proud to serve sevacf & hampton roads
Like all community foundations, we are overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals who know our community’s needs. We go beyond simply making grants that advance charitable activities; we also identify current and emerging issues, stimulate resources to address those needs, and help Southeast Virginia prepare for the future.
Thomas E. Wood
Charles G. Hackworth, Sr.
Carl is President and CEO of Lawson, a vertically integrated real estate firm specializing in the development, construction, and management of multifamily properties in Virginia. Founded in 1972, Lawson’s primary focus is on positively impacting the communities we serve.
Stephen is the co-founder of Korving & Company and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys running, playing or watching sports, being outdoors, working in his yard, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Megan, and their three young children. He is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for several foundations including SEVACF as Vice President and chair of Finance & Investments.
Timothy S. Culpepper
Dr. Joe Rampersad
As a native from Winton, North Carolina, I was born and raised by Jackie (Mother) and Dyanand (Father) Rampersad with two brothers Ramesh and Steve. I am also blessed with a beautiful daughter, Dyani Rampersad (8 yrs) who next to God, is the most important person in my life. I would also like to say that Poteca Chamblee is a second mother that I love and adore that has remained influential in my walk with Christ over the last 17 years. Growing up in a military family, my brothers and I all learned at an early age what perseverance, responsibility and sacrifice truly is and how to overcome any obstacle thrown in front of you. As I sought to pursue education after high school, I went on to complete my Bachelors of Science degree from Chowan University in Graphic Communications.
I began working for Roanoke-Chowan Community College as the Director of Printing Operations for the campus. As I matriculated through the professionals ranks of education, I went back to obtain my Master’s Degree from American InterContinental University in Educational Leadership. Upon completing my Master’s Degree, I was promoted as the Department Chair of Health Wellness where I remained for 13 years as the head of that department. During this time, I managed to complete my Ph. D. in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. On July 8, 2019, I decided to make a career change from education to come work for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. Although I serve as the Executive Director for the YMCA on Granby, I am still committed to serving as an adjunct professor for the Health and Wellness Department of R-CCC.
Since then, I have taken on the role as Executive Director for the YMCA, I have managed to rebuild the donor impact portfolio, cultivate the relationships with community members and organizations we serve, and improve the financial resiliency by $1.5 million in revenue for the Granby Center. In life, sometimes we make decisions to improve our level of professional growth, financial growth, and/or embrace new life challenges. I am a firm believer that we should honor those who fought hard for us by paying it forward. If you want to see change in the world, emulate the change that you would like to see instead of complaining about the issues and challenges presented with each passing day. (Dr. Joe’s philosophy)
Ashton Lewis, Jr.
After a 41 year career with Chesapeake Public Schools, Carolyn retired as the principal of Grassfield High School. She remains actively engaged in the community. Carolyn is passionate about education and supporting our youth.