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.
Denise Lipscomb – TFFC Director
Denise Lipscomb is a Director and serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Tidewater Friends of Foster Care. Denise is a community leader within Hampton Roads, a designated Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Norfolk and true champion of children’s causes. She is the mother of five children and happily married to retired Navy Commander Curtis Lipscomb. The Lipscomb’s love of children shows in the many years of being foster parents in the city of Norfolk. After adopting their two younger children, Denise became a Norfolk CASA worker. Denise has a BA in accounting, and has completed the United Way Project Inclusion Board Governance Leadership Development program. Denise is a member of several local and national organizations of which she has held board positions. Being involved in the community and helping children is very important to Denise. Promoting education as a gateway for children to broaden their potential and possibilities in life is what Denise Lipscomb is all about. The Lipscomb’s believe that “to whom much is given much is required.”