Our Board


We are very proud of the numerous community leaders who are lending their support to the AACC.  Find out more about

our leaders.  

Board of Directors

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Ross Hammond-Amelia
Founder and Chairman
A. Bruce Williams
Vanessa Moore
Vice President
Cheryl Davidson
Mike Anderson
William T. Calhoun
Board Member
Wayne Jones
Board Member
Dr. James Bonds
Board Member
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Advisory Council

Malcolm O. Ashley - Director of Development, Sanaa Holdings, LLC and alumnus of "The House" AACC at Yale University

Hon. Michael Berlucchi - Member of Virginia Beach City Council

E. L. Hamm - President/CEO, E.L.Hamm and Assoc.

David Kamer - Attorney, Kaufman & Canoles

Stacy Lopez - Chief Operating Officer, FOTHA (Pharell Williams Foundation)

Eric Majette - President, Turning Point Solutions Enterprise

Rev. Gary McCollum

Hon. Bob McDonnell - former Governor of Virginia

Dunn Pearson - Grammy Award Winner

Prescott Sherrod - President/CEO, PEMCCO, Inc.

Bruce Smith - NFL Hall of Fame

Hon. Louisa Strayhorn - Interim President, Urban League of Hampton Roads

Rob Turner and Donna Speller Turner

AACC Oral History Committee

Purpose -To collect, video and preserve stories, photographs and articles that will be a part of the historical collection from African American seniors, church groups historians and others in Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County and surrounding communities from mid-1600 to the present.


Margie Coefield and Becky Livas - Co-Chairs

Denice Marsden - Secretary

Regina Taylor - Treasurer

Geraldine Hunt - Parliamentarian

Minister Georgia Allen

MEMBERS - Dr. Linda Bright, Gwendolyn Brown, Linda Carrington, Cheryl Davidson, Sharon Felton, Alys Fentress, Deborah Freeman, Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, Edna Hendricks, Brenda Sears

The Honorable Amelia Ross-Hammond, Founder and Project Director

Former Councilwoman Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond is president and owner of RH Community Solutions, an author and a consultant. She recently retired from Norfolk State University as distinguished professor of music and director of service-learning and civic engagement. She holds a doctorate of philosophy in education leadership, curriculum and instruction, with a minor in ethnomusicology from the University of Denver and is a graduate from the University of Virginia Sorensen Political Leaders and Candidate Training Programs. 

Dr. Ross-Hammond's public service included an appointment to the State Council, on the Status of Women by Governor Tim Kaine, elected vice chair of the Virginia Beach Electoral Board and appointments to the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation board, the City’s Diversity and Inclusion Forums.  She currently host the SWaM annual workshops and Chairs the Mayor’s African American Roundtable.  Initially appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell, Councilwoman Ross-Hammond has been re-appointed to the state Board for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services by Governor Terry McAuliffe, represents the city on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and serves as council liaison to the Arts and Humanities Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Human Services and the Community Services Board, Public Library Board, among others. She also serves on the Human Development and Education Committee for the Virginia Municipal League.

In the community, she formally served two terms as Chair of the United Way of South Hampton Roads Minority Advisory Council, Secretary for the Board of the Southside Boys and Girls Club, Inc. and Chair for the Virginia Music Educators Conference Planning Committee's Multicultural Section. Currently, she serves as President of the Executive Board for Young Audiences of Virginia, board member for the Literacy Partnership of Hampton Roads and is the State Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators.  She was recently elected to the Executive Board for the Elizabeth River Project.

Ross-Hammond is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently, the International Denomination of Minsters Conference, the Urban League of South Hampton Roads Young Professionals Award for Community Service, and 2016 Honoree for the NSU Music Department’s Spring Gala.  As a result of her distinguished service, a Resolution of Accomplishments and declaration of December 13, 2016. as "Amelia N. Ross-Hammond Day" by Mayor Sessom  during the City Council's Formal Session. A resolutions of Appreciation was presented by the Hampton Roads Planning Commission. The first Meyera E. Obernorf Human Rights For Achievement in Government was presented by the Human Rights Commission for outstanding service in creating a more inclusive community. Ross-Hammond is a Worship Leader at Baylake United Methodist Church and a proud mother of one son, Anwar.

Former Councilwoman, City of Virginia Beach

A. Bruce Williams, President

President and CEO who directly provides his knowledge and experience to organizations such as Fort Norfolk Plaza Medical Associates, the Universoul Circus, American Petroleum Institute, Seven venues City of Norfolk and Blue Pyramid Productions and Africana Virginia Beach.


