Board of Directors

Aaron L. VanDyke - Chair

Aaron L. VanDyke is a General Manager of Land at Ryan Homes overseeing the Hampton Roads area. He has been with Ryan Homes since 2003 working on all aspects of new home construction and sales. Aaron grew up in New Kent County and received his Bachelors of Science from James Madison University in 2002. He has two children, Lila and Camden, and married his wife Stephanie in 2010. Aaron also serves on the board of directors for the Tidewater Builders Association. He became involved with Roc Solid in 2014 at a Play It Forward build, and his favorite part is the joy felt at the big reveal, not only from the child, but also from everyone that volunteered to make it happen.

Aaron’s favorite activities as a child were cheering on the Redskins, playing various sports with his brothers and spending time on the water.

Greg S. Ohmsen - Vice Chair

Greg S. Ohmsen is a Senior Vice President at TowneBank. He is proud to be a part of a community bank and family. Before joining TowneBank in 1999, he was with BB&T and Commerce Bank. Greg grew up in Chesapeake and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Bridgewater College in 1990. He married his wife Michelle in 1998 and has two stepchildren: Ryan and Kristina. Greg started volunteering with Roc Solid in early 2010 and joined the board in 2013. He also serves as Chairman of Trustees with the Portsmouth/Chesapeake Elk’s Lodge 82. Greg enjoys playing a behind-the-scenes role with Roc Solid Foundation.

His favorite activities as a child were to be outside, riding bikes, swimming at the pool and water skiing.

Phil Smith - Treasurer

Phil Smith is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at TowneBank where he has been employed since 2007. He currently resides in Chesapeake, Va. but was born and raised in Portsmouth, Va. and lived in Madrid, Spain for five years during grade school. Phil earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Finance from Christopher Newport University and is also a graduate of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development program. Phil served as Chairman of the City of Portsmouth’s Retirement Board and Investment Committee, as well as the Blue Ribbon Commission established by City Council. He is a former Inside Business Top 40 Under 40 Honoree. Phil has two amazing daughters, Madelynn and Bellamy, and wife Ginny. He has been on the Roc Solid Board since early 2013, and his favorite thing about the organization is the community involvement and the way everyone selflessly pulls together to impact the lives of children with cancer.

Phil’s favorite activities as a child were playing sports, riding bikes and playing with friends.

John McCormick - Secretary

John McCormick is passionate about inspiring hope in children and families impacted by cancer. He lost his dad to cancer when he was a child and his sister was diagnosed and survived cancer during college. He hates cancer and wants to see Roc Solid continue to grow so that more children and families can experience hope.

When he’s not hating cancer, John practices business and real estate law at Davis Law Group, P.C. in Chesapeake. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Chesapeake Planning Commission and is past-president of the Great Bridge Rotary Club. Outside of work, he loves to enjoy the outdoors with his wife, daughter and two yellow labs.

As a kid, John loved to fish, catch critters and shoot hoops in the driveway.

Karen Connor - Board Member

Karen Connor is the Vice President of Business Development and part owner of COATS Staffing Software. She is proud to be a part of her family business, which was originally created by its sister company, Reliance Staffing & Recruiting. Before joining COATS in the 90s, she was a fifth grade teacher at G.W. Carver Intermediate School. Karen grew up in Chesapeake and received her Masters of Education from Old Dominion University in 1994. Karen has two fabulous daughters, Sarah and Shannon, and has been with her husband Tom for over 20 years. Karen has been on the Roc Solid Board since early 2013 and has been volunteering since 2010. What she enjoys most is witnessing the reaction from a child turning the corner of his/her home to see a new playset for the first time.

Karen’s favorite activities as a child were to be outside, ride bikes, play with friends and explore!

Andrew Daly - Board Member

Andrew Daly is Managing Director and Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual Coastal Virginia. He has been in the industry since 2013. He currently resides in Virginia Beach and has been a local resident for 10 years. He was born and raised in Ohio, played two years of college baseball at Youngstown State University and served five years in the United States Navy. He obtained his Bachelors degree from Old Dominion University in Management with a specialization in Finance, and this is his first board position. Andrew has a wonderful daughter, Lennon, and is expecting another baby girl in May 2017.

Jennifer K. Markham - Board Member

Jennifer Markham is the Assistant Vice President and Market Leader for BB&T Bank in Portsmouth, Va. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from Radford University in 2005, continued on to receive her Master’s Degree from Norfolk State University in 2007, graduated from BB&T’s Leadership Development Program in 2008, and is also an Alumni of the Lefcoe Leadership Development program in Portsmouth, Va. Jennifer has worked for BB&T since 2010 and is proud to work directly with individuals and businesses within the community to help improve and impact their financial well-being. Jennifer has been a member of Roc Solid’s board since May of 2010. She enjoys having her company sponsor builds and encourages her employees and co-workers to participate in Roc Solid projects and events. Her favorite part of volunteering is working with others toward a common goal and sharing the feeling of happiness and hope when a child with cancer receives a Roc Solid playset.

