Board of visitors
Keith T. Parker, rector
CEO, Goodwill of North Georgia
Keith T. Parker is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Goodwill of North Georgia. One of the largest nonprofit organizations in the southeast, Goodwill spans a 45-county territory, operating 60 stores, 58 donation centers and 13 career centers. Goodwill employs nearly 3,000 people, each of whom play a direct or supporting role in the organization’s donated goods retail operations and its career services. Annually, Goodwill collects upwards of 2.5 million donations and serves more than 7 million shoppers. Through the revenue generated in its stores, the organization is able to connect tens of thousands of North Georgians to jobs each year. Parker took the helm at Goodwill of North Georgia in October 2017. Prior to transitioning into his leadership role at Goodwill, Parker served as CEO of the largest transit systems in several cities, including San Antonio, Charlotte and most recently, Atlanta.
Throughout his career, Parker has received numerous awards and accolades for his work as an organizational leader and transportation visionary. He won Texas CEO of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2012. He was recognized as the nation’s Outstanding Public Transportation Manager by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in 2015. METRO Magazine named Parker as one of its 20 Most Influential People of the Decade. In 2016, Parker was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). In November the same year, he was named one of eight Public Officials of the Year by Governing magazine. In August 2017, Parker was selected as one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs by Atlanta Business Chronicle.
A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Parker was appointed to the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2016. Parker received VCU’s Alumni Star Award in 2015.
Parker served on the board of directors for Goodwill of San Antonio and Goodwill of North Georgia. He remains active and engaged in civic and charitable organizations, including service on various national and local boards of directors – such as The Eno Center for Transportation and Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Parker holds an MBA from the University of Richmond, as well as a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
H. Benson Dendy III, vice rector
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.
former executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the National Basketball Association
Pamela El is currently CEO of Pam El Consulting that she started upon her retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA). She is a marketing veteran and is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the National Basketball Association, where she was responsible for global marketing for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League. Ms. El has more than 30 years of experience, and is best known for her ability to modernize brands. She is recognized as an industry leader for her expertise in brand management, marketing strategy, creative development, and media and sponsorships.
Prior to joining the NBA in 2014, Ms. El served as Senior Vice President of Financial Brand Marketing for Nationwide Insurance. Prior to joining Nationwide Insurance, she spent more than a decade with State Farm Insurance as Marketing Vice President where she led sales and marketing strategy for the U.S. and Canada. Earlier in her career, she held positions with Terabeam Corp. in Seattle, U.S. West Communications in Denver, and the Martin Agency in Phoenix and Richmond. Ms. El began her marketing career in 1983 with Siddall, Matus & Coughter in Richmond, VA.
Ms. El is a 1983 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass Communications. In 2018, she was inducted into VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture’s Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.
Ms. El currently serves on the board of the Ad Council and ChildFund International. She is a mainstay of industry publications, award lists, and conference keynotes and panels.
founding principal of Mozaic Strategies
Carolina Espinal is the Founding Principal of Mozaic Strategies, an advisory working to support the creation of more inclusive culture in and outside the workplace.
As a senior advisor to leaders in political, advocacy, and corporate organizations, Ms. Espinal delivers insight-driven knowledge and experience to inform strategies for communications, stakeholder engagement and thought leadership. Her dynamic expertise in Diversity & Inclusion, Public Affairs and Reputation Management, combined with a passion for community - in all its forms, are the hallmarks of her solutions-focused approach to helping clients reach their goals.
Mostly recently, Ms. Espinal was a senior advisor at Brunswick Group, a global strategic communications advisory, where she led the Inclusion & Diversity practice. She began her career as a civil rights advocate working on behalf of communities of color at Unidos US and later leading the NAACP’s national civic engagement policy platform.
Ms. Espinal received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Latin American Studies in 2000 from the University of Virginia, and an Ed.M. with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2003.
Ms. Espinal resides in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Todd P. Haymore
Managing director, global economic development, commerce and government relations, Hunton & Williams
Todd P. Haymore leads Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Global Economic development, Commerce and Government Relations practice group. Having worked at the intersection of business and government in various public- and private-sector leadership positions, he provides strategic advice and helps guide companies through the most vexing challenges relating to business expansion or relocation within Virginia, throughout the United States, and abroad.
Mr. Haymore previously served as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce & Trade and Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry under Governors Terry McAuliffe and Bob McDonnell, and Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under Governor Tim Kaine. In these roles, he worked to promote Virginia businesses here and abroad and attracted domestic and foreign business investments to Virginia. Mr. Haymore also partnered with private-sector companies, regional entities and local, state and federal government officials to grow exports from Virginia and implement economic development strategies, including the creation of new and highly impactful economic development incentive programs.
