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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

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

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

Craig N. White


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

Joyce A. Gooden


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

Adrian M. Jones


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