Christopher Newport University's 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni:



Abbott, Gary & Robin

Gary AbbottRobin Abbott
Gary and Robin Abbott are consumer advocates and attorneys with the law firm Consumer Litigation Associates, which has offices in Newport News and Alexandria, Va. Robin was elected representative for the 93rd District of the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009. She graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College with an associate degree; from Christopher Newport with a BS degree in governmental administration; and from the Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. After nearly 30 years in the shipyard, Gary followed Robin’s footsteps to Christopher Newport for a degree in governmental relations and to the College of William & Mary for his law degree. Robin and Gary have lived in Newport News for more than two decades; they are the proud parents of four adult sons and the grandparents of a newborn grandson with another due in December. back to top >

Abbott, Kathy

Kathy Abbott

Dr. Kathy Abbott is chief scientific and technical advisor for the Federal Aviation Administration and has more than 30 years of experience specializing in aviation human factors. Kathy came to the FAA from NASA where she led analytical, simulation and flight studies with the objective of improving aviation safety and operational efficiency. She also co-chaired the FAA Human Factors Study Team, which was chartered to address safety issues concerning crew interfaces with modern glass flight decks. Kathy holds a BS in mathematics and information science from Christopher Newport, an MS in computer science from George Washington University and a PhD in computer science from Rutgers University. back to top >

Arsenault, Fred

Fred Arsenault
Fred Arsenault is a 2002 graduate of CNU and founding president of TheaterCNU’s Alpha Psi Omega chapter. Upon graduation, he performed in several off-Broadway shows, including “Blue Man Group” and toured the country performing Shakespeare with a repertory company. In 2005 Fred continued his education at New York University’s prestigious Graduate Acting Program, winning the Baryshnikov Fellowship and earning his MFA in 2008. He has performed on Broadway in such productions as “The Royal Family,” “Born Yesterday” and “Henry V.” He can also be seen on TV in episodes of “The Good Wife” and “Person of Interest,” in the documentary “On the Road Again” and in a handful of independent feature films. Fred has performed regionally in the U.S, has toured extensively with The American Shakespeare Center, The Acting Company and has also performed abroad with The Continuum Company. Along with his continuing acting pursuits, Fred has developed The Artist's Financial Support Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial education and support to artists. back to top >

Beale, Melanie Rapp

Melanie Beale

Melanie Rapp Beale works for Dominion Virginia Power as external affairs manager for the eastern region. Prior to Dominion, she was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2001 until 2007. She serves on the board of directors of Colonial Court-Appointed Special Advocates, the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board, the Hampton Arts Foundation, the Newport News Educational Foundation, the Virginia Air and Space Center, the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the York County Boys and Girls Club. Melanie is also a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Living Museum, historian of the Comte de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the James City Ruritan Club and the York Ruritan Club. Melanie has a BA in international culture and commerce from CNU and a MS in education from Old Dominion University. She has participated in organized church missions to Russia, Kenya and Ukraine. She and her husband, Timothy, live in Seaford. back to top >


Bele, Priscilla

Priscilla Bele

Priscilla Bele is the commissioner of the revenue for the City of Newport News and a 1981 graduate of Christopher Newport College. Priscilla earned a BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Several of her family members are also graduates of CNU: her daughter, Christine Mellish; three of her brothers, David Smith, Karl Smith and Pete Smith; and her niece Shannon Meddleton. Another niece, Rebecca Bowman, currently attends CNU. Priscilla is a CPA and a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula. She is designated as a master deputy commissioner of the revenue from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia and is certified as a business license administrator by the National Association of Business License Administrators. Priscilla is past secretary of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society board of directors. She has also served the Alumni Society as vice president of special events. She has been active with fundraising events and in promoting the Alumni Society to new graduates. Priscilla is the current chair of the service committee for the Rotary Club at City Center, where she recently received the Rotarian of the Year award. She is a longtime, active member of Hilton Presbyterian Church and lives in Newport News with her husband, Wally, and their dog, Abby. back to top >

Bateman, Mary

Mary Bateman

Mary graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1979 with a BA in elementary education. She was also a member of the College’s first tennis team. After graduation, Mary taught in the Newport News Public Schools. She worked for the Virginia Department of Education as a teacher evaluator and currently works for the First Step program in the Newport News Public Schools. Mary and her husband have three children and live in Newport News. back to top >

Barefoot, Karen

Karen Barefoot

A 1995 graduate of CNU, Karen still holds the distinction of being the first athlete in NCAA history, male or female, to score more than 2,000 points and accumulate 1,000 assists during her career. For four consecutive seasons, Karen led the nation in assists. She is CNU’s all-time leader in assists and steals and ranks second in scoring. A three-time Kodak/WBCA All-American, she was inducted into the CNU Athletic Hall of Fame and had her college jersey (No. 10) retired. In 2006 she was named to the USA South Conference 25th Anniversary Team. Karen is currently head coach for the women’s basketball team at Old Dominion University. She has a career coaching record of 209-144, and has led the Lady Monarchs to 11 winning seasons. Karen has coached at Elon University, Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Newport News Apprentice School of Shipbuilding, where she helped develop the first female athletic program in the school’s 92-year history. back to top >

