Virginia Ship Repair Foundation



The Virginia Ship Repair Foundation (VSRF), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the educational arm of the Virginia Ship Repair Association. The Foundation aims to assist VSRA member companies, both locally and nationally, in their efforts to produce the highest quality ship repair services by convening and deploying efficient training and employee recruitment strategies. The VSRF has strong partnerships with other maritime organizations, educational institutions, workforce boards, and other community organizations.

VSRF initiatives include:

  • Participation in regional & local Career Day Events
  • Outreach to Technical Schools and CTEs statewide
  • Ship Skills Handbooks to introduce entry-level workers to maritime trades
  • LEGO Competition for Middle School Students
  • Ship Repair Race Night at Langley Speedway
  • Pre-Hire Trade Training Programs

The VSRF Board of Directors is comprised of apprenticeship and human resource leaders from VSRA member companies, including all Large Ship Repairers, and several ship repairs, sub-contractors, and suppliers. The VSRF Board meets regularly, on the second Wednesday of each month. For questions about the VSRF and its initiatives, please contact Barbara Washer at or Sallena Nikitas at, or call the VSRA office at (757) 233-704.


2016 10th Annual Tradesmen of the Year Awards!

The 10th Annual Tradesmen of the Year Awards Nominations are NOW Open!

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Community Programs

VSRF volunteers activily participate in activities for students and the community. From the Elizabeth River Learning Barge to hosting tours for students and teachers, this is a growing part of our outreach.

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Ship Repair Pre-Hire Training

VSRA Workforce Development Ship Repair Pre-Hire Program is a new program developed with enormous support from leading member companies to help prepare workers that are interested in building a long-term career in ship repair.

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Shipyard Careers

VSRF conducts surveys and gathers information on ship repair careers to help prospective workers decide which part of the industry they would like to build a career in. This page is being loaded with links to resources.

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VSRF LEGO Competition

Each year, the Virginia Ship Repair Foundation sponsors a LEGO Competition for Middle School students aimed at enhacing awareness of careers available in the Ship Repair Industry, and the skills and education needed to pursue those careers. Participation in the VSRF LEGO Competition will increase the students' mathematical, analytical, and conceptual skills, as well as give them valuable information on an industry that is vital to their community.

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VSRF Board of Directors

Alan Walker

Chairman & DirectorBAE Systems Norfolk Ship RepairLabor Relations Manager

Deborah Ledbetter

DirectorColonna's ShipyardBenefits Manager

Terry Stead

Vice-Chair & DirectorTecnico CorporationProduction Manager

Chris Murray

DirectorAMSECProduction Manager, NAVSEA Cableway Program

Frank Jemmison

Secretary/Treasurer & DirectorW & O Supply, Inc

David Spinazzolo

DirectorMetropolian LaboratoriesChief Executive Officer

Brian Daugherty

DirectorSuperior Marine SolutionsDirector of Business Development

Robbie Walker

DirectorMarine Chemist Service, Inc.President

Jim Davis

DirectorGeneral Dynamics NASSCO - NorfolkTraining & Development Manager

Kenyatta Goshen

Ex-OfficioNorfolk Technical Center

Bill Docalovich

DirectorNewport News Shipbuilding

Corey McCray

Ex-OfficioTCC Workforce Development CenterVice President of Workforce Solutions

Nikole Dunkley

DirectorLyon Shipyard, Inc.Director of Human Resources

Steve Cook

Ex-OfficioOpportunity Inc. of Hampton RoadsVice President of Workforce Innovation

Joy Henderson

DirectorMarine Hydraulics InternationalDirector of Human Resources