The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has proudly honored the following individuals and organizations at the Tidewater Chapter Humanitarian Awards Dinners (biographical information accurate at the time the individual received the award):

 

A. G. Alexander (1990)
Kenneth C. Alexander (2017)
John Alfriend (1965)
Beatriz Andrade de Amberman (2007)
Brenda H. Andrews (2015)
Mason Andrews (1973)
Maya Angelou* (1997)
Victor Ashe (1969)
G. Robert Aston, Jr. (2002)
James Babcock (1999)
Charles G. Barker (2016)
Clay H. Barr (2008)
Gaspare Battaglia, Jr. (1967)
George Birdsong (1997)
Julian Blachman (1976)
Barron Black (1967)
Gilbert T. Bland (2015)
Melvin Blassingham (1966)
Robert M. Boyd (2005)
L. D. Britt (1994)
John R. Broderick (2009)
Kate A. Broderick (2012)
Theodore Broecker (1991)
Lyman Brooks (1974)
Monica & Anthony Brothers (2014)
Edward L. Brown, Sr. (2008)
CBN & M.G.Robertson* (1975)
Sr. Agatha Cadogan (1988)
Mary Louis Campbell (1999)
Mrs. John Capps (1977)
Gene Carter (1985)
Robert W. Carter (2007)
Center for the Study of Religious Freedom* (2001)
Carlos J. Clanton (2013)
Lambuth Clarke (1991)
Harold J. Cobb, Jr. (2013)
Curtis Cole (1999)
Community Relations Council, UJFT* (1995)
Theodore Constant (1994)
Maury W. Cooke (2000)
B. Minette Cooper (2000)
Virginia Cotter (1980)
Mary Ellen Cox (1981)
Cox Communications* (2012)
William Craig, Jr. (1981)
George C. Crawley (2006)
Cynthia A. Cutler (2016)
William Dale (1993)
Richard Davis (1982)
Peter Decker Jr. (1994)
Heyward Denyes (1977)
Deborah M. DiCroce (2007)
DOMA Technologies (2011)*
Robert Doumar (1982)
Carroll Dozier (1966)
Ronald Dozoretz (1989)
George Dragas, Jr. (1991)
Helen E. Dragas (2011)
W. Jeffrey Dyckman (2003)
Barry & Lois Einhorn (1999)
Martin A. Einhorn (2010)
Anas El-Mahdi (1987)
Vernon M. Fareed (2005)
Kim S. Fink (2017)
Jennifer N. Fish (2014)
Joe B. Fleming (2011)
Lawrence Forman (1979)
John Foster (1989)
Paul Fraim (1998)
William H. Fuller Jr. (2007)
David Furman (1983)
Michael A. Glasser (2014)
Joseph B. Goldman (2002)
Elaine Goldmeier (1993)
Morton Goldmeier (1987)
Charles Goumenis (1993)
Aubrey Graham (1972)
Joseph Green, Jr. (1983)
Nicholas Gretakis (1986)
Mary H. Haddad (2004)
Edward L. Hamm, Jr. (2000)
Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB)* (2017)
Porter Hardy, Jr. (1969)
Edythe Harrison (1978)
Helping Orphans in Latin America (HOLA)* (2014)
Charles R. Henderson, Jr. (2009)
Frederick Heutte (1965)
Reon Hillegass, Jr. (1985)
Walter Hoffman (1980)
Thomas Hofheimer (1981)
Hunter Hogan, Jr. (1971)
Horizons Hampton Roads* (2007)
Charles Horton (1989)
The Institute of the Humanities at Old Dominion University for the “Birth of An Answer” Program* (2016)
Marc Jacobson (1992)
Gus James II (1999)
Jerome James (1996)
Kay Cole James (1998)
Terry S. Jenkins (2008)
Corinne D. Jones (2010)
Jerrauld Jones (1997)
Georgeanna Jones (1986)
Maurice A. Jones (2012)
John H. Jordan, Jr. (2002)
J. Jerry Kantor (2011)
Joseph Kantor (1980)
Arthur Kaplan (1995)
Mimi Sunshine Karesh (2003)
Betsy O. Karotkin (2000)
Edward H. Karotkin (2000)
Charles Kaufman (1965)
Evelyn G. Keever (2003)
Sidney Kellam (1978)
James Koch (1996)
Alexander Kotarides (1995)
Milton Kramer (1986)
Thomas Kyrus (1982)
Joseph Leafe (1994)
Barbara Hamm Lee (2013)
Lee’s Friends & Emily Filer* (1992)
Sanford Lefcoe (1990)
Arnold Leon (1994)
Harvey Lindsay, Jr. (1985)
Eleanor Lipkin (1991)
Anne Long (1998)
J. Hugo Madison (1971)
Kathleen Magee (1989)
William Magee (1989)
Albin Mailhes (1975)
Rosalin Mandelberg (2012)
Harry Mansbach (1966)
Ralph Margolius (1973)
Roy Martin, Jr. (1976)
Vivian Mason (1978)
Vincent J. Mastracco (2000)
B. Courtney McBath (2016)
Robert J. McCabe (2005)
Caroline W. McCartney (2017)
Arnold McKinnon (1992)
Thomas McNamara (1977)
Charles V. McPhillips (2014)
Arthur Metheny (1973)
Hope Milhalap (1985)
Juan M. Montero II (2001)
Ernest Morgan (1979)
John Morison (1993)
Johnny E. Morrison (2005)
Frederick Napolitano (1974)
Kenneth D. Newman (2011)
Norfolk State University* (1990)
Justine Nusbaum (1968)
Robert C. Nusbaum (2013)
V. H. Nusbaum, Jr. (1968)
Jean Oast (1995)
Meyera Oberndorf (1997)
Frank O’Conner (1968)
Hugo Owens (1986)
Michael E. Panitz (2001)
James E. Parke (2015)
Hugh L. Patterson (2001)
Linwood Perkins, Jr. (1981)
Linwood Perkins, Sr. (1975)
Oliver Perry, Sr. (1991)
Arthur Polizos (1988)
Anita O. Poston (2008)
Harry Price, Jr. (1987)
William Price (1993)
James Prince, Jr. (1984)
Bruce Rader (2012)
Marlene W. Randall (2001)
Morris Rapoport (1970)
Julian Rashkind (1969)
Paul Reich (1967)
Jerry Renesis (1984)
Charles Reynolds, Jr. (1988)
Edward Richardson (1990)
Bernard Rivin (1996)
Zelma Rivin (1996)
Sr. Anne Robb (1970)
Clarence Robin (1987)
Kurt Rosenbach (1984)
Joel R. Rubin (2007)
Robert Rubin (1988)
Rumi Forum + (2011)
Roseann O. Runte (2006)
William Russell (1998 )
Philip Russo (1972)
Georgia Ryder (1990)
Annabel Sacks (1998)
Lawrence Sancilio (1976)
Samuel Sandler (1982)
Michael Savvides (1987)
Paul Schweitzer (1970)
Miriam Seeherman (2009)
John O. Simpson (2004)
Jagdish A. Singh (2010)
Mrs. Ben P. Snyder (1974)
Samuel Sobel (1972)
Ronald F. & Linda S. Spindel (2006)
William Spong (1990)
James K. Spore (2017)
Robert M. Stanton (2008)
Deborah K. Stearns (2006)
Louisa M. Strayhorn (2009)
E. Joseph Strelitz (1971)
Joyce Strelitz (1988)
Leonard Strelitz (1971)
SunTrust Foundation* (2015)
William Tamm (1992)
J. Hume Taylor, Jr. (1986)
Lydia Taylor (1997)
Eva Teig (1988)
Julia Terzis (1983)
Bruce L. Thompson (2010)
Marian Bear Ticatch (2013)
A. Rufus Tonelson (1977)
Rita D. Thomas (2014)
C.E. Thurston, Jr. (1978)
Tidewater Scholarship Foundation* (1996)
TowneBank* (2010)
Philip R. Trapani (1995)
Cecelia T. Tucker (2002)
C. Charles Vache*** (1995)
Herman Valentine (1987)
Virginian Pilot & Ledger Star* (1989)
Voices of Faith+ (2016)
Nicholas Vourlas (1992)
Jody M. Wagner (2005)
Leah & Richard Waitzer (2015)
Alvin A. Wall (2016)
Craig S. Wansink (2017)
William Ward (1991)
Lewis Webb, Jr. (1968)
Hortense Wells (1980)
Edith G. White (2010)
G. William Whitehurst** (1979) (2004)
Jennette F. Whitehurst** (2004)
WHRO* (1986)
Annie L. Williams (2006)
Junius H. Williams Jr. (2003)
James Willie (1995)
Levi Willis (1984)
Lucy Wilson (1992)
Harrison Wilson, Jr. (1979)
Roy Woods (1982)
Mrs. Paul Yeonas (1989)
Israel Zoberman (2004)

* indicates Distinguished Merit Citation
** indicates Distinguished Virginian
*** indicates Lifetime Humanitarian
+ indicates Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding


Kenneth C. Alexander (2017) – Kenny Alexander was elected Mayor of the City of Norfolk on May 3, 2016. A native of Norfolk and president of Metropolitan Funeral Service, he began his career in public service more than two decades ago. Mayor Alexander served in the Senate of Virginia from 2012 – 2016, and in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2012. He is currently serves on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, and the Greater Norfolk Corporation. Mayor Alexander is also a member of the Norfolk Chapter of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, and an alumnus of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. He began his community service as president of Berkley’s Beacon Light Civic League and Beacon Light Community Development Corporation.  (return to top)


Beatriz Andrade de Amberman (2007) – Using the arts to promote better understanding of Mexican culture, Beatriz Andrade de Amberman is founder, director, and choreographer of the Hispanic Folk Ballet. She founded the Hispanic Community Dialogue Group in Hampton Roads to inspire and promote civic participation and constructive conversation about issues impacting the community. She co-hosts “Hispanic Sounds” on WHRO National Public Radio, and is the medical office manager in her husband’s family practice. A court certified mediator for Virginia Beach Social Services, Beatriz is also trained to moderate and facilitate by The Kettering Foundation and the Virginia National Public Policy Institute. (return to top)


Brenda H. Andrews (2015) – A veteran journalist, accomplished newspaper publisher, and public speaker with more than 30 years of experience, Brenda H. Andrews owns and serves as President and Publisher of the New Journal and Guide. Ms. Andrews, a Lynchburg native, she participated in her first civil rights demonstration as a 12-year old, and, at 14, she was among the first four Black children to successfully protest school segregation practices in Lynchburg and desegregate under court order the formerly all-white E.C. Glass High School.  Among her other current community services, Ms. Andrews is a member of the Norfolk State University Foundation Board, Norfolk Sister Cities Association, and she is a senior community fellow in the NSU Honors College. She is an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and an ordained elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Norfolk where she lives.  (return to top)


