Chairman of the Board – Robert H. Brink
Robert H. Brink represented Arlington in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2014. For 10 years he served as a member of the House Committee on Privileges and Elections. After retiring from the General Assembly, he headed the Commonwealth’s Division on Aging Services and was Senior Legislative Advisor to Governor Terrence R. McAuliffe from 2015 to 2018.
Prior to his election to the House, Mr. Brink was a member of the professional staffs of two committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Brink holds a B.A. from Monmouth College (Illinois) and a J.D. from the College of William & Mary.
Vice Chair of the Board – John O’Bannon
Dr. John O’Bannon is a lifelong Virginian who has dedicated himself to caring for others. As a child growing up on a farm in Rappahannock County, John helped his family by selling apples at the family fruit stand near Skyline Drive. John O’Bannon’s leadership abilities became apparent during his schooling. A graduate of Hargrave Military Academy and the University of Richmond, John attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV), where he was elected President of the Student Body. Later, as a resident at MCV, he was elected President of the Housestaff Council, served as Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and was named Chief Resident in Neurology.
A well-regarded physician, John O’Bannon is a partner in Neurological Associates, a leading Richmond medical practice. He has served as Chief of Staff of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and has served on the Board of Trustees. He has also served 2 terms on the VCU Health System Authority Board, where he chaired the Quality Committee. His peers have named him one of the “Outstanding Physicians of the Year” in Richmond Magazine’s annual poll.
John O’Bannon is a national leader in improving the medical profession. A leader in the American Medical Association (AMA), John served on the AMA Delegation from the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and served as a member of the AMA’s Council for Ethical and Judicial Affairs from 1997 through 2004. Here in Virginia, John is a past Chairman of the Board of the Richmond Academy of Medicine. He also served as Chairman of the MSV’s Legislative Committee, where he helped pass the Virginia Patients’ Bill of Rights.
John O’Bannon is a leader in our community. He is a member of the West Richmond Rotary Club and serves on the Boards of several organizations including The Virginia Home, Virginia War Memorial Foundation, VPAP, Tuckahoe YMCA, Hargrave Military Academy, The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Advisory board at the Science Museum of Virginia. A member of the Henrico County Republican Committee, John has been active in numerous federal, state, and local campaigns.
John served in the House of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia for 17 years, serving on JLARC and other commissions. He served on the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Appropriations Committee and Privileges and Elections Committee.
John and Pat O’Bannon have been married for 48 years, and reside in Western Henrico. Pat O’Bannon is a former public school teacher who currently serves as Henrico County Supervisor for the Tuckahoe District. The O’Bannon family attends River Road Church, Baptist. John and Pat have three children, John, Virginia, and Andy, all of whom are graduates of Henrico County Public Schools, and four grandchildren who live in Henrico county and are attending Henrico County Public Schools.
Secretary of the Board – Jamilah D. LeCruise
Jamilah D. LeCruise manages her own law practice in Norfolk, Virginia where she represents clients on a variety of legal matters including criminal and family law.
Ms. LeCruise graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then attended William & Mary School of Law.
Currently, Ms. LeCruise is President-Elect for the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and the South Hampton Roads Bar Association. She also serves on the Corporate Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, the City of Norfolk Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers and General Practice Sections.
She has been recognized for her advocacy and service by Super Lawyers, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section, Coastal Virginia Magazine, and CoVa BIZ Magazine.
She served as an election lawyer during the campaign of the Hon. Jerrauld "Jay" Jones, Delegate to Virginia’s 89th House District where she lives. She is an active member of the Norfolk City Democratic Committee where she has served as Area Chair in addition to moderating and organizing the city-wide Commonwealth’s Attorney, city council, and school board debates.