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.
Ms. Keller, a Gold Award Girl Scout, has been the Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast since 2005, a Council serving nearly 12,000 girls with the help of more than 5,000 adults in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina 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, in 2012, she was honored with the Women of Distinction Award by the YWCA of South Hampton Roads, and in 2016, the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award.
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.
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.
Theresa Carpenter ’12
Theresa Carpenter, a native of Virginia Beach believes in helping others achieve their goals. She believes in encouraging her community to grow together, learn together, and help each other. She is proud of her hometown because she says it is one of the best places to live and raise a family.
Theresa is a 2012 graduate of Tidewater Community College, graduating with an AS in Business Administration. She went on to study at Old Dominion University, and she is now completing her studies at Western Governor’s University (WGU).
She currently works as a Sr. System Administrator with one of the top health companies in Hampton Roads. She loves what she does and hopes to continue learning and growing in the IT field.
Santiera Brown ’11
Santiera Brown-Yearling, a native of Suffolk, VA received her Associates of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy in 2011 from Tidewater Community College (TCC). Prior to attending TCC, she received her Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College now known as Virginia Wesleyan University. In 2017, she received her Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College.
She is a active Registered Respiratory Therapist, and have worked on the critical care team at Sentara Norfolk General for the last seven years, and managed the Pulmonary Function Lab at Eastern Virginia Medical School (2017).
Santiera transferred to Sentara Virginia Beach General as the Respiratory Clinical Specialist for Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics. She is a strong clinician and has a passion for research, education, multi-disciplinary collaboration, patient advocacy, and providing excellent care. TCC has created valuable opportunities that has allowed educational and professional growth in her career field.
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.