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Council Members

Get to know your Region 3 council! Our Council represents a broad net of business leaders, educational institutions, economic developers, and government elected officials and staff.

Robert Bates

Robert Bates

Halifax Office Branch Manager, Benchmark Community Bank

W. Scott Burnette

W. Scott Burnette

CEO, VCU Community Memorial Hospital, Mecklenburg County

Representing the health care sector and the eastern portion of the region, Scott Burnette has served as CEO since 1999 and has extensive local civic service including the South Hill Industrial Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in federal and state legislative advocacy in the health care field, including leadership service on state organizations such as the Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association.

Timothy Clark

Timothy Clark

Blair Construction, Pittsylvania County

Representing Region 3 West and the construction industry sector and the western portion of the region, Tim Clarke is the vice president of Blair Construction. Born in Maryland and currently raising a family in Virginia, Tim's professional background includes work with Smithfield Foods. His extensive involvement in youth and civic engagement organizations includes the Virginia Technical Institute and the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board.

Melody Foster

Melody Foster

Executive Director, Commonwealth Regional Council

Amy Griffin

Amy Griffin

Superintendent, Cumberland County Public Schools, Cumberland County

Amy Griffin is in her 10th year as superintendent of Cumberland County Public Schools. She has been in education for 30 years working in Cumberland and Nottoway public school divisions. Dr. Griffin has served as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education, elementary principal, and elementary teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision from Longwood University. Dr. Griffin completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Dr. Griffin currently is the President-Elect of VASS and Region 8 Superintendents' Study Group chair and serves on the Boards/Steering Committees of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, VaSCL, UVA K12 Advisory Council, and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. She also serves on the advisory committees of the Virginia Credit Union, the Small and Rural School Coalition, and EdLeader21.

Tim Hall

Tim Hall

County Administrator, Henry County

Keith Harkins, PhD.

Keith Harkins, PhD.

Vice President, Academic & Workforce Programs, Southside Virginia Community College

Rhonda Hodges

Rhonda Hodges

Vice President, Workforce, Economic & Community Development, Patrick Henry Community College (West Piedmont Workforce Development Board)

Ernest “Randy” Lail

Ernest “Randy” Lail

Independent Consultant and Retired Executive of Peebles Corporation, Lunenburg County

Representing the commercial and retail industry and the eastern portion of the region, Randy Lail is currently an independent consultant with extensive experience in the retail and service sectors, including chief operating officer for Peebles Incorporated. A graduate of Lunenburg High School, his civic experience is continuous and deep, including service on the advisory board of the Longwood Small Business Development Center and chairman of the board of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation.

Charles Majors

Charles Majors

American National Bank & Trust Company and American National Bankshares, Danville

Representing the financial services sector and the western portion of the region, Charles Majors has served in various roles with American National Bank and American National Bankshares, which is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol AMNB. Charley's significant involvement in federal, state and community, civic, and professional leadership roles includes his former role as chairman of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors, chairman of the Virginia Bankers Association, and chairman of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve. He has previously served in leadership roles with Averett University, the Danville Regional Foundation, Future of the Piedmont, and Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania.

James McClain II

James McClain II

CEO/President, Southwestern Virginia Gas Company, Martinsville

Representing the energy sector and the western portion of the region, James McClain II is the fourth president & CEO of Southwestern Virginia Gas and is also president and CEO of Southwestern Virginia Energy Industries, an energy holding company. A native of Martinsville, James is very active in community and state activities. He has served as president of the local Workforce Investment Board as well as an appointee of Governor Tim Kaine on the Virginia Workforce Council. He is a founding member of the local Boys & Girls Club, a board member of the local YMCA, and a member of the board of the Martinsville / Henry Economic Development Corporation.

John Parkinson

John Parkinson

CEO, Drake Extrusion, Henry County

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Jeffrey G. Reed

Jeffrey G. Reed

Executive Director, Virginia's Growth Alliance, Cumberland County

Jeffrey Reed is a passionate professional who is dedicated to growing economies at the local level, with over two decades of economic development, community development and city planning experience working in the public and private sectors. He has dedicated his professional career to rural America.

Reed has worked in Southern Virginia since 2003. During his various duty assignments, he has had to opportunity to work projects both large and small.

Reed is a resident of Clarksville, VA and a graduate of Marshall University.

Alfreda Reynolds

Alfreda Reynolds

Director of Economic Development, Brunswick County

Jeremy Satterfield

Jeremy Satterfield

TechSpark Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Roger Scott

Roger Scott

President and Owner, Eclipse Enterprises, Inc. (aka Eclipse Tools), Amelia, VA

Representing the manufacturing and wholesale industries and the eastern portion of the region, Roger Scott is a New England native who relocated to Virginia in 1991. He was previously general manager and COO for Weidmuller Inc., Paladin Tools in Ashland. He currently serves as a District 2 supervisor for Amelia County and is a board member for STEPS, Inc. in Farmville. He is also a member of the VA Council of CEOs and an instrument rated pilot who flies for PilotsnPaws and Angel Flight Patient Airlift Services.

Karl Stauber

Karl Stauber

President/CEO, Danville Regional Foundation, Danville

Representing the non-profit sector and the western portion of the region, Karl Stauber is a native of Statesville, North Carolina, and has served as president of the Danville Regional Foundation since 2007. His previous Foundation experience for the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota grounded him in the areas of community poverty reduction. He also served as Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., providing linkages to federal programs and policy-makers. Karl writes and speaks extensively on economic and workforce issues affecting rural communities.

Sheryl D. Swinson

Sheryl D. Swinson

Executive Director, Hull Springs Farm, Longwood University, Prince Edward County

Representing the higher education sector and the eastern portion of the region, Sherry Swinson is the executive director for Hull Springs Farm, a Longwood University property located in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Her previous career focused on the practice of economic development in southern and central Virginia at both the local and regional levels. Sherry is currently active in several civic roles, including the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation, the Bon Secours/St. Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board, the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park, and the Farmville Womens' Leadership Network.

Lauren T.A. Willis

Lauren T.A. Willis

BSA Officer, The Bank of Charlotte County

Representing the financial sector and the eastern portion of the region, Lauren Willis is the BSA officer for the Bank of Charlotte County. She is a native of Charlotte Court House and returned to the county after finishing law school in 2012. Her husband's family owns and operates Roanoke Plantation, a natural beef cattle operation in Randolph.