What an amazing year!

Class of 2017

Congratulations, CIVIC Class of 2017

We’re delighted to welcome the CIVIC Class of 2017, as our newest CIVIC Leadership alumni.  This year has been exceptional and we are so grateful to everyone who participated in the program this year.   The commitment to propelling Hampton Roads forward was evident in the detailed and successful group projects presented this year.  Our class members and alumni are seasoned professionals who bring extraordinary capacity to the issues that challenge Hampton Roads. They are actively engaged in public life as elected officials, members of boards and commissions, and as skilled volunteer experts working on pivotal issues important to the region like sea level rise, veteran transition, and the health and well-being of children, among others.

agho-austinDr. Austin O. Agho

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Old Dominion University

angle-johnJohn J. Angle

Project Executive
W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

baker-connie-annCOL Bonnie Ann Baker (Ret)

Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison
City of Norfolk

baumgarten-matthewMatthew Baumgarten

Executive Director of Real Estate Development and Chief Operating Officer for Facilities
Tidewater Community College

berger-garrettGarrett G. Berger

T. Parker Host, Inc.

birknes-emilyEmily R. Birknes

Ghent Neighborhood League

bojanowski-tomTom Bojanowski

Vice President
Electronic Systems, Inc.

brown-kellyKelly W. Brown

Program Manager
Newport News Shipbuilding

chase-davidDavid M. Chase, Jr.

Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.

clark-christopherChristopher M. Clark

Director, Customer Intelligence
Ferguson Enterprises

cooke-robinRobin S. Cooke

Market President, Portsmouth & Suffolk

cox-bryantBrant Cox

Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff
Eastern Virginia Medical School

cross-martinMartin O. Cross

Senior Vice President, Operations
Old Point National Bank

duvernet-diaDia DuVernet

President & CEO
Virginia Beach SPCA

findlay-colinDr. Colin Findlay

Chief of Hospital Medicine
Sentara Medical Group

fontaine-deborahDr. Deborah C. Fontaine

Interim Vice President of University Advancement
Norfolk State University

freeman-jackCAPT Jack Freeman

Commanding Officer, NSA Hampton Roads
United States Navy

golden-sarahSarah B. Golden

President and Chief Administrative Officer
The GBS Group

gross-william-rossWilliam Ross Grogg, IV

Government Relations Manager
Kemper Consulting

gumbleton-daveDave Gumbleton

President and Owner

howard-reneeRenée M. Howard, CPA


howell-kathyKathy Howell

President and Creative Director
Howell Creative Group

izard-jamesJames J. Izard

Palladium RIA, LLC

joyner-karenKaren L. Joyner

Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

kendrick-shannonShannon Kendrick

Senior Vice President
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

kenrick-ryanRyan C. Kenrick

Williams Mullen

lane-peggyPeggy A. Layne

Community Volunteer
Retired, Dominion Virginia Power

lowe-cameronCameron S. Lowe

County Extension Director
NC State Extension

Debbie Martinez

Execution Manager, Convergent Aeronautics Solutions Project
NASA/Aeronautics Research Directorate

mccray-coreyDr. Corey L. McCray

Vice President for Workforce Solutions
Tidewater Community College

CAPT Richard C. McDanielmcdaniel-richard

Executive Officer
Naval Station Norfolk

mcleod-ashleyAshley K. McLeod

Communications and Membership Director
Virginia Maritime Association

meadows-richardCAPT Richard J. Meadows

Commanding Officer
NAS Oceana

wood-peterPeter W.D. Morford

Deputy Director
US Navy Afloat Training Group Atlantic

Dr. Elza Mylona

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Eastern Virginia Medical School

noel-jamesJames W. Noel, III

General Counsel
The Port of Virginia

philion-karenKaren M. Philion

President and Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Symphony Orchestra

reed-johnJohn Reed

Kaufman & Canoles

santaana-coleenColeen Santa Ana

Sentara Albemarle Medical Center

sledge-leonardLeonard L. Sledge

Director of Economic Development
City of Hampton

sparks-rexRex Sparks

Regional Brokerage Manager
Wells Fargo

thomas-martinMartin A. Thomas, Jr.

The Decker Law Firm
Council Member
Norfolk City Council

werner-thomasThomas G. Werner

Vice President and Treasurer
Norfolk Southern Corporation

winterstein-brianBrian H. Winterstein

Corporate Vice President
Liberty Tax Service

wood-heatherHeather L. Wood

Ports Market Sector Leader
Kennedy / Jenks Consultants

wright-deborahDr. Deborah G. Wright

Vice President for Workforce Development
Thomas Nelson Community College