Our leadership

Executive Director and Board of Directors Members

Jenny Hodge, MSW, MDiv           
Executive Director

After earning a dual Master degree in Social Work and Divinity, Jenny has held several coordinator and director roles for non-profits in three states. She comes to the position with over 10 years of experience working with at-risk children, youth, and adults. This includes experience in leadership development for grassroots organizing, advocacy, and program management. In addition, she has served in multiple leadership roles for local, state, and national boards, including Vice President of the East Carroll Parish Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair of the CCDA Rural and Small Towns Committee, and member of the Statewide Leadership Team of Together Louisiana.

Jenny has three main goal areas for the Foundation in the coming years. One is to increase awareness of the Commission and Foundation’s high level of impact and reputation in the South Hampton Roads area. Second is to build strong relationships with current and new funders to best support expanded programing and services for our youth population. Lastly, to deepen our leadership capacity to best meet the needs and dreams of our Commission staff as they seek to help youth find the right path for a brighter future. All of which will be possible due to a truly dynamic Board of Directors and Commission Staff.

Board of Directors

Stuart Hawkins, CISSP, Chair
Director, Symantec Education Services
Resident of Virginia Beach

Stuart Hawkins, Director 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!

Justin Sposato, Vice-Chair
Sales Operations Manager, ADS Inc
Resident of Norfolk

Justin has been involved with the Foundation since running the Santa Claus Shuffle in 2012, his first year in Hampton Roads.  Since then, he has served on the leadership team of the Friends of the TYS Foundation, assisting in the establishment of the Friends Golf Classic, and running in the Shuffle each year (the last few dressed as Buddy the Elf).

Layla Denny, Treasurer
SECEP
Resident of Virginia Beach

Layla has been involved with the Foundation for many years as a volunteer, a Friend, and now as a board member. She is married and the proud mother of two wonderful and creative children. Layla believes everyone deserves a second chance in life (and sometimes a third and fourth chance). She firmly believes rehabilitation and true, life-altering change is possible with the right guidance, support, and opportunity. 

Carlos Hooker
Director, Westhaven Boys Home
Tidewater Youth Services Commission
Resident of Portsmouth

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.

Andy Rivenbark,
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. 

Pamela Barton
Retired Director
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…

Katherine Grimm
Director of Portsmouth Court Service Unit
Resident of Chesapeake

Katherine has been employed with the Department of Juvenile Justice for over 32 years. Katherine sits on several boards to include the Community  Policy and Management Team in Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Community Criminal Justice Board. She believes that youth need good role models and people who care about them no matter what they have done. Someone needs to be in their corner to help them learn from their mistakes and to help them grow into a functional adults. 

 

Shawn Mihill
Anderson & Associates, PC.
Resident of Virginia Beach

Shawn was born in Lake Placid, New York. He graduated from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh with a BA in Criminal Justice and obtained his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina.  After traveling to different areas and seeing the lack of opportunity available to so many, including young people, Shawn would like to give back to his community. Previous volunteer experience and aspects of his work has shown him how substantial the need can be for court-involved youth.

Philip Townsend
13 News Now, Anchor
Resident of Virginia Beach

Philip is currently a weekday anchor (4pm-5pm) and award-winning videojournalist for 13News Now, the local ABC affiliate here in Hampton Roads. He’s eager to put his visual storytelling skills to work- highlighting the stories, and the amazing people, within the foundation family. Born and raised in Norfolk, he and his wife now call Virginia Beach home. Philip is involved with the Foundation because HOPING someone gets a second chance and GIVING someone a second chance are two different things – he wants to be a part of a group that works towards the latter.

Chris Old
SECEP, Assistant Director for Human Resources and Support Services
Resident of Suffolk

Chris is the Assistant Director for Human Resources and Support Services at the Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs. He has always had a passion for kids that have needs beyond the norm. Chris started his career in residential programs, and has spent most of his career working with kids at SECEP. 

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