Board of Directors
|Current Board of Directors||Past board members|
Cathy Smith Train, Chair
Founding board members
Michael D. Bills (2005-2013)
Renee Grisham (2005-2008)
A.D. Hart (2005)
Stephen McLean (2005-2011)
Rick Middleton (2005-2012)
Paula Newcomb (2005-2009)
Terence Sieg (2005-2010)
Mac Thompson (2005-2012)
Tony Vanderwarker (2005-2015)
Joseph Barnes (2008-2011)
Sasha Farmer (2012-2016)
Heather Hill (2016-2017)
Carrington King (2012-2016)
McGregor McCance (2012-2016)
Bruce Miller (2014-2017)
Martin Silverman (2016-2018)
Richard Strubel (2012-2017)
Kim Tanzer (2011-2014)
Meghan Welsch (2011-2018)
Cathy Smith Train, Chair
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.
Dr. George Beller is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He undertook his cardiology training at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 1977, after serving 3 years on the staff of the MGH, he returned to UVA as Chief of the Cardiovascular Division, a position he held for 28 years. His research focus is the development of noninvasive imaging techniques for detection of heart disease. He is a Past President of the American College of Cardiology and the Association of University Cardiologists. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology. On a local level, he served on the boards of Live Arts and Piedmont Council for the Arts.
George, and his wife, Kakie Brooks, reside in Albemarle County.
Patrice Preston Grimes
Patrice Preston Grimes is an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education and Associate Dean in the Office of African-American Affairs at University of Virginia. She brings nearly 30 years of professional experience to her current academic roles as educator, administrator and researcher. Her work focuses on the history of African-American schooling in the South before the modern Civil Rights era, and youth civic education/engagement, esp. among underrepresented groups. In 2016, she received the John E. Baker Community Education Award, given annually by the African-American Teaching Fellows of Charlottesville/Albemarle (VA).
She is a graduate of Northwestern University (IL), and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Emory University. In the community, Patrice is an educational & research consultant to the Jefferson School City Center and James Madison’s Montpelier, extending her commitment to help local communities document their history and culture. Patrice and her husband, Roderick, reside in Charlottesville.
Paul C. "PJ" Harris
PJ Harris is an associate at Woods Rogers where he is a member the firm’s Business and Corporate and Emerging Growth practice groups, specializing in corporate formation and governance, corporate securities and financing, and contract drafting and negotiation. He represents startup companies, closely held businesses, and public companies. PJ handles a range of corporate and business matters for industries including high tech, biotechnology, biomedical, services, and both commercial and residential real estate.
A Charlottesville, Va. native, PJ joined the firm after serving Senior U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in the District of Columbia Court D.D.C., as well as Commissioner Lee E. Goodman, then Chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
PJ earned his law degree from University of Virginia School of Law, where he co-founded two high-tech companies out of the University of Virginia’s startup accelerator, the iLab. The second company, Totem, survived beyond the startup phase, and currently provides software support tools to nonprofit organizations. He also co-teaches the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Virginia. He was honored for his pro bono service working for the Legal Aid Justice Center of Charlottesville.
In the community, he serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Innovation and Technology, and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels.
Paul Henderson is Managing Director & Publisher of S&P Global Inc.’s Market Intelligence division. He oversees a news and research operation covering all financial sectors, with offices around the world. After beginning his career in community journalism, he spent 15 years working in the news and content groups of SNL Financial, acquired by S&P Global in 2015, where his roles included overseeing the firm’s content management organization for five years. He graduated from The College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1998, and resides in Albemarle County with his wife Maria and two children.
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.
Martin Klingel is the managing member of Armory Asset Management, a Charlottesville-based private real estate investment and development company specializing in multi-family and commercial properties. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, he was the Vice President of Development for RCP Development Company, a Washington, DC-based developer of institutional-grade multi-family and mixed-use properties.
Over the past 15 years, Martin has been involved as a principal in the development or acquisition of over 1.3 million square feet of real estate assets. He received his MS in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University and his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Martin lives in the City of Charlottesville with his wife Sharla and two children.
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.
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.
Oliver Platts-Mills is the owner & operator of 6th & Dice, LLC a small real estate development and management firm. He holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Oliver grew up in our area and attended school in the Western Albemarle school district before leaving for college and exploration until he returned to town for graduate school. After school he spent five years working at Investure in the financial services industry before taking a year to explore South America with his wife prior to starting a family. Oliver serves on the board of the Piedmont Housing Alliance and is passionate about exploring avenues for preserving and expanding access to affordable housing in Charlottesville.
Mike Stoneking is a principal at Stoneking von Storch Architects practicing in Charlottesville since 1992. Prior to relocating to Virginia, Mike worked with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Daroff Design and Blackney Hayes Architects in Philadelphia. Mike has been involved with numerous public outreach projects concerning the built environment including: Architecture Week; Architecture in the Schools; Habitat for Humanity; Charlottesville’s Place Design Task Force; and the Charlottesville Community Design Center. Mikes is the recipient of the Virginia Society AIA Distinguished Achievement Award as well as the AIA Central Virginia Community Service Award. He is a past president of Building Goodness Foundation where he currently serves as a board member and volunteer architect/ builder.
Cat Strumlauf is the corporate communications manager for Apex Clean Energy, a wind and solar energy company headquartered in Charlottesville. In this role, she works on media relations, digital content creation, and external communications. Previously, she served as public affairs associate for Apex's Northeast projects. Prior to joining Apex, Cat spent several years in broadcast reporting in Charlottesville, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, which gave her an appreciation for the pressures of the newsroom atmosphere.