Our Board of Directors is comprised of Virginians from diverse educational, business, government, civic, and cultural communities.

Meeting four times per year with additional committee involvement, the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors oversees organizational policy and programming. Each member serves for a three-year term, once renewable. Six members of the Board are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia; nineteen members are elected by the Board.

The Virginia Humanities Board Nominating Committee welcomes suggested nominations to the Board throughout the year, specifically seeking individuals who are passionate about the humanities. As a nonpartisan agency, we seek board members who are broadly representative of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the various civic, ethnic, and minority group interests. Please email suggested nominations, including bios or resumes, to Raennah Mitchell.

Board Members

Karen Cogar Abramson
Alexandria, VA

Chief Lynette Allston
Chief of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
Drewryville, VA

Megan Beyer
Arts Advisor
Alexandria, VA

Kellee Blake
Director, National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region (retired)
Parksley, VA

Dr. Jill Bussey Harris
Owner, Beautiful Smiles
Richmond, VA

Dulce Carrillo
Supervisor of Public Engagement, Arlington Public Schools
Falls Church, VA

Jim Chapman
Chief Financial Officer of Dominion Energy
Charlottesville, VA

Susan Colpitts
Founder, Chief of Client Experience, Signature Family Wealth Advisors
Norfolk, VA

Howard (Hank) Dobin
Professor, Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

William Mark Habeeb (Mark)
Adjunct Professor of Global Politics and Security, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Arlington, VA

Chris Head
Virginia Delegate—17th District Commonwealth of Virginia
Roanoke, VA

Lenneal J. Henderson
Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA

Steve Herman
Managing Director, Energy Capital Partners
Bethesda, MD

Iris E. Holliday
Principal, IE Holliday. Ideas.Strategies.Representation
Retired Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, Dominion Energy
North Chesterfield, VA

Clark Hoyt
Great Falls, VA

Rishi Jaitly
CEO, Times Bridge
Charlottesville, VA

Sylvester Johnson
Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Humanities
Professor, Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

W. Tucker Lemon
President, Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.
Roanoke, VA

Dee Lester
CPA, McPhillips Roberts and Deans (Retired)
Norfolk, VA

General Lester L. Lyles
USAF, Retired
Vienna, VA

Kelly O’Keefe
Professor, Creative Brand Management
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Edward Scott
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA

Linda J. Seligmann 
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, George Mason University
McLean, VA

Larissa Smith
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Longwood University
Farmville, VA

McIlwaine (Mac) Thompson Jr.
Of Counsel, Woods Rogers, PLC
Charlottesville, VA

Will Trinkle
President and CEO, W. Francis & Son, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA

Executive Committee
Kelly O’Keefe, Chair
Sylvester Johnson, Vice-Chair
Steve Herman, Secretary/Treasurer
Megan Beyer
Kellee Blake
Dulce Carrillo
Susan Colpitts, Immediate Past Chair
Lenneal Henderson
Clark Hoyt