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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 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.
 

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 “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.

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. 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, Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology.  Dr. Nygaard came to Lynchburg in 1986 and retired in 2014.

Dr. Nygaard has been active with medical missions and has served and continues to serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

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 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.