board of directors

DJ Best

DJ Best holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Old Dominion University, and is a Financial Advisor at Roberson Financial Services. Prior to his time with Roberson, he worked at Wells Fargo, where his main goals were to build up relationships and mitigate risks within the business.

Mr. Best is originally from the Hampton Roads area and now resides in Bedford County with his wife and son. In addition to financial advising, DJ is the varsity boy’s basketball coach at E.C Glass High School. 

Mr. Best is a Registered Representative of Equity Services, Inc. and is also insurance licensed in the state of Virginia.

Christopher Glover, PhD

Chris Glover is the current Director of Strategy and Programs for Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and an adjunct professor at the University of Lynchburg. He previously served as assistant principal at Dunbar Middle School and American History teacher at Heritage High School.


The Lynchburg native holds a B.A. in History from Christopher Newport University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Lynchburg, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from UNC Charlotte.


In addition to his career at Beacon of Hope, Chris teaches community and collegiate courses that focus on cultural diversity, race, and culturally-relevant/urban education.

Laurie Gulluscio

Originally from Buffalo NY, Laurie and her family have lived in the Lynchburg area since 1987 and have been actively involved throughout the business community. As a 2006 Liberty University graduate, Laurie has a passion for the Region 2000 area.


She's held positions as the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Retail Merchants Association, Buy Local Lynchburg, past chairman of the Lynchburg Christmas parade and the Director of Marketing for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Her passion for single mothers and their children has been her life’s ministry for more than 20 years. Laurie has run her own marketing and consulting company, Gold Thread Marketing and Events, since 2010.

Nathaniel Marshall

Born and raised in Bedford County, degreed by the University of Lynchburg in Business & English, and employed by a large manufacturer in Campbell County, Nathaniel Marshall is truly a Central Virginian.


Nat is engaged in a number of community groups and organizations with the ultimate purpose of making a small difference in the lives of those in need.

Charity Medina, Board Secretary

Charity Medina is the Director of Operations for an international non-profit and lives with her husband and two daughters in Evington. Her background is in the marketing and advertising field as well as non-profit operations.


Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Charity has always had a passion for mentoring and giving back to the youth in the community and has been involved in various aspects of mentoring throughout her life. She is passionate about cultivating greatness and encouraging youth along their journey in life.

Monique Minnick, Board Vice President

Monique Minnick is a 26-year veteran of the US Air Force, where she was responsible for leading human resource, change management and transformation teams.


Monique is passionate about leadership development and communication.


She is the owner of Minnick Enterprises LLC and Cruise Planners - TravelbyMonique.

Robert Scheppegrell, Board President

Bob Scheppegrell relocated to Lynchburg in April 2019. He serves as Vice-President of New Business &
Underwriting at Pacific Life Insurance Company. Prior to moving to Lynchburg, Bob spent 25 years in
Greensboro NC where he served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations as well as providing
as a hands-on volunteer. Bob was a board member for the United Way of Greater Greensboro,
Greensboro Science Center, and Greensboro Urban Ministries. 

Bob and his wife Teresa have been married since 1992 and have 3 grown sons in Charlotte, Philadelphia
and Raleigh. He is a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BS Business Administration) and UNC-
Greensboro (Masters of Accounting). Bob enjoys all UNC sports and an occasional round of golf.

Joseph Tucker

Joseph Tucker is a relationship-driven professional who is currently employed by the City Of Lynchburg. Joseph is involved in several boards and committees throughout the City of Lynchburg and is an out-of-the-box thinker.


Joseph currently resides in the Downtown Community Of Lynchburg and, in his free time, enjoys reading and exploring all that the City Of Lynchburg has to offer. 

Cindy Bryant

Cindy Bryant is a Lynchburg native married with 2 furry babies, Roadie and Sophie. She holds two Associate Degree’s from CVCC, has attended LU and is currently enrolled in a Digital Marketing specialty program at ODU.

Cindy is currently an Account Executive with Vista Graphics in Virginia Beach, publisher of the hyper-local magazines Lynchburg Living, Lynchburg Business and Central Virginia Bridal Guide. They also publish Savor, a Virginia wide wine-and-dine magazine. Cindy brings a vast array of experience to our Board from high-end local collections to computer programming and support. Prior to starting at Vista Graphics, she served 12 years at a local non-profit securing and maintaining on-going monthly donors. In addition to her AE role at Vista Graphics, Cindy has maintained a successful business as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay for almost 20 years.

Cindy is passionate about volunteerism and passionate about youth. She volunteers with many non-profits in the area, and serves as a GEM for CVABC. Her favorite service is at her church where she has served for over 20 years from Board, Youth Leader and Children’s Ministry Leader and she so proud of the lasting relationships she has with her former kids, now grown with their families.

advisory board members

Geoffrey Kershner

Academy Center of the Arts

Thomas Brennan

Moore & Giles

Landon Colling, MD

Harman Eye Center​

Daryl Calfee

Penny Lane Properties

Michael Elliott

Centra Health

Eric Johnson

Virginia Farm Bureau​

Reid Wodicka

City of Lynchburg