About Your Investments

In 2013, the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that set an exciting new direction for our work. Recognizing that every community benefits when individuals, groups, and institutions work together to solve shared problems, United Way and its volunteers foster cross-sector collaboration to collectively focus on identifying critical needs, comprehensive solutions, and permanent results. It is within this context that we are committed to designing new funding strategies while continuing to offer agency certification, a public classification that demonstrates that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health; effective and ethical governance; and strategy and program results.


Beginning in 2019, United Way’s grant opportunities will be offered primarily through Request for Proposals (RFPs) released throughout the year to enable flexibility and responsiveness while promoting greater structure and cohesiveness. Across these opportunities, United Way volunteers aim to invest in direct services (including both essential services and program investments) and systems change because this two-pronged approach is crucial to tackling our community’s most complex challenges.

If you are interested in learning more about our Community Investments and how to apply, please visit our Agency Resources page.


A heartfelt thank you to those who served in 2017 and/or 2018

Become a Volunteer in 2019

We are currently seeking volunteers for our 2019-2020 Funding Review Panels. Please see our Volunteer Review Panels Overview to learn more about the purpose, roles, and commitment for each of our review panels. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Review Panel volunteer, please contact: Kathleen Banfield, Director of Community & Partner Engagement, at 757-853-8500 ext. 192 or kbanfield@unitedwayshr.org.

Finding the Best Agencies

Our volunteers — community leaders and donors — ask the questions you want to be answered, making sure your money is spent efficiently to solve our most urgent problems and drive permanent results. That’s never as obvious as during the allocations process, when our community volunteers — people like you — pour over 990s and audits, programs and results. And it’s not just looking at papers. Volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is going, e.g. early childhood education and youth development, poverty, physical and mental health, domestic violence emergencies and disasters, workforce readiness and financial stability.


Susanna Adams, Chair
Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Waypoint Advisors

Al Craft
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisors Regional Director BB&T Wealth Management

Steve Ludwig
Region 7 Military Representative, GEICO

John M. Wallace
Financial Advisor, MassMutual Commonwealth

Larry Brunson
Workforce Development Center Coordinator
Department of Social Services, City of Suffolk

Yilla Smith
Client Services Director
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Frank Brooks, Vice-Chair
Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty

Eva D. Poole
Executive Director, Virginia Beach Public Library City of Virginia Beach
Bobby Stant
Chief Financial Officer Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.

Dr. Ron Carlee
Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Regional Excellence, Old Dominion University

Brent Haden
Attorney, Pender & Coward
Steve Kocen
Senior Vice President, Southern Bank
Robert J. Richards
Director of Facilities, Sentara Obici Hospital
Marie Vesely
Retired Social Worker and Attorney, Formerly City of Norfolk

Traci Massie
Director of Government Programs, Member & Community Outreach and Education
Optima Family Care/Optima Health


Tracy Bedgood | Cherry Bekaert

Paul Feagan | Cherry Bekaert

Joanne Griggs | Retired, City of Virginia Beach

Kevin Jamerson | Cherry Bekaert

Lynn Jernell | Fulton Bank

Scott Kelsey | KPMG

Joe Sallee | Capital Advice

Bobby Stant | QED Systems

John Wallace | Mass Mutual Commonwealth

Joey Weinberg | SunTrust

Meredith Woods | Cherry Bekaert


Frank Brooks, Chair
Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty

Tammie Mullins-Rice
Chair Program Officer, Obici Healthcare Foundation
Martha Ambler
Allison Bough
President/Owner, SparkNonprofit, LLC
Andrea Clontz
Emergency Management Coordinator, Isle of Wight County
Andrew Cripps
President, Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce
Allie Dolsey
Area Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Stephanie L. Glenn
Project Director, AARP Foundation – RSVP Program
Cathy Harris
Shareholder, Harbor Tax Group
Ashley Kelso
Proposal Coordinator/Contracts Administrator, Fairlead Integrated
Steven Ludwig
Region 7 Military Representative, GEICO
MacKenzie Moorhouse
Client Associate, Wilbanks Smith & Thomas
Macayla Nicolaison
Managing Attorney, Stephen D. Lentz & Associates
Eva Poole
Executive Director, Virginia Beach Public Library City of Virginia Beach
Elizabeth Skertic
Senior Auto Claim Examiner, Chubb Insurance
Frances Thomas
Budget Analyst, City of Virginia Beach Public Schools
Abby Weber
Client Manager, The Curtis Group
Andy Friedman, Chair
Director, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation City of Virginia Beach
Mary Riley, Chair
Administrator, Division of Community Programs City of Chesapeake
Helen Anderson
Director Human Resources, Bon Secours
Marybrook Burchfield
Neighborhood Development Associate, City of Hampton
Stephanie Cobb
Branch Manager, TowneBank
Dr. Reginald Dawkins
Pastor, Triumph Christian Center
Vivian M. Duke
Anita Golden
Assistant Director, Portsmouth Social Services
Leah Hunger
Insurance Director, AAA Tidewater
Deneen Keegan CPA
Assurance Senior Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Scott Mitchell
Fleet Operations Manager, AAA Tidewater
Jean Mumm
Attorney, LeClairRyan
Joel Palser
VP Ministry Relations/Chaplain, Christian Broadcasting Network
Cathy Richards
Human Resources Generalist, Citizens National Bank
Toiya Sosa
Public Affairs/Community Relations Coordinator, GEICO
Marie Vesely
Retired Social Worker and Attorney, Formerly City of Norfolk
Kristi Wilkerson
Digital Sales Director, WAVY
Mary-Ellen McLean, Chair
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Foundation
Mary Allsbrook
Project Manager, Christian Broadcasting Network
Pamela Barton
Director, Isle of Wight Social Services
Jan Cline
Business Owner and Personal Trainer, Jan Cline Fitness
Marjorie Cohen
Magdalene DeGuzman
Portfolio Administrator, Wilbanks, Smith, and Thomas Asset Management, LLC
Justin Ferrell
Physician Liaison, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Doris Gomez, PhD
Dean, School of Business & Leadership, Regent University
Terry Jenkins
Jennifer Kreiser
VP and Nurse Executive, Sentara Leigh Hospital
Elizabeth Moore
Project Coordinator, Christian Broadcasting Network
Marley Nacey
Finance Manager, Sentara
Jim Plaatsman
Civil Engineer, City of Virginia Beach
Robert Richards
Director of Facilities, Sentara Obici Hospital
Sara Throckmorton
Manager of Strategic Market Analysis, Norfolk Southern
Jennifer Vick
Executive Assistant to the President & Publisher, The Virginian-Pilot/Pilot Media


MacKenzie Moorhouse
Wilbanks Smith & Thomas

Jean Mumm

Eva D. Poole
City of Virginia Beach

Marie Vesely
Formerly City of Norfolk

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