EXECONNECT is committed to expanding our circle of influence throughout the business community… not without sharing and exposing some of our preferred business-driven charitable organizations.
The Chas Foundation
Established in 2012 in memory of Tucker Corprew’s son, Charles H. Kirkwood (Chas), who suffered from bipolar disorder and ultimately lost his life to suicide. The organization began as a grassroots movement to significantly change the perception of people suffering from mental illness and enhance the quality of life of those individuals.
Advocate for mentally ill individuals
Strive for public acceptance of those dealing with a mental illness
Increase access to effective treatment for the mentally ill
Save lives of those dealing with a mental illness by working with private and public professionals
Provide support, through education, for family members dealing with their loved one’s mental illness
In the Hampton Roads region, individuals suffering with mental illness and their caretakers will find resources for effective support and treatment
Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 2009, CEO Antione was a decorated yet unemployed veteran who came home to a community unprepared to meet his & his daughters needs.
Recognizing an opportunity for service and leadership, Antione spent years volunteering with Chesapeake and the surrounding cities to fight homelessness and unemployment. At the same time, he accomplished two internships, a fellowship with The Mission Continues, and completed his third bachelor’s degree. All while unemployed, battling depression & periodic homelessness.
In 2012, as Chairman of Virginia Father’s Day Initiatives, Antione coordinated the Housing Authorities across the state of Virginia to hold events to promote fathers reconnecting with their children.
Antione is a true trailblazer – a driven, results oriented expert in building community and interpersonal relationships. He is a now a widely recognized strategic advisor on the issue of homelessness & community engagement. Antione is a gifted social entrepreneur who brings passion, commitment, and a wealth of civic experience to VHF.
Realizing the enormity of the need, Antione reached out and enlisted the aid of additional support through churches, non-profits, consulting organizations and community volunteers to support his vision.
Together, they are poised to be groundbreaking change agents in Hampton Roads and beyond.