NRHA is headed by a board of seven commissioners, appointed by Norfolk City Council, who are responsible for determining policy and direction. NRHA Commissioners are residents of Norfolk and serve staggered four-year terms. The board elects a chairman and vice chairman, as well as selects an executive director who is responsible for NRHA’s activities and operations. To contact a Commissioner, call 314-1679.
Barbara Hamm Lee
Barbara Hamm Lee has served as WHRO’s Creative Services Officer since July, 2011. She is responsible for marketing, promotion, and media relations for WHRO/WHRV Public Media. She is the executive producer and host of Another View, a program that examines issues of particular interest to the African- American community in Hampton Roads, and airs on 89.5 WHRV-FM.
Barbara joined WHRO as Chief Communications Officer in March, 2006. In that capacity, she was responsible for all aspects of station communications, and had charge of television programming and community outreach as well.
Prior to joining WHRO, Barbara served as Director of Corporate Communications for Communications Technologies, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia. She has also directed the Office of Communications of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Police Department, and was owner of Hamm & Fox Communications, Inc., a media relations firm based in Norfolk specializing in crisis media management, media training, marketing and community outreach. Throughout her career, she has been a media consultant to commercial institutions, military and non-profit organizations in and around Hampton Roads. She is a former Director of Station Relations and News Director for WTKR TV, the CBS affiliate in the Hampton Roads area. Barbara began her media career with the NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She also served in management positions for television stations in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA.
Barbara is very active in the community, currently serving as a board member for the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk Education Foundation, the Planning Council, and the YWCA of South Hampton Roads. She was appointed by Norfolk City Council as a Commissioner for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in October, 2010. She was appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia Fire Services Board (2007-2009); and was formerly a board member for Youth Entertainment Studios, Samaritan House, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, and the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation. Barbara was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA in 2010.
Barbara proudly received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bennett College in 1978 (summa cum laude). She is a member of Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, is married to Maxie A. Lee, and has two daughters and a granddaughter. She enjoys reading, public speaking, and spending time with family and friends.
Donald J. Musacchio retired from a notable federal career . Mr. Musacchio last served as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Management of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. He was responsible for Agency-wide policy formulation and implementation in the areas of Labor and Employee Relations, Human Resources, Civil Rights, Emergency Planning, and Administrative Services. Post September 11, 2001, Don also had responsibilities in the programs of Continuity of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP). Prior to entering the Senior Executive Service, Don was the Director of Labor and Employee Relations for FSIS.P. He has also served in various LR/ER and EEO counselor positions throughout the Department of the Navy. In those positions he provided labor and employee relations advice and representational services to naval activities throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Don has successfully represented management before the FLRA, FSIP, MSPB, EEOC and arbitrators. He has been the chief negotiator on numerous labor agreements, dealing with employees both covered by and exempt from Title V. He is a trained and experienced mediator and facilitator with expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and interest based problem solving techniques. Don is a founding member and former Vice-Chair of the Interagency Labor Relations Forum. The ILRF is a group devoted to focusing on labor and employee relations advocacy and professional development from a management perspective. He is also on the Board of Directors of several organizations including, the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals, the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University, and the City of Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He is also licensed by the International Rugby Board as an educator and evaluator of rugby referees. Since his retirement he has provided consultant services to several federal agencies including DoD, DHS, USDA, HHS, NIH and NOAA.
Mr. Musacchio received his B.S. and M.S. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the co-author of The Federal Supervisor's Guide to Drug Testing; The Federal Employee's Guide to Drug Testing; and Managing Leave and Attendance Problems: A Guide for Federal Managers. Don is an entertaining and sought after speaker and trainer. He has conducted hundreds of labor and employee relations courses and trained thousands of federal managers. He often presents at major national conferences including FPMI’s Annual Labor and Employee Relations Conference, OPM’s SOELR Conference, Society of Federal Labor Relations Professionals and The Federal Dispute Resolution Annual Conferences as well as the DOD LR and ER Conference.
Albert attended Norfolk State University, St. Leo College and Norfolk Business College where he majored in Business Administration and Accounting. Currently, Albert serves as the Executive Director for Garden of Hope Community Development Corp, whose mission is to build healthy neighborhoods by providing services and programs to underserved individuals, families and communities throughout Hampton Roads.
