GuernseyTingle Vice President Stephanie Kalantarians, AIA was recently appointed to the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (VPCC) Board of Directors.

Since graduating from the LEAD Peninsula Program in 2013, Kalantarians has been an active member of the VPCC which serves Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, James City County and York County. Since joining the GuernseyTingle architecture firm in 2005, she has participated in numerous public and private projects across the region, taking a particular interest in historic renovations and repurposing older structures into new uses.

While earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, Cum Laude, Kalantarians also studied at the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland. She has received multiple industry awards for her architecture design efforts, including the Design Excellence for Preservation Award from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.

“It is an honor to serve alongside the outstanding business professionals and civic leaders on the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,” said Kalantarians. “On the heels of a global pandemic, there has never been a more important time to come together and advocate for workforce development and other economic interests that can directly benefit our Peninsula communities.”

In addition to her role on the VPCC Board of Directors, Kalantarians serves as an Executive Partner at the William and Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business where she volunteers to help coach graduate and undergraduate students in real-world problem-solving, business development, and job acquisition skills. She is also honored to serve on the Grove Christian Outreach Center Board of Directors, whose mission is to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the Grove area of James City County.

Kalantarians resides in Williamsburg with her husband Narbe and son Emmit. Narbe works as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Virginia Union University and a Research Collaborator at Jefferson Lab. When not working or serving, Stephanie loves to spend time on the ballfield with Emmit and in the water on her paddleboard.

Other GuernseyTingle colleagues have also graduated from the VPCC LEAD Peninsula community immersion program. Stede Barnes, GuernseyTingle’s Director of Business Development was honored in June with the LEAD Peninsula Class of 2021 and Antonina Pritchard, Architectural Designer earned her LEAD Peninsula certification in 2020. Brad Sipes, Vice President, was recently selected to participate in the VPCC Lead Class of 2022 and is looking forward to continuing GuernseyTingle’s tradition of participation in the immersive VPCC LEAD Program and engaging with the greater Peninsula community.

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