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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.

Michael V. Bradford

Michael V. Bradford
Michael V. Bradford

A Lynchburg native, Mike Bradford was a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo and its predecessors managing teams of commercial bankers throughout Western and Southwestern Virginia serving the financial needs of corporate clients and their owners. He also served as the bank’s President for the Lynchburg region.

After 34 years Mike retired from banking to spend his next 6 years serving as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Central Virginia Community College and executive director of CVCC Educational Foundation where his responsibilities included managing the college’s fundraising, student scholarships, marketing, grants and alumni relations. During this time, he also served five months as the interim VP of Finance.

Throughout his career he has served on several non-profit boards in the region including the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Amazement Square, United Way of Central Virginia, Greater Lynchburg Community Trust (ex-officio), Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, STEP with Links, and the Lynchburg City Schools Educational Foundation.

He has been a director of both Centra Health and Piedmont Community Health Plan since 2008.

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.

Peter Caprise, MD

Peter Caprise, MD
Peter Caprise, MD

Dr. Caprise is an orthopaedic surgeon with OrthoVirginia. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina, and completed both his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery. He practiced orthopaedic surgery in the Navy prior to moving with his family to Lynchburg.

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.

Harold Harris, Jr.

Harold Harris, Jr.
Harold Harris, Jr.

Mr. Harris began his career in banking with Central Fidelity Bank in 1988 with the Management Training Program.  After working for one and a half years in that program, he was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in Farmville, Virginia.  Later he relocated to Amelia in the same role.  In March of 2006, he changed employment and began working for Colonial Farm Credit in Farmville as a Relationship Manager.  Mr. Harris’ current job of Regional Lending Manager at Colonial Farm Credit involves overseeing lending personnel in the Farmville, Lynchburg, and South Hill offices.

Mr. Harris received his B.A. in economics from Hampden-Sydney College.

Mr. Harris is very involved in the community and has served on the Centra Southside Community Hospital Board since 2013.  He is a member of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteers for the Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES), and serves as the treasurer of the Hunters Ridge Homeowner’s Association.

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 T. Hubbard, III (“Hank”) is a Lynchburg native who is a 1965 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and a 1969 graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.

Hank retired as a corporate executive at Aetna Insurance Company after 30 years and formed New America Insurance Company in Tarpon Springs, Fl, which provided insurance products to underserved customers, agents, and brokers.

Hank retired to Forest, VA in 2007 and is very active as a community volunteer.  He serves on the Amazement Square Children’s Museum Board, the Randolph College Board as its Chair, the African American Advisory Panel of Poplar Forest, the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope Board, Partners in Education Advisory Board, Early Childhood Education and Childcare Task Force, the STEP with Links Board, and the Pierce Street Gateway Advisory Board.  Mr. Hubbard’s main passion is helping to close the learning/reading gaps with local children.  He has been a Centra Board member since 2014.

Todd Irby

Todd Irby
Todd Irby

Mr. Irby is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Innovative Wireless Technologies, Inc. (IWT) in Lynchburg, Virginia.  IWT is a leading supplier of wireless mesh radios, integrated systems and wireless design services to industrial, commercial, public safety, and defense sectors.  Prior to IWT, Mr. Irby worked at Ericsson, the largest supplier of mobile systems in the world.

Mr. Irby has over 20 years’ experience in global Fortune 500 and small business with responsibility for financial performance, operational execution, corporate strategy, business development, information technology, and HR and legal corporate functions. 

Mr. Irby received his MBA and BS in Finance from Virginia Tech.  Mr. Irby is very active in other community service work, which include:  Trustee, James River Day School; Treasurer and Finance Chair, James River Day School; Member, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Peakland United Methodist Church; Board Member and Development Committee, Amazement Square; Board Member and Finance Committee, Academy Center of the Arts; and the Lynchburg City Schools Education Advisory Committee.  Mr. Irby has also served as a community member on the Governance and Finance Committees of the Centra Board.

Thomas Nygaard, MD

Thomas Nygaard, MD
Thomas Nygaard, MD

Dr. Thomas Nygaard attended undergraduate school and Medical School at Vanderbilt University. He completed his Internship and Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Internal Medicine. His Cardiology Fellowship was carried out at the University of Virginia where he also served on the faculty.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.  Dr. Nygaard came to Lynchburg in 1986 and is now retired.

Geeta Rakheram, MD

Geeta Rakheram, MD
Geeta Rakheram, MD

Dr. Geeta Rakheram has been a Primary Care Physician and Board-Certified Internist for 22 years and currently works with Centra Medical Group. 

Geeta previously served on the boards of Elizabeth Early Learning Center, Bashful Giraffe Early Learning Center, and on the Principal Advisory committee at Bedford Hills Elementary.

Dr. Rakheram holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.  She attended medical school and completed her internship and residency at Medical University of Ohio.

Amy G. Ray - Chairman of the Board

Amy G. Ray - Chairman of the Board
Amy G. Ray - Chairman 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.

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.

Bonnie Svrcek

Bonnie Svrcek
Bonnie Svrcek

Bonnie Svrcek served as the Deputy City Manager and City Manager for the City of Lynchburg for over twenty years. Prior to working for the City of Lynchburg, she worked for the Town of Blacksburg, Fairfax County and the City of Los Angeles’ Washington, D.C. office.

She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Housing and Applied Design, received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California’s Washington Public Affairs Center, attended the Senior Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA and completed the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Bonnie is an active member  of the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library Board of Directors, Advisory Board for Central Virginia Community College, and founding member  of the Board of Directors of the League of Women in Government.  She treasures and enjoys time with her family and friends, traveling with her husband, and launching Good Karma Fibers, a fiber business focused on blending the beauty of fiber with the brilliance of color.

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 - Vice Chairman

George Zippel - Vice Chairman
George Zippel - Vice Chairman

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 has served on the boards of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Genworth Foundation, The Academy Center of the Arts , 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.