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    Board of Directors

  • Christian Strange

    Vice President
    Development Committee Chair

    Christian began his professional career working at Our Own Community Press, Virginia's first lesbian & gay newspaper, in the role of Advertising Manager. He then took the position of Program Manager at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Infectious Disease division for their state and federal healthcare grant programs specifically focused on HIV/AIDS care. Christian moved into retail management roles before he joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2008 where he is now Vice President of Commercial Banking. Christian also heads up the bank’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is involved with a number of local non-profits. When asked why he committed to serving on the HRBOR Board, Christian said, “Partnering with HRBOR brings together my experience in business and social activism and allows me to help expand opportunities for LGBT owned businesses and ally businesses in Hampton Roads. It’s the culmination of my professional work and my personal passions.”

  • Boyd Orr

    Treasurer

     

    Boyd Orr brings to the HRBOR Board, a wealth of experience and a dynamic skill set in the arena of finance; having worked with other not for profit organizations and boards, HRBOR is happy to welcome him. His professional career advancement began with his tenure an auditor; his current title is that of Chief Financial Officer for "ForKids, Inc."

    Boyd, a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) since 2011, earned a Master's Degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in 2009; he was the recipient of a MAcc Scholarship. His undergraduate degree was earned in 2007 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he majored in Engineering, with Honors in Microelectronics and Photonics. 

    He believe that "to be a valuable and active board member, it takes commitment in terms of time and personal resource." 

     

  • Stacie Walls-Beegle

    Board Member
    Governance Committee Chair

    Ms. Walls-Beegle has served as CEO of The LGBT Life Center since 2001.  Her leadership experience helped to successfully merge two AIDS Service Organizations - CANDII and Full Circle AIDS Hospice Support in 2005.  In 2011, under Ms. Walls-Beegle’s leadership, The LGBT Life Center opened the region’s first and only LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, located in Norfolk, VA.  She has over 25 years of human service experience in developmental disabilities, mental health, HIV/AIDS and 20 years of executive leadership experience. 

    In addition to HRBOR, Ms. Walls-Beegle serves on two other national non-profit boards, including Dining Out For Life International since 2007, where she has served as Board President for two years.  Currently, she is serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors for CenterLink, a national organization serving LGBT community centers throughout the country. Ms. Walls-Beegle currently serves on various local planning committees addressing HIV/AIDS and homeless services throughout the region. She is very active with homeless providers and policy at the federal, state and community levels and serves as committee chairperson (Program Monitoring Committee) for both the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Consortium and BEACH (Bringing an End to All City Homelessness) in Virginia Beach. Ms. Walls-Beegle served 12 years on the Ryan White Greater Hampton Roads Planning Council.

    Ms. Walls-Beegle has lived in Hampton Roads for more than 25 years, serving in the non-profit sector her entire career.

    Ms. Walls-Beegle is a native of Kansas completed her undergraduate degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. She completed the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Management Academy of Public Health.  

    CEO of LGBT Life Center, 757-640-0929, Stacie@lgbtlifecenter.org

  • Bill Griggs

    Board Member

     

    Bill Griggs is an award winning REALTOR® with Howard Hanna – William E. Wood at the Norfolk Hampton Blvd. office. Focusing on residential real estate in South-side Coastal Virginia, he is a Relocation Specialist, as well as a member of Howard Hanna’s Rapid Response Team. A native of Portsmouth, Bill now resides in Virginia Beach.

    Bill is a founding member of Hampton Roads Business Out-Reach, (HRBOR) and for the past 30 years, a Charter Member and On-Air talent for WHRO Public Media. Bill also serves on the Diversity Outreach Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of South Eastern Virginia, which focuses on inclusive educational presentations and staff development trainings that benefit greatly, members of the African American, Latin-American and LGBTQ communities.

    For his unwavering work ethic and community service, Bill has been honored to receive the Vianne B. Webb Lifetime Achievement Alli Award, the Equality Virginia LEGEND Award, and the Hampton Road’s Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

    “We are all the sum of our experiences. It is how you use the knowledge gained from those experiences, combined with your talents, that makes the difference.”  Bill Griggs. 

  • Heather Herrick

    Board Member
    Membership Committee Chair

     

    Heather Herrick is the proud proprietor of her second company, Domestic Divas, LLC, located in Virginia Beach.   Utilizing the past six years to grow business and settle into the area after relocating from Ohio, Heather has explored multiple non-profits while maintaining positions on others such as the Sponsorship chairperson for the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest, Media Director with The End of Watch Foundation, as well as membership chairperson for Princess Ann Plaza Civic League.  Heather brings experience and dedication to the HRBOR board, as well as the voice of a true small business owner and self-starter.  Heather is passionate about diversity and acceptance on ALL platforms, focusing on the workplace and corporate community, large and small.  

  • Pearl Rankin

    Board Member
    Events Committee Chair

    Pearl Rankin is an Associate Agent at the William Williard & Michael Chesson Agencies in Virginia Beach; she is a Marketing specialist. Pearl has been an active participate with HRBOR since her the agency joined. Pearl is currently on the Membership, Marketing, Events and 10th Anniversary Gala sub-committees.

    She has worked with nonprofit organizations since the age of 13 and has participated in the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex annual Sand Soccer tournament for over 17 years. 

    Her philosophy about participation is "... taking on the scope of work... and understanding the part that you play... is necessary to ensure the group/organization's success." 

  • Rob Blizzard

    Board Member


    Rob Blizard most recently served as the Executive Director of the Norfolk SPCA since November 2012.  He has also served in fundraising director positions at the Washington (DC) Animal Rescue League and the Humane Society of the United States, based in the nation’s capital. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BA from the University of Virginia in English literature. He writes a regular column for the Pilot’s Compass newspaper entitled Animal Matters and has published several articles about companion animals in Hampton Roads media.

  • Become a Member of the Board of Directors and be a part of economic change and development in Hampton Roads

    What are  the benefits of serving on the HRBOR Board of Directors? 

    • Increased public exposure and opportunities to build business
    • Leadership development skills and experience that benefit your company, and speaking/presentation skills
    • Consensus building
    • Motivating others
    • Strategic planning and thinking
    • Training by professionals in the public relations field
    • Expanded professional connections that benefit you and your clients
    • National exposure for you and your company
    • Increased communication and interaction between professionals in the community
    • Opportunity to influence the future direction and benefits of HRBOR

    What is the time commitment and who pays the cost involved?

    • Attending monthly board meetings and applicable committee meetings as scheduled
    • Attend First Thursday events and special functions
    • Attend other transition and/or strategic planning meetings on an as called basis.

    If you would like to be considered for a position with the Board of Directors, complete the application and email it to info@hrbor.org. 

    HRBOR BOD Application