Staff & Board

Our Team

Our team members bring unique expertise in philanthropy and charitable giving and an abiding commitment to serving our donors, our nonprofit partners, and our community. Pictures are alphabetized by first name. Our photographer is Jesús Pino Aguilar.

Alex Gross
Alex Gross

is our Senior Donor Relations Manager. She is responsible for ensuring robust support, service and engagement with the Community Foundation’s fundholders. Alex also leads program design and donor engagement with the Investing for Local Impact program and is a key strategic partner in advanced donor services to philanthropic community partners.

Andi Senatro
Andi Senatro

is our Operations Manager. She supports administration, human resources, database management, and the systems and procedures that promote efficiency and increase effectiveness across all foundation activities.

Brennan Gould
Brennan Gould

serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for directing Community Foundation strategy and operations, and for ensuring that the foundation’s mission is fulfilled through expanding relationships with the community. She serves as an ex-officio member of the foundation’s Governing Board, to which she reports.

Carrie Soubra
Carrie Soubra

is our Administrative Assistant. She performs a wide variety of administrative functions and provides general office support for all foundation activities. She interacts regularly with Community Foundation stakeholders, answers and directs incoming phone calls and emails, schedules meetings, and provides database support.

Chaquita Venable
Chaquita Venable

is our Donor Relations Manager. She performs a variety of programmatic and administrative functions as part of the donor relations team, including support for applicants and grantees to our donor advised grantmaking programs. Additionally, she coordinates compliance, general information management, communications, and customer service related to our individual and family funds.

Daniel Fairley II
Daniel Fairley II

is our Donor Relations Manager for Advised Competitive Grants. He leads all aspects of the Community Foundation’s application-based, competitive, donor-advised grant programs. Daniel works closely with the Advancement team to build relationships with both fundholders and community partners.

Eboni Bugg
Eboni Bugg

is our Director of Community Investment. She leads and oversees community investment strategies, including grant-making, local impact investing, and non-monetary resources programming to ensure activities align with our mission and values while responding to community data and needs across our region.

Joumana Altallal
Joumana Altallal

is our Senior Communications Manager. She is responsible for expanding the visibility of the organization to meaningfully engage with the region's diverse audiences while developing effective and innovative communications that reflect organizational values and goals.

Justin Reid
Justin Reid

is a Senior Program Manager. He works in collaboration with the Programs team to carry forward existing and new discretionary programs rooted in trust-based, equity-forward philanthropy.

Kisha Bwenge
Kisha Bwenge

is our Senior Capacity Building Manager. She works closely with the Programs team to provide direct capacity building support to grant partners, oversee the Catchafire program, and serve as the primary liaison for our Agency Funds.

Maggie McCann
Maggie McCann

is our Senior Accounting Manager and leads on all aspects of Community Foundation asset, financial and fund management and reporting. To advance our donors’ financial and investment goals, Maggie develops and manages the foundation’s relationships with tax, legal and investment professionals and institutional partners.

Megan Donovan
Megan Donovan

is our Grants Administrator. Megan performs a variety of programmatic and administrative tasks to support the smooth functioning of the foundation’s discretionary grantmaking and capacity building programs. She works with grant partners and coordinates event and meeting support, while helping to ensure compliance with the foundation’s standards, policies, and procedures.

Ryan Jacoby
Ryan Jacoby

is Director of Operations. He oversees foundation-wide administration, procedures, and project management, including communications, human resources, and database management.

Terrel White
Terrel White

is Director of Advancement. He oversees strategic resource development, donor education, philanthropic services, and ensures that the advancement team is equipped to connect donors with impactful community initiatives.

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin

is our Accounting Assistant. Valerie performs a variety of accounting and administrative functions in support of the finance team and foundation's work, while coordinating contributions and accounts payable activities and helping to ensure compliance with financial and record-keeping procedures.

Vivi Rogers
Vivi Rogers

is our Director of Finance. Vivi plays a key role in ensuring the foundation delivers on our mission to improve quality of life as a community-centered, equity-forward organization by maintaining strong financial health, sound fiscal stewardship, and organizational integrity and compliance.

