Our People

Our people—staff, board members, coaches and volunteers—are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for every participant and family. Learn more about the individuals who bring our mission and vision to life.

Our Staff

Erin Highton

Senior Director of Programming & VB Program Director

Hayley Beckner

Mission Advancement Director & Merchandise Coordinator

Kay Dawson

Program Director-Peninsula & Summer Camps

Molly Gray

Program Director - Chesapeake & Curriculum Coord.

Shevette Jones

Program Director-Norfolk & Portsmouth, Volunteer Coord.

Azza Harvey

Program Director -Suffolk, W. Tidewater & Social Media

Ellen Carver

Executive Director


Our Board

Hobie Ritzel

Marblelife of Hampton Roads

Stephanie DeWald

Cox Communications

Lei Dunn

Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Heather Campbell

Virginia Wesleyan University

Beth Campion

Hilton Hotels

Lisa Ehrich

Pender & Coward, P.C.

Lesley Gordon

Capital Group

Van Haislip

Edward Jones

Cindi Hechinger

Dollar Bank

Aline Landy

Eastern VA Medical School

Alexis Majied

Hampton Roads Transit

Radlyn Mendoza

Gardner and Mendoza, P.C.

Janet Mercadante

Davenport & Company

Barbara Patterson Oden

Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Rebecca Riebling

Common App

Ricky Sabogal

EXP Realty

Megan Shuford

Boys and Girls Clubs Peninsula

Maddi Zingraff

Virginia Supportive Housing

Our Culture

Our mission, vision and core values are at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about our organization, our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and how you can join our team.