moved to Richmond in 1935. Mrs. Fischer has devoted her life to helping others. She has worked on several different occasions as a social work teacher and consultant in West Germany. She has taught social work at both VCU and UVa, and worked for Memorial Guidance Clinic as Director of Psychiatric Social Services and Jewish Family Services as Executive Director. She has served on several community boards, such as the Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Community Center. (back to top)


Harold Fitrer (2016) – Harold Fitrer currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools of Richmond and as Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond. Dr. Fitrer enjoyed a long and varied career with Richmond Public Schools, retiring in July 2008 as Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Support Services. His past service includes: Rotary International, Richmond Chapter, Board of Directors; advisory Task Force for Chief of Police; Richmond Residential Services Inc., Board of Directors; and North Richmond YMCA, Chairman, Board of Directors.  (back to top)


P. James Flamming (2001) – The Rev. Dr. Peter James Flamming is the Senior Minister of Richmond’s First Baptist Church where he has served since 1983. With degrees from Hardin Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also serves as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. Dr. Flamming’s weekly messages are seen and heard throughout Central Virginia through the telecast of First Baptist Church worship services. He has served as preacher for the Baptist Hour on both radio and television. Each summer Dr. and Mrs. Flamming give a portion of their vacation in mission causes. In 1999, he was named by Richmond’s Style Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Richmonders of the twentieth century. (back to top)


Jesse E. Fleming (1986) – President of Consolidated Bank and Trust Company, is a member of the board of visitors at Virginia State University and of the board of directors for the Metropolitan Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau. Serves on the board of directors of Virginia State University and the Metropolitan Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a member of All Souls Presbyterian Church.(back to top)


Fred Fletcher (1966) – Born in Richmond, Dr. Fletcher attended St. Patrick’s Academy and graduated from The Medical College of Virginia in 1915. A veteran of World War I, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Red Cross in 1934. He is past President of the MCV Alumni Association, Richmond Community Recreation Association, and the Richmond Academy of Medicine. He is a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and for the past 30 years has been physician to Monte Maria Convent. Recently he was made Chairman of the Richmond Academy of Medicine Advisory Committee of St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Fletcher holds the award of the Cross of Affiliation of the Monastery of the Visitation and in 1949 was named a Knight of St. Sylvester by Pope Pius XII. (back to top)


Francis M. Foster Sr. (2004) – Twice retired, Francis M. Foster Sr. has served as assistant professor of general practice dentistry for 14 years at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry and owned a private dental practice for over 40 years in Richmond’ s Jackson Ward, his hometown neighborhood. He has been recognized as one of the city’s most widely quoted authorities on black history. Among many community organizations, Dr. Foster has served on the boards of the Richmond Public Schools and the Historic Richmond Foundation, and chaired the Richmond Public Library Board. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, he is a skillful and entertaining magician. Dr. Foster and his wife Dorothy have one son, two daughters, and three grandsons. (back to top)


Richard W. Foster (1977) – Native of Richmond, graduate of Virginia Union University with an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, successful insurance executive and leader in multiple business, religious and charitable causes, including among others, member of the boards of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Richmond Area Community Council, Maymont Foundation and Central Virginia ETV, was formerly vice president of UGF, president of the Astoria Beneficial Club, treasurer of the Urban League, and chairman of the Trustees of Ebenezer Baptist Church, a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award of the Boy Scouts and the 1957 Alumnus of the Year Award of Virginia Union University. (back to top)


W. Brooks George (1988) – W. Brooks George is a native of Stuart, Virginia. He received his B.S. from the College of William and Mary. He has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Larus and Brothers, Inc. Mr. George has served the community in many capacities such as Chairman of Central Virginia Educational Television Channel 23; President, United Givers Fund of Richmond; Keep Virginia Beautiful; Richmond Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; Richmond Jaycee’s; Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Richmond Eye Hospital; Rector and member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary; and is a Board member of The Carpenter Center. (back to top)


Ariel L. Goldburg (1964) – Adopted son of Virginia, thirty-five years service as rabbi of two congregations and in Richmond since 1945, recipient of honorary degrees from two colleges, college trustee, servant and leader in a host of organizations serving the entire Community, long time spokesman for the ideal of the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. (back to top)


Frances T. Goldman (2000) – As Cantor for Congregation Beth Ahabah, honoree Frances T. Goldman shares the gift of her trained voice to express her faith. Her community activities further reflect musical and theatrical interests, as a former board member of the Richmond Symphony, Carpenter Center, and Virginia State Opera. Cantor Goldman has served on the NCCJ Richmond Board as president and on the Virginia Region Board as vice president. She also volunteers her time to perform Jewish music programs and lecture-demonstrations for community groups, including nursing homes, senior groups, churches and schools. (back to top)


Reuben Goldman (1968) – Native of Lithuania, immigrated to America at age 17, moved to Richmond in 1919 and entered the mercantile business, later branched out into present paper stock business, A founder in 1931 and later president of Temple Beth-El which has grown to over 800 families, active as a leader in numerous civic, business, cultural and religious organizations. 1961 recipient of the “Man of the Year” award from the Richmond Jewish Community Council. (back to top)


Henry R. Gonner (1983) – A native of Dubuque, Iowa, he was educated at St. Benedicts College from which he received his B.A. degree. He served as Executive Director and Secretary of the Central Richmond Association for over twenty-six years, during some of the most important years of growth and development of the downtown Richmond Area. Married for 45 years, he is the father of four children. The recipient of numerous awards, he has been recognized as an outstanding citizen by various business, religious, civic and private organizations. Active in the community, he has been particularly involved in fostering improved intergroup understanding. He has been the ambassador of good will for downtown Richmond, helping to bring about much of its significant growth and development as Richmond’s business and cultural center. (back to top)


William H. & Alice T. Goodwin** (2005) – Both individually and as a couple, Alice Tolley Goodwin and William H. Goodwin, Jr. have made significant contributions to their community throughout the 39 years of their marriage. They have served on vestries and committees of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and as board members for numerous educational institutions, museums, and health organizations, representing a wide variety of needs found in the Richmond community. The Goodwins are the parents of five children and have three grandsons. (back to top)


Robert L. Gordon, Jr. (1973) – Native of Richmond, attended the University of Virginia, service in the U.S. Navy during World War II achieving the rank of Lt. Commander, astute banker, active leadership roles in numerous business, educational and civic organizations including among others the Virginia Development Corporation, Virginia Conference on World Trade, UGF, Red Cross, Sheltering Arms Hospital, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, served as Senior Warden St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and on the executive committee of the Diocese of Virginia. (back to top)


Hugh F. Gouldthorpe, Jr. (2009) – Hugh F. “Goldie” Gouldthorpe, Jr. is also known as Head Cheerleader in his position of senior vice president at Owens & Minor. His teammates recognize him as the driving force behind the unique and caring business culture that believes in putting people first and helping them succeed. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute, he is a gifted motivational speaker who has authored several books with giraffe themes, focusing on leadership standing head and shoulders above the crowd. In the community Hugh has served on a wide variety of boards including the Massey Cancer Center and First Freedom Center, and is chairman emeritus of the Richmond Police Foundation. To give and take an interest in others are Hugh’s guiding principles for happiness and success, and he shows particular appreciation for those organizations that support family and children, such as the Special Olympics and Friends Association for Children. He credits his wife Nelle with having a heart of gold. (back to top)


Roger L. Gregory (1997) – Roger L. Gregory is a managing partner and co-founder of the Wilder & Gregory law firm. He graduated summa cum laude from Virginia State University, and received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Gregory has served on the boards of: Theatre Virginia, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP’s Richmond branch, Richmond YMCA, the Historic Richmond Foundation and the Richmond Arts Council. Gregory received Leadership Metro Richmond’s Alumni Association’s 1991 “Alumnus of the Year” award, and was named one of Virginia’s “100 Most Influential Persons” by Surroundings Magazine. (back to top)


Barbara Radcliffe Grey (2016) – An educator for 33 years, Barbara Radcliffe Grey gave learning new meaning. Her first teaching assignment was in a one-room schoolhouse in Buckingham County. As principal of John B. Cary Model Elementary School, Barbara’s efforts were noted by the U.S. Department of Education. Her school was selected as one of the fifteen best in the country. Barbara’s innovative work at William Fox Elementary was featured in Southern Living. In 1986, she was named one of the YWCA’s Outstanding Women, and she was named Richmonder of the Year in 1988. Barbara retired from Fox Elementary in 1990. Today, she is director of the campus art museum at Virginia Union University, her undergraduate alma mater.  (back to top)


Robert J. Grey, Jr. (2005) – Robert J. Grey, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, he earned his J.D. from Washington and Lee University. His law practice focuses on administrative matters before state and federal agencies, mediation and dispute resolution, and legislative representation of clients. As immediate past president of the American Bar Association, he devoted his term to the American Jury Initiative. In addition to his volunteer leadership in ABA, Bob has chaired the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Richmond Partnership, Youth Matters, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters. He has earned various honors in the community and has received several gubernatorial appointments, including chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, vice chair of the Virginia Public Building Authority, and member of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Board of Visitors. (back to top)


Marjorie N. Grier (2011) – Marjorie N. Grier is Director of Corporate Philanthropy for Dominion Resources and Vice President of its charitable arm, the Dominion Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University of Wisconsin, an M. A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Before being named to her present position, Marjorie served Virginia Power in a variety of employee communications and community relations capacities. She worked for The National Center for State Courts, the College of William and Mary, and a Maryland based consulting firm before joining Dominion 29 years ago. Active in the community, Marjorie serves on the Board of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., the Virginia Opera Board of Governors and as a Trustee of the Valentine Richmond History Center. She has served as Board Chair of Leadership Metro Richmond and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond and was a founding member of Richmond’s Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April. Marjorie and her husband have three grown children.  (back to top)


Raymond Gross (1991) – Mr. Gross is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. degree from Hampton University and a M.S. degree from American University. He is the manager for service operations for C & P in the Richmond area. He is a board member and past president of the Arts Council of Richmond, secretary of the Richmond Symphony board of directors, secretary of the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, board member of Metro Crime Stoppers, president of the Richmond Urban Forum and Chairman of the Richmond Steering Committee’s “A Focus on the Future.” He has made a strong committee to the arts and quality of life in this community. (back to top)


Jerome Gumenick (1998) – Jerome Gumenick is the owner of Gumenick Properties and has developed thousands of single-family homes in Virginia. He serves on the board of the Jewish Community Federation, the President’s Council at the University of Miami, Advisory Board of the Virginia Opera and the Virginia-Israel Foundation. He is on the Edwin-Hyde Society at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is a founder of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. He was former Campaign Chairman for Operation Exodus II, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and former Campaign Chairman for the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. (back to top)


Ernest M. Gunzburg (1983) – A native of Germany, he was raised and educated there until 1935 when he fled his homeland due to the rise of Nazism. He was 23 when he came to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1941. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence Service including the landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He is married and father of two children. After a long and successful career in the insurance he retired. Although retired from the active business world he has in no way retired from a very active life as a civic leader and community volunteer. He has served on the Board of the Richmond Symphony after being part of the group that developed the Symphony. He is the recipient of numerous awards including The American Red Cross, The Jaycees, The D.A.R., Sertoma Clubs and others. A leader in interfaith programs for Richmond he was the creator of the 1961 Commemoration of Faith meeting that helped to spur interreligious dialogue in the Greater Richmond Area. (back to top)


Robert J. Habenicht (1969) – Native of St. Louis, humanitarian, able attorney and sportsman, professional baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, Baltimore Orioles and Richmond Virginians, former member of City Council and Vice Mayor of Richmond-1964-66, leader in many community organizations, educational and charitable causes, past president of The Urban League and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men, recipient of the 1968 B’nai B’rith Civic Award.(back to top)


