board of commissioners

Branch P. Lawson

Chairman

7/01/13 – 06/30/17

Branch P. Lawson was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board Commissioners in July 2009 and has served as Chairman since January 2013. Mr. Lawson was reappointed in July 2013. Mr. Lawson is currently the President of the Hampton Roads Division of East West Partners, a community developer, and has been with that group since 1981. Prior to East West Partners Mr. Lawson was a practicing CPA. Active in the community, Mr. Lawson is on the Board of Directors of Towne Bank and chairs the Board of Directors for An Achievable Dream Middle and High School in Newport News. Mr. Lawson has served as Deacon at Smithfield Baptist Church, past president of Peninsula Housing & Builders Association as well as a member of several professional associations. Mr. Lawson has been married since 1981 to Bonnie Lawson and has two children, Ashley Lawson Tuite, an attorney in VA and Patrick Lawson, who works for a wealth management firm in Atlanta and an adorable grandson Towns Tuite.

William A. Freeman, Sr.

Vice-Chairman

07/01/15 -06/30/18

William A. Freeman, Sr. was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in July 2015 and was recently appointed as Vice-Chairman January 2017.  Mr. Freeman, is retired from the Suffolk Police Department where he served 37 years.  Mr. Freeman retired as Chief of Police in 2008. Mr. Freeman is a member of the East End Baptist Church where he serves on Deacon Ministry, Benevolence Ministry, and is a Sunday School Teacher.  Mr. Freeman has been married to Carolyn O Freeman for 38 years.

LaTroy Brinkley

05/06/15 - 06/30/17

LaTroy Brinkley, was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in May 2015.  Mr. Brinkley is employed at Serendipity Hair Salon for 5 years and is the co-owner of Toke Hookah Lounge.  Mr. Brinkley is a member of the Suffolk Clean Community Commission, Suffolk Public Schools Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education, Tidewater Alumni Chapter of Virginia State University, The Powells Society of Virginia State.  Mr. Brinkley is also the Athletic Director for Pathways Academy.  Mr. Brinkley is a 1999 graduate of Virginia State University.  Mr. Brinkley is a proud father of one daughter.

 

Clementine S. Cone

03/17/17 - 06/30/17

Clementine Cone was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in March 2017.  Mrs. Cones' been employed at Norfolk State University for 20 years.  Mrs. Cone holds a Masters of Arts in Management and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Mrs. Cone is married to Charles R. Cone Sr.

Ben Fitzgerald, III

07/01/15 - 06/30/2018

Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in July 2015.  Ben Fitzgerald, III, M.Th. serves as Lead Pastor at Zion Community Church in Suffolk, VA. Holding degrees in Sociology and Theology, he is often recognized as a progressive leader who exhibits the ability to unify through love and action. Laboring diligently as an expository teacher and electrifying preacher, Ben creatively addresses contemporary issues with instruction directly from the Bible.  Notably, his ministry stresses community outreach and congregational care in which he consistently leads by example. Ben’s other endeavors include professional relationships with the Western Tidewater Community Service Board, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, and other entities committed to the care of the elderly and persons with mental health diagnoses. He also serves on the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops, a group of church leaders seeking to impact the Hampton Roads community by creating a network of committed relationships that support, equip, educate, and empower bishops to effectively lead their ministries to fulfill the Great Commission. Ben is happily married to Rhonda D. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., a mathematics professor at a state university; together they parent two remarkable children; Rachael Kay and Ben, IV.

Regina Hall, Resident Commissioner

07/01/15 – 06/30/19

Regina Hall was first appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners as the Resident Commissioner in July 2009 and was re-appointed in July 2015. Ms. Hall is a May 2014 Graduate of Norfolk State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  Active in the community, Ms. Hall serves on the Special Education Advisory Committee and STOP Inc. and enjoys helping people. As a form of relaxation Ms. Hall enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. Ms. Hall was born in Nansemond County to George and Geneva Butts Hall and has 3 siblings. She also has a 1 son and 2 dogs.

M. Caroline Martin
07/01/15 - 06/30/19
M. Caroline Martin was first appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in February 2003.   M. Caroline Martin served as Chairman from January 2006 – January 2010 and was re-appointed to the Board in July 2015.  Now retired, but since 1963, Mrs. Martin has served as a nurse, educator and advocate, healthcare executive and business owner.  Mrs. Martin continues to be active in the Suffolk community and was active on the Peninsula while she served as an executive at Riverside Health System. Some of the organization she currently or recently served with include: immediate past Chairman of the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community, Co-Founder, immediate past chair and current board member of the Virginia STEAM Academy, past Executive Director and board chair of the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, member of the Suffolk Rotary Club, member of the Sans Souci book club, member AAUW, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, past board member of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics, the American Red Cross (Suffolk Chapter), past board member and Treasurer of the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts, and past member of Physicians for Peace and its Global Nurse Education Committee.  Mrs. Martin was honored as Suffolk’s First Citizen of the Year in 2012. Married to Brian Martin for 53 years, they have two grown children (Nancy married to Mark Tuck and Jeffrey married to Carla). They also have two grown granddaughters, Kelsey and Kaitlyn and a spoiled puppy, Mittsy.

Michael McBride
07/01/13 - 06/30/17
Michael McBride was appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in July 2013.   Mr. McBride is a seasoned database professional whose career has heavily revolved around being an Oracle Database Administrator.  Mr. McBride is currently employed with Dominion.  In addition to his numerous corporate management training and certifications, Mr. McBride acquired his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Morgan State University, with a minor in Computer Science.

Roy F. Waller

07/01/15 - 06/30/19
Roy F. Waller was first appointed to the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners December 2002 and has served as Vice-Chairman since May 2015 thru January 2016.  Mr. Waller was reappointed to the Board in July 2015. Mr. Waller is a retired businessman. His community involvements include the Planning Commission (1976-1990), Board of Zoning Appeals (1984-1990) and City Council (1990-1994).