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The HRA Difference

Board of Trustees

Hampton Roads Academy is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees – community leaders committed to perpetuating the educational mission and philosophy of the school.
Trustees bring their varied expertise – as parents of HRA students, community leaders in their fields and as alumni – to their role. 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.  Trustees have fiduciary responsibilities and implement the school’s vision through a robust strategic planning process. The Board supports the school and its leadership and seeks to advance both.

2023 - 2024 Board of Trustee Members

List of 25 items.

  • Natasha (Tasha) Rose '98 (Chair)

    Natasha (Tasha) Rose is a 1998 graduate of Hampton Roads Academy and was one of five siblings to attend. She studied at Virginia Tech - Pamplin College of Business, earning her degree in 2002. She began her career working for Ferguson Enterprises where she served in multiple roles. She was a three time winner of the President’s Gallery for her sales leadership. She served as showroom manager in Roanoke, VA and Charleston, SC and finished her career at Ferguson as the Hampton Roads Area Lighting Owner in 2008. She currently owns a social media firm called Social Butterfly Media and is the COO for CAN Talent. Tasha’s time is mainly focused in the community. She is a founding member of Impact 100 Greater Peninsula where she served as board co-chair from 2018-2020.  Tasha’s step-son, Tyler Rose, graduated from HRA in 2014 and her children, Cooper (class of 2024), Ava (class of 2027) and Harper (class of 2029), currently attend HRA.
  • Leasa Anderson

    Leasa Anderson is a Director and Assistant General Counsel at HII in Newport News, Virginia.  She received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School.  Before joining HII, Leasa was in private practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations, and White Collar Defense.  Leasa enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.  She and her husband, Richard, have two children in the Lower School of HRA:  Corrine (Class of 2032), and Malcolm (Class of 2034). 
  • Rhonda Barbosa

  • Chris Beal '98

    Chris Beal is a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Newport News. He has been in the business for more than 17 years and advises his clients on investment management and financial strategies.
    Chris is an alumni of HRA from class of 1998. After HRA, he went to Hampden-Sydney College where he received a degree in Managerial Economics. Chris lives in Poquoson, VA with his wife Brynn and two children, Bradley (class of 2033) and Wells (Class of 2035). He enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time outdoors. He is active in the community and is on the Board of Trustees for James River Association which is based in Richmond.
  • Joshua Dornan

    Josh has worked for Huntington Ingalls Industries since 2002 in a variety of finance functions.  He currently works in the Corporate Office, managing the company’s pension assets.  He earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, and a MBA from the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business. Josh and his wife Kimi (Class of 1995) reside in Newport News with their two children, Cassie (Class of 2023) and Jamie (Class of 2026).
  • 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.
  • George (Hank) Hankins '92

  • Stephanie Heinatz

  • Kevin Hutchens '92

  • 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 who have graduated from Hampton Roads Academy, class of 2018 and 2021.
  • Gregg Klich

    Gregory P. Klich is a real estate investor and developer in Hampton Roads. He is a native of Newport News and graduated from Menchville High School in 1979 and Christopher Newport College in 1984. Before his career in real estate, Klich served as the Vice President of Park Operations for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He retired in 2003 after his 25-year career holding numerous positions in management. Klich has served on the Educational Foundation Board at Christopher Newport University and is currently serving on the Ferguson Center Advisory Council. His daughter Hannah Elizabeth Klich (Class of 2022) attended HRA from Kindergarten until 12th Grade.
  • Marissa Knies Lanier

    Marissa Knies Lanier is a native of Bellingham, Washington and a mother of two current students at Hampton Roads Academy. Her public relations and marketing career began in New York where she worked for Manolo Blahnik. Additionally, she spent time in Los Angeles advising companies on their events, publicity and marketing needs with Fingerprint Communications and her own independent firm. Clients included lifestyle, fashion, beauty and hospitality brands such as Volkswagen, Teen Vogue, johnnie-O and The H.Wood Group. Marissa was formerly a Friend of Baby Buggy (now Good+ Foundation) and an Ambassador to The Australian Ballet when her family spent 5 years in Sydney, Australia. She has contributed to Australian Vogue, Broadsheet City Guides, and The Daily Press. At HRA, she enjoys volunteering her time for the Navigator Club Board’s efforts to support and enhance the Athletic Department and the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee. Marissa lives with her husband, Robbie Lanier ’92, and her family in Newport News. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University and holds a B.A. in Communications. 
  • Brantlee Lemmink

