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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.
Rick Barker, Vice-Chair
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.
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.
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 almost 30 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.
E. Gregory Hairston
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 currently the sole practitioner of his own law office in Danville. 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.
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
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 Board Chairman of the Bank and the holding company. He is the past chairman of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Bankers Association and Danville Regional Foundation. He is the current chairman of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. 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.
Tommy is president/CEO of First Piedmont Corporation a privately owned regional waste management company with corporate offices located in Chatham, Virginia. Tommy joined First Piedmont in 1980 after graduating from Virginia Tech. He is currently a member of the Chatham Rotary Club, a member of the Advisory Board of American National Bank, on the Board of Trustees of the National Waste and Recycling Association and on the Board of Directors of the Old Dominion Agricultural Foundation and Complex.
Tammy Wright-Warren, a native of Danville and current resident of Pittsylvania County, is Chief Operating Officer of Negril, Inc. Negril is a Medicaid Waiver Provider serving intellectually disabled adults in Danville, Pittsylvania County, South Boston and Richmond. Tammy serves on the board of The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area, Danville Community Policy Management Team, Lions Club and HAVEN. She is very excited about the future of downtown Danville and the revitalization of the city. Tammy is a graduate of Averett University and she is married to Craig Warren. They have three children, Craig, Tamela and Shaneqwa.
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.
Rev. Ron Johnson
After being called to Danville, Ron plunged right into the work of serving the community and a full-time call to Holbrook Street Presbyterian Church in the historic Westmoreland Neighborhood. He uses a wide breadth of skills learned in leadership, parachurch, secondary education, church planting and non-profits. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia and serves on several boards in the community and denomination, as pastor, adjunct professor, and one-half of a clergy couple. Ron is passionate about pastoring as a community leader, multicultural work, community revitalization, and promoting people as a community’s best asset. Occasionally, he can be seen riding his motorcycle around Danville or behind the congas.
JoAnna Gwynn is a native of Caswell County and currently serves as a high school principal where she graduated. Prior to serving as the principal of Bartlett Yancey High School, she served as the principal at Dillard Middle School and an Assistant Principal at Bartlett Yancey High School. JoAnna taught in the Caswell County School District as a 6th grade social studies teacher at Dillard Middle School before aspiring to become a school administrator. She attended Greensboro College where she obtained a BA in Sociology and a teaching certification in middle grades social studies. JoAnna attended NC A&T State University where she earned a Master's degree in Leadership and Administration. She currently serves the students of Caswell County Schools where she has a vested interest in the educational process and progressive vision for all students. She is passionate about public service and the outcomes of positive community involvement. She is a spiritual person who loves her family, her dogs and believes in seeking opportunities everyday in order to make a difference.
Leslie is a Graduate Engineer in the Municipal Engineering Department for Dewberry, specializing in the design and implementation of water and wastewater systems. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she moved to Danville in 2014 after graduating with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. Leslie was a recipient of the 2017 Professional and Community Engagement Award from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. She is a yoga and fitness instructor at Hot Asana Yoga Studio and the Danville Family YMCA, the chairwoman of the Danville Area CROP Walk, a 2016 Leadership Southside Graduate, a member of the Junior Wednesday Club, and a Youth Group Leader.
Celia joined the Danville Regional Foundation in August of 2016 as a fellow to focus on the independent worker ecosystem project. She was raised in Greensboro, NC and has relocated back to Yanceyville, NC after residing in Asheville, NC. She received her BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Masters in the Science of Sustainability Studies from Lenoir-Rhyne University of Asheville. Celia brings with her the entrepreneurial and freelancing spirit as she owns and operates a micro-paper mill, helps manage her family farm and runs a small flower farm in her spare time.
Stephanie S. Blevins
Stephanie was born and reared in Pittsylvania County. She joined DRF in 2005 as an accountant responsible for maintaining cash controls on all accounts as well as managing payroll. She holds a bachelor′s degree in business administration from Averett University and an associate′s degree from Danville Community College. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as the office manager for the Admissions Office at Chatham Hall, and as an administrative assistant for the plant manager followed by the treasury department for what was then DIMON, Inc.
Clark, a native of Floyd County, VA, and resident of Danville, is the DRF′s Director of Grants & Initiatives. He oversees the day-to-day responsibility for all program work in DRF’s program areas. He is the staff lead in grant making and ensure that initiatives and partnerships continue to be in accordance with the mission of DRF and in the best interest of the Dan River Region and its residents.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Radford University, received his master′s degree from the University of Mississippi, and has certificates in economic development from the University of Oklahoma′s Economic Development Institute and entrepreneurship from the Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia′s Darden School of Business. Clark is also a recent graduate of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Advanced Leadership Institute.
Wendi Goods Everson
A native of Danville, Wendi serves DRF as a senior program officer focusing on community engagement and leadership development, and manages DRF′s internship program. Strongly committed to the Dan River Region, Goods-Everson returned and began her career with the City of Danville Community Development Department supporting government efforts to eliminate housing discrimination, ensure affordable housing and build neighborhood associations/revitalization. Goods-Everson also worked as an administrator at Boys & Girls Club of Danville and women′s head basketball coach at Danville Community College. She earned a bachelor′s degree from Temple University, MBA from Averett University, and certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She is a Southeastern Council on Foundation Hull Fellow and serves as a board member of the River District Association and Head Start.
