VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads Staff
Stephanie Gorham, Executive Director
Stephanie received her Bachelor's Degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is a seasoned nonprofit development professional with more than 15 years' experience working for various nonprofits in the Texas area and most recently served as the Development Officer supporting the Tidewater Community College Foundation. During her time at TCC, Stephanie raised funds in support of numerous scholarships, student leadership programs and needed equipment for student programs. She began her career in Texas where she served as the Vice President of Resource Development for the United Way of North Texas and the Director of Development for CASA of Red River, Texas. Stephanie resides in Chesapeake with her husband Jim Gorham, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, and their four kids, Kaitlyn, Greyson, Lily, and Sally.
Olga González Nichols, Deputy Director
Olga González Nichols has worked in operations for non-profits for 15 years in database administration, donor relations, volunteer management, and overall fundraising operations. She comes to VHR from most recently from Tidewater Community College where she served at the Educational Foundation managing fundraising operations. Olga is originally from Costa Rica and a recent New York transplant to Hampton Roads. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from John Brown University, and also works as a freelance translator and interpreter.
Melissa Reese, Director of Development
Melissa Estrada Reese has worked for more than 10 years supporting Hampton Roads nonprofits in fundraising, special events and development efforts. Most recently Ms. Reese served as the Director of Advancement for The Williams School, a K-8 independent school in Norfolk, VA. Previously, she served as the Director of Community Relations for Amerigroup Corporation, managing the employee volunteer program for approximately 6,000 associates. In 2013, the Amerigroup Community Volunteers Program was awarded first place in the category of corporate employee volunteer programs by PRNews. Ms. Reese has a background in communications, working as a writer in both the External and Internal Communications departments at Amerigroup, supporting government relations efforts as well as employee relations. She began her career working for various nonprofits, including ACCESS AIDS Care and Samaritan House. She currently resides in Norfolk with her husband, Ryan, and daughters, Emmaline and Margo.
Leigh-Anne Cade, MPH, CVA, Director of Training
As Director of Training, Leigh-Anne develops and implements our forums, symposiums and training events. She additionally researches, develops and facilitates customized training including board governance and volunteer management for nonprofit partners by request. Leigh-Anne also serves as the head trainer and facilitator for the Service Enterprise Initiative, which is designed to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through high-level volunteer utilization. Prior to coming to VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, Leigh-Anne worked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for 13 years in positions including programs and services, nonprofit management, advocacy, and fundraising. She also worked for the American Heart Association and completed her graduate-level internship at the American Cancer Society. Leigh-Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Maryland and her Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University
Lexie Martinez, Program Associate
As Programs Associate, Lexie Martinez supports Volunteer Hampton Roads’ Hands On Connect and VolunTier Vision programs. Ms. Martinez has been involved with Volunteer Hampton Roads since November 2017 when she started as a Public Relations and Marketing Intern. She is a Virginia Beach local and is currently finishing her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Old Dominion University.
Katrina Ardan, Development Associate
Katrina Ardan works as VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads Development Associate. Ms. Ardan worked at Tidewater Community College for four years most recently as the Information Desk Supervisor. She is interested in leadership development and currently co-facilitates the Gear Up To Lead leadership program at Tidewater Community College's Chesapeake Campus. Ms. Ardan lives in Chesapeake with her brother Chris, sister-in-law Tia, and Niece Zerrin.