Educational Foundation Board

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.

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Carol R. Curtis

Chair

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.

Vanessa Christie

Vanessa Christie

Vice Chair

Vanessa Christie is a U.S. Navy combat veteran, having spent the majority of her active duty time flying and instructing in the F-14 Tomcat. As the CEO of Prevailance Aerospace, she currently trains corporate, commercial, Government and university pilots in Upset Prevention & Recovery Training.  This training was developed to counter the #1 cause of fatalities in aviation – Loss of Control Inflight.

Ms. Christie also spent more than a decade in the Defense industry with a portfolio focused on varied technical programs, test and evaluation, systems interoperability, executive security, domestic and international doctrine development.

Ms. Christie holds an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Tulane University. She was selected as one of Hampton Roads’ 2012 honored “Women in Business” and received the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for her work with Tidewater Community College.

Dr Gregory DeCinque

Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque

Ex Officio

Dr. Gregory T. DeCinque was appointed Tidewater Community College’s interim president effective July 2018, following the retirement of Dr. Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani as the college’s fifth president. The appointment was announced by Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.

Dr. DeCinque (pronounced dee-SINK-yew) was president of Jamestown Community College for nearly 20 years – that institution’s longest serving president — before retiring in August 2013. As president of JCC, he not only led the campus through its transition to a regional community college, but also had extensive experience in steering the college through financial difficulties.

During his tenure, the college moved from sponsorship solely by the City of Jamestown to regional sponsorship that includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties along with the city. JCC also advanced regional educational and workforce training opportunities, including its partnership with the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier to create the Manufacturing Technology Institute and the establishment of a number of new degree and certificate programs including biotechnology, environmental science, entrepreneurship, occupational therapy assistant, professional piloting and welding technology.

Subsequently, he served for nearly two years as interim president of Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y., a two-campus institution of about 5,000 students. Arriving in November 2013, he found an institution in financial straits, but by the following summer, Dr. DeCinque was able to announce that $1 million would be added to the college’s fund balance for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Cayuga is now receiving more applications and is expecting an enrollment increase for Fall 2018.

“I’m extremely honored that Dr. DuBois has offered me an opportunity to work with the Virginia’s Community Colleges and specifically Tidewater Community College,” he said. “Both the system and the college have a great reputation for providing high quality education and training to the communities that they serve. I’m excited for the opportunity to implement the guided pathways work that will soon begin, as well as the continued expansion of the workforce training programs the college offers.”

He was acting president of Tunxis Community-Technical College, in Farmington, Conn., for more than a year beginning in August 1992.

Dr. DeCinque, a native of New Jersey, earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State College. He and his wife, Laura, have two sons.

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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

Paul Battaglia

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.

Matthew J. Baumgarten

Ex Officio

Matthew J. Baumgarten is Executive Director of the TCC Real Estate Foundation and Chief Operating Officer for Facilities and Public Safety.

Mr. Baumgarten provides day-to-day leadership for TCC’s Facilities Management Department and the College’s Real Estate Foundation Board. He also oversees Emergency Preparedness and Safety and Security.

He joined TCC in November 2015, bringing to the college 18 years of progressive real estate development and construction management experience.

For 10 years, he was design/build project manager and owner’s representative for Lincoln Property Company of Norfolk, managing all aspects of the development process and all phases of construction for military family housing neighborhoods in the Mid-Atlantic. In that role, he led the design process and budget development; coordinated the bidding process; negotiated contract awards, cost and schedule; and oversaw the construction management process.

Previously, Mr. Baumgarten was project engineer with Sussex Development Corp. of Virginia Beach, assigned to the joint-venture company that built Virginia Beach’s new convention center; project manager for Chianelli Building Corp. of Norfolk, where he managed the construction contract at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; and a project manager with J.D. Miles and Sons, Inc., of Chesapeake.

As a nuclear engineer-qualified submarine warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to the U.S.S. James K. Polk SSN-645 homeported here in Norfolk.

Mr. Baumgarten holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College in New York City and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program Officer Course. He is a Virginia Beach resident.

Linda Berardi

Linda Berardi

Ex Officio

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.

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Garrett Berger

Ex Officio

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.

Jeanne Evans-Cox

Jeanne Evans-Cox began her career as the Chief of Staff to Second District Congressman Owen Pickett of Virginia during the time he was a member of Congress from 1986 to 2001. She managed a staff of 21 people in three offices, Washington, D. C., Virginia Beach, and Norfolk, Virginia. Since Congressman Pickett served on the House Armed Services Committee, Jeanne specialized in military appropriations, procurement and quality of life issues for service members and their families. She focused on Morale, Welfare and Recreation issues and worked with appropriators and military families on military health care benefits for both active duty and retirees.

