BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert D. Holsworth, Ph. D.
Chairman, GRASP Board of Directors
Managing Principal, DecideSmart
Dr. Robert Holsworth is the Managing Principal of DecideSmart. His observations on national and Virginia politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and numerous other papers and news magazines. Bob has also appeared on almost all the major American television networks, the BBC and ITN in Great Britain, and Fuji Television in Japan.
Bob has served on a number of commissions and advisory boards. He was Executive Director of Governor Mark Warner’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness. He also served as Co-Staff Director of the Commission on the Future of Virginia’s Urban Areas. He currently sits on the Charter Review Commission of the City of Richmond, on the Board of Directors for the GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), and on the Regional Leadership Council for Success by Six. He also serves on the advisory board for the Virginia Center on Aging, the Virginia Literacy Institute, the Virginia Public Access Project, and the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bob was the founding Director of the Center for Public Policy and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received VCU’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals honored him for his contribution to public education in the Commonwealth.
Kenneth M. Dye
Sr. Director, Government & Community Affairs
Comcast Metro Richmond
Ken Dye is the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Comcast Metro Richmond. In this role, he is responsible for fostering a favorable political climate for Comcast among the appointed and elected officials and community leaders in 20 franchise areas. Previously, Dye had been the director of marketing for the local cable company (first as Continental Cablevision of Richmond, later as MediaOne), with responsibility for consumer marketing and sales, programming, internal and external communications, and advertising sales.
Ken is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in Communications Studies. He is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and Comcast’s Executive Leadership Forum. Ken is the founding president of the VA chapter of CTAM, and he has garnered awards for his leadership and contributions to the VA cable industry. In 2007, he was inducted into the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Hall of Fame.
Ken’s community service has included: vice-chairman, Virginia Holocaust Museum; treasurer, the Phoenix Project; trustee, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation; board member, Richmond YMCA; president, Virginia Voice for the Print Handicapped; founding board member, Friends of African and African-American Art; executive committee, Richmond Region 2007; and director, The Richmond Forum.
Thomas M. Denson, III, CPA
Treasurer, GRASP Board of Directors
Thomas Denson holds a B.S. degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Taxation (M.Tax.) from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting. Tom has significant experience advising not-for-profit organizations and privately owned businesses on strategic and succession planning, financial and retirement planning, estate planning and administration, and tax consultation. In the 2003 - 2007 surveys conducted by Virginia Business magazine, Tom was named one of Virginia’s Super CPAs.
Jane Alford, M.Ed.,CRC
Jane Alford is a Rehabilitation Consultant who has maintained a private practice for more than 20 years. She has worked for insurance companies and attorneys by providing medical management and job placement services for individuals who experience a work related injury or disability. Additionally, Jane represents inmates that are parole eligible and designs a community rehabilitation plan for them to utilize once they are paroled.
For many years, Jane worked part-time with chronic pain patients in a residential treatment program. She has served on the Women’s Board for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, and was previously certified by the Supreme Court as a court-referred mediator. She offers mediation services as a volunteer. Jane has a B.A. in psychological services from Mary Baldwin College and a Master's Degree in human resource development. She is also licensed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
David L. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.
President, David Bailey Associates
A consultant and lobbyist, David Bailey has long been an active participant in the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, serving on committees and boards appointed by the governor and the legislature. He is the author and/or editor of a number of publications aimed at assisting Virginians to understand their government and become familiar with their elected officials. He has hosted a television talk show, "Capitol Connections," and currently hosts a PBS public affairs program: "This Week in Richmond." Bailey received his associate's degree from Bluefield College, where he is now a member of the Board of Trustees. He completed his B.A. at Carson-Newman College, and holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary, New York University and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Kenneth D. Barker
Vice President, Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation
Virginia Dominion Power
Kenneth Barker is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and North Carolina. He is on the board of directors of the Dominion Credit Union, the Crossover Healthcare Ministry, the Virginia Manufacturers’ Association and the Salvation Army. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University.
Judge Randolph A. Beales
Court of Appeals of Virginia
Judge Randolph A. Beales has been a judge for the Court of Appeals of Virginia since April 2006. His prior legal experiences have included practicing law as a partner in the Christian & Barton law firm, serving as the Chief Legal Officer and the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the Attorney General of Virginia, serving in the Office of the Governor as both the Executive Director of the Commission on K-12 Education Reform and as the Education Director of the Virginia Business-Education Partnership, practicing law with the Peterson & Basha law firm, and serving as an associate with the Williams, Mullen, Christian, and Dobbins law firm. Additionally, Judge Beales worked in the education policy arena when he served in The White House as Deputy Assistant Director of Policy Development in the George H.W. Bush Administration and in the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Secretary and Office of Planning and Budget.
Judge Beales grew up in Boydton, Virginia and graduated from Bluestone High School in Mecklenburg County. He continued his education at both the College of William and Mary (B.A.) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. ) He is married to Dr. Julie Leftwich Beales, a Richmond physician and has five children (two sons and three daughters).
William Bosher, Jr., Ph.D. (1946 - 2014)
Distinguished Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Executive Director, Commonwealth Policy Institute
All of us at GRASP are saddened by the sudden loss of Dr. William C. Bosher, Jr., a great man and faithful board member and friend to GRASP. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, friends and colleagues.