Maya Angelou (1997) – born in St. Louis, Missouri and educated in Arkansas and California. Fluent in six languages, she is an accomplished author, poet, playwright, actor and public speaker on issues concerning a wide range of human needs causes. She wrote and delivered a poem, entitled “On the Pulse of Morning,” at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton as our forty-second President of the United States. Dr. Angelou’s autobiographical work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , has become the longest running book on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller list by an African. Her acting career includes the Emmy Nominated portrayal of Nyo Boto, the Grandmother in Alex Haley’s triumphant (made for television novel), Roots. She has also scored the music for major motion pictures, taught modern dance in Israel, served as an editor of an Egyptian newspaper, taught at the School of Music and Drama in Ghana and was a Writer in Residence and Distinguished Visiting Professor at four major American universities. Active in community issues and affairs, Dr. Angelou served as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the personal request of Dr. Martin Luther King. She assisted Presidents Carter and Ford as an appointee to national commissions. The recipient of many honors and awards, she received honorary doctoral degrees from Smith College and Lawrence University. The Ladies Home Journal named Dr. Angelou as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Women” and she has been honored with both Pulitzer and National Book Award nominations. She received the Spingarn Award from the NAACP and is a Grammy Award winner in the category of Best Spoken Word Album. Dedicated to the causes of racial harmony, educational achievement and the protection of children, Dr. Angelou not only serves her country, but the world as well. (return to top)


G. Robert Aston Jr. (2002) – Chairman of the Board and CEO of TowneBank, which he founded in 1998, G. Robert Aston, Jr. is a professional banker with many years of successful leadership in community banks and a super regional bank. His passion for developing the skills and leadership abilities of young athletes has led to his chairmanship of the Capital Campaign to build a world-class sports museum in downtown Portsmouth. Improving the quality of health in the community has been the driving force in Mr. Aston’s service on numerous hospital boards, including several Bon Secours facilities, as well as Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation. His community leadership roles in Hampton Roads include chairing the WHRO Great TV auction, Whitney Young Urban League Dinner, and Hampton Roads Chamber Corporate Campaign. Mr. Aston is currently serving on the boards of directors of the Portsmouth Partnership and the 2010 Empowerment Zone. (return to top)


James Babcock (1999) – is Chairman of the Board of the First Virginia Bank of Tidewater. After a 40 year career in banking, he retired last year and started a marketing company. He holds his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is involved in numerous community leadership positions including Chairman of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Symphony. He was former rector of the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University. (return to top)


Charles G. Barker (2016) – Mr. Barker is the chairman of Charles Barker Holdings Inc. He has multiple automotive locations throughout Hampton Roads, a real estate company and a private jet company. He has forged a working collaboration between his company and local charitable and educational organizations to serve the needs of disadvantaged youth with financial support through his foundation, Charles Barker Champions for Kids. Created in 1994, this charity’s goal is raising funds to provide counseling, drug and alcohol awareness, educational scholarships, and community mentorship programs to the youth of Hampton Roads. One of his proudest accomplishments was establishing a scholarship program for every high school in Virginia Beach. Mr. Barker also currently serves on the Board of An Achievable Dream, amongst other past and current organizations.  (return to top)


Clay Hofheimer Barr (2008) – A Norfolk native, Clay Hofheimer Barr is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. With her late husband Jay D.A. Barr, she purchased Cofers Inc. an interior design firm of well-established reputation, and later sold the Virginia Beach operation to move into a design by appointment model that continues today. In 1993 she created OmniPresents, a corporate, custom, and personal gift service with local, national and international customer bases. Active in numerous civic and arts related causes, Clay heads the campaign for a new building to house the Virginia Arts Festival. As the first woman president of the Virginia Symphony, she has been involved in its development for over forty years. She serves on the board of Norfolk Academy, and is the first and only female trustee in the 160 year history of Beth El Temple. Clay is the mother two daughters and the grandmother of three. (return to top)


George Y. Birdsong (1997) – was born in Suffolk, Virginia. He received his BA from Washington & Lee University and his LLB from the University of Virginia. Mr. Birdsong has been Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel for Birdsong Peanuts since 1966. He is currently President of the Tri-County Area Planned Parenthood Chapter, President of Louise Obici Memorial Hospital Foundation, Trustee of Virginia Wesleyan College, Director of the Suffolk Community Health Center and Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. Mr. Birdsong has also been involved with the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Suffolk Jaycees, Hampton Roads United Way, Member-Executive Committee-Future of Hampton Roads and Suffolk family YMCA. Other affiliations include: Director, Crestar Bank, Suffolk and Norfolk, Director, Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Birdsong is married to the former Sue Benton and they have three children and two grandchildren. (return to top)


Gilbert T. Bland (2015) – Gilbert T. Bland is Chairman of The GilJoy Group. Mr. Bland has been a franchisee of Burger King and Pizza Hut for the past 25 years. In this capacity, he has owned and operated over 70 restaurants in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Bland currently serves statewide on the Boards for LEAD Virginia and the Chamber of Commerce. Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Greater Norfolk Corp., Smart Beginnings of South Hampton Roads, and Chairman-NCP Community Development Credit Union. He has served on the boards of Sentara Hospitals, the South Hampton Roads YMCA, Virginia Aquarium, and the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.  (return to top)


Robert M. Boyd (2005) – A native of Ohio and current resident of Virginia Beach, Robert M. Boyd is a graduate of Denison University with a Masters of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary. His entire professional career has been spent in banking, currently serving as president, Hampton Roads Region, of Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T). Bob is deeply dedicated to community service with a focus on health, education, and the arts. He serves as a member of many civic and charitable organization boards, including the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Old Dominion University College of Business & Public Administration, Tidewater Community College, and WHRO. With his wife Amy and their two children, he is an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Cancer Society. (return to top)


L. D. Britt (1994) – Dr. Britt is the Vice Chairman of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Medical Director of the Shock Trauma Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Dr. Britt is Vice Rector at Norfolk General Hospital. Dr. Britt is Vice Rector at Norfolk General Hospital. He is on the Board of Managers at the University of Virginia, the Honorary Chair of the NAACP (Suffolk), and on the Advisory Board of Bethel Community Outreach Program. He is also and executive Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America and Board of Visitors at Norfolk State University. (return to top)


John R. Broderick (2009) – A native of Connecticut, John R. Broderick received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. He joined Old Dominion University in 1993 and became acting president on July 1, 2008. With an emphasis on communications both in teaching and in publications, he has been awarded for particularly meritorious contributions in the area of college communications. As a community volunteer, Broderick serves on boards of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Hampton Roads, and DePaul Hospital Health Foundation, and coaches youth soccer. Residents of Chesapeake, he and his wife have three sons and one grand-daughter. (return to top)


Kate A. Broderick (2012) – Kate A. Broderick has been employed at Old Dominion University since 2005, and she currently serves as the Liaison for External and Faculty Relations for the Office of Educational Accessibility. In this position, she serves in an advocacy role for the Office and its students, as well as providing direct support for students with disabilities. In addition to her primary professional responsibilities, Mrs. Broderick serves as the First Lady of the University, working closely with university students, alumni and donors as well as community leaders. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Advancement of Students in Higher Education, the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library, the Gordon Art Gallery, the UP Center and Norfolk Forum. She and ODU President John Broderick have three sons as well as a granddaughter. (return to top)


Monica & Anthony Brothers (2014) – As adults raising their own children, the Brothers began offering their time, talents, and treasures to organizations and institutions in the Hampton Roads community. While doing so, they noticed that single mothers often seemed disadvantaged by their circumstances. Realizing that their own lives could have turned out very differently if their mothers – who both were single mothers at one point in their lives – had not been surrounded by strong support systems, Monica and Tony recognized they were now in a position to make a difference. They founded Still Hope Foundation in 2007 to empower, assist, and enhance the lives of single mothers and their families. Formed in honor of both of their mothers, the late Dorothy Brothers-Jones and Marian Diggs Bonner, Still Hope and its partners provides supportive relationships, quality resources, and life skills training that enable single mothers to build and maintain a stable family unit. The organization influences approximately 1,000 lives a year, because it not only helps the mothers, but their children as well. Monica and Tony Brothers’ leadership in providing much needed support to single parent families demonstrates their belief that we are strengthened first locally, then nationally, and ultimately world-wide when we can work collectively and cohesively to ensure that our communities reflect the needs and values of its citizens. Strong families are foundational elements of all communities. Still Hope ensures that families headed by single mothers are part of that foundation.  (return to top)


Edward L. Brown Sr. (2008) – A life-long member of the trade union movement, Edward L. Brown Sr. recently celebrated 50 years of service on the Waterfront. He studied at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State, and completed his education with courses in labor issues at UNC, Virginia Tech, and Old Dominion University. Dedicated to the cause of quality education at historically black colleges and universities, Ed has received honorary doctoral degrees from the Richmond Virginia Seminary and Norfolk State University. He serves the International Longshoreman’s Association, AFL-CIO, as International VP of Port of Hampton Roads, as well as General VP of Atlantic Coast District and Secretary Treasurer of the Alexander Talmadge Civic Rights Committee. Ed is a board member of Norfolk State Foundation, Hampton Roads Partnership, and Diabetes Institute Foundation. Ed and his wife Yvonne are parents of five, grandparents of eleven, great-grandparents of thirteen, and now great-great grandparents of one! (return to top)


Mary Louis Campbell (1999) – Is executive director of The Planning Council, a not for profit corporation that plans, develops and manages human services in Virginia and Maryland. She graduated from Catherine Spaulding University with majors in political science and history. She was chair of the board of directors of Children’s Health System, the parent corporation of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and vice rector of the Board of Visitors of the Medical College of Hampton Roads. (return to top)


Robert W. Carter (2007) – A native Virginian and graduate of Georgia State University, Robert W. Carter is Senior Vice President with Harvey Lindsay, in commercial real estate brokerage. He has served on a number of boards of directors and committees including Eastern Virginia Medical School and Virginia Beach Rotary Club, and has been particularly instrumental in serving as a role model for the young people and parents of the Hampton Roads Youth Center. Bob has been recognized and honored for his work in the cultural arts and humanities, an outgrowth of his varied interests in the study of history and the visual arts. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 38 years. (return to top)


Carlos J. Clanton (2013) – Carlos J. Clanton currently serves as the Executive Director at the Norfolk Education Foundation. He has also worked in government positions with two Virginia State Delegates, a State Senator, a former State speaker of the House, and Congressman Bobby Scott. Mr. Clanton has received numerous awards as a rising leader in the community, and was the youngest and first African American to named Director of the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. As much as he is a rising leader, Carlos is also an accomplished performer. He joined the Virginia Opera’s Children’s Chorus in 1990, and became the youngest Adult Chorus member in the Opera Company’s history four years later. Today, he continues his association with the Virginia Opera Association, in addition to sharing his time and talents with the Urban League of Hampton Roads, the Downtown Norfolk Council, the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Black Men, and New Calvary Baptist Church, among many organizations. (return to top)