Bell, Alonzo

Alonzo Bell

After 40 years at Newport News Shipbuilding, reaching the position of manager of corporate business development, Alonzo is currently president of Vega Volatility and director of leasing of Randolph Real Estate Services. He is a member of the board of directors of the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, chairman of the budget committee of New Calvary Baptist Church and co-founder of the Newport News Shipbuilding Black History Awareness Society. Alonzo graduated from Christopher Newport College with a BS in business administration in 1986 and from the College of William & Mary with a master’s degree in business administration in 1990. He and his wife of 49 years, Dr. Margaret S. Bell, live in Chesapeake. They have two sons, Alonzo Jr. and Steven, and three granddaughters, Chelsea, Alecia and Alexis. back to top >

Birch, Joshua and Lindsay

Joshua BirchLindsay Birch

Josh and Lindsay are former student-athletes who worked together at The Freeman Center as event staff. Josh works for Norfolk Naval Shipyard and holds a bachelor’s degree from CNU in applied physics and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University. Shortly after graduating from CNU in 2002 with a degree in exercise science, Lindsay was hired as the head coach for the CNU women’s volleyball team. Her coaching accomplishments include being the youngest coach to reach 200 wins, a USA South Conference record of 136-8 and an overall record of 275-75. She is the ninth-winningest coach in NCAA Division III. Her 2010 team finished the season fifth in the nation. Josh and Lindsay live in Newport News with their son, Jack. back to top >

Brauer, William and Michelle

William BrauerMichelle Brauer

Bill and Michelle met at the Pub in the former CNC Student Center and have been married for nearly 33 years. When they met, Michelle was studying information science, and Bill was an alumnus, having graduated the year before with a degree in business. Bill started his career in advertising and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary, ultimately returning to CNU as executive vice president. Michelle graduated in 1978 and pursued a career in software development, including computer-based training in both stand-alone and Web environments. Bill and Michelle are dedicated CNU supporters, carrying on the enduring legacy of one of its founders, Harrol Brauer. Bill and Michelle live in Williamsburg and are active members at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. They have two sons, Colin and Peyton, and a brand-new daughter-in-law, Jackie. back to top >

Brayboy, Samuel & Regina

Samuel BrayboyRegina Brayboy

Samuel Brayboy is a retired health-care management professional and has held positions in human resources management, specializing in organizational and leadership development. During his tenure, he coordinated management development programs, managed employee relations and administered the employee recognition and rewards program for Sentara Healthcare. In addition, Samuel has provided management consulting services to many nonprofit and community organizations to include Peninsula Legal Aid, Newport Alliance for Youth, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the National Crime Prevention Council and the National League of Cities. He conducted diversity training for the City of Newport News Police Department. Samuel has volunteered for several community organizations, including the Hampton Coalition for Youth and Habitat for Humanity. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University and a BA in sociology from CNU. Regina Brayboy serves as vice president of administration and financial services for Virginia International Terminals Inc., the operating company for the Virginia Port Authority. She oversees financial services, administration and human resources. She is responsible for financial plans, policies and reporting, relationships with lending institutions and the financial community, budgetary controls, and procurement and risk management. In addition, she oversees staffing, compensation, benefits and talent management. Prior to this role, Regina served as COO for WHRO. She was appointed by Governor Mark Warner and reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Board of Accountancy for the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves on the boards of SunTrust Bank, the Virginia Living Museum, Riverside Health System, and is vice president of the North Atlantic Ports Association. She is a member of the board of advisors of the Luter School of Business at CNU and served a three-year term as a public member of the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Regina is a graduate of William & Mary (Master of Business Administration), Old Dominion University (Master of Public Administration) and CNU (BS in business administration). She completed the federal Presidential Management Intern Program, the CIVIC Leadership Institute Program and the certified planning commissioner program. She was recognized in 2007 with a Women of Distinction award by the YWCA and as one of the top 25 women in business in Hampton Roads by Inside Business magazine. The Brayboys have a wonderful Labrador retriever, Scarlett, and reside in Suffolk. back to top >

Bryant, Randolph

Randy Bryant

A former student-athlete in tennis, Randy Bryant graduated with a BSBA in 1991, majoring in finance. Randy is president of Wolftrap Operations and general manager of Loweman Court. Randy has served on the boards of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Rotary Club of Oyster Point, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Commonwealth of Virginia Small Business Advisory Board, the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District and James River Country Club. He has also served as a board member and past president of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society, as a board member for the Education Foundation, and on the School of Business advisory board. Additionally, Randy and his wife are members of the Parents Council Board of Randolph-Macon College where there son is a freshman. Randy lives in Newport News with his wife, Susan Freeman Bryant; they have two children, daughter Bentley and son Parker. back to top >

Carmines, Brad

Brad Carmines

Dr. Brad Carmines earned his undergraduate degree from CNU and his doctor of medicine degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed a residency in general surgery at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and a residency in family medicine at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center. Brad is board-certified in family medicine and has practiced in Newport News since 1988. back to top >

Conner, Anne

Anne Conner

Anne Conner is president of TowneBank Williamsburg and the first female regional president in the bank’s history. She graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1991 with a BSBA, majoring in finance. She has continued to serve her alma mater through a four-year term on the Board of Visitors and as past president and member of the boards of directors of the Education Foundation, the Real Estate Foundation and the Luter School of Business. She currently serves as chair of the Virginia College Building Authority, and as a member of the boards of directors of WHRO, the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, vice chair of the board of directors of Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels and as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mariners' Museum. Anne has also served on the board of directors of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, CIVIC Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads, the Williamsburg Community Foundation Steering Committee and the Peninsula Advisory Board of Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters, among others. back to top >

