President and Chief Executive Officer
Bert Schmidt has passionately sought ways for public media to support the Hampton Roads community through broadcast programming and educational services in his nine years as President and CEO of WHRO. He's been instrumental in the development and distribution of numerous virtual learning solutions for educators including the production of online courses used in high schools throughout the state; the operation of the Commonwealth's Virtual Virginia online high school program; eMediaVA, a web-based library of over 100,000 multi-media learning objects available to every student in the Virginia; and SkillsOnline, an online career development and workforce readiness education initiative for adults, He serves on the Governor's Virtual Learning Advisory Committee.
Recently, WHRO has produced programs of local interest focusing on issues involving veterans, the local art scene, and improving graduation rates. Bert serves on the boards of the Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk Public Library, the Virginia Aquarium, the Future of Hampton Roads and the Greater Norfolk Council. Previously he was the President and General Manager of WVPT in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 2002 to 2007. He was CFO and Executive Vice President of WCNY in Syracuse, N.Y. from 1991 to 2002.
Bert is the father of two children: daughter Jillian, 19, and son Bertel, 17, and is married to Missy Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing for xTuple, an open source business management software company.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Morehouse is WHRO’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), overseeing the day-to-day activities of the financial affairs of the organization, and playing a major role in strategic planning and the development of the annual plan of work and budget. He’s a longtime WHRO volunteer and supporter who came to the station in August 2010 after a career that included serving as Executive Director of Virginia College Access Network; Senior Vice President of Nelnet, Associate Vice President for Financial Services for Thomas Nelson Community College and a Finance Corps officer in the U.S Army, including service in the first Gulf War. Tom holds a BA in Economics from Virginia Military Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University. He is a 1999 graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula.
Tom’s interests in education include serving as the Treasurer and Board Member of the Virginia College Access Network, and as a long term board member and past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Tom also currently serves on the Board of the Hampton Newport News Community Services Board. Tom has also served as a volunteer instructor in emergency communications for the Hampton Newport News Community Services Board.
Tom lives in the Olde Wythe section of Hampton with his wife Sallie Marchello, the University Registrar for the College of William and Mary, and their chocolate lab, Hershey and cat Apollo. His interests include spending time with friends and family, sailing, amateur radio and Washington Nationals, VMI and Peninsula Pilots Baseball.
Chief Development Officer
Phil Perdue joined the staff of WHRO in October 2013, to head the station’s extensive development efforts, including all forms of general fundraising, as well as major and planned giving. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He came to WHRO from Bon Secours Hampton Roads Foundations, where he served as Senior Development Officer, with responsibility for fundraising, strategic planning, organization and staff management, recruiting and motivating volunteer leadership. From 2004 to 2010, Phil served first as Associate and later as Interim Vice President for College Advancement at Virginia Wesleyan College.
He has served on the Boards of – and as moderator, presenter and panel member – for a variety of organizations, including the Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council, the Virginia Fund Raising Institute, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and several others. He is a former President of the Hampton Roads Chapter of AFP.
Vice President of Education
Brian Callahan is Vice President of Education at WHRO-TV in Norfolk, Virginia. Originally from the “Industrial Midwest” -Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago - Brian is a former classroom teacher with more than 23 years experience utilizing technology in education from primary through post-secondary settings. He has made hundreds of presentations nationwide on educational technology issues and innovations and currently makes his home in Virginia Beach.
In his current role, Brian is responsible for a variety of state and regional educational technology products and services, most notably Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine - a statewide online teacher training program featuring more than 150 research-based courses at every grade level in most every subject; the Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School operations center, serving more than 3,500 students annually across the Commonwealth with dozens of AP and world language courses; the Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center, providing online core courses to 18 school divisions in southeastern Virginia; and Virginia’s Community of Anytime Knowledge, a statewide, non-commercial, online professional development service.
Brian attended Grove City College and Kent State University and holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Education degrees.
Vice President of Technology
Chris is the Vice President of Technology for WHRO, overseeing the Engineering, Information Technology, Master Control and Facilities departments. After completing College in 1989, Chris joined the WHRO team and worked as a broadcast engineer for 5 years before pursuing an engineering and management career in the Wireless Telecommunication Industry.
Prior to returning to WHRO in 2003, he was Director of Systems Integration with CAI Wireless Systems of Albany New York. After CAI’s acquisition by WorldCom in 1999, Chris held the position of Regional Director for Systems Engineering and Integration at WorldCom Broadband Solutions until 2003.
Chris holds advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. He was the Chairman of Chapter 54 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers for 3 years and is the current membership Chairman for Local SBE Chapter 54. Chris is also a member of various electrical and Information Technology societies and has 24 years of experience in broadcast and telecommunications engineering and management.
Chris lives in the Historic Ghent section of Norfolk with his wife Lizz, daughter Casey and dog Shadow. His interests include home renovation, tennis, biking and relaxing with friends and family.
Vice President of Content
Heather Mazzoni came to WHRO in 1998 as an audience and member services representative, and within six months was promoted to traffic specialist/programming assistant for the radio department, providing service to WHRO 90.3 and WHRV 89.5FM. In 2001, she was promoted to Director of Radio Operations and in 2007, to Director of Programming for WHRV 89.5FM. Currently she serves as Vice President of Content for broadcast services. She is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operation of Television and Radio Programming, Children’s Services, Underwriting, and Traffic.
Prior to joining WHRO, Heather worked at US Airways Express in customer service and flight operations. She also worked for McDonald Garden Center where she earned the Virginia Certified Horticulturist certification, a standard of industry excellence.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management from Christopher Newport University; and in addition, she attended Thomas Nelson Community College where she majored in Fine Arts. Heather is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Management program and the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Leadership program.
Heather lives in Norfolk with her husband Matt, sons Julian and Brett, and faithful canine companions Ginger & Finn. Her interests include cooking, silversmithing, organic gardening, art, music and enjoying friends.
Online Media Officer
Dina Richards joined WHRO as a Web Designer in late 2000. She is an early adopter of emerging technologies in public media, including online content, digital media platform development, social media strategies and educational technology products and services.
She is responsible for advancing the organization’s online presence, including web, mobile, radio and TV streaming, and on-demand products and services. She has led several strategic and award-winning online initiatives, building and maintaining their footprint in the digital world.
Dina's academic background is in Liberal Arts and Information Technology; she is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership program.
She has lived in South America and Europe and enjoys preparing foods from around the globe. Dina is passionate about travel, world cultures and traditions. She lives in Norfolk with her family.