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Board of Directors

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Current Board of Directors Past board members

Carol Hurt, Chair

Sasha Farmer

Carrington King

McGregor McCance

Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr.

Bruce Miller

Wistar Morris

Richard Strubel, Vice Chair

Cathy Train
Founding board member

Tony Vanderwarker
Founding board member

Meghan Welsch, Treasurer

Brian Wheeler, Executive Director

Founding board members

Michael D. Bills (2005-2013)
Founding Chairman

A.D. Hart (2005)

Renee Grisham (2005-2008)

Rick Middleton (2005-2012)

Paula Newcomb (2005-2009)

Terence Sieg (2005-2010)

Mac Thompson (2005-2012)

Stephen McLean (2005-2011)

Board members

Joseph Barnes (2008-2011)

Kim Tanzer (2011-2014)

Board bios

Carol Hurt, Chair
Carol Hurt practiced law with McGuire Woods in Richmond and Charlottesville.  She has been active in a number of community organizations, serving on the Albemarle County Public Schools Long Range Planning Committee, and on the board of Piedmont CASA.  Since 1989, she has served on a variety of boards and committees of Martha Jefferson Hospital, including the Martha Jefferson Hospital Medical Affairs Board, which she currently chairs, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Board, the Quality Care Committee, the Advanced Technology Steering Committee and others.

She is a graduate of Wellesley College, B.A. and Durant Scholar, 1977; and of Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1980.  She resides in Albemarle County with her husband, Blake.

Sasha Farmer
Sasha Farmer is a residential REALTOR ® with Montague, Miller & Company, REALTORS®, and specializes in representing home buyers and sellers throughout Central Virginia.  Recently chosen by REALTOR® magazine as one of the Top 30 REALTORS® in the Nation Under 30 (2012), and as the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® Sales Associate of the Year (2012).

Mrs. Farmer is on the Board of Directors of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®, and the Virginia Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists. She is also involved locally with Computers4Kids, Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA, the Junior League of Charlottesville, Habitat for Humanity, and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charlottesville and Chamber Ambassador programs.

Mrs. Farmer and her husband John are both graduates of the University of Virginia. They currently reside in the City of Charlottesville with their hound dog, Trooper, and often several SPCA foster dogs, too!

Carrington King
Carrington King is the co-owner and operator of King Family Vineyards, a small family-run vineyard and winery in western Albemarle County.  The winery specializes in small productions of ultra-premium wine that showcase the remarkable qualities of nearly 100% estate grown fruit. Mr. King received his undergraduate degree in Horticulture Production from the University of Maryland.

McGregor McCance
McGregor McCance serves as communication assistant to the spokesperson of the University of Virginia, a post he has held since May 2012. For the previous seven years, he was managing editor of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s daily newspaper. During his time at the newspaper, McGregor worked with Charlottesville Tomorrow to develop the groundbreaking content-sharing partnership that has attracted national attention and praise as an example of the emergence of nonprofit journalism, and as an innovative approach to help address the newspaper industry’s constraints.

In all, McGregor spent 20 years in the newspaper business in roles that included staff reporter, business editor and managing editor at papers including the Lynchburg News & Advance, The Roanoke Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991.  McGregor and his wife, Donna, have two daughters. The family resides in Crozet.

Leigh B. Middleditch, Jr.
Leigh Middleditch serves as of counsel in the McGuireWoods LLP Charlottesville office and as Vice President of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.  Mr. Middleditch is a member of the Community Council of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, a director and past chair of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, co-founder of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and chair of the Citizens Committee for City-County Cooperation.  Mr. Middleditch has also served on the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors, and as legal adviser and special counsel to the university. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in 1951, and an LL.B. degree in 1957.  Mr. Middleditch resides in Albemarle County, VA.

Bruce Miller
Bio coming soon...

Wistar Morris
B. Wistar Morris III is a Principal and Founding Member of Signature Financial Management’s Charlottesville office. He advises wealthy families on asset allocation, portfolio construction, family and business succession, estate planning, and philanthropic strategies.

Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Morris served in a variety of positions at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs: Executive Director and General Counsel of the Miller Center Foundation, program director of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform (co-chaired by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford), and subsequently as the Miller Center’s associate director. Mr. Morris began his career at the Washington, D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworski, and left to co-found Vega Group Limited, an international consulting firm that helped companies develop and implement successful export strategies.

He is a community leader and frequently volunteers as an informal advisor to non-profit organizations. He currently serves as Trustee and member of the investment committee of North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia, as a Director of the H. Gordon and Mary Smyth Foundation in Charlottesville, and as Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.  Wistar is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Middlebury College in 1985, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989.

Richard Strubel, Vice Chair
Richard Strubel is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Funds of the Northern Trust Company and a trustee of the mutual funds managed by Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is a director of other companies including Gildan Activewear and is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Strubel is a Life Trustee of the University of Chicago and former Vice Chairman of Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Williams College and received an M.B.A.from Harvard University. He and his wife Ella reside in Albemarle County.

Cathy Train
Cathy Train is the President of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area providing resources for community organizations and direct community services to the residents of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.  She is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.  Ms. Train serves as Past Chair of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (2006), Past President of the Albemarle Rotary, Governor Appointed Trustee of the Miller School, and Joint City/County Appointee to the Commission on Children and Families.  Ms. Train and her husband, Kirk, are residents of Albemarle County and have a daughter in the music industry in NYC and a son who is an officer in the United States Navy.

Tony Vanderwarker
Tony Vanderwarker was a founder and the senior creative officer at one of Chicago's largest independent ad agencies, Bayer Bess Vanderwarker. Prior to forming his own agency, he was Chief Creative Director and on the board of Needham Harper Worldwide in New York and Chicago. Moving to Charlottesville in the early 90's, he now serves as Chairman of the board of the Piedmont Environmental Council.

Mr. Vanderwarker went to Andover and Yale and graduated from New York University. He served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Guinea. Mr. Vanderwarker and his wife Anne live in Keswick.

Meghan Welsch, Treasurer
Meghan Welsch served in various capacities at the Urban Land Institute’s Washington District Council prior to moving to Charlottesville in 2009. A non-advocacy international research and education non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC, the Urban Land Institute relied on its district councils throughout the country to execute its mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. 

Ms. Welsch received her undergraduate degree in business from the Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Keswick with her husband Greg and their two small children.

Brian Wheeler, Executive Director
Brian Wheeler was hired as Charlottesville Tomorrow's first Executive Director in July 2005.  Mr. Wheeler has lived in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region since 1984 and represented the community as a member of the Albemarle County School Board during 2004-2010.  During 1998-2005, Mr. Wheeler served as Chief Information Officer at SNL Financial, a leading provider of data to Wall Street.  Prior to that, Mr. Wheeler was employed at the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private family foundation that focused on grantmaking supporting environmental and international security projects.

Mr. Wheeler received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in May 1990.  Mr. Wheeler and his wife Jean have two children and currently live in Ivy, Virginia.

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