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Basil I. Gooden Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board &  President

Former Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Former Virginia State Director of USDA-Rural Development, 20 + years of community and economic development experience

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Michelle Ford

Vice Chairman of the Board

Trainer and Educator Specialist, Workforce Development Specialist, Virginia Department of Corrections, Coordinator of Community Youth Ministry, Baptist Union Baptist Church

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Chrissy Burnley

Secretary of the Board

Business Manager and Administrator, Burnley Construction, 35+ years of business management and administration experience

Board of Directors


Gerald Washington

Treasurer of the Board

Retired Warden, Virginia Department of Corrections, 30 + years of senior level government experience, including 12 years as Chief Executive


Cheryl D. White


Business owner, Owner and CEO of several companies including: CD White Properties, LLC, Cheryl’s Barber & Beauty Salon, and Cheryl’s Taxi


Felix Sarfo-Kantanka


External Affairs Manager

State & Local Affairs, Virginia

Dominion Energy Services, Inc

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Craig N. White


President and CEO, Maintenance Solutions, distributor of janitorial/industrial supplies and equipment.

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Joyce A. Gooden


Major, United States Air Force (Retired), Public Health Professional, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Community Leader

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Adrian M. Jones


Retired Government Contractor, Department of Defense, 25 years of management experience Managed Community and Recreational Facilities