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Newly elected to Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees

June 24, 2015

Rolf Bartschi was elected president of the Virginia Living Museum Board of Trustees for 2015-16 at the annual meeting June 24. Bartschi is vice president Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Carrier Construction at Newport News Shipbuilding,

Alonzo R. Bell, Jr., principal broker Randolph Real Estate Services, Inc., was elected president-elect; Bradford N. Patten, president, Alcove Corp.,Williamsburg, was re-elected secretary, and Philip J. Forbes IV, partner, Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton Reid, PLC., was re-elected as treasurer. Kathy Howell, president and creative director Howell Creative Group, Williamsburg, serves on the executive committee as past president.

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

James Burnett, controller, W.M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Mark C. Hanna, executive vice president/Tidewater regional president, EVB

Re-elected to the Board of Trustees were:

William H. Carr, Peninsula president, Monarch Bank

Philip Hatchett, managing partner, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.

Elisabeth Williams, vice president strategy, marketing and development, Riverside Corporate Office

Brian K. Skinner, president, Peninsula/Williamsburg TowneBank, and Joseph R. Witt, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Old Point National Bank, were elected to the Board of Advisors. Re-elected were Allen R. Jones, Jr., George R. Goodson, Jr., Mary Sherwood Holt, Conway H. Sheild III, Jeffrey L. Mendelsohn and Michael Petters.

At the shipyard, Bartschi is responsible for program management, planning and construction for the first ship of the new Gerald R. Ford‐class. He joined the shipyard in 1981 as a test engineer in the fast attack submarine new construction program and has held a number of positions, most recently as vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer.

Originally from New York, Bartschi earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and moved to Virginia to begin his career at the shipyard. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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