Mr. Charles Gates is a self-described “man of action.” He is a former Marine and a native of New Jersey. Active in his community, he currently serves as President of the Nansemond-Suffolk NAACP. He is a board member of First Books of Hampton Roads, a member of Western Branch Toastmaster Club 771, an exercise instructor for NSU and Bon Secours, “Let’s Get Real” health initiative, a partner in the Heritage Investment Club and a member of East End Baptist Church. His hobbies include playing most sports, coaching, searching investment opportunities, reading, teaching and mentoring. If he is not instructing an exercise class he is spending time with his family or needy children. He is married to the lovely Lei Lana Gates and has two beautiful daughters, Tania (24) and Tiffany (19). Charles also has three other children at his residence, Sasha, Cyrus and Neena; three well behaved German Shepherds who help to keep him on his toes.
Mrs. Angela Jeffries began her career with the Department of Corrections in July 1996 as a temporary Office Services Assistant. She later became full time in February 1997. She has held the following positions: Office Services Specialist, Executive Secretary, Corrections Institutional Rehabilitation Counselor, and Probation Officer. Her current position is Re-Entry Specialist in which she covers prisons and probation offices and assists offenders re-entering society with services such as housing, clothing, referrals to mental health providers, etc. Ms. Jeffries graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Services Counseling. She is married to Charles and has 3 children (Betty, Charles III, and April).
Mrs. Vanessa Greene was born and reared in Portsmouth, VA. She currently resides in Courtland, VA, and is a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church in Capron. Mrs. Greene retired after 23 years of service as a Portsmouth police officer. She has attained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Saint Leo College and a Master's degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University. She became a mentor and counselor for at-risk youth in Portsmouth with a private agency in her latter years of employment with Portsmouth Police Dept. Upon retiring, she became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and began facilitating groups for women substance abusers, habitual offenders, psycho-educational and intensive education groups. During this same timeframe, she worked as a Surveillance Officer, Counselor, Program Coordinator and Adult Probation Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections for 8 years. Her recent experience within the past 5 years includes work as a Certified Driver Improvement Program instructor. She currently serves the 5th Judicial District as the Program Coordinator for Community Corrections.