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Council Members

Council Biographies

  • Marge Connelly (Chair)

    Marge ConnellyAppointed: July 1, 2014
    Current Term Expires:
    June 30, 2022

    Marge Connelly is a former financial-services executive, having held senior roles in Virginia with Capital One (executive vice president of operations), and Wachovia Securities (chief operating officer) as well as with Barclays in London (global chief operating officer of Barclaycard).In these roles, Ms. Connelly has led large, complex organizations through many transformation and integration efforts, and developed the strategies and operational capabilities needed for these companies to innovate and grow.

    As a strong advocate for higher education, Ms. Connelly has served a number of institutions including: the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council; the VCU Business School Foundation Board; rector of the Board of Visitors for Longwood University; and Longwood interim president for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Ms. Connelly has also served on the boards of several other nonprofit organizations including: the Council for Virginia’s Future; the Greater Richmond Partnership (former chair); the Greater Richmond YMCA; and the Central Virginia Food Bank (former chair). She currently serves on the boards of The Women’s Initiative and The Center for Non-Profit Excellence, both based in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition, she has served on a number of professional boards and committees associated with the credit card and securities industries and recently joined the board of directors for Portfolio Recovery Associates, based in Norfolk.

    Ms. Connelly has received numerous accolades for her work in both business and the community and has spoken at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics such as leadership, corporate citizenship, digital engagement, change management, diversity and the millennial workforce.

  • Katharine M. Webb (Secretary)


    Appointed: July 1, 2015
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2023

    Katharine M. Webb has worked in health care for over 42 years. The majority of her career she served as senior vice president of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Prior to her service at VHHA, she worked at the Virginia Department of Health and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Virginia Medical Center.

    Among her many accomplishments, she played an integral role in making health care available for more Virginia children; she worked hard to ensure that opportunities for health care careers were available for all Virginians; worked to ensure transparency of health care information is available through the Patient Level and All-Payer Claims Database; and worked hard to improve the safety and quality of care delivered to patients in Virginia hospitals.

    Mrs. Webb previously served on the SCHEV Board as a member and secretary from 2009-2013. Her additional current and past community activities include service on the St. Paul’s Church Property Committee and every Member Canvas Community; Rx Partnership Board member and treasurer; Senior Connections, board member and chairman; VCU Foundation, board member; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, former member of the advisory board; and the Virginia Public Access Project, where she served as board member and chairman.

    In addition to her community service, Mrs. Webb has received several recognitions and awards, including the 2012 Award of Excellence from the American College of Healthcare Executives, inaugural class of the Influential Women of Virginia in 2009; VHHA Meritorious Service Award in 2003, and VCU Alumni Star in 2001.

    Mrs. Webb matriculated at Sweet Briar College in American Studies and received her master’s in social work from VCU.

    She lives in Richmond with her husband, Gene. She has two grown children and is a blessed grandmother with two beautiful grandchildren.

  • Ken Ampy

    Ken Ampy

    Appointed: July 1, 2016
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2024

    Mr. Ampy serves as chief executive officer of Astyra Corp., a technology consulting and staffing firm based in Richmond. Mr. Ampy attended Old Dominion University where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. In addition, he has attended executive management programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia.

    Mr. Ampy served for eight years on the board of visitors for ODU, serving as secretary of the board, chairman of the Academic and Research Advancement Committee and chairman of the Student Engagement Committee. He serves on ODU’s Strome College of Business Advisory Board as well as the University of Richmond’s E. Claiborne Robins School of Business Advisory Board.

    Mr. Ampy has also served on the board of organizations including the Virginia Biotech Research Park Authority, Science Museum of Virginia, Metropolitan Business League (former chairman), American Red Cross of Virginia, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Community Foundation, Venture Richmond, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond, the Virginia High-Tech Partnership and Team Up Richmond.

    Mr. Ampy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Oliver R. Singleton Humanitarian Award, Team Up Richmond Vision Award, Metropolitan Business League Distinguished Community Service Award, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Entrepreneurs of the Year (two times), Metropolitan Business League Entrepreneurs of the Year (two times), Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Lasting Impressions Award (three times). He has been a finalist for the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award and as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Mr. Ampy lives in Midlothian with his wife, LaTrice.

  • Rosa Atkins

    Rosa AtkinsAppointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    Dr. Rosa Atkins is Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, a division that serves economically, ethnically, and racially diverse students in nine schools. During Dr. Atkins’ tenure, Charlottesville City Schools has become one of the top performing school divisions in the state with a graduation completion index of 90% and one of the best Advanced Placement programs in the area. In 2011, she was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, as well as Virginia State University Alumna of the Year for Professional Education. In 2015-16, she served as President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Under her leadership, Charlottesville schools have been marked by innovation and collaboration. The creation of advanced manufacturing and engineering labs at Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School – as well as new curricula and engineering pathways – have been made possible by a partnership with area businesses, school divisions, and the University of Virginia.

