BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marge Connelly, Chair
Marge has had an extensive business career largely in financial services, having held executive roles here in Virginia with Capital One (Executive Vice President of Operations), and Wachovia Securities (Chief Operating Officer) as well with Barclays in London, UK (Global Chief Operating Officer of Barclaycard). In these roles, Marge has led large, complex organizations through many transformation and integration efforts, and developed the strategies and operational capabilities needed for these companies to innovate and grow. She currently serves on the board of the PRA Group, in Norfolk, VA and is an advisor for the venture capital fund MissionOG.
As a strong advocate for education, Marge has also served on the University of Richmond Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council, the VCU Business School Foundation Board, as Chair of the Virginia Workforce Council, Rector of the Board of Visitors for Longwood University, Longwood’s Interim President and was recently reappointed by the Governor to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
Marge has also served on the boards of several other organizations including the Council for Virginia’s Future, the Greater Richmond Partnership (former Chair), the Greater Richmond YMCA, the Central Virginia Food Bank (former Chair), the Visa USA Executive Advisory Committee, the Visa International Risk Advisors Group, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) Operations Council and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets (SIFMA) Operations Committee. She has received numerous accolades for her work in both business and the community and has spoken at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics, including leadership, corporate citizenship, digital engagement, diversity and the millennial workforce.
Beverly Colwell Adams, PhD, Vice Chair, Cultural Humility Committee Chair
Beverly Colwell Adams is an Assistant Dean, UVA College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, UVA. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, she earned a BA in Psychology from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA), and MS (Developmental Psychology) and PhD (Cognitive Psychology–Psycholinguistics) from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her daughter, Jasmine, moved to Charlottesville in 1992, after her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her current research interests include the examination of microaggressions as one of the contributing variables to the decline of physical and mental health in strong black women. Beverly holds leadership and membership roles in the Virginia Social Sciences Association (VSSA), Live Arts, Colonnade Club (UVA) Board of Governors, City of Promise, African American Authors Book Club, Charlottesville Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Charlottesville Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Secretary / Treasurer, Board Governance Committee Chair
Katherine Brooks grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, but she has lived on the East Coast since 1977. She attended Smith College, where she earned her B.A. in English, and then taught high school English in Massachusetts for five years. In 1986, she moved to Charlottesville to pursue graduate work in UVa's English Department. While raising her two daughters, she worked as a consultant to families of wealth, helping them to navigate the emotional and social issues surrounding financial inheritance. Along with two partners, she established "The Inheritance Project,” a small firm which provided resources and consulting to families engaged in wealth transfer. Since 2000, she has served on numerous local boards, developing special interests in strategic planning and organizational culture. Her daughters are now 22 and 25, and her husband, Dr. George Beller, is retired from his long tenure as UVa's Chief of Cardiology. They live in Ivy and enjoy hiking, traveling, music and reading.
Jeanne Alhusen, PhD, CRNP, RN
Jeanne Alhusen is an associate professor and assistant dean of research for the UVA School of Nursing. Her research is focused on improving maternal mental health and, consequently, improving early childhood outcomes in mothers experiencing perinatal intimate partner violence. Funded by the NIH, HRSA, and multiple foundations, she has more than 40 publications highlighting the critical links between maternal mental health, pregnancy and infant outcomes. Jeanne is also a family nurse practitioner, and many of her clinical experiences shape her research projects. As a strong advocate for women’s health, Jeanne also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and Chairs their Research Advisory Panel. Outside of work, Jeanne enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, particularly watching them play sports or watching UVA athletics!
Drew Beresford is President of Manchester Capital Management, LLC, a multi-client family office dedicated to caring for the financial well-being of families. In this role, he provides day-to-day leadership of the organization while also serving as lead advisor for several of the firm’s largest clients, providing investment management oversight, tax and estate planning, insurance advice, philanthropic guidance, and education for the next generation of family wealth owners. Having joined the firm in 2006, Drew relocated to Charlottesville with his family in 2014. The mission of The Women’s Initiative instantly resonated on a personal level and, looking for ways to give back to the local community, in 2016 he began leveraging his financial background by serving on the Finance Committee before joining the Board of Directors in 2019. A graduate of Brown University, Drew holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and also serves on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Virginia. He loves spending time with his thoughtful wife, Amanda, and their two creative daughters.
Amelia S. Black, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Amy Black, DNP, RN, NEA-BC has been the Chief Operating Officer at Sentara Martha Jefferson since 2015. Prior to that she was the Chief Nurse Executive for thirteen years. In 2006 under her leadership, Martha Jefferson achieved and has since maintained Magnet designation, the highest award for nursing excellence, from the American Nurses Association. Ms. Black has over 30 years of experience in the field of hospital administration, nursing, and information services, holding various leadership positions at several academic children's medical centers including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Since joining Sentara she has been very active in system-wide nursing, quality and safety initiatives.
