Our Board

United Way of Southwest Virginia is a volunteer-directed organization. We are governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors that represents every sector and region that we serve.

The Board is comprised of local business and civic leaders from throughout the community. Members provide leadership for vision and overall direction, approve the annual business plan, goals and priority outcomes, monitor progress, and have a fiduciary responsibility for the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization.

2024 Board of Directors

  • Todd Asbury, Pastor

  • Cameron Bell, Attorney, Penn Stuart

  • Haskel Bledsoe, Vice President Special Projects, Food City

  • Dennis Carter, Superintendent, Smyth County

  • Whitney Czelusniak, Economic Development, AEP

  • Paula Dawson-Downs, Adjunct Faculty, Health and Human Performance, Radford University

  • Donna Henry, Chancellor, UVA Wise

  • Lucy Hochstein, Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice, Radford University

  • Kalen Hunter, Sr. Destination Development Manager, Virginia Tourism Corporation

  • Alan Jones, Jr., Vice President – Technical Accounting, Alpha Natural Resources

  • Brendan McSheehy, VP of Innovation & Intellectual Property, Universal Fiber Systems LLC

  • Heather Nicholson, Self-Employed

  • Andre Richmond, Regional Administrative Manager, Virginia Department of Social Services

  • AJ Robinson, Director of Communications and Tourism, Tazewell County

  • Jonathan Sweet, County Administrator, Pulaski County

  • Kris Westover, President, Mountain Empire Community College

  • Chad Whittington, Plant Manager, Mohawk Industries