Senior Board of Directors
Melissa Page Deutsch
Melissa Page Deutsch, M.S., CCC-SLP, CPCC, ACC, is a credentialed personal development coach and licensed speech-language pathologist. Her work has been published in international journals and she has spoken nationally on creative and empowering ways to navigate professional transitions, burnout, and the inner critic. Her innovative personal development workshops are praised for their creativity, practicality, and lasting impact on attendees. Her work as a speech pathologist has included clinical work with individuals and groups spanning ages and diagnoses in tertiary care hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, and university clinics, as well as academic work as a researcher and clinical supervisor of graduate students. Melissa draws on her experience and expertise in communication and cognition, as well as superb listening skills, in her life’s work to appreciate and encourage the best in individuals and groups. She earned a B.A in French from Davidson College and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cathy Lewis is one of Hampton Roads’ most veteran media professionals, having worked in commercial and public broadcasting for more than 30 years. She is the founding host of “HearSay with Cathy Lewis” on 89.5 WHRV-FM which debuted in 1996. Ten Virginia governors, numerous members Virginia’s congressional delegation and resident Obama have appeared on the broadcast.
Cathy also serves as President and CEO of the CIVIC Leadership Institute. She was asked to lead the organization in 2001 by the late philanthropist Joshua P. Darden, Jr., and today, CIVIC is recognized as a robust engine for leveraging the leadership of more than 600 executives in service to the Hampton Roads region.
With expertise in civil discourse, community engagement, and communications, Cathy is a popular speaker, trainer, and facilitator of corporate and community conversations. She is a national member of the National Speakers Association® and has served as President of the Virginia chapter.
Frequently ranked among the region’s top radio personalities, Cathy has also been named consistently to the Inside Business Power List, an annual roll call of the 75 most powerful people in the region. In addition, she has been named an Influential Woman of Virginia by Lawyer’s Weekly and one of the 50 Very Important People in Hampton Roads by Hampton Roads Monthly.
Cathy’s community services include eight years as a trustee for The Williams School, where she served two terms as president. Her husband is the rector of Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk. Cathy’s humor essays about her unexpected life as a clergy spouse and sports mom have aired nationally on The Hallmark Channel. Cathy is a cum laude graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and holds an honorary doctorate from Virginia Wesleyan College.
Sara Elizabeth Dill
Sara Elizabeth Dill is a partner at Anethum Global in Washington, D.C. Her work includes legal representation, consulting, advocacy, political strategy, and lobbying services for individuals, corporations, and domestic and foreign governments. She also provides services to non-profits and non-governmental associations, political candidates, and the media. Her primary areas of focus include international law, human rights, foreign affairs, cross-border finance, national security, white collar crime, and immigration.
Prior to this, Sara served as the Director of Criminal Justice Standards and Policy for the American Bar Association. In this role, she oversaw the development and revision of the standards for domestic and international criminal justice systems, formulated policy on criminal justice and international human rights issues, and engaged with members of Congress in the development of legislation. She also served as chief counsel of the Criminal Justice Supreme Court Amicus Brief Project, which included drafting amicus briefs based on ABA policy and standards and authoring Supreme Court Case Summaries of decisions.
For a large part of her career, Sara Elizabeth was a founding partner in the London, Miami and Chicago offices of the Law Offices of Sara Elizabeth Dill. Her practice focused on criminal defense, international law, human rights, and immigration. She represented individuals and corporations in state and federal trial and appellate courts, international tribunals and before government agencies. Her practice also included representation in pre-indictment and internal investigations involving cross-border financial transactions, securities fraud, terrorism, and OFAC and ITAR compliance. Prior to that, she was a trial and appellate lawyer for a private law firm, a non-profit immigration agency, and the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.
Sara was previously the co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Immigration Committee and as a Commissioner for the ABA Commission on Immigration. She served multiple terms on the ABA Criminal Justice Council as well as serving as vice-chair for the International Law Section’s International Criminal Law, National Security, and Corporate Social Responsibility committees. In these roles, Sara drafted policy on criminal justice and immigration issues, including a comprehensive report on immigration reform in February 2010 and the Civil Immigration Detention Standards.
Sara has published numerous articles in recent years on international law, criminal defense, immigration, terrorism, human trafficking, and free speech. Sara has spoken at international and national legal conferences regarding human rights, immigration and criminal law, human trafficking, refugee determination, and national security/counterterrorism matters. In January 2016, Sara presented her publication, A Bleak House in Cuba: A Call for Reform and the Closure of Guantanamo, at the Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare Conference at The Hague. In 2014, Sara served as a rapporteur to the UN Commission Against Torture.
Sara also serves as a regular voice on national and international media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, BBC, LBC, and other major print, radio, and television outlets. Her human rights work was also covered in Vanity Fair and SELF magazines.
Sara had an extensive pro bono practice, representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, as well as successfully litigating asylum and convention against torture cases. She also successfully defended three individuals accused of war crimes. Most recently Sara was a founding member of the Dulles Justice Coalition, an organization of lawyers quickly mobilized to provide legal assistance in response to the Executive Orders and Muslim Ban. Sara continues to serve on this board, mobilizing lawyers to provide rapid responses to legal crises.
Sara has an LLM in international human rights with highest honors from Northwestern Law School. Prior to that, Sara attended Marquette University, where she majored in political science, with an emphasis in economics, criminology, and international affairs. She then continued her legal education at Marquette Law School.