Tidbits – March 2022

Kyle C. Zimmermann has joined the law firm of Heath, Old & Verser as an associate. Zimmermann was recently admitted to the bar and will be handling personal injury and commercial litigation.

Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) is the recipient of two projects to be funded as a result of announcement by former Governor Ralph Northam in January. Choice Neighborhood III-R and Choice Neighborhood IV-4 were each awarded $700,000 from the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, $700,000 from the federal National Housing Trust Fund and $2,000,000 from the Housing Innovations and Energy Efficiency for a total of $6.8 million. These projects are part of the Choice Neighborhood Initiative Program and will provide 155 new rental units in the Newport News’ Marshall-Ridley Revitalization Choice Neighborhood area. Karen R. Wilds is NNRHA executive director.

VCE Newport News Master Gardeners will sponsor a Rain Barrel Workshop and a Vermiculture (worm composting) workshop on Saturday, April 16, at 10AM at the Newport News Recycle Center. Participants can pick up all components needed to create their barrel and/or worm bin. Links to YouTube videos for installation instructions will be provided. Pre-registration and payment are required. For additional information, visit www.nngogreenexpo.org/workshops.

March events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include Virtual Coffee Connection, March 8; Pink Bag Lunch, March 10 and Business Connection After Hours, March 24. For registration and information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Christopher Newport University’s 23rd Annual Gardening Symposium, “Gorgeous Gardens: Historic, Practical and Beautiful,” will be held on March 19. This event, presented by the Christopher Newport University LifeLong Learning Society & Grounds Department, is sponsored by Warwick Forest and J & H Lawn. For additional information and to register, visit cnu.edu/gardening.

Beth Moore
Laura Sandford

Beth Moore, CPA and managing member of Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs, has been elected board chair of the Peninsula Industrial Finance Corporation. Laura Sandford, a member of the Hampton Economic Development Authority, has been elected vice chair. Peninsula Industrial Finance Corporation is a nonprofit organization formed to assist the economic growth of the Virginia Peninsula by making direct loans to businesses from its Peninsula Revolving Loan Fund, a fund established as one component of a joint Newport News-Hampton economic development program. 

Chaz Fiscella
Lisa Seay
Rose Matthews
Calvin Coleman

Top December agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Chaz Fiscella, top closing and producing agent and Lisa Seay, top selling agent. Top January agents were Fiscella, top listing agent; Rose Matthews, top selling, producing and referring agent; and Calvin Coleman, top closing agent.

For the second consecutive year, Brown Edwards has been named a 2022 Best Accounting Firm in America by Forbes. The list identifies 223 firms across the United States, from the approximated 4,400 recommendations considered, who are most recommended for their tax and/or accounting services. Brown Edwards is one of eight Virginia firms on the list. Hugh Barlow is the firm’s partner in the Oyster Point offices.

Shawn Avery
Susan Jacobs
Aazia Mickens-Dessaso
Casey Roberts
Edith White

Five business and community leaders have joined the 2022 board of directors of VersAbility Resources. The new members are Shawn Avery, president and CEO, Hampton Roads Workforce Council; Susan Jacobs, vice president of human resources and administration, Newport News Shipbuilding; Aazia Mickens-Dessaso, executive director of Ecosystem Development, Techstars; Casey Roberts, executive director, New Horizons Regional Education Centers; and Edith White, CEO, Hampton Roads Community Action Program. Executive Committee members for 2022 have also been named to include Bob Korroch, partner, Williams Mullen, chair; Joycelyn Spight Roache, senior vice president, relationship manager, Old Point National Bank, vice chair; Doug Burgoyne, executive vice president, TowneBank, treasurer; Jeff Tanner, dean, Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, secretary; and Ron Murray, vice president of quality and compliance, Newport News Shipbuilding, immediate past chair. Kasia Grzelkowski is president and CEO of VersAbility Resources. 

In 2021, Langley for Families Foundation eclipsed the $1 million milestone in annual impact in 2021 with donations to local causes totaling more than $1,000,000. When combined with the philanthropic efforts of Langley Federal Credit Union, donations exceeded $1.5 million.

The donations assisted 133 regional nonprofit organizations in addition to Langley’s continued support of CHKD’s new mental health hospital in Norfolk. The funded organizations focused on four program areas: healthcare, housing and human services, safety and security and education.

Members of the Peninsula Track Club Jaime Cox, race director, (second from left) and Mike Thomas, treasurer and co-race director, presented Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Donna Tighe, director of development (far left) and Karen Joyner, executive director and CEO, with a donation from the seventh Fast Before the Feast 5K, in partnership with Ferguson Enterprises, to help provide the equivalent of 97,000 meals. This event is held on Thanksgiving Day at Mariners’ Museum Park, with more than 700 participants locally and for the first time, 630 people participating virtually from all 50 states. Other sponsors included Langley Federal Credit Union, Dominion Energy, Sarah Marchese (Realtor), Dr. Roxanne Dietzler, Hampton Roads Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Mariners’ Museum, Parkway Printshop, Grand Rental, Patty Heath State Farm Insurance, Food Lion and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The Warwick at City Center Rotary Club welcomed new member Carolien Sorenson, with Keller Williams Realty (left photo, center), who was inducted by Sharon Martin (left), past president, and sponsored by Anne Wozniak, membership chair. 

Jessica Adams, CEO of Coastal Medical & Psychiatric Services, (right photo, second from left) and Lesley Nelson-Cook, with Kindred Hospice & Homecare (second from right), were inducted as new members by Rob Self, president, and sponsored by Baljit Gill (center) and Wozniak (right) respectively. 

2021 Silver and Bronze awards recipients for Coldwell Banker Traditions Peninsula office were Lelani Clayton, Orrin Banner, Pat Lantz, and Marion Sparks.

Top December agent for the office was Jenn Lass, top sales agent.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its March programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. March 4, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist at Mariners’ Museum (in-person); March 4, Civil War Lecture, featuring Victory, Draw or Defeat: Who Won the Battle of Hampton Roads, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience); March 11, Civil War Lecture, featuring Admiral Franklin Buchanan, with John V. Quarstein (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience); March 12, Civil War Lecture, featuring The Guns of Hampton Roads (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience); and March 13, Friendly Hours (in-person). For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage. 


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