TCC College Board Members & Committees


TCC’s College Board is composed of business, industry and education leaders from across Hampton Roads.

Front row from left to right: John M. Murray, Cynthia (Cindy) S. Free, Linda D. Ridenour, Connie A. Meyer, & Dwight M. Parker. Back row from left to right: John A. Piscitelli, Terri N. Thompson, & John D. Padgett. Not pictured: Jerome A. Bynum, James (Jay) N. Lucado, Paulette D. Franklin-Jenkins, Lynn B. Clements.

2016-17 Standing Committees


Executive Committee

  • Terri N. Thompson – Board Chair
  • John A. Piscitelli  – Board Vice Chair
  • John M. Murray, Chair – Finance & Facilities Committee
  • Dwight M. Parker, Chair – Curriculum & Student Development Committee
  • Linda D. Ridenour, Chair – Advocacy Committee
  • Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani – President (ex officio)
  • Susan M. James, Special Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff (board liaison & staff support)


Finance & Facilities Committee

  • John M. Murray, Chair
  • John D. Padgett
  • James (Jay) N. Lucado
  • Paulette D. Franklin-Jenkins
  • Terri N. Thompson – Board Chair (ex officio)
  • Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani – President (ex officio)
  • Phyllis F. Milloy – Vice President for Finance (staff liaison)
  • Matthew J. Baumgarten – Executive Director for Real Estate Development & COO of Facilities (staff liaison)


Curriculum & Student Development Committee

  • Dwight M. Parker, Chair
  • John A. Piscitelli
  • Connie A. Meyer
  • Lynn B. Clements
  • Terri N. Thompson – Board Chair (ex officio)
  • Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani – President (ex officio)
  • Daniel T. DeMarte – Vice President for Academic Affairs & CAO (staff liaison)
  • Michael D. Summers – Interim Vice President for Student Affairs (staff liaison)
  • Corey L. McCray – Vice President for Workforce Solutions (staff liaison)


Advocacy Committee

  • Linda D. Ridenour, Chair
  • Cynthia (Cindy) S. Free
  • Jerome A. Bynum
  • Terri N. Thompson – Board Chair (ex officio)
  • Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani – President (ex officio)
  • James P. Toscano – Vice President for Public Affairs & Communications (staff liaison)


Educational and Real Estate Foundation Board Representatives
Terri N. Thompson, TCCEF & John D. Padgett, TCCREF

College Board members

Lynn B. Clements

Lynn Clements, TCC College Board memberLynn B. Clements was appointed by the Portsmouth City Council to the College Board in January 2017.

Ms. Clements has been with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, previously the Virginia Marine Science Museum, since 1985. She has served as Director of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Executive Director of the Aquarium’s Foundation since 2002.

She is also Director of the City of Virginia Beach Department of Aquarium & Museums, which operates three historic house museums and an African American history museum.

In 2009, Ms. Clements successfully completed a $25 million capital campaign by sharing her passion with 1,400 donors about the importance of conservation through education, resulting in the execution of the 1,200-acre Owls Creek Master Plan.

Current projects include an adventure park with 13 courses and 21 zip lines and, through a $44 million Capital Campaign, the renovation of the 20-year-old Owls Creek Marsh Pavilion; addition of the Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center, and increase in the endowment – all planned for 2021.

Ms. Clements holds a Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. She was selected during 2016 and 2017 to participate with 50 other CEOs in National Arts Strategies Community and Culture Program at Harvard University and the University of Michigan and Sundance, Utah. Among her other distinctions, she was an Inside Business Women in Business honoree in 2007 and Girl Scout Woman of Distinction in 2003.

Cynthia S. Free

Cindy S. FreeMs. Cynthia “Cindy” S. Free was appointed to the TCC College Board by the Virginia Beach City Council in September 2015. She serves on the Finance & Facilities Committee. 

Ms. Free, a Hampton Roads native, is a member of the Atlantic Orthopedic Specialist Physical Therapy team in Virginia Beach. She coordinates industrial rehabilitation, workers’ compensation, return-to-work practices, disability examinations, inventory, quality standards, students, and personnel matters.

Over the years, Ms. Free has earned noteworthy licensure and credentials in the orthopedic and rehabilitation fields in service to South Hampton Roads. A proud TCC alumna, Ms. Free started her path on the Virginia Beach Campus, earning an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1986.

Ms. Free has a passion for dance and graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She has danced at Old Dominion University and at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Connie A. Meyer

Connie A. MeyerConnie A. Meyer was appointed to the College Board by Virginia Beach City Council.

John M. Murray

John M. MurrayJohn M. Murray was appointed by Norfolk City Council to the Tidewater Community College Board in 2011.

