the wright for lynchburg advisory committee

I am honored to have the support of the following individuals, who serve on our campaign advisory committee. Members include public servants, small business owners, physicians, scholars, artists, educators, and, to a person, dedicated members of our community. I invite you to learn more about them here. 



Joan is the current Mayor of Lynchburg. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College and holds three degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, as well as Special Education. Joan was elected in 2002 to Lynchburg City Council as the At Large Member. She is the first female Mayor of the City. In addition to serving on City Council, Joan is the Director of Development for Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, an education nonprofit.


FMR Mayor michael gillette, CO-chair

Michael came to Lynchburg in 1990 to teach at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. After receiving tenure and achieving the rank of Associate Professor, he left the college to further develop his consulting business in the field of clinical ethics. He served on Lynchburg City Council as the Ward I representative for 12 years, and served as the Mayor of the City of Lynchburg for four years.



Naomi has been a Lynchburg resident since January 1999. She is currently on the faculty of Lynchburg College. Naomi has served as facilitator for Lynchburg’s Community Dialogue on Race and Racism, as well as a board member for such civic organizations as the Lynchburg Rotary Club, Lynchburg Community Concerts, Riverviews Artspace, Agudath Sholom Congregation, Forte Chamber Music Program, and most recently, The Holocaust Education Foundation of Central Virginia.


FMR Mayor leighton dodd

Leighton served as Mayor of Lynchburg from 1972 to 1976, after being elected to Council in 1970. A retired banker, Leighton has served on the boards of Lynchburg College, the Salvation Army, and the Lynchburg Chapter of the American Cancer Society, among others. He is a veteran of the Korean War, a devoted husband and father, and 1956 graduate of Lynchburg College.  


FMR vice Mayor bert dodson

Bert is President of Dodson Pest Control in Lynchburg. His business currently operates in 37 offices serving Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and the DC metro area. Bert served on Lynchburg City Council for 12 years, including six as Vice Mayor.  He is a graduate of the University of Richmond.







hermina hendricks

A native of Lynchburg, Hermina is a music educator and multicultural student services administrator at Randolph College. She has served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts - Arts Education Review Board. In addition to her work on numerous local boards and committees, Hermina serves as Organist and Choral Director of the Senior Choir at Diamond Hill Baptist Church. She also teaches part-time at Central Virginia Community College. 




morgan hollister

Morgan works as an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Lynchburg, defending indigent members of our community that have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies. She works tirelessly to make sure each individual is given a proper defense and that their rights are protected throughout the process. She serves as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Community Outreach Committee. She is passionate about local government, and helps out in any capacity she can while balancing the care of her three boys (all under the age of three). She and her family live in College Hill. 





libby and paul fitzgerald

Libby worked for TIME Inc. in New York City and since moving to Lynchburg in 1971 has been a news reporter and public affairs program producer and moderator in the area for many years. She was a CASA volunteer and a member of the boards of the James River Arts Council, the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center, the Academy Center of the Arts, and Endstation Theatre.

Paul practiced Orthopedic Surgery in Lynchburg for 37 years and has volunteered at the Free Clinic of Central Virginia since he retired in 2008. He was a past president of the combined staffs of Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals, is a past member of the Lynchburg City                                                                                                   School Board and is currently on the boards of the Centra                                                                                                   Foundation and the LCS Foundation                               


Ebony foster

Ebony is a native of Lynchburg. An educator, she currently serves on the faculty at Sandusky Middle School. In college, at North Carolina State, Ebony was an All-American athlete in track and field, and the first female in the University's history to receive All-America honors in sprints two years in a row. She is a former assistant coach at North Carolina A&T State University and Lynchburg College. She is the proud parent of two daughters, who attend Lynchburg City Schools.


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Wes Fugate

Wes is currently vice president and chief of staff, secretary of the Board of Trustees at Randolph College. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, Wes served as deputy chief of staff for planning and education policy to the Governor of Kentucky. In addition to his work at Randolph, he serves as president of the board of directors for the Endstation Theatre Company, as well as past chair of the board of directors for Lynchburg Beacon of Hope.





alex johnston

Alex is the founder of Cities Reimagined, a human centered design firm that equip mayors and city leaders with solutions to their toughest challenges. Alex's passion for cities began during her career as a Family Support Worker with the Healthy Families program at HumanKind, serving at risk mothers and children living in poverty. Alex holds a bachelors and masters degree in business administration and is a graduate of University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. 





austin journey

Austin is a documentary filmmaker and video producer. Upon graduating the College of William and Mary, he returned home to Lynchburg where he began working with Shaking Hands Productions. He is a supporter of the arts at the local schools, having directed shows for Heritage High School and Dunbar Middle School. Last year he taught Dunbar students about filmmaking as a part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. Austin currently heads up video production for Lynchburg City Schools.




ED polloway

Ed is retired from the faculty and administration at Lynchburg College where he taught for over 40 years  He also served as Dean of the School of Education, Dean of Graduate Studies and VP for Community Advancement. Ed has been actively involved in community programs serving as board member for a number of non-profit organizations in the city.



margi and rob vaughn

Margi is currently on the staff of the Old City Cemetery. She has and continues to serve on numerous local boards, including as president of the Lynchburg Tree Stewards and on the board of the James River Association. 

Rob is an anesthesiologist in private practice in Lynchburg. He has served on the boards of the City Market and Endstation Theater, is the current president of the EC Glass Foundation, and is a regular volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. He and Margi are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 


Nancy Young

Nancy's career since moving to Lynchburg in 1964 has included that of a school counselor, CEO of a multi-service non-profit organization, and consultant throughout the United States, primarily on topics of strategic planning and board development. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia, Nancy has served on numerous community boards such as the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library. Currently, she is on the board for the Old City Cemetery, serving as its president.