Foundation Board of Directors

Dawn Provost - Past President (featured to the left)

Eileen Gwaltney- Treasurer

Debbie Baker - Secretary

Don Britt

Verne't Hatcher

Board of Directors

"I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential." - Denise Morrison (Campbell Soup- President & CEO)

Our Board of Directors changes from time to time, but the core values represented are the same - sincerity, humility, and a desire to see good work done in the community. The nine people below represent some of the best leaders Hampton Roads has to offer - and we're lucky to have them.

  • Mary Mick - president

    Financial Advisor - MassMutual Commonwealth

    Why our work is important: "We work to empower people and children affected by domestic and sexual violence by giving them the resources and counseling needed to live a safe. healthy, and productive life.

  • Stella McClain - Vice President

    Operations Director - Taylor Made Diagnostics

    Why our work is important: "First and foremost, I am passionate about being involved in our immediate community. I do believe in what an organization like the HER Shelter represents and is doing for our community, especially with so many families in need."

  • Katrena Thomason

    CPA & Senior VP,  Internal Audit Manager - Townebank

    Why our work is important: "I believe in the mission and philosophy of the HER Shelter. Adults and children deserve to live a life that is free of violence and to be treated with respect and dignity. Serving on the Board is an opportunity to help the Shelter accomplish its mission, to love God and to love people."

  • Jenna Williams

    Attorney/Owner of TFC Law Office, PLLC

    "If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal!" - Brene Brown

  • BRandy Lee Mcnamee

    CFO & VP of Finance and Administration - Bake Fresh Co. LLC

    Why our work is important: "We change people's lives, and in too many instances - we save lives! I am proud to serve on the HER Board because what we do positively affects the lives of our clients as well as each staff and board member personally."

  • Debbie Rosenburg

    Vice President of Human Resources - Chesapeake Regional Health

    "She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails." - Elizabeth Edwards

  • Harvey Johnson - Treasurer

    Partner & CPA - PBMares, LLP

    Why our work is important: "It touches the lives of so many and provides critical resources to survivors. Since becoming a board member, I've realized firsthand that we all know someone, right now, who is experiencing these issues and needs the Shelter's help. It is a hard transition for any person to leave their home or their belongings and come into shelter, and even harder when children are involved. I'm so proud to be a small part of this organization and to see the impact it has on the community."

  • Marilyn Dorsey

    Vice President of Staffing - Retired (Ship Repair Industry)

    Why our work is important: "We are the hand of protection and the hand of hope that is held out to the victims and those who have been abused at the hands of cruel people. We are the best resource, filled with compassion and understanding of the survivors we serve. Readily available at all times."

  • Dawn Best

    Business Development Manager - Chesapeake, VA

    With over 15 years of experience in all aspects of business development, particularly with respect to the federal marker, she has served as a lobbyist, legal assistant, political advisor, and most recently, a small business owner - which has enabled her to contribute to some of the Commonwealth's most significant initiatives. She's thrilled to turn some of her energy onto such an important program, and excited to see how she can help it grow.

  • Lori Walker

    Atlantic Office Machines - Chesapeake, VA

    Why our work is important: "As a mom of three boys, I know it takes an entire village to raise children, and not everyone has friends or family to count on when life gets hard. In light of this, I firmly believe in the mission and philosophy of the HER Shelter and consider my time well-spent serving on their board." 

  • Ashley UNMuSSIG

    Towne Bank Mortgage

    "Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive." - Cassandra Claire