Harold J. Cobb, Jr. (2013) – The Reverend Dr. Harold James Cobb, Jr. is Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Norfolk, and has been a driving force in the community there since 1995. He expresses a solid commitment to an ongoing program of outreach that includes not only feeding and sheltering the homeless, but also building low income housing. This program, called Plumb Line Ministries, has been a joint venture with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and has become the largest builder and developer of low-income housing in Norfolk, leading the complete redevelopment of Central Brambleton. Dr. Cobb also chairs the Norfolk International Airport Authority, and serves as a board member for Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Children’s Health Systems, and Westminster-Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay.  (return to top)


Curtis Cole (1999) – Is president of Curtex Construction, with offices in Washington, D.C. and in Norfolk, Va. His company is involved in all phases of project development. He has a degree in engineering from Old Dominion University and was a member of ODU’s champion national basketball team in 1975. He was board chair for the Norfolk Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and held board memberships with the United Way, Festevents and 200+ Men. (return to top)


Theodore F. Constant (1994) – Mr. Constant is a retired entrepreneur of the Norfolk Beverage Company. Mr. Constant is an active member of the Greek Orthodox Church – Annunciation. He is an active member of the Civitan Club. Mr. Constant is a philanthropic supporter of Old Dominion University and North Carolina State University Scholarship Fund. (return to top)


Maury W. Cooke (2000) – is best recognized as the founder and driving force behind Portsmouth Community Development Group, working to redevelop and rehabilitate deteriorating neighborhoods of downtown Portsmouth. Among his other community service accomplishments, Mr. Cooke has shared his leadership abilities with the Portsmouth Host Lion’s Club, Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation, and Flynn Christian Fellowship House. (return to top)


B. Minette Cooper (2000) – A tireless worker for cultural and educational organizations, B. Minette Cooper has touched all aspects of the community. Her presidencies include the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, Young Audiences of Virginia, The Virginia Symphony, and Ohef Sholom Temple. Equally committed to education, Mrs. Cooper served on the Steering Committee that created the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College. (return to top)


Cox Communications* (2012) –  As the third-largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country, Cox Communications, Inc. is best known for pioneering the bundle of television, internet, and telephone services together. The company’s philanthropic and community engagement practices most directly focus on youth education and technology.   At Cox, the focus is on connecting with people.   Their goal is to make all of these connections strong, long-lasting, and broad-based.   By embracing the diversity in all, Cox is setting a standard for how a diverse and inclusive company can be a productive and successful one. (return to top)


George C. Crawley (2006) – A native of Newport News and a graduate of Virginia State College, now University, has served our country as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army. He retired as Assistant City Manager for the City of Norfolk in 1996, but continues his public work through the services of the family-owned Crawley Group, Inc. He currently serves these community organizations in leadership roles: Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, WHRO Board of Directors, Fort Norfolk Retirement Community, United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation, and Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Court’s Advisory Council. In the past he has served on the Norfolk Airport Commission, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Norfolk, the STOP Organization, and Norfolk Works, among others. (return to top)


Cynthia A. Cutler (2016) – Over the years, Ms. Cutler has earned a reputation both as an expert in real estate lending, and as a fierce and tireless advocate for some of the most marginalized members of society. She has advocated at the local and state level for the dignity and civil rights of the LGBT community. She introduced the highly successful Dining Out for Life to the community, and helped bring HAMPTON ROADS PRIDE, Out in the Park and the nation’s only PRIDE Boat Parade to Town Point Park. She was a founding member of HRBOR, the Hampton Roads Business OutReach organization that recognizes the substantial contributions of the LGBT business community to the economic health of the community. Cindy draws strength and inspiration from a passionate love of the arts (TR Dance, Governor’s School for the Arts, the Chrysler Museum, WHRO and many others).  (return to top)


William J. Dale (1993) – Father Dale, a native of Portsmouth, News Hampshire, was educated at St. Mary’s Seminary and University where he received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Ordained to the priesthood in 1974, he has served as the Associate Pastor and Pastor of Ascension Catholic Church since 1982. Known for this dedication to interfaith concerns, he encouraged and led Ascension Church to share their church building with a Jewish congregation for many years. One of his most important interreligious ventures was the development of the chaplains program that played a significant role in allowing for the peaceful transition from Greekfest to Laborfest in Virginia Beach. He was the recipient of the 1988 Great Citizen of Hampton Roads award. Father Dale serves on numerous civic and religious boards including Catholic Charities of Hampton Roads and the Virginia Beach Coalition fo the Homeless. (return to top)


Peter G. Decker, Jr. (1994) – Mr. Decker is the owner of the Law Firm of Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub, Coureas, Huffman. Mr. Decker serves on the National ALSAC-St. Jude Board of Governors and Director of the Virginia State Board of Education. Mr. Decker is also involved with the Virginia Zoological Society and the Tidewater Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. (return to top)


Deborah M. DiCroce (2007) – Deborah M. DiCroce assumed the presidency of Tidewater Community College in 1998, and now has 30 years of experience in higher education spanning both teaching and administrative roles. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and a doctorate from The College of William and Mary, she is a recognized speaker on leadership, institutional planning, restructuring, and workforce development. In the community, she serves on boards and committees for Hampton Roads Partnership, Greater Norfolk Corporation, and currently chairs the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. She was the first woman invited to membership in the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, where she is now an honorary member. (return to top)


DOMA Technologies* (2011) – Working together for positive change is the underlying principle that guides DOMA Technologies in business and community service efforts. DOMA supports the existing resources for self-healing within the community, through charitable giving, volunteerism, and advocacy. DOMA Technologies is committed to sharing the business profit with the community, so that as the business grows and prospers, their ability to be part of the solution also grows.  (return to top)


Helen E. Dragas (2011) – A native of Virginia Beach, Helen graduated from Norfolk Academy, where she is now a trustee. From the University of Virginia, Helen received a BA in Foreign Affairs (1984), a BA in Economics (1984), and an MBA from The Darden School (1988). She has served since 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dragas Companies, a diversified real estate company in the Hampton Roads region. Helen currently serves the University of Virginia on its Board of Visitors and has previously served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Managers. Her gubernatorial appointments include the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and most recently, the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Jobs Creation. She participates on the boards of Norfolk Academy, Hampton Roads Partnership, Virginia Beach Vision, and the Hampton Roads Military & Federal Facilities Alliance. In May, 2010, Helen was honored as The First Citizen of Virginia Beach.  (return to top)


W. Jeffrey Dyckman (2003) – is the Regional President of Wachovia Bank Hampton Roads. Educated at Old Dominion University, the National Commercial Lending Graduate School, and the Virginia Maryland Bankers School, he has been with the Bank for 31 years. Currently president of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, he serves on the boards of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Partnership, WHRO, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Boy Scouts of America, and the Diabetes Institutes Foundation. Other community organizations Mr. Dyckman has served include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Virginia Beach Vision, the YMCA, Robert Morris Associates, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way. The NCCJ benefited from Mr. Dyckman’s leadership, when he chaired the Humanitarian Awards Dinner in 2001. (return to top)


Barry & Lois Einhorn (1999) – active board members of Temple Israel and the Dwelling Place in Norfolk; leaders in the Jewish community’s project Ahava; and are active with the Optimist Club and many other Hampton Roads area organizations and programs. Barry received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and graduated from Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. He also earned a master’s degree in humanities from ODU. Lois graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. Both Barry and Lois were in involved in their pediatric dentistry practice until 1994. (return to top)


Martin I. Einhorn (2010) – Marty Einhorn is a founding Shareholder of Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer and is the firm’s managing partner. Has 30 years’ experience working with clients in professional services, real estate, construction (including homebuilders), manufacturing and retail, wholesale, nonprofit and other industries. Graduated from University of Virginia with a B.S. in Accounting. Professional Affiliations include: American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Community involvement in: Young Audiences of Virginia, Board of Directors; Hospitality for the Homeless, Treasurer and Board of Directors; Horizons Hampton Roads, Advisory Board of Directors,; Ohef Sholom Temple, Capital Campaign Finance Chairman; United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Audit Committee; and Simon Family JCC, Board Member. Multi-year recipient of Virginia Business magazine’s “Super CPAs” award. (return to top)


Vernon M. Fareed (2005) – Is the Resident Imam (leader) of Masjid (Mosque) William Salaam in Norfolk. He is a member of the Islamic Shuura (Consultative Body) of Hampton Roads, NEXUS Design Team, past president of Freedom Distributors of Norfolk Inc., project coordinator for Norfolk’s New Africa Theatre Inclusive, and a Board member of Interfaith Television, Abraham’s Children Together (ACT), and the NCCJ Tidewater Chapter. Vernon served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Economic Development, and is a frequent guest on Focus on Faith and The Voice of Islam television shows, as well as a columnist for the New Journal and Guide. The Imam is married to Swiyyah, and they have four children and several grandchildren. (return to top)


Kim S. Fink (2017) – Kim Fink has been an influential community activist and leader in Hampton Roads for over 25 years. Her background is in broadcasting and she has worked as a radio / TV producer and writer at WHRO and on numerous freelance projects including The March of Dimes, Learning Bridge, and The Strelitz Diabetes Center. In addition to her professional work, Kim has experience on the ODU Advisory Board for the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding and is an Honorary Board member and past President of both the Ohef Sholom Temple and the Holocaust Commission of Hampton Roads. She also has experience as an executive board member of the United Jewish Federation Women’s Campaign and a Director of the Tidewater Performing Arts Society, and she has worked with Spectrum Puppets presenting Child Abuse Prevention programming. (return to top)


Jennifer N. Fish (2014)– Dr. Jennifer Fish is the chair of the Women’s Studies Department at Old Dominion University, an associate professor of Women’s Studies, and an affiliated faculty in the Graduate Program in International Studies.  She is co-founder of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development in Kigali, Rwanda supporting higher education for women and global exchange with the United States. Among other accomplishments, she also created an annual service-learning study abroad course in South Africa, Rwanda, and Senegal focusing on gender, civil society organizations, and women’s contributions to post-conflict reconstruction. Jennifer provides for her students and colleagues at Old Dominion University and the local community as a model and mentor for building inclusive communities across the divides imposed by systems of social stratification and global inequality. Transformed by an immersion experience in South Africa during its transition from apartheid to democracy, Jennifer was motivated to give back in ways that promote the larger ideals of social justice, human rights and peace building.  (return to top)


Joe B. Fleming (2011) – A graduate of Bishop College in Texas, and the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, with additional studies at United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and the School of Religion at Boston University. Pastor Fleming has served three churches in Virginia as Senior Pastor: The Antioch Baptist Church, Matthews County; Quioccasin Baptist Church, Richmond, and, for the past 30 years, the historic Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth. Since coming to Portsmouth in 1981, Pastor Fleming has served as President of the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Virginia; President of the Portsmouth Branch of the NAACP; Chairman of the Portsmouth Redevelopment Housing Authority; member of the Board of Directors for Urban League of Hampton Roads; Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Portsmouth, Virginia; Board Member of CCDI (Center for Community Development, Inc.); Founding Member and Past President for Martin Luther King Leadership Steering Committee of Portsmouth; appointed as a Commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority; and served as Past Chair for the Electoral Board for City of Portsmouth.  (return to top)


