Please join Hampton Roads Pride on Monday November 7 at 6:30pm at WHRO (5200 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk) for our annual election.
The following people have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for a two-year term (November 2016-November 2018) unless otherwise noted. You must be a current member of Hampton Roads Pride to vote (join here).
Rudy Almanzor has lived in the Tidewater Area since he was three years old. He is a graduate of Princess Anne High School. Rudy received his Registered Nurse Diploma from Sentara School of Health Sciences and is currently working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has been a Registered Nurse at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital on the Cardiac Stepdown Unit for ten years. He has been an active member of that units’ Nursing Partnership Council since 2009 and has served as chair and co-chair. He has also been active in the hospital’s Magnet Champions/Nurse Excellence Committee since 2010 and has served as chair and co-chair of this committee as well.
Rudy has been an active member of Hampton Roads Pride since 2013. He has served as co-chair of the Club Pride Stage at Pridefest in 2014 and 2015 then served as chair in 2016. Rudy looks forward to helping Hampton Roads Pride work towards its mission in support of inclusion, dignity and equality of all people.
Things change, it can happen quickly and often when we least expect it. Fawn knows this all too well. Second oldest out of four sibling raised in a military environment she felt that she was prepared for anything thrown at her. She was in embarking on a life filled with a loving husband and two children Sherrod and Sean, when after eleven years she had to step into life on her own. While working for a company that only paid her 13,000 a year working long hours and never getting ahead she picked up a part-time job as a bodyguard for the entertainment industry working with a Major Stevenson from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. One day he suggested that she would be the perfect candidate for the sheriff’s office and it has been law-enforcement ever since.
Within the first three years at the sheriff’s office she rose to the rank of Master Deputy and was appointed administrator of the sheriff’s office law library. While holding down that position Fawn also worked as the lead person for the ” Straight Talk from the Heart Program” where she found her purpose in law enforcement. This program allowed her to work with troubled kids in the community and in a jail setting. This was just the beginning, Fawn continued to work with the youth in mentor programs at alternative schools, early childhood development centers and community based programs.
In 2001 the American Legion Post 301 awarded Fawn “Deputy of the Year” for her outstanding service to the community while carrying out the duties of a Deputy Sheriff in a manner which reflected credit upon all sheriff’s departments and for dedication to the profession above and beyond the call of duty. As a Corporal in the Community Affairs Division she was once again in her element. This department established and maintained close ties with the community in order to respond to specific needs, and concerns affecting the citizens of Norfolk. Such programs as the Senior Watch, TRIAD, Project Lifesaver, and Safety Print for seniors and kids as well as the Straight Talk from the Heart were just a few programs presented and carried out by Fawn and her team.
In 2012 Fawn graduated from ITT-Technical School with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While being an advocate for social justice and human equality, Fawn was elected to the board of her church, The Great Awakening United Church of Christ in Portsmouth Virginia where she sat for seven years as the board secretary, and maintained the position of church secretary for the past eight years. Now retired from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office she founded her own company “Devine Design Duo” where she is able to express another one of her passions; designing and decorating for all events.
Fawn continues to reach out to the community by being actively involved with events, organizations and forums for the betterment of the community for all people.
Carol Field was born in raised in Norfolk Va. She attended and graduated from Granby High School. Carol now attends University of Phoenix to receive her bachelor’s degree in human services. She currently works at Friendship Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist and has worked there for over 10 years. Carol is a mother of two children. She and her husband have been active members and volunteers with Hampton Roads Pride since 2014. Carol has assisted and worked with the volunteer committee and she was a lead volunteer at the 2016 Pride Festival. Carol has also volunteered at the Virginia Zoo and she regularly volunteers with The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.
Dr. Virginia Jenkot served as the Dignitary Liaison for PRIDE FEST this year, and worked on the Logistics Committee for two previous years as well as volunteered at other PRIDE events. She is a retired school administrator with 40 years experience chairing committees.
Carl Johansen is a Realtor with Rose & Womble Realty Company, a longtime resident of Norfolk and has served our local LGBT community for many years. He is the past President of Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR) an LGBT Chamber of Commerce he has championed for more than seven years. Carl is serving his second term as secretary to Equality Virginia. Currently he is a member of the Finance Committee and Sponsorship Committee for Hampton Roads Pride. He is the 2014 recipient of Hampton Roads Pride’s Community Service Award. Carl brings a great deal of experience and leadership to the table and believes in mentoring our youth into positive roles within our community. Prior to his 22 years in Real Estate, Carl was involved in Legal Administration and Facilities Management for a large corporate law firm.
Travis Powell has been a proud resident of Hampton Roads for much of his life. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and receiving his B.S. in Applied Economic Management from Virginia Tech, Travis chose to return to Hampton Roads where he now works as a Certified Financial Planner at Smith, Powell & Associates. Travis is proud of his previous work with Hampton Roads Pride, first on the events committee and most recently as Treasurer and is honored to have been selected to serve the organization as Vice President.
David Seeley is a native of Virginia, growing up in Smithfield and living in Newport News for the past 12 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Christopher Newport University and a Masters of Taxation from Virginia Commonwealth University. David is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Virginia with over 15 years of experience and currently a Tax Manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman. Prior to specializing in their tax practice he was involved in both tax and audit engagements for a wide variety of for profit and not for profit entities. Currently, he is a member of HRBOR and has served as Treasure of the Cascades Condominium Association for the past 7 years.
Cole Werkheiser was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from Norfolk Academy and then James Madison University where he earned a business degree with a concentration in marketing in 2013. Upon graduating, Cole was hired by The Katsias Company to be a commercial real estate Sales & Leasing Agent.
Cole has co-chaired the Club PrideFest area for the past 2 years and served on the sponsorship committee, entertainment committee and events committee. Cole would like to serve on the Board of Directors for Hampton Roads Pride because he is confident that he can help the organization continue its growth and success and has a committed and proven track record over the past two years.