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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.

2020 - 2021 Board of Trustee Members

List of 22 items.

  • Mark Sarrett '79 (Chair)

    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 completed designated coursework for  Professional Financial Planning. Additionally, he has worked as a financial professional in the residential and commercial real estate, development, and construction industry. Mark is currently a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network. In addition to his  bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Mark also holds 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 37 years, and has two children, one a graduate of HRA ’08 and William & Mary, and one a graduate of HRA ’11 and University of South Carolina. His life-long hobby remains racing sailboats, and he also enjoys golf and surfing.

    * Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC is a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company
    * Mark is no longer a practicing Certified Public Accountant 
  • Chris Beal

    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 (one in Lower School at HRA). 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.
  • Brad Brown

    Brad Brown MBA, CCIM, joined Robert Brown & Associates, Inc. in 1997 after graduating with a B.A. in Managerial Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Brad completed the education requirements of the Virginia brokerage program and earned his associate brokerage license in 2001. He also holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. In 2012 Brad earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. Brad is focused in the leasing and development of commercial real estate. He plans to help RBA continue to grow through acquisition and development. Brad is a past President of and current Board Member of the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District in Hampton, VA.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Cindy Green

    Cindy Green is an Executive Partner at the College of William and Mary - Mason School of Business where she volunteers her time mentoring the MBA and BA students. Previously, she was an executive at DynCorp International, a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded company. She held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including becoming the company’s senior executive for the U.S. Congress and the company’s senior executive responsible for Wall Street institutional shareholder relations. Most recently she was the senior vice president of business management for AAR-GS a government contractor joint venture. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of Texas (Pan American) and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University. Cindy and her husband Andy have a daughter, Madeline, Class of 2029.
  • 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.
  • Carol Hayes

    Carol is the founder of Virginia Creative Group, a full service marketing agency specializing in helping medical practices grow.

    Virginia Creative Group is known for achieving measurable results through: branding, website design, print collateral design, social media, search engine marketing, referral strategies and public relations.

    Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Studio Art degree from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before opening the Virginia Creative Group, Carol taught Art at Meredith College, North Carolina State University and Christopher Newport University. Carol has also worked as a professional photographer with clients ranging from Pepsi to Golden Living Centers.

    Carol lives in York County with her husband, Lee Steider and their two children, Ethan (Class of 2022) and Annabelle Virginia (Class of 2025), two dogs and a grandbird. Carol enjoys all things art and design and when she is not working she can be found sewing and making things.
  • Kevin Hutchens '92

  • 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. 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 who have graduated from Hampton Roads Academy, class of 2018 and 2021.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Allen C. Tanner, Jr.

    Allen C. Tanner, Jr. is an attorney with the Tanner Law Group, PLC in Newport News, VA. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1972 and his law degree from the College of William and Mary in 1975. Allen’s area of practice is commercial and residential real estate. He is the past President and board member of the Peninsula SPCA, a past President and board member of the James River Country Club, a former member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina, a former Commissioner of the Hampton Roads Transit Authority, and has served on many other local and regional boards. Allen is an alumnus of HRA (Class of 1968) as is his wife, Debbie (Class of 1970), and their two children, Courtney (Class of 2000) and Trip (Class of 2003.)
  • 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.