Cooper, Jane Hazelwood

Jane Cooper

A 1979 graduate with a degree in business, Jane is an active member of the CNU community. She is member of The Freeman Center and has a legacy of Christopher Newport alumni in her family. She also served on the Junior League of Hampton Roads. Jane is a lifelong resident of Newport News and has three grown children, Jack, Natalie and Marcus. back to top >

DeBrango, Roseann

Roseann DeBrango

Roseann DeBrango teaches fifth grade at Creswell Elementary School in Creswell, N.C. She earned a BA in education from Christopher Newport and a master’s degree in education administration from Old Dominion University. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Reader’s Digest American Hero in Education Award and Teacher of the Year in Portsmouth and Creswell, Roseann is the proud mother of daughter Nikki and son Caleb. back to top >

Duncan, Douglas

Douglas Duncan

After graduating in 1972, Doug married another CNU student, Pam Sanderson; they have been happily married for 38 years. They have a son attending graduate school in Missouri. Now retired, Doug served as president and CEO of FedEx Freight Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., and continues to do consulting work for them. He also serves on the boards of directors for Benchmark Electronics and J.B. Hunt Transportation Services. Doug and Pam have endowed a scholarship at CNU and split their time between homes in Memphis and Fort Myers, Fla. back to top >

Eichenbrenner, Timothy

Timothy Eichenbrenner

Dr. Timothy Eichenbrenner earned a BS degree from Christopher Newport, an MS degree from Western Kentucky University and his doctor of medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has received numerous awards, including Patient’s Choice Awards, and was named one of the top pediatricians and top physicians in Charlotte, N.C. He served as the former chief of pediatrics at both Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital, and on the board of directors for the Alexander Children’s Center. He is a member and president-elect of the board of directors of Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center and operates his own practice in Charlotte. back to top >

Ellis, Raymond

Raymond Ellis
Raymond Ellis is the principal of Ellis and Associates and manages the activities of the Ellis Family Foundation. Ray is heavily focused on community and civic service, serving on the boards of directors for the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System, the Parker Foundation, EDC Strategic Roundtable, the Balboa Park Conservancy and the San Diego Downtown Rotary. He received his BA in history from Christopher Newport and his master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University. Ray and his wife, Gina, live in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego with their 9-year-old son, Jake. Ray also has two additional children: Matt, who lives and works in Los Angeles, and Jessica, a junior at Texas Christian University. back to top >

Epes, Cary

Cary Epes

Before retiring, Cary spent 37 years as a banker on the Virginia Peninsula. Most recently, he served as the chief lending officer for Old Point National Bank and continues to provide real estate consultation to local banks and Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. Cary graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1977 after a long journey, including a tour in Vietnam, and also graduated from the CBA School of Retail Bank Management at the University of Virginia. His public service includes membership on the board of directors of the Newport News Economic Development Authority, member and treasurer of the board of directors of the Shelton Retirement Home, and former commissioner for the Newport News Housing Authority. Cary is former president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Risk Management Association and a former member of the boards of directors of the Tidewater Better Business Bureau, Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Jaycees and the Warwick Kiwanis Club. Cary has served CNU as a member of the Luter School of Business advisory board and the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society. He met his wife, Brenda, at CNU. They endowed a scholarship in 2003. back to top >

Eyre, Jim

Jim Eyre

Jim Eyre grew up in Phoebus and graduated from Hampton High School in 1961 and attended Christopher Newport College from 1962-64. He finished his BA in business in 1975 following a tour in Vietnam and brief career in business and finance. He spent four years in the Army, coming out as CPT. Jim retired as the executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of VBS Material Handling Equipment in 2006. He has served on the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, on the board of directors of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society, including a term as president, and is vice president of the CNU Education Foundation’s board of trustees. He is also a past recipient of the CNU Outstanding Alumni Award. Jim and his wife, Sarah, live in Isle of Palms, S.C., and have two married daughters, Kathleen and Sally, and two grandchildren, Caleb and Annabelle, with another grandson on the way. back to top >

Fairchild, Sam

Sam Fairchild

Sam Fairchild currently serves as CEO of Optiwind (a wind turbine manufacturer), president of the Tadpole Group, founder and director of Chiapas Organic Holdings, and chairman of the board of Schiphol North America/Schiphol International. He previously served as CEO of two NASDAQ companies as well as interim CEO of Air New Zealand. Sam also spent time in Washington as the acting assistant secretary of transportation and White House senior advisor on transportation and environmental policy. He earned his degree from CNU in 1977. Sam remains active in Boy Scouting, enjoying at 47-year career as an Eagle Scout and scouter. back to top >

Farris, Carl

Carl Farris

Carl entered Christopher Newport College in the fall of 1970. As a student-athlete in basketball, he received an All-American honorable mention, the first such national recognition in school history. Carl graduated in 1974 with a BS in business administration. After traveling in Europe, he returned home and took a position with Landmark Communications as an advertising account executive. In 1980 he and a partner formed Advanced Dealer Services, which provided products and insurance services to Virginia’s automotive industry. After selling his interest to his partner in 1988, Carl formed his own company, ADS Management Group, an automotive finance and insurance consulting company. Carl has served on the board of directors of AUL and Automotive Services Finance. In addition he has served on several advisory councils, including IAS and GE Auto Warranty Services. He is actively involved in ICM Ministries and is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk. Carl is past director of the Virginia Beach Jaycees and is currently a member of the Ruritan Club of Suffolk. Carl has been married to Denise Huneycutt Farris for 24 years. They are avid supporters of CNU and live in Suffolk. They have two children, Loren and Margaret, both CNU seniors. back to top >