John H. Hager (2002) – Best known to Virginians as a former Lieutenant Governor, John H. Hager currently serves as Assistant to Governor Mark Warner for Commonwealth Preparedness, responsible for helping coordinate Virginia’s security in the fight against terrorism. As a public servant, he has been a strong proponent for better education, anti-crime initiatives, and improved transportation. His chairmanship of the disability commission and his position as a role model for disabled Virginians has resulted in national recognition. A life-long civic, charity, and community leader, John has served as president or chairman of more than 30 boards and commissions in Virginia. He currently serves in leadership positions with Richmond Convention Center, the American Red Cross, Aerospace States Association, The Sorenson Institute, The Center for Government Studies, The Virginia Public Safety Foundation, The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, and Jamestown-Yorktown 2007, Inc. (back to top)


William C. Hall, Jr. (2012) – Bill Hall is vice president of Executive Communications for Dominion Resources, having worked for the company since 1983. He is skilled at bringing diverse communities together to help people see social choices from multiple perspectives. He has shared his leadership talents with countless organizations, among them the Virginia Foundation of Community Colleges, the Fan Free Clinic, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, his alma mater the University of Virginia, Equality Virginia, and FETCH-A-Cure.  (back to top)


Brenton S. Halsey (2007) – Hailing from Newport News, Brenton S. Halsey graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Continuing his education at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Wisconsin, he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Paul’s College. A veteran of the United States Navy, Brent began his business career at Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company. He was Vice President of Planning and Director of Research and Development at Albemarle Paper Company in Richmond, and later President and General Manager of the Interstate Bag Company, a subsidiary of Ethyl Corporation. In 1969 Brent co-founded James River Corporation serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 1990. He has long been active in community affairs, as Chairman of Richmond Renaissance, Vice Chairman of Richmond’s Commission on Human Relations, and President of Virginia Historical Society, among others. He is a Board member and past leader of the Richmond Riverfront Development Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello). An active sailor, Brent and his wife Lindsay have four children and eighteen grandchildren. (back to top)


Adrian W. Harmening (1992) – Father Harmening is a native of Ohio. He has been with Benedictine High School since 1955 where he presently teaches Latin. He served for thirty-seven years as the Principal of Benedictine High School. He serves as quasi-pastor of the Tridentine (the Catholic Mass in Latin) community of St. Joseph Chapel, which is a ministry of St. Benedict Church. He is a member of Mary Mother of The Church Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey in Richmond. He provides religious services for the Visitation Sisters of Monte Maria as well as the Comboni Sisters. He is very active in the Knights of Columbus as Council Chaplain, and in the Richmond Assembly Fourth Degree where he serves as Faith Friar. He is also active in the Boy Scouts, serving on the local Executive Council, and an active member of the Board of Directors of The Virginia Voice for the Print Handicapped. (back to top)


Grace E. Harris (2004) – When Grace E. Harris retired following a 32-year career at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Board of Visitors established the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute to honor her leadership, service and contributions. An alumna of Hampton Institute (now University), Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU), and the University of Virginia, she is a distinguished professor at the VCU Center for Public Policy. Dr. Harris has served on boards to support issues in social welfare, health care, mental health services and public education. Her past and present board service includes Virginia Health Care Foundation, University of Richmond, United Way Services, and Christian Children’s Fund. Grace and her husband James have two children and a grandson. (back to top)


Monroe E. Harris, Jr. (2011) – A partner in the practice of Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Monroe E. Harris has treated patients in the Richmond area for over 23 years. He has been extremely involved in the community, serving the Garfield Child Memorial Fund, Theatre IV Children’s Theatre, the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, Richmond Public School Education Foundation, the Richmond Centerstage Foundation, and Crossover and Fan Free Clinics. Monroe received his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Louisville and his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Michael Reese Hospital/University of Chicago. He and his wife have a son and a daughter.  (back to top)


William A. Harrison, Jr. (2017) – Bill Harrison has served as the President and Executive Director of Diversity Richmond since 2012. He brings years of nonprofit leadership and service in the spirit of inclusion, having served with the Fan Free Clinic during the height of the HIV epidemic. He was also the first public information officer with the Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau of STD/AIDS. Before joining Diversity Richmond, he was the Government and Public Affairs Director with the American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Chapter for 17 years. Bill co-chaired Richmond’s first pride festival in 1978, also serving with a number of LGBT organizations such as Dignity-Integrity, the Episcopal Diocese Commission on Human Sexuality Communities and the Richmond Gay Pride Coalition. (back to top)


E. Bruce Heilman (1999) – Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor of the University of Richmond, has twice been named as one of the Richmond Area’s Most Influential People, as well as being selected as one of the “100 Most Effective College and University Presidents in the USA”. He currently serves on nine educational foundations and business boards, and has served as a consultant to many educational, religious, and charitable organizations. Dr. Heilman’s extensive public service has afforded him an honorary professorship from Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, an honorary doctorate in public service, and positions on Boards such as Southern Seminary Foundation, Richmond Black Student Foundation, and International Foundation for the Preservation of the Family. (back to top)


Herbert L. and Mildred Millhiser Heltzer (2006) – Husband and wife team, Mildred M. Heltzer and Herbert L. Heltzer, are retired from the retailing business where they owned and operated Ardley Inc. Herb graduated from Brooklyn College and Millie from American University. Always active in the local community, Herb has served as president of Grace House and of the Libbie Grove Association, and chaired the organizing committee for SPARC. He served on the boards of New Virginia Review, Richmond Jewish Community Federation , and Congregation Beth Ahabah, and is currently chair of the Exhibits Committee for Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives. Millie’s past and present board positions include the Jewish Community Center, St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s Schools, Congregation Beth Ahabah as well as the Museum and Archives, the Beth Sholom Home, and the Richmond Jewish Community Federation. She has volunteered in the health care field consistently since the age of 14, with service to McGuire Veteran’s Hospital, Richmond Memorial Hospital, MCV, Children’s Hospital, Cerebral Palsy Center, St. Mary’s Emergency Room, and Bon Secours Hospice. (back to top)


Vernard W. Henley (1979) – President of Consolidated Bank and Trust Co. since 1971. A graduate of Virginia State University and joined Consolidated Bank in 1958, after working at a North Carolina bank and serving as a lieutenant in the Army in Korea. Vice chairman of the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Serving on numerous boards, including those of the Federated Arts Council of Richmond, Cenral Virginia Educational Television and Richmond Memorial Hospital. He has been on the boards of Richmond Community Hospital, the Richmond Metropolitan Authority and the Richmond chapter of the American Red Cross. Member of Second Baptist Church and its finance Committee. (back to top)


David M. Hicks (2000) – David M. Hicks, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond, has demonstrated his advocacy and participation in the lives of young people through his service on such Boards as Elk Hill Farm, the Virginia Student Aid Foundation, the Science Museum of Virginia, the Richmond Children’s Museum, and the Sacred Heart Center. He has been recognized for exceptional public service, particularly in the area of leadership on issues impacting the health and safety of Richmond’s children. Mr. Hicks currently mentors several young men and serves as a lunch buddy at a local elementary school. (back to top)


Oliver W. Hill, Sr. (1982) – A native of Richmond, he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Howard University. A veteran of World War II, he is married and both a father and grandfather. He has practiced law since 1934 with a primary emphasis on public service and civil rights and has been a partner in the firm of Hill, Tucker and Marsh since 1966. In public service for many years, he served on the Richmond City Council from 1948 to 1950; A life member of the NAACP and an active leader of the Urban League, he also serves on numerous other boards. He is the recipient of both Lawyer of the Year award and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Paul’s College. He has long been involved in the cause of increased understanding and improved civil rights in our nation. (back to top)


Edward S. Hirschler (1986) – Member of Congregation Beth Ahabah, is a partner in the law firm of Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox and Allen. He is a member of the board of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and a member of the honorary advisory board of the Jewish Community Center. Board member of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation. Received the Distinguished Community Service Award in 1985. (back to top)


Helen P. Horwitz (1988) – Helen P. Horwitz is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and furthered her education at Beaver College. She is a Travel Consultant with Covington International Travel, Inc. Mrs. Horwitz is a past president of the Richmond Jewish Community Center, Past Campaign General of the Jewish Community Center, Past Campaign General of the Jewish Welfare Fund Drive of the Community Federation of Richmond. She is President elect of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and member of the Jewish Welfare Board. She is the National Chair of the Women’s Plea for Soviet Jewry, of the Council of Jewish Federation. (back to top)


S. Harold Horwitz (1988) – Dr. S. Harold Horwitz is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He received his B.S. from the University of Richmond and his D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Horwitz is a partner with dentists: Shocket, Keeton and Raddin. He has served as President of the Virginia Pedodontic Society; Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and Chairman of the Richmond Dental Society. He is chair of the Honors Committee, VCU. Dr. Horwitz is an officer in the Council of Jewish Federations, member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and chair of the Tourism and Travel Committee of the Virginia-Israel Commission. (back to top)


Edwin Hyde (1972) – Native of Charleston, S.C., attended Furman University, honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Washington and Lee, successful banker and businessman, humanitarian and leader in multiple religious, educational and charitable causes including among others service as a trustee of the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Richmond Memorial Hospital, president of the board of the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business Sponsors, a director of the Richmond Area Community Chest and Red Cross, president of Richmond Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, a vestryman of St. James’ Episcopal Church. (back to top)


Israel Ipson (1991) – Mr. Ipson is a native of Lithuania, and a graduate of Hebrew High School in Lithuania. He graduated from law school at the University of Lithuania in 1933. He is the president of American Parts Co. of Richmond. Mr. Ipson previously served as a state president of B’nai B’rith lodges, president of Temple Beth-El, board member of RJCF, member of national board of “ORT,” and a member of the board of Beth Sholom Home of Virginia. He has served as an officer and board member of five professional and trade associations. He has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to Jewish institutions. (back to top)


Allix B. James (1975) – Native of Marshall, Texas, outstanding educator, clergyman and community leader, president of Virginia Union since 1970, former president of the American Association of Theological Schools, the Clergy Association of the Richmond Area and chairman of the Richmond City Planning Commission, a member of the State Board of Education by appointment of Gov. Mills E. Godwin, Jr., recipient of numerous awards including the 1974 Citizen of the Year Award of the Richmond Urban League.
(2009++) – Ministry is not only a calling, it is a tradition in the family of Allix B. James, with a grandfather, father, three brothers, a son, and a father-in-law all having served congregations. Beginning as a seminary student at Virginia Union University, he served as pastor for several rural Virginia churches. Following graduation from Union Theological Seminary, Dr. James remained at Virginia Union for 46 years, and is now President Emeritus. As Dean of the School of Theology, he diversified the staff both racially and religiously, bringing in the first Jewish and non-Baptist faculty. As co- founder of the Richmond Theological Center, he helped merge the resources of four theological schools. He is a founding member of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, VIP Care, whose services reach across and beyond religious differences. Among the more than 50 organizations he has served with distinction, he lists NCCJ (now Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities), Virginia Israeli Commission, and National Council of Churches. He and his wife of 64 years are also parents of a daughter. (back to top)


Susie N. James (1996) – Susie N. James, a retired Director of Guidance Service, received her B.S. Degree from Virginia Union University and an M.A. from Columbia University. Mrs. James has served as Chairman of the Greater Richmond Chapter of American Red Cross, the State Council of Higher Education, the Literacy Advocacy Council of the State of Virginia, the Board of Directors of the Richmond Area Association for Retarded Citizens, the North Richmond YMCA, the Executive Committee of United Way of Richmond and the Board of Directors of the Richmond Community Senior Center. She has received the Clara Barton Honor Award from the American Red Cross, the C.S. McCall Award for Outstanding Service and Certificates of Appreciation from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the American Red Cross and the U.S. Air Force. Mrs. James is married to Dr. Allix B. James and they have two children. (back to top)


Joseph A. Jennings (1979) – Board chairman and chief executive officer of United Bankshares, Inc. A graduate of the University of Richmond and began his career as a trainee with United Virginia Bank in the late 1940’s. Named its president in 1971. Past president of the Richmond Society of Financial Analysts. Serves on the boards of the University of Richmond, Union Theological Seminary and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church. (back to top)


