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.
John is an attorney and owner of McCormick Law & Consulting, a boutique business and real estate law firm in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2010 and has since gained experience representing investors, developers, builders, banks, and lenders. His business practice ranges from advising entrepreneurs to assisting established business owners in mergers, acquisitions, contracts, litigation and dispute resolution.
Outside of his law practice, John serves the City of Chesapeake as a Planning Commissioner. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his wife, daughter, and two yellow labs.
As a kid, John loved to fish, catch critters and shoot hoops in the driveway.
Emily Farley is the National Sales Manager at Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group supporting the sales team across the company.
Emily graduated from Virginia Tech in 2000 and moved to Virginia Beach to begin a career in the mortgage industry. Emily’s the loving dog mom to Chompers, her headstrong Schnoodle, and enjoys spending time in Hampton Roads and her hometown of Floyd, VA.
Emily strongly believes in giving back to the community where she lives and works. Her love for volunteering helped develop AB Cares, which was established to promote volunteerism among Atlantic Bay employees and to provide an avenue for supporting community organizations and people in need.
Emily became involved in Roc Solid in 2011 and was touched by the mission to help love and serve families in the toughest time of their lives and have Play Defeat Cancer. She is excited to help Roc Solid achieve the mission of a Ready Bag for every child diagnosed with cancer each year.
Phil Smith III
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 fighting cancer.
Phil’s favorite activities as a child were playing sports, riding bikes and playing with friends.
Megan Korving is a stay at home mom of three children: Madeline, Mason and Ty. She has a background in Education, holding a Bachelors of Science in Family and Child Development and a Masters of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, both from Virginia Tech. Megan grew up and currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with her husband Stephen.
Megan first volunteered with Roc Solid at Night for the Fight and has been drawn to the mission ever since. She has participated in the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development program and been an active member and board member of the Portsmouth Service League.
As a child, Megan enjoyed playing outside, participating in sports, being at the beach, riding bikes and playing with 80s toys with friends.
Mark has worked in the heavy construction business for 27 years and is the founder and president of ITM Construction, Inc., ITM LLC, and Pinner Street Investments. His construction company, along with supporting companies, provides subcontracting and construction of environmental facilities, earthwork, underground utilities, concrete and other construction trades.
Mark is a lifelong resident of Suffolk, Virginia. He and his wife Julie have two children,
Tyler and Mallory. He and his family have supported the Roc Solid mission in many ways since it was founded in 2009.
Founder/Chief Play Officer/Board Member
Eric is the founder and Chief Play Officer of Roc Solid Foundation who also sits on our board of directors. With his mind on the mission, he manages the staff and oversees all key initiatives, including Roc Solid’s strategic growth plan and major corporate partner relationships.
As a pediatric cancer survivor, Eric is all too familiar with the battle a family faces when their child is diagnosed. And that’s what drives him daily toward the vision of one day building hope for every child fighting cancer. He is an avid reader and dedicated leader who speaks to large groups regularly, sharing his personal story. With a “think big, act small” approach, Eric puts the highest value on relationships and those who have supported the organization as it’s grown.
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 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.
Larry Taylor is a Founding Partner of CBT Integrated Logistics LLC. and President of GSI Warehousing Inc. His companies have been providing supply chain logistics solutions to import and export customers of the Port of Virginia for the last 15 years. He is also a partner in Honda of Norfolk, one of oldest and most respected Honda motorcycle dealerships in Tidewater. He has been a Roc Solid board member since November 2019 and has happily served on the Ready Bag Committee for the past 4 years.
Born and educated in Maryland, Larry relocated to Virginia Beach in 2007 with his wife Angie and three boys – Adam, Ethan and Chase – to better align his business with his customers’ needs and the port. Larry was first exposed to Roc Solid in 2015 during a chance encounter at the Night for the Fight where he participated in the “Nerf Gun Challenge” with his middle son’s soccer team. Since that night, he has had a passion for the Roc Solid mission to love and support these families on their darkest days. Seeing the smile on a child’s face as they come down a slide on their new playset for the first time, forgetting they have cancer just for a minute, is what continues to drive his passion.
Larry’s favorite childhood memories are fishing, swimming in the bay, and riding his bike with friends until the streetlights came on
Aaron L. VanDyke
Past Chair/Board Member
Aaron L. VanDyke is General Manager at Ryan Homes overseeing the Hampton Roads area. He has been with Ryan Homes since 2003 working on all aspects of new home construction, land development 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 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.
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. is currently the President of the Paraclete Group a leadership coaching and organization development consulting company. Prior to this role, Dave was the Chief Learning Officer at Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia, a Human Resources Director for Inova Health System in Northern Virginia, a Senior Consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies and the Founder and President at CD & Associates of Virginia.
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 nine 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.