Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of the VT Hampton Roads Centers strive to fulfill the University's mission, Ut Prosim (that I may serve) by offering services and programs to meet economic, social, and development needs of the Hampton Roads region.

The Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center staff includes Lesa Hanlin, Interim Director.

Lesa Hanlin, EdD. is Director of the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers and the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, where she is responsible for engaging the community with the university's graduate, professional development, and lifelong learning programs. In addition to managing a portfolio of continuing education programming, Lesa creates, customizes and facilitates a series of human development coursework for organizations in the private and public sector. She also provides center management, new business development and promotes regional partnerships. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr Hanlin was a secondary school teacher and principal, and business owner. She holds doctorate and master's degrees in education from The George Washington University, a BA in biology and safety from Marshall University, and is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner. Lesa is also the founder and Executive Director of Gowns for Hounds, a nonprofit whose mission is to sell gently loved, donated gowns to raise money for mini grants for companion pet owners in need. Lesa is a 2016 graduate of LEAD Peninsula, a leadership program through the Chamber of Commerce that serves to connect thought leaders on the Peninsula. In the past Lesa was named the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Small Buusinessperson of the year and the Denbigh High School and Newport News City High School Teacher of the year. She resides in Yorktown, Virginia.

Travis W. Twiford, Ed.D. joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1999 following a 32 year career as an educator in North Carolina. During his career he served at all levels in the profession including teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and for over 20 years served as a superintendent. He previously taught educational leadership courses at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He has an undergraduate and masters degree from East Carolina University. He also has an educational specialist degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and Doctorate of Education from Virginia Tech. While superintendent he was named State Superintendent of the Year by four organizations and was recognized once as a National Superintendent of the Year. He has chaired numerous dissertation committees and coordinates the doctoral program in both Hampton Roads and Richmond. His research interests center around issues related to the superintendent's position, school reform, school facilities, and policy.

Carol Scott Cash, Ed.D. became a full time faculty member in Virginia Tech's School of Education in 2007 but is a familiar face to many Educational Leadership and Policy Studies students, having served on numerous student committees and taught courses for Virginia Tech in the past. She holds a Doctorate of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Administration from Virginia Tech, an Education Specialist certificate from George Washington University, a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of South Alabama. Just prior to joining Virginia Tech, she was the Principal at Hanover High School in Richmond and has held numerous K-12 administrative positions throughout her career. She is an accomplished researcher, publisher and presenter and brings a tremendous amount of experience to the classroom to share with her students.