NRHA Board Re-elects “Shep” Miller Chair and Barbara Hamm Lee Vice Chair

NRHA Board of Commissioners today re-elected W. Sheppard “Shep” Miller, III, as chairman and Barbara Hamm Lee as vice chairman. Terms are for one year. Miller has served 10 terms as chairman.

Miller is chairman of the board of KITCO Fiber Optics and is president and CEO of Light Tech Fiber Optics, both based in Virginia Beach. Miller serves as chairman of the board of Hampton Roads Ventures, an NRHA subsidiary which secures and sells New Markets Tax Credits.

He was appointed by the Governor to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Miller also serves on the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force as well as boards of Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, where he chairs their political action committee, and Monarch Bank Norfolk Division.

In addition, Miller was President of the Rotary Club of Norfolk for 2008-2009. He was a member of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority for nine years, serving as chairman for five of those years before joining the NRHA Board.

Lee has served as WHRO’s chief community engagement officer from January 2008 until July 2011 when she became WHRO’s Creative Services Officer. 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.   

Lee is especially active in the community, currently serving as a board member for the Hermitage Museum and Samaritan House. She was appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia Fire Services Board (2007-2009); and is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, Youth Entertainment Studios and the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation. Barbara was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA in 2010.

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