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.

  • Lori Walker-  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." 

  • David O'Donnell - Vice President

    David O’Donnell is Vice President of Current Production and Executive Producer at Jupiter Entertainment, where he produces a broad range of documentary films, specials, and series for a variety of streamers and networks. He lives in Portsmouth with his children and his sweet but troublesome dog.


    I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors.  I believe that each of us, at some point in our lives, has needed to lean on someone to help us through difficult times. The HER Shelter team provides that help to clients, with everything from immediate safety during a crisis to sustained hope for a new, empowered path into the future.

  • 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."

  • Stephanie Downey -  secretary

    Our work is important because we create a community for survivors and provide a safe space where hope and opportunity finally have the chance to take root over trauma

  • Mary Mick

    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.

  • Bruce Bangley -

    When all four walls are closing in, we can be that secret hatch leading to safe haven and a chance.  No guarantees, but a chance.  And hope.  And support.  This is why I feel our work is important.

  • Iris C NaNCE

    Iris C. Nance is the president of a Farmers Insurance affiliate.  She serves on the board of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers and currently mentors students at the Kempsville High School Entrepreneurship and Business Academy.  She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Help and Emergency Response, Inc.  She enjoys singing and is an avid cyclist.  She is married with twin daughters.

  • Greg Bergethon

    Greg is an attorney at SandsAnderson.  He currently services as an adjunct professor with Regent University School of Law.  Prior to becoming an attorney he was a CPA.  Business Magazine named him as "Legal Elite" in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  Greg is honored to bring his experience and expertise in the on-profit sector to the Help and Emergency Response, Inc.