ABOUT HRA

Board of Trustees

Hampton Roads Academy is fortunate to have caring, concerned, and committed individuals serving in a completely voluntary capacity as trustees to the School. The Board of Trustees exists to perpetuate the educational mission and philosophy of the School. It has fiduciary responsibilities and implements the School’s vision through the strategic planning process. Trustees are non-paid members of the School community with varied expertise. They do not hear complaints, set curriculum, hire or supervise faculty (other than the Head of School), determine individual faculty salaries, or in any way intervene in daily operations.
The Board supports the School and its leadership and seeks to advance both.
Wendy C. Drucker ‘76 (Chair) is a native of Newport News and graduated from Hampton Roads Academy. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, graduating with a degree in Experimental Psychology and Government. Wendy pursued her interest in working with autistic children after college and, in 1981, she relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina where she began working with Drucker & Falk. In 1994 Wendy moved back to Newport News to work in Drucker & Falk’s headquarters office. Wendy is Managing Director of Drucker & Falk, LLC and concentrates her time on new business and new development. She and her husband, Mike, have twins, Evan and Nicole who graduated from Hampton Roads Academy in 2015 and are attending Elon University and the University of Richmond respectively.
David Abbott, a physicist at Jefferson Lab, received a B.S. in Physics from Rhodes College before receiving a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990. He and his wife, Donna, live in York County and enjoy cycling both on and off the beaten path, and traveling, particularly to new and interesting places to ride. They have twin sons, Robert and James, who graduated in 2008.
Jenny O. David has been a civil litigator at David, Kamp & Frank, L.L.C., since 2001, where her specialty is family law litigation. Jenny received a B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1997. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and the Campaign Council for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. Jenny and her husband, Josh, live in Newport News and have two sons, Reilly a rising ninth grade student and Reece, a rising fourth grade student.  
Thomas E. Fass ‘84 is an alumnus of Hampton Roads Academy and parent of two HRA graduates Claudia ‘12 and Emma ‘14.  Thomas has served on HRA's Board for the past four years and has served as Chairman of HRA's Advancement Committee over that period. Thomas co-founded and co-owns several local businesses including Registrar Corp, a global regulatory compliance consulting agency located in Hampton, Virginia.  Thomas also serves on various regional organization boards and committees. Thomas lives in Newport News with his wife Rebecca.
Bruce Gearey is Executive Vice-President for Global Operations, Capital Assets Group for Liquidity Services Inc. In this position, he is responsible for operations for the auction management for investment recovery services for leading Fortune 1000 corporations. He is also the managing personnel in 300 sites across the U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico, where Liquidity Services has installed operations to manage the flow of surplus inventory through its exclusive contract with the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services for the sale of surplus and scrap assets of the United States Department of Defense (DOD). He is also charged with managing sales, budgeting and logistics for this contractual effort which has successfully deterred more than 2 billion pounds of scrap material from landfills since its inception, the largest zero-waste initiative in Federal government history. 
Before joining Liquidity Services in 1998, Bruce was a Naval Officer specializing in logistics support. In his last position with the Navy, he was the Supply Operations and Management Officer with Atlantic Fleet in their Norfolk, Virginia headquarters where he was responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s spare parts and program management, as well as logistics and support for the inventory systems of 250 Atlantic Fleet ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers. He has more than 25 years of experience in operations, logistics, and inventory management at all levels.
Bruce is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and also holds an M.S. in Material Logistics and Systems Inventory Management from Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.A. in International Strategic Studies from the Naval Command and Staff College. Bruce is married to Robin and their son, Noah is in the Class of 2025.
Vernon M. Geddy, III is a partner with Geddy, Harris, Franck & Hickman, LLP in Williamsburg. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1979 and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 1992.  Vernon’s practice areas include real estate, land use and zoning, estate planning and administration and general business law.  He serves as counsel to the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority and Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. He is currently a Board member and President of the Bruton Parish Church Endowment Fund and a member of the Chesapeake Bank Peninsula Advisory Board. Vernon’s wife, Laura, is a HRA alumna and former Trustee and two of their three sons are HRA graduates, Cole graduated in 2008 and Jack graduated in 2012.
Michael Helpinstill is vice president of business management and chief financial officer for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News. Named to this position in 2015, Michael is responsible for business management functions, including accounting, financial reporting and planning, analysis, rates and budgets and program cost control.  Since joining the shipyard in 1996, he has held leadership positions in a number of financial functions.  Michael earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Bucknell University and an M.B.A from the University of Virginia. He and his wife Randi, have two daughters; Sarah, a rising tenth grader and Emily, a rising sixth grader.
Naved Jafri is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with sub specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  Naved is the President and Senior Partner at Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Hampton and has been practicing in Hampton Roads since 2000. He received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his OB/GYN specialty training at Wake Forest University’s Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem NC. Naved lives in Poquoson with his wife, Dr. Rabia Jafri, and their four children.  His two sons graduated from HRA, Yusuf in 2015 and Saad in May. His two daughters, Ayla and Samia are rising sixth and seventh graders. Naved enjoys traveling and volunteers his time on surgical missions with Project Bangladesh. In his spare time, the Jafris can be found on their fishing boat with family and friends, or attending their childrens' many sporting events.
