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) 233-7034.


2020 14th Annual Tradesperson of the Year Awards

2020 14th Annual Tradesperson of the Year Awards nomination forms will be available March 1, 2020.  Deadline to submit your nominations is Friday, April 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Click here to read about the accomplishments of 2019 winners and runner ups.

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Community Programs

VSRF supports many community initiatives, and has many volunteers who actively participate in various outreach activities across Hampton Roads. 

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Ship Repair Pre-Hire Training

The VSRA Pre-Hire Trade Training Programs are innovative programs that help to prepare workers interested in building a long-term career in ship repair.

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Shipyard Careers

The Foundation is committed to helping the Ship Repair Industry fill workforce gaps in the coming years through active outreach and education now.

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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

Dawn Angrisani

Board Chair & DirectorBAE Systems Norfolk Ship RepairHR Manager

Terry Stead

DirectorTecnico CorporationProduction Manager

Brian Daugherty

Secretary/Treasurer & DirectorkSARIA Service CorporationBusiness Development Manager

Robbie Walker

DirectorMarine Chemist Service, Inc.President

Nikole Dunkley

DirectorLyon Shipyard, Inc.Director of Human Resources

Kira Wong

Vice-Chair & DirectorDirector of Human ResourcesBenefits Manager

Joy Henderson

DirectorMarine Hydraulics InternationalDirector of Human Resources

Kathy Bryan

Ex-Officio (VSRA Communications Committee Chair)Shipyard StaffingVice President & General Manager

Todd Kling


Steve Cook

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

Trinity Lefler

DirectorGeneral Dynamics NASSCO - NorfolkDirector of Human Resources

Cliff Copley

Ex-OfficioTidewater Community CollegeBusiness Development Specialist

Chris Murray

DirectorAMSECProduction Manager, NAVSEA Cableway Program

Kenyatta Goshen

Ex-OfficioNorfolk Technical CenterSenior Director, Career & Technical Education

Keisha Pexton

DirectorNewport News ShipbuildingDirector, Learning & Development Innovation

Corey McCray

Ex-OfficioTCC Workforce Development CenterVice President of Workforce Solutions

David Spinazzolo

DirectorMetropolitan SolutionsChief Executive Officer