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WHRO Public Media Welcomes Six New Board Directors

NORFOLK, VA (August 12, 2019) WHRO Public Media announced the appointment of six new Board Directors – Bruce Jacobson, Chief Technology Officer for RTP Holdings/Lokita Solutions; Greg McCracken, attorney at Fine, Fine Legum Mccraken; Eileen A. Olds, retired district court judge for the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools; Emily Steinhilber, Assistant Research Professor in the Office of Research at Old Dominion University and Jonathan Romero, Instructor of Nursing in the Undergraduate Division of the School of Nursing at Hampton University.

 

 

Bruce Jacobson is the CTO and Solution Architect at RTP Holdings/Lokita Solutions. He became William & Mary’s first “First Gentleman” after his wife, Katherine A. Rowe, was sworn-in as the university’s 28th president in July 2018.

Jacobson attended the University of Pennsylvania studying physics and electrical engineering. He attended grad school at MIT, in a program that trained engineers with a heavy dose of public policy. After a decade at Comcast, Jacobson got the entrepreneurial bug and started working for a small software company; it grew and was eventually sold to a larger software company. At QVC, Jacobson ran the broadcast engineering department and now has a consulting practice.

 

 

Greg McCracken is a seasoned trial attorney with over 29 years of litigation experience, including eight years defending the United States Navy and Marine Corps in personal injury, property damage and medical malpractice claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act and Military Claims Act Claims. His practice includes business litigation, contract disputes, injury law, family law, estate planning, criminal and serious traffic matters. As a champion of children, he has qualified as a guardian ad litem and gained reputation as a go-to lawyer for multi-jurisdictional child custody disputes.

 

 

Eileen A. Olds is a retired district court judge for the Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. She served on the court since June 1995. Olds is one of the two first African-American judges appointed in the First Judicial District. She is also the first female judge to serve in the district.

Olds received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1979 and her J.D. from the William & Mary Law School in 1982.

 

 

Dr. Aaron Spence has served as Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) since June 2014. As Superintendent, he is responsible for the instructional leadership and administrative operation of 86 schools and centers serving more than 67,000 students.

He attended the University of Virginia, where he received a bachelor's degree in French studies, a master's degree in secondary education and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision.

 

 

Emily Steinhilber is an Assistant Research Professor in the Office of Research at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia where, in addition to other resilience initiatives, she coordinates the ODU arm of the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (CCRFR), a partnership of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Center, and ODU.

Previously, Steinhilber served as the Assistant Director for Coastal Resilience Research at ODU and facilitated the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project. She serves on Virginia Beach’s Green Ribbon Committee, as the co-chair of Lynnhaven River Now’s LRNEXT board, and has previously served on WHRO’s Emerging Leaders Board.

 

 

Jonathan Romero is an Instructor of Nursing in the Undergraduate Division of the School of Nursing at Hampton University.

Romero earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from Thomas Nelson Community College in 2011. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State University, in Hays Kansas in 2013. In 2017 he completed his Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from Walden University. Romero previously graduated from the Sentara School of Health Professions and is a Board Certified Registered Surgical Assistant.

 

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