The Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors governs the work of the TCC Educational Foundation. Our Board shapes the Foundation’s direction through its mission, strategy, and budget, and ensures that the resources and finances in place match TCC’s vision. The Foundation Board meets quarterly.
Delceno C. Miles is President/CEO of The Miles Agency, a Virginia Beach-based niche marketing and public relations firm she founded in 1989. Ms. Miles’ areas of expertise are public relations, special events, multicultural marketing and community outreach. She is an adjunct professor of strategic communications at Regent University.
Ms. Miles has extensive involvement in civic and business organizations in Hampton Roads. She serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (regional and Virginia Beach Division) and the Beachevents Steering Committee. She is chair of the board of trustees of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation. She served on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia where she is the immediate past president. In 2017, the Virginia Beach City Council appointed her to the TCC College Board.
She was appointed in 2002 as the first African American and only the third woman chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce regional board. She was elected to the Virginia Beach School Board and served as vice chair for two years.
Ms. Miles holds a master’s degree in strategic communications from Regent University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University. She completed the Advanced Management Education Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as the Minority Business Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Andrew (Andy) Hodge is Regional President for Union Bank & Trust in the Coastal Region, a position he assumed in December 2017. The region includes 23 retail branches, 7 commercial banking offices, over $1B in commercial loans outstanding and a full service commercial banking team.
Andy is responsible for managing the commercial team, including 4 team Leaders, 11 commercial bankers, 9 business bankers, 3 portfolio managers and 11 commercial banking assistants. The region’s priorities include loan and deposit growth, diversification of the commercial portfolio and building an efficient commercial platform.
Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Union Bank & Trust has been in existence since 1902 and has over 140 branches and approximately 216 ATMs from North Carolina to Maryland. With over $13B in assets, Union Bank & Trust is the largest headquartered Bank in the state of Virginia
Andy is a graduate of High Point University in North Carolina and holds an MBA from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He has spent the past 17 years in commercial banking with BB&T and PNC Bank, and now Union Bank & Trust. Prior to banking, he spent 5+ years working for a furniture manufacturer.
Andy is married to his wife, Kirsten Hodge, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. They have three children and reside in Virginia Beach. They are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy jogging, hiking and kayaking. Andy likes to play golf.
Andy is Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. He is also a board member of several organizations including the Virginia Marine & Science Aquarium, the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the Neptune Festival.
Dr. Marcia Conston
Dr. Marcia Conston is the sixth president of Tidewater Community College (TCC).
Conston has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. She began her career as the director of Institutional Research at Jackson State University, in Mississippi in 1987. She went to Benedict College, in Columbia, South Carolina in 1994 to become the vice president for Institutional Effectiveness. In 2001, she became the vice president for Enrollment and Student Success Services at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina – the position she held for nearly 20 years. She has vast experience in student success and cultivating community partnerships.
Conston has also taught throughout her career, serving as a part-time associate professor at Benedict College in 1995-1996, and as an adjunct instructor at Wingate University for two years beginning in 2012. As an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Conston has evaluated 14 institutions for reaccreditation, including two Virginia community colleges.
She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Jackson State University in Mississippi; a master’s degree from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina; and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Jordan R. Asher
Dr. Jordan Asher is Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Sentara Healthcare. His role concentrates on creating innovative models of care delivery as well as providing national thought leadership directed towards the future of health care.
Dr. Asher is dedicated to championing quality, fostering clinical effectiveness and further cultivating a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services across the continuum of care. He oversees system-wide Clinical Quality and Safety, Clinical Effectiveness, the Sentara Quality Care Network (SQCN), the High-Performance Design process, Health Equity, Telehealth and Clinical Performance Improvement initiatives.
Before joining Sentara Healthcare, Jordan served as Chief Clinical Officer for Ascension Care Management (ACM), a subsidiary of Ascension. Prior to ACM, Jordan was Physician Network Executive for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, where he led the implementation and design of physician alignment strategies. In addition, Dr. Asher served as the Assistant Dean and Interim Clinical Chair of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. In this role, he forged a partnership between Saint Thomas Health and the university to establish graduate medical residency programs in several areas including internal medicine, general surgery and emergency medicine. He also served as Medical Director for a large private practice, incorporating multiple specialties while practicing internal medicine specializing in hypertension.
