Board Directory

Ruth Deibler, President
Yorkville University/Virginia Commonwealth University

Neil Martin, Immediate Past President
Advanced Electrical Service

J. Scruggs, Vice President
PMA Architecture

Dan Chenoweth, Treasurer
PB Mares

Lee Ann Zelesnikar, Secretary
iSoft Solutions

Adam Creekmur, Property Chair
GC Commercial

Michelle Schopp, Resource Chair
USGC, RET/Wild Birds Unlimited

Joe Balay
Christopher Newport University

Curtis Bethany
Ferguson Enterprises

Lindsey Carney
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Jim Erickson
Newport News Shipbuilding

David Freeman
City of Newport News-City Manager’s Office

Rob Lefkowicz
Langley Federal Credit Union

Michael Poplawski
City of Newport News- Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

Lindsey Wagner- Jones
Canon Virginia, Inc.

Macon Whitson
City of Newport News-IDA/EDA


The Newport News Green Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of citizens and business representatives of Newport News, a representative of the Industrial Development Authority, the City Manager (or designee), and the City’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (or designee).

The work of the foundation is done by standing committees and supported by a full time Executive Director.  The current standing committees of the Foundation are the Property Committee and Resource Committee.

The Property Committee oversees the maintenance of the Foundation’s properties as well as the acquisition of new properties.

The Resource Committee is responsible for finding additional resources for the Foundation.  It oversees special events, fundraising, and all of our outreach programming.