Jewish Family Services* (2015) – Jewish Family Services is the oldest, continuously operating social services agency in Richmond. For 166 years, since its inception as the Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Association, the organization has given people the tools they need to heal, grow and thrive, regardless of income, age, religion, or race. Whether finding families for orphans displaced by the Civil War, working with Jewish refugees in the aftermath of World War II, or counseling runaway youth and Veterans in the 1970’s, JFS has always addressed immediate needs while setting the stage for a brighter future.  (back to top)


Dwight C. Jones (1999) – Reverend Dwight C. Jones is both Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of South Richmond and 70th District member of the House of Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly. His continuing work on causes that positively affirm his heritage and beliefs leads him to be a diligent advocate of economic empowerment for those not in the mainstream. He has been instrumental in founding the South Richmond Senior Center, the First Baptist Church Child Care Center, and the Imani Intergenerational Community Development Corporation, a community-based development corporation committed to building affordable housing, revitalizing distressed business areas, and developing workforce initiatives and training. (back to top)


Miles J. Jones (1983) – A native of Suffolk, Virginia, he was educated at Virginia Union University where he received his B.A. and M.Div. degrees. He also holds a M.A. degree from The Presbyterian School of Christian Education and has received an honorary D.D. from the University of Richmond. Married and the father of one child, he is the present pastor of Providence Park Baptist Church, a position he has held since 1963. He also teaches Homiletics at his alma mater of Virginia Union, where he is both former University Pastor and Dean of the School of Theology. An active community leader he served on the Richmond School Board for ten years and was its Chairman during eight of those years. The recipient of numerous awards including Citizen of the Year from The Urban League, he has long been dedicated to increasing intergroup and interfaith harmony. (back to top)


Timothy M. Kaine (2000) – As a Richmond City Councilman and City Mayor, Timothy M. Kaine focuses his energies on public safety, public schools, and accessibility of government to all citizens. As a director in the law firm of McCandlish Kaine, PC, he has focused on cases dealing with discrimination in the housing and insurance industries. Early in his career, Mr. Kaine reinforced his beliefs in education by serving as principal at a vocational school in Honduras. More recently he has been awarded for his civil rights work. (back to top)


Malcolm Kalman (1992) – Mr. Kalman is a native of Richmond and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the retired president of Siegel’s Super Markets. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served his country from 1952-1956. Long active in leadership positions in the Jewish community, Mr. Kalman has served on the Board of Governors of Temple Beth-El, as Chairman of the Richmond Council of Israel Bonds. Dedicated to youth work, he serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Church Hill. He also served for over fifteen years on the Board of Directors of the Robert E. Lee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. (back to top)


John C. Kenny (1993) – Mr. Kenny is Chairman of Pro Bono Committee for the Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Chairman of State Membership Committee and Member, Legal Services Advisory Committee. He is also involved with the State Advisory Council, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. He is past president of the NCCJ and serves on the executive committee. He is on the Advisory Committees of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Hospital Hospitality House. Mr. Kenny lives in Richmond with his wife Anne Whitfield Kenny and has two daughters, Anne and Kathryn. (back to top)


Maria F. Keritsis (1988) – Maria F. Keritsis is a native of High Point, North Carolina. She studied business administration at High Point College and music direction at VCU. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Philoptochos Society and past president of the Daughters of Penelope and a past President of the Governing Board of Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Mrs. Keritsis is Chairman of the Chesterfield County School Board. She is a past President of the Chesterfield County PTA. (back to top)


Neil S. Kessler (2014) – Mr. Kessler is a partner with Troutman Sanders LLP who is involved in the economic, cultural, and educational aspects of the Richmond community. His current and past organizational involvement includes Leadership Metro Richmond, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation, Valentine Richmond History Center, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College Foundation, Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, the Richmond Jewish Foundation, and The Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. (back to top)


John W. Kinney++ (2010) – As Dean of the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, John is regarded as a giant in theological education. Under his leadership, the school has given birth to a Doctor of Ministry Program and a Master of Arts in Education. Much of what he does deals with individuals and families and he has been touched deeply by the transformations that he has witnessed and the tears he has encountered. Known not only as prolific scholar but also as a gifted preacher, he has served as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam for over 30 years. Lessons learned from his elementary school teachers have remained with him to this day: “You cannot succeed while taking pleasure in someone else’s failure; and don’t waste your life, give it.”  (back to top)


Alan I. Kirshner (2001) – Since graduating from Vanderbilt University, Alan I. Kirshner has held various positions with Markel Corporation, becoming Chairman and CEO in 1992. Through the years, he has been active in many philanthropic organizations, and served as president of the Jewish Community Center, where he has been awarded for outstanding community service. He founded and chairs the Partnership for the Future, a group of businesses dedicated to working with minority students by furnishing them with summer jobs and assisting their entry into college life. Mr. Kirshner is also co-founder and chair of the Autism Center of Virginia, the first institution of its kind in Virginia dedicated to researching autism, training special educational professionals, and teaching autistic children. He has also served on the boards of the MCV Foundation and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and is a friend of Virginia State University. (back to top)


Philip W. Klaus (1970) – Native of Richmond, B.S., University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, successful businessman and head of family firm, humanitarian and leader in multiple religious, educational and charitable causes including among others the Valentine Museum, Beth Sholom Home, American Red Cross, United Jewish Appeal and U.G.F., a past president of the Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Ahabah, currently serving as president of the Richmond Rotary Club, the Beth Ahabah Foundation and Endownment Fund and the Hebrew Cemetery Board. (back to top)


Nathaniel & Amy Krumbein (1993) – Mr. Krumbein is a member of the Anti-Defamation League and was recently honored by the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Community Day School. Mr. Krumbein is a Board Member of Heilig-Meyers Furniture Company and Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel. Mrs. Krumbein is Chairman of Riverside School, member of national Presidents Council of National Hadassah, Trustee of Jewish Family Services, recently honored by the Anti- Defamation League and by the Jewish Community Day School. She is also a Board Member of Hadassah. Mrs. Krumbein lives in Richmond with her husband Nathaniel. She has four children, Charles, Joyce Krumbein Slater, Michael, Lee and seven grandchildren. (back to top)


Elizabeth B. Lacy (1991) – Justice Lacy is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned her law degree at the University of Texas. She has worked I in Texas as a special attorney general and as an assistant chief in the Anti-trust and Consumer Protection Division. Justice Lacy served as a deputy attorney general in the Judicial Affairs Division of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, later she was appointed one of the three judges of the State Corporation Commission. In 1989 she was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to a twelve year term on the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is receiving the distinguished citation award for her dedication to the cause of justice under the rule of law. (back to top)


Benjamin L. Lambert, III (1993) – Senator Lambert has been a member of the Virginia State Senate since 1986. He is presently Director of Consolidated Bank & Trust Company, Director of Virginia Power Company, Secretary, Board of Trustees Virginia Union University, Director of Virginia College Fund, Director of Richmond Renaissance, Director of Virginia Randolph Foundation and Director of Black History Museum. He is a member of the N.A.A.C.P. and the Richmond Crusade for Voters. He lives in Richmond with his wife Carolyn Morris Lambert. They have four children, Benjamin IV, David, Charles and Ann-Francis. (back to top)


Charlotte Lange (2005) – A native of Richmond, Sister Charlotte Lange grew up in what is now known as the Museum district. After graduating from Saint Gertrude High School, she entered Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow, VA, to become a Benedictine Sister. She then earned her undergraduate degree in education and her Masters degree in counseling, and holds two honorary PhDs. During her lengthy tenure as a high school principal, first at St. Benedict Catholic School and for 23 years at Saint Gertrude High School, Sister Charlotte was instrumental in getting students involved in outreach programs. She has been recognized for initiating the tutoring program with a neighborhood urban public elementary school, and received the YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in Religion in 1997. Retired from Saint Gertrude High School in June 2005, she has also recently achieved membership in the “100 Club” for 100 donations to the Virginia Blood Service. (back to top)


J. Christopher Lansing (2004) – J. Christopher Lansing, president and CEO of Ted Lansing Corporation, is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a past stake president and past bishop of the Richmond Virginia Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Among his professional memberships, Chris serves on the National Advisory Council of Alcoa Building Products. He has been recognized and awarded for his work and leadership with such organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, United Way and Marriott School of Management. In the local community, his participation includes Leadership Metro Richmond, Collegiate School Board of Trustees, the NCCJ Virginia Region Board, and the Advisory Board of SunTrust Bank. Chris and his wife Erlynn are the parents of four children. (back to top)


Melvin D. Law (2003) – A graduate of West Virginia State College with a degree in chemistry and George Washington University with graduate study in biochemistry, Melvin D. Law has been a model of commitment and dedication to the Richmond community. A research biochemist for thirty-four years with McGuire Veterans Medical Center, he retired in 1998. He has co-authored numerous articles for scientific journals in medical research. A long time-public servant, Melvin is the first and only person in the history of Richmond to serve as Chairman of the School Board as both an appointed and an elected member. He also serves as president of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, on the boards of VEFC, Richmond Area Workforce Investment Board, and on the Support Committee for Excellent Public Schools. He has also served as president of the Richmond Branch NAACP, on the board of Richmond Renaissance, and on the State Board for Community Colleges. (back to top)


Alexander Lebenstein (2009) – The sole survivor of the Jewish community in Haltern-am-See, Germany, Alexander Lebenstein came to the United States in 1947 to begin a career as a butcher and an entrepreneur. As he approached retirement, he began to speak out about his experiences, invited by present-day students from his German hometown to help them understand their history. Realizing the need to share the messages of the Holocaust, he has influenced thousands of youth by promoting racial harmony, anti-bias education, and social justice. Students who have attended his presentations from many Virginia schools continue to contact him for encouragement to learn how to live and act civilly with others. He is tireless in his dedication to teaching tolerance and acceptance, and advocates getting involved in any way that can make a difference. Alex is the proud father of two sons, and has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (back to top)


Gail L. Letts (2017) – Gail Letts is Virginia Market President for First Tennessee Bank. With over thirty years of leadership and strategic planning experience in financial management, she was previously with C&F Bank and SunTrust Banks. Gail currently serves as Chair of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, is Secretary of the Board for the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, and served as Chair for the American Heart Association’s 2017 “Go Red for Women” campaign. She also serves on the Boards of the VCU School of Business Foundation, the First Tee of Chesterfield/Richmond, the Chesterfield Cultural Arts Foundation, and the Richmond World Affairs Council. (back to top)


Harry Lyons (1966) – Born in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lyons moved to Lexington, Virginia when he was one year old. Attended elementary and high schools in Lexington; Washington and Lee University; and then entered Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, graduating with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Member of the MCV faculty, was appointed Dean of the School of Dentistry in 1951. Past President of Beth Ahabah Congregation. Member of the American Dental Association, Richmond Dental Society, Virginia State Dental Society, North Carolina State Dental Society, International Association of Dental Research, American Academy of Periodontology, Rotary Club and Torch Club. President Virginia State Dental Association, 1947-48; American Academy of Periodontology, 1953-54; American Dental Association 1956-57; American Association of Dental Schools, 1963-64; American College of Dentists, 1964-65. He has degrees of Sc.D. from Temple University, LL.D Manitoba University; and Sc. D. New York University.  (back to top)


Gus D. Mandaleris (1982) – A native of Richmond, he is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business Administration. A Certified Public Accountant, he is a retired partner of the Arthur Young and Company accounting firm and has served as Acting City Auditor for the City of Richmond since May 1981. Active in professional accounting organizations, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, past President of the Richmond Chapter of VSCPA and a recipient of their most Outstanding Member Award in 1976. A veteran, he served in the Navy during World War II and Korea as a Commander. A past President and member of the Board of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, he has served as a past Chairman of the Professional Division of the United Givers Fund.(back to top)


Steven A. Markel (2004) – A Richmond native, Steven A. Markel graduated from Collegiate School and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Starting with Markel Corporation as Assistant Treasurer in 1975, he is presently Vice Chairman, and serves on corporate boards of both Markel Corporation and S&K Famous Brands. Steve’s civic involvement includes service on the boards of VCU Health System Authority, Christian Children’s Fund, Richmond Chapter of the American Heart Association, and Hebrew Fund for the Aged of Richmond. He has previously held leadership positions with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Temple Beth Ahabah, United Way, and Beth Shalom Home. Steve and his wife Kathie have two children. (back to top)


