Board Welcomes Three Members

There are three new faces on the UMW Board of Visitors.

In July, the office of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed members Joseph W. Grzeika ’83 of King George County, Dorcas R. Hardy of Spotsylvania County, and Ben Judson Honaker Jr. of Fredericksburg. They will serve four-year terms that expire June 30, 2015. They succeed Princess Renai Moss ’83, Russell H. Roberts, and Nanalou West Sauder ’56.

Grzeika, a business consultant with Strategic Insight and president of Joetech LLC, is a former electronic warfare specialist for the U.S. Navy. He started Planning Consultants Inc. in 1985 and retired as president of the company in 2006. In 1992, Grzeika became a member of the King George Planning Commission. He is a member of the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the George Washington Regional Commission, and he has served for more than a decade on the King George County Board of Supervisors. Grzeika also is on the board of directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce military affairs council, the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, and the Rappahannock United Way.

Hardy is head of the government relations and policy firm DRHardy & Associates and chair and CEO of the Tucson, Ariz.-based rehabilitation technology firm Work Recovery Inc. She served as commissioner of the Social Security Administration in the late ’80s, after then-President Ronald Reagan appointed her assistant secretary of Human Development Services. President George W. Bush appointed her chair of the policy committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Hardy wrote Social Insecurity: The Crisis in America’s Social Security System and hosted television programs The Senior American and Financing Your Future, which she also launched. She has a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and has completed the executive program in health policy and financial management at Harvard University. Hardy chaired a task force promoting vocational rehabilitation for disabled veterans, and     she serves on the Social Security Advisory Board.

Honaker is president of the commercial division of Silver Companies, a Fredericksburg-based real estate development company where he has worked for 20 years. He has been involved with ventures throughout the Washington, D.C., area and supervises various commercial projects. He oversees major corporate centers in Quantico, as well as Celebrate Virginia, a retail and entertainment hub under development in Fredericksburg that is billed as North America’s largest retail resort. Honaker is a past chair of the Rappahannock United Way, the Fredericksburg Regional Boys and Girls Club, and the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. He has served on the Fredericksburg Industrial Development Authority and is a recipient of the Jaycees Outstanding Young Virginian Award.