Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation Board & Mission

The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage the economic development of Southwest Virginia through the expansion of cultural and natural heritage ventures and initiatives related to tourism and other asset-based enterprises, include the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, The Crooked Road, ’Round the Mountain, and other related cultural and natural heritage organizations and venues that promote entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.


The SWVA Cultural Heritage Foundation board meetings are open to the public. We welcome public comment and if you are interested in attending, the meeting dates are below. Due to current circumstances, all meetings will take place online. Please email if you wish to attend.



SalutationNameServing AsOrganization
DelegateJames Will MorefieldChair & Trustee, House of DelegatesVirginia House of Delegates
SenatorTodd E. PillionVice Chair & Trustee, SenateVirginia Senate
SenatorT. Travis HackworthTrustee, SenateVirginia Senate
DelegateSam RasoulTrustee, House of DelegatesVirginia House of Delegates
DelegateMarie MarchTrustee, House of DelegatesVirginia House of Delegates
Mrs. Ruby RogersTrustee
Mr.Josh HessTrusteeDistrict Director, Congressman H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
Mr.Scotty WamplerTrusteeExecutive Director, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
Mr.Kevin ByrdTrusteeExecutive Director, New River Valley Regional Commission
Mr.Michael CochranTrusteeTown Manager, Town of Abingdon
Honorable Saul HernandezTrusteeWashington County Board of Supervisors, Vice President of IT, Food City
Ms.Sandy RatliffTrusteeVP Community Innovation, Locus (VA Community Capital)
Mrs.Julie Walters SteeleTrusteeDirector, Reynolds Homestead (Virginia Tech)
Ms.Sharon BuchananTrusteeSouthwest Region Manager, Virginia State Parks
Ms.Deborah MiltonTrusteeDirector of Planning, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
Mrs.Amanda PillionTrustee, Virginia Commission for the ArtsVirginia Commision for the Arts / Mayor, Town of Abingdon
Mr.John KilgoreEx Officio, Friends of Southwest Virginia ChairExecutive Director, Scott County Economic Development Authority
Mr.Dylan LockeEx Officio, Chair – The Crooked Road ChairFloyd Country Store
Dr.Adam C. HutchisonEx Officio – non-voting, President – VHCCVirginia Highlands Community College
Mr.David MatlockEx Officio, ED, SWVAHECSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Mr.Bryan HornEx Officio, Director – DHCDVirginia Department of Housing & Community Development
Ms.Rita McClennyEx Officio, VTC DirectorVirginia Tourism Corporation