Crystal Colohan serves as the Member Engagement Manager. In this role, Crystal supports the Chamber membership through leading an extraordinary team of Chamber Ambassadors in managing Hampton Roads’ five premier division boards and by being a cheerleader for the membership team, including prospective and current Chamber members. She also assists Chamber members in maximizing membership value and by leading a support system for new members.
In her daily responsibilities, Crystal utilizes more than twenty years of administrative and supervisory experience. With leadership in local schools, church, non-profit, and business settings, her flexibility and professionalism is reflected through faith, empathy, and her love for ongoing learning. She has led city-wide events, has been featured in newspapers and news reports, and has published blog posts in articles through her previous roles. She has been a guest speaker in different engagements, including her sorority’s national convention. Crystal was also tagged by the Superintendent and was named Teacher of the Year in Virginia Beach Public Schools. She is currently a chair for the Junior League of Norfolk Virginia Beach, a founding board member of Virginia Beach Women for Good, and a member of the national award winning Tidewater Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumnae.
Being a local coastal girl, Crystal has a passion for supporting local business and economy. With generations of family members living and working in our region, she believes our region’s business success directly impacts not only future generations, but continues a valued placement in national economy. This not only includes the future she envisions for generations of economic stability, but directly impacts the future of her own twin daughters.
On a personal note, Crystal appreciates our region’s stunning sunsets seen beyond farmland, beaches, and city life. Precious time spent with her family usually involves visiting her nearby coastal parents, paddle boarding, and kayaking our waters. Her creative outlet is crafting acrylic jewelry pieces, made through natural mediums like local shells. She enjoys creating family heirlooms, and her work is seen in local shops, markets, and on her own small business’ website. Outside of her Chamber role, she enjoys volunteering in leadership roles with local organizations. She is also a proud all-star and middle school cheer and softball mom. Alongside those roles, she also adores her fur babies.