Our Leadership Team

Transforming lives by creating opportunities for people to engage  in civil, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations  about race.  We encourage truth-telling, dialogue, and relationship-building.

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LAURA HILL

Founder/Director

Laura Hill, a writer, community leader and organizer, is the founder of Virginia's Historic Triangle affiliate group of Coming to the Table, a national racial reconciliation organization.  As the director, she plans programs to bring diverse people together to have civil conversations about a difficult topic --- race.  Laura co-chairs  Coming to the Table's National Reparations Working Group, serves on the City of Williamsburg's committee on Racial Equity, the Racial Trauma committee of the Greater Williamsburg Trauma Informed Community Network (GW-TICN) and James City County's Social Services Advisory Board.

A Maryland native, she holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism/Communications.  Her articles on racial issues have been published nationwide.  In 2019, she  organized and hosted the Coming to the Table Commemorative Gathering,  a three day event to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the First Africans in Virginia. In October, 2020 Laura and Coming to the Table served as lead organizer and co-sponsor of  "Heal Williamsburg, Heal the Nation:  Reparations / Racial Equity Rally."

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and bike riding.

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BILL SIZEMORE

Facilitator

Bill Sizemore grew up in Southside Virginia and spent 43 years as a journalist, most of that time at The Virginian-Pilot, the state’s largest newspaper, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. He wrote about topics as varied as state government and politics, the televangelist Pat Robertson, the private military company Blackwater, and Virginia’s prison-building boom. He has also written for The Associated Press, Ms. magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review. 

 

Since his retirement in 2014 he has focused on his two highest priorities: playing with his grandchildren and writing books. He spent eight years researching and writing his latest book, Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery, the story of his slave-owning ancestors, their slaves, and those slaves' descendants. He currently resides in Williamsburg. 

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KIMBERLEY HUNDLEY

Facilitator

Kimberley Hundley,  a recently retired National Board Certified Kindergarten teacher, serves on the Coming to the Table Leadership Team and is a facilitator during monthly meetings.  She is a native of Fork Union, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University, where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She earned a Master’s degree in Education from Regent University in 1999.  In 2004,  Kim was honored as the Williamsburg James City County Elementary Teacher of the Year. 

She "comes to the table" with years of diversity training with WJCC Public Schools.  She also served as President of the  Williamsburg James City County Education Association (WJCEA)  from  2017 - 2020.  In June, 2020  Kim worked with facilitator, DeVeria Gore, to present a creative and educational presentation on Juneteenth, which has now become a state holiday in Virginia.

Since retiring, she works part-time for her alma mater, James Madison University, to recruit minority high school students into the School of Education.  Kim has lived in Williamsburg for more than 25 years.  Her husband is a Williamsburg native and middle school teacher.  They have two teenage children.

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DEVERIA GORE

Facilitator

DeVeria is a retired administrator and educator with Williamsburg-James City County public schools.  However, she has taught on both coasts of the nation until becoming an administrator in 2000. Her teaching career involved working with at-risk students in a variety of programs at the secondary school level. Success with students in these programs led her to become a Minority Achievement Leader and later on, a facilitator in the school division’s Diversity Training program designed for all staff. 

 

Having grown up in Tidewater during segregation and Jim Crow laws, she was determined to be an advocate for students whose voices were not being heard. She learned early on during her attendance at the University of Virginia where she earned her first of three degrees, that standing up for one’s rights was of prime importance even if it cost her something.  

Upon retiring, DeVeria worked part-time for two additional years in education. Later, she was delighted to hear about the local Coming to the Table chapter that was founded in 2019 and she soon became a part of the team of facilitators. She is married (46 years), has two children and six grandchildren. She is an author, church leader, and speaker.

FRED LIGGIN

Facilitator

Fred Liggin is the founder and President of 3e Restoration Inc., a local non-profit organization

that focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and extreme poverty through hospitality and systemic changes. For more than 10 years he has served as one of the pastors of Williamsburg Christian Church.

 

He "comes to the table" with years of training  as a certified trauma professional. Fred values listening, honesty and candor, and excels in guiding conversations, particularly around controversial subjects.  He has also authored the book, Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Hospitality. 

 

He is currently working on earning his Doctorate degree. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Regent University and Rochester University, and a guest lecturer at William & Mary.

 

When he is not wearing one of his many hats, Fred enjoys  music, reading and spending time with his wife, Allison and their young son.  He also co-parented an adopted son.

REBECCA PARSONS

Facilitator

Rebecca "Becky"  Parsons is the Director of Talent Management in University Advancement at William & Mary.  In this role, she has advocated for inclusive and equitable hiring practices and serves as a member of the task force and diversity & inclusion committee for her department. 


She joined Coming to the Table's first meeting to learn about her own biases and get “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in a welcoming atmosphere. She has "stayed at the table" and recently joined the leadership team as the newest facilitator. 

Becky is a native of West Virginia, but has lived in the Hampton Roads area for more than 30 years.  When not working or involved with multiple church and civic responsibilities, she enjoys spending time with her two children and grandson.  She also loves all types of music, ministry, theater and the arts.