Anthony Marmarou (1998) – Anthony Marmarou is Professor and Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. He was named a Javits Scholar by the National Institutes of Health in 1982. He received the distinction of Eminent Scholar while a Professor of Neurosurgery in 1983. Dr. Marmarou has served as President of the Parish Council of Richmond’s St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He has over 200 publications in his field of traumatic brain injury and serves on the international boards of Neurotrauma and Intracranial Pressure. (back to top)


Harold M. Marsh, Sr. (1997) – Harold M. Marsh, Sr. (1938-1997) received both engineering and law degrees from the University of Virginia in 1960 and 1966, respectively. He was the managing partner of Hill, Tucker & Marsh in 1977. In 1991, Marsh also became a substitute judge in the 13th District, General District Court. Marsh was involved in many community organizations such as: The Thomas Jefferson High School PTA, Carillon Civic Association, the Hood Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the National Conference of Christians & Jews, and Hope Housing, Inc.  (back to top)


Henry L. Marsh, III (1994) – Senator Henry L. Marsh, III was elected in 1991 to The Senate of Virginia from the 16th Senatorial District. He served as Mayor of Richmond from 1977 to 1982 and is a longtime partner in the law firm of Hill, Tucker and Marsh. At the beginning of his legal career in 1961, Senator Marsh immediately joined the fight against Virginia’s “massive resistance” effort to block school desegregation, brought about as the result of Brown v. Board of Education. He served on the Richmond City Council from 1966 to 1970, when he was elected Vice Mayor of the Council. As Mayor of Richmond, Senator Marsh spearheaded Project One, which led to the development of the Sixth Street Office Building, the Marriott Hotel, the Richmond Centre and the Sixth Street Parking Deck. At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Education, Senator Marsh has recently been asked to be a member of a delegation of professional and advocates of community enrichment to travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, this November. Senator Marsh is married to Dr. Diane Harris, a dentist. They have three children: Nadine, Sonya and Dwayne. (back to top)


Maureen Denlea Massey (2010) – President & CEO of Maureen Massey & Co., LC.   She and her husband, Ivor, recently traveled to Kenya to observe projects of ChildFund International that their generosity made possible. This includes a school that is attended by CFI sponsored children who are not only educated but are cared for by a nurse and receive meals throughout the day, a well that now allows children to attend school instead of walking several hours a day to get water for their families, and six goats (now 600) that were purchased for a Kenyan community which supplies meat, cheese and milk which has been a saving grace for the community, as childhood malnutrition has been eradicated and the standard of living much elevated. She probably is best known here in Richmond for her work at the Massey Cancer Center building the Center’s financial development team from the “ground up.” It is now one of the most respected cancer clinics in the nation. During her career at Markel Corporation, she coordinated Partnership for the Future, a program that helped lower-income students obtain financial aid in their efforts to attend college and have supported scholarship funds at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. (back to top)


Irving May (1963) – Native Virginian, humanitarian, leader and worker in a wide range of local, regional and national civic, governmental, cultural and welfare causes, past president of Congregation Beth Ahabah, distinguished business leader, long-time worker in the educational program of the National Conference of Christian and Jews, and Co- chairman Emeritus of the Richmond Chapter of the Conference. (back to top)


C. Coleman McGehee (1986) – Chairman of the board of Sovran Bank, N.S., serves on the board of Retreat Hospital and a trustee for the Virginia Historical Society. Trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and chairman of the Finance Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Commission on Virginia Transportation in the 21st Century. He is a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. (back to top)


John J. McGurn (1973) – A native of Texas, graduate of New Mexico State University, made Virginia his home in 1941, outstanding utility executive and community leader, current president of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Industrial Development, among others leadership roles in the UGF, St. Mary’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, United Negro College Fund, University of Richmond, American Nuclear Society, active member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church having served as chairman of its finance committee. (back to top)


Austin McLeod+ (2005) – The Brotherhood Youth Award was designed to recognize a young adult who exhibits humanitarian distinction as an agent of unity in his or her community. The establishment of this award was a direct result of the Unitown program segment which encourages leadership skills and outreach into the community. In 2005 the Brotherhood Youth Award was presented to two young men who attended the Hermitage High School Unitown in the spring of 2004. Later, as high school seniors, Desmond Diggs and Austin McLeod led a campaign in Henrico County which raised $74,000 for victims of the Asian tsunami. (back to top)


John J. McMahon (1971) – Native of Cleveland, Ohio, graduate of Georgetown University and St. Mary’s Seminary, dedicated priest with service in Newport News, Falls Church and Richmond, former Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities and currently Director of Bishop’s Overseas Relief and past of Sacred Heart Church, delegate to 1970 White House Conference of Children and Youth, former president of the Richmond Clergy Association, service on multiple boards of community organizations including the Urban League, Richmond Chaplaincy Association, and Seaton House, 1968 recipient of the rank of Monsignor, a long time participant in the Virginia NCCJ program. (back to top)


Delores L. McQuinn (2013) – Delores L. McQuinn is a fixture in Virginia politics and Richmond faith communities, and a leader in the efforts to educate society about the plight of enslaved Africans.  A graduate of Highland Springs High School, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University, she has remained in her native Richmond as she has lived a life of community service. Through her work with the Richmond City School Board, she initiated the re-opening of East End Middle School and led preparedness programs such as the back-to-school rallies. Her work in education has helped countless numbers of children, regardless of demographics, receive a quality education. Delores served on Richmond City Council for ten years, serving as vice mayor and vice council president. She was then elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 70th District. Her service has included breast cancer awareness legislation and advocating for the rights of seniors. Through Delegate McQuinn’s work in historical heritage, she fostered reconciliation and healing in light of America’s shameful past involving slavery and institutional racism. For many years, she has been at the forefront to help enlighten and educate people of diverse ethnicities about the struggles of enslaved Africans and how their faith enabled them to endure the harsh realities of their existence. (back to top)


Peter & Susan Mellette (1987) – Dr. Peter Mellette served as State director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews from 1953 to 1980. He held the position of national NCCJ Vice President from 1975-1978 and senior Vice President 1978-1982, He has long been devoted to the larger community in working for the establishment of good relationships among all persons. Dr. Mellette is a native of South Carolina. He received his B.A. degree from Furman University, B.D. from Crozier Theological Seminary, and Ed.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Susan Mellette has been the director of the Medical College of Virginia Hospital’s Division of Cancer Rehabilitation since 1977. She has conducted numerous research projects in clinical cancer chemotherapy and related areas under grants from the National Institutes of Health. She is widely known for her dedicated and caring work with cancer patients. Dr. Mellette is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her A.B. degree from Meredith College, and M.D. from The University of Cincinnati.(back to top)


Robert R. Merhige, Jr.* (1987) – Judge Robert R. Merhige, Jr., is a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is the author of many law articles, Adjunct Professor at T.C. Williams School of Law and a lecturer at numerous Law schools, and the Federal Judicial Center. He is a member and participant in many area civic and legal organizations, and a recipient of dozens of awards from various civic organizations. Judge Merhige has interpreted the law with the utmost insight and respect for the tradition of a society governed by law. Judge Merhige is a native of New York. He received his LL.B. from T. C. Williams School of Law and LL. M. from the University of Virginia. (back to top)


Charles Millhiser, II (1981) – A native of Richmond, he graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute as an electrical engineer, at the time of his death in August of this year he was Chairman of the Board of Northside Electric Company, originally employed by VEPCO as a draftsman he later became an Efficiency Engineer and later specialized in rate designs which he developed in cooperation with the State Corporation Commission in Virginia and North Carolina, a veteran he attained the rank of Colonel when he retired from active duty, a descendant of the first Rabbi of Beth Ahabah Congregation, he served his synagogue faithfully as its president, on its Board of Trustees and on the boards of the Hebrew Fund for the Aged and the Hebrew Cemetery, a lifelong supporter of interfaith and intergroup understanding he worked in the community to promote and develop improved human relations among people of all faiths and backgrounds. He was married and had two daughters. (back to top)


George M. Modlin (1970) – Native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, graduate of Wake Forest University, Phi Beta Kappa, Ph.D. Princeton University, president of University of Richmond since 1946, outstanding teacher, author, humanitarian and college administrator, a former president of the Association of American Colleges, the Association of Virginia Colleges and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, service on numerous boards including the Richmond Memorial Hospital, the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the First Baptist Church. (back to top)


John V. Moeser (2015) – Dr. John V. Moeser has dedicated 44 years of his life to working as a university professor. He currently serves as Senior Fellow at the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement after a distinguished career at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. John has been heavily involved with local and state government through serving on task forces and commissions related to urban policy, revisions to the City Charter, City Council redistricting, and, most recently, Richmond’s anti-poverty initiative. (back to top)


T. Justin Moore, Jr. (1984) – A native of Richmond, he was educated at Princeton University where he received his undergraduate degree and at the University of Virginia where he received his Bachelor of Laws degree. A former partner in the firm of Hunton and Williams, he joined Vepco at assistant general counsel in 1956. In 1967, he was elected senior vice-president and principal financial officer of Vepco. Three years later he was elected president and member of the Board and in 1978 he became Chairman of the Board and Chief executive Officer of Vepco. A director of many groups and corporations, he was an originator and serves as board chairman of Richmond Renaissance. A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant (j.g.) on a submarine chaser in the Pacific. (back to top)


J. Earl Moreland (1966) – Born in Texas. President of Randolph-Macon since 1939. Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University 1918; Master of Arts in 1921; honorary degree of LL.D. Morris Harvey College 1941; Doctor de Humanidades, Porto Alegre College, Brazil, 1948; Honorary degree of L.H.D., Southern Methodist University, 1950; the LL.D. degree from University of Chattanooga, 1955; the LL.D. degree from University of Richmond, 1964. Member First Assembly, World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, Holland, 1948; Evanston, Illinois 1954; New Delhi 1961. Member Central Committee, World Council of Churches, 1948-54; member of the Organizational Assembly, National Council of Churches in Cleveland in 1950, and member of General Board since that time. As educational representative of the Methodist Church in Brazil, he served as Professor, Vice President and President of Porto Alegre College, Brazil, 1921-34, President 1951-54 Virginia Association for United Nations. Member Ashland Planning Commission since 1952. Since 1952, Dr. Moreland has served as Virginia Chairman of N.C.C.J. and is currently serving on its national Board of Trustees. (back to top)


Charles M. Morrison (1984) – A native of Lynchburg, he was educated at Notre Dame University where he received his Bachelors degree. A partner in the insurance firm of Tabb, Brockenbrough and Ragland Insurance Agents, he is a former director of the City, State and Regional levels of the National Association of Individual Insurance Agents. A member of St. Bridget’s Parish, he has been an active member of the boards of Benedictine High School, St. Benedict’s Parish and Marymount High School. He currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of St. Joseph’s Villa and on the boards of St. Mary’s Hospital, the Serra Club, The National Conference of Christians and Jews and many other groups. A veteran of World War II, he served in the United States Navy with extensive duty on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. (back to top)


Joseph J. Muldowney (1974) – Native of Richmond, graduate of the Virginia Mechanics Institute, attended the investment bankers school of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, instructor in corporate finance at VCU, a past governor of the National Association of Security Dealers and the Investment Bankers Association, active in multiple community organizations including UGF, Red Cross, NCCJ, Benedictine High School, St. Mary’s Hospital and Richmond Police Benevolent Association, former president of the Richmond Diocesan Council of Catholic Men and the Catholic Interracial Council. (back to top)


Cynthia I. Newbille (2014) – Dr. Newbille has focused her entire professional and academic career, as well as her volunteer service, on highly inclusive and effective, community-based advancements in education, public safety, affordable housing, and community health programs. Representing the City’s 7th District, she has been instrumental in the 7th District Health and Wellness Initiative, the Bon Secours SEED program and other neighborhood-specific initiatives.  Professionally, Dr. Newbille is Program Officer and Patient Centered Medical Home Coordinator for the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.  (back to top)