Current Professional Affiliations
- American Association for Physician Leadership® and the American Society of Hypertension (Member)
- Brookdale Senior Living Board of Directors
- Healthier Hampton Roads Board of Advisors
- Virginia Beach Vision Board of Directors
- Health Care Transformation Task Force Executive Committee and Board of Directors
- Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum Board of Directors
- Accountable Care Learning Collaborative
- Temple Emanuel Board of Advisors
- Ascension Ventures Board Observer
- University of Texas, Dallas – Masters of Science in Medial Management
- Aquinas Institute of Theology – Certificate for Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership
- Vanderbilt University – M.D.
- Emory University – BS
Stephen B. Ballard
Steve Ballard is the owner and founder of S.B. Ballard Construction Company. With over 35 years of construction experience under his belt, Mr. Ballard oversees all construction operations and corporate functions of the company, including strategic planning, project management, estimating, business development, corporate communications, safety, and quality.
Throughout his career, Mr. Ballard has served as a project manager, superintendent, estimator, carpenter and laborer. Since founding the company, he has been involved in each project and he consistently provides owners and developers with safe, high quality facilities.
Mr. Ballard actively participates in a wide variety of charitable and civic endeavors.
Paul Battaglia, AIA, Principal, Clark Nexsen, has over 20 years of experience as both a practitioner and an educator. He collaborates with clients and project teams to provide innovative design solutions for projects in a variety of practice areas. And, is actively engaged in a multitude of outreach and extension efforts.
He previously taught architectural design at Virginia Tech and NC State and held adjunct appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University. His ability to draw from and synthesize his experiences as both an academic and a practitioner serves his clients and his projects well.
Garrett Berger, Property Portfolio Controller at Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc., is the TCC Alumni Council representative on the TCC Educational Foundation Board.
After relocating to Hampton Roads from Northern Virginia in 2003, Mr. Berger completed course work in business administration at Tidewater Community College before transferring to the University of Virginia. There he earned a bachelor’s in Commerce and master’s in accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce.
Inspired by one of his accounting professors at TCC, the late Louise “Etta” Hillier, Mr. Berger began his career with KPMG, LLP in Norfolk, where he advanced to the position of manager in the Audit and Assurance Services practice. From 2014 to 2018, he was controller at T. Parker Host, Inc., a shipping agency and maritime solutions provider headquartered in Norfolk.
In addition to his work with the TCC Alumni Council, Mr. Berger continues to serve as a resource and mentor for students seeking to transfer to selective colleges and universities. He is treasurer of the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council.
Linda Berardi is the TCC Women’s Center Advisory Council representative on the TCC Educational Foundation Board.
Linda is Founder and Principal of WillowOak Consulting, a business consulting firm specializing in strength- based methods for business results within a broad spectrum of private sector businesses, healthcare, government and education. Linda is currently employed with CACI, a government contractor and serves as a Senior Business and Performance Coach. Linda’s professional background in organizational leadership includes over twenty-five years’ experience within the behavioral healthcare industry in New York and Virginia where she has led the design and delivery of successful statewide initiatives related to talent management and cultural transformation. Linda’s areas of expertise include organizational learning, strategic planning, executive and manager coaching and developing strength-based performance management systems. Her education/certifications include, a Master in Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University, Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification through the Society of Human Resource Management, and certification as an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and Appreciative Leadership Development Program Facilitator through Corporation for Positive Change.
Anne G. Bibeau
Anne Graham Bibeau is a partner at Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys at Law. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, alternative dispute resolution, commercial and general litigation, tax litigation, and the emerging hemp industry.
She serves on the Virginia State Bar’s disciplinary district committee, the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association’s executive committee, and the board of Envision Lead Grow, a nonprofit that teaches entrepreneurism to disadvantaged girls.
Prior to joining Vandeventer Black, Anne practiced law with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division and the U.S. Postal Service Law Department. She received both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the College of William & Mary.
Carol R. Curtis
Carol Curtis is the founder and president of Noah Enterprises Inc., a premier general contractor located in Virginia Beach, with a regional office in Williamsburg. Ms. Curtis, a lifelong Hampton Roads resident, founded Noah Enterprises in 2004. She oversees the operation of the full service general contracting company, which handles government and commercial projects throughout Virginia.