    Because of this commitment to innovation, Dr. Atkins was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and invited to the American Association of School Administrators’ Digital Consortium at the White House. In October 2016, Dr. Atkins was named as one of two national finalists for the Women in School Leadership Award for Superintendents, presented annually by the School Superintendents Association (AASA) in cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is the President-elect for the Urban Superintendents Association of America.

    Dr. Atkins demonstrates her commitment to developing future leaders by serving as an Executive Board member and mentor for aspiring superintendents for AASA/Howard University Superintendents Academy.

    Dr. Atkins is an alumna of Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

  • Alex Arriaga

    Alex ArriagaAppointed: July 1, 2020
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2022

    Maria Alexandra (Alex) Arriaga has served in leadership positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of State, in the U.S. Congress, at major non-profit organizations, and now in the private sector. She has more than 30 years experience working at the global and national level crafting policies and achieving priorities to advance international human rights. At the state and local level, she has engaged to enhance access to education for all.

    Arriaga is Founder and Partner at Strategy for Humanity LLC, a consulting firm that works with mission-driven organizations and those who fund them to develop effective strategies, conduct smart advocacy and analysis, and achieve meaningful results. Her client list includes major foundations, large and small non-profits, academic institutes, and governmental institutions. 

    At the local level, the Arlington (Virginia) School Board recognized Arriaga as an Honored Citizen for her extraordinary and multi-year contributions to improve the education experience for students with disabilities. Her efforts to support children with autism were showcased in “More Autism Training for Teachers” (The Washington Post). At the University of Virginia, her alma mater, Arriaga serves as a donor Trustee of The Jefferson Trust and on the Advisory Boards of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and previously served on the Board of the Bolivar Network, the Alumni Association’s Board of Managers, and the president’s task force to address campus sexual assault.

    Arriaga, a first generation American of Spanish and Chilean descent, is the recipient of many awards, including the University of Virginia’s Distinguished Alumna Award, the U.S. Secretary of State’s Superior Honor Award, and the Minority Business & Professionals Network Award for Outstanding Leadership, Service and Achievement. 


  • W. Heywood Fralin

    Heywood Fralin

    Reappointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    W. Heywood Fralin is the chairman of Medical Facilities of America Inc. which operates 40 skilled nursing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Fralin is also co-chairman of Retirement Unlimited Inc., which operates six assisted-living facilities in Virginia.

    Mr. Fralin currently serves as a member of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, as vice chairman of the Taubman Museum of Art, as a member of the Virginia Business Council, as a member of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Foundation Board, as a member of the Virginia Research Investment Committee, as a member of the Virginia Athletics Foundation Board of Trustees, and as a Director of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences as the University of Virginia in 1962 and received his JD degree from American University in 1965.

    Mr. Fralin has participated in a variety of civic, educational and charitable organizations. In the field of higher education, he was a member of the board of visitors at the University of Virginia for eight years, serving as rector for two years. He was a member of the board of visitors at Virginia Tech for seven years. In addition, he served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment.

    Mr. Fralin resides in Roanoke, Virginia with his wife, Cynthia. They have six children and 12 grandchildren.

  • Victoria D. Harker

    Victoria HarkeAppointed: December 22, 2017
    Current Term Expires: July 1, 2021

    Victoria Harker is executive vice president and chief financial officer for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co. Inc. Before joining Gannett, Harker served as CFO and president of global business services of the AES Corp., a multinational power company. Prior to joining AES, Harker was acting CFO and treasurer of MCI from 2002 to 2006, and served as CFO of MCI Group from 1998 to 2002. 

    Harker holds leadership roles on the boards of Huntington Ingalls Industries and Xylem Inc. From 2012-2016 she served on the board of visitors of the University of Virginia, where she chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee as well as the Special Committee on Governance on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and most recently, the presidential search committee. She also previously served as the chairman of UVA’s Alumni Association Board of Managers. She is a trustee of UVA’s Batten School of Leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jefferson Trust. In addition, Harker serves on the board of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. 

    She received her bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in economics, from the University of Virginia and a master’s in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from American University. A two-time ironman triathlete, marathon runner and long-distance swimmer, she lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and three sons.

  • Thaddeus B. Holloman, Sr.

    Thaddeus Holloman, Sr.

    Appointed: November 22, 2019
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2024      


    Thaddeus B. Holloman, Sr. retired as a Senior Vice President and Newport News City Executive for Old Point National Bank.  During his career, Mr. Holloman’s primary emphasis was in relationship management and commercial lending.  His portfolio of clients included small and large businesses, municipal entities, medical practices and non-profit organizations.  

    Mr. Holloman currently serves on the Council on Diversity and Inclusion at Christopher Newport University and the Virginia Peninsula Chapter of 100 Black Men of America. Former board affiliations include Riverside Health System, Newport News Economic and Industrial Development Authorities, Newport News School Board, Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors, Newport News Education Foundation, Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority and Newport News Employees Retirement Fund Committee on Investments. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

    He is a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Peninsula Regional Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice, and completed the CIVIC Leadership Institute.