Paul Nichols (1988) – Dr. Paul Nichols is a native of Kentucky. He received his B.A. and M.Div., Virginia Union University, M.A. Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Ed.D. from American University. Dr. Nichols is the Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church and a Former Dean and currently an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Union University School of Theology. Dr. Nichols is President of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and St. Joseph Villa. He has served as President of the Richmond Chaplaincy Service Board and the Richmond Area Clergy Association. (back to top)


Amy P. Nisenson (2013) – Amy P. Nisenson was instrumental in making the inaugural years of the Prejudice Awareness Summit program a success. In her professional role as the executive director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Amy provides financial support to nonprofits throughout Virginia. Amy has always been able to make unique connections between where she works professionally and where she is passionate about community issues. She has modeled this approach and helped others make similar contributions. Her community contributions include teaching classes in nonprofit management and grant writing and board development; serving on the boards of United Way, Leadership Metro Richmond, The Richmond Forum, and Jewish Women International. (back to top)


Mrs. W. Sarsfield Nott (1982) – A native of Jonesville, Wisconsin, she is a graduate of Clarke College with a B.S. and has done her graduate work in the School of Social Work at Catholic University of America. The widow of W. Sarsfield Nott, she is the mother of three children and a grandmother of eight. A member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church since coming to Richmond, she has long been involved in volunteer community activities. Her particular interest has been in hospital volunteer work serving on the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary since the hospital opened and on the Auxiliary’s Board for sixteen years, and is currently serving as a Trustee of St. Mary’s Hospital. She also serves as President of the Catholic Women’s Club and has received the Club’s Catholic Volunteer of the Year Award. Long an advocate of inter-faith cooperation she has served on the Board of the NCCJ and as a member of the Richmond Interfaith Council. (back to top)


Neilson J. November (1976) – Native of Richmond, graduate of Washington and Lee University, successful businessman and community leader, a past president of the Richmond Jewish Community Council and Community Center, a past chairman of the Virginia Advisory Commission on Aviation, current chairman of the Capitol Region Airport Commission as well as this year’s outstanding Israeli Showcase ’76, a recipient of numerous awards including among others the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Richmond Jewish Community Council, General Doolittle Aviation Award and the Esther Bernstein Award of the Jewish Community.(back to top)


Marvin Jackson Null (1991) – Mr. Null is a native of Staunton and a graduate of University of Richmond. He was president of Jack Null and Company from 1964 until a recent merger of his company. He has served as an officer and board member of six realtor professional and trade associations. Mr. Null has worked on a variety of charitable concerns through the St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church. He has coached young people in high school and college in several different sports. He has supported the athletic programs of University of Richmond and Hampton-Sydney College. When tragic events strike, he has helped bring community support for those who suffer. As in the case of Bill McCord who was shot, Jack started a fund to pay his medical expenses. (back to top)


Darcy S. Oman (2008) – Since 1985, Darcy S. Oman has served in a leadership capacity with The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia. Consistently recognized as a leader in her profession, under her guidance the Foundation has grown to be sixteenth largest in the U.S. At Hiram College in Ohio, Oman earned a degree in sociology and religion. She was a Board member of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, formerly NCCJ. She also serves as Treasurer, Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, on the Homeward Board of Advocates, and as a Community Advisor to the Older Dominion Project. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Richmond and the Forum Club. She and her husband, Gerry Dzura, have three daughters. (back to top)


James & Helen Parthemos (1986) – James Parthemos is former senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Both are natives of South Carolina and they are active in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Sts. Constantine and Helen. Mrs. Parthemos has been active in the community affairs of her church serving as a Sunday School teacher and president of the women’s auxiliary, the Philoptochos Society.  Mr. Parthemos is a former Fulbright scholar at the University of Athens, Greece, and was an Earhart fellow at Duke University. (back to top)


Philip Morris USA* (2004) – Philip Morris USA attributes its success to the commitment and dedication of a diverse array of talented employees, with a 6,300 person workforce in the Richmond-area offices and headquarters. Participation in the Philip Morris Employee Community Fund has grown each year since its inception in 2000. Employees annually select areas of community need they wish to support through PMECF grants. In addition they donate thousands of hours of time and energy to local service projects nationwide. Community outreach efforts include constructing homes for Habitat for Humanity, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, and building playgrounds at community youth centers. (back to top)


Catherine S. Plotkin (2007) – A graduate of Hollins College (now Hollins University), Catherine S. Plotkin began her business career teaching high school English at John Marshall High School. She became Editor of “The Reflector” news-magazine of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond in 1996 and Community Relations Director of the Federation in 1998, a position she held until 2003. A leader in community affairs, Cathy has served as President of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Federation. She has also served on the boards of Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), Hollins College Alumnae Association, Commonwealth Girl Scout Council, United Way of Greater Richmond, Council for America’s First Freedom, and Women’s Resource Center of the University of Richmond. Her present activities include the Advisory Board of Massey Cancer Center, Vice President of Richmond Women’s Golf Association, and General Chair of UJA/Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign for the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. Cathy was married for thirty-four years to the late Ronald M. Plotkin. She is the mother of two and grandmother of two. (back to top)


Heath K. Rada (1998) – Heath Rada is Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. He began his career as an elementary school teacher in Henrico County. He was president of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education from 1980 – 1992. He has served on numerous boards including Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, Richmond Rotary Club, and the Council for America’s First Freedom. Dr. Rada founded the Annual Interfaith Breakfast for corporate, political and religious leaders in Richmond.  (back to top)


Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. (2003) – A native of Oklahoma, Gordon F. Rainey, Jr. is the Chairman of Hunton & Williams, one of the nation’s largest law firms with seventeen offices in the United States and abroad. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he served his country as an officer in the United States Army, including a one-year tour in Korea. Upon discharge from the service, Gordon returned to the University of Virginia Law School from which he earned his law degree. He practices corporate and business law. Described by many as one of Richmond’s most able community leaders, he serves as Rector of the University of Virginia and as a member of the university’s Board of Visitors, as a Trustee for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, on the board of directors of SunTrust Mid-Atlantic and as Trustee and General Counsel for the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. A past chairman of the Metro Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Gordon is a former campaign chairman of the United Way of Greater Richmond and a member of the board of Richmond Renaissance. (back to top)


Richmond Theological Consortium* (2001) – The Richmond Theological Consortium is an ecumenical body whose purpose, in part, is for the creation and promotion of an environment supportive of academic and educational programs, the pursuit of activities of joint interest, the sharing of resources, and the education and training of persons for Christian ministry. The Consortium includes three theological schools: Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Cross-registration and interaction among the three schools provides a rich environment for learning and relationships. The new RTC cross is a unique and unifying symbol, representing diversity in denomination, race, and ethnicity, as well as cultural and religious traditions. (back to top)


C. David Robbins (2006) – A graduate of Catawba College in North Carolina, C. David Robbins is considered one of the premier college basketball coaches in the nation. For almost 30 years he has been the case study in success, beginning with Westhampton Middle School and moving on to Thomas Jefferson High School before settling in at Virginia Union University. He has the highest winning percentage of any active Division II coach, and is one of only two coaches to win NCAA championships in three different decades. During his 28-year tenure at Virginia Union, Dave has helped mold the college careers of several NBA all- stars, and has had twelve student-athletes selected as the Most Valuable Player of the CIAA Tournament. Members of Bon Air United Methodist Church for the past 26 years, Dave and his wife have two grown daughters. (back to top)


Walter S. Robertson (1963) – Native Virginian, humanitarian, leader in many community causes, distinguished servant of the United States Department of State under three presidents and recipient of the Medal of Merit, the highest civilian decoration of the United Sates, holder of the highest civilian decorations of four other governments, senior warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, member of the board of two Virginia colleges, astute financial and business leader. (back to top)


William B. Robertson (1972) – Native of Roanoke, B.S. Bluefield State College, M.S. Radford College, honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Virginia College, gifted teacher, principal and elementary supervisor, special to Governor Linwood Holton for consumer protection and minority economic development, active state leader in Jaycees work for retarded children as well as the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Young Man in Roanoke, 1967 and one of five in Virginia, 1967, Distinguished Achievement in the Service of Mankind Award, Citizen of Roanoke, 1971, a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Virginian. (back to top)


Lawrence E. Roffman (1985) – A native of New York City, he is a graduate of the City College of New York with a B.B.A. A veteran of World War II, he served for five years in the United Sates Army. The President of Republic Corporation of Virginia, he is the former Chairman of the Board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority and former Vice Chairman of the Commission on Human Relations for the City of Richmond. An active member of his synagogue, he is the former president of the Congregation Beth Ahabah, a Trustee of the Beth Ahabah Foundation and the Endowment Fund and Chairman of the Restoration Committee. Involved in various civic organizations, he serves on the board of the Richmond Boys Club, St. Josephs Villa, Marymount School and The Governors Advisory Board on the Aging.  (back to top)


Martha F. Rollins (2012) – As founding board chair, president and CEO of Boaz and Ruth, Martha Franck Rollins has dedicated her life to helping people and communities heal. The faith-based non-profit organization provides re-entry assistance for released prisoners, fosters commercial revitalization of the neighborhood, and bridges cultural and economic disparities in the Richmond metropolitan area. The former owner of Martha’s Mixtures Antiques, Martha is also credited with establishing the Highland Park Retail Merchants and the Carillon Civic Association, recognized as the only successfully integrated neighborhood in the South during the 1970’s.  (back to top)


Claire M. Rosenbaum (1999) – Dr. Claire M. Rosenbaum holds the distinction of being the first and only woman president of Congregation Beth Ahabah. As a former dean and faculty member of the University of Richmond, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Among many honors, she has received the Westhampton College Alumnae Association Distinguished Alumna Award. In addition to writing educational handbooks and publications, Dr. Rosenbaum is an active Board member with the NCCJ, Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Jewish Family Services, the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Health Care Foundation. She has previously served on the Board of Mid Atlantic Conference, Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Married to Robert S. Rosenbaum, the past president of family-owned Northside Electric Company, Dr. Rosenbaum is the mother of three and grandmother of two. (back to top)


Gilbert M. Rosenthal (1982) – A native of Richmond, he was educated at the University of Richmond receiving a B.A. in 1947. He is President of Standard Drug Company and active in the business community. Long an active leader in the Jewish community, he has served as a Board member of the Richmond Jewish Community Council and as President of Congregation Beth Ahabah. He is currently a Trustee of Beth Ahabah as well as being a Trustee of the Beth Sholom Home. He is also active in community affairs having served as a Chairman of Richmond Brotherhood Week and as a founding Board Member of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He currently serves the community as a Trustee of the University of Richmond and on the Boards of Sheltering Arms Hospital and The Richmond Renaissance. (back to top)


ROSMY* (2014) – Founded in 1991, ROSMY’s mission is to ensure equal opportunities for success for Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth through access to support, education, and advocacy. By encouraging LGBTQ adolescents and young adults to make healthy life choices, providing parents and families with information and access to resources, and providing youth and family service workers with accurate and timely information, ROSMY has filled an essential gap in the health and human service network for over 20 years, helping to make Central Virginia a safer, more inclusive place for LGBTQ youth.  (back to top)


Thomas L. Ruffin (1982) – A native of Richmond since the turn of the century, he was educated at the University of Richmond and is a veteran of World War I. Prior to joining Ruffin and Payne in 1926, he was a Master of Christ Church School in Middlesex County, Virginia where he met his wife Evelyn. He is Chairman of the Board of Ruffin and Payne, Inc. a company of which he was President from 1929 to 1981. Active in the business community, he serves s a Director of the Pennsylvania Lumberman’s Mutual Insurance Company and a number of other insurance groups. He is one of the founders of the Virginia Federal Savings and Loan Association and currently serves as a Director. His community interests include his long involvement with the NCCJ and his Church and leader of a variety of clubs in Richmond. He has one daughter and three grandchildren. (back to top)


John J. Russell (1964) – Adopted son of Virginia, university trustee, recipient of honorary degrees from several Colleges, distinguished pastor and Archdiocesan director of charities, Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, before being appointed tenth Bishop of Richmond in 1958, community servant on organization boards and committees, long time spokesman for the ideal of the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. (back to top)