Previously responsible for development and senior account activities with the key clients including media negotiations on behalf of Virginia Power, a communications audit for Newport News Shipbuilding, marketing strategy development for Norfolk State University, comprehensive operations analysis and SEIS data collection for Hampton Roads Transit, among others.


He has held senior management positions with Cox Communications, Viacom Cablevision, TCI, Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable and The New York Times-responsible for marketing management, customer care, marketing strategy, public relations, advertising, sales, promotions and consumer issues.


Mr. Williams, a native of New York City and resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the College of William and Mary. He has won several awards including the Vision Award National Finalist for best video PSA, the NAACP Area II Award for Outstanding Community Service, the W.A.L.L.S. award for outstanding entrepreneur, and a two-time, Cable Television Administration and Marketing Society Marketing Case Study Competition.

President/CEO A. Bruce Williams & Associates

Vanessa Moore, Vice President

As a resident in Virginia Beach since 2009, Ms. Moore originally hailed from New York City and Long Island, and moved to Virginia Beach, VA after being a 30 years long term resident of suburban Atlanta. Her career started in Atlanta in 1977 as a Delta Airlines Flight Attendant.  During her 30+ years traveling the world, she also had a firm foot on the ground as a licensed real estate professional, investor and broker, necessitating opening a brokerage office in 2004. The brokerage completed many aspects of real estate including working directly for national banks and being entrusted with the repair and disposition of hundreds of properties owned by banking institutions. From this a residential building company was borne.

The saying “Be careful what you ask for” came true for Ms. Moore as she asked for and received a “retirement at a beach” while deciding to clip her wings from Delta Airlines. “We enjoy living here at the beach and will remain as permanent residents”.  Here, Custom Properties, LLC was started with a strong desire to develop value focused affordable housing.


Some of the projects currently pursued is building value in affordable housing. In particular, the goal is to build both residential and commercial properties in Hampton Roads as well as conversions of older complexes into quality structures while creating a foundation for better city tax bases and affordable business and residential communities.


Motto: Strive for the very best in all you do.

Class A Builder, Broker

Cheryl Davidson, Secretary

Cheryl Davidson is a Mortgage Loan Analyst at Towne Mortgage in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a graduate of Virginia State University, BA in Social Work.  She began her career in Mortgage banking at Bowest Mortgage Company in La Jolla California.  Cheryl has worked over 20 years in the mortgage field as a Mortgage loan processor, Community outreach originator, loan officer and Vice President of Lending.   In her current position she prepares mortgage loan applications for underwriters review, by obtaining information needed to determine credit worthiness, calculate debt to income ratio's to determine if applicants meet minimum guidelines for a mortgage loan, confer with underwriters to aid in resolving mortgage application problems. 


Davidson is an active citizen in the City of Virginia Beach, while working as the housing chair for Virginia Beach NAACP. She was instrumental in acquiring the current NAACP office and has held many position within the NAACP and is a life time member of the NAACP. She has been an active member for the Workforce Housing board since November 2011. As a board member she conducted the First time buyer’s classes and has qualified buyers for Workforce Housing.  While serving on the Workforce Housing board, seven homes were built for qualified borrowers.  She has also been a member of The Virginia Beach Health Services advisory board since April 2013 and a member of the Virginia Beach Mayor’s African American Roundtable. 


Davidson’s greatest strength is compassion for helping others and her commitment to her community, she has volunteered for the Salvation Army, United Way and Voter Registration.


She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband.  She is a mother of two adult sons’ graduates, Hampton University and Virginia State University. When Davidson is not working she enjoys reading a good murder mystery.

Mike Anderson, Treasurer

Mr. Mike Anderson works in Architectural/Commercial sales for the Riverside Brick and Supply Co. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, VA in 1980 and attended Ferrum College from 1980-1982

He married Dawn Jones Anderson in July 1986 and moved to Virginia Beach

They have 2 adult children (Abbey and Phillip) Abbey is an Elementary Special Education teacher in Virginia Beach and Phillip is working at the YMCA and getting his personal training certificate

 Mike has lived in the Larkspur Neighborhood of the Kempsvile District since June of 1993

Community Service

Mike started his first community service in 1985 with the Hanover Jaycees, then moved to Tidewater in 1986.

He was a member of the Sunshine Rotary Club Norfolk 1992-1996

He volunteered as a Baseball Coach from 1999-2009 and later served on the Kempsville Pony Baseball board for 6 years, becoming its President for 2 years

Other outstanding service on community Boards included:

The Larkspur Swim & Racquet Club Board from 1997-2002

The Builders & Contractors Exchange Board 2010- and is President-Elect for 2020

Mike joined the Historic Kempsville (Citizens Advisory Committee) CAC in 2011 and was later appointed to Chair of Redevelopment Committee.