Lawrence A. Forman (1979) – Native of Seattle, Washington, graduate of University of Washington, BHL and MAHL Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, M.A. Case-Western Reserve University, a former U.S. Army Chaplain, served as student Rabbi of Temple Solomon, Centralia, Illinois, assistant and later associate Rabbi of Abba Hillel Silver Temple, Cleveland, Ohio before being elected Senior Rabbi, Ohef Sholom Temple in 1970, numerous education, media and interfaith contributions rendered the community including the National Conference of Christians and Jews. (return to top)


Paul Fraim (1998) – Mayor of Norfolk, graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School, Virginia Military Institute, received his Masters in Education from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Richmond. He has been a member of Norfolk City Council since 1986 and was elected Mayor in 1994. Fraim is president and managing partner of the law firm Heilig, McKenry, Fraim and Lollar, P.C. (return to top)


William H. Fuller, Jr. (2007) – Graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William H. Fuller, Jr. went on to a 13 year career with the National Football League, before returning to his native Norfolk to start his real estate development firm, Fulco Development Inc. He is active in the community, serving on such boards as Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers. Spurred by a family history of diabetes and armed with the experience of teamwork, William has been most instrumental on Boards of the International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He and his wife are the proud parents of four daughters. (return to top)


Michael A. Glasser (2014) – As an attorney in Hampton Roads, Michael Glasser has proven himself a true leader in both his profession and his community. After law school, Michael joined his two older brothers, Stuart and Richard, and his father in practice at Glasser and Glasser, working to continue the legacy his father established. As a member of the Virginia State Bar, his first committee assignment was the Committee on Participation by Women and Minorities, designed to promote bar leadership and involvement among young women and minority lawyers. Many committees and years later, Michael served as the Virginia State Bar’s 63rd President and its first Jewish President. His active membership in the Bar afforded him the chance to be involved in our system of justice which helps guarantee the rights of all. Michael also participates in the economic community, helping expand opportunities for area citizens. He currently serves as a director on the board of Old Point National Bank and is a past board member of the Greater Norfolk Corporation. His leadership has extended to the faith community through his commitment as a member on the boards of Temple Israel, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.  (return to top)


Joseph B. Goldman (2002) – Retired from a career in the apparel industry, Joseph B. Goldman cites helping young people as one of his lifetime goals. Pursuing this direction, he has recently founded the Hampton Roads Youth Center, a residential and educational home committed to providing a safe, caring environment for youth in personal crisis. Mr. Goldman envisions the Center as a place that will help troubled youth develop knowledge, self-discipline, motivation, and the spiritual insight necessary to become positive and productive members of society. Other examples of his community service include work with the Community Relations Council for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the African American Jewish Coalition. Mr. Goldman is a founding member of MEDAL – Minority Economic Development through Assisted Lending – and a board member for the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. (return to top)


Elaine S. Goldmeier (1993) – Mrs. Goldmeier, a native of Newport News, Virginia, was educated at Ohio University. Active in Jewish Community affairs, she has served as President of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, on the Board of the Anti-Defamation League, on the Board of Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia, on the Board of Hadassah, and numerous others. Dedicated to civic concerns and educational development, she has served as Chairman of Community Understanding Day, on the Board of Advance Norfolk, as President of Lakewood P.T.A., and as President of the Norfolk City Council of P.T.A.s. The recipient of may awards and recognitions, she was selected as one of the Outstanding Jewish Women of Tidewater in December of 1992 by the Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star. Married to Morton Goldmeier, she is the mother of three and the grandmother of eight. (return to top)


Charles P. Goumenis (1993) – The Very Rev. Goumenis, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, was educated at Holy Cross Seminary where he received his academic and clerical degrees. Ordained to the priesthood in 1944, he has served four churches in as many states. His last pastorate, before his retirement in 1986, was Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Norfolk, Virginia where he served for twenty-two years. He was elevated to the rank of Economos in 1963 and Protopresbyter in 1969. He has also been appointed to the posts of Diocesan Vicar for the State of Virginia and as Father Confessor for the State of Virginia. Active in community and educational affairs,, he has served as a member of the Norfolk Ministerial Alliance, as a member of Seaman’s House, and as an adjunct professor of Modern Greek at Old Dominion University. Married to Athena Eliadis, he is the father of three sons. (return to top)


Mary H. Haddad (2004) – A resident of Suffolk, is an active volunteer dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. As co-creator and president of the Haddad Foundation, she engages the community in overall improvement of the educational and economic status of children through the support of a variety of non-profits. Ms. Haddad is, at present, the Vice-Rector and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of Old Dominion University. Active in other organizations, she has served as Board Chair for the Norfolk/Virginia Beach American Heart Association and as General Coordinator of Fun Forest. She has also served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Trustee of the Family and Children’s Trust Fund, working to help end domestic violence in Virginia. (return to top)


Edward L. Hamm (2000) – Currently president and CEO of E. L. Hamm & Associates, Inc., Edward L. Hamm, Jr. is a nationally recognized as an innovator in productivity improvement of government operations. He actively supports and participates in numerous community service, social, and religious organizations. He has served the Tidewater area through many community boards, including Virginia Beach Minority Business Council, Food Bank of Hampton Roads, the Virginia Police Foundation, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads. (return to top)


Helping Orphans in Latin America (2014) – From its home in Virginia Beach, HOLA is reaching out to demonstrate the compassion of our community to orphans in need as far away as Nicaragua, the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the world. Whitt Sessoms was inspired to form HOLA with a group of fellow Virginia Beach businessmen after a visit to Nicaragua. Their mission statement is “to empower orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America through building structures, essential needs, financial aid, educational, vocational, and social support, and relationships within the community, enabling hope for the hopeless.” Perhaps the most important aspect of the mission statement is relationships. Making the children feel significant while providing opportunities for their success is truly the result of the love and attention shared by the members – and often their immediate families as well. Their love and support is evident through programs that provide birth certificates, music teachers and instruments, art, computers, and language skills. These resources will enable the children to not just survive, but thrive. HOLA is an example of selfless giving as those involved continue to move beyond themselves bridging respect and understanding from our local community to the greater global community. Indeed, they embody the humanitarian spirit of our community.   (return to top)


Charles R. Henderson, Jr. (2009) – Is a Senior Vice President working in Bank of America’s Community Impact group as Community Development Services executive. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, as well as Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management and Stonier Graduate School of Bank Management. An active volunteer throughout his career, Charlie currently serves as Trustee of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and on boards of Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Partnership, Virginia Community Development Corporation and the Virginia Community Development Loan Fund. He has also been an active member of Suffolk Christian Church. Charlie and his wife have two adult sons. (return to top)


Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB)* (2017) – The purpose of HUBB is to connect religious leaders in Hampton Roads for the common purpose of strengthening our diverse community, searching for a common ground through building bridges that connect humanity. HUBB has involved nearly 60 faith leaders from around the area in dialogues, as well as some leaders of faith-based organizations and members of law enforcement. They meet every four to six weeks and have discussed topics ranging from education to community policing and from understanding Islam to approaches to poverty. Together, HUBB has realized that dialogue is a form of action and that building bridges between communities can transform the greater community. This organization is led by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and Dr. Antipas Harris.  (return to top)


The Institute of the Humanities at Old Dominion University for the “Birth of An Answer” Program* (2016) – Birth of an Answer celebrated 100 years of African American creative and critical responses to Birth of a Nation (1915). Not nearly enough attention had been paid to the ways Black artists, filmmakers, and patrons responded to the Birth of a Nation both then and now, nor to the national significance of local resistance to the film’s racist vision in Hampton Roads. The program featured a screening of Within Our Gates (1919), a moderated conversation with a multigenerational panel of prominent African American filmmakers, a musical performance, and a screening of the Old Dominion University-produced short fiction film “Our Nation,” which tells the story of the Norfolk response to Birth of a Nation in 1915 through the eyes of Douglas, a young African American boy and budding cinephile. (return to top)


Gus James (1999) – Is managing partner and chairman of the executive committee of Kaufman & Canoles law firm. He graduated from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He also holds degrees from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in taxation from William and Mary. He was president of the Young Lawyers section of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association and is Supreme Counselor of the Order of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk. (return to top)


Jerome James (1996)
– Circuit Court Judge for the city of Norfolk, Virginia, received his B.S. from the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, with a major of chemistry and his J.D. from George Washington University. He previously worked as a chemist and a drug consultant. He served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Norfolk and was in private practice for seven years. Judge James was appointed as a Divorce Commissioner and served for three years on the Second District Grievance Committee fo the Virginia State Bat. During his college years, he was elected to who’s who in American Colleges and Universities. He has participated with the N.A.A.C.P. and the Special Committee on Student Recruitment and served as treasurer of BALSA. Judge James has received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award, Hampton Roads Black Achievement Award and the Outstanding Alumnus of Ruffner Junior High School Award. He has one daughter. (return to top)


Kay Cole James (1998) – Is Dean, Robertson School of Government, Regent University. Mrs. James also serves as Professor of Government at the university. She was appointed as Chair of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission by House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. She most recently served as the Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the State of Virginia. (return to top)


Terry S. Jenkins (2008) – A Radford College graduate, Terry S. Jenkins received her MPA from Old Dominion University and her MS in Gerontology and Doctoral degree in Psychology from VCU. Her professional life has been dedicated to serving those with special needs. Beginning as a social worker investigating and protecting the rights of impaired adults, she continued her career as Gerontologist for the Virginia Beach Community Services Board. Terry is best known in her position as Director of the Department of Human Services for the City of Virginia Beach from which she recently retired. She is now focusing on the continued development of the Senior Resource Center and developing a foundation serving vulnerable populations. Terry will soon join the faculty of Old Dominion University in the College of Business and Public Administration. (return to top)


Corinne D. Jones (2010) – Retired Educator from Norfolk Public Schools, Corinne Davis Jones graduated from Virginia State College and attended Old Dominion University and Norfolk State for further studies. Received Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Distinguished Service Award, Tidewater Community College, on January 14, 2000. Civic Affiliations & Community Service includes: Docent, Chrysler Museum; Norfolk Day Nursery (now Children’s Harbor); League of Women Voters; Community Concerts, Board Member; Urban Coalition, Board Member; Health, Welfare, and Recreation Planning Council, Board Friends of the Norfolk Juvenile Court, Board Member; Friends of the Norfolk Public Library, Board Member; Norfolk Senior Center Board Member; and Town ‘n’ Gown, Old Dominion University, Board. Attends Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, VA. (return to top)


