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
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

Secretary

Ashby C. Kilgore
Newport News Public Schools, Retired

Treasurer

Joycelyn Spight Roache
Old Point Financial Corporation

Immediate Past Chair

J. Benjamin English
Hirschler

Members

Karla Almendarez-Ramos
City of Richmond

Dana C. Beckton
Sentara Healthcare

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

M. Imad Damaj
Islamic Center of Virginia

Miriam R. Davidow
Community Volunteer

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

Paula P. Pando
Reynolds Community College

Elizabeth M. Panilaitis
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Cameron D. Patterson
Robert Russa Moton Museum

Bimaljit S. Sandhu
Richmond Gastroenterology Associates

Quan T. Schneider
Altria

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

Melvyn Smith, Jr.
Genworth

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

Kelly A. C. Stuart
Bon Secours Mercy Health System

Alexis N. Swann
TowneBank

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

Immediate Past Chair

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

Members

Dori Baker
Author & Speaker

Terre Balof
First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg

Robert L. Canida, II
University of Lynchburg

Ally D. Davis
Liberty University

Robert S. Dendy, Jr.
HumanKind

Bert Dodson, Jr.
Dodson Pest Control

Crystal M. Edwards
Lynchburg City Schools

Michael Elliott
Centra

Tina Garrett-Ragland
Pacific Life Insurance

Jacquie Glanz
Lynchburg Academy of Medicine

Hermina W. Hendricks
Randolph College

Jennifer B. Huffman
Atlantic Union Bank

John H. Hughes, IV
City of Lynchburg

Jennifer Light
Boonsboro Country Club

Sabita Manian
University of Lynchburg

Nathaniel X. Marshall
BWX Technologies, Inc.

Justin E. Mercer, Sr.
Johnson Health Center

Muriel B. Mickles
Danville Community College

Jamille Moreland
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

John R. Nimon
Agudath Sholom Congregation

Kathryn M. Pumphrey
Centra Foundation, Retired

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.

James W. Wright
Community Volunteer

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
YLS Inc. Landscape Contractor

Secretary

Tracy S. Brooks
Newport News Public Schools

Immediate Past Chair

Donna E. Woods
Hampton City Schools, Retired

Members

Marika E. Anthony
Educator, Retired

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

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

Norma B. Harvey
Hampton University

Patricia A. Heath
Patty Heath Insurance Agency

Naved A. Jafri
Mid-Atlantic Women’s Care

Kris Rarig
Thomas Nelson Community College

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

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
Dominion Payroll

Vice Chair

Sharon Amoss
InnerWill Leadership Institute

Secretary

Ida M. Pierce
Capital One

Immediate Past Chair

Dwight Jones
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Members

Candace A. Blydenburgh
McGuireWoods LLP

George P. Braxton
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Lynn Clayton-Prince
Powhatan County Public Schools

Thomas Okuda Fitzpatrick
Virginia 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

Gary A. Mance
Wells Fargo Bank, Retired

Jennifer L. Mangus
Dominion Energy

Steven T. McCarther
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

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

May Nivar
Altria

Thomas M. Prest
The Country Club of Virginia

Cristina Domínguez Ramírez
Henrico County Public Library

Thomas Rayner
Anthem Virginia HealthKeepers

Mona Hafeez Siddiqui
Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

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

Secretary

Delores “Dee-Dee” Gee
Booz Allen Hamilton

Immediate Past Chair

Sara Jo Rubin
Rubin Communications Group

Members

Natalie Allen
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Yvonne T. Allmond
TowneBank

Valerie K. Brown
The Mount Global Fellowship of Churches

Albert G. Butzer, III
First Presbyterian Church, Retired

Esther M. Diskin
Norfolk Academy

Somya Dwivedi-Burks
Somya Trains, LLC

S. Annette Finley-Croswhite
Old Dominion University

Christopher S. Garran
Cape Henry Collegiate

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

Kelly T. Jackson
Virginia Wesleyan University

Travis T. Judkins
Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church of Chesapeake

Elsie Harold Lans
Cape Henry Collegiate

Barbara Hamm Lee
Sharing Info, LLC

Saher Mirza
Community Volunteer

Stacy E. K. Nixon
Norfolk Collegiate School

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

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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