Meet the Staff

Ben Sheppard, Public Relations & Media Services Director


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Steve Boyd Television Producer/Director

Steve first joined Public Relations & Media Services as a television producer/director in 2004, but had to leave us for a while due to a family relocation. After experiencing life in West Palm Beach, Florida and Amarillo, Texas, Steve rejoined the HCTV family in 2007.

Steve’s videography talents, journalistic style and storytelling ability have earned him national recognition for his television programs. Before joining the PR&MS staff, Steve was a news photojournalist for Maryland’s WBOC, and was a photojournalist and special projects producer for Richmond’s WWBT, channel 12. Although he was born in Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) he grew up in the Shenandoah Valley. Steve went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University earning a BS in Mass Communications.

He is an Eagle Scout, loves documentaries, writing short stories, landscaping, watching and playing sports, photography and spending time with family and friends. When reflecting on his time spent away from Virginia, Steve recalls living in Amarillo before moving back home. “I saw my first roadrunner in the high plains of Texas and the other day I saw a cardinal in my backyard here in Richmond. I can remember thinking, roadrunners are interesting and funny birds, but that particular cardinal made me realize that I am home.”

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Gene Byard Television Producer/Director

Gene joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2014 as a Television Producer/Director. Before joining Henrico, Gene produced programming for Chesterfield County’s Public Schools television station for 14 years, and was a television producer for WCVE (PBS 23) prior to that.

Gene, a native of Chesterfield County, completed his freshman year of college at Longwood University. However, after realizing he did not want to become a history teacher after all, he transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his degree in mass communications with a concentration in broadcasting (which obviously ended up being a good thing for us).

Gene is just as busy after hours with his wife and two small children, as well as teaching Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing), perfecting his art as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue-belt, drumming in various bands, performing as a DJ on occasion and lifting weights. Gene is one of our most prized overachievers.

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Tracy Campbell Office Assistant

Tracy joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2016 as an Office Assistant for the HCTV studio. Whether you’re calling to request a DVD of one of our award-winning programs, or need assistance tracking down one of our producers, Tracy will help you out.

Tracy has extensive administrative support experience, including many years in the field of accounting and payroll. Having formerly worked for both Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County, Tracy is familiar with the functions of local government. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Averett University, and also holds an associate’s degree in Network Security from ECPI.

Tracy loves being in the open-air, and you will find her outside exercising or just listening to music whenever she has the time. She also loves to sight-see, travel and spend time with family and friends.

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Elva Collins Office Assistant

Elva is the Office Assistant for Public Relations & Media Services, and hers is often the first voice you’ll hear when calling our department. As our front-line greeter, Elva assists residents and other county agencies over the phone and in person, as well as performs a variety of indispensable administrative functions in our busy office.

Elva joined the Public Relations & Media Services team in 2006 after working in the private sector and briefly with the Virginia Department of Education. Originally from Rockville, Maryland, Elva attended Salisbury University and Montgomery College before relocating to Richmond.

Elva is a big fan of the University of Maryland and West Virginia University athletics attending basketball and football games whenever she can. She appreciates all kinds of music, enjoys live concerts and travel.

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Victoria Davis Public Relations Specialist

Victoria joined the Public Relations & Media Services team in 2018 as our Public Relations Specialist. Victoria was an intern with the Division of Fire in the Office of Emergency Management before being hired to work full time in the County Manager’s office in 2017. Since then, Victoria has expanded her wings with the PR &MS team on an array of assignments. She assists members of the county’s Board of Supervisors with their town hall meetings, including the live-streaming of meetings on the Henrico County Government YouTube channel; she coordinates community engagement activities, such as the Local Government 101 program and the county’s Sister City Partnership; and she supports the department ‘s social media efforts, among other duties.

A native of Henrico and product of Henrico County Public Schools, Victoria graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, shopping and travelling.

Victoria brings a diverse skill set with a positive personality and a contagious smile. Victoria always believes the best is yet to come!

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Steven Dunn Television Producer/Director

Steven joined HCTV in 2005 as one of our television producers/directors. With a background in news and photojournalism, Steven brings an edgy touch to the programs he produces for the station. His philosophy on television production is simple: he “just wants to make a good story happen.”