Jerrauld C. Jones (1997) – Holds his BA Degree, cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D. Degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Mr. Jones is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 89th District Committee membership; Courts of Justice, Labor and Commerce; Subcommittee on Employment, Chairman; Corporations, Insurance and Banking; Subcommittee on Fisheries, Chairman; Chesapeake and Its Tributaries; Virginia Commission on Youth, Chairman; Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Chairman. He is the founding partner of Jones and Carlson, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Mr. Jones is involved with the City of Norfolk Industrial Development Authority, Commission of Parks and Recreation, The Community Corrections Board and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is a board member of the Friends of the Norfolk Juvenile Court, Sentara Hospitals, The Bertha Snyder Children’s Camp Fund, Olde Huntersville Development Corp., Festevents, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Planning Council of Hampton Roads. Mr. Jones was appointed by the Governor to the General Assembly Joint Task Force on Marital Rape, appointed by the Attorney General to the Special Task Force on Drug Enforcement Initiatives (CADRE) and the Task Force on Serious Juvenile crime. He received the following special honors – recipient of the Anne C. Stouffer Foundation, an academic scholarship to attend Virginia Episcopal School, and he was the first Black law clerk to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He also received the Outstanding Young Man of America Award and was in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in America. Mr. Jones is married to the former Lyn M. Simmons and have one child. (return to top)


Maurice A. Jones (2012) – Maurice A. Jones grew up in Kenbridge, a rural southern Virginia Community with approximately 1,300 residents. After serving as a page in the Commonwealth’s General Assembly at the age of 14, he knew that he would go to law school. Maurice graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. After completing his master of Philosophy in international relations at Oxford, he attended law school at the University of Virginia.   Currently the President & Publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, Maurice notes that he always wanted to run a newspaper because he wanted the challenge of leading a private sector enterprise that pursued both excellent business results and distinguished public service. Maurice is also the chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Rector of the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Chair of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He and his wife have one daughter.(return to top)


John H. Jordan Jr. (2002) – A native of Missouri, the Reverend John H. Jordan, Jr. has served Episcopal parishes in Virginia for over forty years. Highlights of his community outreach include establishing the Sugar Plum Bakery, a non-profit corporation which provides a means for the mentally handicapped to make a contribution to their community. The Free Clinic that he organized was the precursor to a drug program, which became the Community Services Board. Working with other religious leaders in the area, Mr. Jordan helped to set up the first telephone crisis line in Virginia Beach, and he is active in the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, providing meals, shelter, and employment search opportunities for the indigent. Other organizations that have benefited from his guidance include the United Drug Abuse Council of Tidewater and Big Brothers of Virginia Beach.(return to top)


J. Jerry Kantor (2011) – Graduate of University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce and University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law. An active leader both in the Jewish community and the community at large, Kantor currently serves as chairman of the board of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and as vice president of Congregation Beth El. He is retired as president of the wholesale wine distributor Broudy-Kantor Co., Inc., is a past president of Beth Sholom Village, served on Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Development committee, served on the Board of Visitors for the Medical College of Hampton Roads, as United Way Annual Campaign chairman, as chairman of the Azalea Festival, and as president of the Planning Council. Jerry has also served on the boards of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Service. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children and three grandchildren.  (return to top)


Arthur S. Kaplan, M.D. (1995) – One of Norfolk’s most respected physicians for 40 years, is a recognized leader in the Tidewater community. He is currently the Chairman of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Founding Director of Heritage Band & Trust in Norfolk, serves on the Board of Directors of Bethe El Temple and co-chairs the Endowment committee at Beth El. A flower grower for 25 years, Dr. Kaplan has emerged as one of the area’s leading botanists. For 15 years he supplied and arranged flowers each Sunday for the chapel at DePaul Hospital. He is currently writing a boon on 40 years of anecdotal stories of medical practice. Dr. Kaplan is married to the former Phyllis Berman. (return to top)


Mimi Sunshine Karesh (2003) – In addition to her career as a pharmacist, Mimi Sunshine Karesh finds time to volunteer her many talents in a myriad of leadership positions throughout the community. Her leadership roles on boards and committees in her religious community include positions as president of Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia, vice president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and chair of several of the committees, and a board member of Jewish Family Services, as well as the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, where she has been named an honorary life member after 20 years of service. A founder of the Women’s Center Advisory Board of Tidewater Community College, Mrs. Karesh was also a docent at the Virginia Marine Science Museum for many years and a member of the Arts and Humanities Commission of Virginia Beach. (return to top)


Betsy O. Karotkin (2000) – Highly awarded as an outstanding Jewish educator, Betsy O. Karotkin is Director of Human Resource Development and Community Relations for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Among her many achievements, Mrs. Karotkin numbers creation of The African American/Jewish Coalition, establishment of Holocaust education throughout southeastern Virginia schools, “BE A Reader” – The Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Young Leadership Development, and Outreach to Intermarried Couples. (return to top)


Edward H. Karotkin (2000) – currently serves Children’s Hospital of the Kings’s Daughters in multiple roles, as medical director/coordinator of Community Outreach in Children’s Health Systems, Neonatal-Perinatal Outreach Center of Virginia and North Carolina, and Resource Mothers Program. In addition, Dr. Karotkin has served the community for many years through leadership positions with the Tidewater Chapter and the State March of Dimes, as well as with Jewish Family Services, and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. (return to top)


Evelyn G. Keever (2003) – A United Methodist clergyperson in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Evelyn G. Keever is the Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care/Bioethics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, where she has served since 1982. She is a founding member of the Bioethics Advisory Committee at CHKD and serves as co-chair of that multididciplinary group. Reverend Keever serves on the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk, the Professional Advisory Group for the Sentara Hospitals School of Clinical Pastoral Education, and has volunteered for Lee’s Friends and the American Cancer Society. She is a resource and speaker for numerous community groups in the areas of children and grief; bereaved parents; ethical dilemmas in healthcare; faith, holistic care and healing; and diversity and spirituality. (return to top)


James V. Koch (1996) – President of Old Dominion University, earned his bachelor of arts degree at Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in economics at Northwestern University. He has received several honorary doctoral degrees from schools in Japan and Korea. A study, funded by Exxon Foundation, named Dr. Koch as one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the United States. He has published six books and more than fifty articles in the field of economics. During his presidency, he has been instrumental in developing outstanding relations with the surrounding minority community and in erasing the climate of bigotry by procuring the most diversified student body in the state. Dr. Koch, born in Springfield Illinois is married to Donna L. Koch, and they have two children. (return to top)


Alex Kotarides (1995) – Is President of Kotarides Banking Company, produce of Mary Jane brand, famous family of bread and rolls. A lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Mr. Kotarides is one of the Tidewater community’s prime benefactors. Among the organizations he has consistently supported are the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, DePaul Hospital, the Salvation Army, Union Mission, the Southeastern Foodbank of Virginia, the NAACP, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Mr, Kotarides has also stepped forewarned in times of crisis, having assisted Cape Hatteras residents last year after the island was devastated by Hurricane Emily. He has also been an advocate for an advocate for preserving natural habitats, especially on Hatteras and Gull Islands. Mr. Kotarides has 3 daughters, 1 son and 9 grandchildren. (return to top)


Joseph A. Leafe (1994) – Mr. Leafe heads the Public and Government Law Practice with the firm of Wilcox and Savage. Mr. Leafe is an active member in the Lutheran Church and serves on the Board of Trustees of Lenoir-Rhyne College. He also serves on the boards of Norfolk State University Foundation and the Diabetes Foundation. (return to top)


Barbara Hamm Lee (2013) – Barbara Hamm Lee is a veteran journalist, television and radio host, and media manager who serves as the Creative Services Officer at WRHO. She is also the executive producer and radio host of “Another View,” which presents issues and solutions of particular interest to the African American community. In addition to her on-air duties, Barbara is currently project Director for the African American Public Radio Stations Project. With this public broadcasting initiative, she assists African American radio stations across the country with all aspects of broadcasting. Barbara has been a media and communications consultant to Prince George’s County Police Department, commercial institutions, military, and non-profit organizations. She is known for her active role in many initiatives, including the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Norfolk Education Foundation, and the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.  (return to top)


Arnold H. Leon (1994) – Mr. Leon is a partner in the law firm of Cooper, Spong and Davis. Mr. Leon serves as a member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. He is a founding trustee of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and a founding member of the Virginia-Israel Commission for the Commonwealth of Virginia. (return to top)


Anne Long (1998) – Attended Vassar and Sweet Briar. She was a member of Portsmouth Human Relations Council and was president of the Wesley Community Service Center. Mrs. Long served on the original Peace & Justice Commission of the Diocese of Southern Virginia; was president of the Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition in its formative years. She presently serves on the board of the Portsmouth Homeless Advisory Consortium. (return to top)


Rosalin Mandelberg (2012) – Senior Rabbi of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg received her Masters in Hebrew Letters and her Certificate of Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. As a spiritual leader of the 700 family congregation, she teaches courses to people of all ages, counsels members on all aspects of their lives, leads traditional and innovative worship services, and officiates at the full spectrum of life cycle ceremonies for her community. She also serves on many boards of both Jewish and civic organizations. Rabbi Roz is a Board Member of the United Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Mid-Atlantic Council, and Member of the URJ/CCAR Joint Commission on Inter-faith Outreach and Synagogue Membership. Rabbi Mandelberg and her husband, Marty, live in Ghent and are the proud grandparents of two adored grandchildren. (return to top)


Vincent J. Mastracco, Jr. (2000) – A commercial partner with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, has devoted his efforts to re-energizing his hometown of downtown Norfolk. Through diligent service on numerous boards and commissions, Mr. Mastracco leads by example to promote economic development and growth to the entire Hampton Roads region. Several organizations that have benefited from his participation include Norfolk Academy, Medical College of Hampton Roads Foundation, and Greater Norfolk Corporation. (return to top)


B. Courtney McBath (2016) –  For the past 25 years, Bishop McBath has worked diligently to realize an ever expanding vision for ministry in Hampton Roads and beyond. Starting Cavalry Revival Church in a hotel conference room with 21 congregants, McBath and his wife moved locations several times, finally ending at the current location which serves thousands of weekly attendees. Cavalry Revival Church takes an active interest in its community, with a Food and Clothing Pantry, a Mentoring Program and Nursing Home Ministries. In addition to serving as CRC’s senior pastor, Bishop McBath serves as the presiding bishop of Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries. In his oversight role, he provides guidance, leadership training, and opportunities for accountability to affiliated ministries around the world.  (return to top)


Robert J. McCabe (2005) – Born and raised in the Saratoga section of the City of Norfolk, Robert J. McCabe joined the U. S. Navy after high school. He later graduated from Saint Leo University, and in 2004 earned a Masters of Public Administration from Troy State University. He was elected Sheriff of the City of Norfolk in 1993, after thirteen continuous years of law enforcement experience. The Sheriff serves on several boards and commissions including the Virginia Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice, an appointment by Governor Warner, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital Advisory Board. He is an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College, and has chaired the Torch Run for the Virginia Special Olympics. He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association and current secretary of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. He and his wife Janet have two children. (return to top)


