Monthly Archives: November 2013

Statement from Gordon Gentry and Branch Lawson, AAD Board Chairmen

November 22, 2013

We are proud that Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has nominated Aubrey Layne to be Virginia’s next Secretary of Transportation.  It’s quite an honor for Aubrey and also a ratification of our decision a year ago to make him our President and CEO.

Obviously losing someone as talented as Aubrey, coupled with the death this summer of our founder Walter Segaloff, creates a void, but at An Achievable Dream, we are fortunate to have an outstanding leader well prepared to step up.  Chief Operating Officer Kathy Edwards has more than a dozen years of experience with our organization.  She completely understands our mission and has the respect of staff and many others associated with An Achievable Dream.  In addition she has been intimately involved in the expansion to Virginia Beach.  Kathy is well known to our benefactors, as well as municipal and civic leaders, and is an excellent communicator and caring executive.

Because of her skill set and experience, the Steering Committee of our boards of directors has voted unanimously to ask Kathy to serve as interim president and CEO of An Achievable Dream beginning in January, and she has accepted. We will have a board meeting shortly after Thanksgiving to ratify this decision and discuss other governance and management changes.  Please join us in congratulating Kathy and thanking Aubrey Layne, who has assured us he intends to remain involved with An Achievable Dream in a board capacity.

Tennis Ball honors Achievable Dream founder, vows to continue his work – Daily Press

Members of the community and leaders of An Achievable Dream gathered Saturday evening to celebrate the school, its achievements and the life and work of its founder, Walter Segaloff.

More than 900 attended the 21st annual Tennis Ball, a name that hearkens back to the program’s roots, when it was begun by Segaloff as a summer program teaching tennis to children. It became an after-school program and has grown into an extended-day, year-round K-12 program focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Saturday night’s event included dinner, live and silent auctions, speakers and a video tribute to Segaloff.

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Mike and Nancy Petters are the 2014 Class Sponsors

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During the An Achievable Dream Tennis Ball on November 16, 2013, Aubrey Layne announced that Mike and Nancy Petters, along with their daughters Caroline and Sarah, are the sponsors of the Class of 2014. Their generous donation will provide annual merit scholarships for each member of the class every year that they attend college and maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average. A closely guarded secret, the announcement of the An Achievable Dream Class Sponsor is always a highlight of the Tennis Ball. The graduates of the Class of 2014 will be known as the Petters Family Scholars. Mike Petters is the president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilder.  Nancy, Caroline and Sarah Petters are all teachers and are active as volunteers in their communities.

“For me, the American Dream is about achieving your destiny,” Mike Peters said. “Our opportunity to help these young people also gives us a small way to pay back those who helped us.”