Board of Directors
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Michael Elliott is from Chesapeake, VA. He and his family moved to the Lynchburg area in 2013. Michael's wife, Lashelle, is an English Teacher at Jefferson Forest High School. Michael and Lashelle have 3 children: Christian, Donovan and Evan. They attend The Hope Company Church.
Thomas Brennan was born and raised in Lynchburg and is a product of and advocate for the public school system. After graduating from E.C. Glass, Thomas attended Williams College in Massachusetts where he studied architecture and design. After working in various fields and cities, he returned to Lynchburg in 2011 to work for the 86-year old leather company Moore & Giles, where he is the director of design for bags and accessories.
In addition to working with IRON Lives, Thomas is an active member of the Development Committee for the Beacon of Hope, another local organization advocating for student development within the public school system.
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.
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.
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.
Geoffrey Kershner is the Executive Director at the Academy Center of the Arts (Lynchburg, VA) and the founder of the Endstation Theatre Company.
Under his leadership, Endstation was the winner of the 2012 Rising Star Award. He is the winner of the 2015 Vice Mayor's Young Adult Award of Excellence, and received the Young Professional to Watch Award from the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Geoffrey has served on Virginia Commission for the Arts grant review panels, was a member of the National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Cohort, and is a member of the American's for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Council.
Geoffrey served as a faculty member at Florida State University, Daytona State College, and Lynchburg College. He earned his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and his MFA from Florida State University.
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.
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.
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 is currently the Director of Sales at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Lynchburg.
Reid A. Wodicka was appointed Deputy City Manager for the City of Lynchburg in June 2018. Prior to his service in the City, Dr. Wodicka served as Deputy County Administrator for nearby Bedford County and Town Manager for the Towns of Woodstock and Elkton in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
A graduate of E. C. Glass High School, Dr. Wodicka was born and raised in the City of Lynchburg. He later graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg with a BS in Public Policy and Administration. He continued at JMU to earn his Master of Public Administration degree while serving as the Town Manager in Elkton. After several years of working in local government, he earned a PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban and Regional Development from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Wodicka serves as a member of a number of local community boards and organizations. He is also a member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and the Government Finance Officers Association.