About

Our Team


Everyone involved with Neptune Festival is passionate about providing our community a variety of events open to those who love fun in the sun. Meet the team who helps Virginia Beach celebrate the beach life.

Leadership

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Dave Burton

Chair of the Board

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Buffy Barefoot

Chair-Elect

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Tim Faulkner

Vice Chair of the Board

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George MacDonald

Celebration Chair

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Gwen MacDonald

Celebration Chair

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George Melnyk

Chair of Fundraising

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Steve Childs

Vice Chair of Fundraising

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Staff

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Nancy Creech

President

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Christopher "Kit" Chope

CEO

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Whit Collins

Vice President & COO

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Melanie Gazzolo

Director of Marketing & Special Events

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Neptune Festival Headshots Bo Wilkinson

Bo Wilkinson

Director of Operations & Production

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Theresa Rudacille

Director of Development

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Beverly Taylor

Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

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Emma Applebach

Parade Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator

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Neptune Festival Headshots Cary Gaddy

Cary Gaddy

Royal Court Director

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Sharon Tanner

Art Show Director

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Neptune Festival Headshots Jake States

Jake States

Operations & Production Manager

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Sam Broughton

Operations & Production Manager

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Media Inquiries

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For Media Relations, contact the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215 or email us using the button below.

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Board of Directors

Edward Amorosso
BDO USA, LLP

Buffy Barefoot
TowneBank

Tom Barton, III
Beach Ford

David Burton
Williams Mullen

Adam Carroll
The Garcia Companies

Brian Carson
Gold Key/PHR

Steve Childs
Core22 Design Build

Stacy Cummings
Priority Automotive

Michael Danso
Brock Cancer Center

Doug Ellis, Sr.
Venture Realty Group

Tim Faulkner
The Breeden Company

Taylor Franklin
Franklin Johnston Group

Justin Fulton
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Steve Herbert

Andrew Hodge
Atlantic Union Bank

Akhil Jain
Landmark Hotel Group

Kyle Korte
Wolcott Rivers Gates

William Lascara
Pender & Coward

George MacDonald
Beacon Harbor Wealth Advisors

Michael Matacunas
WB Marketing

Jeff Marks (Of Counsel)
Kaufman & Canoles, PC

Martha McClees
Virginia Beach Vision

Ronald McIntosh
LifeNet Health

Cheryl McLeskey
McLeskey and Associates

George Melnyk
Premier Millwork and Lumber Company

Paul Merritt
NTrust Wealth Management

Kevin Paasch
Mass Mutual Commonwealth

James Raynor
Architectural Graphics, Inc

Steve Romine
Williams Mullen

Joash Schulman
Town Center Office Suites

Patrick Shuler
Forvis

Jim Spore

Dave Stephens
Legacy Business Advisors

Tonie Wallace
Veteran Reporters, Inc

Mark Whitaker
Morrison Foerster

Alvin Williams
Cobalt Grille


2022 Board of Directors Spotlight


David Burton

Williams Mullen

David C. Burton is a partner with the law firm of Williams Mullen where he serves as the firm’s Hampton Roads Managing Partner.

David is a labor and employment law with over 30 years’ experience. David joined Williams Mullen in 1993 after clerking for the Virginia Supreme Court. David is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Virginia Legal Elite and Virginia “Super Lawyers.”

He and his wife, Anne, joined the Neptune Festival in 2010 as members of the 37th Court. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and was honored as the John J. Kruger Award recipient in 2017. David was crowned as King Neptune XLV in 2018 and has served as the Chairman of the Board since 2019.

Buffy Barefoot

TowneBank

Buffy Barefoot is the President of TowneBank Virginia Beach. She has almost three decades of banking industry experience and joined TowneBank in 2013.

She is a graduate of LEAD Virginia, Class of 2021, serves as a director on the boards of the Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, Hampton Roads Alliance, and Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.

Buffy and her husband, Jason, joined the Neptune Festival in 2013 as members of the 40th Court. Buffy has served on the Neptune Festival Board of Directors since 2020, the Executive Committee since 2021, and is currently the Chairman Elect.

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Directors Emeritus

The Honorable David H. Adams

Jim Arnhold
HAV, Inc

Lee Bandy
Warren & Bandy, PLC

Matthew Breitenberg
Straight Path Management

B. Scott Burgess
Hoffman Beverage Co.

Sal DaBiero
Lionheart Ltd t/a Burger King

J. Morgan Davis
TowneBank

Robert DeFord
DeFord Limited

Ellen Ellis

Thomas Fraim, Sr.
The MASA Corporation

Thomas Frantz
Williams Mullen, PC

Joseph Gianascoli
Gee’s Group

Brad Hobbs
Hobbs & Associates

Dr. Clarence Holland

Peggy Layne

Mike Levinson

Paul Michels

Craig Poppen
Napolitano Homes, Inc

Rod Rodriguez
Bay Mechanical, Inc

Daniel Ryan, Sr.
Dan Ryan’s for Men

Joan Spore

J. Randolph Sutton

Stephen Test

Neptune Statue 

Learn more about the 34' statue of Neptune that stands tall over the Boardwalk.

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