Board of Directors

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany has a very educated and distinguished Executive Board. CFRBA carries on the community foundation tradition of the former Rockbridge Area Community Foundation which existed from 2001 to 2011 in which the CFRBA board members served as advisors. With the increase in funds into the RACF and the desire of the Alleghany community to establish a community foundation in their community, the RACF advisory board decided to reorganize and become an independent community foundation serving the counties of Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany (CFRBA).  Our Board of Directors is drawn from the communities we serve and is focused on supporting local non-profits and improving the quality of life in our communities.

CFRBA Staff Member Biographies 

Lori TurnerLori Turner (Executive Director: Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany)
Lori holds a (B.S.) in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Liberty University Online Program.  Prior to being employed by CFRBA she worked at the corporate offices of ADS where she traveled extensively to all 48 locations to monitor and audit compliance with company policy and government regulations of all the facilities. She most recently worked as the Executive Vice President of PCR where she was in charge of Human Resources, Information Technology and Marketing Departments. Lori has been involved in non-profit organization management for the past 25 years and brings extensive not for profit experience to the Foundation.  She is a founding board member of the Community Table for the Rockbridge Area. She currently serves as the Chair of the Rockbridge Area Executive Directors Council, the Lexington Police Foundation Board of Directors, represents the City of Buena Vista on the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board, President of the PTO and serves on the Lunchtime Rotary Club Executive Board.  Lori is a member of the Council of Foundations, Society for Human Resource Management and a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Lori’s expertise allows donors to reach philanthropic goals in perpetuity through the foundation.  CFRBA has reached 4.6 million dollars in endowed funds under her leadership which allows over $180,000 in community grants and scholarships to be distributed annually in the community.

CFRBA Board Member Biographies

Dan Vance (Chairman)
Dan began his career as a petroleum engineer but in 1986 joined Edward Jones and Co. as a financial advisor in Lexington. He is currently a member of Edward Jones Managing Partner’s Kitchen Cabinet. During his years in Lexington, he has served the community in a number of capacities, ranging from a Boy Scoutmaster and boys lacrosse coach to serving on the boards of Kiwanis Club (president), St. Patrick’s Church Finance Council, Lime Kiln FOLKS (president), Rockbridge Area Transportation Association, Stonewall Jackson Hospital, and the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce (president). He was part of the board which founded the Rockbridge Area Community Foundation and a founding board member of the Rockbridge County Fair. Dan and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.


Robert Glidden (Vice Chairman)
Robert is a retired professor and university administrator. In a professional career spanning 40 years he has served on the faculties of Indiana University and the University of Oklahoma, as a dean at Bowling Green State University and Florida State University, and as provost at Florida State and president of Ohio University, from which he retired in 2004 after a ten-year tenure. Subsequently, during 2010-11 he was interim president of the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. Dr. Glidden is a native of Iowa and holds the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, all in music, from the University of Iowa. As a consultant or evaluator he has worked with more than 80 colleges and universities across the U.S., and he has spoken on various aspects of American higher education in both Europe and Asia.  He also continues to serve as a leadership coach and mentor for the American Council on Education Fellows Program, which prepares mid-career academics for positions in university administration.

Woody Sadler (Treasurer)
Woody retired from the US Marine Corps as a colonel after 28 years, having served in combat unit command positions and as the Marine Corps Liaison to Congress. Since retiring to Lexington, he helped found the Rockbridge Area Community Foundation. He also founded a fundraising consulting company, a marketing and publishing company (Mariner Media), and served as executive director for the Lexington Downtown Development Association and development director for the Marshall Foundation. He currently works as an adjunct professor at VMI’s mechanical engineering department. Woody has served on the boards of the Historic Lexington Foundation, the Stonewall Jackson Boy Scout Council (as Southern District Chairman), Kendal at Lexington, Lexington Sunrise Rotary (as president), and Virginia Downtown Development Association (president); and on the vestry of R.E. Lee Episcopal Church. He is currently governor-elect of Rotary District 7570. He and his wife, Lori, also have two adult children.

