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Centra is governed by a board of directors that represents a cross section of the community and understands the area's needs.

Albert M. Baker, M.D.

Albert M. Baker, M.D.
Albert M. Baker, M.D.

Albert M. Baker, M.D., is the president of Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates, a six-physician group providing care for pulmonary diseases, sleep disorders, and critical care in central Virginia.

Dr. Baker earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry and his medical degree from the University of Virginia.  He completed a residency in internal medicine with a primary care focus at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and then a fellowship in pulmonary diseases and critical care at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care, Dr. Baker has practiced in Lynchburg since 1995 and is a certified physician executive.  He performs interventional bronchoscopy and other advanced airway procedures. He is experienced in conducting clinical trials and with researching asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia and sepsis.  He serves on the committee of Centra’s board which is responsible for credentialing, health care quality, staff development and service excellence.

Michael V. Bradford

Michael V. Bradford
Michael V. Bradford


A Lynchburg native, Mike Bradford is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Central Virginia Community College and executive director of the CVCC Educational Foundation.  Prior to joining CVCC in 2012, he had a 34 year career in commercial banking with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors, and was the Lynchburg area president for the bank.
 
He is on the board of Piedmont Community Health Plan, Amazement Square, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Lynchburg Area Development Corporation. Over the years he has served on the boards of the United Way of Central Virginia, the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust (ex-officio), Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, STEP with Links, Junior Achievement, Lynchburg City Schools Educational Foundation and Kaleidoscope.
 
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master’s degree in finance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
 

Julie P. Doyle

Julie P. Doyle
Julie P. Doyle

Julie P. Doyle is co-owner and director of The Education & Research Foundation, Inc.  Doyle directs the business operations of the clinical trial company whose primary market focus is dermatological medications and products. She oversees the Phase I-IV clinical studies for pharmaceutical and consumer product companies.

She serves on the Lynchburg College Board of Trustee, the Bank of the James Board of Directors and the Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation Board and is a member of the SPHEX club.

Julie previously served on the Lynchburg City School board, the Notre Dame Monogram Club, Step with Links board and the Kids’ Haven board of directors.

Doyle holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.B.A. degree from George Washington University.

H.C. Eschenroeder, Jr., M.D.

H.C. Eschenroeder, Jr., M.D.
H.C. Eschenroeder, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Eschenroeder is an orthopaedic surgeon with OrthoVirginia. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in biology. He attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and completed both his internship and residency at the University of Virginia in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery. His fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery was completed at The Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

Dr. Eschenroeder is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and has practiced in Lynchburg since 1987. 

Sharon L. Harrup

Sharon L. Harrup
Sharon L. Harrup

Sharon L. Harrup is the President & CEO of STEPS, Inc., a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Farmville that provides services in ten (10) counties in Southside Virginia.  “STEPS is committed to coordinating, creating and delivering quality comprehensive services in an effort to foster self-sufficiency and eliminate poverty.”

Harrup earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation and a master’s degree in college and community counseling from Longwood College.

Hylan "Hank" Hubbard

Hylan "Hank" Hubbard
Hylan "Hank" Hubbard

Hylan “Hank” Hubbard is a native of Lynchburg and a proud 1965 graduate of the former Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He was Salutatorian and President of his class.

He is a 1969 graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me.

After retiring from Aetna Insurance as Senior VP in 1996 after a 27 year career, he co-founded New America Insurance Company in Tarpon Springs, FL which provided insurance coverages to under-served insurance agents and their clients.

In 2007 Hank retired a second time and returned to the Lynchburg area to build a retirement home and to assist in the care of his mother and mother-in-law.

He is committed to serving his native home in any ways that he can – especially when it comes to the education and development of children.

Hank’s community activities include:

  • Current chairman of the Amazement Square Children’s Museum Board
  • Caring for Kids Golf Tournament in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
  • Member of the Centra Health Board of Directors
  • Chairman of the Dunbar High School Legacy Scholarship Fund Committee
  • Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Board of Directors- Distribution Committee Chair
  • Trustee of Randolph College
  • Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. –Lynchburg Alumni Chapter
  • Current Chair of the Partners in Education Board
  • Treasurer to the STEP with Links Board
  • Secretary – Revelers Club, Ltd. social club
  • Member of the SPHEX Club
  • Mentor to an E. C. Glass freshman

He is an active member and Trustee of Altha Grove Baptist Church in Forest, VA.

