Board Members

Board Members (5)

Learn about the Board Members of the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium.

Chair- Billy Mcintyre

Billy is the CEO and founder of BM Designs Graphics and Printing. His business is State of the Art in creativity and design and is beyond the cutting edge. He has been a Board Member of the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium for the past 6 years.

He is the past Director of the Diversity and Inclusion for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, located in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he traveled the country representing the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as well as the Department of the Navy. There, he also served as the Deputy Executive Director and VIP Coordinator.

He is also a lead facilitator of the Men’s Mentoring Ministry of The Mount Missionary Baptist Church located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Billy has a deep passion for Diversity and Inclusion. He believes that “true Diversity and Inclusion simply affords “ALL” the opportunity to reach their full potential with respect and dignity, respecting our similarities and differences, and being sensitive to include “ALL” that are represented.”

He resides in Chesapeake, Virginia and is married to Robyn McIntyre and together they share 3 beautiful children, Alondo, Chela and Alesea.

Vice Chair - Emily C. Reaves

Emily C. Reaves works for the City of Virginia Beach and joined its Inclusion and Diversity Council (IDC) in 2010. Emily currently serves as IDC Chair. She served as the chair for the Council’s Strategic Development Committee (SDC). One goal of the SDC is to work with collaborative partners and develop a regional diversity consortium to establish, review and keep current on best practices from this goal the Regional Roundtable on Inclusion and Diversity for the Hampton Roads region was created and its first meeting was held May 13, 2011.

With that SDC goal as a focus, Emily was instrumental in the creation of the Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium (HRDIC), a regional group of public and private sector organizations who meet quarterly to discuss the business case for inclusion and diversity best practices in the workplace. In January 2013, the attendees of the Regional Roundtable meetings decided that the roundtable should become a formal body and created the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium (known formerly as the Regional Roundtable).

Emily has served as the Chair of the HRIDC since its inception in 2013. Under her leadership, the HRIDC has grown into an entity known throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as a credible think-tank and resource for those committed to evolving their workplaces into places where diversity is embraced and inclusiveness is created.

Emily is a proud resident of Virginia Beach and has been married to her Navy (retired) husband, her high school sweetheart – for 36 years. Together they have three daughters and six grand-children.

Secretary - Susan Perry

Susan L. Perry is the Special Assistant to the City Manager for Poverty Reduction and Community Initiatives for the City of Norfolk. Susan is leading major initiatives in the areas of early childhood development, youth education and career pathways, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. Susan is responsible for the implementation of the Norfolk Plan to Reduce Poverty and for coordinating the various stakeholders involved in this citywide work. Dr. Perry is also the City’s project lead for the St. Paul’s Transformation Initiative. This initiative seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through the transformation of people and place.

Prior to joining the City of Norfolk, Dr. Perry served as the Administrative Services Manager for the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Business Center and was responsible for directing and coordinating the department’s financial, personnel and long-range strategic planning. Susan also served as a Policy Specialist and Research Associate with the Race and Social Policy Research Center and the Institute for Policy Outreach (IPO) at Virginia Tech.

Susan has over 17 years of work experience in the state and local levels of government as well as with several non-profit agencies.

Dr. Perry earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech where she also received a certificate in Race and Social Policy. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Law Enforcement Liaison - Vanessa Torres

Vanessa Torres is a native of Panama who traveled overseas and abroad as a military dependent. The unique challenges of learning a second language and constant change, instilled a respect for cultural diversity- a driving force in her personal and professional life.

In her professional capacity, Vanessa serves as a community outreach specialist, identifying community needs and organizing initiatives that promote partnerships and trust. She has received recognition from the Department of Justice and Hampton Roads Pride for her community service and work in the area of diversity and inclusion.

In previous years, Vanessa worked as a teacher in a federal institution for male offenders. It was there that she became awakened to the needs of a marginalized and forgotten population. As a result of her experiences, she strives to serve her community by elevating the importance of inclusive programs that empower women, minority entrepreneurs, veterans, and other underserved communities.

Vanessa holds a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. In 2018 she self-published Unshackled: The Unfinished Journey to help women who have struggled with incarceration take control of their lives and make positive choices.

Social Media Coordinator - Jazmine Smith

Jazmine is a U.S. Army Veteran with a passion for Diversity & Inclusion. As a Domestic Violence survivor who has spent years in advocacy through many local and national organizations, she believes in addressing mental health and trauma to live a successful life both personally and professionally. She is a dedicated community advocate who has served in many roles for over 10 years in Virginia. In addition to working for multibillion-dollar brands and her work empowering and developing future generations, Jazmine has consulted for small businesses and non-profits for 13 years focusing on customer service improvement strategies to drive satisfaction, employee retention, and achieving operational and financial performance goals. Her consulting agency, The Brand Experience Experts specializes in developing effective branding strategies for small business owners, non-profits and budding entrepreneurs. She is a Trainer and Empowerment Speaker on Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Organizational Leadership, Social advocacy, Veterans, Women, Domestic Violence, and Mental Health! She is the Founder and Owner of Support Her, a mixed therapy group for Healing Women and the founder of "The Black Coffee Network", a platform for unfiltered conversations in business.

Jazmine Currently resides in Virginia Beach with her 11-year-old daughter, Breanna.

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