Board of Advocates
Believing in the Mission
William A. Fintel, M.D.
Medical Director, Carilion Clinic Hematology-Oncology
Dr. William Fintel is a native of the upper Midwest, having grown up in Iowa and Minnesota. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and then graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Following medical school, Dr. Fintel did his internal medicine residency and oncology fellowship at the University of Virginia. He serves as adjunct faculty at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Fintel has board certifications in internal medicine and medical oncology.
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Medical Association
Christian Medical and Dental Association
Dr. Fintel is married to Connie and they have four sons. He has published three additions of Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for patients and their families, with co-author and friend, Gerry McDermott, Ph.D. Among his interests are writing, running, lecturing, boating and travel.
Cynthia D. Lawrence
Vice President, A Brand Company
Virginia Tech Carilion Partnership Director
Cynthia founded and led two companies from 1986 – 2015, when they were acquired. She is currently employed by Carilion Clinic as Director of the Office of Workforce Development.
Appointed twice by Governor Kaine and reappointed by Governor McAuliffe, Cynthia is in her third term as a member of the Virginia Lottery Board, holding positions as Board Chair and Audit Committee Chair. She is in her third term on the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Commission as a City of Roanoke appointee, twice serving as Chair.
She is on the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board, a member of the Virginia Chamber’s Workforce and Education Committee, and is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Health Science Careers. Committed to the importance of women’s education as a critical component of a healthy, economically vibrant community, Cynthia founded an organization of women business leaders in 1996, The Commonwealth Council, focused on mentoring emerging women leaders and funding undergraduate scholarships for adult working women of need. She is on the President’s Advisory Council for Hollins University, the Advisory Boards for the Department of Management at the Pamplin College of Business and Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech.
Cynthia is on the Board and serves as a student mentor for House of Bread Roanoke, an ecumenical Christian organization that assistance to formerly incarcerated women with job skills, education, and stable housing.
A current member and past President of the Mill Mountain Theatre Board of Directors, Cynthia was among the leadership team who in 2009 made the harsh decision to stop MMT’s stage productions in mid-season when the Theatre was overburdened by debt, working the next four years on a new business model and reopening the theatre in 2013.
In 2010 while on the Board of the Virginia Western Community College Foundation, Cynthia founded Food for Thought, an edible education partnership between VWCC, Roanoke City Schools, and the City of Roanoke establishing a teaching garden and agri-science-based program at James Madison Middle School. In 2014, Cynthia was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, a public-private partnership focused on solving childhood hunger.
Cynthia is past President of the Boards of the Science Museum of Western Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Transportation and a past Board member of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Opera Roanoke, and Virginia Opera. She has served as Co-Chair for the United Way of Roanoke Valley Presidents Circle and the MS Society Roanoke Dinner of Champions and in a leadership role with the local March of Dimes Celebrity Chefs Gala. As an active member of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley, Cynthia served as Government Affairs chair. In 1995, she was recognized as Outstanding Young Woman for the Roanoke Valley by the Roanoke Jaycees. In 2018, she and her husband Mark received the Silver Hope Award from the MS Society in honor of their community service. Cynthia is a native and lifelong resident of Roanoke, Virginia. The Lawrences live in Roanoke City.
News Anchor, WSLS
John co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS 10.
A dedicated community servant, John is a board member of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, past board chair of the YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge corporate board of directors, member of the board of Saint Francis Service Dogs and board member of the Associated Press of the Virginias. He is a co-founder and board member for the Blue Ridge Marathon and a past board member of the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. John was a member of Rotary International for more than 20 years.
Carlin was a part of the WSLS 10 team that earned the Peabody Award for coverage of the April 16, 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. During his tenure, the team also won three national Edward R. Murrow Awards. John is the recipient of six Emmy awards for reporting, as well as numerous awards from RTNDA, VAB and the Associated Press. In 2015 he received the Best News Anchor of the Year award from the Associated Press of the Virginias. He has been honored with distinguished service awards by both the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and the Virginia Associated Press.
John’s broadcasting career includes stops at WPTZ in Plattsburgh, NY/Burlington, Vt. WDTV in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and WTVR in Richmond. As part of a news sharing agreement with WFXR (FOX), John co-anchored the 10 p.m. news in Roanoke for more than a decade. He also taught broadcast writing as adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech from 1996 – 2007. He joined the faculty at Radford University as adjunct faculty in the fall of 2019.
