• Board of Directors

  • Christian Strange

    Vice President of the Board

    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.”

  • 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, sks55nnva@cox.net

  • Boyd Orr



    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." 


  • Justin Atkins

    Board Member

    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

    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


    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

    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." 

  • 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.  


    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 info@hrbor.org. 

    HRBOR BOD Application