sevacf’s committed staff
R. Stephen Best, Sr., Chief Executive Officer
R. Stephen Best, Sr. is a native of Virginia and raised in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake. A product of Chesapeake Public Schools, he holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Governmental Administration, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the Regent University School of Law. Appointed Fire Chief and Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Chesapeake in 1998, Chief Best served 37 years with the Chesapeake Fire Department, retiring in January, 2010. Following five years of service as a Program Director, developing catastrophic response plans for coastal Virginia and Northeast North Carolina for the Commonwealth of Virginia, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer for SEVACF on December 1, 2015. Selected as Chesapeake’s First Citizen in 2015, Chief Best remains very active in the community.
Janice Coppa, Director of Finance and Administration
Originally from Michigan, Janice graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She has been a Controller in the private sector for over 25 years. Janice moved to Virginia in 2002, joining SEVACF in 2014 as Director of Finance and Administration. In her present role, she oversees all financial oversight, internal and fund accounting/reporting, along with general operations and administration.
Kathryn R. Jeffries, Donor Development Specialist
Kathy Jeffries is a native of the Hampton Roads community with Bachelor’s Degrees from ODU in Finance and Human Resources, serving in leadership positions in the banking industry for many years. Kathy’s desire to help those in need led to a desire to work with non-profit organizations where she has been making a difference in our community for over 25 years. Serving as a member and board member of area local civic organizations, Kathy’s career has remained constantly focused on working with individuals to help improve their lives.
She was recognized as an Outstanding President of the Rotary Club of Cape Henry for 2017-2018 and received the Community Leadership Award from the Sentara Foundation in 2007. Having demonstrated perspective, expertise and experience, Kathy’s belief that everyone has the desire to make a difference in their lives provides a platform in meeting and engaging others to offer guidance and insight when assisting individuals meet their philanthropic goals.
Asha Rose, Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Asha Rose is a native of Norfolk, VA. She was raised primarily in the Cavalier Manor community of Portsmouth, VA. After graduating with honors from I.C. Norcom High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Leadership from Regent University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She has a decade of experience in Business Administration and Nonprofit Leadership. Ms. Rose is a successful grant writer and campaign planner. Her development and community outreach efforts have generated substantial funding for programs to benefit marginalized citizens. Ms. Rose joined the Foundation part-time in 2018. She serves as a point of contact and link between employees, internal departments, external parties, and all stakeholders. She is responsible for producing our annual report, newsletters and social media content, while overseeing our grant and scholarship programs.