Our Governing Board

Our Governing Board is entrusted to guide the Community Foundation, and its members actively seek a wide range of community perspectives that strengthen our decision-making and complement our individual expertise. Pictures are alphabetized by first name. Our photographer is Jesús Pino Aguilar.

Andrea Roberts
Andrea Roberts

is Chair of the Governing Board. An associate professor of accounting at UVA, she specializes in nonprofit financial reporting. She is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Project Resource Group and is a past president of the AAA’s Diversity Section. She is a member of the American Accounting Association and the PhD Project Accounting Doctoral Students Association.

Antwon Brinson
Antwon Brinson

is Chair of the Grants Portfolio Committee. He is the owner and CEO of Culinary Concepts AB, which was founded in 2018 and provides high-impact, motivational training in the food service industry. Prior to that he was the executive chef at Common House and cooked at restaurants and resorts around the country. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York.

Bethany Teachman
Bethany Teachman

is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training and Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology, and director of the public website MindTrails and Project Implicit Health. She has been awarded an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award, multiple national mentoring awards, and she is a Fellow of multiple associations.

Bob Downer
Bob Downer

served as General District Court Judge for the 16th Judicial District in Virginia for 18 years. He was elected by the General Assembly serving in 2001 and reelected in 2007 and 2013. Bob instituted the Therapeutic Docket serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. He is the recipient of the Clarence Earl Gideon Award in 2019. He presently serves as a facilitator judge in the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program.

Bob Sweeney
Bob Sweeney

retired as the Senior VP of Development and Public Affairs for the University of Virginia in 2016. During his twenty-five years in the position, he restructured the university's development effort, and its philanthropic cash flow increased fourfold in ten years, from $50 million to $200 million. He is married to Lili Powell, a professor with appointments in the Darden School of Business and the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Charles Lewis
Charles Lewis

has founded multiple organizations and holds key roles, including serving with the Black Professional Network of Charlottesville. He produces and co-hosts the community-based talk show In My Humble Opinion, and is co-owner of Out Sight Events, a local event company. Charles works as a Senior Unified Communications Engineer at UVA Health, and is a trusted community leader, and proud family man.

Diane Schmidt
Diane Schmidt

is Chair of the Audit Committee. She works for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia. She received degrees from JMU and Mary Washington and is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

Glenn Rust
Glenn Rust

is the president and CEO and a Director of Virginia National Bank and Virginia National Bankshares, a billion-dollar, publicly traded company. In addition to having more than forty-six years of banking, technology, and consulting experience, he is an advocate for many not-for-profits and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

Helene Downs
Helene Downs

is Chair of the Board Development Committee. A partner at Hantzmon Wiebel, she specializes in tax planning and preparation, estate planning, and estate and trust taxation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council. She serves on the board of the Village School.

Jake Zarnegar
Jake Zarnegar

is Secretary of the Governing Board. He is a business executive, entrepreneur, and investor who has been involved in the creation and operation of three Charlottesville-founded software companies: Silver Chair Learning Systems (now Relias), and Hum. Before joining the board, Jake was a charter member of CACF's Future Fund, and served on the Grants Portfolio Committee for seven years.

Kristin L. Henningsen
Kristin L. Henningsen

is Vice Chair of the Governing Board. She is Managing Director of the operations division of CornerStone Partners, an Outsourced CIO firm in Charlottesville. CornerStone manages about $11 billion in assets for fourteen not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining CornerStone, she worked for a large regional accounting firm and an investment banking firm.

Libby Edwards-Allbaugh
Libby Edwards-Allbaugh

is President of the Tax Ladies and an instructor for PVCC Workforce Services. She is a past President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Junior Chamber of Commerce, State Coordinator of the Virginia Jaycees, Piedmont CASA volunteer, administrator of the Fluvanna Soccer Association, and is active with the Chamber Diversity Council and Women’s Round Table. She is a native of Charlottesville and mother of three boys.

Ray Mishler
Ray Mishler

retired in 2020 after 31 years leading the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation and a broad career of nonprofit leadership in Charlottesville. Ray has also served on the board for United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and the Charlottesville Free Clinic, and he previously served CACF as a task force member, Bama Works Fund grant reviewer, and led the hospital to help resource the Foundation’s first Shaping Futures grant. Ray and his wife, Pat Smith, have two grown children living in Richmond.