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Governing Council


Gary Sandling
Vice President of Visitor Programs and Services
PO Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902
(434) 984-9833

Vice President, Planning & Resources

Gretchen Bulova 
Deputy Director
Office of Historic Alexandria, City of Alexandria
220 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
(703) 746-4737

Vice-President, Member Engagement

Robert Orrison
Historic Site Manager
Ben Lomond Historic Site/
Bristoe Station Battlefield Park
Prince William County Historic Preservation
17674 Main Street
Dumfries  VA  22026
(571) 641-0223


Dana Puga
Prints and Photographs Collection Specialist
Special Collections
Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 692-3500


Eric App
Director of Museum Operations
American Civil War Museum
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 649-1861 x135

Director, Central VA

Charles Grant
Executive Director
Henricus Historical Park / Henricus Foundation
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester  VA  23836
(804) 318-8729

Director, Northern VA

Jamie Bosket
Vice President, Guest Experience
George Washington's Mount Vernon
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 799-8606

Director, Tidewater/Eastern Shore

Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph. D.
Curator of Collections
Hampton University Museum
100 E. Queen Street
Hampton, VA  23668
(757) 727-5508

Director, Southwest & Blue Ridge

Charlotte Whitted 
Executive Director
Historic Crab Orchard Museum
3663 Crab Orchard Road
Tazewell, VA 24651
(276) 988-6755

Director, Southern Region

Jeffrey L. Nichols
President and CEO
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
P.O. Box 419
Forest, VA 24551-0419
(434) 525-1806

Director Mountain & Valley

Robin von Seldeneck 
Chief Executive Officer
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
20 N. Coalter St.
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 885-0897

Director District of Columbia

Karen L. Daly
Executive Director
Dumbarton House, NSCDA
2715 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-337-2288 x228

Director, Art

Debi Gray
Executive Director
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-0000 x16 

Director, Historic House Museums/Sites

Scott Stroh
Executive Director
Gunston Hall Plantation 
10709 Gunston Road
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 550-9220

Director, History

Eric S. Wilson
Executive Director
Rockbridge Historical Society 
P. O. Drawer 1409 / 101 East Washington St. 
Lexington, VA 24450-1409 
(540) 464-1058

Director, Nature, Science & Planetaria

Joe Keiper
Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 634-4141

Director Specialized Audience Interests

Sarah Whiting
Executive Director
St. John's Church Foundation
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 649-0263

Director for University & College Museums and Galleries

Mikell Brown, Ph.D.
Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
John Tyler Community College
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, VA 23831
(804) 706-5171

Director for Emerging Professionals 

Paige Gibbons Backus
Historic Site Manager 
Ben Lomond Historic Site & Lucasville School
Prince William County Historic Preservation Division 
(703) 367-7872 


Steven Blashfield, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal / Cultural Studio Director
Glavé & Holmes Architecture
2101 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 649-9303 


Lisa Martin
Senior Program Director
Reynolds Homestead, Virginia Tech
463 Homestead Lane
Critz  VA  24082
(276) 694-7181

Immediate Past President

Al Schweizer
Site Manager
Children’s Museum of Virginia
521 Middle Street, 
Portsmouth, VA 23704 
(757) 393-5258

Ex-officio Members

Robert C. Vaughan
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA  22903
(434) 924-3296

Jeffrey Allison
Paul Mellon Collection Educator
Manager, Statewide Programs and Exhibitions
Art and Education Division
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 204-2671

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