Shirley Jo Hite
A native of Pittsylvania County and avid kayaker, Shirley Jo earned an associate degree from Danville Community College and joined the workforce as an agency secretary for Jefferson Pilot Life Insurance Company. She then accepted a position with what was then Dibrell Brothers, Inc. (and eventually DIMON Inc.), providing support to the President, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Vice-Presidents, prior to joining DRF as the executive assistant in 2005.
Alex joined DRF in January 2016 as Administrative Assistant. A native of Lake Zurich, Illinois, a Northwest suburb of Chicago, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a resident of Danville, Alex began her career at the Dodge Nature Center in St. Paul, Minnesota as their Development Associate and then Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator. Most recently, she worked for the Danville Public Library managing their Reference Desk.
Annie Martinie joined the DRF team in July 2014 as the senior program officer focusing on community health and wellness, working to improve health outcomes in the Dan River Region. Most recently, Annie worked as the Healthy Eating and Active Living Intervention Lead for the NC Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project in Region 5 that includes Rockingham, Caswell, Person, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake Counties in North Carolina. A native of Sandwich, Illinois, a rural community west of Chicago, she graduated from Bradley University with a degree in public relations and a minor in marketing. She began her career at the United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin as an assistant director of resource development. Upon moving to a career in health promotion, she has worked as a freelance health writer, small business owner and Program Manager at Be Active North Carolina before joining the NC Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project in Region 5. Annie recently earned a Master's of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
A Pittsylvania County native, Starling′s specialties as a senior program officer with DRF include leadership and capacity development. He brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit experience, having worked for Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc., as the director of planning and budget, and social services-parent involvement coordinator for Head Start. Starling served as a past Vice Chair of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a deacon and finance ministry chair for the Greater Brookville Church. He earned a bachelor′s degree in social work from Norfolk State University, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and has graduate studies towards a master′s degree in administration at Lynchburg College.
A native of Pittsylvania County, Lori serves as the director of marketing and communications working to develop strategic marketing efforts for DRF and its regional partners. She has experience that spans public relations; event/sponsorship management and marketing; strategic communications planning; and digital and social media project planning, development and implementation. Prior to joining DRF, she held various positions with Birmingham, Alabama-based Luckie & Company, a national full-service marketing and advertising agency. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Samford University with a major in Journalism/Mass Communications and a minor in Business. She is also certified by the Institute for Crisis Management. Lori is a 2015 graduate of Lead Virginia, a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Council on Women, a 2016 recipient of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Award and a member of the board of directors for God's Storehouse in Danville.
Karl N. Stauber
DRF′s first President/CEO, Karl Stauber, leads the Foundation which promotes innovation and long-term transformation to enhance economic development, education and wellness in Virginia and North Carolina′s Dan River Region.
A published author, frequent speaker, and known for his work in rural communities, Stauber was the first Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics with the United States Department of Agriculture, and has worked for the Northwest Area Foundation, the Needmor Fund, and the Babcock Foundation.
He holds a public policy Ph.D. from Union Institute, a Harvard Business School management development certificate, and a bachelor′s in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Future of the Piedmont Foundation and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. He is also a member of the Advancement Council of the UNC Press.
Gary joined DRF in January 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, bringing with him over three decades of diversified experience. A resident of Danville since 1990, Gary has held senior financial positions with Dan River Inc., Alpha Natural Resources, and Pike Electric Corporation. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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.
Lucius B. Chandler, Jr.
A native of Danville, Lucius B. Chandler, Jr., attended Averett University and Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in management-psychology. The new DRF Advisory Member to the Board recently graduated from the Duke University Nonprofit Management Program. Lucius was formerly employed by the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board as the Regional One Stop Systems Oversight Manager, managing the two comprehensive Virginia Workforce Centers in our region. He is active in numerous community organizations and serves on the Board of Directors with God′s Storehouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc. In addition, Lucius is Assistant Treasurer with Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association and serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board at Bellevue Baptist Church.
George B. Daniel
Raised in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Rockville, MD, Alexis Ehrhardt has lived in the Dan River Region since 2000. She graduated with a double major in Latin & Caribbean Studies and Spanish from Emory University.
A graduate of the University of Virginia Master of Education Program, Alexis works in the Office of Academic Affairs at Averett University. Alexis is currently on the Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, serves as a member of Riverview Rotary, and volunteers with the Danville Concert Association.
Jason Ensminger, M.D.
Dr. Ensminger received his undergraduate training at the Virginia Military Institute where he graduated with Distinction in 1994. He completed his medical training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey in 1998 and graduated in the top 25% of his class. He completed his OB/GYN training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 2002 serving as Chief Resident from 2001 to 2002 and was nominated to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society in 2001. He achieved Board Certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004 and has maintained it since. In addition to clinical practice, he is a consultant for Hologic, Inc. and Allscripts, Inc. and serves on their Physician Advisory Board. Outside of medicine Dr. Ensminger is an avid private pilot with Instrument and high performance endorsements. He is a proud father of three daughters and has been married to his wife Stacey since residency.
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.