Muhammad S. Sahli (2003) – Muhammad S. Sahli, a native of Haifa, was raised in Beirut, Lebanon, coming to the United States in 1961 as a graduate student. He became a citizen of the United States. He earned his degree in chemistry from the American University in Beirut and his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina. Formerly a Senior Research Chemist for Allied Chemical and a Research Chemist for DuPont, he has been an adjunct professor of organic chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University for over thirty-seven years. Dedicated to interfaith understanding, Muhammad serves on the boards of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the Council for America’s First Freedom, and is a member of the Arab Jewish Dialogue Committee. He is also a member and former president of the Islamic Center of Virginia. Married for thirty-seven years to his wife Brenda, he is the father of three children. (back to top)


Anne P. Satterfield (1997) – Anne P. Satterfield received a sociology degree from the Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU). She has been active in the Richmond community by serving as the Christmas Mother (1981), the first woman president of the United Way of Greater Richmond, first woman Rector of the Board of Visitors at VCU, and as a member of the Executive Board of Richmond Memorial Hospital. Currently, she is active in the St. Stephen’s Church, the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and serves as secretary of the University of Virginia Medical School Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  (back to top)


W. Harry Schwarzschild (1969) – Native of Richmond, humanitarian, outstanding banker and member of the National Advisory Board to the Controller of the Currency, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy in World War II, leader in many business, civic and charitable causes, past president of Richmond Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Virginia Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1962 recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Richmond Jewish Community Council. (back to top)


S. Buford Scott (1981) – A native of Richmond, he graduated from the University of Virginia, a veteran, he is married and has three children, he is the Chairman of Scott and Stringfellow, Inc., the investment banking and brokerage firm, he is a director of a number of major Richmond based corporations, active in the community he serves as Chairman of the United Way Capital Funds Board, as president of the Elk Hill Farm boys home, as a director of the local Police Benevolent Association and Sheltering Arms Hospital, he has also been involved with the Big Brothers of America, the Virginia Commissions on Children and Youth and a Vice-Rector of the Board of Visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University, the recipient of numerous awards including the Outstanding Service Award of the Virginia Council on Economic Education (twice) and the Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award from the Richmond Junior Chamber of Commerce, he is a dedicated churchman having served as Senior Warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. (back to top)


Ranjit K. Sen (2010) – Chairman & CEO of CXI, Inc. In absolutely everything he does, Ranjit is open to the possibilities without regard to race, nationality, religion or culture. In his professional life, he has established a track record of connecting people of diverse backgrounds in ways that benefit all parties. His 30-year journey of giving back to the Indian community in Richmond helped lead to the creation of a new temple at the Hindu Center of Virginia which is expected to open very soon. As a member of the CenterStage Foundation, he was involved in the extensive efforts to see the project become a reality. His core values of giving are: “Don’t stop just because it is difficult to reach a goal or takes a long time to do so. Giving is not a one-time event; it is long-term. The perseverance to achieve goals that positively impact the community is extremely rewarding and life changing.”  (back to top)


David T. Shannon (1981) – Native of Richmond, a graduate of Virginia Union University for his B.A. and B.D. degrees, he also holds an S.T.M. from Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, a D.Min from Vanderbilt and a PhD. From the University of Pittsburgh, married and father of three children, he serves as President of Virginia Union University, a biblical scholar who has taken advanced study at Hartford Seminary and taught at Bucknell University, St. Mary’s Seminary (Cleveland, Ohio) and Howard University Divinity School, as a pastor he served Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, Fair Oaks Baptist Church in Fair Oaks and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, a widely published author he specializes in the areas of theology and the black experience in religion, he has been involved in numerous cultural, social and religious programs that have enhanced the community.  (back to top)


Robert J. Shine, Jr. (1981) – Native of Lynchburg, a graduate of the Catholic University of America, married and the father of two daughters, founder and now Chairman of the Board of Cavalier Fabrics, Ltd., a veteran of World War II, he has long been dedicated to the service of his nation and his community, as Chairman of the Catholic Interracial Council he assisted too in integrating the Catholic School System one year prior to the 1954 Supreme Court decision, recently invested as a papal Knight of Malta by the Archbishop of Washington, he serves a number of community organizations including the Catholic Family and Children’s Service, Social Ministry Commission for the Richmond Diocese, as a charter member of Saint Bridget’s Catholic Church. (back to top)


Stuart C. Siegel (1996) – Stuart C. Siegel, a graduate of East Carolina University, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of S&K Famous Brands, Inc. Mr. Siegel serves as Rector on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Business Advisory Board of the University of Richmond, the Executive Committee of East Carolina University Athletic Foundation and the Central Advisory Board of Signet Bank. He is Vice Chairman of the Virginia State Lottery Board and is Treasurer of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. Mr. Siegel is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Metro Richmond Chamber of Commerce and has been honored by several organizations, among them: Women’s American ORT, ADL of B’nai B’rith, Leadership Metro Richmond and the Retail Merchants Association. (back to top)


Thomas A. Silvestri (2015) – Tom Silvestri is currently President and Publisher of Richmond Times-Dispatch and Vice President of the Richmond Group BH Media Group. He has worked with the news media for more than 35 years. Tom is known for the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s engagement initiative called the Public Square, which has been hailed by the community for demonstrating civil public conversations on important topics. His past board service includes the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Metro Richmond, and Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, among others. (back to top)


Mark B. Sisisky (2008) – A graduate of the University of Virginia, is Managing Partner with Caprin Asset Management. He has been an active supporter with United Way, Richmond Jewish Foundation, The Community Foundation, and Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, furthering the work of the four institutions to improve human relations, social welfare, justice, and the quality of life in our area. His work with Council for America’s First Freedom has highlighted his belief in the importance of religious freedom, and Sisisky has worked on the Virginia-Israel Commission/Partnership with four Governors. He and his wife Susan are the parents of two children. (back to top)


Florence Neal Cooper Smith** (2014) – Mrs. Smith is a pioneer of sickle cell awareness, regionally and nationally. As the director of the Virginia Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Program (VASCAP) at MCV, she developed a comprehensive program for sickle cell screening, counseling, research, and public education at a time when there was little public knowledge about sickle cell and no services in place to address concerns and issues surrounding the disease. As a result of VASCAP, every child in Virginia is tested for sickle cell.   (back to top)


Frank Soden (1977) – Native of New Jersey, graduate of St. Peter’s College, service in U.S. Naval Intelligence, outstanding broadcaster and media executive, longtime voice of the Richmond Braves and University of Richmond football and basketball where he serves as Assistant Athletic Director, a leader in numerous community organizations including among others past president of the Richmond Area Heart Association and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, 1962 Richmond Brotherhood Week Chairman, local MC of multiple civic and charitable causes such as the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, recipient of numerous awards including being named Virginia Sportscaster of the Year or 1965 and 1966, a lay reader at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. (back to top)


T. K. Somanath (2011) – As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Better Housing Coalition, T. K. Somanath has become an advocate and a recognized voice for neighborhood revitalization and community development in the local, state and national arenas. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Mysore. T.K. is one of the founders of the Hindu Center of Virginia in Richmond. In his spare time, he organizes the East Indian Music Concerts and Food Festivals and serves on the boards of directors for Leadership Metro Richmond, Homeward, and First Market Bank. He and his wife have two children and three grandchildren.  (back to top)


George Spanos (1984) – A native of the Island of Chios, Greece where he was educated in the local public school system. He has been a resident of Richmond since 1951 and is President of Spanos Corporation which is the parent company of the famous Byram’s Restaurant. An active member of the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, he has served as a member of numerous church committees, on the Governing Board and as President of the congregation. Involved in various community efforts, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Heart Fund and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the local Jewish Community Center for his work in the interfaith understanding. A veteran of the second World War, he served in the Greek Independent Forces under British General Montgomery and in the immediate post-war period he helped Jewish refugees get from Cyprus to Palestine. (back to top)


James R. and Margaret P. Spencer** (2015) – The Judges Spencer received the prestigious Distinguished Virginian Award, presented by VCIC to individuals whose influence and legacy reaches across the Commonwealth. Judge James R. Spencer became the first African-American Chief Judge in the 215-year history of the Court in 2004, and Judge Margaret P. Spencer (retired) was the first female Circuit Court Judge in central Virginia. They are very prominent members of the community and work with organizations such as the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Administration, Virginia Board of Corrections, the American Judicature Society, the Federal Judges Association, and many more. (back to top)


Jack D. Spiro (1975) – Native of New Orleans, Louisiana, dedicated rabbi, author and community leader, former chaplain of the U.S. Air Force and director of the Commission on Jewish Education for Reform Congregations, rabbi of Temple Beth Ahabah since 1973, secretary of the Clergy Association of the Richmond Area, co-author of the Living Bible, author of A Time to Mourn and with the Reverend John S. Spong, Dialogue: In Search of Jewish-Christian Understanding. (back to top)


John S. Spong (1975) – Native of Charlotte, North Carolina, dedicated priest, author and community leader, former editor of the North Carolina Churchman, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1969, a member of the Executive Council of the National Episcopal Church, former member of the Richmond Human Relations Commission, author of Christpower, Honest Prayer, This Hebrew Lord and with Rabbi Jack D. Spiro, Dialogue: In Search of Jewish Christian Understanding. (back to top)


LaVerne B. Spurlock (2010) – Retired educator in Richmond Public Schools. Her work as a school counselor gave her much experience and pleasure in responding to the needs of others. Graduate of Armstrong High School here in Richmond and earned degrees from Virginia State, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. She has been described as “Energizing,” “quiet mover and shaker,” and “one of our ‘quiet leaders,’ rarely seeking the spotlight for herself. She has worked across lines of race, religion, and ethnicity to help all in our communities achieve the American dream.” Founder of Virginia Heroes, Inc., LaVerne has been a leader in programs that provide mentoring, positive role models and preparation for the world of work among children and youth with a particular attention to the needs of minorities. She is also a founding board member of Partnership for the Future and member of Commonwealth Chapter of The Links, Inc.  (back to top)


St. Joseph’s Villa* (2009) – For the last 175 years, St. Joseph’s Villa has provided care and education to the most challenged children in our community. From its start as an orphanage and school, and now as a multi-service agency serving more than 600 children and families each day, the Villa has never stopped believing in its power to change the lives of children in need. In recent years, St. Joseph’s Villa has added innovative programs to address emerging community needs and has been a critical resource to communities throughout central Virginia. With the motto “We never stop believing in children and their families,” the Villa staff continue to believe in their children and their ability to help them. Its work of welcoming, caring for and educating the most challenged children and transitioning them back into the community helps families and communities become stronger. (back to top)


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church* (2016) – Founded in 1866, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is celebrating its 150th year. From the beginning, St. Mark’s has been a community-focused parish. St. Mark’s has not removed itself from issues of change and conflict in the community, choosing instead to champion the rights of others and advocate for social justice. As a result of its long-standing core values, St. Mark’s holds a number of historical distinctions: became the first integrated Episcopal church (1967) in the city of Richmond; helped found the Richmond AIDS Ministry and ministered to AIDS victims at a time when no one else would; among the first Episcopal churches in the nation to perform ceremonies for all couples, and in 2016, is a host for both civil and sacramental weddings for all couples.  (back to top)


Anne Y. Sternheimer (1997) – Anne Y. Sternheimer received an R.N. and B.S.Ed. from the University of Virginia. She was the Secretary-Treasurer of her husband’s business, Sternheimer Bros., Inc. (A&N stores) before becoming Director of Charles Schwarzschild Jewelers, Inc. (her daughter’s business). Sternheimer has served as president of the Nottingham Garden Club, the board of directors of Beth Ahabah and the Sisterhood Board. Currently, she serves on the Massey Cancer Club Advisory Board, the Capital Campaign Committee for Athletics at UVA, the UVA Nursing School’s Centennial Celebration Committee and Governor Allen’s Citizen’s Advisory Council. (back to top)


