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Directors and Advocates

VCC Board of Directors

CCB Board of Directors

Community Advocate Council

  • Lisa Atkinson, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
  • David Baldwin, Bristol Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Shannon Blevins, University of Virginia's College at Wise Resource Center
  • Todd Christensen, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Graham Driver, Virginia Community Development Corporation
  • Steve Galyean, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Ed Gerardo, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  • Michael Hawkins, Virginia Housing Development Authority
  • Shea Hollifield, Retired, State Government
  • Jill McCormick, Cabell Foundation
  • Overton McGehee, Habitat for Humanity Virginia
  • Penny McPherson, Wells Fargo
  • Nancy O'Brien, Retired Public Servant
  • Carolyn Spohrer, Virginia Community Action Partnership
  • Seson Taylor, PNC Bank
  • Chris Thompson,Virginia Deptartment of Housing and Community Development
  • Marjette Upshur, City of Lynchburg
  • Kent Ware, USDA Rural Development
  • Kathy Wheeler, Community Business Partnership 


Board of Directors Resumes

Gregory B. Fairchild, Director

Mr. Fairchild is the E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business, where he is also Academic Director for Darden’s Institute for Business in Society (IBIS). Mr. Fairchild also serves as a public director of the University Physician's Group (UPG) of the University of Virginia. He recently served on the investment advisory of the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth's public pension fund.  Along with his academic and administrative experience, Mr. Fairchild also brings several years of professional marketing experience for industry leaders, including Kraft General Foods, Saks Fifth Avenue, and The Procter and Gamble Co., Inc.  He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of “Top 10 Business Professors in the World” by CNN/Fortune in 2012 and being named one of “25 Virginians to Watch” in 2011 by Virginia Business Magazine.  His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.


Robert H. Gilliam, Jr., Director

Mr. Gilliam has been a banker for over 40 years. He has served the profession and his community with directorships for numerous organizations. Mr. Gilliam was the President and CEO of Pinnacle Bankshares and its wholly-owned subsidiary First National Bank from 1980 until 2011. Prior to taking the helm, he served for ten years as a Vice President. He is a former President of the Virginia Bankers Association and served on numerous committees and groups for this organization as well as the Virginia Association of Community Banks and the American Bankers Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Gilliam has also presided over the Altavista Chamber of Commerce and the Altavista Lions Club. He has been a member of the Region 2000 Economic Development Council and the Altavista Economic Development Authority and a director of the Altavista Life Saving & First Aid Crew. He is currently a director of the Centra Foundation in Lynchburg. Mr. Gilliam completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration at Guilford College. He received a Diploma of Graduation from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia.


Dixon B. Hanna, Director

Mr. Hanna, retired, was Associate Provost for Academic Planning, Resources and Space in the Office of the University Provost for Virginia Tech.  He joined Virginia Tech’s faculty in 1972 and has served in a number of roles, including Assistant and Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Executive Director for Finance and Administration for Public Service, and Interim Vice Provost for Outreach and Economic Development. During his tenure at Virginia Tech, Mr. Hanna served on numerous non-profit boards, most notably as a long time member and chair of Community Housing Partners and the United Way of the New River Valley. Mr. Hanna received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from North Carolina State University and his Master’s in Urban and Public Affairs from Carnegie-Mellon University.


James W. Harkness, Jr., Director

Mr. Harkness is formerly the President and CEO of Shrewsbury State Bank, Shrewsbury, New Jersey where for eight years managed the $425 million bank.  His 33 years in banking has included Chairman and Consultant for Tredegar Trust Company, Richmond, Virginia; Executive Vice President of Investor Services and Capital Markets with Dominion Bankshares (which merged into Wachovia); President & CEO of Dominion Trust Company; Chairman, Investment Banking Services for Dominion; and Executive Vice President of Administrative Services with Dominion Bankshares.  Additionally, he held Executive positions with Roanoke College and Wheat First Securities.  Mr. Harkness holds a B.A. from Roanoke College and a J.D. from American University School of Law.


Jane N. Henderson, President and CEO

Ms. Henderson is the former Community Development Executive for Wachovia Corporation where for ten years she managed all aspects of Community Development Operations, Lending and Compliance (a $20 Billion per year program) for the $350 billion Corporation. Her banking career spans over 30 years, and includes service as a Senior Product Manager for Consumer Credit and Operations Manager.  Ms. Henderson is Chairman of the Board for the Community Development Bankers Association, the national trade association of the Community Development Banking sector.  She is also a Board member of the Partners for the Common Good, a non-profit community development loan fund promoting economic justice and opportunity for low-income people and communities.  Ms. Henderson is a Board member of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship which helps provide communities throughout the US and Canada with asset-focused, comprehensive economic development strategies, emphasizing entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Capital Advisory Group, and the Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Advisory Group. In December, 2014 she was appointed to Governor McAuliffe’s Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.  She’s also a member of VCU’s Real Estate Circle of Excellence.


