Tidbits – August 2022

John Pulvino
Michele Flores
Marcus Jones

John Pulvino, CPA with Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs, has been promoted to tax manager. Pulvino has 39 years of tax experience in public accounting with a focus on estates and trusts. A 2018 graduate of LEAD Peninsula, he serves on the board of the Peninsula Estate Planning Council. Pulvino has been with the firm for five years.

Michele Flores, CPA, has joined the firm as a senior manager in the tax division. Flores is a graduate of Santa Clara University. She focuses on complex, multi-state business returns, high net worth individual returns and tax planning as well as real estate transactions including ROI analysis and 1031 exchange transactions. She also brings expertise in fiduciary tax preparation and review and conservatorship and trust accounting.

Marcus Jones, a senior associate with the accounting firm, is a 2022 graduate of Peninsula LEAD. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Jones has more than nine years of public and private accounting experience. He has been with the firm for five years. 

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its August programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. August 5, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist; August 5, Civil War Lecture, featuring Battle of Mobile Bay: A Tale of Two Admirals, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and livestreamed); August 6, 20th Anniversary of USS Monitor’s turret recovery (in-person program); August 14, Friendly Hours (in-person program).; August 17, Blood Drive; and August 19, Hampton Roads History Lecture featuring Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell, American Aviator, with John V. Quarstein (in-person and livestreamed). For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

VersAbility Resources exceeded its fundraising mark at its Ability Am Golf Tournament held in May. Raising $106,560, the tournament included 21 teams and 81 golfers. Funds raised support VersAbility’s employment programs, including its new Future of Work (FOW) program. Pivot Physical Therapy was Presenting Sponsor for the tournament. Shown here are Tournament co-chair Wayne MacMasters with VersAbility Resources’ president/CEO Kasia Grzelkowski.

Del. Marcia Price (center) presented the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg board of directors with House Joint Resolution No. 368, commending the nonprofit for completing the first 3D printed Habitat house in the nation. The home, dedicated to a Williamsburg family in December 2021, received national attention from NPR, NBC News, Southern Living, Washington Post and CNN. Janet V. Green is CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. The local Habitat affiliate partnered with 3D printed home construction company Alquist 3D, which printed the exterior walls of the 1,200 square-foot, three-bedroom home in approximately 28 hours. Shown here with Price are Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg and Stephen Abbitt, president of the board, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.

Virginia Living Museum’s (VLM) newest exhibit, Amazing Pollinators, will be available through September 18. Visitors will have the chance to become one of three pollinators — bees, bats, or butterflies — in a maze, with 48 survival missions from eight different pollinator groups. The exhibit also features information on how to help pollinators at home and in the community, as well as how to build one’s own pollinator. Show times for Pollinators & Pals Animal Show, a daily animal ambassador show, and Science Show Live, a daily science demonstration to learn about pollinators and their role in the ecosystem, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

VLM hosted its 2022 Otter Ball Conservation Gala and Community Challenge in May, raising $200,665 for unique conservation and education programs and mission experiences through its live auction/paddle raise and event support. Presented by TowneBank, the top fundraising teams were Abbitt Realty, W.M. Jordan Company and Vicky Lippolis (museum volunteer). The top fundraising individuals were Rebecca Francese, Karen Velkey and Jamie Firth. Sponsors included Abbitt Realty Co.; Ferguson Cares; Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII; W.M. Jordan Company; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wason; Casey Auto Group; Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Velkey; Dr. Ashby Kilgore; Riverside Health System; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banks III; KPMG, LLP; Winner’s Circle Automotive Group; Senator and Mrs. Monty Mason; Pearson Toyota; Kaufman & Canoles, P.C.; Bowditch Ford; Jeff’s Flowers Of Course!; Amory LeCuyer of Hampton House Auctions; Josh and Jamie Photography; and St. George Brewing Company. 