Before joining the Public Relations & Media Services Department, Steven honed his interviewing, editing and storytelling skills as a photojournalist for local news stations WWBT Channel 12 and WTVR Channel 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech (Hokies Rule!) where he began as a science major before jumping the fence to visual media.

A former Steven Spielberg wannabe, Steven loves sci-fi and is a glorified trekkie.

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Ryan Eubank Senior Television Producer/Director

Ryan joined Henrico County in 2003 as one of our first television producer/directors, and was promoted to Senior Producer/Director in 2004. Ryan’s forte is his storytelling ability — from inception to completion — of his award-winning television programs. As a producer, videographer, nonlinear video, audio, and photo editor, Ryan is the driving force behind many of the programs you see on HCTV.

Before joining Henrico’s general government, Ryan produced for Henrico Public Schools, and was a general assignment news videographer and editor at WVIR NBC-29 in Charlottesville and at the Capitol Bureau of WCVE PBS-23 in Richmond.

Ryan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Fine Arts, Communication Arts and Design.

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Isaac Harrell
Isaac Harrell Graphic Designer/Photographer

Isaac is our team’s Graphic Designer and Photographer responsible for all of the outstanding publications and photographs produced in our department. Isaac joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2015 after 20 years in the private sector, including many years as Art Director for Richmond Magazine. Isaac has won multiple awards throughout his career for feature photography, special sections, cover design, page design and layout.

Isaac has an eye for the unusual, and is a pro at making even mundane subjects come alive through his creative vision and photographic expertise. Isaac’s talent and skill allow him to capture and archive Henrico’s history, present and future for the enjoyment of generations to come.

A native of Norfolk, Isaac is a self-described “Jack of All Trades, Master of None.” He’s a graduate of James Madison University, embraces music of all kinds, and is a famous Master Chef in the making

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Fred James Media Specialist

Fred joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2005 as a Media Specialist, overseeing and providing all audio-visual support and meeting facilitation for county agencies. He has a background as an AV special events consultant, technician and camera operator.

Fred received his Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). Fred has been playing guitar for more than thirty years and plans to combine that with his MBA to pursue a lucrative career as a guitar hero. Fred enjoys long walks, romantic candlelit dinners and strives for world peace.

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Will Jones Senior Public Relations Specialist

Will joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2012 as a senior public relations specialist. He serves as the department’s writer and liaison with the news media. Before joining the team, Will worked for 21 years as a reporter for newspapers in Virginia, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He has extensive experience with local governments and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and his writing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association and other organizations.

A native of Richmond, Will studied journalism and American Studies at the University of Richmond, and he’s a proud supporter of Spider athletics. Will spends his leisure time with his wife and two sons and enjoys playing guitar and writing songs. Will plays music with several local bands, so don’t be surprised to find him onstage at a pub downtown on any given Saturday night.

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Steve Knockemus Assistant Director, Public Relations & Media Services

Steve is an Assistant Director of Public Relations & Media Services. He oversees media and community relations, assists internal agencies with special projects or consultation, and manages the department’s publications. Steve is also one of our top-notch writers, and performs a multitude of PR functions within the department including crisis communications during emergencies or natural disasters, and is frequently a host for some of our HCTV programs.

Steve joined the county in 2002 after having been a staff writer for Alabama’s “The Dothan Eagle” and “The Dothan Progress” newspapers, as well as a university relations coordinator for Troy State University. Steve is an accomplished writer and published co-author; his book  “A Place of Our Own: The Stories of Dothan and Houston County” is available on Amazon.com.

Steve is a graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, and attended graduate school at University of Alabama. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. Steve is a die-hard Alabama football fan, and as a boy once met legendary coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant  (his brush with fame that he remembers fondly today).

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David Letourneau Television & Media Services Manager

David was named Television & Media Services director in October 2018 after six years as one of our television producer/directors for HCTV.

As station manager, David leads the very talented video production crew responsible for telling Henrico’s story through livestreaming board meetings, informing residents of county news and services and documenting Henrico’s history with an HD camera lens. His division of Public Relations & Media Services also oversees and maintains audio/visual equipment utilized by our public safety training academies. Dozens of other county agencies also depend on David and the HCTV team to provide internal video and A/V solutions.