Freeman, Vicki

Vicki Freeman

Vicki is owner and operator of two retail stores in the Port Warwick development in Newport News. P.S. Paperie is one of the region’s leading paper and stationery stores, and The Boutique is a specialty shop featuring Vera Bradley handbags and accessories. The Boutique has achieved platinum sales status, placing it in the top 1 percent of all such retail shops in the U.S. Prior to the creation and operation of these retail stores, Vicki worked in the commercial real estate field, handling leasing and sales of various office, retail and commercial properties throughout the Virginia Peninsula. She is also the principal broker of Tower Park Real Estate. Vicki is a graduate of Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News and a proud graduate of Christopher Newport University, where she earned a BS in business with a concentration in management. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula and is a member of its executive committee. She is a former member of alumni boards of both Hampton Roads Academy and CNU. She currently serves on the CNU Board of Visitors. Vicki lives in Newport News and New York City with her husband, Bobby, and their Jack Russell terrier, Tanner. While in Newport News, she delights in time spent with her horses, Buster and Valentine. back to top >

French, Barry

Barry French

Barry French graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1977 with a BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Although it took him 16 years to finish college by going part-time, his success is reflected in his 38-year banking career, from which he retired as a senior vice president in 2004, and in the family he raised while doing it all, daughters Leigh Ann French Hinsch ’88, a professor of French at the University of Arizona, and Christine French, owner of French and Associates in York County. Throughout his career he also served two terms on the University’s Board of Visitors, including one year as rector, and he was a member of the board of directors of the CNU Education Foundation. He has received two previous awards from CNU, the Distinguished Accounting Chair Award and the Alumni Society Outstanding Alumni Award. Barry and his wife, Judith, are retired to a warm life of boating and fishing in Marco Island, Fla., and are the grandparents of Madison, 15, Hailey, 13, Nicole, 19 and Michael, 15. back to top >

Georgiou, Kristee West

Kristee West Georgiou

Kristee graduated in 1990 with a BA in elementary education. She has been a teacher for 20 years at T.C. Walker Elementary School in Gloucester where she was named the 2010 Elementary Teacher of the Year by Gloucester County. Kristee has continued her education, earning a Master of Arts in reading education from the University of Virginia and an endorsement from James Madison University in K-12 gifted education. She lives in Gloucester.  back to top >

Gordon, Linda

Linda Gordon

Linda Maureen Gordon graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1988 with a BA in English and a minor in business administration. She won the Dean’s Award from the College of Liberal Arts for earning the highest GPA. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and was inducted into Alpha Chi, a national college honor society. She attended Old Dominion University on a university fellowship, was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and graduated with an MA in English in 1990. She served on the board of directors of the CNU Alumni Society from 1999-2004 and as the society’s president from 2002-03. During her presidency she led the society in establishing three endowed scholarships in art, music and theater. She has served for six years on the board of directors of the Virginia Educator’s Credit Union and was director of the University’s strategic planning for Vision 2010. Linda is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society and is currently an instructor in the English department, assistant director of the writing program and a core advisor. She is a PhD candidate in English at Auburn University. Linda lives in Williamsburg with her husband, Douglas, and dog, Phrog. She has three grown children, Teresa, of Fayetteville, Ark.; and Anthony and Allan of Escondido, Calif., both of whom served in the U.S. Navy. Her granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth, also lives in Escondido. back to top >

Gorin, Margaret

Margaret Gorin

A CNU Distinguished Alumna in 2000, Marty holds a BA in psychology from Christopher Newport College with post-graduate studies at Old Dominion University. A technically trained dancer, she has performed with dance companies and in musical theater nearly all her life. An “Army brat,” she has eclectic dance training, having lived in several states and in Europe. She now lives in Delaware with her husband of 33 years, Tom. She has choreographed 30 full-length musicals for amateur and professional companies, receiving critical acclaim, and has been a dance teacher to thousands of students. Currently she is creating and recording choreography for an animated feature-length screenplay. Marty has also promoted movement for special needs populations since 1983. She initiated and facilitated a movement program for all adult populations at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg. She choreographed and contributed to the writing of the award-winning script “We Are Handi-Capable at the Handi-Café” for Newport News Therapeutic Recreation. In Delaware, Marty taught movement to adults and children with disabilities for VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, and sat on the VSA-Delaware executive board for 10 years. A founding member of AbleArts, she served as artistic director to this theater program for adults with disabilities for 17 years. She has initiated several staff-supported movement programs for nursing homes, adult day cares and hospitals throughout Delaware. She continues to teach exercise to adults with disabilities for New Castle County, Del., stressing the importance of continued movement despite age or circumstance. back to top >