He has a son and a daughter and 4 incredible grand boys! He is an avid golfer, and a lover of music and good movies.

Amy G. Ray- Vice Chair of the Board

Amy G. Ray- Vice Chair of the Board
Amy G. Ray- Vice Chair of the Board

Amy G. Ray is a retired CPA with 29 years of experience in public accounting.  She retired as a partner from Brown Edwards &Company  LLC in 2011.  


She has served on numerous boards  and in leadership positions with community and professional organizations over the past 30 years, including the Virginia Society of CPA's, The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, and the Jones Memorial Library. She was the first woman  to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the F.M. "Dink" Cloyd award for Chamber Service in 2000.

Jeffrey Rowan

Jeffrey Rowan
Jeffrey Rowan

Amanda Stanley

Amanda Stanley
Amanda Stanley

Since 2013, Amanda has served as the President and CEO of DePaul Community Resources, a non-profit organization with over 200 employees across 18 locations.  DePaul provides home- and community-based care to children and families in the child welfare system and to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   

Prior to joining DePaul, Amanda was a small business owner based in Bedford and provided consulting services to government and human service clients.  Her career began in the public sector, providing direct care to individuals in need through local social service agencies in Bedford and Roanoke.  Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Richmond and her Master of Science degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech.  Amanda begins work on her doctoral degree in health sciences this fall.  

Amanda is a founding director of the Virginia Non-Profit Leadership Council and is a graduate of the 2014 Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute Cohort for change.  Amanda was recently selected by Lynchburg Business Magazine and the Region 2000 Partnership as a “Top 20 under 40” for her contributions to the community and non-profit sector.   

Verna R. Sellers, MD

Verna R. Sellers, MD
Verna R. Sellers, MD

Verna R. Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF is Medical Director of Centra PACE (Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly and Geriatrics Service for Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia. PACE is a comprehensive program for adult 55 years of age and older who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement but prefer to stay in their home.  She relocated to Lynchburg in 2008 for the opportunity to open the PACE program and expand the geriatric services provided by Centra Health.  Dr. Sellers is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Geriatric Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care.

Dr. Sellers received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Virginia.  She earned her Doctorate in Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  Dr. Sellers completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.  She completed a two-year geriatric fellowship and obtained her Masters in Public Health in Administrative Medicine from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Sellers is a clinician, administrator and educator.  She provides medical care for patients in their homes including assisted living, and nursing facilities. As Medical Director of Centra PACE, Dr. Sellers is responsible for the oversight of the quality assurance performance improvement program (QAPI) and the development and implementation of participant care policies. Dr. Sellers is a faculty member for the Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Core Curriculum in Medical Direction and a preceptor for the Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Geriatric Fellowship Program.

Dr. Sellers is a member of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Geriatric Society, the Virginia Geriatric Society, The Society for Post -Acute and Long Term Care (AMDA), and the Virginia Medical Directors Association (founding member).  She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. an international service sorority.

Walker P. Sydnor Jr., Chairman of the Board

Walker P. Sydnor Jr., Chairman of the Board
Walker P. Sydnor Jr., Chairman of the Board

Walker P. Sydnor Jr. is the retired president of Scott Insurance Company, Virginia's oldest and largest employee-owned provider of insurance, benefits services, and financial management. 

Sydnor graduated from Hampden-Sydney College.  He worked for insurance firms across the country before joining Scott Insurance Company.

Mr. Sydnor joined the Centra Board of Directors in 1993. He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee from 1996 until 2013, and effective January, 2014 became Chairman of the Centra board. Mr. Sydnor served as trustee for Lynchburg College from 1991 until 2013, and served as Chair of the board for 2002-2005. He received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from LC on May 12, 2007.