She formerly served as board chairman for Community Housing Partners Corporation, a regional affordable housing non-profit corporation. She was a member of the Consumer Bankers Associations CRA Committee and a board member of Community Development Trust, a national community development REIT. She served, for 8 years, as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Investment Council. Ms. Henderson is past board chair of the Catawba Riverkeepers Foundation and a past director of the Tayloe Murphy Center at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.


Ms. Henderson is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Associations’ Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and holds a Certified Risk Management Certification from the American Bankers Association.  She graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and holds a Masters in Finance from St. Joseph’s University.  She is also an alumnus of the American Leadership Forum.


Florence G. Kingston, Director

Florence Kingston was selected as Director for the Department of Development for the City of Newport News in January of 2003 after being appointed Acting Director in August of 2002. Mrs. Kingston also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Economic/Industrial Development Authority of the City of Newport News. She has worked in economic development and small business development for 36 years. She has been with the City’s Department of Development for 34 years and with the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority for two years prior to that. Florence received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate, the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the Virginia Economic Developers Association, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Tidewater Small Business Financing Authority. Her civic activities include past Vice President and Treasurer of Girls, Inc. of the Greater Peninsula and she serves on the Boards of People-to-People, Visionarias, First United Methodist Church Foundation, and the Christopher Newport University’s Joseph W. Luter, III College of Business & Leadership Board of Advisors.


Charlie “Chuck” H. Mills, III, Director

Chuck Mills is founder and CEO of Salera Capital Management, a financial services and business consulting firm. Since its inception in 1998, Salera has successfully provided short term and asset based lending to small businesses in the government contracting industry. In 2007 Mr. Mills co-founded his second firm, Salera Employee Benefits Solutions, a firm focused on providing employee benefits solutions to US federal government contractors. Salera’s client list includes some of the largest government contracting firms in the US. In addition to his successful entrepreneurial pursuits, Mills professional career includes: Bear Stearns bond trader and Vice President within the company's Emerging Markets unit where he was responsible for a $300 million dollar bond portfolio; appointee of Virginia Governor Mark Warner as Agency Director for the Virginia Department of Business Assistance where he had oversight responsibilities for providing economic development solutions to the over 200,000 existing businesses within the Commonwealth of Virginia; and speaker for the US State Department where he provided presentations on small business, economic and strategic development, and public policies on 5 different continents. Mills is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a BS in Mathematics. He served nine years in the US Marine Corps as a Cobra helicopter pilot. His tours of duty include the first Iraq conflict and his selection as a “Marine One” helicopter pilot for Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Clinton. He has served on numerous boards, including as the Secretary of the Board of Visitors at George Mason University.


Mary Dwyer Pembroke, Director

Ms. Pembroke spent 28 years as a professional advocate in Washington, DC, and most recently served as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff for the Council on Foundations, the largest membership organization serving philanthropy.  Previously, she served as a state and federal government relations professional for Fortune 50 financial services corporations such as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and Citibank, FSB.  During her tenure on Capitol Hill, Ms. Pembroke was counsel to the Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee of the United States Senate Banking Committee. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Community Ventures nfp.  Ms. Pembroke is the Chair for the International Women’s Democracy Center and a former board member of First Voice International.  She is a member and past president of Women in Housing and Finance in Washington, DC.  Ms. Pembroke was an inaugural independent director on the board of New York Mortgage Trust, a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust. Ms. Pembroke obtained a BA degree in history, political science and French and a JD degree from Marquette University and is licensed to practice before the Wisconsin and Federal bars.


William C. Shelton, Director

Mr. Shelton is the Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.  He is responsible for the management and policy oversight of the agency, which provides community development and housing program support to communities across the Commonwealth.  The Department has 110 employees and an annual budget of $120 million. Mr. Shelton graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics degree and received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Alvin "Al" W. Smuzynski, Director

Mr. Smuzynski resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia and is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Housing Development Corporation.  He has been actively involved in affordable housing issues in Northern Virginia for some 28 years, including service as a commissioner of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  Mr. Smuzynski currently serves as the Director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance which advocates for regional affordable housing policies, programs and funding. He also serves as an Advisory Committee Member of the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness. Prior to becoming CEO of WHDC, Mr. Smuzynski for 29 years was a career regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Office of Thrift Supervision.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Elon College.