Haggard, James & Lynn

James HaggardLynn Haggard

Jimmy Haggard has more than 30 years of public accounting experience and serves as the office managing partner of the Newport News office, as well as the regional managing partner for the Hampton Roads offices of Dixon Hughes Goodman. He is an active member of the Virginia Society of CPAs, having previously served on the society’s board of directors and the professional ethics committee. He has been affiliated with the Metropolitan YMCA, serving in several capacities for more than 20 years. He served on the City of Hampton School Board from 1991-2000 and was board chairman from 1995-2000. Additionally, he was chairman of the Tidewater Region of the Virginia School Board’s Association and served on its state board. Jimmy also served two terms on the board of the Small Business Development Center and as its chairman. Jimmy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on the boards of a number of community and nonprofit organizations, is a graduate of the 1991 Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute, and is an active member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg. He currently serves as president of CNU’s Education Foundation, the Real Estate Foundation, the Business Advisory Board, and is a past recipient of the Christopher Newport Alumni Society Distinguished Alumni Award and the Accounting Department’s Distinguished Accounting Chair Award. Jimmy lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Lynn. back to top >

Haislip, Frank 

Frank Haislip

Many years ago, CNU opened its arms and embraced a young man who lacked focus and direction, requiring nothing of him but the desire to learn. In doing so, the University introduced him to a number of motivating and inspiring professors, such as Marshall Booker, David Game, Jay Paul, Mario Mazzarella, John Avioli, Jean Pugh and many others who helped this young man build a strong foundation that provided him with the tools to become successful in life. He is proud to be a graduate of this great university and even prouder of what it has become. He says his success pales in comparison to CNU’s achievements, and he is certain the University will continue to motivate and inspire students to achieve great things, big or small. back to top >

Haywood, Bobby

Bobby Haywood

Bobby grew up in Hampton and Newport News. He graduated from CNU in 1993 where he was a member of Campus Activities Board and Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional coed business fraternity. Shortly after graduating, Bobby married Kim Olsavicky, who also graduated from Christopher Newport and now teaches for Newport News Public Schools. As Bobby embarked on his career, he decided to serve his country. In 1996 he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and was promoted through direct commission to second lieutenant. After a tour in Iraq he returned to Hampton Roads, was promoted and served in a variety of posts until settling into instructing ROTC at CNU and the College of William & Mary, where he mentors and advises cadets, preparing them to be leaders and the Army’s future officers. Capt. Haywood and Kim have two children, Cassidy, 13, and Zachary, 11. back to top >

Healy, James

Jim Healy

Jim Healy retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 44 years of faithful service. During his career he earned a BA in psychology from Christopher Newport and helped establish The Mariners Club for Middle Management and the Apprentice Athletic Club for Booster Support. He is a past member of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society board of directors, past president of the Apprentice Alumni Association, a past grand knight and faithful navigator of the Knights of Columbus, and a past president of the Peninsula Sports Club. He actively serves on the Knights of Columbus, the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula board of directors, the Army Transportation Museum Foundation Board, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers as a membership consultant and actively contributes to the industrial management curriculum for Tidewater Community College. Jim also founded an endowed scholarship through the Alumni Society, the second such scholarship ever offered. back to top >

Heath, William

William Heath

Bill Heath graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1975 with a BS in business administration. He attended the college as a nontraditional student for more than 12 years while working full-time at First and Merchants National Bank in Newport News. After graduation he attended The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University where he earned an advanced degree in banking. Bill retired in 2010 after 45 years in the banking industry throughout Virginia. He served on the board of directors of the United Way on the Peninsula, Martinsville and Staunton. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Chamber of Commerce in three communities and many other civic and church-related activities. Bill was named to the CNU Board of Visitors in 2000, serving 10 years, including a term as rector. He was involved in the evolution of the University and takes pride in the quality of not only the campus development but also the students who benefit from the CNU experience. Bill continues to be engaged in university activities, sitting on the boards of the Education Foundation and the Real Estate Foundation. He currently sits on the Riverside Hospital board of directors. Bill has been married to his wife, Pat, for more than 42 years and has two children, Shannon, of Yorktown, and Billy, who lives in Ohio and is also a CNU graduate. Bill has two grandchildren. back to top >

Hoffman, Corinne

Corrine Hoffman

Corinne’s CNU education laid the foundation for her work as a dentist. She graduated with a BS in biology in 2003 and achieved the highest GPA in her graduating class. She and her sister Heather, along with faculty advisor Dr. Bill Becker, initiated the University’s Hillel chapter, an organization that serves as a foundation for Jewish campus life. The leadership was passed down to their youngest sister, Phyllicia, who continued to strengthen the organization. Following in her father’s and sister’s footsteps, Corinne attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2008 and was inducted into the prestigious National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. At Levy and Hoffman Restorative and Family Dentistry, one of the largest dental offices on the Peninsula, she is trained to use the latest technology. Corinne participated in the Smiles for Children program, which provides dental services for the underprivileged population. Corinne also serves on the board of her Jewish Community Center and attends leadership conferences and events to bring together Jewish adults from across the country to share ideas, broaden knowledge and awareness, and strengthen the sense of a larger Jewish community. back to top >

Hoffman, Heather

Heather Hoffman

Heather graduated summa cum laude with a BS in mathematics from CNU in 2001 and received the President’s Award for the highest GPA in her class. In 2001 Heather began her PhD studies in biostatistics at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning her doctorate in 2005. Her dissertation research, “Maximum likelihood estimation of multivariate normal parameters in the presence of left-censored and missing data,” was published in the Journal of Environmental Statistics. Heather credits a large part of her dissertation success to the rigorous theoretical mathematics and applied computer science courses required in CNU’s curriculum. In 2006 Heather joined George Washington University as an assistant professor of biostatistics, where she conducts research and teaches graduate students. Her research portfolio includes health issues related to pediatric HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and Type 2 diabetes. In 2011 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Public Health and Health Services. In the last five years, Heather and her colleagues have published more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles spanning a wide spectrum of research areas. back to top >

