Board of Directors

Information on the Executive Women International – Richmond Chapter, 2019-2020 Board of Directors

President

Title: President
Name: Jennifer Benton
Firm: Virginia Credit Union
Firm Website:  https://www.vacu.org/

Financial Partnership Manager, Jennifer Benton, is an industry expert with many years of successful financial services and business development experience. As a Financial Partnership Manager, Jennifer partners with Virginia Credit Union’s Select Employee Groups, State Agencies, Local Governments, and Communities for the State of Virginia. Based in Richmond VA, Virginia Credit Union is one of the 55 largest credit unions in the country. Chartered in 1928 with over 250,000 members and more than $3 billion assets. As a cooperative, Virginia Credit Union operates solely for the benefit of its members, not outside stockholders. Earnings of the cooperative are returned to members through helpful services, attractive rates, lower fees, and financial education. Virginia Credit Union’s vision is to be the members’ trusted provider of financial services, helping them achieve greater success.

A native to Virginia Beach, Jennifer’s experience includes more than 20 years of financial services, management, business development, marketing, and customer service knowledge. Jennifer has been a Notary Public for the State of Virginia. Possessed her Life, Health, and Annuities license and Real Estate License for the State of Virginia. Jennifer is an active participant in the community showing support through organizations such as Executive Women International, National Association of Women Business Owners, FeedMore, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Johnston Willis Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.


Secretary

Title: Secretary
Name: Melissa Rundstrom
Firm: Millennium Advisory Services, Inc.
Firm Website:  https://www.mas-edu.com/

 


Treasurer

Title: Treasurer
Name: Brandy Frost
Firm: Gregg & Associates, LLC

Brandy Frost brings 15 plus years’ experience in accounting, management and administration to Gregg & Associates, LLC and EWI – Richmond Chapter along with a wealth of small business expertise. Brandy understands the ins and outs of accounting, from general ledger, account reconciliation and payroll to financial statement preparation. Her first-hand experience working with small business owners from the client perspective gives Brandy unique insight and a firm grasp of various financial situations while assisting Gregg & Associates clients. Additionally, Brandy adds a comprehensive knowledge of the fiscal intricacies within a non-profit setting.

This home-grown Midlothian is an accomplished equestrian with a passion for helping others. Brandy has a lifetime volunteer award from Chesterfield County for her 20 years as a PATH International Certified Riding Instructor who promoted safe and effective equine-assisted activities for special needs adults and children. Brandy now devotes her time as the firm representative with the Executive Women International’s Richmond Chapter. Brandy also enjoys vacationing at the beach, spending time with her family, and the occasional workout.


Sergeant-at-Arms

Title: Sergeant-at-Arms
Name: Cherryll Ellis
Firm: Keiter
Firm Website: https://keitercpa.com/

Cherryll is the Financial Statement Coordinator in the audit department at Keiter in Glen Allen, VA. She has been in this role for the past 5 years and previously worked in Keiter’s production department for 3 years. Cherryll has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Materials Management from Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She joined EWI in 2018 and immediately became an active member of the Sergeant-at-Arms committee. She is looking to broaden her skills and get to know her fellow members in her new role as committee chairperson.

Cherryll is a native of New Jersey, but currently resides in Midlothian, VA with her husband. She loves to travel and has 3 grown children who reside in the Richmond area.


Retention & Recruitment Director

Title: Retention & Recruitment Director
Name: Dee Tunstall
Firm: Dominion Energy
Firm Website:  https://www.dominionenergy.com/


Programs Director

Title: Programs Director
Name: Tanya Johnson
Firm: Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Firm Website:  https://www.cfrichmond.org/

Tanya is the right-hand woman to the Foundation’s President and CEO. She organizes all communication with the Board of Governors as well as with some of our supporting organizations. She coordinates and schedules meetings and events for the Community Foundation. Additionally, she is the liaison when the Executive Team collaborates with outside donors and community leaders.