Mark A. Sternheimer (1997) – Mark A. Sternheimer attended the University of Richmond and graduated from the University of Virginia. After graduating, he served as a US Marine Corps company commander in Korea. Sternheimer is the president of Sternheimer Bros, Inc., the parent company of A&N stores, and CEO of Charles Schwarzschild Jewelers. He serves on the boards of Beth Ahabah, the Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives Trust and Fidelity Federal Saving Bank. Sternheimer was appointed by Governor Allen to serve on the Governor’s Virginia-Israel Board.(back to top)


Wallace Stettinius (1994) – Wallace Stettinius is Chairman of the Board of Cadmus Communications Corporation. His current business activities include directorships of the Chesapeake Corporation of Virginia, American Filtrona Corporation, Gray Lumber Company and NationsBank, Virginia. Stettinius is a Trustee of the Greater Richmond Foundation, Collegiate Schools, The George C. Marshall Foundation, University of Virginia Colgate Darden School Sponsors, University of Virginia Student Aid Foundation and Richmond Renaissance. He chairs the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation and was a founding member of VCU’s School of Business Council. His philanthropic activities extend to Virginia Union University and The Virginia Home for Boys, and he serves as planning advisor to a number of non-profit organizations. A visible businessman in the printing industry, Stettinius is the author of two books and numerous articles for trade publications. His involvement professionally, as past Director of Printing Industry of Virginia’s Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and Graphic Computer Communications Association, has made him a leader in his profession. Since 1970, Stettinius has been an instructor on the PIA Executive Development Program Faculty; for the past nine years, he has served on the SAM Advanced Management Journal Advisory Board. Additionally, he is an instructor and speaker at numerous Industry and University seminars and workshops. Mr. Stettinius is the recipient of various awards, including the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and The Printing Industry Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Mary Gray Stettinius, have three children and six grandchildren. (back to top)


Harold P. Straus (1994) – A Richmond native, Harold P. Straus has been Vice President of Markel Service, Markel Rhulen Underwriters and Brokers since 1980. Prior to that, he was President of Virginia Sanitary Supply and Vice President/General Manager of American Paper Company and Virginia Sanitary Supply. Mr. Straus serves on the boards of the Richmond Chapter of NCCJ and The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, is President of The Beth Ahabah Foundation and Endowment and is a member of the Problem Solving Committee of United Way Services. His past volunteer activities include serving on the boards of Offender Aid and Restoration (Chair, the Rotary Club of Richmond (President), the Jewish Community Center (Vice President), Jewish Family Services and the Richmond City Democratic Committee (Treasurer). Straus was a religious-school teacher for 35 years at Congregation Beth Ahabah, where he also served as President of its Board. Harold Straus is married to the former Gail Oberdorfer. They have four children: Harold III, Jo Murphy, Raymond and Helen, and four grandchildren. (back to top)


Mary Ellen Stumpf (1998) – Mary Ellen Stumpf is President of Stumpf and Associates, providing consultation on planning, management, board development, fund development and public affairs in the non-profit sector. She has dedicated her life to the not-for-profit sector, first as an educator in the fields of literature and cultural history, and then as a development professional, college and museum administrator, consultant and volunteer. She has volunteered in the areas of development for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Saint Mary’s College National Alumnae Board, Cathedral of Sacred Heart Council and numerous other non-profit boards.  (back to top)


Walter F. Sullivan (1975) – Native of Washington, D.C., dedicated priest, church and community leader, ordained an auxiliary bishop in 1970, became Apostolic Administrator upon the retirement of Bishop John J. Russell in 1973 and was named Bishop of the new Catholic Diocese of Richmond and installed in 1974, a member of the Advisory Council to the American Bishops, locally he serves on the board of directors of the United Givers Fund, the Urban League, Boy’s Club and the United Nations Association. (back to top)


Lee C. Tait (1983) – A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he was educated at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he received his B.S. degree and M.I.T. where he received his M.S. degree in Industrial Management. A veteran of World War II, he served in both Africa and Europe as a Lieutenant Colonel. Married, he is the father of four children. He has been with C & P Telephone of Virginia since 1941, now serving as its Senior Vice- president and Director. He serves on the Boards of numerous corporations. Active in community affairs he is the Rector of the Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech, Vice- Chairman of the Board of The Science Museum, Vice-President of the Metropolitan Foundation and Chairman of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Concerned about community development, he has been an active leader of The United Fund, The Chamber of Commerce and The Metropolitan Richmond Y.M.C.A. (back to top)


Shantaram K. Talegaonkar (2012) – A retired ophthalmologist, Shantaram Talegaonkar was in private practice with the Eye Clinic of Virginia, the Petersburg Eye Center, and finally the Virginia Eye Institute. With a belief in lifelong learning and sharing, he has focused his volunteer work on promoting mutual understanding of music, art, religion and philosophy, using and creating opportunities to facilitate harmonious co-existence between the Indian and American cultures. A founding member of the Hindu Center of Virginia, he has also contributed countless volunteer hours to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, St. Joseph’s Villa, and the Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. (back to top)


Richard J. Tarrant (1989) – Dick Tarrant is a native of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a M.A. degree in Personnel and Guidance from Seton Hall University. He is in his ninth season as head basketball coach at the University of Richmond where he has become the basketball coach with the highest winning percentage in UR history. Mr. Tarrant has demonstrated special care for academic and character development of the student athlete, particularly with minorities. In May of this year, the twenty-second consecutive student-athlete who played four years under Tarrant’s tenure, graduated from the University of Richmond.  (back to top)


Robert L. Taylor (1974) – Native of Hanover County, undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Union University, pastor of Fourth Baptist Church since 1952, a past president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond, currently serves as president of the Goodwill Baptist Convention of Virginia, vice president of the National Baptist Convention of America and member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, active in multiple community organizations including Model Neighborhood, UGF, board chairman of the Richmond Opportunities Industrialization Center, long time spokesman for the ideal of the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. (back to top)


Morton G. Thalhimer, Jr. (1979) – President of Neighborhood Theaters, Inc. Graduate of Dartmouth College. Became associated with Neighborhood Theaters in 1950 and became its president in 1967. Has been president and chairman of the Association of Theater Owners of Virginia and a member of the board of its national parent group. Past president of Richmond Memorial and Sheltering Arms hospitals, area campaign chairman for State of Israel Bonds, and a founder and original director of United Cerebral Palsy of Richmond. Received the B’nai B’rith civic service award in 1976 and the Israeli prime minister’s silver medal in 1974. Past co-chairman of the brotherhood of Congregation Beth Ahabah. (back to top)


Morton G. Thalhimer, Sr. (1967) – A native of Richmond, humanitarian, leader in many community organizations, educational and charitable causes, outstanding realtor, serving in many leadership roles in local, state and national associations of realtors, service on numerous boards including the Williamsburg Restoration, Inc., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and present Chairman of the Board of Richmond Memorial Hospital, active member of Temple Beth Ahabah, recipient of the 1955 Man of the Year Award of the Richmond Jewish Community Council, a founder of NCCJ in Richmond. (back to top)


William B. Thalhimer, Jr. (1971) – Native of Richmond, successful businessman and head of family firm, humanitarian and leader in multiple religious, educational and charitable causes including among others service on the boards of Cripple Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and the University of Richmond, a past president of Temple Beth Ahabah, Richmond Area Community Chest, Jewish Community Center and the Richmond Retail Merchants Association, a past Virginia chairman of Radio Free Europe and the United Negro College Fund, 1964 recipient of the Richmond Jewish Community Council’s “Distinguished Service Award,” Co-Chairman since 1961 Richmond NCCJ Chapter. (back to top)


Frank J. Thornton (2007) – A Richmond native, Frank J. Thornton graduated from Virginia Union University with a B. A. in French. He earned his M. A. from The American University and has done further graduate work at Washington and Lee University, University of Rennes in France, Laval University in Quebec, and Middlebury College in Vermont. Frank has been an Assistant Professor of French at VUU since 1971. Elected to the Henrico County Board of Supervisors in 1995 representing the Fairfield Magisterial District, he is the first African American to serve as Chairman of that Board, first in 2000 and again in 2005. His governmental activities include service on Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization, Henrico County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Henrico County Volunteer Rescue Squads. Appointed by two governors to serve on advisory boards and task forces, Frank is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, Past President and Co-Founder of Henrico County Civic League, and former member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Richmond. Also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Henrico County Branch of NAACP, and Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, he and his wife Bettye are the parents of two adult children. (back to top)


William S. Thornton (1989) – Dr. William S. Thornton is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Union University. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the staffs of Richmond Community Hospital, Richmond Metropolitan Hospital, and the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Thornton is actively involved in helping many community organizations, for example, he serves on the Boards of the Richmond Renaissance and Committees of the Central Richmond Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Riverview Baptist Church and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Medicare and Medicaid. He is a founder of the Richmond and Virginia Crusade for Voters. (back to top)


Richard G. Tilghman (1993) – Mr. Tilghman serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Crestar Financial Corporation and Crestar Bank. Mr. Tilghman is a director of Chesapeake Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of St. Catherine’s School, and the boards of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges and the Virginia Bankers Association. He is chairman of Richmond Renaissance and is a member of the American Bankers Association, Association of Reserve City Bankers and a principal of the Virginia Business Council. He and his wife, Alice have two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline. (back to top)


Larry E. Tolpi (1999) – Larry E. Tolpi, currently Public Affairs leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is past president of the Richmond, Virginia LDS Stake. He initiated and encouraged interfaith cooperation and community service of the LDS church in Richmond, through membership in the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond and support of the Daily Planet. In addition he helped the LDS Church explore participation in the Virginia Council of Churches through community service and interfaith understanding and mutual respect. As a member of the NCCJ Board, Mr. Tolpi has helped sustain programs such as Interfaith Breakfasts and the Metrotown program for area youth. (back to top)


Clarence L. Townes, Jr. (1987) – Clarence L. Townes, Jr. is Deputy Director of Richmond Renaissance, Inc. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Coach Corp. His work through Richmond Renaissance has helped to bring ethnic and social groups closer. He has been affiliated with numerous business and civic organizations. Mr. Townes is a native of Richmond. He received his B.S. degree from Virginia Union University. (back to top)


James E. Ukrop (2006) – Currently chairman of the board of First Market Bank, James E. Ukrop lists his business experience as “all at Ukrop’s starting part-time in 1951”. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, he remains active on many of the school’s boards, foundations, and associations, and served as secretary of the Board of Visitors. In addition to many business boards, Jim currently serves the community in leadership roles on the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Virginia Hi- Speed Rail Development Council, as well as Virginia21, Richmond Renaissance, Citizens Coalition for a Greater Richmond, and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. His past involvement includes Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Richmond Metro Chamber of Commerce, in addition to many other area associations. While Jim cites golf as a hobby, he places highest priority on his family— wife, two sons, and five grandchildren.  (back to top)


Robert S. Ukrop (2006) – Robert S. Ukrop is president and chief executive officer of Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc. A graduate of University of Richmond, he has served on the Board of Trustees for 18 years. He earned his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Actively involved in the community, Bobby has served on boards of the Salvation Army, Richmond Sportsbackers, The Richmond First Tee, and Greater Richmond Partnership, as well as chairing the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. In addition he is a board member for Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs. Particularly meaningful projects for him over the years have included his involvement with the replacement of Parker Field with The Diamond, and with the creation of Chesterfield Communities in Schools, a public/private partnership to deliver education, health and support services to at-risk youth. Active as a Sunday school teacher for First Baptist Church, he is also a golf and basketball enthusiast. He and his wife have four adult children and three grandchildren. (back to top)


Ukrop’s Super Markets (1993) – Founded by the Ukrop family in 1937, Ukrop’s mission is to serve its customers and community efficiently and effectively while treating its customers, associates, and suppliers as they would personally like to be treated. They strive to improve the lives and well being of their families and the community by their well known superior customer service, honesty, and fair business practices. One of their most generous community commitments is the Golden Gift Program which began in 1987. The Golden Gift Program has donated $4.4 million to participating organizations. (back to top)


