DSLCC Educational Foundation

Board of Directors

The Educational Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of representatives from the counties and cities of the College’s service area — Alleghany, Bath, northern Botetourt, and Rockbridge counties, the cities of Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington. Their foresight and support in promoting and providing educational opportunities for our citizens demonstrates a commitment to these communities and to the Foundation's goal to Build Futures … Build Lives … Build Hope.

Educational Foundation Staff

Rachael G. Thompson

Executive Director




Jodi Burgess

Administrative Assistant



Board Officers

President: Ward Robens

Buena Vista

Retired Businessman & Educator


Past President: Richard Crowder

Alleghany County

Consultant, R & E Associates

President, CLEAR, Inc.


1st Vice President: Elaine Nelson


Certified Financial Planner, Scott & Stringfellow


2nd Vice President: Donna Vaughn

Eagle Rock

Retired Educator


Secretary: Dr. John J. Rainone

Clifton Forge

DSLCC President


Treasurer: John Stone


Owner, John H. Stone Nationwide Insurance

Board Members

Gretel Anderson

Clifton Forge

Retired Educator


James Ballou

Clifton Forge

Physician with Jackson River Internists


Donna Beirne

Clifton Forge

Educator, Alleghany Highlands
School System


Kathy Bryant

Clifton Forge

Branch Manager, Highlands Community Bank


Nancy Caperton


Community Volunteer


Michelle Crook


CFO, Bank of Botetourt


Karin R. Ellis

Bath County

Retired Business Woman


Helen Jean Fitzgerald


Retired Educator


Harrison Fridley


Retired Pharmacist & Businessman


Ramona Garcia

Hot Springs

Instructor, Bath County High School


Mark George

Alleghany County/Covington

Retired Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, MWV


Teenie Kegley

Alleghany County/Covington

Co-Owner, B. A. Rupert Real Estate, Inc.


Helen Kostel

Alleghany County

Community Volunteer


Ray Lipes

Alleghany County

Retired Manager Lumos Networks


David Minter - Director Emeritus

Alleghany County

Retired Insurance Executive


David M. Newkirk

Alleghany County

Retired Vice President/Operations and Mill Manager of Covington Mill, MWV


Virginia Nowlin

Hot Springs

Retired Educator


Matt Paxton

Rockbridge County

Owner, The News-Gazette


H. C. Rhodes

Alleghany County/Covington

President & CEO,
Highlands Community Bank


William Wilson

Alleghany County/Covington

Senior Law Partner, Wilson, Updike & Nicely