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People 07-29-13

Updated: July 26, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Posted: July 26, 2013

Certifications & designations


Ellyn Bess, CPA, CPC, of McPhillips, Roberts & Deans PLC received the Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, Rotarian of the Year Award. Bess is partner of the retirement plan services practice. She is a past president of the Norfolk Sunrise Rotary.


Scott Christopher, PE, LC, LEED, AP, a senior electrical engineer at Clark Nexsen, has earned the Registered Communications Distribution Designer credential. Christopher is a licensed professional electrical engineer with 18 years of experience in the design and management of municipal, state and federal projects. He also holds the LEED Accredited and Lighting Certified Credentials.

His responsibilities include layout, design and circuiting of electrical power, lighting and communication systems for churches, schools, cell towers and other facilities.

Christopher received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Awards & honors


Jack Hornbeck CCE, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Hornbeck has more than 40 years of experience in chamber work and served as the leader of the Hampton Roads chamber for 25 years. He was named Exec of the Year in 2007 and holds the Certified Chamber Executive designation.

He will retire on Sept. 30.


Carlos Campo Ph.D., president of Regent University, received the Rites of Passage Award presented by the Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Campo was recognized for his exemplary service to the youth of the South Hampton Roads community during the Rites of Passage Inspirational Dinner hosted by the Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter and Regent University.


Prudential Towne Realty was recently named winner of several top awards in Virginia within the Southern Region by Prudential Real Estate. The awards are presented quarterly to the top three sales associates and branch offices in each region. Winners are:

First place in Virginia for Residential GCI: The John Savino Group (Lynnhaven office); second place in Virginia for Residential GCI: Susan Pender (Beach office); third place in Virginia for Residential GCI: Trey Decker (Lynnhaven office); first place in Virginia for Residential Units: Trey Decker (Lynnhaven office); second place in Virginia for Residential Units: Bethany White (Chesapeake office); third place in Virginia for Residential Units: Shauna Lane (Chesapeake office)


The Virginia Living Museum presented Sullivan Awards to the following staff members for outstanding contributions to the museum:

Theresa Wilkins, custodial supervisor, was descirbed in a museum press release as one of the museum's hardest working employees, taking on extra shifts when others call in sick.

Chris Crippen, aquariums curator, helped rebuild the life support systems of nine aquarium exhibits damaged by the August 2012 flood and developed a captive breeding program for native seahorses.

Kathy Long, general curator, was recognized for always being the first person on site in an animal emergency. Long played a crucial role in rescuing beavers and raccoons after the August flood, according to the press release.

Staff members recognized for attaining service milestones:

J. Darl Fletcher, Adam Newland, five years; Dan Coleman, Dan Summers, Jody Ullmann, 15 years; Chris Lewis, Dave Osman, 20 years.


These attorneys at Vandeventer Black LLP were recognized in the following categories:

Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars of 2013: Megan B. Caramore, immigration; Richard J. Crouch, business/corporate; Shalanda N. Franklin-Verdell, bankruptcy; Michael P. Giordano, general litigation; Sean M. Golden, professional liability defense; Casaundra M. Maimone, professional liability defense; Mara S. Mijal, immigration; Gretchen M. Ostroff, construction litigation; Dustin M. Paul, civil litigation defense.

Virginia Super Lawyers 2013: Stephan F. Andrews, construction litigation; Dean T. Buckius, employment and labor; Deborah M. Casey, real estate; Mark T. Coberly, transportation/maritime; James C. Cosby, business litigation; William E. Franczek, construction/surety; Patrick A. Genzler, construction/surety; Patrick W. Herman, estate and probate; David W. Lannetti, bankruptcy; Neil S. Lowenstein, construction litigation; Bryant C. McGann, real estate; John M. Ryan, transportation/maritime; Michael L. Sterling, construction litigation.


