Board of visitors
Phoebe P. Hall, rector
Co-founder, CEO and senior partner, Hall & Hall PLC
Phoebe P. Hall is a highly regarded elder law, estate planning and family law attorney who has been practicing law since 1969. She is CEO and founding partner in the firm of Hall & Hall, PLC. Mrs. Hall’s practice areas include estate planning, estate administration, guardianship, conservatorship, elder law, lifecare planning, special needs planning, prenuptial agreements, and uncontested divorces.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, Mrs. Hall received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University School of Law. She has served as substitute judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and judge pro tempore in the Circuit Court, and is a seasoned adviser and attorney. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Elder Counsel; local bar associations; and the American Bar Association Real Estate, Trusts and Estate Section. She is an accredited veterans benefits attorney and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association.
Mrs. Hall is a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, matters related to autism and the MS walk. She is a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Services board of directors. She previously served as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter board of directors, a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts board of trustees and as president of the MCV/VCU Women’s Health Advisory Council. Mrs. Hall’s numerous honors and awards include Super Lawyers 2011-present, Legal Elite, Leaders in the Law 2011, Alzheimer’s Advocates for 2012, Influential Women of Virginia 2010 and Women of Achievement 2006. She was elected as a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation in 2014.
Highly regarded among her peers, Phoebe Hall is a popular speaker and writer. Most recently she has been an advocate for issues affecting the elderly and disabled and their care-givers, speaking to bar associations, health care providers and citizens, including both national and local legal seminars.
Mrs. Hall is a long time resident of Richmond and has two children and three granddaughters.
John A. Luke Jr., vice rector
John A. Luke Jr. is chairman of the board of directors of WestRock, a global paper and packaging company in Richmond, Va., a company created in 2015 by the merger of MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock Tenn Company. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of MeadWestvaco, where he led the company’s transformation into a global packaging partner to the world’s most admired brands. His career with MeadWestvaco spanned more than 35 years and a variety of leadership roles from treasurer to corporate marketing to international sales. He also led the company’s Brazilian subsidiary, MWV Rigesa. Mr. Luke was chairman and chief executive officer of Westvaco prior to a merger with Mead in 2002.
He began his career with the Procter & Gamble Company, following service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Lawrence University and earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Luke serves as a board member of several corporations and professional associations including The Bank of New York Mellon, The Timken Company, FM Global and the American Enterprise Institute. He also is a trustee of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.
Mr. Luke and his wife, Kathleen, reside in Richmond, Va., and have three children.
Colette W. McEachin, secretary
Deputy commonwealth’s attorney, City of Richmond
Colette W. McEachin is the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond and has been a leader among prosecutors across the state and has been tapped within her office to handle many of the high profile cases coming before that office.
She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar and is frequently called upon to teach continuing education courses for her colleagues. Ms. McEachin has also served as a guest lecturer at the Virginia Commonwealth University L. Douglas Wilder School for Government and Public Affairs at and has served on honors panels for the criminal justice program.
Ms. McEachin earned her B.A. from Brown University and her law degree from the University of Virginia.
Ms. McEachin and her husband, Donald, a U.S. congressman, live in Henrico and have three adult children.
H. Benson Dendy III
President, Vectre Corporation
As a senior staff member for two Virginia governors, H. Benson Dendy III has held positions as diverse as secretary of the commonwealth, secretary to the governor’s cabinet and special assistant to the governor. He began his career in state government in 1978 as a legislative assistant to the lieutenant governor. Over the course of seven legislative sessions, he advocated for two governors’ agendas in the General Assembly. He served on transition committees for Govs. Mark Warner and Terry McAuliffe.
Mr. Dendy has been appointed and reappointed to the board of trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a state agency, by six Virginia governors of both parties. He served as chairman of the board of trustees for over eight years. In 2003, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the federal Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission and served as the federal commission’s vice chairman. Currently, he serves as a Vice Chair of the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee.
Mr. Dendy served on the board of directors of the Containerization & Intermodal Institute. In 2002, he was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the Council on the Southern Community of the Southern Growth Policies Board. He served on the board of trustees of the Valentine Richmond History Center for 14 years and has been a director of the Virginia YMCA. He served on the board of directors of the Maymont Foundation. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a core grantee of the U.S. Department of State that conducts international exchange programs for young governmental leaders. He has been a member of the honorary council to the St. George’s Foundation in Bermuda. Mr. Dendy also has extensive experience in helping international corporations develop business in the United States.
In addition to serving as president of The Vectre Corporation, Mr. Dendy is also a member of its board of directors. He has served as chairman of The Advocacy Group, the premier municipal, state, federal and international government and public affairs organization in the world, and currently serves on its board of directors. Mr. Dendy was one of the first 24 government relations professionals nationwide to complete the State Government Affairs Council’s professional certificate program in 2012.
Mr. Dendy graduated from the University of Richmond, magna cum laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A member of Second Presbyterian Church, Mr. Dendy has served as an elder. He and his late wife, Stacey, have three children. The family enjoys skiing at Wintergreen and spending time in the summer at Virginia Beach.
Managing director, global economic development, commerce and government relations, Hunton & Williams
Robert D. Holsworth, Ph.D.
Managing principal, DecideSmart
Gopi Jadhav, M.D.
internal medicine specialist
President and CEO, Eaheart Industrial Service Inc.
Group president of Specialty Infusion Services, Diplomat Pharmacy
Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson
Pastor, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Keith T. Parker
CEO, Goodwill of North Georgia
Carol S. Shapiro, M.D.
Physician, group practice, and instructor, Georgetown University Hospital
Stuart C. Siegel
Former CEO and Chair of the board of S&K Famous Brands, Inc.
Jacquelyn E. Stone
Shantaram Talegaonkar, M.D.
G. Richard Wagoner Jr.
Former chairman and CEO, General Motors