Friends of SWVA Board | Mission

The mission of Friends of Southwest Virginia is: 

  • To preserve, promote and present the cultural and natural assets of Southwest Virginia; 
  • To work in partnership in the region to generate economic development through these efforts; 
  • To provide educational and cultural opportunities for the general public and students of the region; 
  • To showcase the cultural assets of SWVA at the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood)
SalutationNameBoard positionTitle, Agency /Organization
Mr.James A. BaldwinDirector (Chair)Executive Director, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
Ms.Betsy K. WhiteDirector (Treasurer)Executive Director, William King Museum
Mr.Chuck LacyDirectorAttorney at Law
Ms.Jayne DuehringDirectorDirector, Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mr.John Kilgore, Jr.DirectorExecutive Director, Scott County Economic Development Authority
Ms.Linda DiYorioDirector (Vice-chair)Community Volunteer
Mr.Fred RameyDirector (Secretary)City Manager, City of Norton
Mr.Aaron SizemoreDirectorExecutive Director, Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
Ms.Amy AtwoodDirectorVirginia State Park
Ms.Leah ManningDirectorAssistant Director, West Piedmont Planning District Commission
Mr.Steve LawsonDirectorTown of Big Stone Gap
Ms.Sally TruslowDirectorChateau Morriesette
Mr.Erik JohnstonEx Officio with Voting Rights, Director - DHCDDirector, VA Department of Housing & Community Development
Mr.Will MorefieldEx Officio with Voting Rights, Chair - SWVA CHFElected Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Ms.Rita McClennyEx Officio with Voting Rights, President - VTCPresident, Virginia Tourism Corporation
The Friends of Southwest Virginia works across a 19 county, four city and 53 town region to preserve, promote and present the cultural and natural assets, click here for more information on visiting our region.