New Kent Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

President

Don Hillbish has been with C&F Bank since 2011. He has 15 years of financial services experience ranging from credit card call centers to branch banking operations. He currently serves as a Vice President and Retail Team Leader, managing 4 branches in the Eastern Richmond market and is based in Quinton.

His clients often mention his warmth and friendliness, tenacity in problem solving, and his genuine desire to help others. He is supported by a team of dedicated branch employees as well as teammates in credit, deposits, and technology that are resources which enable him to provide a full-spectrum banking experience for any customer.

Don is a graduate of the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies as well as holding a Master of Science in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Besides his passion for teamwork and leadership, his focus is on working with small and mid-size businesses to assist them in achieving their full potential. Don is a devoted husband and father of three. When not serving clients, he enjoys reading, playing sports, learning new things, and spending time with his family and friends.


Vice President

The co-owner of Gracefield Hall Bed & Breakfast, which opened April 2015, with his wife Patricia, Larry Reynolds is a native of Illinois, who grew up in Wisconsin, moved to Maryland in 1972, and finally moved to Providence Forge, Virginia, in 2013. A student of colonial American history, he took early retirement 14 years ago to concentrate on researching colonial Virginia architecture while designing a historically accurate 18th Century Central Virginia plantation house.

Larry started his career as a technical writer on inertial navigation systems for the Apollo space program. He has a BS in business management with a minor in electrical engineering with over 30 years experience in marketing communications management for aerospace, scientific, and data communications companies.

Larry is an active promoter of New Kent County as an ideal business location and a new member of the New Kent Chamber of Commerce. He believes that through active involvement in the Chamber of Commerce he can help other New Kent County businesses continue to prosper.


Treasurer

Mark Plostock is the owner of Mark A. Plostock, CPA PC, an accounting firm that’s practice is limited to income taxes and technology consulting.  Originally from Long Island, he has been practicing accounting field for over 40 years.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants where he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Disclosures magazine.

Mark is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where had previously served on the univerity’s Accounting Advisory Board.  Now in semi-retirement, Mark looks to spending more time on his hobby of model trains.


Secretary

New Kent Chamber Secretary, Gillian Barney, lives and works in the County. Barney is employed as an Executive Assistant and Resource Development Specialist for Quin Rivers Community Action Agency, which is a nonprofit community action agency dedicated to advancing the well-being of individuals and families living in the central Virginia region.

Gillian is married to Rod Barney who owns and operates Rod Barney Flooring, Inc., and she has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.


Director of Fundraising

Lee Ailstock serves the New Kent Chamber as the Director of Fundraising. Currently employed as an Outreach Coordination with Quin Rivers Community Action Agency in New Kent County, Lee comes to us with over seven years of outreach and development experience in the Richmond Community. Before her tenure at Quin Rivers, Lee served as Community Liaison for the Bon Secours Foundation with Bon Secours’ Noah’s Children Pediatric Hospice Program. Lee is actively engaged throughout the community including holding memberships with the Greater Richmond Administration for Volunteer Administration, The Junior League of Richmond, and is the philanthropy chair for the Richmond Alumna Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority.

Additionally, Lee volunteers for the Children’s Hope Gala Committee with the Bon Secours Foundation, an annual event raising roughly $300,000 and benefitting Richmond’s most vulnerable children.


Director of Programs/Awards

A graduate of Varina High School, Jennifer Bell has completed classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College as well as the CREW leadership development program with Sonabank. Jennifer is currently an officer with Sonabank serving as the manager of the Quinton office of Sonabank.

In addition to having attended school in eastern Henrico County, Jennifer volunteers for a number of organizations in her community, including New Kent County Chamber, Bridging Communities Regional Foundation CTE, Eastern Henrico Business Association and Henrico East Rotary.


Director of Marketing/Digital Media

Eric Pesola serves the New Kent Chamber as the Director of Marketing and Digital Media. Pesola lives in New Kent County with his wife and children and serves Rappahannock Community College as their Director of Marketing and Communications. In the past, he worked for the College of William & Mary, Trader Publishing, WAVY-TV 10, Landmark Communications and Thomas Nelson Community College. Pesola earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Christopher Newport University and earned an MBA with Averett University.


Director of Membership

Ericka Johnson has been a resident of New Kent since 2013. She is also the owner of Johnson Travel, which launched in 2015. In addition to this she has 20 plus years of business experience which has spanned fields such as financial services, real estate, education, operations, and marketing for some notable Fortune 500 companies. In addition to running her own business she can be found serving as the Assistant Den Leader of Cub Scout Pack 562, Coaching Parks & Recs Basketball, helping with the New Kent Community Development Corporation and even volunteering at George Watkins Elementary.

When she is able to catch moments to herself, Johnson likes writing, crafting, reading, listening to music and spending time with her husband Henry and son Aiden. Johnson graduated from Varina High School, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2001 from James Madison University.


Director of Membership Education

Carolyn Bates has been with C&F Bank since 2013 and is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at Quinton. She has over 30 years of financial services experience ranging from directing marketing of large financial centers to branch banking operations. Carolyn is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Growing up in neighboring Henrico County and living in New Kent most of her life has provided Carolyn with a vast local network. Carolyn’s clients have a fierce loyalty to her, reflecting her tenacity in solving their problems, her empathetic listening, and applying her analytical mind to help them reach their financial goals. Carolyn as well as numerous family members have been entrepreneurs, so she is passionate about local small business and ways to help them.

Carolyn is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. When not in the branch or in the community, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends (especially her grandchildren), involvement in her church, and learning new things.


Past President

Kate Ferris is the owner of Stay & Play Childcare, located in the Maidstone Center in New Kent.  A native of Texas, she moved to New Kent in 2007 and opened the business in 2009.  She is the mother of 2 children, Emma and John.

Kate sings in the choir at Providence Forge Presbyterian Church and can usually be found either coaching or attending one of her children’s activities in her free time.  She also volunteers with the United Way and enjoys visiting the many historical sites in Virginia.