About Us

The Community Foundation was established in 1967 as an engine for positive change in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. We work with local residents, non-profits, as well as public and private organizations to facilitate philanthropy and improve the quality of life in our area.

To learn more about the state of our community and the Foundation’s work, please see our Annual Report,
Audited Financial Statements, and Form 990: 2015 and 2016.

Staff

Foundation staff members bring unique expertise in philanthropy and charitable giving and an abiding commitment to serving our donors and our local community.

  • Brennan Gould

    Brennan Gould

    serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for directing Foundation strategy and operations, and for ensuring that the Foundation’s mission is fulfilled through expanding relationships with the community. She serves as an ex-officio member of the Foundation’s Governing Board, to which she reports.

  • Jan Dorman

    Jan Dorman

    is Director of Finance and leads on all aspects of Foundation asset, financial and fund management and reporting. To advance our donors’ financial and investment goals, Jan develops and manages the Foundation’s relationships with tax, legal and investment professionals and institutional partners.

  • Cameron Mowat

    Cameron Mowat

    is Director of Donor Engagement and the primary point of contact for new and existing donors and their advisors. He oversees donor services and leads the Foundation's larger efforts to advance local philanthropy and to align giving with emerging community priorities, opportunities or needs.

  • Nareen Scott

    Nareen Scott

    is our Administration Manager. She oversees the smooth running of the Foundation office and information and data management systems. She manages the Foundation’s staff support and development programs.

  • Erik Henderson

    Erik Henderson

    is our Accounting Manager, with primary responsibility for the Foundation’s accounting and book-keeping. He is responsible for processing and recording donor contributions and distributions, grant and scholarship awards, and vendor payments. Erik also helps ensure that the Foundation complies with relevant accounting and audit regulations and practice standards.

  • Sara Sweeney

    Sara Sweeney

    is our Programs Manager. Sara manages all of the Foundation’s small grant-making programs and maintains program data and records. She processes grants applications and reports, and she helps grant seekers apply for Foundation grant opportunities.

  • Andi Senatro

    Andi Senatro

    is our Administrative and Accounting Assistant. She assists with donor contributions and distributions, grant and scholarship awards, and vendor payments. She supports the day-to-day activities of staff, maintains office records, and supports the Governing Board and Standing Committees. She provides primary support for CACF events and communications.

  • KATIE KLING

    KATIE KLING

    is our Donor Engagement Manager. Katie is the primary contact for our donor-advised, committee-advised and scholarship funds. She is here to provide advice and assistance to fund holders, and she ensures that all aspects of fund operations run smoothly for them.

  • Eboni Bugg

    Eboni Bugg

    is our Director of Programs. Eboni provides organizational leadership, working in partnership with others, to effectively direct grant and other resources so that nonprofit activities, program outcomes and/or wider community development goals are accomplished.

Governing Board

Entrusted to guide the Community Foundation, our Governing Board members actively seek a wide range of community perspectives that strengthen our decision-making and complement our individual expertise.

  • Jay Kessler

    Jay Kessler

    is Chair of the Governing Board. A past President of Piedmont Virginia Companies, Inc., Jay is currently a construction consultant and he works as a grateful patient at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Albemarle Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Sorensen Institute’s Central Virginia Regional Board.

  • Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson

    is former Chair of the Governing Board and the Executive Committee. He is a Principal at Signature Financial and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

  • Whit Broome

    Whit Broome

    is a member of the Audit Committee and past Chair. He is Kaulback Professor Emeritus of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean. Whit currently serves on the boards of the VSCPA Educational Foundation and The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. He is a CPA and a past chair of the Virginia Board of Accountancy. Whit was also Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts

  • Heather Carlton

    Heather Carlton

    is Vice Chair of the Governing Board. Heather is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, where she prosecutes a wide-array of federal crimes ranging from bank fraud to human trafficking. Previously, she was an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Charlottesville and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

  • Helene Downs

    Helene Downs

    is Chair, Audit Committee, Helene joined Hantzmon Wiebel in 2001 and was named a partner in 2014. Her expertise include tax planning and preparation, estate planning and estate and trust taxation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), as well as the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council. She serves on the board of the Village School and on the Foundation’s Audit Committee.

