Four Advisory Members provide input to the Board. The Board of Directors and Advisory Members to the Board come from a variety of professions, bringing a breadth of expertise to DRF. They are also representative of the geographic area the Foundation serves.
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Paul was raised on a tobacco farm in Pittsylvania County and received his bachelors and masters degree in economics from North Carolina State University. He is an Investment Executive with the Richmond-based investment firm Davenport & Company LLC. The first twenty years of his career were spent in the domestic and international leaf tobacco business; twelve of those with Dibrell Brothers and DIMON. He has served on numerous non-profit boards over his career and is a past president of the U.S. Leaf Tobacco Exporters Association and Twins Springs Elementary PTO. He currently serves as president of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation.
Paul Erwin, DVM
Paul Erwin, a native and resident of Pittsylvania County, is a veterinarian and co-owner of Chatham Animal Clinic. Dr. Erwin earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. He primarily practices large animal medicine and surgery. Paul is President of the Pittsylvania County Education Foundation, President of the Carlisle School Board of Trustees, and is on the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Paul is married to Lucy Erwin. They have two children, Dixon and Mollie along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses and cows.
Missy Neff Gould
Missy Neff Gould is a Danville resident and native of South Boston. Missy serves as Director of Legislative Affairs for The Nature Conservancy where she handles state and federal government relations. After living in Richmond and working in and around state government for 12 years, Missy and her husband, Steven, moved back to Southside in 2013 hoping to be a part of the positive change they saw occurring in the region. Missy is passionate about preserving and protecting Virginia′s natural resources, promoting targeted economic development efforts and being an advocate for the region at the state level. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Tobacco Commission and serves on the boards of the Virginia Public Access Project and the Danville Community College Education Foundation. She is a member of Danville Riverview Rotary, Danville United and the Dan River Basin Association.
A native of Danville and currently residing in South Boston, Bryan studied Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Employed by the City of Danville, he is the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. His passion is fitness and advocating healthy living in his community. He currently chairs the Community Improvement Council, Inc. - Danville Head Start. He is a founding board member of the Danville Rotary After Hours Club and board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area and Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. He is also a Fellow for the Middle Border Forward program.