One citizen from each of the three counties served by the River Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross has been selected as a Community Leader for 2013 for their tireless efforts to help others in their communities.
“Greg Chambers of Middlesex County, Rusty Brown of Richmond County and Jeff Szyperski of Lancaster County are wonderful examples of folks who give time, energy, skills, knowledge and a helping hand to those in need,” said Executive Director Julie Dudley. “We welcome the opportunity to honor them and to give their communities a chance to express appreciation.”
Greg Chambers has been active in Middlesex as President of Habitat for Humanity. He serves on the Board of Hands Across Middlesex and is currently President-Elect of Middlesex Kiwanis, and will be President for the year of 2014.
The most visible example of his commitment is his role as a committee member in the Kiwanis Youth Services, supporting recognition and scholarship programs at all the Middlesex Schools.
He also tutors and leads the Terrific Kids Program at the Cryer Centre Facility Team on General Puller Highway, which brings together local non-profit organizations including American Red Cross, the Food Pantry and Back-Pack Buddy program.
Rusty Brown is Regional President- Northern Neck of Union First Market Bank. He has 33 years of banking experience in the Northern Neck. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and has been Treasurer of the Richmond County Industrial Development Authority since 2008. He also serves as a director of Union Investment Services, Inc. since 2000. He is a well-known local figure in Richmond County. He is a trustee, deacon and treasurer of Cobham Park Baptist Church, Warsaw; board member and secretary of the Menokin Foundation; former editor of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine (2004-2010); member and past president of the Warsaw Rotary Club (Paul Harris 2010); member and past president of the Richmond County Ruritan Club and is a board member of the Richmond County YMCA. He is Vice-Chairman of the Virginia-Maryland-Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives Scholarship Foundation.
Jeff Szyperski is Chairman, President and CEO of Chesapeake Financial Shares and its subsidiary, Chesapeake Bank. He is also Chairman and CEO of subsidiary Chesapeake Investment Group. He is immediate past president of the Virgina Bankers Association and continues to serve on the Virginia Board of Directors and on various VBA committees.
He has been a member of the Lancaster County Economic Development Authority since 2003. He is currently a member of the Chesapeake Academy Board of Trustees and served as Chairman from 2005-2007. Szyperski has been a member of the Northern Neck Connection Board of Advisors since 2006 and has helped spearhead the Lead Northern Neck community leadership program.
He served on the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Board of Trustees from 1995-2002 and as Chairman from 2000-2002. Szyperski also served on the Northern Neck YMCA Board of Management from 1995-2001 and as Chairman from 1999-2001.
He is a former member of the Virginia Quality Life, Inc. Board of Trustees which raised funds to construct and maintain the VQL Community Center which houses the Rive Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Northern Neck Family YMCA, the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, and the RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center. His volunteerism also included formerly serving as a Director of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and as Secretary and as Treasurer of the Northern Neck Rotary Club.
The three honorees, who combined have given more than 100 years to community service, were honored at a dinner banquet on Sept. 10 at Indian Creek Yacht Club near Kilmarnock.
While recognizing these citizens, the Red Cross also will celebrate the 96th year of service in this area.