Tidbits – February 2018

Jayne Di Vincenzo
Lauren N. Mundy

Lions Bridge Financial Advisors has been recognized by CoVa BIZ magazine as one of 2018 Best Places to Work. The firm was selected because of its positive work culture and  environment, making a valuable difference in the Coastal Virginia business community. Jayne Di Vincenzo is president of the firm.

Lauren N. Mundy, CRPC, vice president and associate wealth advisor with Lions Bridge Financial Advisors, has earned the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. The curriculum covers all aspects of the retirement planning process and helps designees learn tools to help clients create a more comprehensive roadmap to retirement.

Timothy O. Trant II
James Windsor

Timothy O. Trant II and James Windsor, attorneys in the Newport News office of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., have been selected for inclusion in Virginia Business magazine’s 2017 Legal Elite. Trant’s practice specializes in environmental law. Windsor’s practice specialty is construction.

Sharon Martin, vice president/private banker with Old Point National Bank, has been named 2018 chairperson of the board for the Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Foundation. Martin has served with the foundation board since 2015 and has championed the orthopedics department. She has also supported the hospital in other ways such as hosting off-site retreats at Old Point’s corporate headquarters in downtown Hampton.

Firm members from Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs have been involved in volunteering throughout the Peninsula. Their volunteer work has included counting money for the Salvation Army, work with Operation HomeFront, cemetery clean up and shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. Shown here shopping for Boxes to Troops are (left to right) Debbie Budlong, Diane Carter, Deborah O’Donnell and David Seeley.

The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) have received a grant from Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The funds will be used to expand the Council’s STEM Titans of Tomorrow program offerings to more than 3,500 Girl Scouts on the Virginia Peninsula, grades kindergarten through 12. Shown here during the presentation are (left to right) are Stacy Nixon, GSCCC philanthropy director; Tracy Keller, GSCCC; Carolyn Pittman, Newport News Shipbuilding vice president and controller; and Carolene Goodwyn-Harris, GSCCC board of directors chair.

The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank was a recipient of proceeds from the annual Newport News/Peninsula Crop Walk. The walk is a national event sponsored by World Church Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger in the local community and around the world. Leroy Griffin coordinates the walk locally. The proceeds received by the Foodbank will help distribute the equivalent of 5,700 meals to the local community. In addition to the Foodbank, THRIVE also received some proceeds. Shown here, left to right, are Chuck Root, committee member; Karen Joyner, Foodbank CEO; Diane Walker, committee member; and Donna Tighe, Foodbank community relations manager.

Savannah Patterson has joined United Way of the Virginia Peninsula as marketing and communications director. She is a recent graduate of Christopher Newport University, where she studied communication studies and civic engagement/social entrepreneurship.

McGill Associates, PA, a full service engineering, planning and finance firm, has opened an office at 11832 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 104. The company offers civil, site, water resources, storm drainage, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and environmental services, as well as planning and consulting services for local governments and private companies.

Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) has installed two KDR™ Advanced U-Arm (AU) Systems from Konica Minolta to improve diagnostic imaging while providing a safer, lower radiation dose to its patients during X-ray. Among the benefits of these third generation U-Arm X-ray machines are providing physicians with radiologic images of exceptional clarity, expediting images for quicker diagnoses of orthopaedic conditions, and lowering the radiation exposure for patients with every image. OSC is the first orthopaedic practice in Hampton Roads to offer this new technology to its patients. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson is managing partner and president of the practice.

Lionsbridge Football Club, the new PDL soccer team coming to the Virginia Peninsula in 2018, has partnered with Tradition Brewing Company as the club’s official craft brewery. Tradition’s award-winning craft beer will be available at Lionsbridge FC games when the team begins play in May. Tradition will receive naming rights to a dedicated fan hospitality area within POMOCO Stadium for all Lionsbridge FC games.


