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

 

Karen Cogar Abramson
Designer
Alexandria, VA

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 

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, Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 

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

Chris Head
Virginia Delegate—17th District Commonwealth of Virginia
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 

Iris E. Holliday
Principal, IE Holliday. Ideas.Strategies.Representation
Retired Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, Dominion Energy
North Chesterfield, VA

Clark Hoyt
Great Falls, VA 

Rishi Jaitly
CEO, Times Bridge
Charlottesville, VA

Sylvester Johnson
Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Humanities
Professor, Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

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

General Lester L. Lyles
USAF, Retired
Vienna, VA

Kelly O’Keefe
Professor, Creative Brand Management
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

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

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

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

Executive Committee
Susan Colpitts, Chair
Kelly O’Keefe, Vice-Chair
Steve Herman, Secretary/Treasurer
Ed Ayers
Dulce Carrillo
Lenneal Henderson