January 2, 2018
Dr. Valenica Eggleston-Clark and James “Jim” Tobin will join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors this year.
Eggleston-Clark said she was “humbled” when asked to serve on the board.
“I still can’t believe the immensity of the job board members have to serve this community – it’s a tremendous responsibility,” she said. “I came back to my hometown because I care about my community, and I wanted to give back to my community what it gave me.”
Before being asked to serve on the board, Eggleston-Clark said she didn’t know much about the foundation, only that it served local nonprofit organizations.
“I saw all the wonderful news about Harvest grants in the newspaper, but I did not fully understand how and why it was created, and the full scope of responsibility for the board,” she said. “Now that I have a better understanding, I feel I can bring my compassion, good work ethic, educational and professional experience to the board. I think I can be a real asset to the foundation and the community.”
Being born and raised in Martinsville-Henry County, Eggleston-Clark said she’s proud of where she comes from, and is always excited to share more about her hometown with others.
“I see Harvest as an organization that invests in this community and works to make it a great place to live, work and raise children,” she said. “My friends always thought I was crazy for wanting to stay so close to home, but the people here are fantastic. I’ve traveled some, and there are no places that match up to Martinsville-Henry County and the people here.”
Tobin said he was honored and felt slightly overwhelmed after learning of his nomination.
“I am very grateful to this community, and if there’s anything I can do to help move the community forward, I could hardly turn down that opportunity,” Tobin said.
A Pittsburgh, Pa. native, Tobin moved to Martinsville in 1974 with his wife and two children. After a 26-year run as executive director at Piedmont Community Services, he retired June 30, 2016.
Before accepting his nomination to serve on The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors, Tobin partnered with the foundation as a grantee.
“I saw Harvest from the other side, … and I’ve always felt like the foundation was a partner while (I was) at Piedmont,” Tobin said. “They were open, welcoming, and a smart group of people whose heart was in making the community a better place.”
With his background in mental health and working with people who have major obstacles in their lives, Tobin said he always thought he saw himself as a community organizer.
“I bring the perspective of knowing a lot about the people in our community who have difficulties,” he said. “I’d like to figure out how we manage that and build the next generation community.”
Dr. Paul Eason, chairman of The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors, said he is thrilled at the selection of Eggleston-Clark and Tobin as new board members.
“Valenica and Jim both bring a unique voice and perspective to the board, with Valenica’s background as a physician and Jim’s long career as the executive director at Piedmont Community Services,” Eason said. “We are grateful they accepted their nomination to join the board, and we eagerly anticipate their contributions to the foundation and our community.”
Tobin received a bachelor’s degree from St. Vincent College, a master’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from Radford University, and completed doctoral work at Temple University. He serves on the advisory board of Smart Beginnings of Martinsville & Henry County and on the Board of Directors for United Way of Henry County & Martinsville. He lives in Martinsville with his wife, Theresa.
Eggleston-Clark completed her undergraduate work at Duke University, graduated from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and completed her residency at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. She’s family medicine physician at Carilion Clinic in Martinsville. Eggleston-Clark participates in many community service projects through her church, Christ’s Temple United Holy Church in Axton, she’s volunteered for Southside Community Action and the Pregnancy Care Center. She lives in Danville with her husband, Mark, and their son, Lyndon.
The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors is a 13-member board that includes a new slate of officers for 2018. They are Eason as chairman, Virginia W. Hamlet as external committee vice chair and secretary, David L. Stone Jr. as vice chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, and William L. “Bill” Kirby IV, as vice chair of the Internal Committee and treasurer. Other board members include Monica T. Monday, W. Christopher Beeler Jr., Rev. Jane Johnson, Dr. Gene Madonia, Kelvin Perry, Dr. Paulette Simington and Danny Wulff.
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