President

The co-owner of Gracefield Hall Bed & Breakfast, which opened April 2016, 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 in 2003 to concentrate on researching colonial Virginia architecture while designing a historically accurate 18th Century Central Virginia plantation house. He has been a volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg since 2002 and is also a volunteer rescue dog transporter.

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.

Gracefield Hall joined the New Kent Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Larry served as Education Director and Membership Director in 2017 and Vice President in 2018. Larry is an active promoter of New Kent County as an ideal business location. He believes that through active involvement in the Chamber of Commerce he can help other New Kent County businesses continue to prosper.


Vice President

Marion Shackford is an experienced leader with over 25 years of proven results in all aspects of the day-to-day management of non-profit and for-profit organizations providing healthcare and services for senior adults.  A strategic thinker who can translate an organization’s vision and ideas into state of the art programs and work processes, and who can identify and address opportunities and challenges.   Experience in startups with particular success in turning around faltering operations to improve services and quality outcomes.  Effective team leader with excellent communication and project management skills, able to motivate and manage multi-level and multi-disciplinary staff.

Marion is the founder and owner of Adaptive Home Environments LLC helping senior adults and people with disabilities modify their homes so they can stay in the homes and be safe and continue to be independent.


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 he previously served on the university’s Accounting Advisory Board.  Now in semi-retirement, Mark looks to spending more time on his hobby of model trains.


Secretary

Jessica Hoskins has been with C&F Bank since 2014, serving several communities and branches. Since 2018, Jessica has been the Branch Manager at the Quinton location. With 10 years in the banking industry, she enjoys getting to know her clients stories’ and helping them with their journey to success both personally and professionally. For 5 years, she has been a member of the Chamber in the communities she serves and excited to be a part of New Kent.

From a town in Georgia, she graduated with a B.A. degree in Finance in 2008 from University of West Georgia and has continued her education with business courses and workshops. When not working, Jessica will be found enjoying as much time as possible with her husband and two children.


Director of Fundraising

The New Kent Chamber of Commerce is looking for two volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. You can help your Chamber more forward in 2019 by volunteering to make a difference by filling one of these two vital and important positions: Director of Programs and Awards; and, Director of Fundraising.

Interested but want more information? Contact President Larry Reynolds at president@newkentchamber.org and request a position description.


Director of Programs/Awards

The New Kent Chamber of Commerce is looking for two volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. You can help your Chamber more forward in 2019 by volunteering to make a difference by filling one of these two vital and important positions: Director of Programs and Awards; and, Director of Fundraising.

Interested but want more information? Contact President Larry Reynolds at president@newkentchamber.org and request a position description.


Director of Marketing/Digital Media

Jessica Kuehl serves the New Kent Chamber as the Director of Marketing and Digital Media. Jess lives in Woodhaven Shores of New Kent County with her husband and children, where she has been Manager of the Woodhaven POA for over 7 years. She is also the Managing Partner of Vaiden Inn, the newest Bed & Breakfast across from the NK Courthouse. In the past, Kuehl worked as the Regional Sales & Marketing Trainer at nTelos Wireless for 10 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Information Systems degree at Strayer University and has been developing online marketing solutions for small businesses since 2007.

In addition, Jess is an active Rotary Club Member. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and photography.


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 Education

Jennifer Sherry serves the New Kent Chamber as the Director of Education.  Jennifer is co-owner of MerriMac Services, a residential plumbing and HVAC business, which began serving the residents of New Kent and the surrounding counties in January of 2018.

Jennifer began her career in education as a high school English teacher and then after relocating to the Richmond area, served as an Educational Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education.  She also taught students who wanted to become teachers, was an academic Dean of a private college, and later moved into corporate training.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from VCU, a Master’s degree from Marymount University, and completed her Doctorate degree from Shenandoah University in 2007.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, canning, reading and spending time with her husband, Rich, and their five children.


Past 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.