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Kathleen O'BrianKathleen W. O’Brien ’86, Nashville, TN, Chair

Kathleen W. O’Brien is President and Chief Executive of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, where she has worked in various capacities since 1988. During her tenure at TPAC, average annual attendance doubled, its total operating budget nearly tripled, and TPAC Education surpassed the milestone of serving more than 1.5 million Tennessee students and educators through one of the largest and most comprehensive arts-in-education programs in the U.S. Ms. O’Brien graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Intermont College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Her professional associations include Nashville Agenda’s Steering Committee, Leadership Music, the Broadway League, Rotary International, Tennessee Women’s Forum, the National Performing Arts Consortium, and Nashville’s Sister Cities. She received the Broadway League’s 2004 National Road Marketing Award. A member of Leadership Nashville Class of 2004-2005 and the Leadership Music Class of 2009-2010, she has been on the boards of the Nashville Institute for the Arts, the council of the Nashville Center for Non-Profit Management’s Association for Non-Profit Executives, and the Nashville Entertainment Association, also serving as that organization’s president. She is an annual volunteer for ArtRageous, a fund-raising event for Nashville CARES.

Tony TroyAnthony F. Troy, Richmond, VA, Vice Chair

Anthony F. Troy is a former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia and currently a Member of the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, working from the firm’s Richmond, Virginia, office. He received his undergraduate degree in 1963 from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1966. St. Michael’s has inducted General Troy into its Academic Hall of Fame. A member of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia bars, he is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in both of those jurisdictions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has presented argument on free speech issues. Among many honors, he has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards, and has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” and Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite,” and is annually recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine. General Troy has served on numerous boards and was a member of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees, as well as Chair of the Science Museum of Virginia and the Wintergreen Nature Foundation and Wintergreen Partners, Inc. In addition to lecturing on antitrust at the College of William & Mary’s School of Business, he held the Conard Mattox Chair at the University of Richmond School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Jeffrey AllisonJeffrey W. Allison ‘79, Richmond, VA

Jeffrey W. Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and a professional working artist. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College in 1979, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He also teaches at the Museum’s Fine Arts Studio School and has taught for more than twenty-five years at higher education institutions including Virginia Intermont College, Virginia Highlands Community College and East Tennessee State University.  Mr. Allison has curated numerous photography exhibitions and consulted on several book, television, and magazine projects. As an artist, mentor, educator and activist, Mr. Allison uses the power of art to effect social change and inspire community action.  He received the 2010 John Kent Shumate Advocate of the Year Award from the Virginia Poverty Law Center.  Mr. Allison is a former chair of the Virginia Intermont Alumni Association Board and the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award.

John CasteenJohn T. Casteen, III, Keswick, VA

John T. Casteen, III is University Professor and President Emeritus at the University of Virginia.  Widely recognized for transforming the University of Virginia into an institution of world standing, Dr. Casteen retired as President on July 31, 2010, after a twenty-year tenure. A financial restructuring of the institution, a re-stated relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia, and improvements in the quality of academics, students’ qualifications and diversity, and in campus facilities, marked his term.  He served as Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Education from 1982 to 1985, and as President of the University of Connecticut from 1985 to 1990.  Dr. Casteen has served as Chair of the Association of American Universities, as Chair of the College Entrance Examination Board, and as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  He has also been a director of the American Council on Education, a member of the Board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and a commissioner of the Education Commission of the States.  Dr. Casteen holds his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Virginia, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Athens in Greece and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mimi ElrodMimi M. Elrod, Lexington, VA

Mimi Milner Elrod is the Mayor of Lexington, Virginia.  She formerly worked at Washington and Lee University in admissions and as director of the university’s Summer Scholars Program for college-bound high school students.  Before joining Washington and Lee, Elrod was an assistant professor at Iowa State University where she taught, conducted research, and provided training and technical assistance to Head Start. In the late 1960s she worked in the New York public school system, teaching in central Harlem. She holds a B.S. in political science and history from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in child development from Iowa State University.  Dr. Elrod has published numerous papers and articles and has been active in various professional associations.  She mentored many students during her late husband’s tenure as president of Washington and Lee and was awarded an honorary degree by the institution in 2002 for her work with students and leadership in the Lexington and Rockbridge communities.  In June 2011, she concluded eight years of service on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, having been appointed by former Governor Mark Warner. She has been a member of, and often chaired, a variety of boards serving Lexington, Virginia, and the Rockbridge County community.

