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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B.R. Ashby, M.D.
A native of Danville, Dr. Ashby grew up in Schoolfield. After graduating from George Washington High School, he entered the University of Virginia, where he graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine. After completing his residency training there, he returned to Danville in 1971 to open his practice. He has been very active in numerous local community service and business interests over the years as well as being actively involved with the University and other organizations in Virginia. He and his wife, Fran, spend as much time as possible with their three daughters and their families, including six grandchildren, in the DC area and their son and his wife in New York City.
Gretchen Clark is a licensed professional engineer in both Virginia and North Carolina. Gretchen has extensive experience in municipal engineering, economic development, and land development projects in Virginia and North Carolina. Gretchen is president of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., an engineering consulting firm located in Pittsylvania County. She is a Board member of the Revitalization for a Greater Gretna and is a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church.
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.
Carolyn B. Evans
Danville is home for Carolyn, who was born and educated in the city. Employed by the City of Danville, she is Director of Customer Service for the city′s Utilities Department, and was elected by city employees and served as chair of the Employee′s Retirement System Board of Trustees, a role she has held since 2011. An active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Carolyn has served as church clerk for more than 25 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Danville City Employees Federal Credit Union. She is a graduate of Danville Community College. Carolyn enjoys spending time with family, crafts, and especially enjoys reading.
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.
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. He currently serves as President of the Federal Reserve Board′s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.
As Interim Executive Director and Director of Programs for Pittsylvania County Community Action Inc., Everlena works to help minimize poverty, deliver benefits to the underserved, and improve the quality of life of citizens throughout the community. A native of Dry Fork and graduate of Howard University, she gives back to her community through active civic engagement. Everlena is V.P. of Pittsylvania County NAACP and a Board member of the following: DRF, Danville Pittsylvania-Community Policy Management Board, Alzheimer’s Association, and HAVEN Board. Everlena is also a member of the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association, a Sunday School superintendent, President of the Missionary Board, and a member of the choir and usher boards.
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.