Susan recently took the reigns as Executive Director after spending 5+ years involved with TYSF as a volunteer, donor, and board member. A background in development, fundraising & marketing most recently with the Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Susan is excited to focus on helping troubled youth turn their lives around.
Cara Cotter, Chair
Attorney, Wilson & McIntyre,PLLC
Resident of Norfolk
Cara Cotter was appointed to the Board of Directors in May of 2014, after having been a member of the Friends of the TYS Foundation for two years. She joined the Friends after working with her Lefcoe Leadership class on a renovation project at the Westhaven Boys Home. Cara continues to serve as Secretary of the Friends group, and in addition to helping with fundraising efforts, she has volunteered directly with the youth and enjoys game nights with the Westhaven Boys.
Andy Rivenbark, Vice-Chair
Financial Advisor, Towne Investment Group
Resident of Suffolk
Andy has been actively involved with Friends of TYS Foundation since 2013, most recently serving as President. A golf enthusiast, Andy shared his love of the game with our Westhaven Boys Home, organizing golf outings and introducing them to the sport. He has been instrumental in establishing our annual Friends Golf Classic and participating in our Santa Claus Shuffle 5k race.
Tara McCaw, Treasurer
Sr Technology Support Manager, VP
The Capital Group Companies
Resident of Chesapeake
Tara is responsible for oversight of end user technology support of all east coast offices of The Capital Group. Her experience of building high performing teams is truly an asset to our board!
An avid runner, Tara has participated in our Santa Claus Shuffle for a number of years.
Technology, Resource Teacher, Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs
Resident of Suffolk
Suzanne has served on the Board of Directors for over 17 years and has held many committee positions. She has been privileged to see the Foundation grow in its depth and scope during her tenure with increases in both funding and program offerings. Dual certified as a Speech and Language Pathologist and Special Education Teacher, Suzanne currently trains teachers on the use of technology for curriculum development in a regional educational program which specializes in educating children with Autism.
Carlos has dedicated his life to making a difference in the lives of at- risk and troubled youth. As the Director of our Westhaven Boys Home for the past 17 years, he brings incredible insights to our board. Always smiling, Carlos has been a father figure to so many boys that have come through his door. It is not uncommon for alumni to visit Westhaven and share their appreciation of Carlos during their challenging teenage years.
Stuart Hawkins, Senior Manager for Symantec Education Services, became involved with the Foundation as a member of the Friends of the TYS Foundation and has been an active member of that group since 2010. In fact, before his appointment to the Board, Stuart served as Co-Chair of the Friends of the TYS Foundation and was very involved in the group’s fundraising activities. Stuart brings a wealth of technological expertise to the board and is definitely our “go-to” guy on all things techno!
Isle of Wight Department of Social Services
Resident of Carrollton
(Isle of Wight County)
Pamela Barton has been the Director of Isle of Wight County Department of Social Services since April 2008. She has over 27 years of social services experience with three local agencies in eastern Virginia. Read more…
Actively involved in the community for the past 25 years, Wendy has previously held board positions with the Junior – League of Norfolk – Virginia Beach and Habitat for Humanity in addition to tutoring children and volunteering with Girls on the Run. Previously working in Dealer Relations with Capital Group, Wendy has been with Smithfield Foods for the past 5 years.
Audrey has served on the National Advisory Board for the SIMIODE (Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations in Ordinary Differential Equations) mathematical education initiative since its inception over 5 years ago. At VWC, she chairs the Academic Effectiveness Committee which is responsible for examining and providing evidence of the effectiveness of academic programs on student learning at the college. As a college professor, she firmly believes in the power of education and educational experiences to transform lives. She believes children and youth deserve the support of their community, and this is especially true for at risk youth.