November Luncheon

The Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA will be hosting a general luncheon/meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 11:00 to 12:20.

Please note our venue has changed from the Holiday Inn on Military Highway, in Norfolk to the Holiday Inn on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach.

The guest speaker will be Ms. Robin McCormick, Communications Strategist, for the City of Hampton.

Cost for the luncheon is $15. Registration is now available.

11:00 AM – 12:00 noon – Sandwich/Salad Buffet & Networking
12:00 noon – 12:20 PM – Luncheon Program

Soup – Choice of Cream of Broccoli, Cream of Mushroom. or Butternut Squash

Chunky Chicken Salad (Fresh steamed Chicken cubed with fresh Red Seedless Grapes (Crushed Walnuts, Tossed in a Honey Cinnamon Mayonnaise dress with Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Over Romaine Lettuce with Marble Toast Points)

Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaf Coffee and Iced Tea

September Luncheon

The September Luncheon was held on Thursday, 09/18/2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. In support of the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), ASPAHR’s theme is “Building Bridges: Working Towards Collaborative Governance and Non-profit”.

harrellOur Featured Speaker was Mr. William Harrell, President & CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. His topic of discussion was “Connect Hampton Roads”.


Meet our New President!

Thanks to our chapter leadership team and wonderful participation from our chapter members, our 2013-2014 program year was an outstanding success. Valerie Walker served the past year as our president-elect (vice-president) and also chaired the program committee. She will now move up to the office of president for the 2014-2015 program year.

ASPA photo 3_resizedValerie has been an active member of ASPA since June of 2009. Prior to being elected President, she served as a member of council, Membership Chair and President Elect. She holds a Master’s Degree from Troy University in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been employed with the city of Virginia Beach for 27 years as a Real Estate Appraiser, where she also serves as a member of the Inclusion and Diversity Communications Committee and
as the Wellness Ambassador for her office. She also serves as Parliamentarian for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and as a member of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, State Rehabilitation Council. Valerie is the proud single mother of two college students, Kinston, a senior at Virginia Wesleyan College and Kyra, a freshman at Howard University.

Public Service Awards Luncheon

In honor of Public Service Week, the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Select Norfolk, 1570 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, VA.


Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Public Service
Marcus D. Jones, Norfolk City Manager

Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice
Dr. John C. Morris, Old Dominion University

Student Scholarship Award
Michael Thompson, Old Dominion University

2014 Annual Symposium

Facilitating Public Participation through Technology

The event was held on Friday, March 21st from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM at the Holiday Inn Select, Norfolk Airport in Norfolk. 2014 Annual Symposium Program

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The event was held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

Event article,

During this student-focused event we endeavored to assist students to …

  • Develop an awareness of a broad range of dynamic opportunities in the field of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Find the qualifications necessary to enter and succeed in the public and non-profit sectors
  • Learn important information on transitioning from the armed forces to public service
  • Hear practical advice from experienced public service professionals on the federal, state, local and non-profit areas of public service.

ASPA HR sponsored this event to encourage bright and motivated young people to consider public and non-profit agencies for their future. This event was open to undergraduate and graduate students in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Finance, and all related fields of study.