Caroline W. McCartney (2017) – For over 37 years, Caroline McCartney has been a top selling Realtor® in the South Hampton Roads real estate market. She is the President of Caroline McCartney, Inc. affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty. Among her professional and volunteer activities, Caroline has been a leading advocate for children’s charities both in the Hampton Roads area and nationally, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Southeastern Virginia Chapter, Horizons Hampton Roads, Inc., For Kids, Inc., Operation Winter Coat, and Peter G. Decker, Jr. Children’s Charities. She serves on the Board of TowneBank, YWCA, and The New E3 School. Caroline has been a trustee for the Old Dominion University Education Foundation since 2013 and is an Executive Member of the Women’s Initiative Network.  (return to top)


Charles V. McPhillips (2014) –Motivated by an abiding belief in the biblical injunction “to whom much is given, much is expected,” Charles “Chuck” McPhillips began supporting charities, nonprofits, and the community shortly after joining the Kaufman & Canoles law firm.  His decision to become an attorney reflects his desire to make a positive difference in his community.  He has truly impacted the areas of education, economics and culture.  As chairman of the James Barry Robinson Center, he and the Board sponsored the creation of St. Patrick School. He was instrumental in helping develop a Diocesan-wide endowment for financial aid as chairman of the McMahon Parater Foundation. He shares his time and talent through service on multiple boards of organizations that seek to enhance the quality of life for all local citizens. Chuck serves as president of Greater Norfolk Corporation and The Norfolk Forum. He was appointed by the Norfolk City Council to serve on the Mayor’s Commission on Poverty Reduction. Chuck also serves on the Workforce Development Study Group of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.  (return to top)


Juan M. Montero, II (2001) – A native of the Philippines, came to the United States to pursue his medical training in general and thoracic surgery. He has received numerous honors for establishing a mobile clinic for migrant workers on the eastern shore, and for founding the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic for the Hampton Roads area. Dr. Montero has returned to the Philippines on many medical/surgical missions, currently as coordinator of Physicians for Peace for Asia and the Pacific. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Educational Foundation at Old Dominion University, he helped establish a Filipino-American Student Cultural Center. Now a naturalized U. S. citizen, Dr. Montero serves as a member of multiple medical organizations as he pursues a private practice, with affiliations at Chesapeake General Hospital and Sentara Hospitals. (return to top)


Ernest A. Morgan (1979) – Native of Norfolk, attended Old Dominion and George Washington Universities, retired director of Training and later Personnel Officer of the Norfolk Supply Center, active leader in numerous civic, religious and health causes including among others chairman of the board, American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, a seven gallon donor-American Red Cross, a past president of Ryan Club of Norfolk, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, co-chairman of the Parish Council of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. (return to top)


John R. Morison (1993) – Mr. Morison, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was educated at Ohio State University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. In the broadcasting business for over forty years, he has served since 1975 as CEO of WHRO Public Broadcasting for Greater Hampton Roads. His leadership at WHRO has led to the greatest expansion and diversification of public broadcasting of any similar outlet in Virginia. Active in many professional groups, he serves on the Boards of Directors of National Public Radio (NPR), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Virginia Association of Public Television Stations and the Virginia Public Radio Association. Involved in community activities, he serves as a Director of the Norfolk Forum Board, as a Director of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and as a Chairman of the Bicentennial Fund of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. He is married to Polly Wright, is the father of one and grandfather. (return to top)


Kenneth D. Newman (2011) – For the last 31 years, Ken has been at Metro Machine Corp. where he has held many positions, currently Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors. He has been involved in the ship repair and ship building industry for 42 years. Ken is a member of American Society of Naval Engineers, past president of the South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers, and on Board of Directors at Virginia Ship Repair Association. His community service includes Vice Chairman of the Southside Boys and Girls Club, community sponsor of the Southside Senior Center, member of the Mayors Southside Task Force, corporate sponsor for St. Helena and Campostella Elementary Schools Accelerated Reading Programs, founding Chairman of the Norfolk Education Foundation and active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He and his wife of 37 years have 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter.  (return to top)


Robert C. Nusbaum (2013) – Robert C. Nusbaum is a practicing attorney, serving as a Partner in the Business Section at Williams Mullen. He is a member of many legal organizations, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, among them “Super Lawyer,” “Legal Elite,” and “Lawyer of the Year.” In the 1950’s and 60’s when the Norfolk Public Schools were being integrated, Bob fought the massive resistance movement. Twenty years later, he founded Virginians Organized for Informed Community Expression. He is most proud of establishing the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Norfolk International Terminals, as trustee of Virginia Wesleyan College, on many boards for Sentara Health Systems, on the board of the Library of Virginia, and many others.  (return to top)


Jean McKenzie Oast (1995) – Professionals volunteer, has center her life’s activities and advocacy on her church, projects for children and youth, the arts, growing and arranging flowers, and promoting better relations among people. She serves as a board member of both the Tidewater Chapter and the Virginia State Board of NCCJ and is a member of W.I. D.M.E. – Women’s Interreligious Dialogue on the Middle East. An adult Sunday School teach and the first woman deacon of Churchland Baptist Church, Mrs. Oast is current chair of the church’s 210th Anniversary Celebration. She has recently published Stained Glass Sermons, a boon on Christian symbolism as depicted in the famous Willet stained glass windows of Churchland. Mrs. Oast is married to Edward L. Oast, Jr.; they have three children – Elizabeth Oast McCombs, Carolyn Porter Oast and Edward L. Oast, III, and four grandchildren. (return to top)


Meyera E. Oberndorf (1997) – Received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University. She was the first directly elected mayor and the first woman mayor in the history of Virginia Beach. For nine years she chaired the Public Library Board and served as Vice Mayor from 1986-1988. Presently, Mayor Oberndorf serves as immediate past president of the Virginia Municipal League and is a member of the National League of Cities’ Advisory Board. She is past chair of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee for NLC. Mayor Oberndorf is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board and is Chair of the Standing Committee on International Affairs. As Mayor of Virginia Beach, she has strongly emphasized the importance of economic development. Through her leadership, Virginia Beach saw more new business relocations and existing business expansions last year than in the previous five years combined. She has traveled to China, Japan and Norway to further economic development and cultural relations with other nations. Mayor Oberndorf was recently recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the 25 Most Dynamic Mayors in the U.S. Mayor Oberndorf is married to Captain Roger L. Oberndorf, USCGR (Ret.) and they have two children.(return to top)


Michael E. Panitz (2001) – As rabbi of Temple Israel in Norfolk since 1992, Michael E. Panitz devotes his energies to three domains: teaching and scholarship, religious leadership, and pastoral and inter-group service. In addition to teaching religion courses to the youth and adults of his congregation and the Tidewater community, Rabbi Panitz serves as adjunct professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College and has taught at the College of William and Mary. He has served in humanitarian and philanthropic efforts as a participant in the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership Institute, the African-American and Jewish Coalition, the NCCJ’s Metrotown program, and Operation Understanding/Hampton Roads. Rabbi Panitz has also taken a leading role in the Norfolk Emergency Sheltering Taskforce, “Theophilus” Interfaith Clergy discussion Group, “Nexus” Interfaith Discussion Group, and the Jewish Community Relations Council’s taskforce on Race & Public Policy in Tidewater. (return to top)


James E. Parke (2015) – Currently serving as Director of Office of Volunteer Resources for the city of Virginia Beach, James E. Parke is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest. Originally from Pennsylvania, he came to Virginia Beach in 1994 as the pastor of Church of the Ascension (1994-2011) and later co-pastor of Church of Holy Apostles (2004-2012). He is a Charter Member of Empower Hampton Roads from 2003, even serving as President for one term. He serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels, Virginia Beach, the Human Rights Commission of Virginia Beach, and the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads. He has served on the Boards of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Care Center, and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia.  (return to top)


Hugh L. Patterson (2001) – A practicing attorney with the firm of Willcox & Savage since 1965, specializes in corporate law and lends his experience to negotiating business transactions for both profit and non-profit corporations. Several of his professional affiliations further indicate his interest in and commitment to the community, such as participation in various health law forums and service as Director of Hampton Roads Health Care Coalition. Mr. Patterson’s public service record includes leadership roles in the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. His support of education is evidenced by membership on the Council of Higher Education in Virginia, and trusteeships for both The Norfolk Academy and Virginia Episcopal School. (return to top)


Anita O. Poston (2008) – A partner in Vandeventer Black law firm, Anita O. Poston received her undergraduate degree at University of Maryland and her legal education at Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, where she was on the Law Review. Her legal expertise concentrates in the area of small businesses, hospitals, health care organizations, and airports. As general counsel to Norfolk International Airport, Anita helped to enhance the growth of the airport, and also advises small business owners on estate and succession planning. An active community leader, she has served a number of valued groups and organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary, she is also on the boards of Towne Bank-Norfolk, ACCESS Scholarship Foundation, and Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital. A past president of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, she has also chaired the Boards of WHRO and Norfolk School Board. (return to top)


William L. “Dick” Price (1993) – Mr. Price, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, was educated at Hampton Institute where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and at New York University where he received his Masters degree. Dedicate to the education of both the body and the mind, he has been in athletic education or all of his adult life now serving as Athletic Director at Norfolk State University, a position he has held since 1989. A leader in university programs, he serves as Chairman of the N.S.U. Police Board, as a member of the HIV Task Force, and as a Project Administrator of the NCAA Summer and Winter Programs. Also involved in his community, he serves on the Board of the Hunton Y.M.C.A., as a Trustee of New Calvary Baptist Church, a member of the Big Brothers program, and of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The recipient of many awards, he was named CIAA “Athletic Director of the Year” for the 1989-1990 season. (return to top)


Bruce Rader (2012) – Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Bruce Rader has called Hampton Roads home for the past 37 years.   He is best known for his position as the long time Sports Director of WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV. Bruce’s work with various charitable organizations, as well as his own Bruce Rader Charities, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in the community.   He is a past recipient of Abe Goldblatt Memorial Award for lifetime achievement by the Norfolk Sports Club and inductee into the CIAA Hall of Fame. He is also a multiple winner of the “CIAA Sportscaster of the Year” award.  (return to top)


Marlene W. Randall (2001) – Has been a faithful servant of the Portsmouth Public School system, in a career that took her from elementary school teacher, to administration, to principal and later Facilities Coordinator. Her spirit of compassion and sharing is exemplified through service on numerous Hampton area boards, including YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, HER Shelter, and Effingham Street YMCA. In addition, Mrs. Randall has held leadership positions on the American Red Cross Diversity Task Force and the Central Civic Forum, and currently participates in Church and Community in Action, NAACP, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Links Inc., Drifters Inc., and Moles Inc. Mrs. Randall carries her lifelong devotion to education into her church activities at New Bethel Baptist Church in Portsmouth, where her roles include Superintendent of Sunday School and Director of Youth Church. (return to top)