Other community boards that Mr. Sydnor has served on are the United Way (campaign chair 2007), Lynchburg Humanitarian Awards Dinner chair 2012, and the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) board. He currently sits on the Wells Fargo regional advisory board.

Mr. Sydnor currently lives with his wife Sallie in Bedford County, Virginia. They have three children, Curt, Brantley, and Giles.

E.W. Tibbs Jr, President & CEO

E.W. Tibbs Jr, President & CEO
E.W. Tibbs Jr, President & CEO

E.W. Tibbs, Jr., a Bedford native, is President and CEO of Centra. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, E.W. had been the Centra senior vice-president and chief operating officer as well as the president and CEO of Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville. E.W. joined Centra in 2006, having previously served as president and CEO of Bedford Memorial Hospital. He is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University.

E.W.’s career in healthcare was formed at an early age by his mother and sister who were both nurses, and his experience as a teenage volunteer with the local rescue squad. After college he joined a hospital emergency department, where he worked for a decade. He helped treat patients during their most vulnerable times, and always considered it a privilege to care for others.  As someone who has cared directly for patients and has expertise in healthcare finances, E.W. has a well rounded view of how an excellent healthcare system should operate.

Francis E. Wood

Francis E. Wood
Francis E. Wood

Francis E. Wood is General Manager and co-owner of Colonial Broadcasting Company, Incorporated of Farmville, which includes WFLO AM and FM radio stations. A broadcast veteran with nearly fifty years of service in small market radio,  Francis was an announcer for WLES-AM in Lawrenceville, Virginia from 1970-1971 before making his home at WFLO in Farmville. He performs a daily music and information show at WFLO-FM and is host of the award-winning “Call Flo Radio Show” which is heard daily over WFLO AM and FM.

His service to the local community involves a seat on the Centra Southside Community Hospital Board of Directors where he serves as vice-chair and a past seat on the Moton Museum Board of Directors. He served on the Farmville Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for two terms. He still serves as a VAB Board Director.  In 2015 he was presented the C.T. Lucy Award for Distinguished Service by the VAB. That same year he was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.  Francis remains involved in many events throughout the WFLO listening area as emcee and promoter.

Francis is an award-winning author who has written and published thirty books through his Tip of the Moon Publishing Company, which he owns and operates with his wife, Chris. He is a Virginia Master Naturalist and a professional story teller. When he is not on the air he stays busy with his books, giving lectures, seminars and telling stories at libraries, book clubs, schools, colleges, universities and state parks. He enjoys passing along the importance of reading, writing and storytelling. His hobbies include: hunting, hiking, canoeing and fly-fishing. He is an avid camper, photographer and amateur archeologist. He is also a musician who loves to collect and play vintage guitars.

Francis and Chris live near Shepherds Virginia in their log cabin in the woods. They have five children and five grandchildren and a chocolate Lab named Coco.

More information is available on this noted author and Virginia broadcaster at: http://tipofthemoon.com  or contact Francis at: FWOOD@WFLO.net

R. Sackett Wood

R. Sackett Wood
R. Sackett Wood

R. Sackett Wood serves as president and CEO of Moore & Giles.  The Forest-based company designs and develops natural leathers for the high-end hospitality, aviation and residential interior design industries.

He attended the University of Virginia and earned his bachelor’s degree in English.

After graduation, Wood worked for First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo) as a middle market lender in both North Carolina and South Carolina.  He then took a sales position with Moore & Giles in 1990.

George Zippel

George Zippel
George Zippel

George Zippel is a retired corporate executive and full-time community volunteer.

Over the course of 25 years, George held various general management, operations and financial roles with the General Electric Company. He moved to Lynchburg in 1999 when he joined GE Financial as President of First Colony Life Insurance Company and became President and CEO of Genworth Financial's Protection business as part of its initial public offering in 2004. After Genworth, George served as President and CEO of Scottish Re Group Ltd, a life reinsurer based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

George is currently a board trustee of The Academy Center of the Arts and is on the advisory boards of The Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg.

George previously served on the boards of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Genworth Foundation, The United Way of Central Virginia, Jubilee Family Development Center, Amazement Square, Camp Kum-ba-Yah and STEP with Links.

George graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Economics.