Prior to his service in state government, Mr. Haymore held several leadership positions in the private sector, including serving as head of external affairs, government relations, and corporate communications for two Fortune 1000 companies, Universal Leaf Tobacco Company and DIMON Incorporated. Mr. Haymore also led Universal’s foundation, working with colleagues to devise and execute strategies to improve the company’s philanthropic efforts. In addition, Mr. Haymore served as a key legislative and communications advisor to former U.S. Congressman L. F. Payne.
Regarded as a leader in economic development in Virginia, Mr. Haymore is a member of the Washington Airports Task Force Board of Directors, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Virginia FREE Board of Directors. He earned his master of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Richmond.
A Danville-Pittsylvania County native, Mr. Haymore resides in Henrico County with his wife, Margaret, and three daughters.
Robert D. Holsworth, Ph.D.
Managing principal, DecideSmart
Robert D. Holsworth, Ph.D., is a managing principal of DecideSmart, a firm that provides strategic advice, research and civic engagement services to public sector organizations, nonprofits and private sector companies with public policy and governmental interests. He was the founding director of the Center for Public Policy and a director of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also served as dean and interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest unit of the university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
A number of major governmental initiatives have benefited from Dr. Holsworth’s service in key positions. He acted as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness from 2002-04, a comprehensive analysis of the business practices of Virginia state government that became the foundation of an extensive governmental reform package. Dr. Holsworth worked as director of the Virginia Executive Institute, the leading professional development program for state executives in the commonwealth. In addition, he served as co-staff director of the Commission on the Future of Virginia’s Urban Areas, a gubernatorial commission that examined how Virginia’s urban areas could become flourishing parts of regional economies.
Dr. Holsworth has considerable experience designing, leading and managing complex survey research studies, regional data initiatives and countywide civic engagement projects. His observances on national and Virginia politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 2011, Campaigns and Elections magazine named him one of Virginia’s 100 influentials.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Holsworth has one daughter and lives in Richmond, Va.
Gopinath Jadhav, M.D.
internal medicine specialist
John A. Luke Jr.
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.
Edward L. McCoy
President and CEO, Eaheart Industrial Service Inc.
Edward L. McCoy is President and CEO of Eaheart Industrial Service, Inc., a material handling equipment company headquartered in Richmond, Va. Eaheart is a dealer for Caterpillar, Mitsubishi and Jungheinrich equipment. Eaheart also designs and installs engineered warehouse storage systems. He is also the primary owner of New Virginia Tractor, a John Deere agricultural dealership.
Mr. McCoy is active in the Richmond community and has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Board, the board of directors for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors for Richmond Renaissance. He served on the board of directors for Maggie L. Walker Governors School and was a governor-appointed commissioner for the Virginia Housing Development Association board. He currently serves on the Richmond Management Round Table and on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and resides in Richmond, Virginia.
Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson
Pastor, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Rev. Tyrone E. Nelson serves as the seventh pastor of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. His ministry started with his service as a youth minister for two churches and the position of director of youth and evangelism ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. Rev. Nelson has been the recipient of several awards, most recently the 2017 Alpha Phi Alpha Community Service Award.
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, has more than 150 years of rich history yet continues to adapt to the needs of the 21st century. With Rev. Nelson as leader, the congregation has focused on addressing issues impacting the underserved in the community. Outreach efforts include canceling worship in order for members to do random acts of kindness and hosting conferences that address topics such as domestic violence.
Rev. Nelson has a heart for working to meet the needs of people, especially those who are overlooked and under-privileged. In November 2011, the Rev. Nelson was elected by the citizens of Henrico County (Varina District) to serve as its supervisor. He is the first African-American elected official in the district’s history and only the second African-American supervisor in Henrico County. He has served as board chairperson and vice-chair.
Since being elected, Rev. Nelson oversaw the construction of the new Varina Library, advocated for Team Excel's move to the "old" Varina Library, opened An Achievable Dream Academy at Highland Springs Elementary School, started the Henrico Citizens Academy, led effort to purchase 100 acres for the Sports Park in Sandston.
A native of Richmond, after completing his public school education, the Rev. Nelson earned his Associate of Science in business administration from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Nelson and his wife, Sharaza, have three children: Tyrone Jr., Sydney, and Makenzie.
Coleen Santa Ana, MHA
president of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
Ms. Coleen Santa Ana is the President of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center (SAMC), a 182-bed facility and multi-clinic enterprise within the Sentara Healthcare System. Ms. Santa Ana has been at Sentara Albemarle since December 2014. During her tenure, SAMC has achieved significant improvements in safety, quality and financial performance evidenced by the hospital’s first Leapfrog A rating as well as integrating Sentara’s newest acquisition from a $8 million loss to break even. Sentara’s Northeastern North Carolina division has seen growth through rebuilding the region by strengthening and building new services as well as recruiting over 30 new healthcare providers.
Ms. Santa Ana is from Virginia Beach, VA and started her career with Sentara. After graduate school Santa Ana pursued a for profit career and served in several roles with Healthcare Corporation of American and Universal Health Services, including Chief Operating Officer prior to returning to Sentara. Prior to her President role with Sentara, Ms. Santa Ana played an integral role as a Corporate Senior Strategist in leading the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Strategic Plan and facilitated the integration of Sentara’s newest hospital merger.
