Chair of the Board

 

Keith Engle is the owner and founder of Engel Haus, a hybrid workspace, and Mind Meld Psychotherapy “MMP,” the first outpatient mental clinic outside of state and federal funding in the county. His commitment to community well-being extends beyond his professional life. Education is crucial, and his involvement with the Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors, reflects his passion for continuous learning.

Keith is a licensed clinical social worker, retired naval officer, and a devoted husband to a loving husband. Together, they share their home with two cherished dogs. Living in New Kent County for the last five years has been a personal joy and deepened his connection to the community that he is dedicated to serving.

His transition from a military officer to a local social worker gained a unique perspective shaped by his experiences as a husband and dog owner. This blend of personal and professional life allows him to approach problem-solving with discipline and empathy. In his spare time, I find fulfillment in volunteering for nonprofits and local organizations, especially those that bridge the gap for positive change in the county we call home. Being part of such impactful organizations enables him to contribute to the well-being of our community in a meaningful way.

Vice Chair

Julia Henby serves the New Kent Chamber as the Vice Chair. Julia is both a certified PMP and the owner of Jugey Cakes Baking, a custom bakery based out of her home in Providence Forge. Originally from Hornell, New York, Julia graduated from Penn State University with BAs in Spanish, Arabic, and International Politics. In 2019, she established Jugey Cakes Baking, serving custom sweets and teaching baking classes to the local New Kent community. 

By day, Julia is a Program Manager of seven years. Six of those years were spent in clinical trial translations, growing and building teams in New York, London, Warsaw, and Honolulu. She is currently a Program Manager at Fulcrum Concepts LLC in West Point, working on contracts for the Department of Defense. When not balancing her business and a full-time job, Julia can be found at Don Miguel’s for Taco Tuesday, claiming victory over her husband on the Brickshire basketball court or researching her next adventure trip out west.

Treasurer

Christina Hockaday

In the heart of Providence Forge, there is a dynamic force that has not only shaped the landscape of C&F Bank but has also become an inspirational figure in the community—Christina Hockaday, the Branch Manager extraordinaire.
Born in the picturesque town of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Christina’s journey to success is a testament to her resilience and unwavering dedication. Her roots may be traced back to Pennsylvania, but it’s in New Kent that she found a place to call home.
Christina began defining her professional legacy after graduating from New Kent High School. With a passion for the financial world and an unyielding drive for success, Christina started her career at C&F Bank over a decade ago, taking on the teller role. Little did she know that this would be just the beginning of an illustrious climb up the corporate ladder. Through tenacity, hard work, and a hunger for knowledge, she navigated the complexities of the banking industry, embracing various roles to broaden her understanding.
Christina’s commitment to self-improvement led her to the University of Phoenix, where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management. This academic achievement enriched her professional understanding and gave her the tools to lead with confidence and insight.
What sets Christina apart is her career trajectory and deep-rooted connection to the community she serves. Living in New Kent, she has seamlessly woven herself into the town’s fabric. Beyond the confines of her role at C&F Bank, Christina has found fulfillment in raising her three children in the nurturing embrace of the community.
Eager to give back, Christina has actively participated in local initiatives. Her enthusiasm has led her to take on a more prominent role in the Chamber of Commerce, where she hopes to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the community she holds dear.
As a Branch Manager, Christina brings a wealth of financial expertise and a genuine passion for empowering those around her. Her journey, marked by perseverance, continuous learning, and community engagement, serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring professionals and community leaders alike.
Christina is a person who turned her dreams into reality, scaled professional heights, and enriched the lives of those in her community. As the sun continues to rise over Providence Forge, so does the influence of a leader who embodies the true spirit of success and community commitment.

Fundraising Committee Chair

Robin Thomas has been a resident of New Kent since 2021. Currently, she serves as the Director of Finance and Operations at Lynnhaven School in eastern Henrico. With over 20 years of experience working in the private school environment, she is passionate about inspiring people to support education and helping young men and women become the best version of themselves as they prepare to venture out into the world on their own. She recently joined the New Kent Chamber of Commerce and the New Kent Junior Women’s Club to meet more people and serve her community.

Being a military child, she was born in New York and grew up in Virginia Beach. As a young adult, she was called to serve in the United States Air Force, developing her mechanical skills and working on fighter planes. While serving in New Hampshire, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management before returning home to Virginia. Several years later, she completed her Masters Degree in Business Administration through Virginia Wesleyan University.

She has two adult children, Jordan and Kendall, who live in Richmond and Virginia Beach, respectively. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting live theater, going to the movies with her daughter, visiting wineries, and spending time with family.

