Meet Our 2022 Board of Directors:

Gary Bonnewell - Immedaite Past President (2019),

Gary Bonnewell - Immedaite Past President (2019),

is a Certified Financial Planner, with a Masters Degree in Financial Planning and a recipient of the Morgan Stanley coveted Family Wealth Director designation. Gary has served as Board Chair for Virginia Wesleyan University, Norfolk Collegiate School, and Chairman of the International Azalea Festival.

Jennifer Priest- Executive Director (2015),

Jennifer Priest- Executive Director (2015),

has been the Executive Director since 2015 and was previously a board member from 2005-2010. Jennifer holds a BA in History from Old Dominion University.

Mina Barberis - Secretary (2020),

Mina Barberis - Secretary (2020),

has been a dedicted Municipal Clerk since 2004 and joined Team Norfolk in January 2019. Mina is a graduate of Saint Leo University, majoring in Communications with a minor in Political Science. She also holds a degree from Old Dominion University (Communications in Public Service).  Mina is an avid musician.  She plays eight instruments. Mina owns an olive orchard in ancient Olympia, Greece, exporting extra virgin olive oil to Hampton Roads.  She is fluent in modern Greek, Ancient Greek and English. 

Regina Davis (2018),

Regina Davis (2018),

is a retired education administrator and served as the Senior Coordinator of Community Engagement for Norfolk Public Schools. Regina holds a Master’s of Education from Norfolk State University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University, and a Certification in Supervision and Administration.

Risë Flenner- Treasurer (2020),

Risë Flenner- Treasurer (2020),

director of succession planning with PBMares, has more than 20-year experience in the professional client services field in the industries of public accounting and trusts and estates law. She is based in the firm’s Norfolk office and specializes in helping clients plan with both estate and business succession planning.  

Ms. Flenner is a member of the Professional Advisors Committee for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the William & Mary Tax Conference Advisory Board. Ms. Flenner is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Risë serves as Board Treasurer.

Georgeanna Fellio (2018),

Georgeanna Fellio (2018),

is the Senior Coordinator of Art Education, Norfolk Public Schools, and currently chairs the YAYA Committee. Georgeanna holds a Post Graduate Cert. Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University and a Master of Fine Arts from Norfolk State University. She also received a Teaching Endorsement for Art PreK-12, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History Minor, from Old Dominion University.

Marguerite Inscoe (2020), President

Marguerite Inscoe (2020), President

is a consultant working in the areas of marketing and business. She holds undergraduate degrees from Danville Community College and Old Dominion University and a Masters of Science in Technical and Occupational Studies from Old Dominion University. Marguerite also chairs our Kitakyushu, Japan Sister City Committee.

Maritsa Alger (2021), Vice President

Maritsa Alger (2021), Vice President

is the Chair our Education Committee. Maritsa holds a Masters of Arts Degree, Major:  Learning Disabilities/Emotional Difficulties from New York University and has completed certificate and advanced studies programs in education at Hampton University and Old Dominion University. Maritsa is a retired educator.

Sonal Rastoi (2017),

Sonal Rastoi (2017),

is the Director of Libraries for the Norfolk Public Library system. She holds an MLS from Catholic University and a MPA from Old Dominion University. Rastogi’s honors include, Gold Medalist, Undergraduate Studies, Meerut University, India.

Carie Hatfield (2022),

Carie Hatfield (2022),

Chairs our Toulon, France Sister City Committee. Carie is the World Languages Department Chair for Churchland High School.  She is a veteran French teaching currently working on a high school principal internship. Carie holds a B.A. from Old Dominion University in French with a teaching certification, a M.S from Old Dominion University in Secondary Education post graduate work at Regent University in K-12 School Leadership. 

Alex Pincus (2022),

is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He attended and graduated from Maury High School. Alex holds a B.A. in History and English Virginia Teach and a law degree from George Mason University. Alex’s scope of legal expertise is in bankruptcy law and real estate.  He has worked on private practice and as a staff attorney for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee. Alex also worked as Vice President -Claims Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company.  Since 2015, Alex is part of the office of the City Attorney for the City of Norfolk.  Volunteer leadership roles have included Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association; Ohef Sholom Temple; Sons of Norway Hampton Roads Lodge #522; Norfolk NATO Festival.

Meriel Burgess Wright (2017),

Meriel Burgess Wright (2017),

is a retired Cytotechnologist, CT( ASCP), Histology Technician, HT( ASCP). Meriel holds a She holds a B.S. from Old Dominion University and holds certificates from Averett College and DePaul Hospital. A native of England, Meriel is  Chair of the Norfolk County, England Committee.

Dr. Harry Xhang (2017),

Dr. Harry Xhang (2017),

is an associate professor of Community and Environmental Health at Old Dominion University. Harry holds a Ph. D. and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Alabama, a B.A. in Economics from Fudan University. A native of Ningbo, China, Harry Chairs our Ningbo Sister City Committee.

Ian Williams (2022),

is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. He holds B.S. in Commerce & Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Ian has worked abroad with the Peace Corps and as a workers comp claims adjustor for Berkely Industrial Comp. Interests include singing, fitness and chess.

Cynthia Melton (2020),

Cynthia Melton (2020),

Cynthia Melton is an Interior Designer with CMD Interior Concepts. She creates commercial and residential design spaces from conception to completion. She attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she studied for her B.S. in Interior Design. She is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IDS (Interior Design Society). Cynthia is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corp.

 
Allan Bull (2019),

Allan Bull (2019),

ex officio City of Norfolk

Dr. Robert Wojtowicz (2017),

Dr. Robert Wojtowicz (2017),

is Dean of the Graduate School at Old Dominion University. Robert holds an M.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University, a B.A. in American Civilization, an M.A. in American Civilization, and a Ph. D. in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ann Schwartz-Miller (2012),

Dr. Ann Schwartz-Miller (2012),

is a retired economics professor. She earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics at Northwestern University. Ann is the Chair of the Kochi, India Committee.

Kenny Bullock (2019),

Kenny Bullock (2019),

is retired from the US Navy. Kenny works for Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He holds a Double B.A. in Psychology and Human Resources Administration and a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management. Kenny’s volunteer and community activities have included: Ingleside Civic League; Mosque (Masjid) William Salaam; Together in Education (T.I.E.) awards charity banquets; 35St. Better Block Initiative and Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation.

Markus Wegener (2018),

Markus Wegener (2018),

is a Marine designer and holds an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Design. Markus is a native of Germany and currently chairs the Wilhelmshaven, Germany Committee.  Markus has traveled all over Europe as well as Saudi Arabia.
Becky DiRose (2021),

Becky DiRose (2021),

is a retired educator with Norfolk Public Schools. Becky has a bachelor of science degree in secondary education with an emphasis in history from Shippensburg University f Pennsylvania and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia.

David W. Lannetti (2019),

David W. Lannetti (2019),

is a judge of the Norfolk Circuit Court. He received a B.S degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in management from Troy State University and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Dave and his family have been long-time members of NSCA and have participated in numerous student exchange programs with Toulon and Wilhelmshaven.

Dr. James Pohl (2021),

Dr. James Pohl (2021),

represents Norfolk Public Schools and serves as the system’s Chief Academic Officer.
Thomas Cross (2021),

Thomas Cross (2021),

is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and serves as the Director, State and Local Government Relations for the Port of Virginia. 

Raylene Baumgart (2021),

Raylene Baumgart (2021),

is a retired nurse and long time member of Norfolk Sister City Committee. Raylene joins the Board in 2021 as the new chair of our Cagayan de Oro, Philippines Sister City Committee.