She has been honored as the Associated Builders & Contractors Member of the Year and as Lawyer’s Weekly Class of 2012’s Most Influential Women of Virginia. She graduated from TCC with an associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology, and remains active with its Women’s Center.
In addition to her work at Noah Enterprises, Ms. Curtis has served on several state and local boards and is involved with various charitable and civic organizations and events.
Cynthia (Cindy) Free
Cynthia “Cindy” S. Free was appointed by the Virginia Beach City Council to the College Board in 2015, as Board chair, she leads the Executive Committee.
Ms. Free, a Hampton Roads native, is a member of the Atlantic Orthopedic Specialist Physical Therapy team in Virginia Beach. She coordinates industrial rehabilitation, workers’ compensation, return-to-work practices, disability examinations, inventory, quality standards, students, and personnel matters.
Over the years, Ms. Free has earned noteworthy licensure and credentials in the orthopedic and rehabilitation fields in service to South Hampton Roads. A proud TCC alumna, Ms. Free started her path on the Virginia Beach Campus, earning an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1986.
Ms. Free has a passion for dance and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has danced at Old Dominion University and at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.
Jesse B. Gordon
Jesse B. Gordon is an attorney with Pender & Coward, P.C. He focuses his practice in the areas of construction law, government contracts and banking, and financial institutions.
In his practice, Jesse represents contractors, subcontractors, owners and design professionals before courts, at arbitration, in mediation and before contracting boards. He has worked on cases concerning Dulles Airport, the Pentagon, Tysons Corner Center Mall, and Princess Anne Hospital.
Jesse has experience in cases concerning school buildings, private residences, hotels, wastewater treatment plants, and numerous other construction matters. His experience includes cases involving many different trades, including site work, electrical, mechanical, MEP design, pile installation, window installation and various finish trades. Jesse also specializes in representing banks and financial institutions in litigation.
On behalf of a regional bank, he resolved in excess of $30 million in related loans that were guaranteed by 26 defendants on favorable terms. In the United States District Court for Maryland, obtained dismissal of $1.5 million lawsuit on behalf of a major credit card company, where the cardholder alleged breaches of the cardholder agreement and other torts.
Jesse’s memberships include: the Virginia State Bar, Board of Governors of Construction Law and Public Contracts Section, Virginia State Bar, Member of Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors.
He received recognition as Coastal Virginia’s Top Lawyers, Construction; Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star; Virginia’s Legal Elite, Young Lawyer (under 40), and is a Lead Hampton Roads Graduate.
His community involvement extended to Virginia Associated Builders and Contractors, Networking and Involvement Committee, Red Cross of Coastal Virginia, Board of Directors, and Norfolk Collegiate School Alumni Association, Board of Directors.
Edward “Ted” J. Handler
In mid-February 2018, STIHL Inc. welcomed Ted Handler as the new Senior Manager for Business Process Excellence. Ted works with the senior management team to create and lead process improvement efforts across the company. Ted’s 20 plus years of proven military leadership in both the United States Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces is helping STIHL Incorporated realize their vision and strategic focus on innovation and application of improvement principles and standards. Along with his military experience, Ted also has a unique background in sales and manufacturing from time spent in Austria working at Kuchler Electronics GmBH., as well as experience in the financial markets having worked for UBS. Ted and his wife Stefanie also own a hot sauce company called “Sassy Hot Sauce” which produces a range of sauces, salts and spices with a military theme. Ted is also a member of the board of directors TBP Pharma and enjoys volunteering his time in the community for organizations such as the Kellam High School Junior Achievement Program.
Mark is the Vice President & Community Development Manager at SunTrust, now Truist. In this role, Mr. Johnson is responsible for overseeing the Community Development activities in the Hampton Roads, Richmond and Charlottesville Regions of Truist.
