Board of Directors

CREW Richmond is managed by a Board of Directors that works together to set and accomplish the chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Serving on the CREW Richmond Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for leadership and networking among other ambitious men and women working in the commercial real estate field. All CREW Richmond Board members, directors, and committee chairs serve individual terms of one (1) year.

Board of Directors


Rowena Fratarcangelo
Economic Development
Greater Richmond Partnership
(804) 643-3227


Virginia W. Johnston
Workplace Stategy Manager
Captial One
(804) 519-3028

Past President

Elizabeth Ghezzi Steele, Esq
Title/Escrow - Underwriting
Stewart Title Company
(804) 588-3734


Jessica Ewald, P.E.
Engineering - Civil
Draper Aden Associates
(804) 264-2228

Virginia W. Johnston
Workplace Stategy Manager
Captial One
(804) 519-3028



Michelle A. Graves, CPA, CVA
(804) 855-1221


Brenda Elliott Karp
Brokerage - Leasing
The Breeden Company
(804) 364-1006

Director - Community Service/Outreach

Meaghan O'Brien, PE, LEED AP+NC
(804) 205-3360

Director - Membership

Amelia Wehunt, PE
Engineering - Civil
Timmons Group
(804) 200-6544

Director - Programs

Wendy A. Walton-Smith, CCIM, CPM
Property Management
The RMR Group
(804) 527-0718

Directors - PR/Marketing/Communications

Chris RHairston-White
Investor Relations
Better Housing Coalition
(804) 644-0546

Chandra D. Lantz
Hirschler Fleischer
(804) 771-9586


Director - Sponsorship

Renee McDowell
Dominion Service Company
(804) 745-0007

Reasons to Serve

  • Increased visibility within the CRE industry

  • Leadership skills and experience that benefit you and your company
  • Impact on the future of women in CRE
  • Expanded professional connections
  • Opportunity to influence direction and benefits of CREW Richmond membership

Time Commitment

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings
  • Attend regularly scheduled committee meetings


  • Chaired a standing committee
  • Actively participated as a member of a CREW Network chapter for at least one (1) year prior to such nomination
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of CREW