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 implements the school’s vision through a robust strategic planning process. The Board supports the school and its leadership and seeks to advance both.

2018 - 2019 Board of Trustee Members

List of 20 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 Abott

    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 subsidiary vice president and chief business officer for the Nuclear & Environmental Group of HII Technical Solutions, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News. Michael is responsible for business management functions, including finance and accounting, contracts and procurement, and cost estimating and analysis, in support of the Group’s activities with the Department of Energy and commercial nuclear customers. Since joining Huntington Ingalls in 1996, he has held leadership positions in a number of financial functions including serving as vice president and chief financial officer of Newport News Shipbuilding. 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 has been in the financial services industry for 35 years. He owns W. B. Jackson and Associates, LLC. He graduated with a Chartered Life Underwriter (1999), Chartered Financial Consultant (2001), and attained the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (2011), all from The American College. In the local community he has served the Tidewater Occupational Center as a board member, the James City County Little League as a coach, the James City County Electoral Board as an officer of elections, and the Williamsburg United Methodist Church in many board capacities. In the business community he has served on the Representative Advisory Board of Securities America and on the Capital Advisory Board of Riverfront Investment Group. He maintains memberships in several local clubs. He and his wife Penny married in 1993. They have lived in Williamsburg since 1996 and have two children Bruce II (HRA 2015) and Emily (Walsingham Academy 2013).
  • 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 eighth and ninth 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.
  • Brantlee Lemmink

    Brantlee Lemmink is the Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Alignment for Ferguson Enterprises. She joined Ferguson in 1993 and spent the majority of her career in Information Technology before transitioning into Planning and Alignment. 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.
  • Thomas Meehan '67

    Thomas Meehan ‘67 is an alumnus of Hampton Roads Academy. He is a third generation owner of C. D. West & Company Real Estate, a120 year old Newport News based firm that his grandfather started in 1897. 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 attended HRA - Stone ‘13, Macrae ’14, and Courtney '15.
  • 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.
  • 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 three grandchildren. His three grandkids are currently enrolled in HRA and are scheduled to graduate in 2020, 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.
  • Natasha (Tasha) Rose '98

    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. 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. Tasha’s time is mainly focused in the community. She is currently on the board of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and is a founding member of Impact 100 where she also serves on the executive committee and is the rising co-chair. Tasha’s step-son, Tyler Rose, graduated from HRA in 2014 and her daughters, Ava (class of 2027) and Harper (class of 2029), currently attend HRA.
  • 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 the managing director of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company’s Virginia Peninsula Group. In addition to her personal planning practice , she loves working with the summer college interns, as well as overseeing all areas of growth for the regional firm. She is a regular financial contributor to NBC 12 in Richmond, the Health Journals, and has been featured on CBS 6 and in Virginia Bride magazine. After graduating from University of Virginia and working 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 and serves on the Board of Hospice House and Support Center of Williamsburg. 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.

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.