GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.

(804) 527 7726

GRASP celebrated its 30th year in 2013

"helping today's youth GRASP infinite opportunities."

Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the Honorable Benjamin Lambert, III, OD (1937-2014) upon his recent passing.  Senator Lambert was a GRASP board member from 2009 to 2014.  The Board of Directors and staff of GRASP are grateful for his faithful service and commitment to opportunities for young people in the Greater Richmond area and beyond.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Robert 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.

David A. Brat, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair, GRASP Board of Directors
Chair, Department of Economics and Business
Director, BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program, Randolph-Macon College

David Brat is Chair of the Department of Economics & Business at Randolph Macon College, where he serves 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 Governor’s on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists and serving on the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, and the VACO OPEB Investment Board. 

Thomas M. Denson, III, CPA
Treasurer, GRASP Board of Directors
Partner, Keiter

Thomas Denson holds a B.S. degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and his 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
Rehabilitation Consultant

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. 
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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.

William Bosher, Ph.D.
Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Executive Director, Commonwealth Policy Institute

Dr. William C. Bosher is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Education and the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Policy Institute, a legislative entity created to focus on research, training, and policy analysis. In addition, he recently served three years as Dean of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has been a teacher, principal, state director, local superintendent of two districts with 35,000 to 50,000 students and the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Commonwealth of Virginia (1,100,000 students).

He has served as a consultant in more than 35 states and a dozen foreign countries on topics related to educational law and finance, policy analysis, standards development, school evaluations and human relations. He has spoken to numerous state and national conventions including public sector school boards and administrators as well as corporate organizations like AIG VALIC and S&K. He has served on boards and commissions as an appointee of Governors and legislatures as well as the Boards of Directors of the Education Commission of the States, AEL (regional lab), and the Boards Trustees of three colleges and universities. He is a fellow of SchoolNet and the Urban Health Initiative, a principal in a private consulting firm, Decision Research, and an organizing director of the River City Bank. He serves as the chair of the Board of Edvantia, a research and evaluation non-profit that generates $12 million in annual revenue.

As the only superintendent in Virginia to be named twice as the Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Bosher brings years of experience, knowledge and skill to GRASP. 

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.

Kenneth M. Dye
Sr. Director, Government & Community Affairs
Comcast Metro Richmond

Ken Dye is currently 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 own Executive Leadership Forum. Ken is the founding president of the VA chapter of CTAM, and 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 of The Richmond Forum.

Edward L. Flippen, Esq.
Counsel at McGuireWoods, LLP 

Mr. Flippen received his M.B.A. (1967) and J.D. (1974) from the College of William and Mary, and his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1965.

Edward Flippen has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He served in the Office of General Counsel of the Virginia State Corporation Commission from 1975-1980, leaving the Commission in 1980 as deputy general counsel. From 1980-1981, he was assistant general counsel for Duke Power Company. He joined the energy and environment group at a Richmond law firm as an associate in 1981, and became a partner in 1983. He has been with McGuireWoods since 1999. He retired as partner in 2010.

Ed currently serves on the Board of Visitors at the College of William & Mary. In 2004, he chaired the Attorney General's Task Force on Access to Higher Education. He has authored a number of articles on economic regulation and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in American Law

Ed served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, from 1958 to 1961. 

Raymond Gargiulo, Ed.D.
Co-Founder, GRASP

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. He is the Volunteer Executive Director Emeritus of GRASP, Inc. His service in the community includes being a patrol officer with the Richmond City’s Police Department, Neighborhood Assistant Officer’s Program. He also holds the rank of Sergeant 1st Class in the Virginia National Guard’s Defense Force.

Senator Benjamin Lambert was a practicing Optometrist and former long term member of the Virginia Senate. He served on the Board of Dominion Resources, Virginia Union, and many other prominent organizations and businesses in the community. Senator Lambert was long active in providing opportunities and mentoring for young people in the City of Richmond and surrounding counties. 

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's 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.

Andrea McDaniel
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 Diehl 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. 

Sarah Huggins Scarbrough, Ph.D.
Internal Program Director, City of Richmond Sheriff's Office

Dr. Sarah Huggins Scarbrough received her Bachelor's Degree in political science from the University of Virginia's College at Wise, Master's in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.