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People Changes for Feb. 15, 2010

Posted: February 19, 2010


Philip A. Shucet has been selected as Hampton Roads Transit's president and CEO. Shucet is the former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Prior to his work with VDOT, Shucet worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways and the Arizona Department of Transportation. He was appointed by former Gov. Mark Warner as VDOT commissioner.

Shucet will remain with HRT until the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads completes a nationwide search for a permanent CEO.

D.R. "Tuffy" Butler has joined Carey Transportation as a manager for its Norfolk operations. Butler has been in the hospitality industry as a hotel general manager, has had his own carpentry business and has worked as a Norfolk police officer.

Carey Transportation is a full-service transportation provider with facilities in Richmond, Williamsburg and Norfolk.


Melissa Jackson Howell has joined employment law firm Jackson Lewis LLP. Previously, Howell worked at the Chesapeake office of Bowman Green Hampton & Kelly where she practiced employment law. She has experience counseling clients concerning employment law compliance and litigation avoidance, negotiating and litigating employment and contract-based disputes in federal and state courts, and composing employment-related agreements, including covenants not to compete and employee handbooks.

Howell is a magna cum laude graduate of Christopher Newport University and of the William and Mary School of Law. She sits on the Alumni Board of Directors and Educational Foundation Board at Christopher Newport University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor for the Government Department. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Virginia Business Bank.

Banking & finance

Theresa Lamie has joined MICG Investment Management's wealth management team. Lamie previously worked as a UBS control officer for the Virginia Complex. Lamie is MICG's director of administration and operations for all five branches: Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, Alexandria and New York. She holds the following licenses: 7, 63, 65, 9, 10, VA Life/Health/Annuity.

Geri Metzger has been named CEO of Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union. Metzger will oversee overall operations, strategic development and future growth. She has more than 25 years of experience and was the credit union's COO from 2000 until being named interim CEO in December. Previously, she was a consultant for the Virginia Credit Union League, a senior systems representative and auditor for the Maine Credit Union League and worked at credit unions in Maine, Texas and Florida.

Leon Davis has joined membersTrust Credit Union as CEO. Davis was CFO for a credit union in Pennsylvania before moving to the area. He has 25 years' experience in financial services and management. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The following individuals have joined or been promoted at Goodman & Co.:

Jason Husband MBA has joined the Virginia Beach office as an associate. Husband graduated from Radford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance and a master's degree in accounting.

Sara T. Dinicola was promoted to supervisor in Norfolk. Dinicola has more than six years of experience in audit for financial institutions, time shares, not-for-profits and 401(k) plans. She joined the firm as a senior associate in November 2008. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Old Dominion University.

Olga Gebert CPA was promoted to supervisor in Norfolk. Gebert has been with Goodman since June 2009. She has more than three years of experience in the accounting industry. She specializes in audits for the government contracting, construction, real estate and nonprofit industries, as well as taxation for individuals, partnerships and corporations. Gebert is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors and Institute of Management Accountants.

Patrick Gundlach CPA was promoted to supervisor in Norfolk. Gundlach has been with the firm since 2005, and specializes in audit services and tax preparation. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from James Madison University.

Tamara Tedeeva CPA was promoted to supervisor in Norfolk. Tedeeva has more than five years of experience in public accounting, three with Goodman & Co., and specializes in nonprofits, compliance and consolidations. She earned a post baccalaureate certificate in accounting and a master's degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lauren Brake has been named senior associate in Norfolk. Brake has been with the firm since September 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in accounting from Old Dominion University.

Tara A. Brooks was promoted to Retirement Plan Services senior associate in Norfolk. Brooks has worked with the firm since January 2008, first as an intern and then as an associate. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Old Dominion University.

Jasmine Curtis has been named senior associate in Norfolk. Curtis has worked for the firm since January 2009, focusing on audit for the health care and not-for-profit industries. Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Seattle University and holds a master's degree in accountancy from the University of Denver.

Sarah Bruce has been promoted to senior associate in the Newport News office. Bruce has been an associate with the firm since September 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

T. Leighton Hall was promoted to senior associate in Norfolk. Hall has worked with the firm for two years, specializing in mortgage companies and contractors. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Virginia-Wise and a master's degree in accounting assurance services from ODU.


Real estate

Jane Ruehrwein has been designated a partner with Campana Waltz Commercial Real Estate LLC.


Canon Virginia Inc. in Newport News announces the following promotions:

Scott Millar is senior director of human resources. Millar has been employed with Canon since 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree in governmental administration from Christopher Newport University.

