Board of Directors

Virginia Humanities Board of Directors is comprised of Virginians from education, business, government, civic, and cultural communities. Meeting four times per year with additional committee involvement, the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors oversees organizational policy and programming. Each member serves for a three-year term, once renewable. Six members of the Board are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia; nineteen members are elected by the Board.

The Virginia Humanities Board Nominating Committee welcomes suggested nominations to the Board throughout the year, specifically seeking individuals who are passionate about the humanities and broadly representative of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the various civic, ethnic, and minority group interests. Please email suggested nominations, including bios or resumes, to Raennah Mitchell ([email protected]).

Board Members


Wayne B. Adkins
Assistant Chief, Chickahominy Tribe
New Kent, VA 

Edward L. Ayers
Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond
Charlottesville, VA 

Betsy Stark Barton* 
History and Social Science Specialist,
Virginia Department of Education
Midlothian, VA

Megan Beyer
Arts Advisor
Alexandria, VA

Kellee Blake
Director, National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region (retired)
Parksley, VA

Dulce Carrillo
Coordinator of Community Engagement,
Arlington Public Schools
Falls Church, VA 

Marjorie Clark
Librarian, Chesterfield County Public Schools (retired)
North Chesterfield, VA

Susan Colpitts
Founder, Chief of Client Experience
Signature Family Wealth Advisors
Norfolk, VA

Howard (Hank) Dobin
Professor of English, Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 

William Mark Habeeb (Mark)
Adjunct Professor of Global Politics and Security
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
President, Habeeb Associates LLC
Arlington, VA

Chris Head
Virginia Delegate—17th District
Roanoke, VA 

Lenneal J. Henderson
Mentoring Faculty, The Fielding Graduate University
Claremont, VA 


Steve Herman
Managing Director, Energy Capital Partners
Bethesda, MD

Jo Ann M. Hofheimer
Virginia Beach, VA

Clark Hoyt
Great Falls, VA 

Lauranett L. Lee
Owner, L.L. Lee & Associates
Adjunct professor, University of Richmond
North Chesterfield, VA

Tucker Lemon
President, Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.
Roanoke, VA 

Edward A. Mullen
Attorney, Reed Smith LLP
Richmond, VA

Kelly O’Keefe
Professor, Creative Brand Management, VCU
Richmond, VA 

Daphne Maxwell Reid
Petersburg, VA 

Edward Scott
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 

Martha (Marcy) J. Sims
Director, Virginia Beach Public Libraries (retired)
Virginia Beach, VA

McIlwaine Thompson Jr. (Mac)
Of Counsel, Woods Rogers, PLC
Charlottesville, VA 

Dennis H. Treacy
President, Smithfield Foundation
Hanover, VA

Will Trinkle
President and CEO, C.W. Francis & Son, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA

Executive Committee

Tucker Lemon, Chair
Susan Colpitts, Vice-Chair
Steve Herman, Secretary/Treasurer
Ed Ayers
Dulce Carrillo
Edward Mullen
Daphne Maxwell Reid

* We are deeply grateful for the dedicated board service of Betsy Stark Barton, who passed away on March 1, 2019.