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The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Howard H. Hoege III

President & CEO

Board of Trustees

Keith VanderVennet

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Trustee since 2014

Senior Vice President East Region, Ferguson
Ferguson Enterprises

Keith VanderVennet grew up in Newport News, Virginia, spending many days at the Museum and in the Park. Chairman VanderVennet is currently senior vice president of sales, East Region at Ferguson Enterprises. In this role, VanderVennet is responsible for further developing Ferguson’s sales strategy and talented group of sales associates, while building upon the company’s foundation of world-class customer service. Chairman VanderVennet currently serves on the boards of Hampton Roads Academy and Habitat for Humanity.

Jennifer Boykin

Vice Chair
Trustee since 2018

Executive Vice President
Huntington Ingalls Industries 

Newport News Shipbuilding

Jennifer Boykin is executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries and president of Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Named to this position in 2017, she is the 20th person and the first woman to serve as president of the Newport News shipyard, which was founded in 1886. Vice Chair Boykin is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In the community, she is a graduate of Lead Virginia and Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce leadership program. Vice Chair Boykin is vice chair of Blueprint Virginia and a member of Greater Peninsula NOW, Virginia Business Council, and Reinvent Hampton Roads.

John R. Lawson, II

Trustee since 2003

Executive Chairman
W. M. Jordan Company

John Lawson is a native of Newport News, Virginia where his family has lived for generations. He began his career with W.M. Jordan Company as a field engineer after college graduation. Today, he is the executive chairman of W.M. Jordan Company, Inc. Trustee Lawson is also the Chairman for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Fort Monroe Authority, Christopher Newport University’s $42 million Comprehensive Campaign, and the Virginia Kappa Alumni Corporation, Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He serves on the board of TowneBank, Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, CEO Roundtable, and the Virginia Tech Foundation.

Curry “Chris” Hall

Trustee since 2015

Bluewater Yacht Companies 

Chris Hall was born a waterman.  He is a Tidewater, Virginia native. Trustee Hall founded Bluewater Yacht Sales in 1968 after developing a proven set of business management skills as the president of a large manufacturer’s representative company. He serves on several executive boards and is deeply involved with the boating industry and community at large. 

Kenneth J. Crofton

Trustee since 2015

Crofton Diving Corporation

Kenneth Crofton is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He was raised in the maritime community. His father, Juan F. Crofton, founded Crofton Diving Corporation in 1949. After graduating from high school, he began his career as a commercial diver. Now President of Crofton Diving Corporation, Trustee Crofton has worked with his family over the years to expand the company’s service capabilities beyond commercial diving to include marine construction as well as heavy lift and rigging services. Trustee Crofton is a staunch supporter of the maritime community and serves on many boards that promote the Port of Hampton Roads. He is presently Chairman of Norfolk Festevents, advisor to the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Propeller Club, board member of the Virginia Maritime Administration, and is a past board member for Nauticus in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Kevin Fewster, CBE AM FRSA

Trustee since 2019

Former Director of Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG)

Dr. Kevin Fewster is a leading international figure in the fields of maritime museums and maritime heritage. He was Director of Royal Museums Greenwich, the world’s largest and most visited maritime museum precinct from 2007-2019. In 2001, Dr. Fewster was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to maritime heritage and in 2019 was recognized as a Life Fellow of the International Congress of Maritime Museums. He is a Younger Brother at Trinity House (the world’s oldest lighthouse organization), a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and a Freeman of the City of London.xt

Marsha Hudgins

Trustee since 2021

President & CEO
Hudgins Contracting Corporation

Marsha Hudgins became sole stockholder of Hudgins Contracting in 2011 and was appointed CEO in 2012 following her late husband, Lester L Hudgins, Jr.  Since being appointed CEO of Hudgins Contracting Corporation, she has worked daily to direct the growth and expansion of the company and successfully position it for the future. Trustee Hudgins and Hudgins Contracting Corporation are committed to giving back to the Hampton Roads community through donations of time, talent, and financial support. Currently, Trustee Hudgins sits on the Executive Advisory Council for Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University.

Captain Carolyn Kurtz

Trustee since 2021

Tampa Bay Pilot

Captain Carolyn Kurtz was born and raised in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, New York. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Acdemy at Kings Point, New York, Trustee Captain Kurtz packed up her sea bag and took a third mate job on the very day of graduation. Over the years, Trustee Captain Kurtz earned her pilot’s license and was selected as a Tampa Bay Pilot. She was the very first female harbor pilot in the state of Florida and one of the first female pilots in the country by scoring highest on a competitive state exam. Still actively piloting vessels throughout Tampa Bay, Trustee Captain Kurtz is also a commissioner and current chair of the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, Coast Guard’s Navigation Safety Advisory Council, and helps oversee the pilot training program in Tampa.

Jerry Miller

Trustee since 2015

Founder of Earl Industries
CEO of Fairlead

Jerry Miller has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he also served seven years as a Surface Warfare Officer. Trustee Miller co-founded Earl Industries in 1985 and purchased the company outright in 1989. In 2012, he sold three ship repair divisions to General Dynamics. He organized the manufacturing and power and controls division of Earl Industries into Fairlead. Today, Trustee Miller serves as Chief Executive Officer of Fairlead.

Tina Morris

Trustee since 2019

Tina Morris is a proven leader with 20+ years leading global financial businesses and teams, most recently at S&P Global as the COO of the $3B Ratings Division. Prior to that, she led the global business lines of US Public Finance and Global Structured Finance. Trustee Morris’ passion lies with innovating business capabilities with thoughtful strategies, bold execution, and building winning teams. She takes great pride in mentoring and elevating her team members while delivering results. These are values she learned early on, while attending West Point and serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. Trustee Morris is also a member of American Corporate Partners which mentors Veterans in transition.

Margaret Podlich

Trustee since 2015

Executive Director
American Boat and Yacht Council Foundation

Margaret Podlich is executive director of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the ABYC. The ABYC focuses on providing resources that create educational and lifelong career opportunities to current and aspiring marine service technicians. Trustee Podlich’s primary role as executive director is to lead the ABYC Foundation in its strategic growth and renewed mission, vision, and priorities.

The Honorable McKinley Price, DDS

Trustee since 2021

Mayor, City of Newport News

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS, is a native of Newport News, Virginia. In May 2010, he was elected Mayor of the City of Newport News, becoming the first black elected as mayor of Newport News. He is currently serving his third term as mayor. Trustee Mayor Price has received numerous honors and awards from various professional associations. In addition to the commitment he makes to his professional activities and meeting the demands of a successful dental practice, Trustee Mayor Price devotes untiring energy and time to the community.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Swann

Trustee since 2019

Senior Pastor
Ivy Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Kevin Swann is the Senior Pastor of Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia. He is an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies Department at Hampton University. Trustee Rev. Dr. Swann founded Kevin Swann Enterprises, a non faith-based organization that provides services to underprivileged youth and adults in the Southeastern, Virginia area.

Conway H. Sheild, III, Esq.

Trustee since 2014

Shareholder and Secretary
Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

Conway Sheild has practiced law with Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C., since 1969. He has been active in many community organizations. Trustee Sheild has been chairman of the following Boards on the Virginia Peninsula: The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, The United Way-Campaign of the Virginia Peninsula, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Virginia International Terminals, Inc., Riverside Behavioral Center Hospital, Peninsula Family Services/Travelers Aid, Virginia Living Museum, and WHRO Public Broadcasting Foundation. He also served on Boards for the two schools he attended, Virginia Episcopal School and Washington and Lee University. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Virginia Company Bank and Riverside Behavioral Center Hospital.

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