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Introducing Our  Slammers
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Kinga Dixon

Kinga retired from Wyndam Worldwide Corporation in 2013 as the #1 business sales executive in the world. He is the author of several books and training courses. Being the change is the oath Kinga lives by.

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Tom Steffens

Admiral Tom Steffens traveled the world as a Naval officer, working most often at night as a Navy Seal. His final assignment was Director of Anti-Terrorism. Tom served on the ForKids Board and became Board Chair during his 9-year term.

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Joe Josue

Joe began a career as a floral designer at the age of 17 and became a State champion designer and the owner of Southside Florist in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake. Recently he opened Southside BBQ at the same location. Vice President of the South Norfolk Civid League, Joe is married to ForKids Volunteer Manager, Vicki Josue.

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Hamid Tavakoli

Hamid is a psychiatrist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is also an associate professor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and community faculty at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Tavakoli immigrated to the United States from Iran in 1985 and grew up in West Virginia.  His nickname in the Air Force was “The Iranian Hillbilly” which he embraced with pride. 

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Regina Lee Cuffee

Regina graduated from Norfolk State University went on to law enforcement, where she was known as Officer Friendly at NSU. When she is not bringing down the house with her powerful hymns, she enjoys sewing, jewelry making, and the performing arts. Reginia is an alumni Slammer and volunteers with the ForKids Beyond the Bell kids when she can.

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Dick Thurmond

Old Dominion University led Dick Thurmond to Hampton Roads over 50 years ago.  A 45-year veteran of many real estates related businesses, he has sat on numerous boards and is currently Chairman of the Board of both Howard Hanna William E. Wood Real Estate and  Westminster Canterbury on the Chesapeake Bay. He was introduced to ForKids years ago through support provided by William E. Wood and Associates by his dear friend Gary Broome.

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Zach Casey & Will McCormick

Zachary Casey is a senior at Granby High School in the IB program. He rows crew and plays basketball for his school and enjoys playing guitar. Zachary has two sisters and lives with his parents in West Ghent. His friends know him for his impeccable fashion sense and collection of Sports Illustrated magazines.

William McCormick is a senior at Maury High School. He is the captain of the lacrosse team and runs cross country for the school. William has four siblings and has lived with his parents in West Ghent his whole life. He is a member of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and a talented harmonica player.