“Alphonso is highly recognized region-wide for his integrity, strong leadership in reviving communities and ability to galvanize leaders to address vital issues. This expertise will bring great value to the board”, said NRHA Chief Executive Officer Shurl Montgomery. Highlights of Albert’s professional affiliations include LEAD Hampton Roads, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads 200+ Men, Tidewater Children’s Foundation, Norfolk Drug Court Foundation and Park Place Property Owner’s Association. He is a longtime resident of Norfolk and currently resides in the Broad Creek neighborhood with his wife Linda.
Rose Arrington joined the NRHA Board in August of 2012. Ms. Arrington has been an advocate for improving her community for many years. This appointment provides her with another opportunity to fulfill her mission to champion economic self-sufficiency for socially and economically challenged families, particularly those in public housing. She has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit agencies, whose missions benefitted economically and socially disadvantaged populations, including Community Housing Services, The Center for Community and Family Services, The He Ain’t Heavy Foundation and Northwest Manors Affordable Housing Development Corporation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. She has managed polling venues and coordinated voter registration events.
Ms. Arrington has been a resident of Diggs Park since 2005, and currently serves as President of Diggs Town Tenant Management Corporation. Being a resident provides her with a keen perspective, and provides the NRHA Board with input from the community level in making its decisions. Because of her work and keen insight, Ms. Arrington has been asked to participate in an advisory capacity to quite a few Boards and Commissions.
Ms. Arrington is also an advocate for creating opportunities for grief counseling within the public housing community. She believes that grief counseling is a staple missing from these communities, particularly since these families experience tragedy, per capita, at a much higher rate than families in other communities. She knows first hand experiencing the tragic loss of both her teen-aged son, followed several years later by the tragic loss of her husband due to social and economic disadvantage. These tragedies have provided her with a passion and special insight that makes her a better champion for her cause. She is an advocate for Victims of Violent Crimes, Victims of Domestic Violence and Victims of Child Abuse.
Ms. Arrington is a member of the First Baptist Church of Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Virginia.
Michael B. Burnette
Michael B. Burnette, CCIM is the founder of Burnette Development and specializes in private equity syndication of real estate developments and operating companies. Through a core group of investors, Michael has helped raise private equity funds to either build and/or fund and open eleven self-storage facilities, three PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) franchises, a heavy construction equipment rental company, and several mixed use properties. Michael is one of the founding members of Mosquito Joe.
Prior to obtaining an MBA from The College of William and Mary, Michael worked for Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics.
Michael currently serves as the Chariman of Buzz Franchise Brands LLC. Michael has also served as a Director of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority and was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Michael serves on the boards of the Greater Norfolk Corporation Executive Board, Norfolk Forum, Monarch Bank, and the Virginia Zoo (currently serving as President).
Inside Business recognized Michael in 2007 as one of the “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders in Hampton Roads and again in 2009 for “Excellence in Entrepreneurship”.
Michael and his wife, Cathy, along with daughters Ellie and Mary Catherine live in Norfolk.
Gresham is Vice President of E.T. Gresham Company, a local family-owned construction firm in Norfolk. Gresham graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in architecture and has over 43 years of experience in the industry, 30 years of which are with E. T Gresham. Highlights of his professional affiliations include Mayor’s Downtown Norfolk Taskforce, General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation and Ghent Business Association. Gresham is a Norfolk native and currently resides in the Belvedere neighborhood with his wife Jane.
The Norfolk City Council appointed Suzanne Puryear to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) Board of Commissioners last month. Puryear fills a vacancy left by the death of Robert Soble, whose term was set to expire April 14, 2016.
Puryear is President of The Planning Council, a regional nonprofit organization that plans, develops and manages human services programs. Prior to joining The Planning Council, Suzanne served as the Director of the Department of Human Services for the City of Norfolk, administered community-based programs for a private child-serving company, and provided consulting and facilitation services to local governments and nonprofit agencies to increase organizational capacity and effectiveness.
Puryear has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. She is an alumna of the Senior Executive Institute of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia, and CIVIC Leadership Institute. She serves on various community boards, including Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling, as well as Together We Can Foundation and Hampton Roads Community Foundation. She is a past President of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children and the National Association of Planning Councils.
“We are pleased to have Suzanne join our Board of Commissioners,” said John Kownack, Executive Director. “She brings a wealth of experience to our board and I know she will help us do great things.”
Barbara Hamm Lee, Chair of the Board stated “We are thrilled to have Suzanne as our newest member of the NRHA Board of Commissioners. Her passion and commitment to the City of Norfolk and its residents is legendary and I know she will bring critical skill, thought and knowledge to the table as we continue to ensure that Norfolk has safe, affordable, attractive and lively neighborhoods for all.”
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