Hoffman, Lisa

Lisa Hoffman

Lisa graduated from CNU with a BS in biology in 2000 and earned the highest GPA in her graduating class. She is also a lifelong member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Following in her father’s footsteps, Lisa graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 2004. During her graduate career, she received merit scholarships for her high GPA and made the Dean’s List each year. Following graduation, Lisa joined her father in private practice as a dentist in Hampton, where she continues to work today. In her practice, Lisa actively participates in the Smiles for Children program. Lisa is a member of the Peninsula Dental Society, the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. back to top >

Hoffman Tanenbaum, Phyllicia M.

Phyllicia Hoffman Tanenbaum

Phyllicia graduated from CNU in three years with a BA in political science with a 4.0 GPA. She attained the highest GPA in her graduating class and received the Jonathan L. Besecker Scholarship for Academics, Citizenship and Spirituality during her senior year. After graduating, she worked for CNU as an administrative assistant and as the assistant director of CNU’s Learning Communities. She earned her JD degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2008. After graduating, Phyllicia worked as a research assistant to GMU Professor Todd Zywicki, where she performed legal research and publication revisions related to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. She currently works as an associate for Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practices bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law and government contract law. Phyllicia is active in the American Bar Association, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Walter Chandler American Inn of Court. back to top >

Jones, Henry

Henry Jones

Henry Jones graduated from Christopher Newport College in 1975 after an active career as a student-athlete in basketball and track, class president, president of Chi Psi Omega fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Henry paid his own way through college by working at his family’s business, Top Used Cars, to which he added EZ Auto and consolidated both operations under EZ Auto Rental. He is a past president of the Virginia Independent Auto Dealers Association and served his national association as legislative chairman, and has served terms on both the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer board and DMV Advisory Board, all while winning the Tidewater Quality Dealer of the Year Award. Henry is active in several local charities as well as a member of the board and executive committee of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is an active member in the Captains Crew, Ferguson Center Inner Circle and the CNU Alumni Society board of directors. He is a supporter of Langley Speedway, where he can sometimes be found racing late models and modified cars. Henry lives in Grafton with his wife of 32 years, Donna. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. back to top >

Kast, Steven

Steven Kast

Steven Kast is in his 28th year with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. He has helped the organization grow from a single club to 15, with a Workforce Development Center serving more than 5,400 youth in Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, York County and Williamsburg. Steve is a designated field consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, helping other Boys & Girls Club organizations nationwide. He was also the founding president of the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, where he led the effort to raise private and public funds for clubs across the state. Steve was honored in 2003 as a distinguished member of the Academy of Boys & Girls Club Professionals. In 2005 he received the Sykes Award for Professional Excellence at the Southeast Region Administrative Conference. Steve has also been honored with the National Cable Association National Leaders in Learning Award. He received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Local Hero Award from Bank of America. Steve is a native of Giles County, Va., and has lived on the Peninsula for 28 years. He serves on the CNU Alumni Society board of directors and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. back to top >

Klich, Gregory

Gregory Klich

Gregory Phillip Klich is a real estate developer and investor in Hampton Roads. Prior to his current career in real estate, Gregory served as the vice president of park operations for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Gregory began his 25-year career at Busch Gardens in 1979 as a ride operator. After graduating from Christopher Newport College he was promoted to rides manager in 1984. He served as vice president from 1989 until 2003. During his tenure, Gregory was involved in many park improvements, including the capital expansions of the Festa Italia Village, the opening of the new admissions entrance complex and the opening of the Busch Gardens I-64 exit. He also oversaw the development and openings of many rides, including the Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Big Bad Wolf, Escape from Pompeii and Roman Rapids. In 1993 he was honored by CNU’s College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies with the Outstanding Alumni Award. In 1997 he received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1999 Gregory endowed the Klich Academic Scholarship at CNU, which contributes each semester to the student with the highest grade-point average. Prior to CNU’s first football season in 2001, Gregory funded and helped create Captain Chris, the University’s mascot. Klich is also one of the sponsors for the President’s Inner Circle at the Ferguson Center. Gregory lives in Williamsburg with his daughter, Hannah Elizabeth. back to top >

Littreal, William

William Littreal

William is senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for TowneBank. He has served in numerous management positions in operations, technology and finance throughout his career. William earned a BS degree in accounting at Christopher Newport and went on to complete his MS in management of information technology at the University of Virginia. He graduated from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining the TowneBank family, William served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of FNB Corporation, the parent company of First National Bank of Christiansburg. William resides in Toano. back to top >

Mastre, Fernando

Fernando Maestre

Fernando was born in Havana, Cuba, where he received his primary and secondary education at Marist Brothers Catholic School. He successfully escaped the murderous regime of the Castro brothers on Aug. 18, 1961, after working with the underground’s student movement, helping the failed Bay of Pigs operation from the island. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, retiring as a chief warrant officer in 1982. Fernando enrolled at Christopher Newport College while still serving the U.S. Army as a civilian inspector general and eventually received a BA in international culture and commerce. He returned to Christopher Newport to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. Fernando and his wife of 43 years, Luisa, started an accounting practice in 1985 that has grown to 12 employees and has clients in 17 states, and is still expanding. Their son, Fernando Jr., and daughter, Teresa, now manage the business. While Luisa and Fernando still help in the business, they now spend much of their time cruising the world. back to top >