Programs and Awards Chair

Austin Martin

Austin’s core focus for New Kent is building and empowering other small businesses for success. He also wants to maintain the tight-knit community, ensuring New Kent is where you want to be!

Austin Martin was born and raised in Varina, Virginia. He moved to New Kent in 2020 and fell in love instantly! Austin previously worked in commercial construction management, but he had other plans.
He is now the owner and founder of Early Bird Cafe, a mobile coffee unit. Early Bird is local in New Kent and travels to surrounding areas. His mobile coffee units have skyrocketed, and he couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome thus far. His love for coffee and his customers keeps him devoted to serving the best coffee in town.

Austin enjoys spending time with his family and the outdoors when he is not working. Austin and his wife have three beautiful children, Olivia, Caleb, and Tatum, as well as his furry friend, Jax.

Marketing Committee Chair

Kim Crisp is the owner of KDC Media and Creative, LLC, with two businesses falling under that umbrella – New Kent Neighbors Magazine and the Hometown Welcome Mailer.
Kim has a 30+ year career in printing, specializing in packaging, but also has a graphic design and marketing background. Her career began at the age of 17, working for a quick printer, and she crafted her graphic design skills in New Orleans, doing a lot of design and prepress work for the music and tourism industries. Later, she moved to Virginia and worked in packaging printing for over 20 years with some of the biggest consumer packaging companies in the world.

She is married to John “Chuck” Crisp and has two grown children, Ashley & Ryan.

 

Member Education Chair

Alyson LeMaster moved to New Kent in the Summer of 2022 with her husband, Zach, and daughter, Samantha, and has steadily been connecting herself to her new community. Alyson brings over a decade of combined higher education and private school leadership experience to the Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she leads all enrollment and post secondary initiatives at Lynnhaven School, a project based learning micro high school, located in Eastern Henrico. She is an alumnus of Radford University having earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2010. She received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Community and College Counseling from Longwood University in 2013. In her free time, Alyson enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Membership Chair

Sam Drewry is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones with an office in Williamsburg, VA. 
 
Sam attended Radford University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2012. While in college, he enlisted as an infantryman in the Virginia Army National Guard and has enjoyed over 14 years of military service, currently, he serves as a Platoon Sergeant in a combat infantry platoon A-Co 3-116th INF. That same dedication to cause and service is a mindset Sam carries forward in both his career at Edward Jones as well as in serving the members of our New Kent Chamber.
 
Sam and his wife, Ashleigh, have five children (two sets of twins, ages three and one, in addition to a seven year old). Originally from Southampton County, his family moved to West Point, Virginia, in January 2019, and they fell in love with the region immediately. Sam is an active member of the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of West Point, Rotary Club of West Point, New Kent Chamber of Commerce, and the West Point Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Past President of the New Kent Chamber of Commerce, and also the West Point Chamber of Commerce, as well as the past Chairman of the West Point Crab Carnival and Taste of New Kent Wine Festival. He also currently serves on the Membership Committee and the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce.
 
As Director of Membership for New Kent Chamber of Commerce, Sam is looking forward to serving the businesses of New Kent County and growing together.
 

Government Liaison 

Anna Jones is a distinguished professional who currently serves as the Government Liaison Director for the New Kent Chamber of Commerce. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role, having earned her credentials as a Licensed Insurance Broker and a partner of Community Insurance Advisors situated in Providence Forge, VA. Her areas of specialization include Individual and Group Health Insurance, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, Prescription Drug plans, Dental/Vision Insurance, and Life Insurance.

Anna has received numerous accolades during her tenure as an Insurance Broker, including the prestigious “Top New Broker Sales” award for Humana and the “Impact Award” from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her dedication to client satisfaction and commitment to tailoring plans that fit specific needs has earned her a reputation as a trusted advisor in the industry.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Anna is an active community member who serves as a Board Member for the Community Strategy Council (CSC) at the Farms of New Kent. In this role, she plays a pivotal part in facilitating communication between the developer and the Homeowner’s Association while focusing on long-term planning and goals for the Farms of New Kent. Additionally, Anna is affiliated with the NABIP (National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals), DAVA (Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary), and the VAHU (Virginia Association of Health Underwriters).

Originally hailing from Chesterfield, Virginia, Anna and her family decided to relocate to New Kent in 2021. They were drawn to the county’s smaller community atmosphere but with a vision for the county’s rapid growth and development. As a resident of New Kent County, Anna is enthusiastic about witnessing the ongoing changes in business growth and development in the area. She recognizes the significance of fostering strong relationships between the Chamber of Commerce and local county and government officials to facilitate continued growth. As the government liaison director for the Chamber, she is eager to cultivate meaningful relationships with county and government officials that will contribute to the progress and success of both the Chamber and the county.

Board Liaison

Jeni Leleux