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Board of Trustees – 2020

The Virginia Living Museum is governed by a board of elected and appointed trustees. Appointed trustees represent the Museum’s two founding organizations, the Warwick Rotary Club and the Junior League of Hampton Roads, plus the Newport News City Council and School Board, Hampton City Council and School Board, and young professionals.

Board of Trustees

Elected Trustees

Karen Velkey
Corporate Vice President of Compensation & Benefits, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Ashby Kilgore
Retired Superintendent, NNPS

Sarah Messersmith
Attorney, Kaufman and Canoles

Lewis Smith
Vice President, Finance – Bayport Credit Union

James C. Burnett
Vice President,  CFO, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.


William Austin
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Riverside Health System

Rebecca S. Aman
Attorney, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly

Herbert H. Bateman, Jr.
Executive Vice President, TowneBank

Leonard A. Bennett, Esquire
Founding Partner, Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C

Donald B. Brown
Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Bryan Caccavale
Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Micheal F. Carpenter
Development, Commercial Sales & Leasing; Drucker and Falk, LLC

Heather Duncan
Brand Manager, Smithfield Food

Melvin James Ferebee, Jr.
Director, Systems Analysis and Concepts NASA Langely Research Center

Rebecca Francese
Senior Environmental Scientist, Waterway Survey & Engineering, Ltd.

Bruce Hoogstraten
Implementation Manager, Faneuil

Cleon M. Long
Nuclear Engineer III, Dominion Energy

Monty Mason
Senator, Senate of Virginia

Ross A. Mugler
Commissioner of the Revenue, City of Hampton

Shawn E. Neighbor
Executive Director / Portfolio Management, Director Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kenneth Radecki
Director, Facilities, Safety & Environment – Canon Virginia, Inc.

Melinda Smith
Senior Banking Advisor/Vice President, PNC Bank

Molly Joseph Ward
Treasurer, City of Hampton

Steve Whetstine
Partner, KPMG


Appointed Members

Hon. Shelly Simonds
NNPS School Board

Mr. Brian DeProfio, Assistant City Manager
City Manager’s Office, City of Hampton

Ms. Susan Goodwin
Director of Finance, City of Newport News

Mr. Jesse Hutcheson
Warwick at City Center Rotary

Ms. Lorraine Hall
Junior League of Hampton Roads

Ms. Rebecca A. Kleinhample (Spouse is Bob Kleinhample)
Executive Director, The Virginia Living Museum

Board of Advisors

Many former trustees continue to serve the museum in an advisory capacity.

Carolyn S. Abbitt
Chairman of the Board, Abbitt Realty & Abbitt Management

Randy Abbitt
CEO, National Exterminating, Inc.

Charles A. Banks III
Retired, Gloucester

Mari Ann Banks

John F. Biagas
CEO/President, Bay Electric Co., Inc.

Lois Bowman
Newport News

Regina P. Brayboy
Executive Director, Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community

Thomas R. Brooks, C.P.A.
PBMares, LLP

Dean S. Canavos
Co-President/Treasurer, Canavos Holdings, Inc.

Brian W. Caro
Virginia Beach

Jerome F. Clark
Retired, SunTrust Bank

Jerri Fuller Dickseski
Executive Vice President, Communications, Huntington Ingalls Industries

William B. Downey
President and Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Health System

William R. Ermatinger
Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

John H. Garrett III
Retired, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

John J. Gillespie, Jr.
Vice President of Marketing, American Standard Brands

Ralph M. Goldstein
Partner, Jones, Bleckman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

George R. Goodson, Jr.
Retired, Warwick Plumbing & Heating Corp.

William M. Grace
Retired, Grace Industries, Inc.

Mary Sherwood Holt
Chair, Newport News

Kathy Howell
President & Creative Director, Howell Creative Group

Dawn T. Hunt
DMD, Hunt Smile Design

Lynn E. Hornsby

Willard D. Hoskins III
Retired, Merrill Lynch

Jane Jordan Ishon
Director of Development, St. Andrews Episcopal School

Dr. Allen R. Jones, Jr., P.T.
CEO, Dominion Physical Therapy & Associates

Herbert V. Kelly, Jr.
Vice President and Director, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

John R. Lawson II
President and CEO, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Jeffrey M. Luckman
President, Luckman Enterprises, LLC

Dr. John Q.A. Mattern II, D.O.
Virginia Oncology Associates

Jeffrey L. Mendelsohn
CEO, Virginia Health Services

Sharron Kitchen Miller
Newport News

Judy T. Morris
Retired, Newport News

Nancy F. Morter
Newport News

Mary B. Oder
Manager, Tax Department, PBMares, LLP

Donald N. Patten
Partner, Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, LLC

Michael Petters
President and Chief Executive Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Barbara J. Reynolds
Retired Senior Major Gift Officer, Indiana University School of Medicine

Conway H. Sheild III
Chairman, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

Brian K. Skinner
President, TowneBank Peninsula/Williamsburg

James B. Thomas, Jr.
Retired, Wolseley PLC

Joseph R. Witt
SEVP, Chief Business Development Officer, Old Point National Bank

Charles W. Wornom
President, Abbitt Realty Group, Inc.

Endowment Board of Advisors

Herbert V. Kelly, Jr.

Jeffrey L. Mendelsohn,

Charles R. Spencer, Jr.

Charles W. Wornom