Board of Directors
Tracy T. Skinner
A member of HRBOR since 2013, he was voted to the HRBOR Board in January 2015; he served as Marketing Chairperson for all of 2016 and was voted to the position of President in May 2017.
A transplant to Hampton Roads from New York City (The Bronx). He has worked with the LGBT community both professionally and as a volunteer for decades. He served as the Program Director for 'Safe Space' - a homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth located in the Times Square area of NYC up until it closed in 2007.
He began his membership with HRBOR in 2013, as an 'Individual Member.' In 2014 he graduated his membership to a GOLD sponsorship, in partnership with his then employer, the New York Life (NYL) Insurance company’s Norfolk Office and the New York Life’s National LGBT Market; Tracy and the NYL repeated that same level of sponsorship in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Tracy also volunteered with the “Events Committee” for Hampton Roads Pride, and again partnering with the NYL, sponsored 'Pride at the Pagoda' held in 2013 and 2014.
His goals include increasing the HRBOR 'brand' locally, regionally, and nationally; this through increased participation and presence with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and working collaboratively, cross-pollinating with Chamber affiliates, ideas, projects and initiatives.
Jack Mueller Peirson
Jack is a military contractor specializing in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3) framework and methodologies. He uses his 25 years experience with fixed operations and training with Lean Six Sigma to perform business analysis to build in efficiencies and eliminate duplication of effort. Jack works for Falconwood Inc. Falconwood is a small, woman-veteran owned business providing executive level consultants and programmatic support to Department of Defense Information Technology (IT) initiatives and programs
Program Manager, 757-560-8853, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlton P. Hardy II
In April 2010, after 26 years with the Department of the Army, Carlton retired from the Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe and concluded a 40 year career in education and training. In addition to serving on the HRBOR board, Carlton is also a member of the Board of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee, and his church council. He has previously served on the Boards of: the Virginia Choral Society, the Three Rivers Men's Chorus, the Richmond Men's Chorus, the Newsome House Foundation, the Newport News Arts Commission, the Hampton Roads Men's Chorus, the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula, Virginians for the Arts, and the USS Newport News Liaison Committee. Carlton's writings in support of the arts have appeared in the Daily Press, and his column - The arts in Virginia shouldn't have to beg for promised support - appeared in the inaugural issue of Bravo! magazine and was reprinted in the Virginia Gazette. As the 'Father' of the 'Virginians for the Arts' license plate, Carlton takes pride in the revenue fund it has helped generate for the Virginia Commission for the Arts (now over $1 million.) For almost two decades he has co-sponsored the Fraley-Hardy Award for the Christopher Newport University Music Department. The award annually recognizes a student for exceptional volunteer work and encourages continued support after graduation. He brings a wide range of knowledge, experience, and civic dialogue to his volunteerism, using his talents as a teacher, articulate writer, and creative thinker. For over 30 years, Carlton has lived the Teddy Roosevelt quotation: 'the best prize in life is to work hard at work worth doing.'
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, email@example.com
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."
A tax and business attorney, Justin was also named Commissioner of Marriage by the Circuit Court for the City of Newport News. He has performed hundreds of weddings for members and allies of the LGBT community and provided tax services with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an IRS-approved assistance program for low-income tax filers. Justin resides in Newport News with his wife and daughter.
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.
Marketing Committee Chair
Eric Hause is a 35-year marketing, publishing and public relations professional. He has held top-level marketing positions in corporate, government and non-profit organizations across a diverse spectrum of industries including weddings, performing arts, tourism and new media.
In 2002, he founded Influence Marketing Solutions, LLC, a Norfolk-based marketing, event management, publishing and new media firm. Among Influence’s subsidiaries are Outwire757.com and Outlife757 magazine, Coastal Virginia’s only LGBTQ media; and Weddings with Pride, which produces the Coastal Virginia Gay Wedding Showcase.
He has served on numerous nonprofit and association boards throughout his career, including Full Circle AIDS Hospice Support (now Access AIDS Care), Meeting Planners International, the North Carolina Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and North Carolina Coast Host. He is currently chairman of the HRBOR marketing committee, board member and marketing director for Outer Banks Pride, Inc., and president of the Lake Whitehurst West Civic League.
In his spare time, he’s a sailor, piano player and cocktail connoisseur. He and his husband, Andrew Roberts, live in Norfolk.
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 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."
Phil is the owner of the Brick Anchor Brew-House in Norfolk and President of Mama Zuti LLC. A former Army officer, he served 22 years before retiring in 2007. His military positions included: Professor of Military Science at Syracuse University, Inspector General, Executive Officer of the Kaiserslautern Industrial Center (Germany), Lead Planner, 21st Theater Support Command, and Company Commander. After retirement, Phil was the Director of Organizational Development at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse NY where he oversaw the leadership development of 2,700 team-members and served as a co-lead on a senior team to develop and integrate the hospital’s Mission, Vision and Values into behavior and process improvement. After this, he was the Director of Operations for Traveler’s Insurance at its Syracuse Business Center. Upon becoming an empty-nester in 2016, Phil decided to pursue a dream (opening a Bar/restaurant owner) and relocated to Chesapeake; he and his wife Kathy were drawn back to Hampton Roads because of the wonderful memories they experienced in the mid-1990’s while assigned to Fort Monroe. His achievements, most accomplished with great teams, include: Overseeing the preparation and achievement of ISO qualification for the Kaiserslautern Industrial Center (the first-ever Army unit to receive this designation); receiving the Silver Award for Innovation from Avatar International for the development and organization of Crouse Hospital’s three-week leadership training program; receiving the Distinguished Instructor Award at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center & School, and being inducted in the Order of Saint Martin (a Quartermaster Hall of Fame of sorts). To honor his father, Phil also became a paratrooper during his service. Phil is humbled and honored to serve on the HRBOR Board as he deeply believes that business exists not only to fill a consumer need, but importantly a community need, and that he should be an engaged and active member of the community which supports him.
Brick Anchor Brew-House, firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-431-7064
Development Committee Chair
Christian began his professional career working at Our Own Community Press 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.”
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.
Executive Director of ACCESS AIDS Care, 757-640-0929, Stacie@ACCESSAIDS.org
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 all monthly board meetings and applicable committee meetings as scheduled
- Attend all Third Thursday events and all 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 email@example.com.