About Us


WE ARE chartered as an affiliate member of the Penn State Alumni Association and promote and support the Pennsylvania State University and serve the Hampton Roads community. We’re proud to have been recognized as a Group of Distinction since the designation began and to be currently recognized – for the fourth consecutive year- as an “Elm” level , the highest level.

We are-- Award Winning!

The chapter received  national recognition with awards from the Penn State Alumni Association for

New or Innovative Program (2015) 

 Outstanding Service Project (2011)

Best out-of-state entry in the Homecoming Parade as sailors wearing ‘Virginia is for Lions’ T-shirts– making a play on the state slogan ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ (2016) 

and as pirates proclaiming, “WE ARRRRGH  Penn State!” (2012)

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Board of Directors 2019-2020

President Brittani Garcia

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MAJOR:  Higher Education & Student Affairs (MS)

YEAR GRADUATED:  2016 

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR: Russ "Digs" Roseberry

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY:  Tailgating before the Ohio State game, and  jumping in on another tailgate singing "Happy Birthday" and getting a cupcake

Vice President Christian Howard

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MAJOR: Civil Engineering

YEAR GRADUATED: 2015 

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR:  Bittersweet Mint 

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY: During winter finals week, I handed  out motivational quotes at the HUB and some strangers bought me and a friend hot chocolate!

Secretary Jan Dungan

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MAJOR: Business Administration - Marketing

YEAR GRADUATED:  1978

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR: Bittersweet Mint 

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY: 

Dancing every Friday night away at Mr. C's-- blacklight, disco and all the finest seventies trends!


Treasurer Alan Keller

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MAJOR: Aerospace Engineering

YEAR GRADUATED: 1974

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR:   

Coffee Break 

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY: Getting drenched at a rainy football game.  At the time, we all had black umbrellas and all the rain from the person in front of you dumped in your lap.  Walking back to dorm/fraternity soaked to the skin.

At-large Jackie Eury

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MAJOR: 

YEAR GRADUATED: 2015

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR: 

Happy Happy Joy Joy 

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY: 

Blue and White weekends were always special to me because they brought my three favorite things together: family, friends, and PSU.

At-large Tom Forrest

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MAJOR: Industrial Engineering

YEAR GRADUATED: 1985

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR: Bittersweet Mint

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY: Football games against Pitt (when they were good), and almost getting run over by Joe Paterno as he was eating an ice cream cone while driving out of the old creamery parking lot.

At-large Andrea Karelitz

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MAJOR: Meteorology and Journalism

YEAR GRADUATED:  2013

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR: 

Death by Chocolate

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY:  Move-in days as an RA and meeting all my new residents! 

Past President Kathryn Barrett

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MAJOR: Speech Com- Broadcasting

YEAR GRADUATED:  1979

FAVORITE BERKEY FLAVOR:  Strawberry

FAVORITE PENN STATE MEMORY:  Meeting the team bus returning  from a loss in the Sugar Bowl . Very few people turned out. Ran up and kissed JoePa and said  something silly like "We still love you!"  Of course we did!

Committee Chairs & Members

Membership Committee

Committee Chair: Brittani Garica '16g

Scholarship Committee

Committee Chair: Donna Bell '83 

Committee Members:  Christian Howard '15, Andrea Karelitz '13, Becky Burley '03

Social / Programming Committee

Committee Chair: Jackie Eury '16

Committee Members:  Andrew Ronemus ’95 (Sports) 

Communications Committee

Committee Chair: Kathryn Barrett '79

Committee Members: Steve Milner, '61- '63g, Brittani Garcia,  '16g,  Andrea Karelitz, '13.

Student Involvement Committee

Committee Chair: Becky Burley '03

Committee Leaders: Becky Burley '03 (Care Packages), Fred Cornell '90g (Annual Sendoff Picnic), Scott Guirlinger ’03  (Alumni Admissions) 

Community Service Committee

Committee Chair:  Tom Forrest '85

Committee Leaders: Jan Dungan '78 (Food Bank); Tom Forrest '85 (Clean the Bay Day & Wreaths Across America).

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