  • Jim Haden

    Jim Haden

    Chair of the Board Development Committee. Mr. Haden was president and chief executive officer of Martha Jefferson Health Services from 1993 to 2015 and he served as a board member on the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond from 1998 to 2003. He currently serves on the board of The Women’s Initiative and he previously served on the boards of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation and Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce.

  • Marshall Pryor

    Marshall Pryor

    spent 38 years running the Young Men’s Shop. He then pursued a banking career as a Vice President of Albemarle Bank (now United Bank) and as a Director of Old Dominion Bank. Marshall is Chair of the Twentieth Century Merchants Fund, which played a pivotal role establishing the Community Foundation. He was a founding member and is a current President of the Blue Ridge Rotary Club.

  • Rick Richmond, Jr.

    Rick Richmond, Jr.

    is of counsel with McCallum & Kudravetz, where he specializes in trusts and estates, as well as real estate law. Rick is a former President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and a member of the Virginia State Bar Council. He serves on the Board of Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation and on the Jefferson Area Board for the Aging.

  • Andrea Roberts

    Andrea Roberts

    is Chair, Grants Committee. Andrea is an associate professor of accounting at UVA’s McIntire School; a CPA. She specializes in nonprofit financial reporting, including how and why nonprofits report financial information and how this impacts their stakeholders. Andrea is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Project Resource Group and she is the immediate past president of the AAA’s Diversity Section. Andrea is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Ph.D. Project Accounting Doctoral Students Association.

  • Glenn Rust

    Glenn Rust

    is Secretary of the Governing Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. Glenn is the president and CEO and a Director of Virginia National Bank, VNBTrust and Virginia Bankshares, a billion dollar, publicly traded company. He has more than 43 years of banking, technology, and consulting experience and has worked for both large and small domestic and international companies. He is an advocate for many not-for-profits and serves on the boards of Hospice for the Piedmont and Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA and consults with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

  • Leonard Sandridge

    Leonard Sandridge

    joined the internal audit staff of the University of Virginia in 1967. He retired as the University’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2011, and then acted as Special Advisor to the University President until 2014. He is currently on the Board of Directors at the University of Richmond, Spider Management Company and the Miller Center Foundation

  • Bruce Woodzell

    Bruce Woodzell

    retired in 2008 as the County Assessor for Albemarle County, after 29 years of public service. Bruce remains active in the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers and the International Association of Assessing Officers, serving as President of both organizations. Bruce is a past President of The Blue Ridge Rotary Club and the Albemarle County Credit Union.

  • Bob Sweeney

    Bob Sweeney

    Senior VP of Development and Public Affairs for the University's advancement initiatives. Restructured University's development effort and philanthropic cash flow increased fourfold in 10 years, from $50 million to $200 million. Prior to UVA, he was Associate Vice Chancellor of Development and director of the $320 million Bicentennial Campaign at UNC Chapel Hill. Mr. Sweeney and his wife Peg have two sons, Matthew and Paul. The family resides in the Charlottesville area.

  • Donald Laing III

    Donald Laing III

    is Chair of the Investment Committee. He has 47 years of Wall Street and Investment Management experience in the U.S., Asia, and the U.K. with Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and Barings. Don co-founded CornerStone Partners in Charlottesville in 1997, an Outsourced CIO firm for endowments and foundations. Don also serves on the Board of the Virginia Nature Conservancy, UVA Licensing, and Ventures Group.

  • Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace

    Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace

    Sutton-Wallace joined the UVA Medical Center in July 2014, overseeing strategic direction and operations of inpatient and ambulatory services. Prior to arriving at UVA, Sutton-Wallace served as SVP of hospital operations at Duke University Hospital from 2011-2014. She has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical, insurance and research industries. Sutton-Wallace is married to Maurice Wallace, and they have two daughters, Sage and Amaya.

Photography: Jackson Smith