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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Michael J. King

Chair, Board of Directors

Mr. King has been the Chief Financial Officer for the Southern Automotive Group for the past 27 years. A native of Texas, he has lived in Virginia Beach for the majority of his adult life, along with his wife and children.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, he graduated from Old Dominion University in 1972. In addition to the TCC Educational Foundation, he has volunteered and served on the boards of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Insurance Association and the Neptune Festival. He is also a trustee member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he has served as a trustee of the Chrysler Museu, and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance. Additionally, he also served on the board of Equi Kids.

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Joseph E. Bouchard, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Joseph Bouchard retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain in 2003 after a distinguished 27-year career that included command of Naval Station Norfolk and assignments in strategic, long-range and operational planning for many different Navy commands.

Dr. Bouchard gained wide recognition as an expert on port security while Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk and received several awards, among them the Secretary of Defense 2002 Annual Antiterrorism Award, Virginia Port Authority Medal of Excellence, and Virginia Maritime Association 2002 Port Champion Award.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University; a master’s in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he majored in international security affairs.

From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Bouchard was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 83rd district in Virginia Beach.

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Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D.

Ex Officio

Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Tidewater Community College on July 9, 2012. Her experience as a community college president includes extensive work in strategic planning, expanding and diversifying college enrollment, and exemplary fundraising and public advocacy campaigns.

Dr. Kolovani led the development of the TCC strategic plan, “One College, One Voice, One Future,” in 2013, which focuses the college on key areas of workforce development, academic excellence, student success, efficient use of resources and philanthropic growth.

Since becoming president, she has worked to expand TCC’s presence in local high schools through dual enrollment and in area businesses through the Center for Workforce Solutions. Under her leadership, TCC partnered with the YWCA South Hampton Roads to provide licensed child development centers on all four of TCC’s campuses.

She advocates for Hampton Roads, higher education and TCC through her memberships on a variety of boards and organizations, including Virginia Beach Vision, Downtown Norfolk Council, Greater Norfolk Corporation, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc.

In 2015, Dr. Kolovani joined the board of Opportunity, Inc., the Hampton Roads Workforce Investment Board.

Before coming to TCC, Dr. Kolovani was president and superintendent of Napa Valley College in Napa, California, and president of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kolovani has received numerous honors, including the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ 2013 Mildred B. Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award and the 2000 Carolyn Desjardins President of the Year Award.

She is a proud recipient of the 2007 Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Peace from Morehouse College, and she was given the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in 2002 by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges.

Dr. Kolovani holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in German and comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Pädagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg, Germany. She is trilingual in English, German and French.

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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.

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Garrett Berger

Ex Officio

Garrett Berger 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.

A licensed CPA, he left KPMG in 2014 to become 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.

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Vanessa Christie

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. She joined Prevailance, Inc.,  in 2007 to pursue work in the international arena and has subsequently grown and developed diverse programs throughout the company.

As vice president for Strategic Development, Ms. Christie has a leading role in refining and executing Prevailance’s business strategy through identification of investment opportunities, diversification into new markets, capture of new business and technical oversight of major programs.

Ms. Christie holds an M.B.A. in global management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s in political science and international relations from Tulane University. She was selected as one of Hampton Roads’ 2012 honored “Women in Business,” appointed to the Prevailance Board of Directors in 2013, and awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for her work with Tidewater Community College.

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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.

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Monica Y. Diggs

Monica Diggs is president, COO, and co-founder of the Still Hope Foundation, Inc. This organization, formed in October 2007, equips single  mothers with tools that will enable them to become self-sufficient leaders of their households. Through supportive mentoring relationships, quality resources, and education, Still Hope Foundation seeks to ensure that every mom has the opportunity to build and maintain a successful family unit.

Ms. Diggs is responsible for the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the Still Hope Foundation. Her other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. This is a role which aligns with her background of working at the YWCA and the TCC Women’s Center.

Ms. Diggs attended Old Dominion University and George Mason University. She holds degrees in business and marketing education. She is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Excellence Awards Virginia program, and was honored by TCC in 2016 with its Martin Luther King Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award.

A Norfolk native, she attended Norview High School. She and her two sons live in Smithfield.

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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.

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William A. Hudgins

Bill Hudgins is the senior development manager of the Mid-Atlantic market for Panattoni Development Company, where he is principally focused on industrial, office and build-to-suit development in Virginia and North Carolina.

Prior to joining Panattoni, Mr. Hudgins served as president of HL Development Services Group and senior vice president of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, where he successfully brought to market more than $500 million and 2.5 million square feet of mixed-use projects in the greater Norfolk region. Prior to the development focus, he served as a broker with Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate.

Mr. Hudgins previously worked with Riggs National Bank in Washington, D.C. He received his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Peggy A. Layne

After a 40-year career with Dominion Virginia Power, Peggy Layne now serves as a professional volunteer, dedicating her energy and diverse business experience to work for organizations that make her community a better place to live.

She is the past-chair for the Network for Empowering Women Students at TCC’s Women’s Center, and continues to work on N.E.W.S. as a network member. Ms. Layne works on the Hampton Roads Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Advisory Council as the Retail Chair, as a member the Hampton Roads Community Foundation-Community Leaders Partnership (CLP) on both the Grant Making and Steering committees.

Ms. Layne is a member of the Neptune Royal Ladies Executive Committee, where she works to support events that provide quality, safe, and diverse activities for the Virginia Beach community and its visitors. She has also been selected to serve on the Envision Virginia Beach 2040-Vision to Action Community Coalition.

She also supports the local arts and humanities as a member of the board of the Virginia Musical Theatre.

Ms. Layne holds a Masters of Education in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University.

