Board of Directors
Wayne L. Thornhill, Esquire is the CEO of the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation. An attorney by training, he is an accomplished leader leveraging 25 years of legal, housing, strategic thinking and financial services experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. With advanced degrees in business, law, and theology, he attended Harvard Law, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, University of Baltimore School of Law, Litigation fellow, and Virginia Union University Proctor School of Theology. He is the father of two sons who are 2017 and 2019 HūROP graduates.
Mike Walker serves a Board Chair of the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation. He is a retired fighter pilot and graduate of the Air Force Academy, and managing partner of TWC Capital Group specializing in boutique financing and merger acquisition due diligence. Mike has been a strong supporter of the HūROP serving as a business advisor for the program and a panelist during the CEO Forum. He is the proud father of two 2019 HūROP graduates.
Valerie Miller Williams serves as the Marketing and Communications Chair for the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation. She is a licensed psychotherapist, strategist and coach with 20 years of corporate experience leading communications strategies for Fortune 40 organizations. She provides coaching and consulting on organizational (company), professional (work) and personal (life) matters.
As a therapist, she runs a private practice supporting individuals, couples and families with strategies to navigate life with purpose and intentionality.
Troy Keen served on the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation Board of Directors from 2019-2021. He is the Managing Director for Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking. He serves on numerous boards among them, Chair of Urban League Board and the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. He is a graduate of William and Mary University and holds an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. Troy has been a strong supporter of HūROP since it's inception, teaching the "Money Matters" sessions and serving as a mentor. His son is a 2019 graduate of HūROP.
Stratos Lambos served on the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation Board of Directors from 2019-2021. He is the Managing Partner of Xenia Hospitality, and owner of Big View Diner and Ilios Noche fine dining restaurant. Leveraging the Puerto Rican and Greek cuisine, he is a graduate of Florida Culinary University. He has been a strong supporter of HūROP from it's inception, not only sponsoring the Etiquette Session, but serving as a mentor to several of the young men.