Who we are


Professional Development

Professional Development

tHRive promotes and drives change by providing multiple avenues of growth and development.  Whether it’s a lunch with a leader in the community to learn from their successes and avoid their mistakes, or a partnership with a local higher education facility that provide new and engaging learning opportunities, tHRive creates avenues for members to pursue growth and learning. tHRive believes that continuing education, whether formally or informally, is critical to maintaining strong and continuously growing culture.

Cultivating Relationships

Cultivating Relationships

tHRive is the center of collaboration where professionals are able to network and connect.  The program prides itself in connecting local professionals across the region to engage in ways that were not previously available.  This is a forum where young professionals from the full fabric of the community are able to build relationships that will not only foster the development of each individual member, but also the organization as a whole.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Through volunteering and fundraising efforts for our annual Organization of the Year, or the publication of tHRive’s biannual Regional Report as a public-facing representation of young professionals’ opinions about relevant issues in our region, we are committed to making our organization a value-add to the region.


Austin Gregory

Austin Gregory

Director of Development

Special Olympics Virginia

Anne Thuma
Executive Director

Anne Baumler

Vice President, Programs & Events

Hampton Roads Chamber

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Director of Administration

Tia Nichole McMillen

Public Affairs Officer

U.S. Navy

Abby Smith
Branding Chair

Abby Smith

Digital Media Manager

Primm Advertising

Amasa Smith
Government Affairs Liaison

Amasa Smith

Director of Strategic and Community Engagement

An Achievable Dream

Chris Barco
Events Chair

Chris Barco

Events Manager

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

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Events Vice-Chair

Mary Kate Fowler

Campaign Manager

Virginia Zoo

Logan Vargas
Membership Chair

Logan Vargas

Mortgage Loan Officer

Southern Trust Mortgage

John Paul
Membership Vice-Chair

John Paul

Business Banker, Assistant Vice President

Atlantic Union Bank

Zeib Parvez
Regional Engagement Chair

Zeib Parvez

Financial Advisor

First Financial Group

Melissa Ramsey
Regional Engagement Vice-Chair

Melissa Ramsey

Director of Community Relations

Rivers Casino Portsmouth

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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Anyssa Reddix

Senior Program Manager

Envision Lead Grow

Grace Smith
Director of Signature Events

Grace Smith

Client Services Coordinator


Suzanne Brown
Director of Fundraising

Suzanne Brown

Customer Development Consultant

Optima Health

Immediate Past Chair

Tom Marsden

Vice President

Marathon Consulting


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