Audra Bullock – TFFC Director & President
Audra Bullock is a founding Director and the President of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care. Audra received her BS, MS and PhD from the College of Engineering at Old Dominion University in ’96,’ 97 and 2000, respectively. Audra is a resident of Norfolk, Virginia. She has worked for the University of Hawaii as an Assistant Professor of Engineering and for NASA as an Engineer and Mission Manager. Audra currently serves on the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation Board of Directors. In February 2015, Audra and her husband Richard became foster parents for the City of Norfolk and since then have become increasingly more involved in the realm of Foster Care and Adoption, culminating in the founding of Norfolk Friends of Foster Care, which has since become Tidewater Friends of Foster Care. Audra has since retired from NASA and has devoted her professional livelihood to this endeavor and is committed to engaging the community to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Foster Children in Hampton Roads.
T. Richard Litton, Jr. – TFFC Secretary & Treasurer
Richard is a founding Director of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care and serves the organization in the offices of Secretary and Treasurer. Richard is the President of Harbor Group International, LLC. Before joining HGI, Litton served as a corporate law partner at Kaufman & Canoles, the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia and one of the largest law firms in the state. Mr. Litton earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992. He also graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in 1989. Richard is a devoted foster parent for the City of Norfolk.
Diane Angelos Johnston – TFFC Director
Diane Angelos Johnston is a Director of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care and leads the TFFC Birthday Project for Foster Children of Norfolk. Diane is a community leader with a passion for the wellbeing of women, children and families of South Hampton Roads. She has served as the President of the Samaritan House Inc. Board of Directors and as the former development director for Samaritan House. She also chaired Women Helping Women for 6 years. Diane’s dedication to children is unwavering. She has served as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Program and was named National Big Sister of the Year in 1996, upon which she was recognized by President Bill Clinton at the White House for this honor. Diane was also recognized by the Virginia General Assembly with a Resolution recognizing her efforts on many levels with many causes on behalf of the children of Virginia. Diane is a resident of Virginia Beach, is married and is a devoted mother to her teen-aged daughter.
Liza Delpierre – TFFC Director and Vice President
Liza is a Director and the Vice President of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care. Liza also serves as the Coordinator for the TFFC Tutoring Project. She has always loved working with children, but it was at the University of Virginia, as a psychology major, and intern for Headstart, that her love of children grew into a passion for child advocacy and education. Liza moved to Norfolk in 1984 with her husband David, and started their life and family together. Her children, Tory and Mark, are graduates of Norfolk Public Schools, where she worked as an SOL remediation teacher and substitute teacher. Liza spent many years on the PTA advocating for the best learning environment for all children and helped develop and administer an after school homework help program. Liza currently volunteers as a Norfolk CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children, providing a voice for abused and neglected children in our over-burdened legal system.
Ken Shewbridge – TFFC Director
Ken Shewbridge is a Director for Tidewater Friends of Foster Care. Ken and his wife were raised in Richmond, and moved to Virginia Beach in 1973. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren, who all live in Virginia Beach. In 1983 Ken started a technology company, TCI Voice and Data Networks. After 33 great years, he sold the company and retired. Ken’s wife of 44 years, Windsor, was an elementary school teacher for 20 years. Approximately 27 years ago, Ken and Windsor became foster parents for the City of Virginia Beach – a calling they couldn’t resist. Today Ken serves on 4 non-profit boards, ranging from domestic violence, child abuse, education, and foundations. Ken says “I have had an incredibly blessed life, and I know what it means to give back.”
Mary E. Bonsby-Brock – TFFC Director
Mary came to the Norfolk area from Silver Spring, MD in 1989 when she married her then sailor husband Mark. Like so many others in Hampton Roads, they made the area their permanent home when they transitioned to civilian life. They have two adult daughters. They adopted their youngest daughter from Foster Care when she was 6 years old. Mary began working for a small bank in 1994 that through a series of mergers became Wells Fargo Bank. The majority of her career has been in Financial Crimes Investigations. She currently manages Wells Fargo’s Corporate Financial Crimes Training program. Mary received her BS in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and later received her AA in accounting from TCC. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is currently working on her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification. Mary serves on the ODU College of Arts & Letters Community Advisory Board. She enjoys spending time with her family and the freedom of an empty nest traveling with her husband and attending Blues & Jazz festivals.
Robert E. McCartney – TFFC Director
Robert E. McCartney MSW, “Rob,” is the Chief Executive Officer for The Barry Robinson Center, a behavioral health system in Norfolk, Virginia, anchored by a 72-bed residential treatment center. Over the past six years, Rob has led The Barry Robinson Center’s residential program’s transition from a typical residential treatment center to a premier program whose primary mission is to help military-connected children and their families heal. Rob has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and a Masters in Social Work from Michigan State. Rob is the father of two boys and stepfather of two girls the same age as his sons. He and his wife Shirley describe their family as “The Brady Bunch without Alice”. Rob is a compassionate leader who puts the needs of the children and families first.
Joy Rios – TFFC Director
Joy Rios is the founder/president of Connect With a Wish Inc., a Virginia Beach non-profit assisting foster youth. She is wife of Ralph Rios, proud mother of three adopted children and a foster mother, as well. She graduated from ODU in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and a minor in Special Education. Joy has worked as a Special Education teacher and has volunteered with the Holiday Project program through Virginia Beach Human Services for over 14 years. Joy was awarded the Hope Humanitarian Award in 2015 by the Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary, and in 2016 was the recipient of the People Taking Action Award from News Channel 3, as well as an Exemplar Award Honoree in 2017. The Virginia Beach Human Services Department recognized Joy for her outstanding and dedicated service to Virginia Beach foster care children in 2017. Joy also accepted the Coastal Virginia Giving Back Award for Connect With a Wish in years 2017 & 2018.
Tracy Keller – TFFC Director
Tracy Keller is the Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a regional nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of girls. She is lifetime Girl Scout who as an adult member, has been recognized with the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, the highest adult honor. Tracy is a foster/adoptive parent, who has fostered 9 children and adopted 4 children. Tracy graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics. She received a certification in nonprofit management in 2007 from the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence and during that year was selected from an elite group of Girl Scout CEOs to attend a Strategic Leader Seminar at the United States Army War College sponsored by the Columbia University Business School. In 2009, she graduated from the Lead Hampton Roads executive program and in 2010 joined the ranks of the prestigious Civic Leadership Institute alumni. She was awarded the 2018 Women in Business Award by Inside Business. Tracy is a member of many local charitable organizations and is passionate about serving those in need.
Lakysha Laing – TFFC Director
Lakysha Laing is Director of Customer Care at Cox Communications in the Technical Support call center in Hampton Roads, VA. Lakysha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management and an MBA in Business Administration. Lakysha serves in capacity as President and one of the founding members of the Virginia Chapter for the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) serving the Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA areas. She is a member of the Women in Cable Telecommunications Virginia Chapter and she is a mentoring circle lead for the Women’s ERG at Cox Communications, very active with the company Employee Resource Groups, and sits on the National Diversity & Inclusion Council for Cox. Lakysha is foster care alumna, who is very involved in the community and is passionate about giving back to foster care causes. She enjoys whale watching, spending time with her husband Cliff, their children Alysha and Khalil, and her Lhasa Apso dog, Cassius.