• Hampton Roads Academy

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.

2017 - 2018 Board of Trustee Members and Bios

List of 16 items.

  • Alison V. Lennarz (Chair)

    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.
  • David Abbott

    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

    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, Class of 2020 and Reece, Class of 2025.
  • Bruce Gearey

    Bruce Gearey and his wife are commercial real estate and business owners in Newport News.  Previously, he was Executive Vice-President for Global Operations, Capital Assets Group for Liquidity Services Inc. In this position, he was responsible for operations and internet auction management for investment recovery services for leading Fortune 1000 corporations and federal agencies.  Prior to his private sector career Bruce was a Naval Officer specializing in logistics and supply chain management.   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

    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.
  • Allison Parks Hale '92

    Allison Parks Hale '92 is a native of Newport News and a 1992 honors graduate of Hampton Roads Academy. Allison earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Teaching at the University of Virginia, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Parks Orthodontics headquartered in Yorktown. Parks Orthodontics was founded in 1978 by her late father, Dr. William Parks, who was also an HRA Trustee. For the past 12 years, Allison has worked to build on the strong foundation established by her father, and today the multi-doctor, multi location practice is the among the largest and top producing in the region. Allison is both honored and humbled to be called upon to serve as an HRA Trustee.
  • Michael Helpinstill

    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, Class of 2019 and Emily, Class of 2023.
  • W. Bruce Jackson

    W. Bruce Jackson, CLU, ChFC, CAP is the Owner and Senior Advisor of W. B. Jackson and Associates, LLC. He has been in the financial services industry for 34 years. He attended The American College and graduated with a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1999 and Chartered Financial Consultant in 2001. He attained the Chartered Advisor of Philanthropy from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College in 2011. He has been involved in the local community through past membership on the Tidewater Occupational Center board in Suffolk, Virginia, formerly coaching Little League in James City County, and currently working as a James City County Officer of Elections serving as Chief for the Legacy Hall Precinct.  In the past he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Endowment Committee, and Member of the Financial Cabinet and Church Council of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. In the business community he has served as a past Member of the Representative Advisory Board of Securities America in La Vista, Nebraska and a current member of the Capital Advisory Board for Riverfront Investment Group in Richmond, Virginia.  He also maintains memberships in The Economics Club of Hampton Roads and The Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council.  Bruce and his wife Penny married in 1993 and have been residents of Williamsburg since May 1996. They have two children Bruce II (HRA 2015) a cadet at The Citadel pursuing a degree in accounting and membership in the CFA club who and a career in the U.S. Army, and Emily (Walsingham Academy 2013) who is pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas where she also works part-time as a Physical Therapy Technician at their Medical Center and teaches yoga.
  • Naved Jafri

    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 2016. His two daughters, Ayla, Class of 2023 and Samia, Class of 2022. 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.
  • Phillip C. Jones

    Phillip C. Jones grew up in Pennsylvania relocating to Virginia in 1998.  He received his BS from The Pennsylvania State University and MBA studies at Temple University.  He was formerly an Officer of a local Fortune 500 company and now serves as President of Controlled Conditions Corporation, its holding company and smaller sister companies.  Controlled Conditions is the leading Commercial / Industrial HVAC and refrigeration service provider in Southeastern Virginia.  The company also has divisions providing engineering services, Building Controls / Automation design and installation, specialty medical repairs and light construction.  Phillip has previously served on various other boards including the YMCA and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School as well as the Vestry of Christ Church holding various leadership positions in each.  He has two children currently enrolled in Hampton Roads Academy, class of 2018 and 2021.
  • Thomas Meehan ‘67

    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

    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. 
  • Mark Sarrett ‘79

    Mark Sarrett ‘79 graduated from Lynchburg College, and began his career in accounting with Coopers and Lybrand, focusing on business audits and financial and tax planning. Shortly after graduation, he successfully met the requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant. He subsequently attended Old Dominion University where he received the designation of Professional Financial Planner. Additionally, he has worked as a financial professional in the residential and commercial real estate, development, and construction industry. Backed by the vast resources of the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, he is now drawing from his knowledge and experience in taxation and accounting, as well as the real estate property and investment management to help his clients meet all of their financial needs. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Lynchburg College in Virginia, and Series 7 and Series 66 Securities registrations. He currently lives in Newport News and has been a resident of Hampton Roads his entire life. He is a past board member of the Christopher Newport University Sailing Foundation. He is also a board member for Youth Sailing Virginia, an organization promoting the sport of sailing to High School teams as well as underprivileged youth of all ages. He is married to Lorie, his wife of 31 years, and has two children, one a graduate of William & Mary and one a graduate of University of South Carolina. His life-long hobby remains racing sailboats, and he also enjoys golf and surfing.
  • Tracy Shackelford

    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, Class of 2019 and Finn, Class of 2021.
  • Terry L. Tang

    Terry L. Tang is a former partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in the San Francisco office.  Her practice consisted of intellectual property and appellate litigation.  After her legal career, she worked as a management consultant for the San Francisco office of McKinsey & Co.  She received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  After law school, she clerked for the Hon. S. Jay Plager on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C.  She and her husband, Jimmy, have two daughters:  Darcy (class of 2028), and Ellie (class of 2029).
  • Keith Vander Vennet ‘83

    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
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.