Jeff Johnson joined the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, a subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, in January 2014 as Director of Tech Center Research Park located in Newport News, Virginia. Johnson is responsible for establishing and leading the research and innovation portion of the 100-acre, $450 million mixed use Tech Center based on the internationally acclaimed Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Johnson identifies, vets, recruits and supports technology based companies that are focused on commercializing discovery and growing businesses that matter. 
Jeff has a strong record in executive leadership with extensive experience in competitive analysis and positioning, strategic marketing and branding, business and organizational development, manufacturing management, strategic planning and predictive analytics.
In 2009, he founded his own consulting company, Averitas, to help small and medium sized businesses profitably grow. Jeff has worked with several national and international brands. Prior to that, he was Founding CEO and Executive Director of an innovative healthcare based work force training program for adults, and an arts based education program for high school students in Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff has more than 20 years of corporate experience, and has held director and senior-level executive leadership positions with profit and loss responsibilities at global industry leading companies in automotive tires and building material finishes.
As a certified Six Sigma Champion Trainer, Jeff also holds an Executive M.B.A. from Tulane University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech. Jeff is married to Diana and they have two young adult children Crystal who is working in NYC and Jazmin who is a senior at VT.
Alison V. Lennarz is an attorney with Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., in its Williamsburg, Virginia, office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, tax planning and compliance. Her clients range from very high-net worth individuals and their families to individuals and families of modest means; they also include closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. She regularly advises clients on sophisticated tax planning matters, including international tax planning and FATCA issues. Alison earned her Juris Doctor from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1998, and her Bachelor of Arts in History and French from the University of Virginia in 1989. She also studied law in France at the Université de Paris-Assas and is fluent in French.
Community service is a high priority for Alison. She has served as chair of the boards of her homeowners associations, Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula, and the Bruton Parish Church Foundation, and she has served on the HRA Board of Trustees since 2014. She and her husband David have two children, Claire ‘16, and Nic who is in the Class of 2019.
Thomas Meehan ‘67 is an alumnus of Hampton Roads Academy. Thomas has served on HRA's Board for the past two years. He is a Real Estate Investor and Manager C. D. West & Company Real Estate in Newport News. Thomas also serves on various regional organization boards and committees including An Achievable Dream Middle & High School, Inc., Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission. He and his wife Cindy have two children; West ‘08 and   Katelyn ‘11.
Rebecca A. (Wendy) Montgomery is a former member of the Bond Syndicate Desk of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc., and was the Collateralized Mortgage Obligation (CMO) trader for Advest, Inc. in New York.  Wendy grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in Physics. Wendy’s three children graduated from HRA; Stone in 2013, Macrae in 2014 and Courtney in 2015.  They attend colleges in North Carolina and Massachusetts. 
Steven Scott M.D., a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon, is an alumnus of the University of Georgia.  He attended Emory University’s Schools of Dentistry and Medicine as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow; his research was published in the Journal of Periodontology and the Journal of Hepatology.  After completing residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Emory, Dr. Scott joined the staff of Athens (GA) Regional Medical Center, the hospital of his birth.  He received a Certificate of Advanced Biblical Studies from the University of Dallas in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at UMass-Amherst.  Steven, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Jackson ‘15, Andrew, Class of 2017, and Sophia, Class of 2019 have lived in Williamsburg since 2007.
Tracy Shackelford is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. where she runs a team of six. She is a regular financial contributor to Health Journals, has been featured on CBS 6 and in Virginia Bride magazine. After graduating from University of Virginia and accepting a job in Atlanta, she moved to her husband’s hometown in the Netherlands. In 2004, they decided to move to Williamsburg to be closer to her family. Tracy is a founding member of Impact 100 Greater Peninsula, serves as VP of the local University of Virginia club and is a member of the Williamsburg Garden Club. Tracy and her husband, Harold Philipsen, have two sons, Bas, a rising tenth grader and Finn, a rising eighth grader.  
Keith Vander Vennet ‘83 is the Senior Vice President of Ferguson Enterprises, the largest distributer of plumbing supplies in the US and a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment. Keith joined Ferguson in 1987 as a management trainee.  Throughout his career at Ferguson, he has held multiple operational and functional roles in the US and Canada. Originally from Newport News, Keith graduated from the Hampton Roads Academy in 1983.  He went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Hampden-Sydney College.  Keith also attended Executive Management programs at UVA, IMD (International Institute of Management Development), and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Keith is active in the community, serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity for the Greater Peninsula and Williamsburg, The Mariner’s Museum, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the Hampton Roads Academy. Keith and his wife, Greta, live in Newport News, Virginia.  They have two daughters and one son.

School Information

739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
admissions@hra.org
P: (757) 884-9100  |  F: (757) 884-9137
HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.