Hope House Foundation honored five community members at its annual dinner:

Jeff Maisey, publisher and editor of Veer Magazine, was honored with the Jeff Miller Award for strength in business and community service evidenced through leadership, integrity, imagination and optimism. Veer Magazine is a monthly arts and culture publication. Maisey has worked with Hope House Foundation on several events including the Veer Magazine Local Music Awards, of which Hope House was the beneficiary, and Girls Rock, an upcoming music festival that will be part of the 2013 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival.

William Hearst, president of the Helen G. Gifford Foundation, accepted the Community Award on behalf of the foundation and its board of directors. The Helen G. Gifford Foundation supports community programs and organizations in Hampton Roads, specifically in the areas of cultural and performing arts and education. The foundation board of directors has sponsored the Best in Show Award at both the spring and fall Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals for more than five years. This commitment has tripled the Best in Show prize.

David Filipowski and Richard Katz, owners of Belmont House of Smoke, Colley Cantina and Cogan's Pizza, also received the Community Award. Filipowski and Katz's relationship with Hope House Foundation has spanned a decade and includes embracing the individuals supported by the agency, providing gift certificates for Hope House events, and hosting several Hope House special events.

Anne Standing, owner of Panache Interiors and Hope House Foundation board member, was recognized as 2013 Board Member of the Year. Standing serves on the marketing committee, co-leads the Rise and Shine fundraising breakfast and leads the annual Feather the Nest event. She hosted a family forum to gain insight on how to best provide information to families seeking services, secured a full-page public service announcement in Scout magazine as well as funding for new roofs at a Virginia Beach location.


Boards, commissions & associations

James "Jim" Stebbins, CPA, ABV, has been appointed to the Hampton Roads Corporate Volunteer Council Board.

A tax supervisor with McPhillips, Roberts & Deans, he has more than five years of public accounting experience. He provides specialty services in business valuation, multistate taxation, and consolidated entities. Stebbins works with the Wave Warriors Surf Camp and the Samaritan House.


Kenneth Penrose Jr. of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, has been elected chairman of the Newport News Board of Zoning Appeals for a one-year term.

Penrose has served on the board since 2004 and was vice chairman from 2011 to 2013. He is a vice president in the Newport News office of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer and has been with the firm for almost 13 years, specializing in office and industrial sales and leasing.


Angila Key of Dress for Success in Norfolk, was selected to attend the 9th annual Dress for Success Professional Women's Group Success Summit as a delegate representing Dress for Success Hampton Roads.

The summit took place in Miami July 12-14.

The Professionial Women's Group is an international networking association for Dress for Success Women who have recently entered the workforce, some for the first time. It promotes employment retention and career advancement by providing skill-building information and creating a safe environment to network with other professionals.


William L. "Bill" Stauffer Jr., partner at Williams Mullen, has been named president-elect of the Newport News Bar Association for the 2013-2014 term. Stauffer has served on the association's board of directors since 2011 and as treasurer for the 2012-2013 term.

Stauffer focuses his practice on complex business trials, including representation of the developer/homebuilder, financial institution and manufacturing industries. He has more than 35 years of experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, primarily in the mid-Atlantic region. He also represents businesses and individuals in matters involving insurance coverage, dissolution and receiverships, injunctions, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and protection of proprietary rights.


The Future of Hampton Roads announced board members for 2013:

Jennifer White, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority; Megan O'Reilly, public affairs manager, U.S. Route 460 Corridor Improvements Project; William "Bill" Crow, president, Virginia Ship Repair; Grey Persons, president and account executive with Borrell Associates Inc.; Aaron Kelley, TowneBank Olde Town Portsmouth; Robert H. Norton, CEO, Norton & Associates Inc.; Thanos Polizos, president,; Terri Thompson, State Farm Insurance Cos.; David Burden, SouthEast Expeditions & Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper; Karen Meier, Asst. VP Community Engagement, ODU; Cathy Lewis, founding host of "Hear Say with Cathy Lewis" and executive director of CIVIC Leadership; Joe Bouchard, director of government sales at Cox Communications.