She has presented numerous podium presentations at local, regional and national conferences including the annual national Magnet Conference and the Beryl Institute Patient Experience Conference. She holds board certification as an Advanced Nurse Executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctoral degree in Health Systems Management from the University of Virginia.
Ms. Black served on the Charlottesville Free Clinic Board of Directors and is on the Board of Directors for PT@ACAC. She has also served on the Board of the Virginia Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Foundation. She is currently a Magnet appraiser with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Amy has been married to her one and only husband, Rich, for 30 years and has two wonderful sons and a granddaughter. In her free time Amy enjoys tennis, gardening, art collecting, and selecting new recipes for her husband to try.
Susan Cabell Mains
Susan has over 45 years of experience in the Human Resource, Organizational Development field. She held the position of Vice President, Human Resource and Compliance at Martha Jefferson Hospital from 1987–2011, and again at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital from 2011–2012. In 2013 she took on a new role as System Director of Physician Leadership Development for the Sentara Healthcare System. Susan retired in 2018 and has started her own consulting business, Cabell Consulting Services.
Susan has served on a wide variety of community and state boards. She is a past Chair of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the State Chamber of Commerce Board, past President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Human Resource Association and former Campaign Chair for the Thomas Jefferson United Way in 1986. She has also served as a member of the Charlottesville Planning Commission, a director on the SunTrust Advisory Board, a director on the Board of Queens College, a board member of the Virginia Institute on Political Leadership and as an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. She is currently on the Perry Foundation Board where she served as Vice Chair for the past 10 years.
Susan has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the 1997 National Award for Professional Excellence by the National Society of Human Resources and Outstanding Alumni Award at Queens College in 1996. She has a BA from Queens College and MBA from Averett University. Susan has been married to Dana Mains for 16 years. She cherishes her family—which includes her two children and three grandchildren—over all things. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, reading murder mysteries and traveling.
M. Cecile Forte, PhD
Ms. Forte had a career for 34 years in higher education in New York prior to retiring to Charlottesville. She was a teacher, administrator and consultant to public schools, colleges and universities. She served as the Central Academic Dean of Suffolk Community College from 1996-2001. She is an author and specialist in Developmental Education and an expert in university accreditation. She has a distinguished career in board and civic engagement, including being the first African-American female Town Supervisor for Brookhaven, New York. She is the author of three textbooks and other works, including: Wise Women Don’t Have Hot Flashes They Have Power Surges! She currently serves on the Blue Ridge PACE and Paramount Theater boards.
Marcela Foshay, Development Committee Chair
Marcela Foshay has a Masters of Social Work from Comenius University in Slovakia. Marcela worked at the United Nations in New York City and internationally for 10 years. Her work at the UN focused on program management and administration management, honing her natural multitasking and organizational strengths. Prior to joining the UN, Marcela worked in marketing and public relations at a global corporation. Marcela moved to Charlottesville from New York City in 2008 to follow her husband. Since 2013 she has been a Realtor with Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates.
On the nonprofit front, Marcela has distinguished herself in the Charlottesville community. She graduated from the Board Development Academy at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and has devoted many hours to the Charlottesville Free Clinic and The Women’s Initiative. Additionally, she is one of the founding members of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Future Fund, where she has served as a Co-chair of the Resource and Development Committee and a member of the Grants and Steering Committees. She is also helping several local nonprofits with their fundraising efforts, namely Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, The Women’s Initiative, St. Anne’s Belfield School and The Covenant School. She served on the Board of Directors in her neighborhood; was a member of the Nominating Committee in Farmington Country Club; currently Chairs the Emerging Technology Master Group at Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors; and is a member of several other committees. She fluently speaks four languages and easily understands several others.
Ginger Graham is a Charlottesville native and graduate of James Madison University, where she earned a BBA in Finance. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Sensüs, an immersive arts company based in Charlottesville. She is proud to serve on the Board of The Women's Initiative, The Tom Tom Foundation and The Alliance Française of Charlottesville. In addition to raising a young family and supporting the efforts of her children’s school, Ginger enjoys practicing photography, reading and swimming, as well as the study of foreign language, interior decorating and landscape design.
Jim Haden was president and chief executive officer of Martha Jefferson Health Services from 1993–2015. Mr. Haden received a master’s degree in Public Health/Health Services Management from UCLA in 1971. He completed his administrative residency at Scripps Hospital in LaJolla, California. Mr. Haden served as a board member on the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond from (1998–2003). He is a former board member of the Charlottesville United Way and the Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation. Mr. Haden is a member of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. In 2003 Mr. Haden was the recipient of the American Heart Association, Charlottesville Chapter, “Billy” Gitchell Award. In 2006 Mr. Haden was the recipient of the National Multiple Schlerosis Society Blue Ridge Chapter Silver Hope Award. Mr. Haden is the 2008 recipient of the Beta Kappa Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, UVa School of Nursing Community Service Award. Mr. Haden is married to Sue Haden and they have three children.
