Board of Directors

Erin Ashwell

Erin Ashwell

Partner, McGuireWoods

Erin Ashwell is a partner at the law firm of McGuireWoods where she works in government investigations, appeals, and litigation. She previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Virginia where Erin set legal strategy for more than 500 employees tasked with representing Virginia’s Executive agencies as well as the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Erin is also the co-founder of Turn the Page, a nonprofit organization providing books and food in coordination with Roanoke City Public Schools and the Roanoke Bar Association. Erin is originally from Huddleston, Virginia and lives in Roanoke with her husband and three children.

John Cornthwait

President and Chief Operating Officer, Firefli

John is the President + Chief Operating Officer at Firefli and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Virginia Western Community College’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics where he teaches web development. He holds a M.S. in Information Architecture and UX from Kent State University and B.A. in Psychology from Roanoke College. He works across industries with regional and global companies to design products and services that drive business. John’s work has been recognized by The Webby Awards, American Advertising Federation, and Public Relations Society of America.
Richard Hedley

Richard Hedley

CPA, Brown Edwards

Richard is a Certified Public Accountant at Brown Edwards.  He has more than 19 years of experience providing tax planning, compliance, and advisory services for a wide variety of clients including residential and commercial construction, manufacturing, and hospitality industries.  Richard holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Richard also serves on the Rotary Club of Roanoke-Downtown and the Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia. He is the Treasurer for Restoration Housing.

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Controller & Vice President of Operations, Hist:Re Partners & Allegheny Partners

Kelly is the Controller and Vice President of Finance and Operations at Hist:Re Partners and Allegheny Partners. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and operations in a wide array of industries including DoD contractor manufacturing and SBIR, public accounting, and international education.  Kelly currently works with a myriad of regional businesses focused on real estate development, construction, management, and consulting. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech and is a published poet. Kelly has a strong sense of preservation, community, education, and history. She has worked with other non-profits including The Virginia Outdoors Foundation and The New River Land Trust. Kelly is a member of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Alison Jorgensen

Alison Jorgenson

Vice President, Council of Community Services

Alison is the Vice President of the Council of Community Services in Roanoke, Virginia with more than 18 years in the nonprofit industry. Driven by meaningful work, she has dedicated her professional life to bettering the community by building nonprofits’ capacity to achieve their missions. Alison is trained as a Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitator and enjoys guiding nonprofits through the strategic planning process. As Vice President of the Council of Community Services, Alison provides support and leadership to talented staff in several programs. Alison serves in an executive leadership role in several associations across the state and serves locally on the Local Office on Aging’s Advisory Board. She earned her BA in Sociology from Roanoke College and her MS in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University. Alison earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in early 2009 and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). She is married with one child.  

Cynthia Lawrence

Cynthia Lawrence

Director of the Office of Workforce Development, Carilion Clinic

Cynthia is the Director of the Office of Workforce Development at Carilion Clinic, prior to which she founded and led two companies from 1986 – 2015. Cynthia has a long history of service to our community serving on many Boards over the years including the Virginia Lottery Board, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Commission, Western Virginia Workforce Development Authority, Mill Mountain Theatre, Science Museum of Western Virginia, Virginia Museum of Transportation, VA Ready, Virginia Chamber’s Workforce and Education Committee, Blue Ridge Partnership for Health Science Careers, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Virginia Western Community College Foundation, Opera Roanoke, Virginia Opera, House of Bread Roanoke, President’s Advisory Council for Hollins University, and the Advisory Board for the Department of Management at the Pamplin College of Business and Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech. Cynthia also founded Food for Thought, an edible education partnership between VWCC, Roanoke City Schools, and the City of Roanoke establishing a teaching garden and agri-science-based program at James Madison Middle School and The Commonwealth Council, an organization of women business leaders focused on mentoring emerging women leaders and funding undergraduate scholarships for adult working women of need. She also serves as a student mentor for House of Bread Roanoke, an ecumenical Christian organization that assists formerly incarcerated women with job skills, education, and stable housing. Cynthia is a native and lifelong resident of Roanoke, Virginia.  The Lawrences live in Roanoke City.


Jonathan Richardson

SW Virginia Regional President, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Jonathan is the Regional President for Pinnacle Financial Partners in western and central Virginia with responsibility for all commercial and consumer banking operations. Jonathan earned his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech with a double major in Finance and Economics. He also devotes his time to serving of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia as well as the committee of the Jim Barker Educational Scholarship Fund. Jonathan lives in southwest Roanoke County with his wife and two children.


Molly Roberts

Community Benefit Manager, Carilion Clinic

Molly Roberts is the Community Benefit Manager for Carilion Clinic, where she oversees the Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement planning process, community grants and sponsorships, and Carilion’s Community Benefit Reporting for the IRS. Her role is focused on understanding and addressing community needs and showing impact. Prior to joining Carilion, Molly worked in Kentucky as a local health department epidemiologist. She is a graduate Centre College with a BS in Biology and East Tennessee State University with a MPH in Epidemiology.

Carol Tuning

Carol Tuning

Executive Director, Disability Rights and Resource Center

Carol is the Executive Director of the Disability Rights and Resource Center, whose mission is to help any person with any disability achieve and maintain a life of independence.  In addition to working closely with her Board of Directors to ensure efficient and effective operations of the Center, she continues her efforts in working closely with community nonprofit agencies to foster collaboration and strengthen existing programs. She currently serves on the Rocky Mount Foundation as well as the Facade Improvement Committee for the Town of Rocky Mount.  She is a past board member of the United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the Community Impact Committee, the Governors Coordinating Council on Homelessness, Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center.  She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Ferrum College and her graduate degree from Hollins University with a focus on leadership development.