Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Junior Achievement's programs - in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy - ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st Century.
Since 1966, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads has connected dedicated community volunteers with classrooms throughout the Tidewater area. This year, we have reached over 10,000 students in more than 400 classes, with the support of over 300 volunteers.
Our innovative programs blend technology with the expertise of local professionals, who volunteer to visit schools to inspire and prepare young people from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to succeed in a global economy.
JAGHR is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization. 95% of contributions stay right here in Hampton Roads.
Frank E. Hughlett, President
Frank is a 30 year Navy veteran and a 1985 graduate of Virginia Tech. Frank has extensive practical development experience from around the globe in places such as Afghanistan, Africa and Central America. Frank has been active with local and state education officials in addressing the unique challenges faced by military students across the Commonwealth.
Natalie Ashcraft, Development director
Natalie first moved to Virginia Beach in 1997 with her naval husband, who continued to serve for 29 years. While being stationed around the US and overseas, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from VCU. She went on to work for several non-profits in development, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and most recently Gourmet Gang in marketing. Natalie is excited to be back in fundraising and work with the business community here in Hampton Roads. This is an exciting time to be promoting entrepreneurship and financial literacy in our schools. Natalie has two children and loves to travel with her family, ski, play tennis, and cook.
lauren ciampoli, Education Manager – Special Programs
Lauren is an alum of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach- go Crusaders! She worked as their Assistant Theatre Director while attending Old Dominion University to receive a Bachelor of Science in Communication as well as a Master of Arts in Lifespan & Digital Communication. She also teaches classes in the Communication department at ODU- go Monarchs! Lauren joined the JA team in July of 2018 and is terribly excited to be a part of this vital organization. In her spare time, she has worked on costume design for local theatre (go TCC!), and enjoys cooking, sewing, crafting, and planning events.
janine brady, Education manager
Janine is a proud military spouse who worked in the financial industry in her home state of Massachusetts before moving to the Hampton Roads area. Her passion to help young people understand the importance of economics in preparing for their future led her to originally become a volunteer for Junior Achievement. She is thrilled to formally join the team! Janine holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Merrimack College. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, meeting new people, and spending time with her family, including her bulldog Riley.
Jennifer Meadows, Office Manager
Jennifer is a military spouse and mother to two teenagers, who has finally put down roots in Virginia Beach. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from Stony Brook University and her MS in Secondary Education from Russell Sage College. After multiple moves around the country and overseas, and years of volunteer work, Jennifer is excited to utilize her education and organizational skills to support the JAGHR team and their mission to "empower young people to own their economic success" .
Laura Fulton, Education Support SPECIALIST
Laura is a graduate of Mary Washington College and received her Masters of Gerontology from George Mason University. She is married with twin daughters. She enjoys volunteering at their school, on her neighborhood association board, her church and serves on the board of The King’s Daughter’s. She is very excited to be out in the community representing and recruiting volunteers to be a part of Junior Achievement!