The Chamber of Commerce Serving Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County elected their 2018 officers and board of directors during their final meeting of the year on December 13, 2017. The board of directors serve three-year terms.
Col. Jay Williams of Virginia Military Institute was elected President of the Chamber. Col. Williams has served in his current role as VMI’s Post Engineer for over thirteen years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1983, a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University in 1990, and became a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia in 1998. Col. Williams retired from the US Air Force in 2004 after a twenty-one year career. Jay currently serves on the Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital Board of Directors, is Chairman of the Chessie Trail Advisory Committee, and serves Trinity United Methodist Church in a leadership role. He has been a member of the Chamber board since 2014. Jay and his wife, Paige have been married for 22 years and have three children – Merryn (sophomore, Virginia Tech), Trey (senior, RCHS), and Olivia (8th grade, LDMS).
When asked about his vision for the Chamber and the region, Williams replied: “I look forward to working with the folks within our region, Chamber staff, and Board of Directors to establish “development ready sites” to attract new businesses, develop workforce and education programs, and continue to grow Chamber membership. Mayor Friedman, Mayor Fitzgerald, and Supervisor Lewis collectively summed it up at the 19th Annual State of the Community breakfast – synergy, collaboration, defined goals on small business and manufacturing, and binding together regionally to use our assets of higher education, public education, outdoor recreation and quality of life to market where we live and work. 2018 is going to be a great year!”
Steve Funkhouser was elected Vice President. Funkhouser began with the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 and currently serves as a Lieutenant. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Radford University and has served on the board of directors for the Rockbridge Area Health Center and Project Horizon. He has been a member of the Lexington Lions Club since 1995 and has served on the chamber board since 2015. Steve and his wife Katherine have two daughters, Abby and Emma, sophomores at Rockbridge County High School.
Suzanne Sheridan, CEO of the Rockbridge Area Health Center, is Treasurer of the Chamber. Suzanne served as Executive Director of the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic from 1995 to 2014 and then transitioned to CEO when the organization became a Community Health Center in 2014. She has dedicated the past 22 years to improving health care accessibility and services for people in the Rockbridge area. She has done this through the advocacy activities at the local and state level. Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University and served as a Signal Corps officer in the US Army. She is a member of Lexington Lunch Rotary Club and Lions Club. Suzanne is married to John Sheridan and they have four children.
Suzanne has served on the Chamber board since 2014 and is serving a second term as Treasurer. Suzanne believes in working through the Chamber to promote the Rockbridge area as a special place to live and work.
Joining the board of directors are: Bobbie Wolfe, Rockbridge YMCA; Ben Worth, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; Stacy Stevens, Bank of Botetourt and Brew Ridge Taps; Jon Tarris, Tarris Law; and David Hawkins, Raetz & Hawkins, P.C.
The board of directors’ returning members are: Patrick Blevins, State Farm Insurance; Tim Braddick, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.; Tyson Cooper, Southern Virginia University; Sarah Dyer, Urban Farm Girl; Jan Hathorn, Washington & Lee University Tom Lovell, Washington and Lee University; John Nicholson, Virginia Horse Center Foundation; Holly Ostby, Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital; Joe Sokolowski, CornerStone Bank; and Chris Williams, Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County, online business directory or community events, visit lexrockchamber.com or call (540) 463-5375.