Mr. Murray is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner at Witt Mares, where his practice includes consulting services for the hospitality and real estate industries; management services, including solutions in operations analysis and tax procedures; and tax services for small businesses. Countless local restaurants depend on his expertise, which he has also shared in a nationally published guide to operating successful establishments.

Many national, regional, and local professional organizations benefit from Mr. Murray's membership, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association. Virginia Business has recognized him as a "Super CPA" for work with both corporate and individual clients.

Mr. Murray is also a governor of the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee, and a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic.

He received his bachelor of science from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.  

John D. Padgett

John D. PadgettJohn D. Padgett was appointed to the Tidewater Community College Board by Norfolk City Council in 2011.

Managing Partner of McGuireWoods’ Norfolk Office, he is an attorney whose expertise in advising corporate clients on a wide range of issues is matched by his commitment to myriad South Hampton Roads civic and philanthropic organizations.

A native of Norfolk, Mr. Padgett received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Designated by Virginia Business as one of the commonwealth's best corporate attorneys and one of its best transportation attorneys, Mr. Padgett provides counsel and litigation support to an array of public and private entities. His subject matter expertise includes international trade and customs; transportation law; emerging growth and private equity; admiralty and maritime matters; banking and financial institutions; and commercial real estate.

He has given of himself to — among others — local organizations including the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, of which he is chair; Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Hampton Roads YMCA, both of which he served as chair; and the Rotary Club of Norfolk, of which he is past-president. Mr. Padgett has also previously served as the chair of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Dwight M. Parker

Dwight M. ParkerDwight M. Parker was appointed by Chesapeake City Council to the College Board in 2012.

A lifelong resident of Chesapeake and graduate of its public schools, Mr. Parker brings vast experiences and wealth of knowledge about Chesapeake and is a welcome asset to the college and its faculty, staff and students.

Mr. Parker is a government instructor at Deep Creek High School with over 38 years of service. He is active on the PTSA and served as vice president. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Norfolk State University and continued his studies at several institutions to include the University of Virginia, Hampton University and Lehigh University.

Mr. Parker’s leadership in and service to the public sector is unparalleled. He served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council for nearly 15 years and was appointed Vice Mayor for two years.

Additional civic involvement included chair of the Community Services Board; Council liaison for schools, public safety, and the court system; member of the Hospital Authority board; advisor to the Mayor’s Youth Commission, Citizens Advisory Commission, and the Juvenile Detention Advisory Board.

Within the community, he devotes time and talent to motivate and mentor adolescents by collaborating with the new Chesapeake Men for Progress and Amateur Softball Association. He also provides sound counsel to the Chesapeake Education Association as a former member of the Board of Directors and as treasurer for the South Hill Masonic Lodge #197.

John A. Piscitelli

John A. PiscitelliJohn A. Piscitelli was appointed to the College Board by Virginia Beach City Council.

Linda D. Ridenour

Linda D. RidenourLinda D. Ridenour was appointed by Portsmouth City Council to the College Board in 2015 and serves on its Curriculum and Student Development Committee.

She has a passion for excellence in education, is an advocate for highly qualified and innovative instruction, and is committed to promoting educational success.

As such, Ms. Ridenour has served her community for over 32 years as a teacher in Portsmouth Public Schools. She received her Master of Science in Administrative Leadership from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Business and Vocational Education from James Madison University. She was selected as Tidewater Aerospace Educator of the Year.

She was appointed to the Portsmouth School Board in 2013 and was subsequently elected to the School Board in 2014, after having served two terms from 2002-2010, with four of them as Vice Chair. She was a candidate for Portsmouth City Council in 2012 and 2014. 

Ms. Ridenour actively participated in National and State Board Conferences and Virginia School Board Association leadership and legislative seminars; maintained membership on the Portsmouth public school instructional task force/advisory committees on career and Vo-Tech, nutrition and wellness, etc.; served on the National Council of Urban Education, and was a representative on the Federal Relations Network as a lobbyist for public education.

 For 12 years, she worked with local and state certification as a Virginia Real Estate Sales Agent.

Terri N. Thompson

Terri N. ThompsonTerry N. Thompson was appointed by the Chesapeake City Council to the College Board in 2012.

Ms. Thompson has been successful in the insurance and financial services industry for over 25 years. A Property & Casualty Claims Manager with State Farm Insurance Companies, she manages claims operations within the Mid-Atlantic Zone and produces high level results.

Her reach within the company, both professionally and personally, fostered marketing opportunities and achieved significant milestones in building civic relationships.

Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University and earned the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation, as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter designation with The American College. She is also a 2011 graduate of the Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.

Part of her community connection includes serving as a board member on multiple organizations — the Chesapeake Community Services Board, League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (Norfolk Division), and TCC’s Network for Empowering Women Students (N.E.W.S.).

Her service to the board will continue to advance the college’s mission in the twenty-first century.