board of directors

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Robert Scheppegrell, Chair

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.

Monique Minnick, Vice-Chair

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Monique Minnick is a 27-year veteran of the US Air Force, where she was responsible for leading human resource, change management and transformation teams. She built a career of "firsts" such as 1 of 10 women assigned to a combat engineering unit, the first female Air Force ROTC instructor ushering in the first class with women at the Virginia Military Institute and 1 of 5 Air Force Reserve officers integrating active duty staffs at the Pentagon championing policy changes to ensure the right person in the right seat regardless of military component.  

 

As an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team and Owner of Minnick Enterprises LLC, she is a values driven, people-centric, servant leader who facilitates communication and leadership development opportunities for individuals and organizations.  She mentors single mothers, is involved in women's ministry at her church and is the co-host of the Learn It, Live It, Lead It radio show on WLNI & podcast of the same name.  

 

Bitten by the travel bug early in life, as a military dependent living overseas (Hawaii, Philippines, Japan & Korea) for much of her primary years and subsequently assigned to Korea and Japan as a military officer, she has traveled to 3 of the 7 continents and all 50 United states.  She continues her passion for travel personally, as well as helping others travel, as owner of Cruise Planners - Travel by Monique.   

 

She has been married to Dewayne Minnick for 31 years, he's her traveling buddy and all-around great guy!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Montez Johnson

Montez holds a master’s degree from Liberty University and works in higher education. He is passionate about youth and helping them reach their full potential. Montez’s work experience involves working with young people, the government sector, the medical field and education. He has enjoyed volunteering for several years as a youth basketball coach.

 

As a first-generation college graduate, Montez recognizes the value of education. He believes that with intentional educational services and mentoring, every child can be successful.

 

In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends.

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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.

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Stephanie Torres

Stephanie Torres holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and works for Wyndhurst Counseling & Wellness. She is passionate about helping others develop healthier relationships and lifestyles.  Stephanie’s work experience includes working with children and teens in a psychiatric facility, educating family members on substance abuse treatment for adults, leading group therapy sessions with teens and adults, and working with individuals who are wanting to learn more about themselves through the therapy process.
 

Prior to counseling work, she worked as a summer camp counselor for elementary age girls for 6 years and worked on staff at her local church. Working with people and building good connections is something highly valued for Stephanie in every setting she is in.


In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, weight lifting, visiting family and enjoying good sushi with friends.

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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. 

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