Volunteer Spotlight

April Martin and Charlotte Merritt of Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding employees April Martin and Charlotte Merritt are active members of Ingalls’ African American Shipbuilders Association, Shipbuilding Women Engineers and Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise employee resource groups.

They volunteer at a variety of events throughout the year—most notably, educational programs that inspire young people to pursue STEM-related careers.

“Charlotte and April are hard-working, dedicated individuals who don’t think twice when asked to volunteer for anything,” said Dorothy Shaw, Ingalls’ director, compliance, ethics and community relations. “They have fostered relationships with local schools and teachers that enable students to reach their full potential. Whenever I need volunteers I can depend on, I know to call Charlotte and April.”

Juan Gonzalezmartinez of CMSD

Continental Maritime of San Diego employee Juan Gonzalezmartinez is a U.S. Navy veteran and a volunteer with the Fleet Reserve Association and Homes for the Troops Association.

“It is important to give back to the community,” he said. “For me, volunteering is a family event, and my children, father and wife also volunteer with me.”

Machine Shop Superintendent Hank Ruhl said Gonzalezmartinez leads by example. “Whether he is here working in the Machine Shop or as a volunteer,” he said, “his hard work has a very positive impact at the company and in the community.”

Cornell Owens of AMSEC

AMSEC employee Cornell Owens volunteered more than 200 hours in 2016 as a member of the Poquoson Kiwanis Club. As chairman of the club’s BBQ and special projects committee, he helped raise more than $40,000 for charities and scholarships last year.

He also supported the Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk, which raised over $15,000 for the Poquoson Education Foundation and Kiwanis scholarship program, and the Garvey Soccer Tournament, which raised $9,000 for the Edmarc Children’s Hospice and “Beyond Boobs.”

Heather Smith of Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News Shipbuilding employee Heather Smith actively supports a variety of charitable organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Newport News Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Laurel Shelter.

“I was helped by many generous, committed volunteers and organizations when I was young,” she said, “and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They showed me that there were concerned, good adults out there.”

2016 Volunteers in Our Community