Bernard Rivin (1996) – Born in Boston, Massachusetts, was educated at Harvard College. He served in the U.S. army since 1946. Prior to his retirement, he was president of The Famous of Portsmouth, INC., women’s ready to wear stores. Mr. Rivin has served as a vice chair of the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee, and as a president of the Portsmouth Jewish Community Council, the Portsmouth Retail Merchants Associate, Temple Sinai, chair of the Portsmouth Parking Authority and has served on the boards of Portsmouth General Hospital, Portsmouth Public Library, Norfolk State College, and Tidewater Retail Merchants Association and a member of the Portsmouth Community Trust Distribution Committee. He has also been chair of the Portsmouth /Naval Shipyard Museum, the Portsmouth United Jewish Appeal and president of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers at Jewish Family Services and the Kiwanis/John Tyler School Paired Reading Program. He received the Ben Gurion Award from the State of Israel along with his wife, Zelma. Mr. Rivin is married to the former Zelma Goodman. (return to top)


Zelma Rivin (1996) – Attended Northwestern University and received her Master of Urban Studies from Old Dominion University. She has served as president of the American Association of University Women, Temple Sinai, Portsmouth Community Trust, the Cultural Diversity Action Team of the Portsmouth Planning Commission, the Portsmouth Community Trust, the Cultural Diversity Action Team of the Portsmouth School Board and the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal. Mrs. Rivin was a founder of the Help and Emergency Response Line. She has participated on the boards of Jewish Family Service, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, Bertha Snyder Camp and Care Fund, Planned Parenthood, the Tidewater Chapter of the NCCJ, the YMCA, United Way and the Portsmouth Human Relations Commission. She has received the First City Award for the City of Portsmouth, the Good Gals Award from the Second District Women’s Political Caucus, a special honor award from Linx, and the Outstanding Tidewater Professional Woman Award. Mrs. Rivin was formerly director of special events and buyer for The Famous. Mr. and Mrs. Rivin have four children and seven grandchildren. (return to top)


Joel R. Rubin (2007) – Is founder and president of Rubin Communications Group, a Virginia Beach-based public relations and advertising agency. A graduate of University of Virginia and accredited in the field of public relations, he is producer and host of “On the Record with Joel Rubin” for WVEC TV in Norfolk. Joel’s service in the community include stints as president both of Temple Israel in Norfolk and of Beth Sholom Nursing Home of Eastern Virginia. He has also chaired the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Joel and his wife, Sara Jo, have two grown children. (return to top)


Rumi Forum + (2011) – Rumi Forum was founded in 1999, with the mission to foster interfaith and intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace all over the world, and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. Established in 2004, the Hampton Roads branch promotes intercultural dialog through programs, social gathering, conferences, dinners, and intercultural trips to Turkey. (return to top)


Roseann O’Reilly Runte (2006) – Born in Kingston, New York, and educated at the State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Kansas, Roseann O’Reilly Runte is President of Old Dominion University. She is the recipient of the Trailblazer Award as one of Canada’s 100 most influential women and has served both her local and international communities. Her current involvement includes the International Parliament of Cultures, the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome, the Virginia Stage Company, the United Way, Second Wind Dance Company, and the Dolphin Scholarship Board. (return to top)


William Russell (1998) – Is Deputy Superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools. Dr. Russell attended Norfolk State University, Virginia State University and Temple University. He attended Crozier Theological Seminary and has been pastor of three churches. He currently is pastor at the New Hope Baptist Church in Suffolk. He has been active in several organizations including his church and the Chesapeake Branch of the NAACP and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. (return to top)


Annabel Sacks (1998) – Received her M.S.Ed. at Old Dominion University and her B.A. from Brooklyn College. At present she is adjunct professor of elementary Education at Virginia Wesleyan College. She consults, writes and edits for Dominion Consulting Group. Currently she is involved with various groups including the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, Jewish Education Service of North America and many more. She served for two decades as State Certification Coordinator for Teachers and was Executive Director of Virginia Association of Teacher Educators. Mrs. Sacks is an active volunteer for United Way. (return to top)


Miriam Seeherman (2009) – Originally from New York City, when Miriam Seeherman relocated to Norfolk in 1956 she began a longstanding commitment to volunteer and professional activities in the arena of human service, from advocating for children and older adults, to promoting cultural arts, to increasing understanding and tolerance between ethnic and religious groups. She served as president of the Feldman Chamber Music Society, president of Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia, chaired the Norfolk Commission on Aging, presided over the Virginia/North Carolina Anti-Defamation League, and served in many capacities for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, currently as co-chair of the Community Relations Council. Miriam completed her undergraduate degree at Old Dominion University and worked at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. Her family includes husband Robert, six children and eight grandchildren. (return to top)


John O. Simpson (2004) – A native of Pennsylvania, John O. Simpson has grown his career from a teacher in Philadelphia to Superintendent of Schools in three major communities including his present service here in Norfolk. Dedicated to equal quality education, he has worked to bring about equity in the educational opportunities and outcomes for students of every background. Educated at West Chester State University, he received his bachelors and masters degrees there. He received his Masters Degree in Education from The University of Delaware and his Doctoral Degree in Education from The University of Michigan in the area of Educational Policy, Planning, and Administration. A member of numerous educational organizations, he also serves his local community on the boards of the Virginia Symphony, the Nauticus Maritime Museum and the Committee of 200+ men. (return to top)


Jagdish A. Singh (2010) – Was born in the village of Haveli Chobdar, Punjab, India. Not typical of Indian women , she chose a path that emphasized education. She earned her undergraduate degree from Barring Union Christian College, Batala, India and Master’s Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Mrs. Singh is a community activist. She promotes what for her are very realizable goals ranging from the non-violence and peace espoused by her heroes, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the universal ideals of human rights, diversity and justice for all. She is recipient of numerous public service awards including significantly the Mary Helen Thomas “Award for Racial Justice” and the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Implementing the Dream Award” for her lifelong pursuit of peace and non-violence. She serves on the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia as an appointment of Governor Mark Warner as well as on the Cox Cable Committee for Non-Profit Organizations of Hampton Roads. In 2009, Mrs. Singh was recognized by the Rumi Forum for promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding and was one of the recipients of the 2009 Rumi Peace and Dialogue Award. She and Dr. Amarjit Singh are the parents of five daughters and five grandchildren. (return to top)


Linda S. and Ronald F. Spindel (2006) – Both Linda S. and Ronald F. Spindel embrace a lifelong commitment to community service. Ron now operates the Spindel Agency, after successfully beginning his career with The Frieden Agency and John Hancock Financial Services. Linda is a board member of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family Jewish Community Center. She has also served Jewish Family Services of Tidewater and is 2nd Vice President of Ohef Sholom Temple. Ron’s civic activities include the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and UJFT, and he is currently president of Hampton Roads Youth Center. (return to top)


James K. Spore (2017) – Jim Spore is the first president and chief executive officer of Reinvent Hampton Roads, following 24 years of service as city manager of the City of Virginia Beach. During his tenure as city manager, Virginia Beach won accolades as a best place to live in America, one of the top five best managed cities in the nation, and the U.S. Senate Medallion of Excellence for Productivity and Quality. Jim has served on numerous regional boards and has been an active member of the American Planning Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Alliance for Innovation and the International City Management Association (ICMA). In 2010, he received the award for Career Excellence in honor of Mark E. Keane from ICMA. Jim continues to inspire regional cooperation as he leads Reinvent Hampton Roads, an outgrowth of a community leadership initiative of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.  (return to top)


Robert M. Stanton (2008) – Robert M. Stanton exemplifies the great American entrepreneurial spirit. A graduate of Old Dominion University’s Business School, he began his career in real estate with Goodman Segar Hogan, later buying the company. He then founded Stanton Partners Inc. specializing in commercial real estate ventures such as the development of the 150 West Main Street office building and Bennetts Creek Crossing. In addition to his involvment in industry organizations, he has also served the community as president of Virginia Beach Jaycees and on boards of Virginia Symphony, Norfolk Academy, and ODU Board of Visitors. He is now chairing Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation and Maritime Heritage Foundation, and on the Board of Virginia Beach Foundation. A chaired professorship in Real Estate and Economic Development has been established in his name at Old Dominion University. (return to top)


Deborah K. Stearns (2006) – Educated at Old Dominion University, Deborah K. Stearns joined Advantis/GVA in 1975 and currently oversees three offices in Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. She is also active in the community, serving on boards of directors for Bon Secours Hampton Roads, United Way of South Hampton Roads, and Virginia Port Authority. Other organizations which have benefited from her leadership skills include Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and Hampton Roads Partnership, as well as the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. In 1998, Deborah was named Hampton Roads Woman of the Year. (return to top)


Louisa M. Strayhorn (2009) – Is known as an agent of change to her consulting practice, LSA Consulting, LLC. With degrees from Northeastern University and the College of William and Mary, she has served the community on boards of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, WHRO public television, TowneBank, and Bon Secours Health System, among many others. The former director of Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA), she created the Minority Business Council and provided hundreds of free business education and advice sessions to help minority and women business owners in Hampton Roads. The first African American woman to serve on both the VA Beach school board and the VA Beach city council, Louisa developed the Positive Images program for building hope in a future for at risk youth. (return to top)


SunTrust Foundation* (2015) – As a purpose-driven company, SunTrust is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-being. It is defined as helping people gain a sense of confidence and control over their finances. They help light the way to financial well-being through SunTrust’s Volunteerism program, “Shine On,” which inspires teammates to apply their personal passions and interests to volunteer efforts and community outreach.  SunTrust encouraged all teammates to find ways to share SunTrust’s tools, resources and expertise with their favorite charity in ways that support financial well-being and education, as well as to understand the issues our communities face. In addition, SunTrust provides a “Day of Purpose,” or extra day off for all teammates to focus on activities that support their own financial well-being, or that of their families. In 2013, teammates in Hampton Roads logged more than 2,500 volunteer hours. As a result, SunTrust has seen improvements in the communities, as well as increased employee morale and reinforces that SunTrust cares about the community.  (return to top)


Rita D. Thomas (2014) – Serving as a sister of the Congregation of Bon Secours (CBS), Sister Rita began her health care career as a registered professional nurse where she held a number of staff and supervisory positions in both acute and long-term care settings. She assisted in the planning for the opening of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA and served as the first Director of Nursing Services. She became the first female CEO ever to lead a Richmond hospital when she assumed leadership of St. Mary’s in 1967. After her leadership at St. Mary’s, while serving as Provincial of the United States Province of the Sisters of Bon Secours, Sister Rita established the Bon Secours Order’s Health Care Commission, laying the foundation for what is now known as the Bon Secours Health System of today. Her leadership and collaboration with others have resulted in an impressive inventory of achievements responsible for elevating the quality of health care in this community. Most notable have been her efforts evolving Maryview into the health care center it is today, making Bon Secours Hampton Roads a local system network of health care facilities and establishing a state-of-the-art outpatient facility. Perhaps Sister Rita’s greatest contribution to the community was the advancement of quality healthcare for all citizens in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. She was the invisible hand behind a number of community initiatives such as the Elm Avenue Center for Health, Hands Across Portsmouth for Preschool Immunizations Project and the Portsmouth Community Health Center.  (return to top)


