Tidbits – December 2023

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its December programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. Dec. 1, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes video series of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, multimedia specialist; Dec. 2, Bronze Door Society Wreathing of the Lions (in person); Dec. 8, USS Monitor Legacy Program featuring USS Fulton 1 & 11 (in person and livestreamed); Dec. 9, Storytime with Santa (in person); Dec. 10, Friendly Hours (in person); Dec. 15, USS Monitor Legacy Program featuring Failed Monitors, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in person and livestreamed); and Dec. 18, Blood Drive (in person). To register, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org.


Shekinah Holliday has joined Dominion Physical Therapy and Associates as digital marketing manager. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and promotion and a minor in communication and general business.


Newport News Mayor Phillip Jones has been selected as one of 25 mayors from across the country to serve as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Council during its inaugural meeting. The mission of the P3 Council is to share critical knowledge, best practices and innovative and impactful solutions for cities’ public-private partnerships. The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or larger.


Angela Lee
Sandra Hood

Top September agents for Coldwell Banker Traditions’ Peninsula office were Angela Lee, top selling associate and Sandra Hood, top listing associate.


Top September agents for RE/MAX Peninsula were Ingrid Bayne, Victoria Jenkins, Eric Rutherford, Craig McLellon, Helen Williams and Justin Wynings. Top October agents were Ingrid Bayne, Deborah Giese, Helen Williams, and Justin Wynings. RE/MAX Peninsula welcomed Kymberley Cole, REALTOR®, to its Peninsula office.


The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula held its eighth annual Red Kettle Golf Classic at Kiln Creek Golf Club. Participating in the tournament and seen on the Oyster Pointer-sponsored hole were Sharon Martin, left, senior vice president and private banker with Old Point National Bank and Dr. Robin M. Nelhuebel, system director of education with Riverside Health System.


Chase Daknis
Kelsey Swigart

Point Comfort Wealth Management team members Chase Daknis, wealth management assistant, and Kelsey Swigart, branch operations manager, have passed the Series 7 General Securities Representative Exam. The exam is considered one of the most difficult of all the securities licensing exams. Daknis and Swigart hold their Series 7 registrations with LPL Financial.


Hauser’s Jewelers hosted the inaugural book signing of Platinum Rules for Enjoying Life, co-authored by Dr. Lisa D. Spiller, left, and Sylvia Weinstein Craft, right. With the authors is Amy Hart, Hauser’s co-owner.


Martha Mugler, administrative executive assistant with Old Point National Bank, has earned the Certificate in Risk Management Frameworks from the American Bankers Association upon completion of nine courses covering the entire risk management life cycle.


FirstSpark, formerly Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, has formed a new partnership with StepAhead to implement short-message text messaging services (SMS) to communicate with families with young children in Ready Region Chesapeake Bay. The region is one of nine Ready Regions established to support quality early childhood education initiatives in the Commonwealth. Ready Region Chesapeake Bay includes the Northern Neck and the Upper, Middle and Lower Peninsulas. StepAhead offers a secure web-based platform for organizations to create custom messaging, automated workflows and real-time notifications. It also provides FirstSpark with a user-friendly and accessible tool to deliver information, important updates, and resources to families. Diane Umstead is executive director of FirstSpark, which serves as the lead agency for Ready Region Chesapeake Bay.


Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the lead for its new High Performance Data Facility Hub (HPDF). Jefferson Lab will partner with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California to form a joint project team led by Jefferson Lab. The HPDF will be a $300-500 million computing resource that will provide transformational capabilities for data analysis, networking and storage for the nation’s research enterprise. It will provide researchers with tools, methods and technologies to maximize the scientific value of data. The Jefferson Lab HPDF Hub will be housed in the Jefferson Lab Data Center Building. Construction of the new building will be funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Initial project budget estimates and timelines project an approximate operational budget of $75 million per year, which begins ramping up in fiscal year 2028.


Desiree McDaniel has been appointed Newport News tourism manager. With more than 13 years in the hospitality industry, McDaniel will spearhead transformative changes aimed at enhancing the Newport News tourism experience through the creation of local, regional and national marketing campaigns. She will also oversee tourism advertising and develop marketing and sales strategies.


Paul M. Pickett has been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of Old Point Financial Corporation and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Old Point National Bank. Pickett most recently served as chief financial officer for First Region Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in southwestern Virginia. Prior to joining First Region, he served as chief financial officer of a multistate aviation holding company.