More than 125 PBMares employees volunteered on-site at 10 charitable organizations in December as part of PBMares Cares. #PBMaresCares was started in 2016 for employees to volunteer together and make a stronger impact in the communities in which they work and live. Duties included stocking food pantries, organizing clothing at shelters and preparing and serving a holiday meal for the homeless. Shown here are PBMares employees at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank after helping to donate food for 129 meals.


The Warwick @ City Center Rotary Club awarded $500 to the Zeta Lambda Education Foundation in partnership with Newport News Public Schools to support its initiative, MegaGenesis, a college and career fair scheduled for February 17 at Woodside High School, 9:00 am–3:30 pm. This fair is designed to encourage middle and high school students to pursue successful careers through higher education and vocational training. This event is free, and students and their parents are welcome. For more information, contact Greg Dudley, MegaGenesis program coordinator at 757-332-1067. Shown above left at the presentation are (left to right) Kevin Lyles, District 7600 district governor; Cleon Long, club member; Greg Dudley, MegaGenesis; and Jennifer Daknis, club president.

The club hosted its fourth annual “Bikes for Success” project in December. This service project, chaired by member Baljit Gill, was highlighted by a visit from Santa and his elves, who presented bicycles, helmets, customized name plates and goodie bags to 10 children from the Boys and Girls Club. Mike Behan, owner of the Wild Side Café, provided breakfast, and Rebecca Kleinhample, Virginia Living Museum executive director, presented museum tickets to the families.

The Virginia Living Museum (VLM) was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the James River Striped Bass Tournament held in November. Randy Abbitt, of National Exterminating Company Inc., and his daughter, Jessica Godfrey, coordinate the tournament. The proceeds will benefit the VLM’s award winning education programs, superior animal care, engaging exhibits and conservation projects.

The Langley for Families Foundation awarded 26 grants to local organizations that focus on children and family issues in Hampton Roads. The foundation addresses four specific areas of need in the community—healthcare, housing and human services, safety and security, and financial education. Monies are raised through various fundraising activities during the year. Eligibility for funds are determined in part by a nonprofit’s impact on families in the local community and whether the nonprofit fits the mission of the foundation. Shown in the top photo are (left to right) Kathleen Petersen, Ability Center development director; Gary Hunter, Langley corporate relations AVP; Josiah Baker, Ashley Bruno, Kyle Diddio, Ability Center representatives; Jose Iregui, Langley Collections VP; Michelle Prendergast, Ability Center executive director; and Anna Bellars, Ability Center program director. Shown in the lower photo are (front row) Downtown Hampton Child Development Center (DHCDC) students posing with (Back row, left to right) Wanda Basley, teacher; Sue Thrash, Langley PR director; Deaja Swain, teaching assistant; and Heather Livingston DHCDC executive director.

Langley Federal Credit Union (LFCU) awarded 30 $500 grants to local educators for their 2017–2018 classroom projects. From creating a greenhouse, to teaching ukulele, to building robotics, these projects were selected from a pool of 82 applicants.

Rhonnie Smith
Alex Korecky

Rhonnie Smith and Alex Korecky have joined Abbitt Realty. Smith, a residential realtor, has been a resident of Hampton Roads since 2003. Korecky has been named marketing director. He is a Hampton Roads native and a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied economics with a concentration in marketing.

Carol Sobieski
Melanie Whitehead
Carla Stokes
Betsy Johnston

The top December agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula Office were Carol Sobieski, top listing agent; Melanie Whitehead, top selling agent and top producing agent; Carla Stokes, top closing agent; and Betsy Johnston, top referring agent.

The carol and frank company collected nearly 200 food and supply items for no-kill animal shelter, the Peninsula SPCA in November. This philanthropic initiative is part of the company’s new charitable giving plan, carol and frank cares, which proposes to give back to the local community. Carol and frank cares kicked off its new endeavor as a sponsor of the Peninsula SPCA’s Barktoberfest Annual Dog Walk and Festival in October. The company’s collaboration with the Peninsula SPCA is set to include event sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, fundraising and a comprehensive effort
to increase community awareness.

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