"I don’t know anyone who approaches fundraising with more savvy, better connections or stronger credibility in this community than Virginia Thumm."
Marjorie Mayfield Jackson
Virginia has worked in the non-profit sector in New York and
Southeastern Virginia for more than 30 years, expanding the financial capacity
of organizations in the arts, education and social services.
A veteran of dozens of successful fundraising campaigns, she
has personally solicited millions of dollars to enhance the missions of
A native of Norfolk, VA, she has been a prominent figure in
the non-profit field, and is affiliated with many professional organizations,
including the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and has served on
several non-profit boards.
Virginia is a sought-after coach and trainer, having
presented at numerous conferences, including the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, PBS, Public Broadcasting's Major Gift Officer Certificate
Training Program, the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference,
Virginia Fundraising Institute, and Volunteer Hampton Roads.
Barbara Hamm Lee
Barbara Hamm Lee is the Executive Producer and Host of Another View, a weekly call in talk show that “discusses today’s issues from an African American perspective.” In addition to her duties for Another View, Barbara has also held the position of Project Director for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters’ African American Public Radio Stations Initiative, consulting with 26 African American public radio stations on compliance, governance, development, programming and community engagement. She has served as Creative Services Officer, Chief Communications Officer, Chief Public Affairs Officer and Chief Community Engagement Officer, all with WHRO Public Media.
Prior to her work with WHRO, Barbara held management positions with Communications Technologies, Inc.; Prince Georges County, Maryland Police Department and Hamm and Fox Communications.
Barbara is currently Chair of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of
Commissioners; Vice Chair, YWCA, South Hampton Roads Board of Directors; Chair of the Norfolk Education Foundation Board of Directors; Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Dominion Virginia Power; and board member of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation Board and Bennett College Alumnae Association.
Barbara has been recognized for her work in the community, including being named by the YWCA-SHR as a 2010 Woman of Distinction; a Woman of Courage, Confidence and Character Award and a Famous Former Girl Scout Award, both from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast; the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Award; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award, both from the Urban League of Hampton Roads.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland Barbara is married to Maxie Lee, has a daughter, step daughter and a granddaughter, and loves to spend time with family and friends. She is a graduate of Bennett College (Summa Cum Laude), and attends First Baptist Church, Berkley.
Amy has a multifaceted professional background that includes teaching, curriculum development, writing, speaking, coaching and training, and nonprofit development. As Director of Development and External Affairs for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), she was known for her ability to cultivate and steward donor relationships, an effort that generated significant awareness and revenue for the museum’s mission.
Amy has successfully led several Hampton Roads organizations as a president or chair and has served on local non-profit boards. She has presented at numerous conferences and forums, including the Small Museums National Conference, the South Hampton Roads Museums Forum, and regional and state organizations.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amy holds five distinct certifications in the field of coaching.
Sarah Swaim Rostock
Sarah Swaim Rostock has been a long-time volunteer in organizations
such as Special Love’s camps for children with cancer and their families as a
mentor and counselor, The St. Baldrick’s Foundation serving as a National
Ambassador, Head Event Coordinator, guest blogger, and shavee being personally responsible
for raising $30,000 for pediatric cancer research, and The Portsmouth Humane
Society helping find loving homes for orphan cats.
Sarah is a graduate of East Carolina University, Governor’s
School for the Arts' Musical Theater Department, and Frank W. Cox High School.