Board of Directors

Christian Strange
President, Development Committee Chair

Christian began his professional career working at Our Own Community Press, Virginia’s first lesbian & gay newspaper, in the role of Advertising Manager. He then took the position of Program Manager at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Infectious Disease division for their state and federal healthcare grant programs specifically focused on HIV/AIDS care. Christian moved into retail management roles before he joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2008 where he is now Vice President of Commercial Banking. Christian also heads up the bank’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is involved with a number of local non-profits. When asked why he committed to serving on the HRBOR Board, Christian said, “Partnering with HRBOR brings together my experience in business and social activism and allows me to help expand opportunities for LGBT owned businesses and ally businesses in Hampton Roads. It’s the culmination of my professional work and my personal passions.”

 

Eric Holland
Vice President, Governance Committee Chair

Eric has been involved with HRBOR for over five years and joins the HRBOR Board of Directors seeking to enhance member benefits and operations. Eric Holland is Operations Manager for Capes Shipping in Norfolk. Eric attended Maine Maritime Academy and Old Dominion University, concentrating his studies in Maritime Business.

 

 

 

Patrick Evans-Hylton
Secretary

After a long tenure as one of Virginia’s best known foodies, Patrick Evans-Hylton joins the HRBOR Board of Directors with a focus on marketing and events. Patrick Evans-Hylton is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and an award-winning food journalist, covering tasty trends since 1995 in print, broadcast and electronic media. He is publisher of VirginiaEatsAndDrinks.com

 

 

 

Christopher Reybrouck
Treasurer

Christopher Reybrouck currently serves as the Chief Development Officer of LGBT Life Center in Hampton Roads. He has over 8 years of development and fundraising success for LGBTQ and HIV related causes and has raised over $4,000,000 in contributions and donations throughout his career in development in New York and Virginia. His career has been devoted to helping people living with HIV and underserved LGBTQ families. Mr. Reybrouck has a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in English and minor in Leadership Studies from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Mr. Reybrouck lives in Norfolk and sits on the Board of Directors for the Fredonia State Alumni Association, Stonewall Sports Norfolk, and is the Treasurer for HRBOR.

rachel andersonRachel Anderson, Esq.
Board Member

Rachel is a licensed attorney based in Chesapeake, VA, and licensed to practice law in Virginia and Kentucky. She specializes in Estate Planning and Administration, Contract Drafting and Negotiation, Business and Employment Issues, marriage and Divorce, Family Planning, and other general legal matters.

 

 

 

Bill Griggs
Board Member

Bill Griggs is an award winning REALTOR® with Howard Hanna – William E. Wood at the Norfolk Hampton Blvd. office. Focusing on residential real estate in South-side Coastal Virginia, he is a Relocation Specialist, as well as a member of Howard Hanna’s Rapid Response Team. A native of Portsmouth, Bill now resides in Virginia Beach.

Bill is a founding member of Hampton Roads Business Out-Reach, (HRBOR) and for the past 30 years, a Charter Member and On-Air talent for WHRO Public Media. Bill also serves on the Diversity Outreach Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of South Eastern Virginia, which focuses on inclusive educational presentations and staff development trainings that benefit greatly, members of the African American, Latin-American and LGBTQ communities.

For his unwavering work ethic and community service, Bill has been honored to receive the Vianne B. Webb Lifetime Achievement Alli Award, the Equality Virginia LEGEND Award, and the Hampton Road’s Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

“We are all the sum of our experiences. It is how you use the knowledge gained from those experiences, combined with your talents, that makes the difference.” Bill Griggs.

Heather Herrick
Board Member, Membership Committee Chair

Heather Herrick is the proud proprietor of her second company, Domestic Divas, LLC, located in Virginia Beach. Utilizing the past six years to grow business and settle into the area after relocating from Ohio, Heather has explored multiple non-profits while maintaining positions on others such as the Sponsorship chairperson for the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest, Media Director with The End of Watch Foundation, as well as membership chairperson for Princess Ann Plaza Civic League. Heather brings experience and dedication to the HRBOR board, as well as the voice of a true small business owner and self-starter. Heather is passionate about diversity and acceptance on ALL platforms, focusing on the workplace and corporate community, large and small.

 

Pearl Rankin
Board Member, Events Committee Chair

Pearl Rankin is an Associate Agent at the William Williard & Michael Chesson Agencies in Virginia Beach; she is a Marketing specialist. Pearl has been an active participate with HRBOR since her the agency joined. Pearl is currently on the Membership, Marketing, Events and 10th Anniversary Gala sub-committees.

She has worked with nonprofit organizations since the age of 13 and has participated in the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex annual Sand Soccer tournament for over 17 years.

Her philosophy about participation is “… taking on the scope of work… and understanding the part that you play… is necessary to ensure the group/organization’s success.”


Become a Member of the Board of Directors
When you serve on the HRBOR Board of Directors, you not only help support our local LGBT business community but personally benefit as well.

  • Increased public exposure and opportunities to build business
  • Leadership development skills and experience that benefit your company, and speaking/presentation skills
  • Consensus building
  • Motivating others
  • Strategic planning and thinking
  • Training by professionals in the public relations field
  • Expanded professional connections that benefit you and your clients
  • National exposure for you and your company
  • Increased communication and interaction between professionals in the community
  • Opportunity to influence the future direction and benefits of HRBOR

What is the time commitment and the cost involved?
Board members are required to commit to the following:

  • Join HRBOR at the membership level that best suits them.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and applicable committee meetings as scheduled.
  • Attend HRBOR Open events and other functions.
  • Attend strategic planning meetings on an as called basis.
  • If you would like to be considered for a position with the Board of Directors, complete the application and email it along with a resume and brief synopsis of your interest in serving to: info@hrbor.org