A native of the Hampton Roads area, David graduated with a degree in communications from Virginia Tech before beginning his television career with WWBT Channel 12 in Richmond. After leaving Channel 12, David spent many years as a videographer for Comcast SportsNet in the Washington, D.C. area honing his craft and his professional television productions. A true lover of all things sports, David is a lifelong Redskins fan and fiercely roots for the Los Angeles Angels during baseball season.

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Diane Oaks Public Relations Specialist

Diane originally joined Public Relations & Media Services in 1995, but transferred to the Human Resources Department in 2001. After seven years away, Diane came home to PR&MS in 2008 as a Public Relations Specialist. Diane is our resident Webmaster, creating and updating all of the graphics, photos and information you’ll find on our pages. In addition, Diane creates the message boards you see on HCTV, as well as the Adopt-a-Pet series, ticker updates and DVD jacket design.

Before joining the PR&MS team, Diane worked in the private sector for various advertising and creative firms. Her talents are a quirky blend of tech-head meets creative whiz, and her attention to detail borders on neurotic.

Diane is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Communications. She is an avid reader, gym rat, follows the Indy Car circuit, and loves romping around with her Shih Tzu, Chloe.

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Laura Siewert
Laura Siewert Technology Support Specialist

Laura joined Public Relations & Media Services in 2018 as a Technology Support Specialist. With a background in technology and entertainment, Laura brings with her a diverse skill set and a lot of enthusiasm.

Before joining Henrico, Laura provided information technology support to a Richmond-based brokerage firm. In prior years, she combined technology and design to support Department of Defense IT at the Pentagon. She also contributed several years to on-set and post production, visual effects and motion-capture animation in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

A native of Richmond, Laura is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams!) where she competed for the cross-country and track and field teams. She enjoys staying active with her two children and in her leisure time is likely to be found on the basketball court or cutting a rug to Latin rhythms.

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Mike Stoeckle
Mike Stoeckle Television Operations Technician/HCTV Station Engineer

Mike came on board our team in 2017 as our Television Operations Technician and Engineer for HCTV. From programming the server to maintaining our broadcast equipment, Mike keeps us up and running 24-7.

Before joining Public Relations & Media Services, Mike was the Senior Broadcast Engineer for Fairfax Public Access. He’s also worked as a trained instructor, technical advisor and post production guru in the industry.

Mike, who hails from Blacksburg, Virginia, graduated from Washington & Lee University. He is a Certified Broadcast Television Engineer, a Certified Newtek Tricaster Operator, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Audio Engineering Society.

When Mike is not busy entertaining or chasing his two young daughters, he likes to play piano, create bad computer animation, and watch Hokie football and basketball. He enjoys fishing, cooking, juggling the soccer ball in his backyard, and spending time with family and friends.

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Geoff Weidele Television Producer/Director

Geoff joined HCTV in 2005 as one of our television producers/directors. Having been in television production for more than 25 years, Geoff admits he just “really loves to play with video.”

Before joining HCTV, Geoff was a producer for Henrico School’s channel 99. He has worked for local television and video production companies both in the Metro Richmond area and Northern Virginia, and has won several national awards for his television productions. Geoff is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Communications.

Geoff, the consummate Great Outdoorsman, does put the camera down from time to time. When he’s not camping or gardening, you may find him climbing the massive Red Rocks of Nevada.

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Angie Williams
Angela Williams Office Assistant

Angie joined the Public Relations & Media Services team in 2015 as one of our Office Assistants. She performs a wide array of essential administrative duties including proofreading our many articles and publications, writing correspondence, assisting with the department’s financial transactions and providing information and assistance to county agencies and residents.

Angie has worked for Henrico County since 2003, briefly in the Department of Public Utilities, followed by 12 years in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

A native of Richmond, Angie graduated from John Marshall High School and continued her education at J. Sargeant Reynolds and ECPI Technical Institute.

Angie has a set of vocal cords on her, and has been singing her whole life. She performed in the chorus throughout high school and has sang at multiple weddings and funerals as an adult. She’s threatening to start her own band, and may just have the musicians she needs right here in PR&MS.

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Contact Us

Public Relations & Media Services

Western Government Center
2nd Floor

4301 E. Parham Rd
Henrico, VA 23228

Phone
(804) 501-4257

Fax
(804) 501-5500

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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