2018 CREW Richmond Board Members

January 1, 2018
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President- Ginny Johnston

Ginny Johnston, CID – Workplace Strategy + Design, at Capital One is part of a dynamic team focused on Workplace Experience as part of Workplace Solutions. As a Workplace Strategist, she utilizes current research and knowledge of industry best practices to develop compelling solutions in support of corporate guidelines, company culture and ever-changing business objectives while continuously challenging the effectiveness of design. Prior to her work at Capital One, Ginny was Director of Interior Design at Commonwealth Architects and led an award-winning team of designers, creating best-in-class office environments. Her years of experience in design, planning and project management bring a balanced and diversified approach to developing new strategies. She is focused on bringing added value to the connection between people and their work environment that elevates the associate experience, enhances productivity and enables associates to do the best work of their lives.

President-Elect- Brenda Karp

Brenda Elliott Karp is the Vice President of Breeden Realty, the commercial leasing and sales division of The Breeden Company, a commercial, multi-family, residential, and resort developer based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Brenda is responsible for securing National, Regional, and Local tenants for Breeden's Richmond, Yorktown, Newport News, Carrollton and Portsmouth, Virginia shopping centers as well as the sale and development of land. Brenda has more than 20 years of corporate real estate experience including tenant and landlord representation, site and market analysis, sales forecasting, and acquisition due diligence. She has represented National, Regional and Local developers and shopping center owners throughout the state of Virginia. Her career has included positions with Divaris Real Estate, The Shopping Center Group, Richfood and Heilig-Meyers Furniture. Brenda has completed more than 700 leasing and sales transactions, representing in excess of 2.5 million square feet.

Immediate Past President- Rowena Fratarcangelo

Rowena Fratarcangelo works for the Greater Richmond Partnership, the regional economic development group that represents the City of Richmond and Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield counties. As Vice President, Business Development, she is part of the business attraction and marketing team. She works with all types of domestic and international companies that are looking to relocate or expand in Greater Richmond. Rowena assists with their site selection process, helping them find appropriate real estate, educating them on the benefits of locating in the region, and facilitating connections with local service providers, area universities, and existing businesses.

Rowena and her husband, Dante, live in the City of Richmond with Tigger and Rudy, their two rescue dogs. Rowena enjoys participating in a book group, playing on a women’s volleyball team at the Richmond Volleyball Club, and taking classes related to urban agriculture.

Treasurer- Elizabeth Lewis

Elizabeth is a CPA and Manager in the Business Assurance department at Keiter CPAs. Elizabeth entered public accounting at Keiter in 2011 after teaching high school math for two years. As a former teacher, she enjoys research and explaining concepts in new ways to assist her clients. She also devotes much of her time to developing her teammates internally at Keiter.

Elizabeth’s audit client base consists primarily of not-for-profit organizations (including foundations) and real estate investment funds, but she has experience with a wide variety of industries including health care, contractors, and employee benefit plans.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth enjoys visiting Virginia wineries and spending time with her two young children. Elizabeth participates in Impact 100, a Richmond giving group, and enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement to promote financial literacy. Elizabeth received her degrees in Mathematics (B.A.) and Accounting (M.A.) from the University of Virginia.

Sponsorship- Meg O'Brien

Meg O’Brien is a civil engineer, land development professional and has used her 17+ years of experience to work on high-profile, fast-paced work in/around the Commonwealth. She loves a project that enhances the community and screams quality. Meg jumps out of bed with a huge smile each morning because she has the chance to make a difference in the world. Each day is new! She loves to partner with her clients by incorporating strategy, creativity and good, solid engineering principles. Industrial, corporate, office, commercial, higher-ed; Meg has worked on them all and has discovered the unique nuances of each project type. Bring her a challenge with many moving parts, big company politics, and impossible timelines and she will show you a woman rolling up her sleeves to make it a reality!

Network Liaison- Chris Hairston-White

As VP of External Affairs, Chris Hairston-White is responsible for the Better Housing Coalition’s fundraising, communications and public policy advocacy efforts. Before joining BHC in 2015, Chris held various leadership positions in business development, commercial and retail banking over a 12-year banking career at Wells Fargo Bank, Premier Bank/Consolidated Bank & Trust, and Bank of America.

Chris serves on the Board of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW) Richmond and on the Bon Secours Richmond Health System Board. Her volunteer service also includes membership on the finance committee of Art180, where she previously served on the board as Treasurer; and on the 2017 Visual Arts Center’s Craft and Design Committee. Chris is 2018 Chair-Elect of SisterFund, a giving circle administered by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. SisterFund raises awareness about issues affecting African-American women and girls in the Richmond region, and invests in nonprofits that serve them via competitive grantmaking.

Among her recent accolades, Chris was recognized by YNPN RVA as a 2017 Great Nonprofit Boss; and by CREW Richmond as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Commercial Real Estate in 2015. Chris received her B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s class of 2009.

Secretary- Jessie Ewald

Jessie Ewald is a licensed professional engineer and serves as the Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Services Team Leader for Draper Aden Associates (DAA). DAA is a leading Mid-Atlantic consulting engineering firm that specializes in providing Engineering, Surveying, and Environmental Services for many sectors. In her role, Jessie provides oversight of construction materials testing and special inspection for new construction and renovation; and geotechnical services in the areas of due diligence, new construction, renovation, and forensic analyses. Her team also specializes in pavement conditions assessments and maintenance plans.

Jessie has been a member of CREW for 5 years, and served on the Community Service and Network Liaison Committees prior to joining the CREW Richmond Board in 2016. She lives in Chesterfield with her husband, Casey, and three children, Cadence 7, Parker 5, and Landon 2. For fun she enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer.

Membership Director- Amelia Wehunt

Amelia Wehunt is a licensed professional engineer and senior project manager at Timmons Group, a consulting firm specializing in multi-disciplined civil engineering services. She specializes in site design, redevelopment, and stormwater management. Much of her work, in addition to designing and preparing construction plans, involves stakeholder coordination and work sessions, representation at public meetings, and providing construction support services. Amelia was honored in 2015 as one of CREW Richmond’s 25 Women to Watch, and also in 2017 as one of ENR MidAtlantic’s Top 20 under 40. Prior to working at Timmons Group, Amelia attended the University of Virginia where she majored in civil engineering and minored in engineering business. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, son Philip, and daughter Libby.