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

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

STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Chair

Ashby C. Kilgore
Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Vice Chair

Mekbib L. Gemeda
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Secretary

Vivian M. Oden
Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Treasurer

Douglas S. Jones
Fahrenheit Advisors

Immediate Past Chair

Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas
Dominion Energy

Members

Karla Almendarez-Ramos
City of Richmond

Dana C. Beckton
Sentara Healthcare

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

Tamika Brewer-Johnson
Atlantic Union Bank

M. Imad Damaj
Islamic Center of Virginia

Veleka S. Gatling
Old Dominion University

Jodi K. Gillette
Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation

Dwight Jones
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Jill A. McCormick
The Jackson Foundation

Alison Morrison-Shetlar
University of Lynchburg

May Nivar
Altria

Paula P. Pando
Reynolds Community College

Cameron D. Patterson
Longwood University & Robert Russa Moton Museum

Dennis Roberts
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg, Virginia

Bimaljit S. Sandhu
Richmond Gastroenterology Associates

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

Melvyn Smith, Jr.
Genworth

Joycelyn Spight Roache
Old Point Financial Corporation

Kelly A. C. Stuart
Bon Secours Mercy Health System

Alexis N. Swann
TowneBank

James L. Weinberg
Hirschler

Nhu Q. Yeargin
YLS Inc. Landscape Contractor

Emeritus

David D. Burhans
University of Richmond, Retired

LOCAL CHAPTER MEMBERS

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

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

Chair

Shanda K. Horner
Community Volunteer

Vice Chair

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

Secretary

Dennis S. Roberts
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynchburg, Virginia

Immediate Past Chair

Jodi K. Gillette
Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation

Members

Dori Baker
Author & Speaker

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

Robert L. Canida, II
University of Lynchburg

Samantha C. Citty
Liberty University

Ally D. Davis
Liberty University

Robert S. Dendy, Jr.
Community Volunteer

Crystal M. Edwards
Lynchburg City Schools

Tina Garrett-Ragland
Pacific Life Insurance

Hermina W. Hendricks
Randolph College

Jennifer B. Huffman
Atlantic Union Bank

John H. Hughes, IV
City of Lynchburg

David M. Levy
Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC

Sabita Manian
University of Lynchburg

Nathaniel X. Marshall
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Kirstin McHenry
Bank of the James

Muriel B. Mickles
Central Virginia Community College

Marjette G. Upshur
City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development

Denise P. Woernle
Framatome Inc.

James W. Wright
Community Volunteer

Patricia (Pat) Young
Centra Health, Inc

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

Chair

Eugene M. Jordan, II
Old Point National Bank

Vice Chair

Nhu Q. Yeargin
YLS Inc. Landscape Contractor

Secretary

Tracy S. Brooks
Newport News Public Schools

Immediate Past Chair

Donna E. Woods
Hampton City Schools, Retired

Members

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

George Chioros
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

Polly Chong
Law Offices of Polly Chong

M. Denise Counce
TowneBank

Joshua M. David
David, Kamp & Frank, L.L.C.

W. Vidal Dickerson
Christopher Newport University

Lewis J. Fisher
Huntington Ingalls/Newport News Shipbuilding

W. Fanchon Glover
College of William & Mary

Jonathan Heath
Virginia Natural Gas

Naved A. Jafri
Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care

Guy G. Levy
Levy Dental Group

John Massey
Virginia Peninsula Community College

Robert G. Saunders
Newport News General District Court

David A. Seeley
Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs

Maria Silsdorf
Newport News Shipbuilding

Jeffery O. Smith
Hampton City Schools

Toiya A. Sosa
Riverside Health System

Doretha J. Spells
Hampton University

Joseph Steele
The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg

Edith G. White
Hampton Roads Community Action Program

Chris S. Zambas
Community Volunteer

Emeritus

Wayne D. Lett
Newport News Public SchoolsRetired

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

Chair

Lesley H. Bruno
Elevation Advertising

Vice Chair

Sharon Amoss
InnerWill Leadership Institute

Secretary

Ida M. Pierce
Capital One

Immediate Past Chair

Dwight Jones
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Members

Consuelo Adkins-Tyler
Markel

Candace A. Blydenburgh
McGuireWoods LLP

George P. Braxton
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Lynn Clayton-Prince
Powhatan County Public Schools

Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Virginia, Inc. 

Hollee R. Freeman
MathScience Innovation Center

Jennifer Hamlet
Country Club of Virginia

Ghazala F. Hashmi
Community Volunteer

D. Mason Lecky
St. Christopher’s School

Claritza D. Leffel
CarMax

Gary A. Mance
Wells Fargo Bank, Retired

Jennifer L. Mangus
Dominion Energy

Steven T. McCarther
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

John G. Myers, Jr.
Community Volunteer

May Nivar
Altria

Andy Poarch
Alliance Group

Thomas M. Prest
Warren Whitney

Cristina Domínguez Ramírez
Henrico County Public Library

Thomas Rayner
Anthem Virginia HealthKeepers

Mona Hafeez Siddiqui
Community Volunteer

Delores D. Teklu
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael H. Walker
Harris Williams

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

Chair

Melvin T. Blackwell
Little Zion Baptist Church

Vice Chair

Robin A. Mancoll
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Immediate Past Chair

Sara Jo Rubin
Rubin Communications Group

Members

Natalie Allen
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Yvonne T. Allmond
TowneBank

Harshad K. Barot
Galaxy Corporation

Valerie K. Brown
The Mount Global Fellowship of Churches

Esther M. Diskin
Norfolk Academy

Blair A. Durham
Black BRAND

Somya Dwivedi-Burks
Somya Trains, LLC

S. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Old Dominion University

Christopher S. Garran
Cape Henry Collegiate

Antipas L. Harris
The Urban Renewal Center

Matthew R. Hull
Pender & Coward, P.C.

Travis T. Judkins
Team Judkins Enterprises LLC

Elsie Harold Lans
Cape Henry Collegiate

Saher Mirza
Community Volunteer

Stacy E. K. Nixon
Norfolk Collegiate School

Rilley Alvin V. Ramos
Harbor Group International, LLC

Philip C. Sherrill
Norfolk State University

Yuanjun E. Song
Community Volunteer

Cecelia T. Tucker
Old Dominion University, Retired

Cole Werkheiser
Pembroke Realty Group

Gregory S. Zittrain
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Emeritus

Bernard I. Einhorn
Community Volunteer

Nominate a Board/Chapter Member

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

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