Foundation Board of Directors

Crystal Rivenbark - President

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.

  • Stella McClain - President

    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."

  • Lori Walker- Vice President

    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." 

  • 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."


    Towne Bank Mortgage

    Why our work is important:  "Domestic violence is a universal problem that effects women, men, children, friends and families. The H.E.R Shelter is a vital resource in our local community helping victims SPEAK OUT and GET OUT of a domestic violence situation.  Through its medical, mental health and sustainability programs H.E.R offers a LIFELINE for survivors.  Through community engagement H.E.R spreads awareness o eop end the cycle of domestic violence and saves lives."

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Peggy matthews

  • Kurt Hooks

  • Shanika Smith

    Shanika's vision is to serve, inspire and give.  She was named Inspirational Woman of the Year by ACHI Magazine.  She is an event coordinator and owner of Lavella's Parties  in the Hampton Roads area and has coordinated many weddings, charity events, galas and festivals.  She is the manager and event coordinator for Signet Bowling of the The Signet Center.  Shanika Smith's commitment to excellence is rooted in her belief that we give, give again and that success can only be realized when you have a great product, great people on your team and a purpose greater than yourself.  In addition, Shanika understands the HER Shelter vision because she too was a victim of Domestic Violence and she is here to serve and help ladies get out of those situations and help build ladies confidence, self esteem and to know know their worth.