He was appointed to the City’s Beaches and Waterways Commission by Councilwoman Dr. Amelia Ross- Hammond in 2016 and will serve in this leadership role until 2026

He also serves as President of the Larkspur Civic League Board and is a member of the recently established Board of VA Builds workforce development arm for the construction industry.

Architectural/Commercial sales- Riverside Brick and Supply Co.

William T. Calhoun, Board Member

Wm Terry Calhoun is a native of Cleveland Ohio and currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA after serving and retiring after twenty plus years in the U.S. Navy. His is married and has two adult daughters. Terry has a Master of Arts, Urban Education/School Counseling degree, from Norfolk State University and He currently serves as a High School Counselor, A Youth Mentor and Advisor within the VBCPS and Hampton Roads area. He is a graduate of the SHR Unite Way Project Inclusion Minority Board Development program and has served and continues to serve on a number of Community, Social and Fraternal governing boards. Terry is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., NAACP, VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and other uplifting organizations. He enjoys activities that encompass spending time with family, traveling and uplifting and advocating for the Global Majority.

Wayne Jones, Board Member

WAYNE C. JONES, was recently retired as Old Dominion University’s Director of Information Technology Infrastructure and former Assistant Director of Communications Services. He served as co-principal investigator for a National Science Foundation funded research grant project to design and implement a “Science DMZ” environment and as chief design and implementation engineer for a next generation optical network linking six major research organizations in the Hampton Roads region.  He also led the university’s successful initiative to build the first 100 gigabit network link into the Hampton Roads region as part of a statewide research and education network.


Jones’ dedication to information technology infrastructure led him to become a Co-PI in writing and receiving a grant for “CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure: CHARMED—Campus High Availability Scientific Research Environment and DMZ” from the National Science Foundation.  His innovative and forward vision led to his collaboration and partnering with Mid Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation to secure a BTOP grant of $12 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to build out open access fiber from central to southeastern Virginia.


Before coming to Old Dominion, Jones was the Systems Engineer for the Large Business Services group at Verizon where he served as subject matter expert on the core technology and service offerings; Internet Services, Customer Premise Equipment, Digital Data Service, Fiber Optics, Campus Cable Infrastructure, SONET, Video, and Packet WAN services, successfully achieving all sales and customer service performance objectives, exceeding $20 million in annual sales.


Prior to his employment with Verizon, Jones was the Chief Systems Engineer for Virginia Department of Health where he served as lead for the state agency in planning, design and implementation of a wide area network throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, consisting of 35 districts and 132 physical sites.

As an innovative technology executive, he is known for his responsiveness as well as strengths in strategic planning, network design, project management, and exceptional leadership qualities. He has over 30 years’ experience in creating and directing performance driven teams in public and private sector organizations including federal/military, state, public/private partnerships and higher education institutions.


He is active in his community and served as board member of The Boys and Girls Club of Virginia Peninsula as well as Grafton-Tabb Youth Football League.  “Deac” as he’s commonly referred to at Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News, is a member of Board of Deacons, Pastor’s Advisory Team and the Church Budget Committee.  He currently serves on the Virginia Beach Broadband Task Force and Norfolk State University Research and Innovation Foundation Board of Directors.


Jones represents a family legacy of community involvement, civil rights, and education equality from as early as 1966 when he became one of the first African Americans to integrate previously all-white Gaston High School in Northampton County North Carolina.  One of eight children, he is the youngest son of James H. Jones, who led the movement in Northampton County for education equality by being appointed and later elected as the first African American to serve on the school board.  James Jones later became the first African American to serve as a Board Chairman in the State of North Carolina.  Wayne’s sister, Anna Jones, produced a historical documentary film, “Chairman Jones – An Improbable Leader” depicting James’ leadership and Wayne’s role as a student in bridging the divide between the races and ushering in equality in education for African Americans during that turbulent era. 


Jones is a 20 year US Air Force veteran and is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a BA in Information Systems in 1989.  In 1991 he received a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems from Golden Gate University, San Francisco California. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Yorktown, Virginia and have two adult children, Tasha and Louverture, and six grandchildren.

Dr. James C. Bonds, Board Member

The youngest of six children, Dr. James Curtis Bonds was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on 1 November 1959 to the Late James Bonds and Rosie Lee Hastings. In 1978 he graduated from Foy H. Moody High School and was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Bethel College located in Kansas. Upon graduation from Bethel College in 1982, he enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in December of that year.

