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 AsCommunityOrganization
DelegateJames Will MorefieldChair, Trustee, House of DelegatesCommonwealth of VirginiaHouse of Delegates
SenatorTodd PillionTrustee, SenateCommonwealth of VirginiaSenate of Virginia
SenatorTravis HackworthTrustee, SenateCommonwealth of VirginiaSenate of Virginia
DelegateSam Rasoul Trustee, House of DelegatesCommonwealth of VirginiaHouse of Delegates
DelegateMarie MarchTrustee, House of DelegatesCommonwealth of VirginiaHouse of Delegates
Mr.William SmithTreasurer, CitizenWytheville, WytheSmith Enterprises
Mr.Dean ChiapettoCitizenFloydDean Chiapetto Insurance
Mr.Kevin ByrdTrustee, Planning DistrictCity of RadfordNRV Regional Commission
Mr.Duane MillerTrustee, Planning DistrictDuffield, ScottLENOWISCO Planning District Commission
Mr.Mike CochranTrustee,  AbingdonAbingdon, WashingtonTown of Abingdon
Ms.Mary Anne HolbrookTrustee, Washington CountyAbingdon, WashingtonUnited Way of SWVA
Ms.Ellen ReynoldsTrustee, ’Round the MountainWytheville, WytheBeagle Ridge Herb Farm
Ms.Julie Walters SteeleTrustee, ’Round the MountainCritz, PatrickReynolds Homestead
Ms.Kathy ShearerTrustee, ’Round the  MountainMeadowview, WashingtonHolston Mountain Artisans
Ms.Amanda PillionTrustee, Commissioner - VA Commission for the ArtsAbingdon, WashingtonVirginia Commission for the Arts
Mr.John KilgoreEx Officio, Chair - Friends of Southwest VirginiaGate City, ScottScott County Economic Development Authority
Mr.Adam C. HutchisonEx Officio, President - VHCCAbingdon, WashingtonVirginia Highlands Community College
Mr.Dylan LockeEx Officio, Chair - The Crooked RoadThe Crooked Road
Mr.Bryan HornEx Officio, Director - DHCDCommonwealth of VirginiaDepartment of Housing & Community Development
Ms.Rita McClennyEx Officio, Director - VTCCommonwealth of VirginiaVirginia Tourism Corporation
Mr.David MatlockEx Officio, ED - SWVAHECAbingdon, WashingtonSWVA Higher Ed Center