CIVIC Executive Program

Congratulations, CIVIC Class of 2024!

Each year, the CIVIC Leadership Institute program is composed of a diverse group of approximately 50 executive leaders from the Hampton Roads region who reflect the region’s diversity of race, geography, profession, and gender.

CIVIC has had the honor of collaborating with the most brilliant minds in the area, and our programming continues to educate on key timely topics. Each session allows the executives to deliberate on the issues and engage in a healthy dialogue with the best speakers in their respective fields, providing a balanced view and discussion.


Class of 2024 Roster

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2024 Class Schedule

View events for the 2023-2024 program year


CIVIC Class of 2024 Roster

CIVIC Leadership Institute is proud to present the CIVIC Class of 2024. This group of exceptional leaders from across the Hampton Roads Region will participate in the CIVIC Executive Program from September 2023-May 2024.

Rashonda S. Adkins

Director of Information Technology


CAPT Joshua A. Appezzato

Executive Officer

Naval Air Station Oceana

Robert K. Armstrong, Jr.

Executive Director SCSIL

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Thomas H. Barge, II

Vice President & General Manager


Gina M. Benefiel

Executive Director

Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation

Karen E. Bowden


Hampton Sheriff’s Office

CAPT Peggy M. Britton

Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Virginia

U.S. Coast Guard

Gregory R. Brown

Regional Fleet and Family Readiness Director

US NAVY (Mid-Atlantic Region – CNIC)

Christopher P. Bryant

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Tidewater Community College

Shawn Buddenhagen


Runnymede Corp

Roger D. Crowder, Jr.

Director, Fleet Strategy and Engagement

U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Jonathan L. Due

Executive Director

Center for Military Transition, Mason School of Business at William & Mary

Catherine D. Earp



Frederick P. Fletcher, III

Senior Development Manager

The Franklin Johnston Group

Dr. Jennifer E. Goff

Executive Director

REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children)

Ana C. Gomes


Wilbanks Smith and Thomas Asset Management, LLC

Jay C. Grant

Executive Director

LISC Hampton Roads

CAPT David L. Gray, Jr.

Commander, JEB-LCFS

United States Navy

Kindra M. Greene

Executive Director

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

Ashley Grove Mars

Director of Communications

Chrysler Museum of Art

Ryan A. Hanson


Williams Mullen

Dr. Kelly A. Hedrick

Head of School

The Williams School

Elizabeth A. Hnath

Chief Strategy & Communications Officer


James E. Holloway, Jr.

Vice President, Nuclear Engineering and Fleet Support

Dominion Energy

Amanda C. Jarratt

City Manager

City of Franklin

Scott Kelsey



Jinal Kothari


OneSpace Architects

Matthew L. Leffler

Senior Vice President

Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

Cleon M. Long


City of Newport News

Charles R. Morgan

Portsmouth and REFG President


Charlene A. Morring, Esquire

Attorney and Principal

Morring Law PLLC

Dr. Amber H. Price, DNP CNM RN


Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Mel Price, AIA



Donny J. Reyes

Community Leader

Dr. Kendra S. Robinson

Executive Director

The Community Outreach Coalition

John M. Scheib


Gentry Locke Attorneys

CAPT Matthew T. Schlarmann

Executive Officer

Naval Station Norfolk

Craig Schmidt

Chief Operating Officer

Bon Secours

Dr. Gymama Slaughter

Executive Director

ODU Research Center for Bioelectronics

Brett A. Spain


Wilcox & Savage, PC

Dr. Charles L. Stuppard


CLS Consulting & Leadership Services

Brooks L. Taylor

Director of Special Projects

W.M. Jordan Company

Sherry L. Thacker

Executive Vice President/Mortgage Director

Old Point National Bank of Phoebus

Johnnie H. Underwood, III

Behavior Specialist

Williamsburg James City County Schools

Sean Washington

Interim Director, Economic Development

City of Norfolk

Charvalla P. West

COO and Director of Community Impact

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

Cynthia S. Wolfe

Director Talent Acquisition

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII

Sharhonda M. Woods

Chief People Officer

ForKids, Inc.

Ling Xie

Chief Financial Officer

Cape Henry Collegiate

Philip M. Zarate

Sr. Director Human Resources

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America

CIVIC Class of 2024 Schedule

The CIVIC Executive Program of 2024 program takes place from September 2023 to May 2024. As a general guide, unless otherwise specified, please reserve 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for each program day. Please see the program schedule below. Please contact with any questions.

  • September 28, 2023: Class of 2024 Welcome Event
  • October 19-20, 2023: Opening Retreat (overnight event)
    Overnight retreat, please reserve the evening of October 19th on your calendar.
  • November 2, 2023: Program Day
  • November 15, 2023: The Darden Awards
  • December 7, 2023: Program Day
  • January 18, 2024: Program Day
  • February 22, 2024: Program Day
  • March 21, 2024: Program Day
  • April 18, 2024: Program Day
  • May 16, 2024: Closing Program and Founders’ Luncheon