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Michelle “Micky” Nye

Micky Nye is the president of Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy. She is actively involved in a number of civic and professional endeavors, including Program Chair for the Network of Executive Women; Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; and Junior Achievement Board of Directors.

Additionally, Ms. Nye has received several accolades recognizing her influence and executive leadership: Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery (2013 & 2015); the Griffin Report’s FMI Top Women of Influence (2015); Inside Business’ Women in Business Achievement Award (2014); and CFA Hall of Fame (2008).

She graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. in marketing. She has also completed several certification programs that further developed her executive leadership capabilities, including Six Sigma Black Belt, the Cornell Executive Leadership Program, the FMI Leadership Program, and Senior Leadership Management Training at Bentley College.

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Patricia Richardson

Pat Richardson is the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and president of Pilot Media, which publishes a variety of media titles in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina, including Inside Business, Distinction, Flagship, Apartment Book, Auto Guide, Outer Banks Magazine and Hampton Roads Employment Weekly, and operates the region’s most-visited websites at

Ms. Richardson began working for Landmark Communications, Inc. in 1989 as an advertising sales representative for The Virginian-Pilot. She served in various management roles at the newspaper until 2003.

In January 2004, she was named corporate advertising director for Landmark Community Newspapers, headquartered in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She became publisher of Landmark’s Carroll County Times based in Westminster, Maryland, in 2007 and, in 2013, added the role of publisher for The Capital and Maryland Gazette, serving Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Ms. Richardson serves on the boards of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, the Southern Newspaper Association of America, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maine.

Pat Richardson is the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and president of Pilot Media, which publishes a variety of media titles in Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina, including Inside Business, Distinction, Flagship, Apartment Book, Auto Guide, Outer Banks Magazine and Hampton Roads Employment Weekly, and operates the region’s most-visited websites at

Ms. Richardson began working for Landmark Communications, Inc. in 1989 as an advertising sales representative for The Virginian-Pilot. She served in various management roles at the newspaper until 2003.

In January 2004, she was named corporate advertising director for Landmark Community Newspapers, headquartered in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She became publisher of Landmark’s Carroll County Times based in Westminster, Maryland, in 2007 and, in 2013, added responsibility for publisher for The Capital and Maryland Gazette, serving Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Ms. Richardson serves on the boards of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, the Southern Newspaper Association of America, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maine.

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Joel R. Rubin, APR

Joel Rubin is president of Rubin Communications Group, a Hampton Roads-based public relations, advertising, video productions, media training and internet consulting firm. Rubin Communications Group provides services to a host of organizations in such fields as energy, real estate, technology, law, workforce training and banking.

Prior to founding Rubin Communications Group in 1991, Mr. Rubin was an award-winning correspondent for WAVY-TV, where he specialized in political and feature reporting. From 1992-2008, he produced and hosted a weekly Sunday morning news and public affairs talk show called “On the Record” on WVEC-TV. Today he is a frequent moderator of political debates in the area.

A native of Richmond and 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Rubin was inducted in 2009 into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and in 2013 was named PR Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Hampton Roads Chapter.

Mr. Rubin chairs the board of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and serves on the boards of Lead Hampton Roads, the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, and the Virginia Beach Forum, of which he is a past president.

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Roger H. Scheffel Jr., CPA, PFS

Roger Scheffel is a 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.


Terri N. Thompson, CPCU, CLU, ChFC

Ex Officio

Terry N. Thompson is the TCC College Board representative for the Educational Foundation Board. She was appointed by the Chesapeake City Council to the College Board in 2012.

Ms. Thompson has been successful in the insurance and financial services industry for over 25 years. A Property & Casualty Claims Manager with State Farm Insurance Companies, she manages claims operations within the Mid-Atlantic Zone and produces high level results.

Her reach within the company, both professionally and personally, fostered marketing opportunities and achieved significant milestones in building civic relationships.

Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University and earned the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation, as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter designation with The American College. She is also a 2011 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Part of her community connection includes serving as a board member on multiple organizations — the Chesapeake Community Services Board, League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Norfolk Division), and TCC’s Network for Empowering Women Students (N.E.W.S.).


Catherine Wass

Ex Officio


Christian Koestler

Honorary Board Member

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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William Nusbaum

Legal Counsel to the Foundation

Bill Nusbaum is a partner 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, energy 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 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.

Mr. Nusbaum has served as legal advisor to the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League for nearly 30 years. He has served on numerous committees and held prominent positions with many other associations and committees in the Hampton Roads area.

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


James P. Toscano, DLP

Executive Director of the Educational Foundation

James Toscano is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the TCC Educational Foundation responsible for communications, marketing, fundraising, grants, government relations and college events.

Dr. Toscano is one of seven state appointees on the Virginia Transit Capital Project Revenue Advisory Board.

Before TCC, Dr. Toscano was vice president of public affairs and communications and chief communications officer at Hampton Roads Transit (HRT). He directed the public outreach activities of The Tide light rail system construction – the largest public works project in the history of the City of Norfolk – and directed the safety awareness marketing and communications campaigns. He is also a former gubernatorial appointee to the governing commission of HRT, rising to the position of chair, and to the Public Transit Seat on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

Dr. Toscano’s background in policy dates to 2002 when he was a Governor’s Fellow under Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner in the Office of the Secretary of Technology, where he worked to promote COVITS, an international symposium on technology. For three years after, Toscano was legislative director to the Assistant Majority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, Bob McDonnell. A student of Virginia policy, Dr. Toscano completed the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Toscano holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, and his research focuses on citizen participation and democracy through social media and other digital communications. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of London and a bachelor’s in communication from ODU, where he served on the board of directors of the Alumni Association and as a student appointee to Board of Visitors.

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