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

Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas
Dominion Energy

Vice Chair

Hadeel M. Abouhasira
William Mullen

Secretary

Ashby C. Kilgore
Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Treasurer

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

Immediate Past Chair

J. Benjamin English
Hirschler

Members

Karla Almendarez-Ramos
City of Richmond

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

M. Imad Damaj
Islamic Center of Virginia

Miriam R. Davidow
Community Volunteer

ReNeé S. Dunman
Old Dominion University, Retired

Mekbib L. Gemeda
Eastern Virginia Medical School

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

Douglas S. Jones
Fahrenheit Advisors

Jill A. McCormick
The Cabell Foundation & Jackson Foundation

Vivian M. Oden
Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Elizabeth M. Panilaitis
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Cameron D. Patterson
Robert Russa Moton Museum

Quan T. Schneider
Altria

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

Aaron D. Smith
University of Lynchburg

Melvyn Smith, Jr.
Genworth

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

Joycelyn Spight Roache
Old Point Financial Corporation

Kelly A. C. Stuart
Bon Secours Mercy Health System

Alexis N. Swann
TowneBank

Chris S. Zambas
Community Volunteer

 

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

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

Vice Chair

Shanda K. Horner
Community Volunteer

Secretary

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

Immediate Past Chair

James W. Wright
Genworth Financial

Members

Dori Baker
Author & Speaker

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

Robert L. Canida, II
University of Lynchburg

Ally D. Davis
Liberty University

Bert Dodson, Jr.
Dodson Pest Control

Crystal M. Edwards
Lynchburg City Schools

Tina Garrett-Ragland
Pacific Life Insurance

Jacquie Glanz
Lynchburg Academy of Medicine

Ellen S. Gross
Central Virginia Community College, Retired

Hermina W. Hendricks
Randolph College

John H. Hughes, IV
City of Lynchburg

Sabita Manian
University of Lynchburg

Nathaniel X. Marshall
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Muriel B. Mickles
Central Virginia Community College

Jamille Moreland
Goodwill Industries of the Valley

John R. Nimon
Agudath Sholom Congregation

Kathryn M. Pumphrey
Centra Foundation, Retired

Dennis S. Roberts
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Lila A. Rosenthal
Community Volunteer

Marjette G. Upshur
City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development

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

Sterling A. Wilder
Jubilee Family Development Center

Denise P. Woernle
Framatome 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 Trust

Vice Chair

Nhu Q. Yeargin
Yeargin Landscape Services, Inc.

Secretary

Tracy S. Brooks
Newport News Public Schools

Immediate Past Chair

Donna E. Woods
Hampton City Schools, Retired

Members

Marika E. Anthony
Educator, Retired

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

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

Valerie C. Butler
Realtor

George Chioros
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

M. Denise Counce
TowneBank

W. Vidal Dickerson
Christopher Newport University

Lewis J. Fisher
Huntington Ingalls/Newport News Shipbuilding

W. Fanchon Glover
College of William & Mary

Norma B. Harvey
Hampton University

Patricia A. Heath
Patty Heath Insurance Agency

Naved A. Jafri
Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care

Wayne D. Lett
Newport News Public SchoolsRetired

Guy G. Levy
Levy Dental Group

Kris Rarig
Thomas Nelson Community College

Don Roberts
WAVY-TV 10

Robert G. Saunders
Newport News General District Court

Ward Scull, III
Virginia Transfer & Storage Co.

David A. Seeley
Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs

Jeffery O. Smith
Hampton City Schools

Edith G. White
Hampton Roads Community Action Program

Chris S. Zambas
Community Volunteer

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

Chair

Dwight Jones
Hunton Andrews Kurth

Vice Chair

Lesley H. Bruno
Dominion Payroll

Secretary

Sharon Amoss
InnerWill Leadership Institute

Immediate Past Chair

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

Members

George P. Braxton
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Lynn Clayton-Prince
Powhatan County Public Schools

Miriam R. Davidow
Community Volunteer

Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick
Department of Criminal Justice Services

Hollee R. Freeman
MathScience Innovation Center

Ghazala F. Hashmi
Community Volunteer

D. Mason Lecky
St. Christopher’s School

Claritza D. Leffel
CarMax

Erin Lessin Mahone
#IfYouCouldSeeMe: Stories for Change 

Gary A. Mance
Wells Fargo Bank, Retired

Steven T. McCarther
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Jo S. Murphy
Virginia Commonwealth University

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

May Nivar
Altria

Ida M. Pierce
Markel Corporation

Patricia W. Plaisted
Community Volunteer

Thomas M. Prest
The Country Club of Virginia

Cristina Domínguez Ramírez
Henrico County Public Library

Thomas Raper
Anthem Virginia HealthKeepers

Mona Hafeez Siddiqui
Virginia Office of the Attorney General

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

Chair

Sara Jo Rubin
Rubin Communications Group

Vice Chair

Melvin T. Blackwell
Little Zion Baptist Church

Secretary

Robin A. Mancoll
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Immediate Past Chair

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

Members

Natalie Allen
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Vonya P. Alleyne
Cox Communications

Yvonne T. Allmond
TowneBank

Albert G. Butzer, III
First Presbyterian Church

Valerie K. Brown
The Mount Global Fellowship of Churches

Esther M. Diskin
Norfolk Academy

Somya Dwivedi-Burks
Somya trains, LLC

Bernard I. Einhorn
Community Volunteer

S. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Old Dominion University

Christopher S. Garran
Cape Henry Collegiate

Delores “Dee-Dee” Gee
Real Estate Information Network, Inc. 

Kelly T. Jackson
Virginia Wesleyan University

Mark A. Johnson
SunTrust Bank

Elsie Harold Lans
Norfolk Public Schools

Barbara Hamm Lee
Sharing Info, LLC

Eleanor L. Lipkin
Community Volunteer

Jennifer L. Mangus
Dominion Energy

Saher Mirza
Community Volunteer

Jeanne B. Natali
Tidewater Community College

Rilley Alvin V. Ramos
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.

Philip C. Sherrill
Norfolk State University

Yuanjun E. Song
Community Volunteer

Cecelia T. Tucker
Old Dominion University

Cole Werkheiser
Pembroke Realty Group

Gregory S. Zittrain
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Nominate a Board/Chapter Member

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

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