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.

2019 - 2020 Board of Trustee Members

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  • Keith Vander Vennet '83 (Chair)

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cindy Green

    Cindy Green is as 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 three children who attend HRA: Madeline (Class of 2025), Luke (Class of 2027), Helena (Class of 2030), and one future Navigator Penelope (Class of 2034). They live in Williamsburg and enjoy sports, family time, and traveling. 
  • 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.
  • 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 a partner with Jones Blechman Woltz and Kelly, P.C. in Newport News. 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.)

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