Festival Board of Directors

2016-2017 Festival Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mr. Jeff Maisey, VEER Magazine – Chairman

Mr. David White, Virginia Maritime Association – Vice Chairman

Ms. Yvonne Allmond, Towne Bank  – Immediate Past Chairman

Ms. Katharina Brekke Powers, Vandeventer Black – Secretary

Mr. Simon Scott – Norfolk Southern Corporation, Treasurer

Ms. Dawn Merkle, Wilcox & Savage – Education Committee Chair

Mr. Alex Pincus, City of Norfolk – Parade Committee Chair

Ms. Jessie Wheeler Richardson – Bay Diesel & Generator, Development Committee Chair

Ms. Jordan Watkins, Virginia Economic Development Partnership – Industry Committee Chair

Mr. Mal Branch, US NAVY Retired

Mr. Lamont Maddox, Guidance Law Firm


Ex-Officio Members

Ms. Maria Herring – Director of Convention & Visitor Services, Visit Norfolk

Mr. Scott Jackson – General Manager, Virginia Arts Festival

Dr. Elsie Lans – Senior Director of Student Support Services, Norfolk Public Schools

Dr. Cindy Miller – President, World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads

Mr. Chuck Rigney – Director, Department of Development City of Norfolk

Air Marshal Graham Stacey, UK – Chief of Staff, NATO HQ SACT

Mr. Adisa Muse – Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Norfolk


At-Large Members


Dr. Mike Weatherly – Frontier Technology, Inc.



Col. Javier Alejandre, ES – StratCom Branch Head, NATO HQ SACT

Karen Eifert, USA – Staff Officer Plans and Policy, Public Affairs Office, NATO HQ SACT

Ms. Maryse Mele-Larche – Executive Officer of Protocol, NATO HQ SACT

Ms. Mary Lou Nexsen– Deputy City Attorney, City of Norfolk