Henry L. Valentine, II (1996) – Henry L. Valentine, II received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and is presently Chairman of the Board of Davenport & Co. of Virginia, Inc. He is a Director with the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, the Hollywood Cemetery and Media General. Mr. Valentine serves on the boards of the Richmond Renaissance, Children’s Hospital Endowment Fund and the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. He is also President of St. Andrews Association and the Valentine Museum. Mr. Valentine has also served as Chairman of the Woodberry Forest School Board and St. Catherine’s School Board. Mr. Valentine was a past Vice Mayor of the City of Richmond and a Richmond City Council member. He is married to the former Margaret West and has four children. He successfully completed terms as President of the following organizations: Alumni Association of University of Virginia, Valentine Museum, Children’s Hospital and the Richmond Renaissance. (back to top)


Jacob M. & Saul Viener (1972) – Natives of Charles Town, West Virginia, commissioned officers in the Navy, World War II, graduates of the University of Pennsylvania and Shepherd State College, M.A. University of West Virginia, successful businessmen, humanitarians and leaders in multiple religious, educational and charitable causes, including the UGF, Red Cross, Cancer Crusade, Beth Sholom Home of Virginia. Saul’s historical writings include a Commemorative History of Congregation Beth Ahabah for the 125th Anniversary of which he currently serves as vice president, each a past president of the Jewish Community Council and a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. (back to top)


Virginia Historical Society* (2002) – The Virginia Historical Society, founded in 1831 during a time of agricultural, economic, and political decline, has undergone a major institutional transformation, now serving the commonwealth as the Center for Virginia History. The permanent exhibit, “The Story of Virginia, an American Experience”, covers 16,000 years of Virginia history, from prehistoric times to the present. Once operated as an exclusive research library open only to scholars, the Society now offers galleries of changing exhibits, lecture series, conferences, and special programs as part of its mission to promote a broader understanding of Virginia history. Under the direction of Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr. since 1988, the Society has seen a significant expansion of educational outreach programs statewide, including traveling exhibits, teacher workshops, in-school activities, and services to community historical societies and museums.  (back to top)


Virginia Holocaust Museum* (2000) – The simple hope for a way to help children understand and avoid bigotry evolved into reality when the Virginia Holocaust Museum opened its doors in May 1997. The museum, which will soon move to new and enlarged quarters, educates school children, college students, church and civic organizations, and travelers from around the world. Under the guidance of Jay Ipson and his family, it has been named a Museum for the Millenium, a living testament to honor those who perished, those who survived, and those who rescued others from the mayhem known as the Holocaust during World War II. (back to top)


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts* (2003) – An institution with a remarkable collection of more than twenty thousand works of art spanning over five thousand years of history, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts reaches about one million people a year with on-site and traveling exhibitions. It is a center for multi-cultural art and concerns. Working with religious and cultural institutions like the Hindu Center and groups representing African, Asian and American Indian organizations, the Museum has provided outstanding programs like “Generations: African-American Art from the VMFA Collection” and “Worlds of Wonder and Desire: Indian Paintings from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts”. The Museum is very proud of the role it plays in bringing art and culture together to enhance the cause of human understanding and positive human relations. (back to top)


Virginia Power* (1996) – Virginia Power is being recognized for their extraordinary efforts in responding to the special needs of it culturally diverse communities and establishing strong relations with a broad range of organizations in the Richmond area. They were instrumental in founding Community Learning Week, a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. and the partnership with Virginia Union University. They have responded to the needs of schools by developing the Strong Men and Women, Excellence in Leadership Series. In 1992, they were among three companies who established a Christmas in April program, where hundreds of volunteers converge on a single neighborhood to make home repairs for the elderly and disabled landowners. During the past 14 years, they have sponsored EnergyShare, which raises funds to help pay home heating bills for those in financial crisis. Virginia Power is also committed to the protection of the environment and has formed a partnership with Virginia State Parks. The Virginia Power Volunteers’ Community Program recently celebrated its 11th year of service and reached a significant milestone of one million hours of volunteer service. (back to top)


Wyatt Tee Walker (2008) – A double graduate of Virginia Union University, Wyatt Tee Walker also holds a doctorate from Rochester Theological Center. Considered a leading authority on the music of the African-American religious experience, he is also a prolific author. His first pulpit was at Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg. Later in New York’s Harlem community, he established a record of urban ministry as pastor/theologian, human rights activist and cultural historian. He served as Chief of Staff to Martin Luther King and as Special Assistant to Governor Nelson Rockefeller of NY, as Urban Affairs Specialist. His human rights work has carried him to 100 countries. Now residing in Chester VA, he and his wife Theresa are parents of two adult children. (back to top)


Lance D. Watson (2016) – Lance Watson serves as Senior Pastor of the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia and chief visionary for its corporate affiliates, Destiny Schools, Charisma Books and Gifts, Saint Paul’s Community Foundation, NIA, Inc. of Greater Richmond and Positive Power Media Group. His achievements and recognitions are noteworthy. He has been honored as an Outstanding Contributor to Education, an Outstanding Communicator and Minister of the Year, as well as an African American Role Model by several organizations. He is listed in Who’s Who in Religion and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This young, progressive and forward-looking congregation of Saint Paul’s for “People On the Grow” serves as the spiritual home for more than 12,000 persons and supports mission and ministry causes around the globe.  (back to top)


Thelma Bland Watson (2015) – Dr. Thelma Bland Watson has served as Executive Director of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, since 2002. As a Gerontologist and Public Administrator, Thelma works to see a world where people know how to find and use resources in order to cope with health issues as they age successfully. Her current and former board service includes the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, Bon Secours Community Hospital, the Capital Area Workforce Investment Board, the Central Virginia Health Planning Agency, and the Virginia Health Quality Center. (back to top)


James L. Weinberg (2016) – Jim Weinberg is a Richmond native and serves as President of the Firm at Hirschler Fleischer, practicing in the Business Section. He has been involved in a wide range of community activities. Jim was President of the Central Virginia Food Bank and was deeply involved in its merger with Meals on Wheels which resulted in FeedMore. He has also served as President of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and recently concluded a term as Chairman of the Richmond Jewish Foundation. Jim is a member of the boards of the Valentine, the Robert Russa Moton Museum for Civil Rights Education (that recently became affiliated with Longwood University), and Congregation Beth Ahabah, and he serves on the President’s Diversity Council of Brown University.   (back to top)


Jay M. Weinberg (1984) – A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he was educated at the University of Virginia where he received his bachelor of Arts and also his Juris Doctor degrees. A senior partner in the firm of Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg, Cox and Allen, he is listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America for both Corporate and Real Estate Law. He is a member of the American, Virginia State, Virginia and Richmond Bar Associations. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School where he taught “Problems in Practice.” Active in community affairs, he has served as President of the Jewish Community Center, as President of Congregation Beth Ahabah, on the Board of Trustees of the United Way and as Vice-Chairman of The Richmond Black Student Foundation. A veteran of the United States Army, he served as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps and in the Judge Advocate General Corps with the rank of Captain.  (back to top)


E. Ayn Welleford (2017) – As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, Ayn Welleford currently works to #DisruptAgeism while “Promoting Optimal Aging for Individuals and Communities” through her teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. Dr. Welleford has been honored by the Alzheimer’s Association and has also received the Mary C. Payne Leadership in Aging Award. Dr. Welleford is former Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission, as well as a recipient of the AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Welleford currently serves as a co-lead of the Greater Richmond AgeWave Collaborative, which is responsible for making our region a great place for all people to age. (back to top)


Marilyn House West (2012) – Taught by her mother that sharing and giving back is not optional, Marilyn House West serves as a resource, role model, and mentor to nurture both individuals and organizations. Chairman and CEO of M. H. West & Co., Inc., a 21-year-old consulting firm, she is known for her leadership on the boards of organizations such as Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, FeedMore, UNOS, Leadership Metro Richmond, Senior Connections, and the First Freedom Center.  (back to top)


James C. Wheat, Jr. (1978) – Native of Richmond, a graduate of VMI and afterwards instructor in Civil Engineering, outstanding community leader and businessman, chairman of the board of Wheat, First Securities, Inc., a member of the Richmond City Council from 1964-69, active in numerous business, educational and charitable causes including among others a past president of the Richmond Society of Finance Analysts and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and currently the VMI Foundation, Richmond Eye Hospital and the Richmond Memorial Hospital, a co-chairman of Virginia Union University “Into the 80’s Campaign,” a recipient of numerous awards including the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1953, Richmond First Club Good Government Award in 1969 and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service. (back to top)


Anne Marie Whittemore (1996) – Anne Marie Whittemore is currently on the Board of Directors of Owens & Minor, Inc., USF&G Corporation, James River Corporation, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Albemarle Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She also presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion University and the Board of Governors of St. Christopher’s School. Mrs. Whittemore is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She has served as President of the Virginia Law Foundation and the Richmond Bar Association. Mrs. Whittemore has received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Richmond and from the Citadel, and the Military College of South Carolina. She also received an honorary election to Omicron Delta Kappa. Mrs. Whittemore is married to F. Case Whittemore and has one son, Robert P. Whittemore. (back to top)


Henry I. Willett (1976) – Native of Gloucester County, graduate of William and Mary, honorary degrees from his alma mater, University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University, distinguished educator and community leader, from 1946-69 superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, joined faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1969 and made consultant to the president in 1971, a past president of the American Association of School Administrators and the Richmond Rotary Club, numerous awards include among others the “Good Government award of the Richmond First Club and the “Man of the Year” award of B’nai B’rith. (back to top)


Geline B. Williams (1979) – Past president of many church and civic groups, including the Children’ Theater of Richmond, the Instructive Visiting Nurses Association and Catholic Family and Children’s Services. Mother of five and the Virginia merit mother award winner this year. In addition to her other volunteer activities, she is on the board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, Christian Children’s Fund and the Virginia Society for Human Life. Past president of St. Bridget’s Parish Council of Catholic Women and serves as a lay minister for distributing communion. (back to top)


Michael Paul Williams (2012) – After growing up in the Byrd Park neighborhood of Richmond and earning his Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Michael Paul Williams accepted an internship at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and has never looked back. Being a columnist has allowed him a forum to probe the topic of race in Richmond, as an advocate and antagonist at once. A board member of the Podium Foundation, Michael has volunteered time partnering and mentoring in Richmond Public Schools to provide student forums for writing and artistic expression. The Society of Professional Journalists has presented him with the George Mason Award, for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. (back to top)


Paul D. Williams (1965) – Richmond Public Schools and private schools, and at the College of Liberal Arts, Boston University. Past President, Southern Regional Council; member of Board of both the National and Richmond Chapter NCCJ; Board of Trustees, National Catholic School of Social Service; Advisory Board, Commission on American Citizenship; made Knight of St. Gregory 1946 by Pope Pius XII for community services; appointed by President Eisenhower to panel of 20 to serve as Advisory Council to President’s Committee on Government Contracts. (back to top)


Hortense B. Wolf (1987) – Hortense B. Wolf is president of Eveready Corp., a business she lead from the time that it had but a single truck. She is a Board member of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Jewish Community Center. She is known for her enthusiastic and tireless efforts on behalf of many community organizations. She has been the mentor to many younger leaders in the community. Mrs. Wolf is a native of Portsmouth and attended Old Dominion University. (back to top)


Samuel S. Wurtzel (1973) – Native of New Jersey, attended the School of Business of City College of New York and New York University, served on several industry advisory boards for U.S. Government during World War II, made Richmond his home in 1949, successful businessman, active leader in numerous business, educational and civic organizations including among others the Richmond Area Community Council, Jewish Community Council, United Jewish Appeal, Capital Area Comprehensive Health Planning Council and Virginia Commonwealth University, 1973 recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Richmond Jewish Community Council. (back to top)


Michel S. Zajur (2002) – Michel S. Zajur, president of his family business La Siesta restaurant, is also founder and president/CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. With his wife, Lisa, he began the Hispanic cultural program for elementary students which grew into the Spanish Academy and Cultural Institute, emphasizing racial harmony and understanding with thousands of young people. Based on his involvement with a sister city project between Richmond and a city in Mexico, Michel founded the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2000, to build bridges between the Virginia business community and the growing Hispanic population. Zajur’s service on statewide boards includes the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the United Way, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and the Performing Arts Foundation. He was appointed by Governor Warner to serve on the Virginia Commission for National Community Service. (back to top)

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