President & Owner
Tricia serves as the president and owner of Strategic Solutions by Tricia, LLC. She has served the nonprofit, corporate, and higher education communities as a fundraising executive since 1996 and as a consultant since 2014. During her career, she has raised over $50 million dollars in private support of various organizations and served on several boards in the Hampton Roads community.
As a consultant, Tricia develops strategic plans, timelines, planning documents and processes for her clients so that they can achieve greater financial results. She excels in working with boards, corporate executives, grant funders, and multidisciplinary teams to achieve common goals. Tricia is a strategic thinker with the ability to problem-solve, she absorbs the big picture while tending to the smallest of details.
Tricia’s fundraising and business development expertise lies within the areas of strategy development, planning, solicitations, corporate development, high-level volunteer management, prospect development and building high-performing teams.
During Tricia’s various roles in higher education, she has worked collaboratively with university presidents, cabinet level leadership, college deans, and other internal partners in order to advance the mission of the university and provide financial support for the university’s students, programs and faculty. Tricia also has deep experience in research and developing strategically aggressive next steps.
As an executive in higher education, she has worked at the highest levels of the organization to develop strategy, implement policy, develop budgets, establish large-scale priorities, and manage multidisciplinary projects.
Tricia is the past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served as the National Philanthropy Day Event chairman. She is a 2009 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads, a board member of the Girl Scouts Council of the Colonial Coast, a founding member of the Old Dominion University Women’s Initiative Network and a member of the George Mason University Alumni Association. During Tricia’s fundraising career she has been affiliated with Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Wesleyan College, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.
Tricia received her B.A. in government & politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Elizabeth is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Strategic Solutions by Tricia. She is responsible for writing, editing and distributing content for press releases, brochures, and grants. She also provides graphic, website, and social media content for the company and clients. Elizabeth assists with event planning and coordination, as well as developing marketing plans and promotions. Prior to SST, she worked as a Support Specialist for the Naval Postgraduate School providing technical and administrative support to students and staff. Elizabeth also has a background in marketing for home remodeling, fitness, cultural, and contracting companies. She holds a B.S. in Business Communication with a minor in English from Stevenson University and a M.A. in Communication from Southern New Hampshire University. She enjoys hiking, painting, swimming, and reading in her free time.
Cheyenne is a humanitarian with an affinity for details, and nearly a decade of experience in customer service. They support the team at Strategic Solutions by Tricia as an administrative assistant. Cheyenne holds a BFA in Photography from San Jose State and a MNR in Sustainability from Virginia Tech. Prior to SST, Cheyenne has worked at a winery, in cafes, and as an operations manager. Outside of work you can find Cheyenne running, taking pictures, or researching sustainability issues.
Phyllis is a seasoned Office Manager and Development Specialist. Early in her career, she served her country in the United States Navy. Since then, she has held administrative management positions at the American Heart Association and Virginia Wesleyan College. Phyllis earned her Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. She is married to a US Navy retired veteran, has two adult daughters and two grandchildren. Her family also includes Annie, the family dog.
Amanda is an independent contractor who collaborates with Trica and her team and serves as Strategic Solutions' senior graphic designer. She is a Norfolk native, and her background consists of management, art, freelancing, communications, and working with nonprofits.
Amanda is a photographer and graphic artist. She earned her BFA in photography and print media in 2013 at Old Dominion University. Her photography focuses mostly on photo manipulation work, and has appeared in the PFAC Genesis show, Compelling Images, the Amalgamation art exhibit, and several student art shows at ODU. After obtaining her BFA, Amanda started her own freelance graphic design and photography business, Bradley Depictions. Her design work has appeared in many local advertisements, non-profits, events, business logos, and commercials. Amanda's true passion lies in poster design and typography, and her poster was chosen for Norfolk's 43rd Annual Harborfest Poster in 2019.
Since July 2017, Amanda has been working in Norfolk's NEON District at the d'Art Center as its communications, marketing, and gallery manager. She produces all of the graphic art and marketing material for the center, manages its social media presence, curates exhibitions, and manages the gallery.
An entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It is a mindset that embraces critical thinking and
questioning, innovation, service, and continuous improvement. It is an attitude that actively
seeks out change rather than waiting to adapt to change.
Beginning her early teen years, Elena has defined that spirit. From serving as a make-up
assistant on the Emmy Award winning series at the age of 16 – to being recognized with several awards in the highly competitive toy industry – to becoming an established expert in social media content, strategies and enhancement, Elena has been front and center in her “can do” style and insistence on quality results.
As the co-owner of ee publishing & productions, Elena oversaw the operations of this small publisher of the children’s book series, Nana Star, co-wrote the books in the series and collaborated with the design of the accompanying Nana Star dolls and plush featured characters. Though ee publishing became a casualty of the 2008 recession, Elena regrouped starting another business specializing in website design and explored the opportunities of the burgeoning social media market.
In 2014, Elena launched Social Status, Inc. in Front Royal as a freelance social media marketing expert and business development consultant. Since 2014, she has been providing these services to a diverse group of small to mid-sized companies across the U.S. Client list includes an urban forestry company, childcare facilities, private schools, and the Town of Front Royal.
Jackson Walker Design Group
Paul is a subcontractor and the president of Jackson Walker Design Group who works with Strategic Solutions by Tricia, LLC. His past experience include working as a Creative Director for Jackson Walker Design Group and ACS Creative in the DC Metro area. Prior to being a Creative Director he worked for Stackig Public Relations as a Senior Designer and also worked as a designer for other design studios such as D’Atri Design and SPOT Image. During his 25 years as a creative professional, he created print, web and multimedia solutions for several high profile companies including Lansdowne Resort, Next Day Blinds, National Parks and Recreation Association, AT&T, LaFarge Corporation, PAHO/WHO Federal Credit Union, NEW National Electronics Customer Services Companies, Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, Asurion, XipLink, Crosscom and Choice Logistics. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Frostburg State University with a minor in Photography & Business Administration focused on Marketing.