Jennifer’s favorite activities as a child were playing outside, swimming, horseback riding, playing softball, cheering, getting into trouble and being with family and friends.

Ashley H. Martin - Board Member

Ashley Martin is a Senior Account Manager at Rubin Communications Group, managing the PR, marketing and social media campaigns for some of the firm’s largest clients since 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she received a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Ashley lives in Chesapeake with her husband Joe and sons Owen and Samuel. She has been volunteering with Roc Solid since 2011 and oversees all marketing initiatives, including branding, PR and social media. She previously served on the boards of the Public Relations Society of America – Hampton Roads Chapter and the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network – Hampton Roads. She is a past president and board member of the Central Business District Association’s young professionals division, the CBDX.

Ashley’s favorite activities as a child were gymnastics, cheerleading and playing piano.

Robbie McCarty - Board Member

Robert McCarty is a native of Hampton Roads who grew up in Chesapeake, Va. and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Radford University in 2005. He attended Alpha College of Real Estate and entered the real estate profession as a residential realtor in 2006. He and his team, Robbie McCarty Real Estate Experts, are part of AtCoastal Realty in Virginia Beach. Robbie has served on the Roc Solid Board of Directors since 2011.

Robbie’s favorite activities as a child were playing and watching sports.

Vince Pearl - Board Member

Vince Pearl is an Area Sales Manager for Acuity Brands Lighting where he has been employed since 2009. He resides in Virginia Beach but is originally from Fredricksburg, VA. Vince received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in 2003. He has two children, Greyson and Niko, and is expecting another very soon with wife Krystin. He was first introduced to Roc Solid at its annual Night for the Fight gala and truly enjoys helping the families we impact.

As a child, Vince enjoyed playing basketball and camping.

Allan Sivils - Board Member

Allan Sivils is owner and CEO of Sivils IT Consulting with nearly 20 years of experience in Business Information Systems. He has been a Roc Solid Board member since 2015 and also serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for Roc Solid, a Board Member for American Red Cross and an active member of Boy Scouts of America. Allan resides in Chesapeake with his wife Allisa, two kids Kate and Trent, three dogs and a fish! Roc solid has become a major part of their lives, and they are always inspired by the look on the children’s faces when they see their new playsets or room remodels for the first time.

Allan’s favorite sport as a kid was running. Allan ran his way to a college scholarship at Elon and continues to run today.

Chessie Williams - Board Member

Chessie Williams is the Director of Human Resources at Hercules Living in Virginia Beach. She has more than 13 years of industry experience and resides in Chesapeake with her family. Chessie was drawn to Roc Solid’s mission following her sister’s battle with Leukemia; she is now a 30+ year survivor. She understands the impact cancer has on families and enjoys playing a role in giving back.

As a child, Chessie enjoyed playing tennis, being outdoors and spending time with family.

David F. Woolwine, Jr. - Board Member

David F. Woolwine, Jr. is the Chief Learning Officer at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to joining Sentara, David worked as a Human Resources Director for Inova Health System in Northern Virginia, served as a Senior Consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies and was Founder and President at CD & Associates of Virginia, a leadership and organization development consulting company. David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute and his Masters of Education in Human Resource Development from George Washington University. David and his bride Cindy have three children and seven grandchildren. His oldest grandson, Jackson, was the recipient of Roc Solid’s fourth playset build in 2010, and David can uniquely empathize with the families that are going through their cancer journeys. His favorite part is giving back to an organization that means so much his family.

As a kid, David loved to play football and baseball with his brothers and watch his sister ride horses.

Jerry Jones - Past/Founding Chair

Jerry Jones has over 35 years of experience managing start-ups as well as established organizations in Hampton Roads and Harrisonburg, Va. He has proven experience in the application of automation and organizational processes geared to increasing productivity and return on investment, while managing risks. Jerry is a former CPA in the state of Virginia. He received his MBA from Old Dominion University and his BS in Accounting from James Madison University. Jerry was involved in the establishment of Roc Solid Foundation and has served as a Board Member since its inception. His favorite part of Roc Solid is seeing so many young people coming together to selflessly to give of themselves and their time to benefit others.
Jerry’s favorite activities as a child were riding horses, bikes and motorcycles and water skiing.

Robert P. Beaman - Past/Founding Board Member

Robert P. Beaman grew up in Chesapeake, Va. and received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2003. After a year as a title examiner with LandAmerica Lawyers Title, he attended law school at the College of William and Mary (graduating in 2007). Since that time, Robert has worked as a real estate attorney at Troutman Sanders LLP. He served on the Roc Solid Board from 2009 through 2015. Robert is also a Commissioner on the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority and was formerly a Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia from 2009-2013. Robert is happily married to his wife, Betsy, and they have twin daughters, Katie and Grace.

Robert’s favorite activities as a child were playing and watching sports.