An exemplary steward of community service and champion of philanthropic efforts in the Hampton Roads community, he is consistently working to align the bank with charitable organizations and initiatives that promote positive change within the community. Mark’s continued efforts have been recognized through several awards, such as the Hampton Roads Inside Business Top 100 Power List – the people who shape and influence Hampton Roads, the Urban League of Hampton Roads Silver Star Award, which recognizes leaders who have made a difference in their communities; and the SunTrust Bank Performance Excellence Award, which recognizes the outstanding performance of teammates in both sales and non-sales roles who demonstrate exceptional achievements in support of the bank’s guiding principles (the first professional in his position to receive the award) and the National Association of Leadership Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary service and commitment to the community (only 1 of 15 professionals who received the award across the country in 2015). Mark was also the lead visionary in the creation, planning, and organization of SunTrust Bank, Hampton Roads’ first annual of Diversity and Inclusion Awards Celebration in the Greater Hampton Roads Community in 2011 and led the effort that brought the cast members of the hit nineties TV show, A Different World, which emphasized the value of higher education and the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)to Norfolk State University in April of 2015.
Prior to his arrival to the Hampton Roads area, Mark made significant inroads in the Buffalo, New York, and Washington, DC, metro areas. He received the 40 under 40 Award from Business First Magazine in his role at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the Trailblazer Award from the Buffalo Educational Alliance, and the John H. Garber, Jr., Award from United Way of Worldwide (formerly United Way of America) – one of the youngest United Way Professionals to ever receive this particular honor.
As the former Vice President of Community Funding & Special Initiatives for the United Way of South Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA), he was the first African-American to hold this position in the company’s 87-year history. Mark was a Co-Chair of the 2019 Hampton Roads UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball in Norfolk and they raised over $160,000 to support scholarships.
John C. Richards Jr.
John Richards, Jr. is a Managing Director of Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Hampton Roads Office. He has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to that he ran the Debt & Structured Finance group for CBRE of Virginia. He’s an expert in arranging senior debt, mezzanine debt and joint venture equity for a wide variety of income producing properties including multi-family apartment, commercial office, retail, industrial and other properties. He began his career in the Washington DC area at Bank of America predecessor, Sovran Bank, with responsibilities ranging from loan origination to the management, work out and restructure of the Bank’s troubled asset portfolio.
He has served as a member of Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate; a former Board Member of the ODU E.V. Williams Center for R/E and Economic Development, a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Action Alliance; a member of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, a Committee Member of Young Life of Virginia Beach; and a panelist and speaker at various Urban Land Institute events.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Management at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and has completed several Post Graduate banking and real estate related courses including Real Estate Law, Valuation & Appraisal, and Real Estate Investments & Capitalization over his career.
John L. Rowe, Jr.
John is the former Mayor of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, and a retired City Manager. He was elected Mayor on November 8, 2016 to take office for a four-year term starting January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2020. He grew up in Portsmouth, and Portsmouth is his hometown.
He has a unique combination of nearly five decades of public administration experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia – with more than three decades in local government management within the Hampton Roads region (on both the Peninsula and the south side of the Hampton Roads) and nearly a decade in public higher education as a college vice president for finance and administration.
John helped create several of the regional public authorities that are working within the Hampton Roads today – notably, the Tidewater Transportation District Commission which is predecessor to the region’s current HRT – and – the Southeastern Virginia Public Service Authority (SPSA).
While serving as chairman of the regional planning district commission for the south side of the Hampton Roads (the former Southeastern Planning District Commission) in the 1980s, John was part of the leadership that brought about the consolidation of the Peninsula Planning District Commission and the Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission to create the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
John was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System – he attended James Hurst, John Tyler, Harry Hunt, and he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1962. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1966.
He received a Regular Army Commission upon graduation from VMI – served five years (1966 to 1971) in the United States Army as a commissioned officer in the Army’s Infantry branch. While in the Army, John served as:
- A platoon leader and company commander of a Mechanized Infantry Rifle Company in Germany
- A combat advisor to an infantry battalion of the Regular Army of the Republic of South Vietnam
- Assistant Professor of Military Science at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- While at MTSU – completed graduate course work, Master of Public Administration program and decided to switch careers to local government management
His military awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” Device, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal (First Class), the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
John began his work in local government in 1971 working for the then Norfolk City Manager, Bob House. When Bob became City Manager of Suffolk in 1975, he took John to Suffolk as his Assistant City Manager. In addition, John’s career includes:
- City Manager, City of Poquoson, Virginia
- City Manager, City of Suffolk, Virginia
- Business Executive (Vice President for Finance & Administration) for VMI
- City Manager/Town City Manager, Clifton Forge, Virginia
- City Manager, City of Emporia, Virginia
- Deputy City Manager, City of Portsmouth, Virginia
- Interim Town Manager, Windsor, Virginia
- City Manager, Portsmouth, Virginia
During his career, John has served on numerous public and non-profit boards and commissions including economic development authorities, public service authorities, various Chamber of Commerce boards, the Finance Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and a hospital Board. While serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Emily Green Shores assisted living facility, a non-profit facility in Portsmouth, he served as the Board’s Treasurer. He also served for a decade on the Board of Directors for Portsmouth Volunteers Homeless, and he was Board President for three years. John also has served on the Executive Committee of the Virginia Municipal League and the chairman of the VML’s Urban Section and the VML’s Finance Policy Committee.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Elizabeth River Project and the President of Western Tidewater Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association.