In 2001, Jeanne served as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In that capacity, Jeanne was responsible for crafting School Board directed policies and regulations, followed both State and Federal legislation affecting public education, was responsible for Freedom of Information requests, and worked with administrators, school principals and educators in crafting workable solutions to issues.

Jeanne has provided outreach to the communities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Isle of Wight Smithfield, and all counties south to the N. C. line. She has served and is currently serving on multiple boards in a leadership role.

Cynthia (Cindy) Free

Ex Officio

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

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.

Andrew Hodge

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.

Mike Jakubowski

Mike Jakubowski is an Executive Vice President at TowneBank. He is based out of the Norfolk Commercial Office and is in charge of managing an extensive loan and deposit portfolio. He has been with the TowneBank family for 10 years and has over 17 years of industry experience.

Mike is graduate of James Madison University with a double B.B.A. in Finance and International Business. He is a graduate of the Hampton Roads LEAD program and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

Active in the community, Jakubowski is a basketball coach for Great Neck Athletic Association and a soccer coach for Virginia Rush Soccer. He sits on multiple board of directors, including the Hansen Family Foundation as well as Old Dominion University’s Center for Global Health. He is a past member of the Virginia Supportive Housing as well as the Norfolk NATO Festival. Mike resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Colleen, and their three kids, Andy, Josephine and Zofia.

Delceno Miles

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.

John Piscitelli

John Piscitelli is Senior Vice President for Investments and Branch Manager for Davenport & Company LLC. A native of Norfolk, he is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

A veteran of the financial services industry,  Mr. Piscitelli holds licenses for general securities, covering stocks, bonds, mutual funds and options; insurance, including life, health, and annuities; commodities, and sales supervision. He is a registered investment advisor representative and has served as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA).

Mr. Piscitelli was appointed to the TCC College Board by the Virginia Beach City Council in 2009 and served until June 2017 in a variety of roles. He was a member of the Curriculum and Student Development Committee from 2009 to 2010 and chair of that committee from 2015 to 2016.

He also served on the Finance and Facilities Committee and as its chair from 2011 to 2014. When he stepped down from the College Board in June 2017 after completing two terms, he was Vice Chair.

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Roger H. Scheffel Jr., CPA, PFS

Roger Scheffel is Principal and Co-Portfolio Manager for the WST Dynamic Strategies. Before joining Wilbanks, Smith and Thomas, Mr. Scheffel worked with a global wealth management and investment banking firm. While there, he was responsible for managing client relationships, portfolio management, lending and financial planning.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, Mr. Scheffel was a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s Private Client Services. As part of this practice, he was involved in planning for the commercial activities of an entrepreneur and senior level corporate executives.

Mr. Scheffel graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He is a member of the Personal Financial Planning Section and holds the Personal Financial Specialist credential. Mr. Scheffel has taught portfolio management as an adjunct professor at a local university in the M.B.A. program.

Current community activities include serving on the boards of the Business Consortium for Arts Support and Virginia Zoological Society. Mr. Scheffel is a member of the 2001 Leadership Class of Lead Hampton Roads, a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

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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

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.

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William Nusbaum

Legal Counsel

Bill Nusbaum is a Shareholder at Williams Mullen. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, economic development incentives, hospitality transactions, tax-exempt housing, industrial development and qualified 501(c)(3) bonds and alcoholic beverage licensing.

Mr. Nusbaum is a member of the firm’s Economic Development Team and has served as vice chair of the firm’s Hospitality Industry Service Group. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for public finance and real estate law and by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine for real estate. Martindale Hubbell has ranked Mr. Nusbaum an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Mr. Nusbaum is immediate past chair of Opportunity Inc., serves on the Norfolk Airport Authority Board of Commissioners and previously served for eight years as chair of the Virginia College Building Authority. He is also active in the Virginia and Hampton Roads Associations for Commercial Real Estate, serving on the Boards of Directors of both VACRE and HRACRE, and chairing HRACRE’s Legislative Committee from 2015 to 2017.

Mr. Nusbaum has also served on numerous committees and held prominent positions with many other associations and organizations in Hampton Roads.

Mr. Nusbaum received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in government, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1976.

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Robert Y. Green Jr.

Honorary Director

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

Honorary Director

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.

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