    Brantlee Lemmink is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Ferguson Enterprises. She joined Ferguson in 1993 and spent the majority of her career in Information Technology before transitioning into her current role. Brantlee is originally from the Hampton Roads area and received her B.A. in French and International Affairs from Mary Washington College. She has also attended Executive Development programs at University of Virginia, University of North Carolina and IMD (International Institute of Management Development). She is active in the community serving on the boards of the YMCA and HRA. She and her husband Jason and two children, Alex (HRA class of 2020) and Campbell (HRA class of 2025).
  • Lee Lockwood

    Lee Lockwood joined Lockwood’s Carpets in 2007 after graduating from Christopher Newport University and is Vice President of Business Development.  He grew up in Gloucester where he attended Ware Academy.  Lee and his wife, Elishia, live in Newport News and have two sons, Paris (HRA) and Breydan.  He currently serves on the Education Foundation at Christopher Newport University and has also been a part of the Boys and Girls Club in the past.  
  • Drina Northam

    Drina Northam is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Women’s Executive Healthcare in Newport News VA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Christopher Newport University and went on to do her medical education at the Medical University of Lublin. She did her residency training at Riverside Regional Medical Center. She is married to Leonard Bennett and they have two children who attend HRA, Paul Bennett Northam (Class of 2025) and Leonardo Bennett Northam (Class of 2030). They live in Carrollton and enjoy spending time with the kids swimming and boating on the James River. They also enjoy traveling and spending time with friends.
  • Donald Patten

    Donald Patten is the senior member of Patten, Wornom, Hatten and Diamonstein, a law firm located in Newport News, Virginia.  He graduated from Newport News High School in 1960, the University of Richmond in 1964, and the University of Virginia where he received his law degree in 1967.  Mr. Patten is a Past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  He was formerly the chairman of the Newport News Planning Commission, a member of the City Council and a vice Mayor of the city.  He is a previous member of the Virginia State Council of Higher Education and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary where he served as Rector of the College.  His daughter Brooks Patten McElwain and his grandson Carter Alexander Patten are graduates of Hampton Roads Academy and two of his other grandchildren currently attend the school. 
  • Trent Patterson

  • C. Larry Pope

    Larry Pope is the retired CEO of Smithfield Foods, Inc, where he was a corporate executive for over 35 years. During that period, he held numerous positions including corporate controller, CFO, COO and finally CEO from 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2015. He is a native of the Peninsula, graduating from Ferguson High School in 1972 and William and Mary in 1975 and, also received his MBA from William and Mary in 1995. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for more than 40 years. He has two children and four grandchildren. Two of his grandkids are currently enrolled in HRA and are scheduled to graduate in 2022 and 2025. In his retirement years, he is an avid recreational golfer and he and Mary love taking biking tours across the country as well as traveling with the family.
  • Nora Rule

  • Nicholas Sablan

    Dr. Nicholas Sablan joined Tidewater Orthopaedics in 2011 and currently practices in Hampton as well as Williamsburg. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and medical school at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York.  After Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Connecticut, he received fellowship training at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles in Sports Medicine.  He and his wife MaryBeth have four children who attend HRA: Madeline (Class of 2025), Luke (Class of 2027), Helena (Class of 2030), and Penelope (Class of 2034). They live in Williamsburg and enjoy sports, family time, and traveling.
  • Thad Shelly '71

    Thad Shelly graduated from HRA in 1971 and Hampden-Sydney College in 1975. After 7 years coaching at the high school and college levels, Thad received his MBA from The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary. He then spent 30 years in the investment and wealth management industry including: Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Founder and Director of Private Client Services at Legg Mason, Senior Managing Director at Bessemer Trust, CEO at Lazard Wealth Management, and Senior Advisor and Managing Director at Tiedemann Advisors. Thad and his wife Totty have four adult children and reside in Williamsburg, VA and Palm Beach, FL.
  • Mark Short '83

  • 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).
  • Helen Weber

  • Shawn Winfield

    Shawn M. Winfield is a licensed realtor and a licensed social worker.  She received a B.S. degree from Miami University in Housing and Design, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University.  Shawn worked many years in hospital settings and hospice care as a social worker providing counseling and case management to patients and families.  More recently, she is a founding member and President of a company in which she invests in properties that are in need of rehabbing in Hampton Roads.  Shawn enjoys traveling, reading, scrapbooking, art, and spending time with family and friends.  She and her husband, Robert, have two sons: RJ (Class of 2025), and Aaron (Class of 2027).

Hampton Roads Academy

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.