John is married to Carol Evangelo Rowe of Portsmouth, Virginia. Carol is a native of Portsmouth, and she is a 1965 graduate of Wilson High School and a graduate of James Madison University. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Christopher G. Stuart
Chris Stuart is Vice President of Top Guard Security, based in Hampton, responsible for business development on the Peninsula and Southside. The firm is the region’s largest private security company and its largest woman-owned business. During his tenure, Top Guard has grown from 130 security officers in 2001 to more than 550 currently.
Mr. Stuart has also served as project manager for several federal contracts, and has overseen Virginia Woman-Owned Business Certification, Northrop Grumman Safety Certification and Virginia Homeland Security Training Grant.
He is a recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve “Seven Seals” Award; Inside Business’ “Forty under 40” Award, and the Institute of Real Estate Management “Friend of the Year” Award.
Mr. Stuart holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Old Dominion University, and completed the Career Studies Certificate in Acquisitions & Procurement from Thomas Nelson Community College.
He has served on a number of boards, including Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Air & Space Center, Old Dominion University Alumni Association, Salvation Army, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, and Virginia DCJS Private Security Services Advisory Board. Mr. Stuart is also a Paul Harris Fellow and Public Relations chair for the Downtown Hampton Rotary Club.
Donald G. Winchester
Donald G. Winchester is Senior Vice President and Director of PNC’s Wealth Management team for Hampton Roads. Winchester is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PNC’s Wealth operations and is one of three regional managers who oversee community-based activities. Winchester joined PNC in 2013 and relocated from Washington, DC to help PNC build out the Hampton Roads region. Before joining the bank, Winchester served as a director level banker for Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Winchester was a senior vice president for Wells Fargo where he managed sizable commercial and wealth management portfolios. Winchester serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the Chrysler Museum’s Corporate Leadership Alliance. Winchester is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute’s Executive Program. He’s also actively involved with St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Norfolk, Virginia. Winchester received his B.A. degree in international studies from George Mason University and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Winchester lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife, Amanda, and two young children.
Robert Y. Green Jr.
Rob Green is CEO of Caliper, Inc., a multi-million dollar global organization that supports some of the largest companies with human capital solutions. In addition to Caliper, Mr. Green has also been a minority owner of SJS Executives d/b/a FPC of Hampton Roads, which supports task orders for the federal government and military agencies.
Mr. Green is a member of both the Association of General Contractors of Virginia and the American Staffing Association. Previously, he served as director for Gateway Bank & Trust from 2000-2009. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Christopher Newport College when it was a branch of the College of William & Mary, and is a graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.
Mr. Green is active in his community through the Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Propeller Club, PiN Ministries (a homeless outreach in the Virginia Beach area), PingPongforPoverty, and is an Emeritus Board Member of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.
Christian Koestler was Vice President of Operations for STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, located in Virginia Beach.
While at STIHL, he was responsible for directing U.S. activities in the areas of manufacturing, engineering, materials and procurement, logistics, buildings, maintenance and quality assurance.
Under Mr. Koestler, STIHL became a great supporter of Tidewater Community College. The company provided much of the equipment for the college’s Precision Machining Lab on the Chesapeake Campus. STIHL and TCC continue to collaborate on advanced manufacturing training and apprenticeships.
A native of Munich, Mr. Koestler returned to Germany in 2015 to become chief operating officer of Dehn & Söhne GmbH + Co.KG., a leading provider of protection technology.