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WHRO Public Media Welcomes Allmond, Zhang, Parrish and Sterling to Governing Board

NORFOLK, VA (June 25, 2020) WHRO Public Media is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board directors – Yvonne Allmond, Benming "Benny" Zhang,  Cari Parrish, and Michael L. Sterling.



Yvonne Allmond is Executive Vice President and Community Financial Engagement Officer Towne Bank. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership Institute. She serves as a member of the ODU Board of Visitors, the Norfolk State University Foundation Board, the Chrysler Museum Board of Trustees, the NATO Board, and is former chair of the Board of Commissioners of the VHDA.


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Benming "Benny" Zhang is a Councilman for the Williamsburg City Council elected on May 3, 2016. He became the second William & Mary student, as well as the youngest and first of Chinese descent elected to the council in the City’s history.

Benny has been an active member of the Williamsburg community since entering the College as a Sharpe Community Scholar in the fall of 2012. He has been involved in various initiatives to better the lives for all residents of Williamsburg.

Benny is currently a member of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, and sits on the Government Affairs Committee. Benny is also a member of the Jamestown- Yorktown Foundation Revolutionary Society, a group dedicated to attracting young professionals to become more involved with the historical Jamestown area and its wellbeing. He is currently attending Marshall-Wythe School of Law (William & Mary Law School) as a Juris Doctor (J.D.) candidate.

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Cari Parrish serves as Vice President and Senior Business Continuity Manager for Capital Group, where she has enjoyed a variety of roles over the past 19 years.

She leads a team of business continuity professionals who consult and advise business areas within Capital Group on continuity planning, risks, and event response. She also helps lead Capital’s global crisis management response and planning, supporting Capital Group’s worldwide offices. In addition to crisis management and business continuity experience, Cari previously held other risk-focused roles within Capital Group, focusing on investor privacy, compliance, and operational risk.

Making a difference has been a core part of Cari’s personal life, as well as her career. Personally, she has participated in numerous trips to support communities in need – some locations include Nicaragua; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Biloxi, Mississippi. She serves as a board member for the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation and as secretary of the Tidewater Blacksmith’s Guild. At Capital Group, Cari has been involved for many years in engaging Capital’s associates in community outreach activities, leading teams in the planning and execution of community service days. She currently chairs the local contributions committee for the Hampton Roads’ Capital Group office.

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Michael L. Sterling is the Managing Partner for Vandeventer & Black.  He also served on the Executive Board and chaired the firm’s Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group, Practice Management Committee, and Dispute Resolution Services. Mike’s practice is concentrated on complex projects and disputes for international, national and local clients with particular focus on compliance and other regulatory issues.

Mike also manages the law firm’s Dispute Resolution Services. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), various courts and by private appointment. He also served as a Hearing Officer for the Supreme Court of Virginia presiding over various state and local employee grievances and professional licensing disputes; represented construction clients in numerous alternative dispute resolution proceedings including AAA arbitration, mediation, early neutral evaluation and partnering sessions. Mike founded the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association ADR Committee that prepared a standing order for court-sponsored ADR; and conducted various presentations on ADR including as a guest lecturer at William & Mary School of Law.

Mike recognizes the importance of public and professional service and serves on the Board of Directors of Eggleston Services. Mike has served on the Boards of the Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia, and the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, and he has been Chairman of the Virginia Bar Association Construction and Public Contract Law Executive Council and the Vandeventer Black Foundation.

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