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A legacy of leadership is strong at Brandermill Woods. And nowhere is that more evident than with our Foundation Board. The carefully selected members of our Brandermill Woods Foundation Board of Directors devote their time, money and other resources for special projects and to manage gifts from generous donors, while keeping the community's needs in mind.

John Hughes, President

Board Member since 2002

John has served as Chairman on the Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 2002. He has resided in Brandermill since 1984 with his wife and daughter. Currently and for the last 24 years, John has been licensed to sell Life and Health Insurance and Securities. Prior to that, he worked for almost 20 years as a commercial helicopter pilot in the U.S. and overseas. John has served for about ten years on the Brandermill Community Association Board and on numerous committees, including Chesterfield County’s Economic Development Authority and Richmond Friends of the Homeless Board of Directors.

Frasier Brickhouse, Secretary/Treasurer

Board Member since 2002

Frasier Brickhouse has spent a lifetime in academia, beginning at Virginia State University in Petersburg, from which he graduated Cum Laude in 1957. He went on to study at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Michigan State University, and, finally, Virginia Commonwealth University, where he completed his course work for a doctorate with specialization in accounting, taxation, finance, and information systems. He has served as the dean of the School of Business at Virginia State University, his alma mater. Mr. Brickhouse has been pleased to serve on the boards of the Virginia State University Federal Credit Union, United Way of Southside Virginia, Virginia First Savings Bank, Petersburg Community Development Foundation, Crisis Assistance Response Emergency Shelter (CARES), Alumni Advisory for Virginia State University Reginald F. Lewis School of Business, and BB&T. He’s also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Kappa Mu, First Baptist Church of Petersburg where he serves as a Trustee, and the NAACP.

Tommy Baer

Board Member since 2003

Tommy is an attorney practicing in the Richmond Metropolitan area with his office location in Brandermill Market Square. Tommy graduated from the University of Richmond with a BA Degree and from Georgetown Law Center with a Juris Doctor in 1963. His professional career includes Commissioner in Chancery, Henrico County Circuit Court; President, Henrico County Bar Association; Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia; Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association. Tommy’s civic and community activities include Honorary International President, B’nai B’rith; President, Council for America’s First Freedom; University of Richmond Board of Associates; Board of Trustees, Richmond Historic Riverfront Foundation. He has received numerous honors and distinctions, is a frequent speaker on subjects of the Middle East and international terrorism, and has met with countless Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, government leaders and Ambassadors both in the U.S. and in his visits to foreign nations as President of B’nai B’rith International.

Robbin Corey Kolbe

Board Member since 2003

Robbin is a Rehab/Respiration Consultant at West Home Health Care, Inc. She received an Associate Degree in Anatomy/Physiology, a Degree in Cardiac Dig, and a Degree in Respiratory Therapy. She has worked at Chippenham Hospital as a Cardiopulmonary Technician, for Abby Home Health Care and, since 1992, at West Home Health Care. Ms. Kolbe is a member of the following: Board of National American Leukemia Society, American Lung Association, Senior Network-Education Community, and GRAC-Greater Richmond Association of Caring. In 1990, she was the Director of VA Respiratory Society, and in 1999 she was selected for the Woman of the Year Award, National Leukemia Society.

Mike Hatch

Board Member since 2010

Mike is a big family man with his wife and 2 children. Mike is the Director of Operations and President of Acumen Golf, who owns and operates Brandermill Country Club and Birkdale Golf Club in Chesterfield County, and consults and manages with other clubs on the east coast. He enjoys sports cars and playing golf occasionally. Mike is an Executive member of the National Golf Course Owners Association and is an active supporter of Families of the Wounded and many local non-profit organizations.

Derek Machado

Board Member since 2013

Derek Machado is the owner and Chief Creative Officer of FIVE19, the agency of record for Brandermill Woods. He is a 1995 graduate of Shepherd College and has been a visual communications professional for over 20 years. FIVE19 has been an integral part of the Brandermill Woods resurgence. Derek and his wife Leah are the proud parents of Sydney Adela and Noah Campbell and have called Richmond/Midlothian home for over 16 years.

Peter L. Poli II

Board Member since 2018

Peter is Vice President of sales and design at Chesapeake Design and Sales. He has been designing kitchens and bars for restaurants for the past 4 years. He is no stranger to the restaurant business for his family were the founders of Julian’s Restaurant. Peter is a graduate of Clover Hill High School and Fork Union Military Academy. His family moved to Brandermill in 1979 and Peter still resides there with his wife, Angela. He has been involved in many charities including the Children’s Cancer Society and Chantel’s House of Hope for cystic fibrosis. He hopes to pour his love for Brandermill into making Brandermill Woods the best it can be.

Teresa Steinfatt

Board Member since 2021

Teresa Steinfatt, former Owner and CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, Richmond and Tappahannock, Virginia has been actively involved in many aspects of the healthcare spectrum her entire professional career.  She spent the earlier days of her career in the acute hospital setting working closely with doctors, nurses and administrators in her medical sales device role. 

In 1997, she ventured into the home care space where she was the owner of Home Instead Senior Care until October 2019, when she sold the company.   Home Instead Senior Care is a private duty in-home care provider for seniors.  Teresa is a thought leader in the industry and has been an active member of the senior care community for over 22 years. It was while observing family members struggling to find the proper care for their family and friends that led her to the opening of Home Instead.  She has an innate passion for caring and helping others.

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, as well as cooking, running and exercising.

Karen Wells

Board Member since 2024

Karen’s profession was as an executive assistant, and throughout her adult life, she has volunteered with organizations wherever she lived. While living in a retirement community in Mount Dora, Florida, she served on the community’s Foundation Board and Marketing and Activities committees, along with serving as the Secretary of a ladies' golf league. She enjoys golf, card games and line dancing.

Karen has two children and 5 grandchildren.

Karen moved to Brandermill Woods Independent Living in November of 2023.

Carna Mechem

Board Member since 2023

Carna was born and raised in Monmouth, Illinois and graduated from Monmouth College, a liberal arts school, majoring in education and minoring in music.  After graduation, her husband and she moved to Princeton, New Jersey where she taught school for 40 years.

She has two daughters and two grandchildren.

Her family lived for near Edinburgh, Scotland one summer and enjoyed traveling to Greece, England, Sweden and Puerto Rico.

Carna moved to Brandermill Woods Independent Living in April of 2012 and now lives in Assisted Living.