Bruce L. Thompson (2010) – A visionary, Bruce Thompson, spearheads new ventures and acquisitions. He monitors and oversees strategic planning, as well as all financial, human and physical resources. He has built his organization from an idea to a $140 million-dollar operation employing over 2,000 people. As a young entrepreneur, he conceived, developed, marketed and managed one of the East Coast’s largest ski tour operations. In 2008, he assisted son (who has been diagnosed with ALS) in forming a Walk to Defeat ALS and raised $1,000,000.00. Had a 2nd Walk and raised $2,000,000.00. This April they will construct the beach park and playground for persons with disabilities (senior citizens as well as those who have been incapacitated in some way) which will set an example for municipalities with beaches throughout the country and hopefully will become a mandate for accessible parks on all public beaches. Today he produces concept restaurants and luxury resorts that are leaders in the mid-Atlantic. He has served on the Governor’s Travel Services Advisory Board for seven years, on the Resort Area Business Financial Authority, Virginia Beach Festivals Committee and the Virginia Small Business Financial Authority. (return to top)


Marian Bear Ticatch (2013) – Marian Bear Ticatch is president of Ticatch Financial Management, and has also served on a number of professional boards and councils. She has accepted many accolades for being an entrepreneurial and outstanding woman in business. In the midst of her business activities, Marian has made time to volunteer on the Board for Dress for Success helping disadvantaged women and on the Board of Lee’s Friends helping one-on-one with individuals who are dealing with cancer. She also works with the YMCA, the YWCA, the Chamber of Commerce, WHRO Planned Giving, Beth El Temple, ODU Economics Club, and United Way, and has served two terms on the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Tidewater Chapter. Committees of both the United Jewish Federation and the Tidewater Jewish Foundation have benefitted from her time and expertise. Marian recently completed two years as President of Beth Sholom Assisted Living, followed by two years as President of the entire campus of Beth Sholom Village. (return to top)


Philip R. Trapani (1995) – Norfolk City Attorney for 10 years, is a legal advisor, attorney and counsel to the city, its officers and department heads, in maters relating to their official duties. Mr. Trapani is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association and the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia. He currently is a board member of LGA. A community volunteer, Trapani is a member of the boards of the Norfolk Community Concert Association, Catholic Family and Children Services, Boys’ Club of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, YMCA, Four Cities United Way and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. He is married to Patricia Moore Trapani; they have five children – Suzanne, Philip, Patricia, Charles and Edward, and three grandchildren. (return to top)


Cecelia T. Tucker (2002) – As assistant to the president for community relations at Old Dominion University, Cecelia T. Tucker has devoted herself to improving relationships among the races. Her early work in the volunteer community includes the Norfolk Committee for the Improvement of Education and the Urban League of Hampton Roads. She has served on boards for the Coalition of 100 Black Women and The Dwelling Place, and has been president of the American Cancer Society Tidewater Chapter, the NCCJ Tidewater Chapter, and the Auxiliary of the Norfolk Medical Society. Widely recognized as a community leader, Mrs. Tucker has been honored with such awards as the Martin Luther King Award and the Outstanding Service Award from Norfolk Links, as well as Tidewater Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award. Among her current board memberships are Empowerment 2010, Inc. and the Minority Advisory Council of United Way. (return to top)


Voices of Faith+ (2016) – For over three decades, Voices of Faith has been an important resource for the community to foster interfaith understanding. The program began as a television program in 1982 as “Focus on Faith,” composed of Rev. Richard Faris, a United Methodist pastor, Rev. David Garth, a Presbyterian pastor, Rabbi Lawrence Forman, Jim Bergdoll, and Robert Edwards of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. In 2012, the name of the series was changed to “Voices of Faith,” and the interfaith dialogue is now being presented monthly as a podcast on the web site of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College, with Jim Bergdoll continuing as moderator and coordinator. (return to top)


Jody M. Wagner (2005) – Jody M. Wagner has served as Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia since January 2002, when she was appointed by Governor Mark Warner. For 19 years prior to that time, she practiced corporate and securities law with the firm of Kaufman & Canoles, PC in Norfolk. Since moving to Norfolk in 1983, she has been actively involved in both the Jewish and secular communities of Hampton Roads, including service on the boards of United Way of South Hampton Roads, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, Cape Henry Collegiate School, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School Board of Visitors. As State Treasurer, Jody serves on several public boards, as well as being senior vice president of the National Association of State Treasurers. Jody and her husband Alan are making their home in Virginia Beach and raising their four children. (return to top)


Leah & Richard Waitzer (2015) – Leah & Richard Waitzer, both graduates of Norfolk Public Schools, have been married 57 years. Richard works in Real Estate Development.  He currently serves on the boards of Tidewater Pharmaceutical Association, Norfolk Academy, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Symphony Foundation, and Chrysler Museum of Art.  Leah, a trained educator, began volunteering as a teacher/tutor in 1966 at the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers.  She was a key player with the Virginia Beach Juvenile Court program, with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and was appointed to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services – The Juvenile Division – and later became its Chairwoman. Leah served on the boards of The Chrysler Museum and the Norfolk Forum. She currently serves on boards of The Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk Academy.  (return to top)


Alvin A. Wall (2016) – Mr. Wall is a founding shareholder of Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C. (WEC) and has practiced in the area of taxation for more than 40 years. Over the years Mr. Wall has accumulated considerable experience in the real estate industry and works closely with the firm’s Real Estate Services Team. Alvin serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Tidewater Jewish Foundation, United Way of South Hampton Roads, and Westminster Canterbury Chesapeake Bay. His interests outside of the office include golf, photography and working on his wheel in the pottery studio.  (return to top)


Craig S. Wansink (2017) – At Virginia Wesleyan College, Dr. Craig Wansink is Professor of Religious Studies, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Joan P. and Macon F. Brock, Jr., Chair of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom (CSRF). Since 2010, he also has served as Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, Norfolk. The congregation works with youth through the Park Place Child Life Center, the Global Student Friendship at ODU, and Youth Outreach Urban Resources and Services (YOURS). Craig has been a regular speaker around the community on the challenges and hopes of interfaith dialogue, on profiling and stereotyping, on biblical studies, on homosexuality and faith, and on Islam in the interfaith world. As Director of the CSRF, he works to create dialogue and conversation on challenging issues in the community, in addition to giving voice to—and encouraging dialogue with—marginalized positions and minorities.  (return to top)


Edith G. White (2010) – As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., Edith G. White has led the Urban League in creating opportunities for individuals to thrive and succeed. Under her leadership, new programs have been developed to enhance educational opportunities, provide technical assistance for business development, create wealth through homeownership and improve the quality of health. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Science degree in Journalism Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. White is dedicated to building a better community and this passion is demonstrated by her devotion to serve on number boards and committees, including Empowerment 2010 Governance Board; Opportunity, Inc.; Workforce Development Board; United Way Minority Advisory Council, Old Dominion University Community Development Corporation Board; Virginia State University Business Advisory Board and the Newport News Public Superintendents Roundtable. She has served as a member of the American Red Cross Diversity Task Force and United Way Community Resources Board of Directors. She is founder of Project Vision, a volunteer leadership development program. (return to top)


G. William Whitehurst (2004) – a son of Norfolk, Virginia, who served his country in the Navy during the Second World War. Known to his students as Dr. Bill, he has had two active careers, one in education and the other in government service. He served as a professor of political science and later as Dean of Students at Old Dominion University, where he returned to teach in 1986. In 1968, Bill was elected to the United States House of Representatives from the Second Congressional District of Virginia. Known for his desire to see politics practiced on the highest level, he was an example of this style of service throughout his congressional career.(return to top)


Jennette F. Whitehurst (2004) – Janie, as her friends know her – hails from Massachusetts. Also a teacher, she was on the faculty at Old Dominion University and then at Norfolk Academy before joining her husband’s staff as a legislative assistant when he was elected to the House. An active volunteer, Janie served as founding president of Lee’s Friends and on the board of Early Works, helping facilitate its merger with United Way counterparts in Portsmouth. She helped found the Friends of the Norfolk Juvenile Court and the Friends of the Zoo, and served on the board of Cape Henry Collegiate School. She is currently on boards of Maritime Heritage Foundation and Fort Norfolk Retirement Community. (return to top)


Annie L. Williams (2006) – Since opening her obstetrics and gynecology practice in 1983, Annie L. Williams has served the community and her profession in exemplary fashion. In medical school she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She was the first female to serve as president of the medical staff of Sentara Southside Hospitals. As a deaconess at Queen Street Baptist Church, she conducts projects to benefit both youth and the larger community. She has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Cape Henry Collegiate School.(return to top)


Junius H. Williams, Jr. (2003) – Director of State and Local Affairs for Dominion, has been active in the Hampton Roads community since 1983. His efforts to improve the quality of community life are based on his belief that those who have achieved some success and support from the community have an obligation to give something back for the common good. He has been, and continues to be, a force for good schools, and believes there is nothing more important to our future than the well-being of our children. Mr. Williams’ public service record includes leadership roles in the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, Portsmouth Division of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Portsmouth Partnership. In addition, he served on the boards of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, and the Planning Council. As a member of Zion Baptist Church, he serves on the Board of Trustees and Men’s Usher Board. (return to top)


James O. Willie (1995) – Obstruction and gynecologist in the Tidewater area for 40 years, became the first black physician in Virginia to become board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He set up the OB-GYN Clinic for indigent patients at Norfolk Community Hospital in 1956 and founded the first paps smear clinic for indigent women. Dr. Willie currently serves on the Board of Directors and Medical Executive Committee of Norfolk Community Hospital and on the Minority Affairs Committee of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is married to Mary Coleman White. (return to top)


Harrison B. Wilson (1979) – Native of Amsterdam, New York, graduate of Kentucky State College, M.S, and H.S.D. Indiana University, president of Norfolk State College since, 1975, previous head basketball coach at Jackson State College and chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education, director of Cooperative Education and cluster programs at Tennessee State University and Executive Assistant to the president of Fisk University, active leader in multiple civic and educational organizations as well as St. John’s A.M.E. Church. (return to top)


Israel Zoberman (2004) – Born in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union, Israel Zoberman is the son of Polish Holocaust survivors. Reared in Haifa, Israel, Rabbi Zoberman came to the United States in 1966. He earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1971. In 1974, he earned his Masters Degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he was ordained a Rabbi. He is the only Rabbi to receive a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Presbyterian affiliated McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is the founding Rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Chaverim, which began as the only synagogue in the world sharing facilities with a Roman Catholic Church. Active in the community in so many ways, Rabbi Zoberman was recognized as a “Great Citizen of Hampton Roads.” He was recently appointed to Chair the Interfaith Relations Committee of the National Jewish Council for Public Affairs.(return to top)

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