Ms. Santa Ana received a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in 2001.
Ms. Santa Ana earned Modern Healthcare’s ‘Up and Comers Award’ in 2018. Ms. She is currently a board member of the North Carolina Healthcare Association, the College of Albemarle, and the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce. She was also appointed to the AHA Equity Care Award Committee in 2019.
Ms. Santa Ana currently resides in Elizabeth City, N.C.
Stuart C. Siegel
Former CEO and Chair of the board of S&K Famous Brands, Inc.
A Richmond, Va. native, Mr. Siegel graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. with a B.S. degree. Until 2009 he served as Chairman of S&K Famous Brands Inc., a value-priced retailer of brand-name menswear which he founded along with his father in 1969.
Mr. Siegel was named Distinguished Retailer of the Year by the Retail Merchants Association of Greater Richmond in 1991 and received the Outstanding Alumni Award from East Carolina University the following year. He has also received the Alumni of the Year Award from Leadership Metro Richmond, the Hall of Fame Award from The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and the Flame Bearers of Education Award from The College Fund/UNCF.
In addition to serving as a former board member for the National Retail Federation, Menswear Retailers of America and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Mr. Siegel serves or has served on the boards of a number of local organizations, including the The Community Foundation, Richmond Forum, Virginia Racing Commission, University of Richmond, The Richmond SPCA and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. He is a founding board member of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and Tredegar Trust Company.
Mr. Siegel was a member of the VCU Board of Visitors and formerly served as rector. He was also a member of the VCU Health System Board. The university’s convocation and recreation center, the Stuart C. Siegel Center, is named in honor of him. Mr. Siegel received the Edward A. Wayne Medal from VCU in 2013.
Mr. Siegel lives in Richmond with his wife, Dawn.
Wells Fargo market president and business banking manager, Eastern Virginia region
Ms. Alexis Swann is the Wells Fargo business banking manager for the eastern region of Virginia, and is the president of the peninsula market for the bank. She serves on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation board, the Christopher Newport University School of Business Advisory board, the Newport News Police Foundation board and public service sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Ms. Swann was recently lauded with the 2019 Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian award. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University in 1988 and her MBA from The College of William and Mary in 1993.
Shantaram Talegaonkar, M.D.
Dr. Shantaram K. Talegaonkar is a retired ophthalmologist who served the Hopewell community for more than 28 years at the Eye Clinic of Virginia, Petersburg Eye Center and Virginia Eye Institute. Dr. Talegaonkar’s professional history also includes several appointments and honors. In July 2016, Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed him to the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors, and he has previously served on the Old Dominion Eye Bank Advisory Board, the Hindu Center of Virginia Board of Trustees, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Multicultural Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees, as well as the Shepherd’s Center of Virginia Board of Trustees. Dr. Talegaonkar also served as chairman for the India Chair Initiative at VCU and received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
Dr. Talegaonkar received both his M.B.B.S. and M.S. in ophthalmology from G.R. Medical College in Gwalior, India. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Talegaonkar is married to Dr. Sunita Talegaonkar, a pediatrician, and they reside in Richmond, Va. They have three children, a son and two daughters.
G. Richard Wagoner Jr.
Former chairman and CEO, General Motors
Rick Wagoner retired from General Motors Corporation in August 2009 after a 32-year career. He served as GM chief executive officer from June 2000 through March 2009, and was also chairman from May 2003 through March 2009. Other senior positions that Mr. Wagoner held at GM include president and chief operating officer, executive vice president/president of North American Operations, executive vice president/chief financial officer and head of worldwide purchasing, and president and managing director of General Motors do Brasil.
Mr. Wagoner’s current business activities include serving as a director of publicly traded Invesco and Graham Holdings, and privately held Aleris International and ChargePoint, Inc. He is on the advisory boards of AEA Investors and Jefferies Investment Banking and Capital Markets Group, and is a senior advisor to Riverwood Holdings, XL Hybrids and WePredict. He also advises a number of startups and early stage companies. He is an honorary member of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council, and was formerly a member and director of The Business Roundtable and The Business Council.
Mr. Wagoner has been a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors since July 2013. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Duke University, where he served as chair. He also is a member of the Duke University Health System Board of directors, the Duke Kunshan University Advisory Board, Duke Fuqua School of Business Advisory Board, and the Leapfrog Group Board of Directors. He was previously on the Detroit Country Day School Board of Trustees from 1994-2012, and served on a number of community boards in the Detroit area over the years.
Born in Wilmington, Del., on Feb. 9, 1953, and raised in Richmond, Va., Mr. Wagoner attended Henrico County public schools. He attended Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude in 1975. He then attended Harvard Business School, graduating with a master’s degree in business administration in 1977. Mr. Wagoner received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from VCU in 2011.