NRHA Commissioner “Shep” Miller Re-elected Board Chair, Barbara Hamm Lee Elected Vice Chair

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LaRhesa Christmas

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Release Date: 
Fri, 07/15/2011

At the July 13, 2011, NRHA Board of Commissioners meeting, W. Sheppard “Shep” Miller, III, was re-elected chairman of the board. Barbara Hamm Lee was elected vice chair, replacing L. Robert “Bob” Layton who will continue to serve on the board. Terms are for one year.

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. Along with his work for NHRA, Miller serves as chairman of the board of Hampton Roads Ventures, a for profit entity which secures and sells New Market Tax Credits in the southeastern United States. Miller also serves on the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force, the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness, and the boards of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Monarch Bank’s Norfolk Division.

Lee has served as WHRO’s chief community engagement officer since January 2008. She is responsible for local television productions and programming.

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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