Bebe Heiner, LPC, Emeritus
Bebe Heiner is a retired therapist and former Director of Counseling Services at FOCUS Women’s Resource Center. In 2007 she founded The Women’s Initiative to address the shortage of mental health services for women who were unable to access treatment due to lack of financial resources, insurance coverage, transportation, child care, stigma or other barriers.
Currently her community interests center around reducing the stigma of mental health illness and fully integrating mental health care into patient treatment. She has both experienced and witnessed the benefits of good mental health treatment. She is committed to supporting the excellent work that The Women’s Initiative does to provide cutting edge and effective care to women, regardless of income. As a member of the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, she focuses her work on the inclusion of mental health treatment for patients there, as well.
Anne J. Jones
Ms. Jones is a partner at Jones Laing Design, an interior design firm based in Charlottesville, VA. She has been an active member on TWI’s Development Committee and was a co-chair of Girls’ Night Out. In addition to her service at TWI, Anne volunteers her time at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in the Student Life Committee and as a co-chair of the Albemarle Garden Club. Anne has been a resident of Charlottesville since 1998. She lives with her husband and their three sons.
Ms. McNamee is the former President and Partner of MVBMS Euro RSCG, a $1Billion plus advertising agency, based in New York City. Ms. McNamee's career expertise is in strategic planning, brand development and product innovation. Among her agency's clients were Nestle, Danon, JP Morgan Chase, and Schering-Plough. She has been a frequent speaker at marketing conferences and was recognized for her work by being named "A Leader and Legend" by Advertising Age Magazine and "Advertising Woman of the Year" by the Advertising Women of New York. She is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College and former trustee of the Museum of the City of New York. She and her husband, Peter McHugh, moved to Charlottesville in 2008.
Bruce Murray was born and raised in Albemarle County. She returned here in 1974 after a ten year career in Hospital Administration in Washington, DC. A mother of two, in l980 she began a second career in commercial real estate management. She has overseen the construction and rental of warehouse, office and residential properties for over 30 years.
Bruce’s community interests have included many years of service on the Boards of St. Anne’s Belfield School and the Charlottesville Free Clinic, where she served as Chairman of both Boards. She has also served on Boards of Martha Jefferson Hospital, where she co-chaired the most recent Capital Campaign; on the Blue Ridge PACE Board; The Virginia Healthcare Foundation; The Emily Couric Leadership Forum; and the Praxis Foundation. She and her husband Jim were honored by the MS Society and given The Silver Hope Award and Bruce was awarded The American Heart Association William Gitchell award, recognizing her commitment to Health and Wellness for the community.
Bruce recently helped launch the James River Boys and Girls Club in Scottsville. She has held a lifelong passion for the wellbeing and health care of the underserved, and has been a strong supporter of higher education aid for deserving merit scholars.
Chris Noland, Finance Committee Chair
Chris Noland, JD, is a Client Strategist at Signature Family Wealth Advisors. Chris entered the financial services industry in 1999, working at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Prior to joining Signature Family Wealth Advisors, he practiced corporate law for Williams Mullen. Chris is an active volunteer and adviser to nonprofits in the Charlottesville community. In addition to his work with The Women’s Initiative, he serves on the Early Childhood Task Force. Previously, Chris served as a Director of The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics from Washington and Lee University, and his JD/MBA from the College of William and Mary.
Gloria Maria Rockhold joined Albemarle County Public Schools in 2004 and is currently a Manager in the Office of Community Engagement. A native of Asunción Paraguay, Gloria's bi-cultural roots allow her to look at issues and opportunities from different perspectives in designing and implementing solutions for educational settings. Gloria holds degrees in Marketing, Masters in Psychology and a Masters in Leadership and Foundations in Education at UVA. Executive Board Member of Creciendo Juntos since 2005, Charlottesville Free Clinic Board Member, Member of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Board Member of Citizens Advisory Committee for the Public Defender’s Office, 2010 Fellow of the Sorensen Political Leadership Class and Board Development Class of 2011 Graduate at the Center for Non-Profit Excellence.
Carolyn Schuyler, LCSW, Program Operations Committee Chair
Carolyn Schuyler served as The Women's Initiative's first program director. She provided therapy to women, forged partnerships with community partners, and launched outreach programs. Now in private practice, her current passion is providing EMDR therapy to help people recover from post traumatic stress disorder. In 2017, Carolyn founded Wildrock (www.wildrock.org) a nonprofit nature playscape and ecotherapy center, designed to promote nature connection for community mental health. Wildrock collaborates with local schools, universities and nonprofits to further the field of ecotherapy through innovative field trip and day retreat programs.