When Tanya’s not working:

She enjoys spending time with her husband, Craig, and their two children. Tanya also enjoys reading uplifting books, shopping, spending time with friends and visiting zoos, museums and aquariums.

  • Year Tanya joined the Foundation: 2013
  • Averages two cruises a year – she loves to cruise!
  • Likes to home decorate (when she can find time) and watch HGTV
  • Enjoys learning how to create/make new dishes

EWISP Literacy Director

Title: EWISP Literacy Director
Name: Vera Thoms
Firm: Dominion Energy
Firm Website:  https://www.dominionenergy.com/

Vera Fortune Thoms has held several administration positions at Dominion Energy since 2013 in Human Resources, Corporate Governance and most recent in Corporate Philanthropy & Community Partnerships as Philanthropy Coordinator. She is a Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) 2017 graduate and a Board member of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging. It is important to Vera to connect and serve in the communities where she lives and work.

Vera has been a member of Executive Women International (EWI) since 2017 and is thankful for the professional development opportunities it has offered. She has serviced in leadership roles on the Board of Directors as Chair for ASIST and EWISP; scholarship programs for adults and high school seniors.

Vera was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. She enjoys biking in the Virginia Capital Trail and spending time with her husband and three children around a good meal. You might also catch Vera sharing her passion, promoting the importance of capturing your personal history.


ASIST Scholarship Director

Title: ASIST Scholarship Director
Name: DeAnne Butler
Firm: Shamin Hotels
Firm Website:  https://shaminhotels.com/


Communications Director

Title: Communications Director
Name: Kim Domingo
Firm: United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
Firm Website:  https://www.yourunitedway.org/

Kim Domingo is the Database Manager for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. The Database Manager is responsible for managing United Way’s e-Pledge campaigns, which includes setting up individualized e-Pledge portals, customizing company portal websites, sending out e-Pledge email campaigns, and managing workplace donor data. In addition to her database responsibilities, Kim also provides administrative support to the President and CEO.

Kim started out at United Way as a Data Processor, in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s work-study program. After graduation, she moved to Florida, where she worked at United Way of Broward County for a year. When she moved back to Richmond, she found herself at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg in October 2017. Kim has a passion for serving her community and has always known that she wanted to continue serving her community through United Way.

Kim is a native of Virginia Beach and currently resides in Chesterfield with her husband and son.


Advisor

Title: Advisor
Name: Michele Rundstrom
Firm: Altria Client Services LLC
Firm Website: http://altria.com

Michele is a Senior Legal Analyst in the legal department at Altria Client Services LLC. She joined EWI in 2014 and has served two years as the Communications Director, one year as Vice President and served on various committees. She enjoys the extraordinary camaraderie the Richmond Chapter offers its members.

Michele is a native of New Jersey but currently resides in Powhatan, VA with her husband and daughter.


Parliamentarian

Title: Parliamentarian
Name: Michelle Lovatt
Firm: Richmond Region Tourism
Firm Website:  https://www.visitrichmondva.com/

Michelle is the Director Vice President of Administration for Richmond Region Tourism (RRT) in Richmond, Virginia. The RRT is responsible for marketing the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the town of Ashland to tourists and convention delegates for the purpose of gaining maximum economic benefit for the community. Michelle has been employed by the organization for more than 30 years.

Michelle is responsible for the overall administrative functions of the organization including the following:

  • Manage and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Responsible for office equipment and resources needed by staff
  • Manage administration department budget
  • Oversees IT support, reception function and mailroom activities
  • Provides training programs for staff and manages employee relations
  • Manages recruitment and hiring process for all positions
  • RRT Board of Director relations – plan and attend all CVB Board meetings, retreats, etc.
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority GRCCA – plans and attends all convention center authority meetings, etc.

Michelle is very active in the community and is a member of Executive Women International (EWI). She was the EWI Richmond Chapter President in 1998 and then served on the EWI Corporate Board from 2001 – 2006. Michelle served as EWI’s Corporate International President in 2004 – 2005.

Michelle was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and lived in northern Georgia until she relocated to Virginia in 1982.