    Holloman received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University. He also graduated from the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management and the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.  

    He resides in Newport News with his wife, Renee.
  • Henry Light

    Henry Light

    Appointed: July 1, 2014
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2022

    Henry Light served for 32 years in the Law Department of Norfolk Southern Corp. and its predecessor Norfolk and Western Railway Company in a variety of roles culminating in that of senior vice president and chief legal officer. After retirement from Norfolk Southern, he served as counsel for nearly eight years with Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., Norfolk, Virginia.

    Born in McLean, Virginia, Mr. Light attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, on a Navy ROTC scholarship where he was active in swimming, water polo and football. He received a BEE degree in 1962, and served four years in the Navy, including serving as platoon leader of the Second Platoon of Underwater Demolition Team 21 in Little Creek, VA.  Mr. Light entered law school at the University of Virginia, receiving an LLB in 1969.

    Mr. Light has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the boards of Norfolk State University (vice rector), The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, WHRO Public Media (board chair), the Virginia Zoological Society (board chair), the Elizabeth River Project (current), The Mental Health Associations of Roanoke (board chair) and of Virginia (board chair), Randolph-Macon Academy (currently vice chair) and the Tidewater Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was awarded the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence in 1986.

    Mr. Light and his wife, Angelica, have been married for 19 years; have five children and seven grandchildren.

  • Stephen Moret

    Stephen MoretAppointed: January 3, 2017
    Current Term Expires: Ex officio

    Stephen Moret is president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the economic-development authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Prior to VEDP, Moret served as president and CEO of the LSU Foundation. Concurrently he served as executive director of the LSU Property Foundation.

    From 2008 through early 2015, Moret served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. In that role he directed business-development efforts and cultivated higher-education partnerships that helped secure a diverse array of economic development projects including software/IT, food/agricultural-processing facilities, and a few of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in U.S. history. Altogether, Dr. Moret and his team helped secure private-sector capital investments in excess of $62 billion. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].”

    During Moret’s tenure, LED repeatedly was recognized as one of the top-performing state economic development agencies in the U.S., and Louisiana improved to its highest-ever position in every national ranking of state business climates. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce-training program in the United States every year from 2009 through 2015.Moret previously served as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce; a management consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (a good-government think tank); a consultant to Harvard Business School; assistant to the chancellor of LSU; and an environmental consultant to industry at Trinity Consultants.

    Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education management, with Distinction for Dissertation, from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market in the United States.

    Moret resides in Richmond with his wife, Heather, and their four children.

  • Marianne M. Radcliff

    Marianne Radcliff, Kemper Consulting President

    Appointed: July 1, 2019
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2023

    Marianne Radcliff is president of Kemper Consulting, a full-service state government relations firm, representing clients before the Virginia General Assembly, legislative and executive branch agencies, boards and commissions. Her practice centers on transportation, procurement, general corporate and state budget issues.  

    Mrs. Radcliff has over 20 years of public sector experience, including serving in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation during two administrations and in the Office of the Director at the Virginia Department of Aviation.

    Most recently, Mrs. Radcliff served as the transition director and chair of the Transition Committee for Governor Ralph S. Northam, working pro bono from Election Day through inauguration to recruit administration personnel and develop an initial policy agenda. 

    Mrs. Radcliff also served Mrs. Radcliff twice served as rector of the Longwood University Board of Visitors, as vice chair of the Virginia Aviation Board and on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations.

    Mrs. Radcliff earned her Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in public law from Bowling Green State University and is a graduate of Longwood University. She also is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

    Mrs. Radcliff resides in the City of Richmond with her husband Matthew and their daughter.

  • Carlyle Ramsey

    Carlyle Ramsey

    Reappointed: July 1, 2017
    Current Term Expires: June 30, 2021

    Dr. Carlyle Ramsey served as president of Danville Community College (DCC) for 21 years until his retirement in July 2013. His previous employment included positions as assistant vice chancellor for instructional programs and student services at the Virginia Community College System and dean of instruction and student development at DCC.

    Dr. Ramsey joins SCHEV after serving on numerous higher education boards and commissions including: the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment; the Rural Community College Alliance; the National Coalition on Advanced Technology Centers; and the Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ramsey has applied his experience in higher education to the economic development process with his appointments to the Governor’s Economic Development Council, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, and the Industrial Development Authority of Halifax County.

    Dr. Ramsey received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Florida, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. He holds an educational management certificate from Harvard University and participated in the United Kingdom’s Oxford Roundtable.

    His most recent publication is “Integrating Reaccreditation with Other Student Success Initiatives Creates Synergy: What We Know: Reflections from the Developmental Education Initiative: Presidents" (MDC Chapel Hill, 2012).

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