Our branch meetings are  held on the third Wednesday of the month at   7 PM in the ODU Higher ED Center in Virginia Beach, 1881 University Drive – parking permission required.  Look for Branch Member Greeter for directions.   *Note change from regular meeting date, location or time.

March 21, 2018

Lee Ellen Knight

Chief Departmental Advisor in the Women’s Studies department at ODU

Based on five years of experience in designing and teaching “Women, the Environment, and Climate Change,” this talk will offer ideas about the ways the environmental issues intersect with women’s lives—from our food to our personal care products, to pollution, to the overarching effects of climate instability. Increasing historical understanding of the activism in ecofeminism and environmental justice can help us feel a sense of personal agency in addressing environmental challenges.

Lee Ellen Knight holds a BA from Goucher College and an MA from Old Dominion University. She is a lecturer and Chief Departmental Advisor in the Women’s Studies department at ODU, where she teaches Feminist Foundations, Women and Technology Worldwide, and Introduction to Women’s Studies in addition to the Environment course.


February 17, 2018 -* 9:30am

Edna Hawkins Hendrix, Historian

Topic: Black History of Princess Anne County, now Virginia Beach

Edna Hawkins Hendrix is an esteemed historian who has made multiple contributions in chronicling the history of Blacks in Princess Anne County (now Virginia Beach, Virginia.)
Hendrix started a newspaper Heritage Discovered with Regina Leathers but closed it to write about local Black history in Virginia Beach.  She is the author of “Black History Our Heritage: A Pictorial History of Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach, Virginia.” The book is a compilation of Black memorabilia, including many photographs and anecdotes, depicting African American history and life in Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach that she self-published in 1998.

Hendrix is currently on the board of directors and historian for the Princess Anne County Training School/ Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, Inc. and serves on other related boards. Hendrix has earned numerous accolades and awards for her community work and is the current president of Coastal Virginia Historical Preservation Association.

*January 20, 2018 – 11am

5200 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23508

GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head

Brian Cannon became the Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 in January 2015.  He brings over a decade of experience in non-profit leadership, community building, fundraising, and bipartisan advocacy for state policy issues.  Previously, he worked as a consultant with startups and high-growth companies.  While in law school, Brian studied election law and was on one of the winning teams in the 2011 state-wide redistricting competition.

Brian is a double William and Mary graduate (2011 JD, 2004 BA).  He and his wife, Kelly, live in Richmond, Virginia with their son.  When not working on redistricting reform, he serves on several non-profit boards and plays rec league football.

November 15, 2017

Gretchen LeFever Watson, Ph.D
President, SLS, A change management consulting firm

Topic: Tips from “Your Patient Safety Survival Guide” 

Gretchen LeFever Watson is a clinical psychologist whose research and intervention projects have received international, scholarly, and media attention. She has held healthcare, academic, and civic leadership positions. She is currently president of SLS, a consulting firm for organizational safety and change management.  She is author of Your Patient Safety Survival Guide (2017)—a book that includes sections on the overuse of stimulant drugs and opiate painkillers and healthcare’s role in ADHD drug abuse on college campuses and the nation’s heroin crisis.  Gretchen will have copies of the book on hand for purchase at the meeting.

October 18, 2017

Mandy George

Chesapeake Firefighter Paramedic Mandy George faces new challenges every day that she’s on the job. When an emergency call comes in, she races to scene, not always sure of what she and her coworkers will find there. The job can be physically demanding, and there’s always something new to learn in the fields of firefighting and medicine.

“Women in nontraditional fields are the ones who can best show girls that they can do the jobs,” George said. “To be honest, I didn’t always want to be a firefighter paramedic. I was a theatre and English major in college. But, I chose this career because I thought it would be a challenge, and it is.”

September 20, 2017

Nettie Faulcon, Retired NASA Electronics Engineer

Nettie Faulcon began her career at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia in 1967 as the first African American female accepted in the engineering trainee program at the center and, after graduation, became one of the first two African American females hired as engineers. After forty and a half (40 ½) years of service as an electronics engineer, Faulcon retired in September 2008.

The author of several technical papers, she has received numerous honors and awards both professionally and in the community. These include three (3) NASA Superior Accomplishment Awards, two (2) NASA Technical Innovation Awards, a NASA First Space Shuttle Achievement Award, a National Technical Association Merit Award and many plaques and certificates of appreciation from organizations and educational institutions. She has been featured in NASA’s “Profiles of Excellence, ” and the National Technical Association Journal Article, “Minority Women in Technical Careers,” From 1993 to the 2007, Mrs. Faulcon was featured in “Black Achievers in Science,” a traveling exhibit of 100 past and present African American Scientists.  Presently she is featured in: “The Negro Almanac:  A Reference Work on the African American,” Fifth Edition, published in 1989 and in “A Search for African American Life, Achievement and Culture,” published in 2006.