August events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include August 9, Coffee Connection, hosted by Patient Advocate Foundation; August 11, Pink Bag Lunch, with Jana Allen-Bishop, College of William & Mary, Raymond A. Mason School of Business, discussing Women in Power; August 18, Business Connection After Hours hosted by Old Point National Bank. For registration and information, contact Allie Hackett at allie@vpcc.org or call 757-325-8157.

Christopher Newport University’s LifeLong Learning Society has scheduled its Annual Open House on Wednesday, August 17, at 1:00pm at Yoder Barn, 660 Hamilton Drive, Newport News. Sponsored by Warwick Forest, current and potential members are invited for light refreshments, information about LifeLong Learning Society and entertainment by Dr. Ed Brash of CNU. For additional information, call 757-269-4368 or visit online at lifelonglearning.cnu.edu.

The inaugural Newport News Public Schools/Newport News Education Foundation Golf Classic was held on June 23 and raised $36,835 for the Newport News Education Foundation. The monies will be used toward support of merit-based scholarships, teacher mini-grants and annual recognitions for high achieving students in Newport News Public Schools. Participating sponsors included Public Consulting Group, Platinum; Newport News Shipbuilding/Huntington Ingalls Industries, Gold; Sentara Optima, Colonial Webb and Riverside Health System, Bronze; CAPTRUST, An Achievable Dream Inc., Oyster Pointer, Colonial Webb, State Farm, Better Lessons and Dominion Energy, Lunch Sponsors; USI, Criner Remodeling, Fiduciary EDGE Advisors LLC, Riverside College of Health Careers, Lifetouch, Virginia Educators Credit Union, Great Minds, Lexia Learning, Zeta Lambda Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Hand Safety LLC, Drs. Wayne and Rebecca Lett, Peninsula Funeral Home, Soundscapes, Pro Landscapes, Bethea Family Foundation/District 41 Sports Bar, and City On My Chest, Hole Sponsors. Participating in the event were (left to right) Dr. John LaRue, Riverside director of sports physical therapy and performance; Dr. John “JR” Barley, Riverside Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Physiatry Specialists and NNPS athletics medical director; Dr. Robin Nelhuebel, executive director, Riverside College of Health Careers and NNEF president 2020–2022; and Kevin Nelhuebel, NNPS STEM specialist.

Angela Lee
Aaron Randolph
Laura Sucher

Top May associates for Coldwell Banker Traditions were Angela Lee, top listing agent and Aaron Randolph, top selling associate. Laura Sucher has joined the Peninsula team. 

Megan Meador has been named a partner in the accounting firm of Brown Edwards. Formerly a director, Meador joined the firm in September 2016. She has more than 17 years of experience in both public accounting and the private sector with both public and private companies. She graduated from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in accounting.

Stacie Masten has joined Abbitt Management’s rental home property management team. Masten is an award-winning property manager with more than 28 years of experience in managing properties throughout Hampton Roads. She will also be involved in business development for Abbitt’s growing rental home department. 

Lt. Antiono Willis has been named commanding officer of the Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula Corps. Born and raised in Florida, Willis joined the Salvation Army Corps in June of 2010, was commissioned/ordained in 2019 and most recently served his first command as the first African American and Single Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Baltimore Hampden Corps. Willis is responsible for overseeing worship and service ministries, programs for adults, emergency assistance (food, utility and housing), seasonal programs (angel tree, Thanksgiving meals, back to school), youth programs and disaster preparedness. 

Kimi Dornan
Lisa Seay
Melinda Baldwin
Judy Sawyer

Top June agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Kimi Dornan, top listing agent; Lisa Seay, top selling agent: Melinda Baldwin, top closing agent; and Judy Sawyer, top producing agent.

Dennis Matheis has been selected to succeed Howard Kern as Sentara Healthcare president and chief executive officer. Kern announced his retirement following more than 40 years of service. Matheis will assume the role on September 1. He has served as president of Sentara Health Plans and an executive vice president at Sentara Healthcare since 2018 and has spent 30 years in senior leadership roles within the healthcare industry, including healthcare financing and delivery. 


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