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)


SalutationNameServing AsCommunity, CountyOrganization
Ms.Linda DiYorioChairWytheville, WytheCommunity Volunteer
Mr.John Kilgore, Jr.Vice-ChairGate City, ScottScott County Economic Development Authority
Mr.James A. BaldwinPast-ChairLebanon, RussellCumberland Plateau Planning District Commission
Mr.Fred RameySecretaryCity of NortonCity of Norton
Mr.Aaron SizemoreTreasurerMarion, SmythMount Rogers Planning District Commission
Ms.Amanda LivingstonDirectorAbingdon, WashingtonVisit Abingdon Virginia, Town of Abingdon
Ms.Amy AtwoodDirectorMarion, SmythVirginia State Parks
Mr.Steve LawsonDirectorBig Stone Gap, WiseTown of Big Stone Gap
Ms.Jill CarsonDirectorPennington Gap, LeeAppalachian African-American Cultural Center
Mr. Todd WolfordDirectorWytheville, WytheWytheville Main Street
Ms. Mandy ArcherDirectorCity of GalaxBlue Ridge Crossroads SBDC
Mr.Michael ArmbristerDirectorCity of MartinsvilleWest Piedmont Planning District Commission
Ms. Shannon BlevinsDirectorWiseUniversity of Virginia’s College at Wise
Mr.Bryan HornEx Officio with Voting Rights, Director - DHCDCommonwealth of VirginiaDepartment of Housing & Community Development
DelegateJames Will MorefieldEx Officio with Voting Rights, Chair - SWVA CHFTazewellVirginia House of Delegates
Ms.Rita McClennyEx Officio with Voting Rights, President - VTCCommonwealth of VirginiaVirginia Tourism Corporation