McCoy, Rebecca

Rebecca McCoy

Rebecca serves as president of McCoy Associates, providing consulting services and education programs to landowners, nonprofits and government entities in utilizing conservation easements, historic rehabilitation programs and land donations to preserve land and historic properties. Rebecca is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BA in economics and CNU with a BS in accounting. She lectures throughout Virginia on conservation easements, real estate investments and nonprofit issues, and nationally on federal tax issues and professional ethics. Rebecca served on the board of directors and executive committee for the Virginia Society of CPAs and has previously served as a tax resource group leader and member of numerous taxation and educational committees for VSCPA. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Peninsula Estate Planning Council. She previously served on the board for the Middle Peninsula Land Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving land for conservation or open space use. Rebecca is a past member of the Mathews Rotary Club, serving as president and foundation chair. She is a current board member and former treasurer for the Mathews Community Foundation. She serves on the boards of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Riverside Health Systems Foundation and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee for Riverside Health Systems. back to top >

McMillan, Madeline

Madeline McMillan

The honorable Madeline McMillan earned her BS in business administration from CNU in 1995 and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha. She also holds an associate degree in business administration from Thomas Nelson Community College and an associate degree in arts from Riverside City College. Madeline currently serves as the vice mayor of Newport News and has served on the Virginia Municipal League Transportation Steering Committee, the Virginia Municipal League Transportation Policy Committee, and as chair of the Tourism Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Denbigh Warwick Business Association, Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma, Society of Women Educators and Pennsylvania Schoolship Association. Madeline is a member of the original team of 12 Red Cross volunteers chosen to assist in Operation Homecoming (the return of POWs from Vietnam) and has served in various positions with Officers Wives clubs and other organizations. back to top >

McMurran, Mary Ellen

M.E. McMurran

M.E. McMurran calls her greatest accomplishment her family. Since CNU’s founding, the McMurran family has been an integral part of the University’s development. M.E. and Lewis McMurran’s charitable work can be seen throughout the Virginia Peninsula in organizations such as the Yorktown Jamestown Foundation. They live in Carrollton. The legacy of the McMurran family continues to be honored through the G. Keith McMurran Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Edith L. and Lewis A. McMurran, Jr. Endowed Leadership Scholarship. back to top >

Millar, Scott and Muriel

Scott MillarMuriel Millar

Scott is a 1985 graduate of Christopher Newport College with a BS in governmental administration with a concentration in public management and a minor in history. Muriel graduated from CNC in 1988 with a BS in accounting. She is continuing her education, pursuing an MS in accounting information systems. Scott is senior director of human resources for Canon Virginia Inc., and Muriel is the corporate controller for Specialty Foods Group. Muriel and Scott are both members of the boards of directors of both the CNU Alumni Society and the Greater Peninsula chapter of the CNU Alumni Society. They have established the Millar-Messick Merit Scholarship. Scott spent two years as president of the Alumni Society and is secretary of the CNU Education Foundation board of trustees, a member of the board of advisors of the Luter School of Business, a member of the CNU Board of Visitors, and is a member of the New Horizons Regional Education Center Foundation Board. Scott and Muriel are natives of the Virginia Peninsula and live in Newport News. They can usually be found tailgating with friends before each home football game. back to top >

Minetti, Pat

Pat Minetti

Pat is a distinguished retired chief of police of Hampton. Pat graduated from Christopher Newport College with a BA in political science in 1977, earning a Certificate of Achievement for Departmental Distinction. He continued his education, earning a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Public Administration degree in manpower management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1973 and became President of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA) in 1989. Pat was with the Hampton Police division for 45 years, serving on multiple task forces for the governors of Virginia and presidents of the United States. back to top >

Morris, Joan

Joan Morris

The Honorable Joan T. Morris is retired from a long and distinguished legal career as a Virginia District Court judge. A 1974 graduate of Christopher Newport College with a BA in political science and a 1977 graduate of Marshall Wythe School of Law, Joan received a number of awards including the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. She served on the board of trustees of the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis, as director for the William & Mary Law School Association, chairman of the Legal Division of the Peninsula United Way Campaign, and as a member of the Newport News Youth Services Commission and the Public Library board of trustees. She is married to Dr. Thomas Morris and has three children, Dr. Mark Beal, Nancy Bourn ’83 and Alan Morris. back to top >

Pombriant, Joe

Joe Pombriant

Joe was born and raised in Maine. While working toward his BA in economics from CNU he competed as a student-athlete on the men’s soccer team, graduating in 1999. Although he only knew one person in New York, he moved there and founded Alacrity Financial, which serves more than 150 clients. He is a certified exit planner, helping business owners plan for the single, most critically important day in the life of their business – the transition out. In his spare time, Joe enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and reading. back to top >

