Since joining The Harvest Foundation in 2002, Allyson has served as Interim or Assistant Executive Director of the organization. She works closely with The Harvest Foundation Board, Harvest Foundation staff, and the Martinsville-Henry County community to develop effective strategies for community enhancement through education, health and general welfare areas such as the arts and economic development. As the only member of the current staff to have served on the Board of Directors for the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County and work for The Harvest Foundation since its inception, Allyson also provides an important link to the hospital's and the foundation's history.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 20
DeWitt brings over 30 years of experience to the Foundation in the field of education, having formerly served as teacher, coach, athletic director, principal, and most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the Henry County Public School system. DeWitt is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University and received his master's degree in education from Radford University in 1989. He enjoys reading, playing golf, and is a passionate and die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. DeWitt resides in Henry County with his son, Evan.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 14
Sheryl joined the Foundation in February, 2013 as Grants Administrator. In her new position, she will be responsible for evaluating the impact of the Foundation's investments in the community and working with local organizations and partners to identify new opportunities to promote positive results in addressing community needs.
Prior to joining the Harvest Foundation, Sheryl was Director of the MHC Smart Beginnings early childhood coalition with the United Way of Henry County & Martinsville. She also previously worked in Human Resources and Communication for the VF Corporation. Sheryl earned her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University in 2012.
She serves on the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Community Investment Committee and works with her church children and youth programs at First Baptist Church - Ridgeway. She and her husband, Billy, reside in Ridgeway with their two children, Taylor and Josh.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 16
As the Controller, Georgia is responsible for general accounting, financial reporting and analysis, grant financial management, benefits and human resource management.
Georgia brings over 20 years of experience in financial management. A lifelong resident of Martinsville-Henry County, she is a 1984 graduate of Patrick Henry Community College and a 1992 graduate of Averett College, where she graduated cum laude with her B.S. in Accounting.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 11
Kim's responsibilities with the Foundation consist of primary administrative support to the President and the Board of Directors to ensure efficient logistical and program support for the operations of the organization. She brings over 34 years of experience in administrative support to this position. Kim worked for over 24 years with Piedmont Trust Bank in Martinsville, Virginia, where she served in several capacities including Trust Administrative support, Executive Assistant, and Administrative Assistant. Most recently, Kim was the Trust Administrative Associate for American National Bank and Trust Company.
A lifelong resident of Patrick County, Kim is a graduate of Patrick Henry Community College.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 13
Latala brings a diverse background in higher education, public information, foundations and the press to her job as the director of communications at the Harvest Foundation. She works directly with grantee organizations and collaborates with many foundation stakeholders, including members of its staff and board of directors. She also plans, prepares, and oversees the production of Harvest's communications using its website, the news media, social media, and other avenues, and she works with local and regional media to tell harvest's story. Latala most recently worked in communications at Patrick Henry Community College and with its foundation, and she also has been a newspaper reporter and copy editor.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 18
India brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Harvest Foundation from her work in the nonprofit and education sectors. She will serve as the Foundation's grants and program team administrator, managing the grants process and working closely with the program team to direct the proposal process and evaluate prospective grantees. India was a former intern with the Foundation in 2011, and comes to Harvest from the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, where she served as director of the HEY (Help Engage Youth) Collaborative. She's also worked as an instructor for Piedmont Community Services, and as a substitute teacher and career development coordinator for Henry County Public Schools. India serves on Martinsville City's Board of Zoning Appeals and is a member of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County. She and her husband Matthew live in Martinsville with their Wheaten Terrier named Teddy.
Phone: (276) 632-3329 ext. 12
Bria is the first person most people see when they come to the Harvest Foundation offices on Church Street in Martinsville. She is in her second summer working at the foundation and also worked there part-time during the school year. She is working at Harvest's front desk, as an office assistant and helping the staff with projects, including organizing old grant files. Hairston graduated from Patrick Henry Community College on May 16 and Magna Vista High School and the Piedmont Governor's School of Math, Science & Technology on May 23. She attends classes at Virginia Tech majoring in biology, with a goal of becoming a physician's assistant. She hopes to return to Martinsville-Henry County to live and work at that time.