The Tidewater Community College Alumni Council Board enhances the reputation and visibility of the College by cultivating valuable connections among alumni, employees, students and the community.
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Garrett Berger ’05
After relocating to Hampton Roads from Northern Virginia in 2003, Garrett Berger completed course work in business administration at Tidewater Community College before transferring to the University of Virginia. There he earned a bachelor’s in commerce and master’s in accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce.
Inspired by one of his accounting professors at TCC, the late Louise “Etta” Hillier, Mr. Berger began his career with KPMG, LLP in Norfolk, where he advanced to the position of manager in the Audit and Assurance Services practice.
A licensed CPA, he left KPMG in 2014 to become controller at T. Parker Host, Inc., a shipping agency and maritime solutions provider headquartered in Norfolk.
In addition to his work with the TCC Alumni Council, Mr. Berger continues to serve as a resource and mentor for students seeking to transfer to selective colleges and universities. He is treasurer of the Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council.
Tracy Kessler-Keller ’01
Tracy Keller received TCC degrees in General Studies, Social Sciences, and Business Administration. She went on to graduate from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics.
Since 2004, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, a regional nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of girls. The Council has an average membership of 22,000 and received the 2008 Agency of the Year Award from the United Way of South Hampton Roads, and the 2009 “4ward” Hampton Roads Award from Lead Hampton Roads.
In 2007, Ms. Keller earned a certification in nonprofit management from TCC’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, and, in 2007, was selected to attend a Strategic Leader Seminar at the United States Army War College sponsored by Columbia University Business School. In 2009, she graduated from the Lead Hampton Roads program. She joined the ranks of the prestigious Civic Leadership Institute’s alumni in 2010.
Ms. Keller has been recognized for her leadership many times. In 2008 she was honored as one of the “Top 40 Leaders under 40” by Inside Business Magazine and, in 2012, she was honored with the Women of Distinction Award by the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.
Jane Bennett ’91
Jane Bennett, a native of Norfolk, received her Associate of Science in Business Administration from TCC, and certification as a Chartered Life Underwriter and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Bennett is a financial services professional at the New York Life Insurance Company. She has worked as an accountant specialist in various savings banks, including as an account manager for Tidemark Bank in Newport News. She qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table four times.
Ms. Bennett’s continued connection with TCC also includes her current participation in the Women’s Center Advisory Group, now known as the Network for Empowering Women Students (N.E.W.S.). Ms. Bennett chaired the group from 2003 to 2010.
Tonda Hayden ’17
Tonda Hayden was born and raised in Norfolk, and currently resides in Virginia Beach. A true native of Hampton Road, Tonda received her Associate of Applied Science in Management Cum Laude from TCC in 2017.
Being a first-generation college graduate and overcoming many obstacles in life; she has risen to the top of the business world serving as adviser to many business owners and entrepreneurs in the Hampton Roads area. She believes anything is possible with endurance and perseverance.
Mrs. Hayden has been employed with Rachel Screen Printing for ten years as office manager and acting executive buyer. She has implemented current and relevant technological standards and tactics so Rachel Screen Printing can remain a competitor in the area. She strides to lead by example and never makes excuses.
William “Dean” Lacy ’04
Dean received an AS in Business Administration from TCC in 2004 prior to retiring from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of distinguished service. He went on to graduate from Old Dominion University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
After transitioning from the Navy, Dean continued to serve our Nation, first as a DoD contractor, then a civil servant for both the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Suffolk, Virginia. His education in the business field prepared him for his role today as a portfolio manager for multiple IT networks, systems and capabilities that are used to support and enable world-wide joint force development.
A native of Alabama, Dean now calls Virginia Beach home with his wife Holly and their two pups. All three of the Lacy children attended TCC after high school, transferred to ODU as well, and received their degrees in Criminal Justice, Business Marketing, and Psychology.
Valerie Myers ’05
A Chesapeake Native – Valerie Myers received her Associate of Fine Arts degree from TCC in 2005. She went on to graduate from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Arts in English – Creative Writing, with a minor in African American Studies.
While earning her degree from TCC, she began her career in Public Relations and Communications. She held various positions with several in-house communications teams including at Tidewater Builders Association, the state of Maryland, and Rhodes Communications, a Norfolk Public Relations firm as a public relations account executive.