On 06 February 1983, Dr. Bonds reported to Basic Training in Orlando Florida and upon completion of Basic Training, he attended apprenticeship training in Orlando Florida then received orders to the PreCommissioning Crew of USS IOWA (BB-61).  Later that year the crew was ordered to Pascagoula Mississippi to undergo numerous propulsion, auxiliary, and electrical classroom training. Concurrently he attended IC “A” school in San Diego, California and numerous other advance electrical “C” schools including C-7 School.

Dr. Bonds  Enlisted Sea/Shore assignments were  USS IOWA (BB-61) battleship home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1983-1986, while onboard he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists, advanced to Interior Communication Second Class,  he was instrumental in the ship winning  Battle Efficiency “E” Award, and deployed to South America, Central America, and the Baltic. His next sea tour was aboard USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36) Submarine Tender home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1986-1989, while onboard he worked both 637 and 688 Class Submarines, additionally he deployed to North Atlantic (TEAMWORK 88). Dr. Bonds was then ordered to NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA SECURITY DEPARTMENT 1989-1991, while onboard he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class 1989.  His last sea tour as enlisted was onboard USS STUMP (DD-978) A Spruance Class Destroyer home ported in Norfolk, Virginia from 1992-1997 during his tenure onboard he qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch, Combat System Officer of the Watch, Junior Officer of the Deck (underway), selected STUMP’s Sailor of the Year, selected DESRON 2 Sea Sailor of the Year and nominated Atlantic Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year for 1995.  He completed deployments to Persian Gulf in support of Desert Storm, Desert Shield, participated in UNITAS 35-94, Haitian Ops, Agile Provider, and conducted counter-narcotics operations in SOUTHCOM area of responsibility. Prior to transferring Dr. Bonds was selected to Chief Petty Officer and was ordered to SHORE INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY (SIMA) 1997-2000.  


While at Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) he was commission an ENSIGN under the LDO/CWO Program June 2000.


Dr. Bonds initial sea assignment as a Commission Officer was onboard USS NORMANDY (CG-61) a Guided Missile Cruiser home ported in Norfolk Virginia 2000-2003. There he served as Auxiliary and Electrical Officer. During this tour, he qualified Surface Warfare Officer, re-qualified Engineer Officer of the Watch, and conducted two deployments both to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Southern Watch, and he initiated new process standards with Quality Assurance as the Quality Assurance Officer. His next sea assignment was aboard USS PONCE (LPD-15) home ported in Norfolk Virginia February 2006- May 2007; there he served as Main Propulsion Assistant. During his tour he completed an Extended Shipyard Availability followed by a successful Light off Assessment. Dr. Bonds reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55) where he served as Assistant Chief Engineer from December 2007 to December 2009, during his tour he completed an extended SRA, LOA, ULTRA E, EOC and conducted several operational commitments to include Mediterranean and Arabian deployment in support of African Partnership.    


Ashore, Dr. Bonds was assigned to Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic as OIC of the Casualty Response Cell (N43R1) September 2003-October 2004. Subsequently, he was ordered to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) located in Norfolk VA, October 2004-December 2005 where he served as DDG Typed Desk Officer, he managed and directed 21 maintenance teams in support of continuous, restricted and emergent availabilities for Guided Missile Aegis Destroyers. From June 2007-December 2007 Dr. Bonds was assigned to Commander Patrol Coastal CLASSRON as assistant N43.   

Additionally, Dr. Bonds had temporary duty assignments at Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS) Newport Rhode Island for PEO Advance Steam Course December 2005 and Advance Gas Turbine Course September 2007.

His final shore assignment was at Assault Craft Unit Four as Repair Officer, December 2009-2011.

Dr. Bonds retired as a Lieutenant from the United States Navy February 01, 2011 after serving faithfully and dutifully this Great Nation for over 27 plus years.   

Dr. James C. Bonds is currently a Senior Quality Assurance Instructor and curriculum developer for McKean Defense Group a Federal Contracting Agency supporting the United States Navy Workforce Development Program located in Virginia Beach Virginia. In this capacity he instructs and teaches Quality Assurance Specialists, Government Employees (GS paygrades 11, and 12) in the area of QA for Chief Naval Operations ships availabilities.  He has been in this position for the past four and half years.   

He has had continual support from his wife the former Regina Ann Goings from Toledo Ohio for the past 35 years. They have two adult children Carl (36) and Crystal (32).  He also has an older son, Monroe (38).

Dr. Bonds holds a Doctor Degree in Public Administration 2016 from Capella University, a Master Degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Public Management 2004 from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology 1982 from Bethel College; additionally he is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Graduate from NAVSEA.

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