John is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a degree in mass communication.
In his spare time, John is an avid cyclist and fisherman. He lives in Roanoke, where he and his wife Mary enjoy time with their three grown sons and their families.
Dr. Robert H. Sandel
President, Virginia Western Community College
Board of Trustees, Lewis Gale Medical Center
In his 18 years at Virginia Western Community College, Dr. Robert H. Sandel has spearheaded unprecedented growth that has positively impacted countless students’ lives and helped drive the Roanoke Region to new heights. His leadership has helped Virginia Western become a forward-thinking community college, inspiring individual, community and economic transformation.
A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sandel is a Roanoker at heart. He was named Roanoke City Citizen of the Year in 2013. He has been actively involved in the community, serving on numerous local and state boards including chair of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Pre-K Committee for Smart Beginnings and president of the Board of Trustees for the LewisGale Medical Center. He was named a Star Regional Honoree for exemplary service, professionalism and community leadership in the Greater Blue Ridge Region by the March of Dimes. Dr. Sandel was selected for the Ruby Award, which is given to an influential regional leader by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.
Dr. Sandel earned his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, his master’s degree from South Carolina State University and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining Virginia Western, he was president of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap and he has been a community college educator for more than 30 years.
Dr. Sandel’s wife, Jane, is a retired educator who taught at Salem High School. They have four children and 14 grandchildren.
Kay Dunkley, Ed.D
Executive Director, Roanoke Higher Education Center
Kay Dunkley serves as the Executive Director of the Roanoke Higher Education Authority, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, constituted as a public body that operates the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The Center is comprised of eleven partner institutions-- colleges and workforce training organizations that expand educational opportunities throughout the Roanoke region. Kay holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Radford University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. She has also served in various senior leadership positions at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Community College System and in two public school divisions.
As an ambassador to the Roanoke region, Kay serves on the board of directors for the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and is an active participant on the Public Policy Committee and the Chamber’s Foundation. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum and Foundation in Wytheville, VA. Her passion is connecting the rich resources of an academic environment to meet the ever changing workforce training needs of businesses and industries.
Kay is a resident of Roanoke County and is the proud mother of one daughter and one granddaughter.
Michelle Davis (Dykstra)
Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA
Michelle is a Roanoke native and graduate of the University of Michigan.
Currently, Ms. Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA, a youth development organization that serves over 850 youth in 6 locations throughout our region. Additionally, Ms. Davis was elected to a 4 year term on Roanoke City Council in 2016, serving Roanoke City at-large.
Michelle lives with her daughter, Elsa, in Roanoke City. She currently serves on the Freedom First Credit Union Board of Directors and was appointed to the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority by Governor Terry McAuliffe. She is Vice Chair of the Roanoke City Legislative Committee and Chair of the Roanoke City Personnel Committee, and was previously President of the Mountain View Neighborhood Association and served on several other boards and commissions.
Robert "Bob" B. Williams, M.D.
Lewis Gale Medical Center, Retired Surgeon
Bob was born in Okinawa and grew up in a Navy family, moving every couple of years, living the longest in Hawaii. At Wake Forest, he studied education and math, and then went to the now Richmont Graduate University where he earned a Masters degree in Christian counseling. He was a marriage and family counselor at the Carolina Clinic in Wilson, NC where he was inspired to go to medical school, to be a psychiatrist. So, he returned to school, this time to NC State, where he took all those science courses he had previously avoided. A few years later he returned to Wake Forest for medical school. There he met the love of his life, Kim, an RN taking care of a mutual patient, in the pediatric ICU at two in the morning. A few months later they married.
In med school he chose surgery over psychiatry. He did a six year residency at South Carolina, which included a year fellowship in surgical oncology.
Bob and Kim are the parents of three great kids. Matt, a management consultant is married to Lauren, a government analyst and they live in the DC area. Dave teaches political science at the Naval Academy and is married to Jess, a volunteer girls lacrosse coach at a high school in Annapolis, MD. Kathryn, and her husband Jacob, are Christian missionaries in Rwanda.
Teresa Kimbler George
Teresa George moved to Roanoke soon after her graduation from Bluefield College in 1984. She worked as a Patient Representative on the Pediatric Unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and also for the American Cancer Society. During her stay at Roanoke Memorial, she met Dr. Jeffery E. George, a general surgery resident, and they were married in 1988.
