Newport News Education Foundation elects new members

Posted: March 2, 2021

The Newport News Education Foundation has added new local leaders to its ranks. New members include:


Ms. Rebecca Aman
Member, Newport News School Board;
Attorney, Jones Blechman, Woltz & Kelly


Dr. Kimberly Brush
Director of NASA Langley's Office of STEM Engagement, NASA Langley Research Center


Mr. Tommy Garner
President and Owner, Tommy Garner Air Conditioning & Heating


Ms. Sharon Martin
Vice President/Private Banker, Old Point National Bank


Mr. Taylor Lawson
Assistant Superintendent/Project Engineer, W.M. Jordan Co.

"It is a pleasure to have these individuals affiliated with the Newport News Education Foundation," said Foundation President Dr. Robin Nelhuebel. "They each add a unique set of skills and experiences -- finance, STEM, skilled trades, construction, law, and education – that will contribute to the Foundation's mission," she added.

The Newport News Education Foundation (NNEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the efforts of Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) to prepare students for their future. Members bring to the foundation their expertise in business, education, and industry, as well as skills in community leadership.

NNEF serves as a convener and facilitator providing events and programs to encourage dialogue between the business and education communities, enabling them to understand what each can do, in collaboration, to ensure the outcome of career-ready students.

NNEF also raises private-sector funds to support NNPS students and teachers through the Wayne D. Lett Scholarship Program, the Teacher Innovation Mini Grant Program, and the "Salute to Success" student recognition event.

Most recently, the Foundation assisted the school division in raising funds for school supplies and Angel Tree gift baskets for students.

It is also the recipient of major grants from Newport News Shipbuilding aimed at building workforce skills in digital shipbuilding and skilled trades, and one from Ferguson to build the capacity of the Education Foundation to positively impact public education and the community.

More information about the foundation is at