Tidbits – May 2023

Beth Moore
Laura Sandford

Beth Moore, CPA and partner of Moore Candella & 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. Florence Kingston has been elected secretary/treasurer. 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. 

Brown Edwards has been selected as a co-sponsor of the 2024 Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Internship and Scholarship Program. As one of the 10 firms selected by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the firm will sponsor one student for an internship during the 2024 tax preparation season. The George Willie program provides a paid internship and scholarship to ethnic minority accounting students who intend to pursue CPA licensure and have an interest in working with a public accounting firm. Each student receives up to $10,000 toward final academic year tuition from AICPA. Hugh Barlow is the firm’s partner in the Oyster Point offices.

Sandra Hood

Top selling and listing agent of Coldwell Banker Traditions for the month of February was Sandra Hood. 

Coldwell Banker Traditions was a sponsor of the 7th Annual Evening Bacon Street Gala, “Around the World in One Night,” held at the James River Country Club in Newport News. The Peninsula Coldwell Banker Traditions office celebrated Bacon Street Youth and Family Services at the Gala on the opening of its newest office at 749-A Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Newport News. 

Smart Beginnings was the beneficiary of a project hosted by the Pearl Society of the United Jewish Community of the VA Peninsula during its 6th annual social action party, when members supplied and assembled Calm Down Kits for early childhood educators and their students. Calm Down Kits are containers with items that provide children with mental or sensory distraction used to calm down or distract themselves when their emotions might be overwhelming. Shown here are Pearl Society members assembling the kits.

Lelani Clayton, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Traditions, pictured second from right, received the Bronze Award at the Outstanding Salesmanship Club Banquet of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors. Coldwell Banker Traditions-Peninsula was a Selfie Booth sponsor for the event.

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its May programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. May 5, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look of the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist; May 11, Evening Lecture (part of Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month) featuring Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World with M.R. O’Connor, journalist and author; May 14, Friendly Hours (in-person program); For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Joey Wallen

Joey Wallen, with Personal Training Associates, has completed his certification as a youth fitness specialist, qualifying him to assist the younger population to safely improve themselves. Wallen received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and is a nationally certified personal fitness trainer with orthopedic, senior fitness and functional training specialty certifications by the American Council on Exercise.

Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NNRHA) has been awarded $2.1 million from the Department of Housing and Community Development through the Virginia Affordable and Special Needs Housing Program. The Newport News award was one of 57 awards across the Commonwealth. The funds will be used in conjunction with Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other sources to address the renovation of Orcutt Townhomes, a 40-unit complex, built in 2006 and serving 40 families in the southeast community. NNRHA is converting the former public housing property under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Karen Wilds is NNRHA executive director. 

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services has opened its Newport News office at 749-A Thimble Shoals Boulevard in Newport News. Formerly located in Hampton, the office is part of the Network Peninsula Hub, where Social Butterflies and Network Peninsula are located as well. Its mission is to create healthier families and more resilient youth through behavioral health services by providing mental health and substance use therapy and prevention programs to youth ages 10-26 and their families. Kimberly L. Dellinger, M.Ed. is Bacon Street’s executive director, and Rhiannon Perkins is director of operations.

Elizabeth Judd has been named executive director of the Newport News Public Art Foundation. A graduate of Hofstra University with a Master of Art degree and of Long Island University C.W. Post with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Judd was executive director for more than four years with the Rosewell Foundation in Gloucester. Prior to her work in Gloucester, she was associate curator at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York, and an independent curator in the Brooklyn, New York, area. She has authored several publications.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (VPF) has been recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation as an approved program for its Culinary Training Program for the next three years. This VPF program was established as a workforce development opportunity for economically disadvantaged adults to make a positive change in their lives. This intensive 12-week culinary education program is free and offered four times each year. Adult students learn culinary and food safety skills leading to full-time employment as well as life skills such as leadership, time management, financial planning, interviewing, resume writing and conflict resolution. Displaying the recognition plaques are (from left) Tyrone Carter, executive chef; Jacquelyn Linder, director of nutrition programs; and Latria Logan, chef instructor.

The Warwick Rotary@City Center celebrated 78 years of service to the ideals of the Rotary International. Participating in the celebration were front row, left to right: Priscilla Bele; Judi Hines; Davetta Rinehart; Kenny Janes, district governor; Amber Lempke, president; Sharon Martin; Carol Chamberlain; Carolien Sorensen; and Gee Horton. Back row, left to right: Jim Probsdorfer, Erlinda Gleason, Kevin Lyles, Gordon Gentry, Jr., Jennifer Daknis, Robbie Pearson, Leigh Mitchell and Brian Deibler.

Rotary Club members supported the Newport News One City Marathon by distributing water and cheering runners to the finish line. Shown here, left to right, are Leigh Mitchell; Priscilla Bele; Amber Lempke, president; Mike Tillotson; Turkan Tillotson and Anne Wozniak.

Old Point National Bank is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. It currently operates 14 bank branches, three commercial lending offices and three mortgage offices throughout the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. The bank has also grown into a larger family of financial services to include Old Point Wealth Management, Old Point Investment Services, Old Point Mortgage and Old Point Insurance. Shown here are executives and members of the board of directors who were visited by representatives from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to celebrate the historic milestone. Robert Shuford, Jr., (sixth from the left) is Old Point National Bank’s chairman, president and CEO.