Dr. Armistead has served his native South Hampton Roads as an educator and community leader for almost four decades. After 13 years as a teacher in the Chesapeake Public Schools, he became an administrator and ultimately retired with 31 years of total service. Not long afterward he began a second career with TowneBank.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in business from Frederick College, Dr. Armistead went on to earn a master’s in business from Virginia Commonwealth University. He then earned a certificate of advanced graduate study and a doctorate in education with a major in educational administration from Virginia Tech. His alma maters have benefited from his support as a board member of the VCU Alumni Association’s Tidewater Chapter and as a Hokie Representative of the Virginia Tech Hokie Club’s Tidewater Chapter.
In 2008 the City of Portsmouth appointed Dr. Armistead to the Tidewater Community College Board; a year later, he began serving as Chair of the Board and Chair of its Executive Committee. In addition to his ample volunteer leadership in higher education, Dr. Armistead completed two terms on the Portsmouth Parks and Recreation Commission, including a three-year tenure as chair.James R. Jackson
Dr. Jackson is a native of South Hampton Roads whose extensive work as an educator has included service to school districts and military installations throughout the region. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University, his master’s in teaching from Indiana University, and his doctorate in education from Virginia Tech. He completed additional postgraduate study at Austin Peay and Old Dominion Universities.
After six years of service in the U.S. Army, Dr. Jackson began his teaching career in the Chesapeake Public Schools. He then taught in the Norfolk Public Schools before becoming an assistant principal and later, a principal in the Suffolk Public Schools. Dr. Jackson shared his instructional gifts with Army and Navy personnel while a Senior Educational Specialist at Fort Lee and the Norfolk Naval Station. He also taught for many years in the Department of Vocational Education Services at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Jackson was appointed to the College Board in 2009 and served on the Curriculum and Student Development Committee. Among the more recent examples of his robust service to the community—in addition to his work with TCC—are his service as Vice President of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation and as Vice President of the Community Presbyterian Men’s Association.John M. Murray
Mr. Murray received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner at Witt Mares, where his practice includes providing consulting services for the hospitality and real estate industries; management services, including solutions in operations analysis and tax procedures; and tax services for small businesses. Countless local restaurants depend on his expertise, which he has also shared in a nationally published guide to operating successful establishments.
Many national, regional, and local professional organizations benefit from Mr. Murray's membership, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association. Virginia Business has recognized him as a "Super CPA" for work with both corporate and individual clients.
Mr. Murray was appointed to the Tidewater Community College Board in 2011. He is also a governor of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, and a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic.John D. Padgett
Mr. Padgett, the Managing Partner of McGuireWoods's Norfolk Office, is an attorney whose expertise in advising corporate clients on a wide range of issues is matched by his commitment to myriad South Hampton Roads civic and philanthropic organizations. A native of Norfolk, he received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Designated by Virginia Business as one of the Commonwealth's best corporate attorneys and one of its best transportation attorneys, Mr. Padgett provides counsel and litigation support to an array of public and private entities. His subject matter expertise includes international trade and customs; transportation law; emerging growth and private equity; admiralty and maritime matters; banking and financial institutions; and commercial real estate.
Mr. Padgett was appointed to the Tidewater Community College Board in 2011. He has given of himself to—among others—local organizations including the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Roads YMCA, both of which he served as chair; the Rotary Club of Norfolk, of which he has been elected President; and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, which he serves as secretary. Mr. Padgett has also previously served as the Chairman of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.Dwight M. Parker
A lifelong resident of Chesapeake and its public schools, Mr. Parker is a government instructor at Deep Creek High School with over 38 years of service. He is active on the PTSA and served as the Vice President. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norfolk State University and continued his studies at several institutions to include the University of Virginia, Hampton University and Lehigh University.
Mr. Parker’s leadership in and service to the public sector is unparalleled. He served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council for nearly 15 years and was appointed to Vice Mayor of Chesapeake for two years. Additional civic involvement included—Chairman of the Community Services Board; council liaison for schools, public safety, and the court system; member of the Hospital Authority board; advisor to the Mayor’s Youth Commission, Citizens Advisory Commission, and the Juvenile Detention Advisory Board. Within the community, he devotes time and talent to motivate and mentor adolescents by collaborating with the new Chesapeake Men for Progress organization and the Amateur Softball Association. He also provides sound counsel to the Chesapeake Education Association as a former member of the Board of Directors and as treasurer for the South Hill Masonic Lodge #197.