Since 2016, Myers has worked as the Media & Communications Coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach. In her current role, she manages communications initiatives to inform and engage residents about the city projects that affect them.
Ellyn Hodgis ’91
Ellyn Hodgis has lived in Virginia Beach since 1986. She graduated summa cum laude from TCC in 1991 with an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with an Education concentration at Old Dominion University and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Troy University, Alabama.
Following graduation from TCC, Ms. Hodgis worked as a radiologic technologist at Sentara Bayside Hospital and served as a clinical instructor for the TCC radiography program at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She is currently an associate professor and program head of radiography at TCC, where she created the mammography program. She has also served on the TCC Faculty Senate since 2004 and was elected chair in 2012.
Ms. Hodges is a frequent lecturer for the Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Terri Kwasny received her Associate of Science in Business Administration from TCC in 2008. She received a Bachelor of Science in management from Old Dominion University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Management Student.
In 2002, Ms. Kwasny began a career at Norfolk Southern Corporation, where she is currently an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer in the Human Resource Department. She has served on Norfolk Southern’s corporate Diversity Council, a cross-section of employees who promote the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through education and awareness.
Ms. Kwasny is also active in Norfolk Southern’s employee resource groups, including Women in Norfolk Southern (WINS) and the Thoroughbred Volunteers, and she is a founding member of the Company’s Toastmasters Club, Toasters on Track.
Drew Little ’04
Drew Little received an Associate of Arts at Tidewater Community College. While at TCC he served as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa, was a Study Abroad scholarship winner, a writer for the TCC Times, and a Dean’s List and President’s List honoree.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in History at the College of William & Mary, where he also majored in economics. Mr. Little then earned his M.B.A. at the Mason School of Business at William & Mary.
He is the founder and CEO of true-indie.com and is a business development manager for Pilot Media. Prior to joining Pilot Media, he worked as a director of sales, as well as in management, operations and training. Mr. Little received over 75 sales and operations awards at the district, regional, and national levels.
He has served on a number of committees and boards including the Natchel Blues Network and Virginia Opera.
Bruce Meyer ’87
Bruce Meyer is owner and president of Meyer Group Insurance, which specializes in creating benefits programs for businesses. A long-time advocate for higher education, he has served on both TCC’s College Board and on the State Board for Community Colleges.
In 2001 Mr. Meyer was appointed to the State Board, where he chaired the Academic and Student Affairs/Workforce Development Committee and participated in the implementation of the Virginia Community College System’s Guaranteed Transfer Program.
He subsequently served for four years on the TCC College Board, including chairing its Advocacy and Advancement Committee. Mr. Meyer was again appointed to the State Board in 2010. In 2012 he was elected vice chairman/chairman-elect and served as chair 2013-2014.
Jerry Ortiz ’04
Immediate Past President
Jerry Ortiz, a native of San Antonio, Texas, and now a resident of Chesapeake, received his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from TCC and his Bachelor of Arts in history and social science from Old Dominion University, where he is also currently pursuing a master’s in higher education.
Mr. Ortiz retired from the United States Navy after completing 21 years of honorable service. After three years as a teacher of civics and economics, and religion at St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk, Mr. Ortiz returned to TCC where he served as the Alumni Relations officer and president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
While a TCC student, Mr. Ortiz served as the Norfolk Campus Student Government Association president and secretary of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Lucynthia Rawls ’84
Lucynthia Rawls is a native of Virginia Beach and graduate of Kempsville High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Administration in 1980 from the University of Alabama.
Fulfilling a desire to receive college training in computer systems, Ms. Rawls earned an Associate of Applied Science in Business Data Processing from TCC in 1985,
Ms. Rawls was employed as a management analyst for the City of Norfolk Police Department for over 17 years, prior to her retirement in 2013. She holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Emeritus Certification from the national Society of Human Resource Management.
Prior to coming to the City of Norfolk, she worked over 14 years in state and municipal government positions. She is a former board secretary of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, Inc.
Ms. Rawls is a past member and chair of the Human Services Advisory Board, City of Chesapeake. Currently, she is a member of the Tidewater Literacy Partnership, the Norfolk Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, the Virginia Beach Mayor’s African American Roundtable and the Social Services Advisory Board, City of Virginia Beach.