Paul R. Eason is a physician with Carilion Clinic in Martinsville. A native of Eastern North Carolina, Dr. Eason has lived in Martinsville and Henry County since 1992.
He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Eason also is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia, the Patrick Henry Medical Society and he's a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
He currently serves as a member of the board of the Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine for the University of Virginia School of Medicine, which involves teaching medical students at his office for their Ambulatory Internal Medicine Clerkship.
Dr. Eason is an advocate for economic development in Martinsville and Henry County, while also focused on health promotion, disease prevention and medical care.
David L. Stone Jr. is the founder and president of Solid Stone Fabrics. David is a native of Martinsville and is a 1982 graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a BA in Political Science.
David brings a wealth of experience to the Harvest Foundation Board, having worked in numerous management positions with large and small companies in building management teams and preparing them for accelerated growth. He has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Piedmont Arts Association Board, and most recently was the President of MURA. He has a genuine interest in seeing our local economy rebound and is an ardent supporter of our local schools and students.
"I am proud to serve The Harvest Foundation, and I look forward to partnering with the Foundation to improve the quality of life in Martinsville/Henry County," said David. David enjoys spending time with his family and also enjoys running, swimming, and cycling.
Monica T. Monday is the managing partner of the Roanoke law firm, Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP, where she heads the firm's Appellate practice group. She currently chairs the Appellate Practice Committee of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Section, and serves on the Fourth Circuit Rules Advisory Committee and the Virginia Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section Council. Monday is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She lives in Martinsville and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Martinsville Garden Club.
William L. "Bill" Kirby, IV currently serves as Market President of the Southside Region of American National Bank & Trust. Kirby is a graduate of Emory & Henry College and Drake University School of Law. He was born and raised in Martinsville and currently serves on the boards of the Smith River Sports Complex, Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, Smart Beginnings, and ART at the Rives.
W. Christopher Beeler, Jr. adds over 30 years of financial expertise to the Foundation Board. He is a Certified Public Accountant who also holds a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Glass Products Corporation and the Virginia Mirror Company, Inc. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the EDC. Additionally, Chris is on the Hooker Furniture Board of Directors and is a Trustee and Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, VA.
Virginia Walker Hamlet, owner of Hamlet Vineyards, is keenly aware of our community's rich history and bright future. A native of the area, she returned to our community after graduating from the University of Virginia.
Virginia brings a wealth of nonprofit board experience to her work at The Harvest Foundation, having served on the boards of the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, the Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth, and Piedmont Arts Association. Currently, she is a member of the Board at Averett University and at Carlisle School. An architect by training, she is interested in the continued efforts around community revitalization and development.
Cynthia Ingram is the former Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Patrick Henry Community College. Before her retirement from this position in January 2008, she had served in the Virginia Community College System for 26 years.
Cynthia says she serves on the Harvest Foundation because it is a catalyst for change in this community. She believes by improving health, economic, and educational environments, we ultimately improve our community and offer others a place to visit, and hopefully to stay. She states, "education is the great equalizer in society and a gateway for upward economic mobility." Therefore, she enthusiastically supports this region's effort to educate K-12, GED/High School through post-secondary.
Cynthia is passionate about promoting opportunities that stimulate creativity in music, arts, and crafts that are indigenous to this community, and is especially proud of her role in integrating these through the Artisan Center.
Rev. Jane Johnson serves as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. Under Johnson's leadership at Grace Presbyterian, the church began a community resource center, The Grace Center Inc., which houses a reading enrichment program for elementary-age students called Rising Stars. They also organize a summer literacy camp called Project Literacy and a ministry to men and women called Living Stones.
Johnson served as president of the Martinsville-Henry County Ministerial Association from 2013-2014. She also is a member of the 2015 Community Investment Committee for the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, the Speer Fund Committee of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Church Development Committee of the Presbytery of the Peaks.
Gene Madonia is a physician who practiced neurology in Martinsville and Henry County for 35 years until 2015. He continues to work part time at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County
Gene brings a wealth of previous experience to the Harvest Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia and serves as a board member for the Martinsville Area Community Foundation. He is a past member of the boards for TheatreWorks Community Players, Adult Daycare Center, MARC Workshop, and the parish council at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Gene feels it has been an honor to serve on these boards. Doing so allows him to repay, in small measure, the community which has given so much to him and to his family.
Jim Muehleck, a Doctor of Dentistry with over 30 years of experience, currently practices from his dental office in Martinsville. He has also served on various boards and organizations in the community, many of which are related to directly serving children and young adults such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martinsville-Henry County, the Piedmont Youth Soccer League, and the Patrick Henry Community College Educational Foundation.
A self-described outdoor enthusiast, Jim enjoys fishing, hunting, and gardening, and says that he enjoys being a part of the Martinsville community because of the beautiful area in which we live. Jim says that our community is truly blessed with its plentiful natural resources that allow him to participate in these hobbies.
Perry most recently served as president and chief executive of First State Bank in Danville, Virginia until 2015. He’s also served as president of Imperial Savings and Loan Association in Martinsville and assistant vice-president of First Union National Bank in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
In addition, Perry’s volunteer service includes serving as past chairman of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, former trustee for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, a member of the Patient Advisory Council at Danville Regional Medical Center, and president/board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in Danville.
Perry resides in Martinsville with his wife, Pel. He is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.
E. Larry Ryder is the former Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration and CFO of Hooker Furniture Corporation. Before his retirement from this position in January 2011, he had worked at Hooker for 34 years. Larry has been involved with various foundations in Martinsville-Henry County. He is the Director Emeritus for the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, and has served on the King's Grant Retirement Community's Regional Board and the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County's Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Hooker Board of Directors. He also serves on boards for the Safetynet Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
In addition to his many civic commitments, Larry is passionate about his gardening and Virginia Tech football. He believes our community's best assets are its people, and is committed to helping our residents reach their full potential.
Dr. Paulette Simington comes to the Harvest Board of Directors from a longtime career in education at Martinsville City Schools, where she's worked since 1984. She has served in many capacities for the school system that include: instructor at Druid Hills Elementary School, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal of Albert Harris Elementary School, principal of Patrick Henry Elementary School and principal of Martinsville Middle School. She's also served as director of curriculum, assessment and federal programs and director of special education and assessment.
She has served on many boards and committees for organizations including Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education, Piedmont Regional Community Services, Piedmont Community Services, Patrick Henry Community College Foundation, education committee for the Martinsville and Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA Board of Directors. She's also been a recipient of the Above and Beyond Award from Martinsville City Public Schools.
Danny Wulff serves as the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A of Martinsville. Wulff moved to Martinsville in 2009 with his wife. He said he hopes to bring a different perspective to the Harvest Foundation Board of Directors.
Wulff has spoken to numerous professional and school groups in the area about business and leadership, received the Martinsville Police Department Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award in 2013, received the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award in Service by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and he also serves on the board of directors for Piedmont Arts.
Wulff and his wife have three children and reside in Martinsville.