Board of Directors
Founder & Chairman
The Honorable Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
Hon Dr. Ross-Hammond, is a newly re-elected Councilwoman for the City of Virginia Beach, the current Chair of the Hampton Roads Transit Commission, and the Founder & Chairman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc. (VAACC). She chairs the Mayor’s Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA Commission) for the City of Virginia Beach and is also an Appointee by Governor Ralph Northam to the Hampton Roads Transit Commission. She holds a PH.D. in Education Leadership, Curriculum, and Instructions with a Minor in Ethnomusicology from the University of Denver. She is also a graduate of the Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia. Dr. Ross-Hammond retired from Norfolk State University as Distinguished Professor Emerita and Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement for the University.
A community leader, Dr. Ross-Hammond is the President Emeritus for the Young Audiences, Arts for Learning Virginia, President of the Virginia Beach Beautification Commission, Secretary for the Vibes Creative District, a member of the Virginia College Affordability Policy Council, the Mayor’s African American Roundtable, and a founding member of the National Black Women for Positive Change organization.
Under her leadership, and vision, the City Council of Virginia Beach unanimously gifted 4:83 acres of land to build the Cultural Center. Its Board implements cultural, historic and art enrichment programmatic activities within the community, City Public Schools, and local cities. Her recent accomplishment is the collaboration with the VB Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to publish the city’s 1st Self-Guided Tour brochure of African American History in Virginia Beach. Articles about the brochure were written by the Tidewater AAA Travel magazine, Philadelphia Enquirer, AARP, the VirginianPilot Newspaper, and placed at Welcome Centers across Virginia.
Dr. Ross-Hammond is the recipient of numerous awards from the Urban League of SHR Young Professionals, the National Association of Blacks in Higher Education, a Resolution of Accomplishments declaring December 13, 2016, as "Amelia N. Ross-Hammond Day" by the City of Virginia Beach, the first recipient of the late Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf’s Achievement in Government plaque from the VB Human Rights Commission, and the “Impacting Lives Award” from the New Journal & Guide. In 2019, Congresswoman, Elaine Luria read a “Letter of Commendation” for Dr. Ross-Hammond’s Community Service at the U.S. Capitol during a Congressional session. She loves travel, cultural events, and family. She is the proud mother of one adult son, Anwar.
Dr. Angela Gregg , Vice Chair
Dr. Gregg founded Let’s Talk Consulting Group, LLC and serves as the Chief Impact Officer. Dr. Gregg assists with grant management for non-profit organizations. She ensures the organization completely understands the management of approved grant funding. She performs grant management, bookkeeping, statistical analysis, and event planning for various organizations.
Dr. Gregg has experience and has provided instructor-led training -- to meet the unique challenges of organizations today. She has experience with the federal government in establishing, documenting, and testing new processes for efficiency and accuracy. She facilitated open communications and dialog between senior managers and leadership to ensure these processes addressed critical issues for all components. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Management and Strategic Leadership and has used quantitative analysis and statistical analysis as a method to address critical decision making.
Dr. Gregg resides in Chesapeake with her husband, Hollimon, and identical twin grandsons Noah and Nathan.
Kelvin W. Arthur, Treasurer
Kelvin Arthur is a Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of accounting, tax and financial management experience.
Mr. Arthur began his career in 1984 in the government business sector with International Business Machines, (IBM) in Norfolk, VA. After four years of financial management experience, he joined the Internal Audit staff of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and relocated to the Washington DC area. In 1995, Mr. Arthur moved into non-profit sector as the Assistant Controller for MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, producers of the nightly PBS news show, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” After five years in this role, Mr. Arthur relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina area and served as Finance Director for the Charlotte, North Carolina Arts & Science Council, and later as CFO for the York County, South Carolina Museums and Foundation. Throughout his time in the Carolinas, Mr. Arthur was committed to volunteerism serving on corporate and advisory boards of numerous civic and community organizations. In 2008, Mr. Arthur returned to his alma mater, Old Dominion University to oversee accounting operations, endowment administration, financial reporting for the University’s Educational, Athletic and Real Estate foundations. During each year of his tenure as Foundations CFO, all three of the University Foundations received unqualified audit report opinions with no required adjusting entries. Mr. Arthur left ODU in 2011 to establish his own tax consulting practice, specializing in service to small business owners and nonprofit organizations.
Then, in October 2012, the Norfolk State University (NSU) Foundation Board decided to restructure its operations and establish its own management team. Mr. Arthur was offered the opportunity to become the NSU Foundation’s first Managing Director. In this role, he would report directly to the NSU Foundation’s Board of Director and would be responsible for the establishment and implementation of foundation fundraising, administrative and financial policies. Mr. Arthur led the NSU Foundation’s operations for the next six years growing its endowment, implementing new fundraising initiatives, restructuring its financial reporting, and establishing new community partnerships.
In March 2019, Mr. Arthur decided to return to private practice.
Continually committed to his belief in volunteer service, Mr. Arthur recently completed multiple terms as a Director on the Boards of the ODU Alumni Association and the Larkspur-Salem Recreation Association. He currently serves as Financial Counselor of the City of Virginia Beach Minority Business Council (MBC) and as President of the Salem High School Sundevil Baseball Association.
Worth Remick, Board Member
WORTH REMICK has 35 years of experience in industrial leasing, sales, development and tenant/buyer representation. He has leased or sold over 36 million square feet of industrial, flex and office properties. He is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and has focused on port logistics, defense contracting, food manufacturing and distribution, and maritime developments. Worth has been a long-time member of the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE), and has been involved in numerous charitable organizations, such as South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity where he spent 13 years on the Board of Directors, his church’s Vestry and Winter Shelter, and on the Boards of Green Run Collegiate, Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, and Virginia Beach Vision. He received his degree in Humanities from Hampden-Sydney College where he was a member of the tennis team for 4 years. Much of Worth’s focus is on representing owners who desire to obtain tenants/ buyers or who want to maintain or increase the value of their holdings. His experience through the years, during both strong and weak markets, provides him and his clients with the proper perspective and marketing tools to create, realize and maintain value. He also has worked as Tenant and Owner Representative for Smithfield Foods, Ferguson, Dollar Tree Stores, IMS Gear, and Katoen Natie (KTN). A native of the region, Worth is very familiar with the geography, business climate, and regional economic engines (port/trade and defense contracting) and has numerous contacts to assist him with his daily work.
Harshad K. Barot, Board Member
Harshad K. Barot is vice president and financial adviser of Galaxy Group Corp., a family hospitality business. He had served on Virginia Beach’s Minority Business Council, and is a board member of Virginia Beach Vision, a Portsmouth-Suffolk board member for TowneBank and board member for Green Run Collegiate Foundation. He is part of the Windsdays Warriors group to bring awareness of offshore wind and plans to join the board of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities this fall.