The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads elected officers for 2013-2014:

Dr. Anne Meek, president, CAGHR, poet, adviser to the Board of Hampton Roads Writers; Paul Darden, past president of CAGHR and publisher of BRAVO magazine; Nell Green, vice president, administration, accounting director with Strickland & Jones PC; Jim Thompson, vice president, advocacy, and president, Virginians for the Arts; Robert Sharak, treasurer, CAGHR and development officer for Opportunity Inc.; and Linda G. Bunch, CAGHR programs chair, clay artist, executive director, Suffolk Art League, Suffolk.


Banking & finance


TowneBank Mortgage made the following announcements:

Kevin L. Fly has been promoted to executive vice president. Fly, an accounting officer responsible for financial and tax reporting and policy and control processes, is based at the Member Service Center in Suffolk. He has more than 18 years of banking and accounting experience. With the company for six years, he is a graduate of Christopher Newport University as well as the Apprentice School in Newport News. Fly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Tidewater Chapter. He volunteers as a football coach for the Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization and as a wrestling coach for the Peninsula Youth Wrestling League.

Jaime Michelle Landon has been promoted to vice president and accounting manager. Landon has nine years of banking and accounting experience. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in business with a double major of accounting and finance. Landon volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Young Leaders Society of United Way. She is based at the Member Service Center in Suffolk.

Kristen Dellinger has been promoted to to vice president. Dellinger, a mortgage loan officer at the Harbour View Financial Center, has been in the mortgage industry for more than seven years. She is a member of the Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association and the Tidewater Builders Association. Dellinger is a member of the Portsmouth YMCA Advisory Board. She volunteers for Toys for Tots, Girls on the Run and Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless. She attended Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the Van Lefcoe Leadership Development program.

Brad Schloss has been promoted to assistant vice president. Schloss is a mortgage loan officer at the Pavilion II Financial Center. He has been in the mortgage industry for almost 10 years. He was recently named by Mortgage Executives Magazine as a Top 1% Mortgage Originator in America for 2012. He is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College.

Gretchen D. Neild has been promoted to assistant vice president. Neild is an accounting officer responsible for cash management and treasury and is based at the Member Service Center in Suffolk. She has nine years of banking and accounting experience. She is a graduate of both Paul D. Camp Community College and Christopher Newport University. Neild serves as the children's ministries coordinator and co-chair on the finance committee at Magnolia United Methodist Church in Suffolk.


Health care

J. Frank Gallagher III, with 26 years in the field of inpatient psychiatric services, has been named vice president of behavioral health services for Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare.

Gallagher joined Sentara after five years as CEO of Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. He was previously CEO of The Pines Residential Treatment Center campuses in Norfolk and Portsmouth and Poplar Springs Hospital in Petersburg.

Gallagher will work closely with the system's Behavioral Health Task Force, which includes representatives from Sentara hospitals, Optima Health, Sentara Medical Group, community services boards and advocacy groups.




Matthew Polson has joined Studio Center Total Production in Virginia Beach as a video producer.Polson is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.



Jeffrey T. Stern, Loudoun County Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center manager, has been named artistic director for Hampton Coliseum/Hampton Arts Commission Department.

Stern has more than 34 years of experience in the arts, having worked in theater, television, feature film, fine arts and radio, in locations ranging from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatrical production from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.

In his current position as Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center manager, Stern is responsible for all programming, publicity, bookings, financial and human resource management for the 260-seat complex.

Stern has served as president of the Loudoun Arts Council, as well as a board member of the Round Hill Arts Center and the Loudoun Convention and Visitor Association. He has also served as an area grant review panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.





Will Christopher has been named the business development director for GBS Connected, a smart home controls technology and engineering firm.

Christopher has more than 10 years of experience in business development, training, leadership, and aligning individual behaviors with organizational strategies and values at both the local, small business level and large-scale international organizations.

He is a member of Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance, serving as the president of its board of directors. He is a member of The Noblemen, Future of Hampton Roads Board, Citizens Transportation Advisory Commission, and Virginia's Young Professional's Summit. He is a past recipient of Inside Business' "Top 40 Under 40" award.