Soon afterward, Teresa and Jeff moved to Louisville, where Jeff completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Louisville Hospital and Teresa worked for the American Cancer Society. They then moved to Huntington, West Virginia, Jeff’s hometown, where Jeff joined a surgical practice and Teresa worked as Director of Volunteers at St. Mary’s Hospital.
In 1993, Teresa and Jeff moved to Harbor Springs, Michigan. Teresa worked for Hospice of Little Traverse Bay and Jeff was a cardiothoracic surgeon at Northern Michigan Hospital. While they were living in Harbor Springs, their daughter, Hannah, was born. Shortly after Hannah’s birth, the family returned to Huntington, where Jeff opened his own medical practice. In the late 1990’s, Jeff and Teresa served on the founding board of The Hospital Hospitality House of Huntington, a 12-room facility on the grounds of St. Mary’s Hospital which opened in 2000. Jeff served as Chairman of Board and Teresa organized the volunteer program. In 2007, they decided to return to Roanoke, when Jeff accepted a position as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Carilion. Before the family moved to Roanoke, the Board of Directors of the Hospitality House honored Jeff by changing the name of the facility to the Jeffery E. George Comfort House.
In December, 2008, Jeff and Hannah were killed in a tragic accident on I-81 while Jeff was driving Hannah to a horseback-riding lesson in Lexington. Teresa has remained in Roanoke since that time and is now married to Dick Wall. She is an active supporter of Faith Christian School, Healing Strides of Virginia, and Carilion Children’s Hospital. She has served as a volunteer counselor at Camp Braveheart, a grief camp for children and teenagers who have suffered the loss of a loved one. She is also a member of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation.
Director of the Jewish Community Religious School
and Educational Director of Beth Israel Synagogue
As a cancer survivor Marci understands that this disease affects families not just individuals and understands the need and value of the establishment of a Hospitality House in Roanoke.
Marci has been an educator in Jewish Education for over fifty years, the last 37 years in Roanoke, Virginia. While her focus has been on educating Jewish youth and adults in the traditions and values of Judaism, she has also been a guest lecturer about the Holocaust in the Roanoke County schools and an adjunct Professor at Roanoke College, teaching a course in basic Judaism. She has a love for theater and has written and directed musical plays dealing with Jewish holidays and themes. This resulted in the formation of a business called Say It With Plays.
Marci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia before moving to Roanoke 37 years ago. She has been married to her husband Dennis for 52 years. They have two children and four grandchildren who are truly the joy and love of her life.
Virginia "Ginny" B. Jarrett
Managing Director, Investments at Davenport & Company LLC
Board of Directors, Carilion Clinic Foundation
Ginny Jarrett has been a financial consultant for more than 30 years. She is Managing Director with Davenport & Company. As past president of several local boards including the Community Youth Program, the YWCA of Roanoke Valley and the Junior League of Roanoke Valley, she has also served as Treasurer and a board member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. She currently serves on the board of the Carilion Foundation and Mill Mountain Theatre. She is also a co-founder of the Roanoke Women’s Foundation.
Director, Salem VA Medical Center
Veterans Health Administration
Ms. Stackhouse was appointed Director of the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia on October 2, 2016. The Salem VA Medical Center includes a 182-bed hospital, a 90-bed Community Living Center, and a 26-bed Domiciliary, as well as five outpatient clinics. Ms. Stackhouse oversees the delivery of health care to more than 38,000 Veterans and is responsible for an operating budget of $315M and a workforce of approximately 1,850 personnel.
