About Us

Our Mission

Our Virginia Beach Forum provides members of our community the opportunity to come together to enjoy learning something new or the backstory of newsmakers and thought leaders. We encourage all ages to join the discussion in our Q & A following presentations.

The president and members of the board of directors welcome your suggestions for future speakers. Our non-profit organization is all-volunteer, supported by corporate sponsors and subscribers.

L to R, Mary Stott, Tyler Williamson, Jayna Eller, John Pharr, Michele Dallman, Phil Sherrill, seated Merrilu Ablowich, Megan Burns, Jerry Williams and Ramone Pernel

Welcome to The Virginia Beach Forum

The Virginia Beach Forum is delighted to welcome you as we celebrate our 26th season of bringing speakers and entertainment to our community. This year, more than ever before, it is about coming together, to once again gather, socialize, and be entertained by fascinating guest speakers. Come join us, be a part of great social and entertaining events, and celebrate the best thing in Virginia Beach, its people.

Special thanks to our donors and supporters; we, as an all-volunteer board, could not do this without your generous and needed support. Another special thanks to MOCA, our home again for the ’21-‘22 season, a great place to gather, socialize, and enjoy a wonderful evening together. And, thank you for attending our past and future programs and being a part of our effort to bring our community together and celebrate the great people that make it special.

Thank you for your continued support of the Virginia Beach Forum.

Best Regards,
John Pharr



John Pharr

First Vice President
Mary Stott

Michele Dallman, Esq.

Megan Burns, Esq.

Immediate Past President
Jayna Eller


Merrilu Ablowich
Ramone Permel
Philip Russo, Esq.
Elizabeth Savage

Philip C. Sherrill
Jerry Williams
Tyler Williamson

Past Presidents

Shirley Barondess, Founder
Lynn Sachs
Kevin Armstrong
Kathy Katsias, Founder
Dorothy Wood
Glen Huff, Esq.
Vincent Oliveri, Esq.

Martin Silfen, Esq.
Russ Dunnington, MD
Jeanne Evans
Peter Lawrence
Samuel Kroll, Esq.
Tom Walker
Owen Thornton

Kathryn Byler, Esq.
Jackie Ankley
Joel Rubin
Baxter Ennis
Ramsey Smith
Bryan Plumlee, Esq.

Presenting Sponsor

Dominion Energy - Wikipedia

Please support our Sponsors that make our programs possible:

Season Sponsors

  • The Dragas Companies
  • Inman & Stricker, PLC
  • The Law Firm of Poole Brooke Plumlee
  • Mahoney Richmond, PLC
  • Troutman Pepper
  • Virginia Commonwealth Bank
  • Watermans Surfside Grille

Event sponsors

  • Bella Monte Restaurant & Enoteca


  • Dixon Hughes Goodman

  • Wayne Jones Flowers

  • Ramone Photography

  • Progressive Graphics