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.
Karen Cogar Abramson
Chief Lynette Allston
Chief of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
Director, National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region (retired)
Dr. Jill Bussey Harris
Owner, Beautiful Smiles
Supervisor of Public Engagement, Arlington Public Schools
Falls Church, VA
Chief Financial Officer of Dominion Energy
Founder, Chief of Client Experience, Signature Family Wealth Advisors
Howard (Hank) Dobin
Professor, Washington and Lee University
William Mark Habeeb (Mark)
Adjunct Professor of Global Politics and Security, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Virginia Delegate—17th District Commonwealth of Virginia
Lenneal J. Henderson
Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
Managing Director, Energy Capital Partners
Iris E. Holliday
Principal, IE Holliday. Ideas.Strategies.Representation
Retired Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, Dominion Energy
North Chesterfield, VA
Great Falls, VA
CEO, Times Bridge
Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Humanities
Professor, Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech
W. Tucker Lemon
President, Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.
CPA, McPhillips Roberts and Deans (Retired)
General Lester L. Lyles
Professor, Creative Brand Management
Virginia Commonwealth University
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Mary Baldwin College
Linda J. Seligmann
Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, George Mason University
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Longwood University
McIlwaine (Mac) Thompson Jr.
Of Counsel, Woods Rogers, PLC
President and CEO, W. Francis & Son, Inc.
Kelly O’Keefe, Chair
Sylvester Johnson, Vice-Chair
Steve Herman, Secretary/Treasurer
Susan Colpitts, Immediate Past Chair