Belinda Donavant is director of Camera Manufacturing Services. Donavant has been employed at Canon since 1992. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University.

Curtis Hawkins is director of business development. Hawkins has been employed with Canon since 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mars Hill College.

Jerry Wilson is director of Industrial Resource Technologies in Gloucester. Wilson has been employed with Canon since 1987.

Jonathan Evans is senior manager for the Cartridge Manufacturing Division. Evans has been employed at Canon since 1989.

Tony Mosbrucker is senior manager of Manufacturing Engineering. Mosbrucker has been employed at Canon since 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University.

Ken Radecki is senior manager of facilities. Radecki has been employed at Canon since 1996. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University. He is also a professional engineer licensed in Virginia.

Robert Sorey is manager of Industrial Resource Technologies in Gloucester. Sorey has been employed at Canon since 1998.

David Slusser is senior account manager of business development. Slusser has been employed at Canon since 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Averett University.

Viet Nguyen is senior engineer of product engineering. Nguyen has been employed at Canon since 1996. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University.

Chris Felice is senior engineer of product engineering. Felice has been employed at Canon since 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The following individuals have joined IssueTrak in Virginia Beach:

Lisa Strack has joined as the director of marketing. Strack has 15 years' experience working in marketing, product development and sales. She previously worked in business development for Discover Nutrition 365, based in Phoenix.

Rosemary Milazzo has joined as controller. Milazzo has worked in finance for more than 20 years. She worked nearly 20 years for Lillian Vernon as a vice president and controller and recently was controller for Amerivision Communications.

Thomas (Tommy) Coleman has joined Mechdyne Corp. as an account manager in its Virginia Beach office. Coleman is responsible for expanding the company's hardware, software and professional services business with government, university and commercial accounts in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

Jason Worley has joined The Whitlock Group as an account executive in its Virginia Beach office. Worley will be focused on providing advanced audiovisual and videoconferencing-related solutions to clients in the education and health care markets.


Jane Duffey has been appointed the new head of school at Norfolk Christian Schools. Duffey has been a part of Norfolk Christian for many years, serving in various capacities. She joined the NCS Middle School faculty in 1990 where she was a math, science and social studies teacher. After earning her Ph.D., Duffey returned to the middle school as principal. With the start of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was promoted to academic dean. In 2008, Duffey was lead administrator.

She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary and an MA.Ed. in special education from San Diego State University. She holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, planning and leadership from William and Mary.


Christopher G. Burns has joined USI Insurance Services LLC as president and CEO of the Norfolk, Newport News and Exmore offices. Burns will be based in the Norfolk office.

Burns has been executive vice president/general manager for Brown & Brown Flagship, overseeing a $5 million-plus revenue insurance office. Prior to that, he was a sales executive with the Flagship Group Ltd.

He is a graduate of Old Dominion University, and an active member of Leadership Hampton Roads. He serves on the Schooner Virginia board of directors, Great American Insurance Co. Agents Advisory Committee, Signal Agents Committee and the Community Association Institute. He is a board member of First Tee of Hampton Roads.

Awards & honors

Bon Secours Hampton Roads makes the following announcements:

Jennifer Boynton-Smith CAAMA, FACCA, administrative director of Neurosciences Service Line for Bon Secours Hampton Roads, has advanced to Fellow of the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators.

Boynton-Smith has been with Bon Secours and Maryview Medical Center since 1979. She previously was executive director of the Cardiac & Vascular Service Line and the Health Awareness & Wellness Program for Bon Secours Hampton Roads.

She is a board member on the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Lefcoe Alumni Association, and past chair and current board member of the South Hampton Roads American Heart & Stroke Association Board. In addition, she served as a commissioner and vice chair of the Portsmouth Planning Commission for eight years, was past president of the Girls Inc/Center for Youth Board and served on the initial PortsEvents Council. Boynton-Smith holds a master's degree in organizational management and a bachelor's degree in business administration.


Alison Lex MD of Bon Secours Medical Associates was recently selected to receive a Patient's Choice Award. The award, sponsored by MDx Medical Inc., is based on online patient reviews for the 720,000 active physicians in the nation.

Lex joined Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach in 2008. A graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Lex completed her residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Lex served the geriatric population in Jacksonville, Fla., as a home health care physician for Visiting Physician Associates.

Boards, associations & commissions

Stephen Sigmon CFP, an independent LPL financial adviser and president of Sigmon Wealth Management, was named to the LPL Financial Chairman's Club.

