The DRF Board of Directors is composed of 11 regional leaders, each serving limited, rotating terms. 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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Rick Barker, a native of Pittsylvania County and current resident of Danville, is President of Supply Resources (SRI). SRI is a Danville-based packaging & logistics company. Rick also heads Rick Barker Properties, an area commercial real estate company. He brings with him years of service to various nonprofit boards and is a current board member of the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. Rick is a passionate advocate for the redevelopment of downtown Danville and the River District.
George B. Daniel
Born in Danville, VA, and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm in Caswell County, N.C., George loves law and rugby. He coached rugby as an adult and played as a college athlete for North Carolina State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University, and began practicing law in 1976. Today, he owns a firm that provides comprehensive legal services to clients throughout Yanceyville and Roxboro, N.C. In addition to serving on the DRF Board of Directors, he is an active member of many lawyer associations, including North Carolina′s 9A Judicial District of the American Bar Association. He is also a former state legislator in N.C.
A native of Pittsylvania County, Ben earned a business degree from Virginia Tech, and after a tour of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, returned home to Chatham to join his father′s business, Davenport Energy. Today, Ben serves as chairman of two companies, each of which employs over 100 area residents – Davenport Energy and First Piedmont Corporation, a full-service waste management company he began in 1969. A past recipient of the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year Award in 2006, Ben has always believed in community service. He chairs the Future of the Piedmont Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of Hargrave Military Academy, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, and American National Bank. He is also a Deacon of Chatham Baptist Church. Ben is a past Rector and eight-year member of the Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech and past president of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Eastwood, a Financial Advisor and Limited Partner for financial services firm Edward Jones, is a native of Pittsylvania County. Prior to becoming a member of the Board, he served as an advisory member and as a member of the DRF Financial Investment Committee. In addition Chris serves on the Danville Community College, Danville Life Saving Crew, and Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation Boards. He is a lifelong member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church where he also serves as a deacon and children’s leader.
Betty Jo Foster
Betty Jo′s passion is – and always has been – education. A dedicated lifelong learner from Pittsylvania County, she earned a bachelor′s degree in Business Education from Radford University, a master′s in Vocational Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Education degree from NOVA Southeastern University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education′s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning. Even though she ″retired″ from Danville Community College (DCC) as Vice-President of Academic and Student Services, she continues to teach as an adjunct professor at DCC, her employer since 1971. Betty Jo serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and is a ″Certified Customer Service Trainer.″ She was the recipient of the Leadership Southside′s Excellence in Leadership Award in 2003, Citizen of the Year Award in Pittsylvania County in 1994, and DCC′s Outstanding Faculty Award in 1988.
E. Gregory Hairston, Board Vice-Chair
A native of Cascade and current resident of Danville, Greg graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He is now managing attorney with the Virginia Legal Aid Society where he has worked since 1990. Greg serves as President of the Danville Branch of the NAACP and is an active member of the local graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees with Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
William Henderson, M.D.
A self-described Army brat, Dr. Henderson has lived many places in the United States, but calls Danville home. A board-certified pulmonologist practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine in Danville since 1983, Bill graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia and completed his residency and fellowship at Michigan State University. Bill has enjoyed serving the community on the Hospital Board, as Chairman of the Mental Health Services Board, and as Chief of Danville Regional′s Medical Staff.
He is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. You will frequently see Bill on his handcycle enjoying the beautiful Dan River from the spectacular River Walk!
Charles H. Majors, Board Chair
Charley earned his law degree from the University of Virginia, was admitted to practice law in Virginia, Georgia and Florida, and joined the Danville firm of what is now Clement & Wheatley in 1972. With a specialty in corporate and banking law and after 20 years of practice, Charley became president of American National Bank and Trust Company and American National Bankshares, Inc., in 1993, and was named Chief Executive Officer in 1994. Charley now serves as Executive Chairman of the Bank and the holding company. He is the past chairman of both the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Bankers Association. In 2013, he served as President of the Federal Reserve Board′s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and was the 2013 recipient of the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year Award.
Prior to joining the DRF Board of Directors, Rachael served for two years as a DRF Advisory Member to the Board. After earning her law degree from the University of Denver, Rachael accepted a job in Danville as an Assistant Commonwealth′s Attorney. In 2007, she joined the law firm of Clement & Wheatley in Danville, where she practices domestic relations law, insurance defense, and general civil litigation. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County and Board of Directors for the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors in May 2010 after serving a one-year term as an Advisory Member. He is a corporate director and the principal of Wayne Wilson & Company, an independent business advisory services firm. Formerly President of PC Connection, Inc., and a partner in national accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Wayne has served on several public company boards of directors including ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Edgewater Technology, FairPoint Communications, and Hologic, Inc. During his business career, Wayne has counseled numerous business owners and CEOs on financial and growth-related issues. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wayne and his wife, Alice, reside in Pittsylvania County near Chatham.