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. In 2019, he moved to Dollar Bank. 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.”
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.
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 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.
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Kathryn Cooke is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and has been with the YWCA-SHR since November of 2016. At the YWCA-SHR, she coordinates the volunteers and interns for the organization as well as facilitates community outreach and internal/external trainings. Kathryn facilitates trainings on various topics, including but not limited to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, trauma, trauma informed care, and cultural competency/humility as it pertains to survivors and violence. Kathryn worked with Hope House Foundation from January of 2009 to October 2019, doing in-home direct service with adults experiencing intellectual disability, first as a Community Support Coordinator and then as a Sub-Staff Direct Support Professional; she is a current member of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. April 2013 to November 2016, Kathryn was Intake Coordinator and Intake Coordinator Team Leader for Samaritan House’s Intake Department, working directly with victims of violence in crisis. She continues to be a volunteer member of the Samaritan House LGBTQIA+ Committee, working on making violence-related crisis services accessible and inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community in Hampton Roads. Kathryn has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University, 2008. Additionally, Kathryn teaches English as a second language as a contractor and has been on HRBOR’s Board of Directors since August of 2018.
Rachel Anderson, Esq.
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.
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.
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 at hrbor.org.