The City of Chesapeake appointed Mr. Parker to the Tidewater Community College Board in June 2012. His vast experiences and wealth of knowledge about Chesapeake, in particular, is a welcomed asset to the college and its faculty, staff and students.
Ms. Linda D. Ridenour has a passion for excellence in education, is an advocate for highly qualified and innovative instruction, and is committed to promoting educational success. As such, Ms. Ridenour has served her community as an educator for over 32 years where she taught in the Portsmouth public school system. She received her Master of Science in Administrative Leadership from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Business and Vocational Education from James Madison University.
She was appointed to the Portsmouth Public School Board in 2013 and was subsequently elected to the School Board in 2014, after having served two terms from 2002 – 2010, with four of them as Vice Chair. She actively participated in National and State Board Conferences; Virginia School Board Association leadership and legislative seminars; maintained membership on the Portsmouth public school instructional task force/advisory committees on career and Vo-Tech, nutrition and wellness, etc.; served on the National Council of Urban Education, and was a representative on the Federal Relations Network as a lobbyist for public education. For 12 years, she worked with local and state certification as a Virginia Real Estate Sales Agent.
Ms. Ridenour was appointed to the Tidewater Community College Board in 2015 and serves on its Curriculum and Student Development Committee. Her reach within the community is expansive to include presence as an Electoral Candidate for City Council in 2012 and 2014 and selection as Tidewater Aerospace Educator of the Year.Laura L. Suggs
Dr. Suggs holds a bachelor’s in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a master’s in Severe/Profound Handicap with an endorsement in Mental Retardation and Specific Learning Disabilities. Subsequently, she completed the Educational Leadership Program and received a doctorate with certification in Administration and Supervision for Pre K-12 and is pursuing a second master’s in Professional Counseling.
As a Special Education Teacher with Norfolk Public Schools, Dr. Suggs has devoted over 20 years to the public school system as both a leader and supervisor and she possesses a wealth of skills, knowledge, and principles of education. Her community engagement spans several agencies as a clinician where she assisted children and families from various backgrounds.
In 2013 the Portsmouth City Council appointed Dr. Suggs to serve on the College Board. She serves on the Curriculum and Student Development Committee and her knowledge of curriculum and instructional strategies will serve the committee well.
Ms. Thompson has been successful in the insurance and financial services industry for over 25 years. A Property & Casualty Claims Manager with State Farm Insurance Companies, she manages claims operations within the Mid-Atlantic Zone and produces high level results.
Her reach within the company, both professionally and personally, fostered marketing opportunities and achieved significant milestones in building civic relationships. She received her Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University and earned the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation, as well as, the Chartered Life Underwriter designation with The American College. She is also a 2011 graduate from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
Part of her community connection includes serving as a board member on multiple organizations—the Chesapeake Community Services Board, League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Norfolk Division), and TCC’s Network for Empowering Women Students (N.E.W.S.).
Ms. Thompson was appointed by the Chesapeake City Council to the Tidewater Community College Board in 2012. Her service to the board will continue to advance the college’s mission in the twenty-first century.
Mr. Turner is a Financial Services Professional with New York Life and a Tax Accountant at Turner & Associates, LLC. He has numerous years of experience providing tax and accounting services to individuals and business owners and specializes in tax accounting method changes, bookkeeping and software support, direct and indirect job costing, and cash flow management. Mr. Turner previously held an area car sales manager position with Enterprise Holdings for six years, where he managed car sales operations on the Peninsula and later the Southside Hampton Roads region. During his tenure, he was a member of Enterprise’s Hampton Roads Cultural Diversity team.
In 2004, Mr. Turner graduated from Old Dominion University’s College of Electrical Engineering. He has an MBA and a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix and will complete a Doctorate in Business Administration from Capella University in 2015. He completed the Lead Hampton Roads development program in 2005.
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