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.

  • David O'Donnell- Chair

    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.

  • Reid Peterson  - Treasurer

  • 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.

  • Dr. Amber Egyud

    Dr. Egyud is the Chief Operating and Nursing Officer at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.

    According to Dr. Egyud, " I  am honored to serve on the  board of directors and play a small part in the prevention of domestic violence and helping survivors overcome trauma and learn to thrive free of abuse"

  • Cynthia Sivells

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