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Board President 2014

Kathy Howell elected president of Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees
June 19, 2014

Kathy Howell, president and creative director, Howell Creative Group, Williamsburg, was elected president of the Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees for 2014-15 at the annual meeting June 18.

Rolf Bartschi, vice president, Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Carrier Construction, Newport News Shipbuilding, was elected president-elect; Bradford N. Patten, president, Alcove Corp.,Williamsburg, was elected secretary, and Philip J. Forbes IV, attorney, Mulkey, Reid, Barton, & Forbes PLC., was elected as treasurer. Brian K. Skinner, president TowneBank-Peninsula/Williamsburg, serves on the executive committee as past president.

Elected to new three-year terms on the Board of Trustees were:

  • Erick Elliott, operations director, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Williamsburg
  • Tommy Garner, owner, Tommy Garner Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., Newport News
  • Jeffrey Johnson, director, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Newport News
  • Britney Maddux, associate, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C., Newport News

Re-elected to the Board of Trustees were:

  • Melanie Rapp Beale, external affairs manager, Dominion Virginia Power
  • William Brundage, vice president of finance, Ferguson Enterprises
  • John Phillips, president, Phillips Energy, Inc., Gloucester and Mathews

Dawn T. Hunt, DMD, Hunt Smile Design, and Sharron Kitchen Miller were elected to the Board of Advisors. Re-elected were Carolyn Abbitt, Randy Abbitt, Charles A. Banks, John F. Biagas, Gerald Brink, Thomas R. Brooks, Dean Canavos, John Gillespie, Lynn Hornsby, John R. Lawson II and Mary B. Oder.

Kathy Howell is president and creative director of Howell Creative Group, an award-winning, full-service marketing communications and advertising agency she founded in 1982 with a client list that includes a wide variety of businesses, nonprofits and state and federal agencies.

In addition to the recognition Howell Creative Group has received over the years, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads honored Kathy with an ALLI award in 2008, and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance selected her as the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year. Additionally, she’s a 2003 graduate of the Lead Historic Triangle program.

Kathy is a member of AIGA and the American Advertising Federation. Her civic involvement often reflects her interests in animals and conservation. In addition to her board service for Virginia Living Museum, she served on the board of United Way of Greater Williamsburg, is a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and was a long-time board member of the Williamsburg Land Conservancy.

The Virginia Living Museum is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 museum and education center whose mission is connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation.

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