Richard Clint Hopkins, Roanoke, VA

Richard Clint Hopkins is a retired Baptist minister who resides in Roanoke, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Virginia, both a Bachelor of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has pastored churches in Virginia and in Maryland and has been an elected leader of various religious associations, commissions and boards on the local, state, national and world levels, including having served as President of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. A civic leader as well, he has served on numerous boards and advisory committees across Virginia. Dr. Hopkins is a past member of the University of Richmond Board of Trustees and of the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

Elliot MooreElliott G. Moore, Bristol, TN, Secretary

Elliott G. Moore is Vice President of Community and Government Relations for Mountain States Health Alliance, a thirteen-hospital healthcare system with facilities in both Tennessee and Virginia.  Ms. Moore is the past President of the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide advocacy organization for Tennessee’s not-for-profit hospitals.  She is also a former member of the Public Policy Committee for Premier, a national hospital group representing over two thousand hospitals; in 2006, Premier awarded her its James L. Scott Excellence in Advocacy Award.  She currently serves as a member of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Legislative Affairs Council and is Chair of Tennessee’s Public and Teaching Hospitals (TnPATH).  Appointed by the Speakers of the Tennessee House and Senate, she serves on the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and is past President of both the Nashville and the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucuses.  She is a past recipient of the Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia YWCA Tribute to Women Award.  Ms. Moore earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama and her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.  In 2007, the University of Tennessee College of Social Work awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Award.

Melinda J. NelsonMelinda J. Nelson ’85, Watkinsville, GA

Virginia Intermont alumna Melinda J. Nelson is an attorney in practice in the northern Georgia counties of Gwinnett, Oconee and Walton and in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit with a foundation in both civil and criminal law. Prior to her current practice, Nelson practiced at Noel H. Benedict and Associates in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and served as assistant solicitor in an Atlanta metropolitan court. Nelson’s background is in criminal, family, and related law issues and she is trained in civil mediation. She is currently serving as a court-appointed attorney for indigent persons requiring criminal defense in misdemeanor level offenses.
A 1985 graduate of VI, Nelson earned her law degree at the Walter George School of Law at Mercer University. She serves as an active member of the Virginia Intermont Alumni Association Board on which her present service includes by-laws co-chairman and assistant treasurer.

Clorisa PhillipsE. Clorisa Phillips, Bristol, VA, ex officio

Dr. E. Clorisa Phillips is President of Virginia Intermont College, the first woman president in the College’s 128-year history.  She also serves as Professor of Leadership and Public Service.  Prior to arriving at Virginia Intermont in August 2010, Dr. Phillips worked for some 30 years at the University of Virginia where she amassed leadership experience in undergraduate admissions, human resources, special projects oversight, governmental relations, academic administration, and accreditation.  During that time, she held numerous appointments to state, regional, and national advisory groups and committees.  She has been a Trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and currently serves on the national-level Committee on Recognition for the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.  In the local community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Bristol TN/VA United Way, and the Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.  She is also a Rotarian.  Dr. Phillips has a B.A. degree in government from the College of William and Mary, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in education from the University of Virginia.

Susan StuartSusan S. Stuart, Roanoke, VA

Susan S. Stuart is Assistant Vice President of Accounting Operations for Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 300 railway company operating approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. In this role, she oversees the company’s Accounts Payable, Property Accounting, Non-Revenue Billing, and Payroll Accounting functions. She was a founding member of Norfolk Southern’s Innovations Council which spearheads the company’s efforts to foster innovative thinking and seek creative solutions to business problems. She currently serves as an Executive Sponsor for YoungNS, a group chartered to improve retention through mentoring, education, professional development, and networking for new professionals at Norfolk Southern. Ms. Stuart holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and is a licensed Virginia Certified Public Accountant.

Anita W. GilliamAnita W. Gilliam, Bristol, TN, Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Anita W. Gilliam is the Liaison to the Virginia Intermont College Board of Trustees. Prior to joining VI in 2011, she served as in-house legal counsel to The United Company in Bristol, Virginia, for twenty-six (26) years. During her tenure there, she was responsible for a wide range of corporate and operational legal matters. Ms. Gilliam received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. She remains an active member of the Virginia State Bar, for which she once served as a member of its Corporate Counsel Section Board of Governors and as Co-Editor of the Section’s newsletter. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and a former member of its Corporate Counsel Committee. In addition to serving as VI’s Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Ms. Gilliam is also the Executive Director of the President’s Office.

Trustees Emeriti
Taylor W. Reveley, IV, Richmond, VA, Trustee Emeritus

W. Taylor Reveley, IV, is immediate past Chair of the Virginia Intermont College Board of Trustees and, effective June 1, 2013, the President of Longwood University located in Farmville, Virginia. In leading Longwood University, he continues his family’s lineage of dedication to higher education. His father, W. Taylor Reveley, III, has served as President of the College of William & Mary since 2008. His grandfather, W. Taylor Reveley, II, served as the President of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963 to 1977.

Anne R. Worrell, Charlottesville, VA, Trustee Emeritus

Anne R. Worrell is a former newspaper executive and noted community leader with a strong interest in historic preservation. She and her late husband, Gene, formerly owned Bristol Newspapers, Inc., Worrell Investment Company, and the Worrell Land and Cattle Company. The two also established the Genan Foundation in 1986, and Mrs. Worrell serves as its president. She is also the director of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Foundation, the honorary vice chairman of the Virginia Historical Society, and a member of the Governing Council of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.