Charlottesville Salvation Army


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (August 15, 2016) – Mr. Jay Barton, Vice President and General Manager of Charlottesville Newsplex, was unanimously approved as the new Advisory Board chair of The Salvation Army in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Charlottesville Salvation Army’s Advisory Board is comprised of a group of local civic, philanthropic and business leaders who assist the organization in matters ranging from strategic planning to public outreach.

Robert (Bob) Kahn, President and Principal Broker for Bob Kahn Realty & Investment, served as the Charlottesville Salvation Army’s Advisory chair from 2014 to 2016.  He is proud to hand the baton to Jay Barton to continue the important work of chairing the Charlottesville Salvation Army Advisory Board, overseeing the board and offering insight and guidance to our local Salvation Army Corps which continues to serve the needy in our community as it has since 1912.  “Jay’s personal interest in his hometown and understanding of the greater Charlottesville community will be a great asset as The Salvation Army pursues its strategic initiatives and prepares for a new fiscal year,” said outgoing Board Chair Bob Kahn. “Jay’s passion for helping others has been demonstrated in the three years he served as chair and producer of the Charlottesville Telethon that benefits The Salvation Army, as well as his service as Vice Chair with me in preparation for this transition.”

“Being able to work with Bob Kahn these past two years in preparation for taking on this leadership role for The Salvation Army in Charlottesville has been an extraordinary and humbling experience. This is a special opportunity to give back to this wonderful community, and to help serve those less fortunate who seek assistance in their time of need,” said Barton.

In addition to his role with Newsplex, Jay has worked in television in various markets across the country, moving back to Charlottesville in 2012 to accept the position with the Charlottesville Newsplex stations. Jay also served as a member of the American Heart Association Heart Walk Board 2013 – 2015, is a current member of the Jefferson Area United Way board, and volunteers through the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club.

In addition, the Charlottesville Salvation Army welcomed six new advisory board members this past year to help further its mission of Doing the Most Good for those in the Charlottesville community with the greatest needs:

•     Aimee    Andrews,    Publisher,    C-­‐‑ville    Weekly    

•     Robert B. “Rip” Cathcart, Chairman, Cathcart Group

•     Fred Greer, Director of Single Copy Sales and Merchandising, BH Media Goup

•     Kelly Potter, Charlottesville Market President, Blue Ridge Bank

•     Ravi Respeto, Director of Development and Marketing, AHIP Home Repair Nonprofit

•     Susan Talbert, Recruiting Manager and Senior Search Consultant, University of Virginia


Longer term current Advisory Board members include:

•     Jay Barton, Vice President & General Manager, Charlottesville Newsplex

•     Pat Fleshman Burnette, Marketing & Communications, Boar’s Head

•     David Cooke, II, Associate Broker, Long & Foster

•     Steve Gaines, General Manager, Monticello Media

•     Matthew Guthrie, VP & Business Banking Relationship Mgr, Wells Fargo

•     Bob Kahn, President and Principal Broker, Bob Kahn Realty & Investment

•     Joe Krenn, General Manager/COO, Farmington Country Club

•     Robert (Bob) Kroner, Scott Kroner Attorneys at Law PLC

•     Richard (Dick) Nunley, Better Living

•     Carolyn Rainey, Bank of America

•     Karen Rogers, General Manager, JC Penney (Ret)

•     Richard Spurzem, Neighborhood Properties

•     Wade Tremblay, Wade Apartments (Ret)


About the Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army

The Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army is committed to “Doing the Most Good,” a daily mission to provide local, street-level solutions for the homeless and needy population in Charlottesville. The Charlottesville Corps engages in “boots-on-the-ground” actions to mentor and encourage new habits and better choices, enabling recipients to move out of the need for assistance. We are the primary safety net for the greater Charlottesville area. Developed and

refined over 100 years in service to the needy, our scope of services and approach to helping those in need is offered by no other organization, public or private, in our community. The Salvation Army provides services regardless of creed, race, gender or sexual orientation, and is consistently rated among the most efficient charities in America.

“Doing the Most Good” in Charlottesville is achieved through two core operations:

Emergency Intervention: Helping stabilize lives in crisis, the Corps provides food, housing and social service intervention for the needy through the Emergency Shelter Program, Emergency Social Services Program, and Emergency Disaster Unit.

Initiative Support and Development: In addition to the generosity of local individual and corporate donors our local Corps relies on revenue-generating activities designed to underwrite the extensive ongoing services they provide in the Charlottesville area. The Salvation Army Family Store, Red Kettle Drive and Planned Giving programs are central to the ability of the Charlottesville Corps to serve the greater Charlottesville area.

Located at 207 Ridge Street in Charlottesville, VA, the Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army provides services around the clock, every day of the year. The Charlottesville Corps is commanded by Majors James and Susan Shiels. To contact the Corps offices during normal business hours Monday through Friday, call 434-295-4058 or fax 434-295-6243. Find information about the Charlottesville Corps and donate online at

Quick facts about the Charlottesville Corps of the Salvation Army:

● Emergency Shelter – Provides housing for up to 58 men, women, and children per night.

● Emergency Services – Over 2,500 people received emergency assistance in 2015.

● Soup Kitchen – Served more than 56,000 meals to residents and the public in 2015.