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Board Members

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

Ashby Kilgore
Superintendent (Retired), Newport News Public Schools

Sarah Messersmith
Attorney, Kaufman and Canoles

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

Lewis Smith
Vice President, Finance, Bayport Credit Union

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

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

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

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

Kevin Banks
President of Innovative Vision Technologies, Inc.

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

James C. Burnett
Controller, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Bryan Caccavale
Vice President, Naval Programs, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Jarryd Carver
Dealer Principal, Winners Circle Automotive Group

Heather Duncan
Senior Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Virginia Health System, Inc.

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

Lauren Jett
Operations Manager, Tommy Garner Air Conditioning & Heat

Page Kremp
Owner/Event Coordinator, Jeff’s Flowers, Of Course! Inc.

Cleon M. Long
Huntington Ingalls Industry

Taylor Montgomery Mason
Senator, Senate of Virginia

Michelle Price
Director of Public Information and Community Involvement, NNPS

Tatrece Swann
Sr. Systems Engineer Mgr, Northrup Grumman

Molly Joseph Ward
Retired Treasurer, City of Hampton

Steve Whetstine
Partner, KPMG



Appointed Members

Mr. Christopher Walton
Warwick at City Center Rotary Club

Ms. Susan Goodwin
City of Newport News

Ms. Rebecca Aman
Newport News School Board

Ms. Lorraine Hall
Junior League of Hampton Roads

Board of Advisors

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

Carolyn S. Abbitt
Abbitt Realty & Abbitt Management

Randy Abbitt
CEO, National Exterminating, Inc.

Stephen Abbitt
Managing Director, Abbitt Realty & Abbitt Management

Mari Ann Banks

Alonzo Bell Jr.
CCIM, Randolph Real Estate Services Co.

Len Bennett
Founding Partner, Consumer Litigation Assoc.

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

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

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

William S. Brundage
CFO, Ferguson Enterprises

Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D.
President, OSC Orthopaedic & Spine Center

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

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

William R. Ermatinger
Corporate VP/Chief HR Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Tommy A . Garner
President, Tommy Garner Air Conditioning & Heating, 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.

Lynn Hornsby

William D. Hoskins III
Retired, Merrill Lynch 

Katherine A. Howell
President/Creative Director, Howell Creative Group

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

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

Nancy L. Levin
President, Newport Management Company, Inc.

Jeffrey M. Luckman
President, Luckman Enterprises, LLC

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

Judy T. Morris
Retired, Newport News

Ross Mugler
Commissioner of the Revenue, City of Hampton

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

John F. Phillips
President, Phillips Energy, Inc.

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.

Charles W. Wornom