The following individuals have been appointed to boards and commissions:

Board of Directors, Hampton Roads Area Refuse Collection and Disposal System Authority: James C. Adams II, CEO of Amadas Industries Inc.; Joseph A. Leafe, retired circuit court judge and mediator at the McCammon Group; G. Timothy Oksman, city attorney for Portsmouth; and Marley A. Woodall Jr., retired maritime executive.

Board of Veterans Services: Sandra D. Love, forensic clinician II for the Chesapeake Community Services Board; and Col. J. W. Peyton Robertson, retired.

Marine Products Board: John D. Gray, director of operations at Chesapeake Bay Packing LLC; Royal C. Insley, retired from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission; and Clark J. Morton, owner of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Technology Frame.

Board of Housing and Community Development: C. Roger McLellon, president and owner of Marque Homes by C.R. McLellon Builder Inc.

Milk Commission: Laura Wood Habr, owner of Croc's 19th Street Bistro.

Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, Mold and Home Inspectors: Robert Kirby, president at DE Kirby Inc.

Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council: Karen Asaro, mediator at Karen Asaro Mediation Services.

Virginia Small Grains Board: Delores Darden, farmer.

Education Commission of the States: Harry T. Lester, president of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice: Brent McKenzie, Virginia Beach School board member; Adam Wong.

Virginia Council on Human Resources: Suzanne Puryear, president of The Planning Council.

Board of Visitors, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind: Ralph Shelman, executive director of Insight Enterprises Inc.

Board of Trustees of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth: Pattie Kiger, instructor at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.

Board of Trustees, Foundation for Virginia's Natural Resources: Shelly S. Butler-Barlow, farmer at Cotton Plains Farm.

Protection and Advocacy Board: Maureen Hollowell, director of advocacy services at Endependence Center Inc.

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee: Andrew Heidelberg, retired chief deputy treasurer for the city of Hampton.

Susan Pilato has been appointed to TowneBank Norfolk's board of directors. Pilato is president and co-owner of Pilato & Counts, a commercial interior and design firm based in Norfolk. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Pilato holds leadership roles with the Norfolk SPCA, Ghent Business Association, Downtown Norfolk Council and the NATO Festival. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 1997 Outstanding Professional Woman; Inside Business Top Forty Under 40; 1996 and 2003 Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Norfolk Small Business of the Year; and 2003 National Association of Women Business Owners Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Finalist.

The Associated General Contractors of Virginia, Tidewater District announces the following officers elected to represent the district for 2010:

Dave Ragan, president, DAVKEN Mechanical Inc.; Debbie Hudson, S.B. Ballard Construction Co., first vice president; Amir Nekoumand, Turner Construction Co., second vice president; Josh Gerloff, Gerloff Painting Inc., third vice president; Jennifer Crain, Homeland Contracting, secretary; Mark Olmstead, MEB General Contractors, past president; Bill Franczek, Vandeventer Black LLP, legal counsel.

Members at large: Ira Armstrong, Chesapeake Bay Stell; Gene Crawley, Hampton Roads Bonding; Brad Hedrick, Floor Designs; Tommy Hitt, Hitt Electric Corp.; Bob Veith, Veith & Co./The Frieden Agency;

Dick Moyers, AGC/VA, executive director.

Tim Freeman has been chosen to serve on the legislative committee of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators at Thomas Nelson Community College. He was also selected to co-chair the organization's Department of Defense liaison and received the NAVPA President's Award for 2009. Freeman previously served on NAVPA's board of directors as education committee chair and Region II representative in 2008-2009.

A U.S. Army veteran with a 20-year career in higher education, Freeman will be involved in ensuring that educational and other services for military veterans meet regulations, are accessible and are on par with their needs. Additionally, he will be among his peers in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of Congress to discuss issues that affect veterans.

Freeman joined the TNCC staff in 2006. His honors and recognition include service as president of the Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators; Southern Association of Financial Aid Administrators membership; certification by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and service as president of TNCC's Classified Support Staff Association 2009-2010, among others.

Thomas D. Bell Jr., chairman of SecurAmerica LLC, has been elected a director of Norfolk Southern Corp. Bell retired as chairman and CEO of Cousins Properties in July 2009.

He previously was chairman and CEO of advertising and communications firm Young and Rubicam Inc., vice chairman and director of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., executive vice president of Ball Corp., chairman of the Center for Naval Analysis, and president and CEO of the Hudson Institute. Bell attended the University of Tennessee and New York University. He served as chief of staff for Sen. William Brock, and during the Reagan administration chaired the Committee on the Next Agenda as well as the Workforce 2000 Advisory Committee for the Secretary of Labor.