Prior to serving as the Director of the Salem VA Medical Center, Ms. Stackhouse served as the Interim Medical Center Director from February 2016 to October 2016 and as the Associate Director from February 2012 to February 2016. Previously, Ms. Stackhouse served as the Associate Director at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Additionally, she served as Assistant Director at the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Stackhouse is Board Certified in health care management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is Board Certified in Recreation Therapy (CTRS) from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
President of the Allegheny - Blue Ridge Chapter of the Association of the United States Army
John R. Miller is the President of the Allegheny - Blue Ridge Chapter of the Association of the United States Army effective 1 January 2013. He is the former Director for International Business Development for Raytheon International. In that capacity he was responsible for programs in Europe, from Portugal to the Black Sea, including Turkey, and from the Baltics to the Mediterranean as well as sub-Sahara Africa. He was also Country Manager for Israel. Mr. Miller joined Raytheon Company in 1998, following a career in the United States Army. Commissioned through ROTC from Washington and Lee University, he held leadership assignments in the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and saw service in Vietnam with Advisory Team 99. He served in command at the battalion and brigade levels. A Foreign Area Officer for Europe where he served more than a decade, he was a Division Chief on the Army Staff in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff or Operations, and on the Joint Staff in Regional Negotiations, J-5. He was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Conventional Arms Control Talks in Vienna, Austria, and later served as Defense Attaché for Slovakia, Slovenia, and Austria.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Mr. Miller returned to W&L to serve as Assistant Professor of Military Science following receipt of a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia. He is also a graduate of the Austrian National Defense College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he earned a second Master’s Degree, the U.S. Army War College, and the Advanced Management Program's Center for Creative Leadership. Among his military decorations are the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (5th award), Bronze Star medal (2d award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2d award), the Air Medal, and numerous foreign awards including the Honor Medal in Silver from Austria and the Peacekeeping Medal from Slovakia.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Miller serves on the board of the Southwest Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He is a lifetime member of both the Association of the United States Army and the Military Officers Association, a member of American Legion Post #3, and a permanent member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha Theta.
Mr. Miller and his wife, Brenda, currently reside in Roanoke County. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Lara and Sara, currently living in Detroit and Northern Virginia, respectively.
President, Roanoke Valley Veterans Council
As a licensed clinical social worker Mr. Karnes is a committed advocate and leader in the Roanoke Valley veteran community. During his 30+ year career at the Veterans Health Administration in Salem, VA he directed the counseling center providing individual and group counseling with a specialty in PTSD. Mr. Karnes retired from the United States Army Reserves as a Lt. Colonel after 33 years of service.
Many boards of directors have benefited from his experience and leadership. He currently serves on the board for the following organizations: Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Salem Research Institute, Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Military Officers Association of American, Roanoke Valley Veternas Councity and Blue Ridge Behavior Health Care. In addition to these board positions, Mr. Karnes is also involved with Meals on Wheels, TRUE (Temporary Relief of Unexpected Emergencies), St. John's Episcopal Church, and Kiwanis Club.
Board of Directors
Jacob Gibson / President
Jacob Gibson is a Franklin County native who currently resides in Roanoke with his wife Kim and their two young boys, Luke and Isaac. After teaching middle school, Jacob spent a decade as a partner and officer of educational software company Interactive Achievement from 2006-2016. Today Jacob is Managing Member of Providence Properties, which specializes in home renovations and property management throughout the Roanoke Valley. He also serves on the board for the Boy Scouts of America’s Blue Ridge Mountains Council and he and his family attend New Hope Christian Church. He enjoys water activities and spending time with his family.
Kristin Routt / Vice President
VP | Financial Center Manager at American National Bank & Trust Company
Kristin Is a Roanoke County native who currently resides in Salem with her husband Aaron, their girls, Marleigh and Olivia, and two dogs. After graduating from Cave Spring High School, Kristin went on to earn her Bachelor of Business Administration from Radford University. Kristin spent several years in management with Wachovia, before joining the HomeTown Bank family in 2009. In early 2019, HomeTown completed their merger with American National and today Kristin is the Financial Center Manager of their Downtown Roanoke office.
Kristin has previously served on the Board for Junior Achievement, and is currently on the board for South Salem Elementary School PTA. Kristin enjoys being with her family, spending time at Claytor Lake and Ocean Isle Beach, and attending Marleigh's cheer competitions and Olivia's dance recitals.
Terri Langford / Secretary
Terri is owner/designer of Cabinetry with TLC. She is married to Scott Langford and has two children and four grandchildren. Her daughter is Kristin Routt (American National Bank and Trust) married to Aaron (Routt and Associates of Salem) and they have two children, Marleigh and Olivia. Her son Joe Langford (Cabinetry with TLC) and daughter in law Brandi (nurse at LGH), have two children, Weston and Harper Rose.
Terri is a lifelong resident of Roanoke County and was involved in many community organizations such as CS Rescue Squad for 10 years, CS Recreation Foundation for 20 years, as well as CSHS Booster Club President for 7 years, raised funds for Penn Forest Freedom playground and CSHS track. She currently is on the board of the Better Business Bureau as well.
