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.


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

  • Jan Dorman

    Jan Dorman

    is Interim President responsible for directing Foundation operations and relationships with the community. She also 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.

  • Brennan Gould

    Brennan Gould

    is Director of Programs. She leads the Foundation’s grant-funded programs and strategic partnerships to promote effective program delivery and foster community impact.

  • 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.

  • Marie Sours

    Marie Sours

    is the Foundation’s Executive Assistant. She broadly supports the Foundation’s governance, including all of the activities and communications of the Governing Board and Standing Committees. Marie also assists the Foundation’s Directors and Officers with specific activities and projects. She maintains the Foundation’s records and coordinates invitations for all Foundation events.

  • 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.

  • Aidyn Mills

    Aidyn Mills

    Aidyn Mills is a donor relations manager. Aidyn has primary responsibility for managing the Foundation’s community engagement. She develops partnerships across the community and designs collaborative approaches for tackling our local challenges. She manages the Imagination Foundation and the Youth Design Program.

  • Jan Smyth

    Jan Smyth

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

  • Sara Sweeney

    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.

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.

  • Kelli Palmer

    Kelli Palmer

    is Vice Chair of the Governing Board. Kelli is the Director of Organizational Environment, Social & Governance at the CFA Institute, and she worked previously at the Institute for Shipboard Education and at the University of Virginia, as Assistant to the President. She has served as a board member for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Live Arts, and as President of the Elon University Alumni Board. Kelli is a founding member of the Future Fund.

  • 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 Secretary of the Governing Board and Chair of the Grants Portfolio Committee. 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

    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.

  • Stephen McNaughton

    Stephen McNaughton

    has more than fifteen years of investment industry experience, having served as branch manager of Stifel, Nicolaus and Company, a brokerage and investment firm. He recently formed Rede Wealth, an independent wealth management firm that includes a focus on younger investors and philanthropists. Steve has served as a Board member at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia and at Computers 4 Kids.

  • 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 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 the president and Chief Executive Officer 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

  • Russell Willis Taylor

    Russell Willis Taylor

    Formerly President and CEO of National Arts Strategies and Managing Director of the English National Opera, Russell is an international consultant specializing in nonprofit leadership and management. A former Chairman of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Charlottesville, she teaches on the Board Academy at CNE.

  • 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.

Photography: Jackson Smith