Susan Whitsitt Susan Whitsitt (Secretary)
Susan retired from Bethesda, MD to Lexington in 1999 with her husband, Fred Massey. After receiving her MBA, Sue worked as a finance analyst for Caterpillar Tractor Co. and Deputy VP for Policy at the Export-Import Bank in Washington, DC. She also was awarded a fellowship with the Senate Banking Committee and OMB. Sue later joined AARP, focusing on economic and financial issues affecting baby boomers. She also taught finance courses at American University and Georgetown University and continues to provide consulting services on business start-ups, international capital markets, and US financial services. Sue is a Lime Kiln volunteer and serves on the Board of United Way of Rockbridge, the VMI Business and Economic Department Advisory Committee, and various committees at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Elizabeth Knapp
Elizabeth is Senior Assistant to the President and Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity at Washington and Lee University. She is a Professor of Geology and a core faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program. From 2006-2010 she served as the Associate Dean of the College and from 2011-2013 She served as Associate Provost. She holds a BS in Geology from Washington and Lee and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. She is a Lexington native and has been on the faculty of Washington and Lee since 1997.  She has served on the boards of the Rockbridge SPCA and the Rockbridge County Public Service Authority. She is a vestry member at RE Lee Memorial Church and on the Board of Directors of the VMI Research Laboratories.

Josh Elrod
Josh Elrod was born in Ames, Iowa and moved to Lexington with his family in 1984. He is a graduate of Lexington High School, the College of Wooster, and the University of Virginia School of Law. Josh began practicing law in Lexington in 2000, and now practices as a partner in the firm Mann, Vita & Elrod. His practice focuses on family law, including collaborative practice, criminal defense, and general litigation. Josh has been the President of the local bar, a representative to the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar and served on the Eighth District Ethics Committee from 2005 until 2011, concluding his term as chair of the Committee. Locally, he has been a regular coach for youth athletics, served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Yellow Brick Road Early learning center, and the Session of Lexington Presbyterian Church, where he teaches Sunday school. He lives in Lexington with his wife, Fran, and three children, Sierra, John and Adam.

Carol GrigsbyCarol Grigsby
After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Carol worked for the Neurological Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and subsequently was a senior administrator of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield’s managed care program. After spending 20 years abroad in Japan and England where her volunteer efforts included fundraising for Refugees International, Japan, and the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher Surrey, as well as serving 3 terms on the Board of the American Women of Surrey, her family relocated to Lexington in 2008. Local volunteer efforts include the Roots and Shoots Garden at Waddell School and she is a member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club and the Valley of Virginia Herb Guild.

Barbara LutonBarbara Luton
Barbara Luton and her husband Bill retired to Lexington in 2006 from Santa Barbara, CA. A graduate of Westmont College (BA Psychology), and Pepperdine University (MBA) she was employed by Tenet Healthcare Corporation as Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the Tenet Healthcare Foundation prior to moving to Virginia. Previously she had served as Deputy Director and Director of Development at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Among her volunteer roles in California, she was a founding board member of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Foundation. Since moving to Virginia she has been active on a number of committees at RE Lee Memorial Church, served two terms on the board of the Garden Club of Virginia, and currently serves on the board of the Blue Ridge Garden Club in Lexington.

Dr Mark MathesonDr. Mark Matheson, CFA
Mark Matheson is a volunteer professor at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista. He has taught courses on investments, entrepreneurship and small business management, and social entrepreneurship. Mark received a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah. For more than fifteen years, Mark owned a successful stock investment business and is a chartered financial analyst. Prior to setting up his own investment office, he was a partner and senior research analyst with Crowell, Weedon & Co. in Los Angeles. Formerly, he was director of research at Cruttenden & Co. in Irvine, Calif. He also was senior vice-president of corporate development for Fidelity National Financial and an analyst with Capital Research and Management. Mark was the founder and president of Greater Salt Lake Tours, Inc.

Bill Russell
Born in Philadelphia, Pa. 1935, Bill graduated from Washington & Lee 1957 (BA Psychology). He served in the US Army 1957—62.  He worked from 1959-74 in the brokerage business in Philadelphia with Butcher & Sherrerd—broker, Philadelphia branch manager, mutual fund manager, General Partner responsible for retail brokerage offices.  Bill then worked in the Investment Management business 1974-2003. Principal of firm managing primarily pension funds He lived in the Philadelphia area until 1992 then moved to Florida as part of a business merger.  While in Philadelphia he served on area boards including President local PTA, French & Pickering Creek Conservation Trust In Florida he served six years on the Turtle Creek Golf Club board (Three as President) Here in Lexington Virginia he serves as a member of the finance committee at Kendal, board member of the Lexington Golf Club, as well as Washington & Lee Alumni Board and Athletic Committee.

Buddy Bryan
A native of Roanoke, Buddy graduated from VMI in 1971.  Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, he served one tour as a KC-135 pilot.  He returned to Lexington in 1976 to work at the VMI Foundation.  Over his 40 year career, he has served in a number of capacities and currently is the Vice President for Major Gifts.  During his years in Lexington, he has served on the board of the Kiwanis Club (president) and the Session of Lexington Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the first Board of the Rockbridge Area Community Foundation.  Buddy and his wife Carol have three children and eight grandchildren.


Past Board Members