Scott, Sharon

Sharon Scott

The Honorable Sharon P. Scott is a 1994 graduate of CNU and was elected in 2010 to a third term representing the North District on the Newport News City Council. Sharon is president of a small, minority-owned business, SPS Professionals, where she is a writer, tax accountant, book producer and business consultant. She is also editor and CEO of Diversity Times, a multicultural monthly newspaper distributed on the Peninsula and parts of the Tidewater area. Sharon serves as a board member of Sister Cites of Newport News, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Hampton Roads Regional Jail and Survivors Not Victims. She also serves on the Community Economic Development Policy Committee for the National League of Cities, which proposes resolutions that pertain to citizens across the United States. She was appointed by both Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine to serve on the Design Build Review Management Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the past several years, Sharon’s awards have included the following: NAACP Living Legend Award, YWCA Women of Distinction, Denbigh Military Retirees Club Distinguished Community Service, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Community Service, Hampton/Newport News Continental Societies’ Community Service, The National Conference of Minority Public Administrators Distinguished Public Service and the Human Rights Commission Community Service. Her passions includes serving others, traveling, reading, writing and exercising. She is an active member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. She has one son and three granddaughters. back to top >

Skinner, Brian and Candi

Brian SkinnerCandi Skinner

Brian and Candi live in York County with their children, Benjamin and Julia, and dog, Annie. Brian graduated from CNU in 1992 and is president of TowneBank Peninsula, leading the second-largest region in the bank with a team of approximately 100 bankers spanning five lines of business across the Virginia Peninsula. As principal of Yorktown Middle School, Candi is responsible for developing a rigorous and engaging instructional program for the school’s 770 students. She leads a faculty of 75 staff members and began her career in education as a teacher at Tabb Middle School. She graduated from CNU in 1995 and also earned her teacher certification through the University. She earned a master’s degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William & Mary. back to top >

Speegle, Jane

Jane Speegle

Jane’s days were filled with her responsibilities as a full-time mother and wife, with church projects at Hilton Christian Church, with membership in the Junior Woman’s Club of Hilton Village and with serving as a Pink Lady at Riverside Hospital. In 1968 she suddenly found herself as a college freshman at age 39. It was her second attempt to earn a degree and took her six years. But in 1974 she did it! Her husband, Hobe, established a scholarship in her name, and they continue to be avid supporters of the University. Jane was recently elected elder emeritus at Hilton Christian Church. At present, Jane and Hobe are enjoying retirement and the company of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. back to top >

Ware, Michael

Michael Ware

Mike is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience. He has litigated cases in state and federal district courts, and has argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. After graduating from Christopher Newport College in 1982, he continued on to Temple University School of Law and earned his law degree in 1985. Mike currently serves on the Hampton Roads Country Day School Board, assisting with legal issues. He is a member of the Newport News Bar Association, the Williamsburg Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Associations, and the Virginia State Bar Litigation and Real Estate Sections, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Mike is a licensed pilot and member of the Virginia Air and Space Transportation Committee. back to top >

Waters, Jon


Jon Waters

Jon’s impact on CNU athletics can be seen in virtually every program. As senior associate director of athletics, he has overseen and directed countless improvement and construction projects, assisted the development of new programs and initiatives, and is involved every day in guiding CNU’s successful athletic program. A graduate of Denbigh High School, Jon earned a bachelor's degree in leisure studies and physical education from Christopher Newport College in 1991. He later received his master's in educational administration from George Washington University in 1998. His first taste of success at CNU came as a student-athlete on the men’s basketball squad. The 1990-91 squad posted a 24-5 record, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time. After his playing days, he joined CNU as an assistant coach and spent 19 seasons on the bench. The Captains posted an overall record of 379-145 during that time. Along the way, CNU played in 13 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 five times and the Elite 8 in 2000-01. In conference play, the Captains posted a record of 173-57 and won nine conference championships. Jon has assisted in the development of seven All-Americans as well as some of the top shot blockers in Division III history. Jon and his wife, Susan, live in Yorktown and have two children, Caroline Grace and Jack. back to top >

Witt, Alan and Debbie

Alan WittDebbie Witt

Alan is CEO of Witt Mares and a certified public accountant who earned his BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Christopher Newport College in 1976. He has more than 35 years of public accounting experience and has been with his accounting firm since its inception in 1979. Alan represents clients in various industries and professional service fields, including manufacturers, contractors, health-care professionals and nonprofits. He serves on the board of directors of Towne Bank. His community activities include service as chairman of Riverside Health System, treasurer of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Hampton Roads Partnership, and treasurer of the Newport News Police Foundation. He is a former rector of CNU and a former treasurer of the CNU Alumni Society. In 1995 he received the Daily Press Citizen of the Year Award, and in 2010 was a recipient of the Peninsula Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Debbie earned her BS in psychology from Christopher Newport College in 1978 and her Master of Arts in education (with a major in higher education) from George Washington University. Her career began at Christopher Newport in 1975 as an admissions assistant. Debbie was associate dean of admissions when she left the school in 1987 to stay home with her children. She returned in 1997 to help organize a new office for Disability Services and Academic Advising and worked there until 2007. Her community activities include prior membership and leadership roles in the Junior League of Hampton Roads, PTA boards, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, plus various activities and positions at her sons’ schools and with her church. She has served on the board of trustees of Hampton Roads Academy and is currently a member of the Hampton Roads Garden Club. Alan and Debbie’s family includes son Alan Witt Jr. ’07, son Bryan Witt and daughter-in-law Kristen Beam Witt, and son Hunter Witt. Alan and Debbie live in Newport News. back to top >