Congressman David A. Brat
Virginia's 7th District
U.S. Representative Dave Brat was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner on November 12, 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Brat was the Chair of the Department of Economics & Business at Randolph Macon College, where he served as professor of economics. He is also the Director of the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program. Professor Brat received his B.A. in business from Hope College, a Master's in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in economics from The American University in D.C. He has worked in the business world with Arthur Andersen & Co., the World Bank and the U.S. Army. He believes that the life of the mind should be put to service in public policy and community service. Dave has been honored to serve the Commonwealth in numerous capacities including serving two governors on their Joint Advisory Board of Economists and the Richmond Metropolitan Authority and serving on the VACO OPEB Investment Board.
David W. Didawick, CPA
Didawick & Company, P.C.
David Didawick is a founding partner of Didawick & Company, P.C. and currently serves as Managing Director. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. His community service includes past president of the Staunton/Augusta County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Staunton, past board member of the Blue Ridge Community College Foundation and current board member of the Staunton/Augusta YMCA.
David is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.
Raymond Gargiulo, Ed.D.
Ray Gargiulo is a resident of Richmond’s Carillon area, and is a member of the Carillon Civic Association. He is a retired Richmond Public School employee with 32 years of service. Ray was the principal of both E.S.H. Greene and Broad Rock Elementary Schools and later an instructional specialist. He created and directed both the highly successful Lunch Buddies Program and the Teacher Resource and Development Center. He has also taught school in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, in addition to schools in Liberia, Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and at the American Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ohio University, and his doctorate Degree in education from the University of New Mexico.
Presently, Ray is an adjunct faculty member of Virginia State University School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. His service in the community includes being a patrol officer with the Richmond City’s Police Department and Neighborhood Assistant Officer’s Program. He also holds the rank of Sergeant 1st Class in the Virginia National Guard’s Defense Force.
Robert B. Maxwell, III, M.Ed.
Owner/Operator, Minuteman Press, Glen Allen
Max Maxwell holds a B.S. degree in printing management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Education in agency counseling from Lynchburg College. He has served as the Director of Commercial Art and Advertising Design for Greensboro Community College in Greensboro, N.C. Currently, Maxwell serves as a council member on the Henrico County Career and Technical Education Advisory Council.
News Anchor, NBC 12
Andrea McDaniel reports and anchors newscasts on NBC12. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Andrea joined NBC12 in 1985 after work in public relations, newspapers, radio and television in Washington, San Francisco, Greenville, South Carolina, and Tampa, Florida.
Robyn McDougle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Dr. McDougle received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College in psychology, her M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in criminal justice and her Ph.D in developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. McDougle's primary area of research is program evaluation, project impact and the impact of violent crime on youth and community development. Dr. McDougle is heavily involved in the community, including being the Vice President for the Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association.
Elsie Rose, CPA, CGMA
Vice President, Commercial Business Development Officer, Union Bank & Trust
Elsie Rose holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently a Vice President and Commercial Development Officer at Union Bank & Trust. She has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting. Elsie is an active member in various organizations, including member and past Chair of Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Board Member of CPA PAC, Board Member of Hanover Safe Place, and serves as an IMPACT Award Committee for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Virginia Business has named Elsie a Super CPA in Governmental and Nonprofit practice area. In 2011, she was named a VSCPA Outstanding Member of the Year.
Sarah Huggins Scarbrough, Ph.D.
Internal Program Director, City of Richmond Sheriff's Office
Dr. Sarah Huggins Scarbrough is a proud Virginian residing in Richmond. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2005. In 2007, she graduated with her Master’s in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Scarbrough received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. In partnership with Federal Judge, Henry Hudson, and Dr. John Reitzel, she worked on and completed a study entitled Drug, Crime, and the Gateway Effect: A study of Federal Crime Defendants. Dr. Scarbrough continues to work on various research studies relating to mentoring programs, substance abuse and treatment, and fatherhood.
The Honorable Levar M. Stoney
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Secretary Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Secretary of the Commonwealth on January 19, 2014. Secretary Stoney is the first African-American to hold this post and is the youngest member of Governor McAuliffe’s Cabinet. Prior to serving as Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Secretary served as the Deputy Director of the McAuliffe Gubernatorial Transition. During his career, Secretary Stoney worked in various public and private sector capacities, including for Virginia State Senator R. Creigh Deeds and former Delegate C. Richard Cranwell.
The Secretary remains engaged in civic and community service by serving on a number of boards and committees. He received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 2004. In 2006, he completed the Virginia Commonwealth University Minority Political Leadership Institute's leadership development program. He is a native of Yorktown and is a product of the York County public schools. He and his wife reside in Richmond.
Stacey Strawn, M.A., Ed.H.D.
President, Catalog Systems, Inc.
Stacey Strawn holds a B.A. degree in communications and theatre from James Madison University and a Master of Education and Human Development from George Washington University. She currently serves as president of Catalog Systems, Inc., a family of retail web sites offering fine gifts and collectibles for sale online. Stacey and her husband and business partner, Steve Dahl, are major supporters of various non-profits in the community.