Lacey Grey Hunter has been a resident of the Hampton Roads Community since her parents moved her into her residence hall room at Christopher Newport more than 17 years ago. After completing her studies at Christopher Newport, Lacey Grey earned her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina.
She is passionate about the Greater Peninsula and enjoys giving back through Impact 100. She currently serves as the Director of the President’s Leadership Program at Christopher Newport and as an adjunct faculty member for leadership studies. In her free time, Lacey Grey enjoys playing volleyball and horseback riding.
Alyson Heidenthal works for The Rutherford Mortgage Team powered by Caliber Home Loans. Prior to jumping into her new role in the mortgage industry, Alyson worked as a Health Care Administrator for 8 years. Alyson is passionate about helping create a better community for future generations. In her free time, she loves being with her family, laughing, exercising, and being at the beach. She lives in Newport News with her husband and 3 children.
Amanda has taught Preschool in Poquoson for the last 7 years, which has been a great match to her love for creative & crafty self-expression.
She lives for adventure alongside her husband and kids. You’ll find them all outside as often as possible, at the beach, on the water, or taking day trips to new places. Amanda loves cooking, reading and exercising with a deep love for a good book, a glass of good red wine, and the perfect lemon pound cake. (Hence the exercising!)
Amanda was born and raised in Poquoson and is currently a new resident of York County (and loving it!)
Katie leads a local nonprofit, Grove Christian Outreach Center, providing life sustaining resources to vulnerable families in the Greater Williamsburg area. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than twenty years, she is intimately familiar with nonprofits across the Peninsula and is eager to find collaboration opportunities to better serve our community.
Katie and her husband live in Poquoson where they have raised five children and now spend their down time doting on their Labradors.
As Executive Director of the Outreach Center, she led the organization to win a $50,000 Impact 100 grant in 2021.
Crystal Howser has worked with children for over 15 years. She has been described “freakishly enthusiastic” about early childhood development and advocacy. She has had many roles in early childhood education. She is now an Infant and Toddler Specialist with the Center for Child and Family Services. She is a certified trainer through the Program for Infant and Toddler Care, out of West Ed in California, as well as a CLASS observer.
She is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as a committee member of the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children, and a member of the SECOVA-the South Eastern Chapter of VAAEYC.
Crystal received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, where she fell in love with early childhood education, working at the local child development center on campus, and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She is a wife and mother who enjoys time with family and friends, advocacy work, and exercising!