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Regional Advisory Panel

This group is an advisory committee providing input in the planning process from a broad range of perspectives from across Hampton Roads. Members include representative business and civic leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors.


  • John Rowe Mayor of Portsmouth, Co-Chair
  • Donnie Tuck Mayor of Hampton, Co-Chair
  • Shawn Avery President and CEO, Hampton Roads Workforce Council
  • Lisa Baehre Executive Director, Sandler Center Foundation
  • Gilbert Bland  President and CEO, Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • Judith Brown Retired
  • Ron Carlee Executive Director ODU, Center for Regional Excellence
  • Robbyn Gayer President, Future of Hampton Roads
  • Debra Haggins Executive Director, Hampton University Ministers Conference
  • Steven Kast President and CEO, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula
  • Angela Kellam President and CEO, The Planning Council
  • Don Luzzatto VP for Civic Engagement, Hampton Roads Community Foundation
  • William Mann President, Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Board
  • Thaler McCormick CEO, ForKids, Inc.
  • Bob McKenna President and CEO, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Montieth President and CEO, Peninsula Community Foundation
  • Barbara Nelson VP for Government Relations and Transportation Policy, Port of Virginia 
  • Jim Oliver Retired 
  • Amy Parkhurst Senior Vice President, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance 
  • Craig Quigley Executive Director, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
  • Jo-Anne Roisen Executive Director, OASIS Social Ministries 
  • Jim Spore President and CEO, ReInvent Hampton Roads
  • Bryan Stephens President and CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 
  • Louisa Strayhorn President, LSA Consulting USA, LLC 
  • Raymond Tripp Executive Director, Coliseum Central Business Improvement District 
  • Steve Zollos CEO, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Technical Work Group

This group is comprised to local and regional transportation planning and budgeting experts. They provide critical technical inputs to support viable outcomes from the planning process. Members include 2 representatives from each local government that is a member of the Transportation District Commission (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach), 2 representatives from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, and 2 representatives from Hampton Roads Transit.


Interagency Coordinating Committee

This group is comprised of representatives from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, and the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (HRT), which are three agencies that have responsibilities for transportation planning, service outcomes related to the project, and ensuring compliance with legislative and regulatory mandates.


  • Jennifer Mitchell Director, DRPT
  • Jennifer B. DeBruhl Chief of Public Transportation, DRPT
  • William E. Harrell CEO, HRT
  • Brian Smith Chief of Staff, HRT
  • Robert A. Crum, Jr.   Executive Director, HRTPO
  • Michael S. Kimbrel Deputy Executive Director, HRTPO