Board Members

Michelle Peterson is Sarah’s mother. She is a member of the Maury High School Booster Board and participates in several community groups which promote suicide prevention in Hampton Roads and southeastern Virginia. Throughout her years as a parent of four children, she has volunteered with many school and community groups as a Girl Scout Leader, Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday School teacher, PTA Board Member, and member of many committees. She is a former school teacher.

Vice President:
Eric Peterson is Sarah’s father and a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel. He is employed as a Senior Policy Advisor and Consultant with Management Analysis Technologies, Inc (MAT-Inc) and currently supports a U.S. Transportation Command joint planning unit based in Norfolk. He has a long record of community service in every place he and his family have lived over the years. In Norfolk this includes serving 2 years as Larchmont RAT Race Director, Cub Scout leader, and Maury Boys’ Lacrosse Booster President.

Franklin Hudgins is a Professional Civil Engineer with Cardno, Inc. He is the Chairman and co-founder of the T. Oast Memorial Scholarship Fund at Norfolk Collegiate School, and he chairs the Alumni selection committee which selects its recipient. Franklin is active in the Norfolk Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association, including as President and other leadership roles. He and his family reside in Norfolk.

Paula Cook

Jody Alperin, Psy.D. has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia for nearly 20 years. She performs assessments with all age groups and does individual and couples therapy with adults in private practice in Norfolk and Chesapeake. She and her family reside in Norfolk.

The Reverend Dr. Richard J. Goeres serves as the senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Norfolk, where he enjoys working with youth as he has throughout his 30 years in ministry. He has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Lutheran Family Services of VA, President of Rotary Clubs in SC and VA, and Coach for youth sports teams. Rick and his wife live in Norfolk and have two grown children.

Susan Nixon



Amy Woods is the Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ghent.  She has worked for the Catholic Church for the past 20 years. Amy began her work in the church in youth ministry and considers the youth her first love.  She continues to work with them because they keep her young and enthusiastic.  Amy also serves as a member of Norfolk GAINS, a grass-roots organization advocating for public education in Norfolk.  Amy lives in Norfolk with her husband and two teenage children.