Terri's mother, Sharon K. Campbell a 42 year member of Cave Spring Rescue Auxiliary passed away in October of 2015 bringing to the forefront for Terri and her sisters the dire need for families in medical crisis to have a place such as the Roanoke Hospitality House to find comfort, rest and care to be able to advocate for their loved ones dealing with medical situations.
Terrianne Julian is a SWVA native who currently resides in Roanoke with her husband Donny.
They have two adult children, Dustin and Morgan, as well as a spoiled rotten 95+ pound Plott Hound, Rocky.
Dustin is a Roanoke County Police Officer. Morgan is an Emergency Department Resident Physician at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
Following the passing of her much loved father, Charlie; it has become her passion to ensure that anyone facing a medical crisis in the Roanoke Valley has a home away from home for themselves or their family.
Lorraine Lange, Ed.D.
Director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A; Hollins University
Strategic Academic Advisor, PowerSchool
Superintendent (Retired) Roanoke County Public Schools
Lorraine Lange is the director of the M.A.L.S., M.A.T., and M.A. in Teaching and Learning graduate programs at Hollins University. She is the former superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. Lange was named the Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2011 and was selected as one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year in 2012. In 2018 Governor Northam re-appointed Lange to a second four-year term to the Board of Trustees of the Roanoke Higher Education Center.
Matt is a West Virginia native who lives in Roanoke with his wife Chelsea and two children, Mason and Maya. He often appears in State and Federal courts throughout both Virginia and West Virginia, primarily practicing civil defense of corporations and individuals, as well as representing and advising local businesses. He was named a Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2021 by his peers for his dedication to his clients’ needs.
Having spent years as a personal trainer and professional bodybuilder, you can often find Matt in the gym, cheering on his wife Chelsea at an obstacle course race, or chasing his kids.
Emily is a Roanoke area native now residing in Salem with her husband Tyler Reburn with MassMutual Commonwealth, their kids, Conner and Evelyn, and four happy chickens.
Emily works as a Partner Manager for Rackspace in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has a background of social work and business development, primarily in the long term care communities of Roanoke.
Emily joined the Roanoke Hospitality House team fresh off of six months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Surviving cancer and her experience with the team of providers she encountered throughout her journey inspired her to seek ways to become meaningfully involved in the community. While Emily had support from local family and friends, not all patients to Roanoke area healthcare centers do. Contributing to the development of the Roanoke Hospitality House for those who need a little extra support has become Emily’s new challenge and joy.
Brian Wells / Hospitality Chair
Brian Wells brings 25 years of exemplary leadership experience as general manager and has experience in food and beverage and within property operations to his new
position at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Curio. He was most recently general manager for the Hilton Durham near Duke University located in Durham, North
Carolina. During his tenure there, the hotel received numerous awards of excellence from the Hilton, TripAdvisor, and Interstate Hotels.
During Brian’s career much of his experience was in New England in a variety of locales. He has been a hotel general manager for boutique hotels, large city center properties, a university hotel & conference center, and a private executive conference center for a Fortune 100 company. Community involvement and promoting tourism has
always been a focus to develop hotel business, and to positively impact small businesses in the region.
In the Roanoke region, he is on the Executive Committee for Downtown Roanoke Inc, he has received the Tourism Excellence Award from Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, he is also a volunteer as a regularly contributing photographer for the Nation Park Service for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Joyce W. Waugh, CCE, CEcD
President & CEO, Roanoke Regional
Chamber of Commerce
Joyce W. Waugh, CCE, CEcD, is president and chief executive officer of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, with over 850 members. She just completed her 18th year with the chamber, 11 as president and 8 as vice president of public policy. Waugh manages a staff of 11 and oversees an extensive program of work to promote, stimulate and improve business by influencing public policy, make connections and referrals and help small business grow.
She has a master’s in social work administration from Florida State University, is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Waugh is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a past director of the Virginia Chamber, and past president of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives with whom she periodically facilitates roundtables and/or teaches a class. She serves on a number of local boards.
Waugh is married and has three grown children, one grand dog and two grand cats. She dearly loves living and working in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, adventures with family and friends, and all sorts of travel.
Cherish Miller / Treasurer
Cherish Miller is a native of Roanoke County where she currently resides with her husband Timmy and their two children. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Cherish is a CPA and Senior Manager at Brown, Edwards, and Company, LLP, with over 12 years of experience in public accounting. She provides assurance services to clients in various industries including higher education, non-profits, and construction. Cherish is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a new member of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley.