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CAROLYN W. JACQUES, M.ED, RNC, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

CAROLYN W. JACQUES, M.ED, RNC, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Carolyn W. Jacques
CAROLYN W. JACQUES, M.ED, RNC, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Carolyn Jacques, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, is a certified Inpatient Obstetrics Nurse and Childbirth Educator. Mrs. Jacques graduated from the Virginia Baptist Hospital (VBH) School of Nursing in 1973 which launched her 46- year career in nursing. Mrs. Jacques holds both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Lynchburg. 

Mrs. Jacques’ most notable achievements include: the design and build of The Birth Centers at VBH and Southside Community Hospital; the transition to Mother-Baby Nursing Care; the design and build of The Pediatric Center and the Emergency Room Pediatric Pod at Lynchburg General Hospital (LGH); facilitating the transition of relocating all pediatric services from VBH to LGH; the establishment of the first Midwifery Practice in the Lynchburg community; and, the establishment of the first Pediatric Hospitalist Practice at Centra.

Over the years Mrs. Jacques’ recognitions for her contributions to both the nursing profession and the greater Lynchburg community include: the Virginia Nurses Association Leadership in Nursing Award, the YWCA Woman of the Year Award, and she was recognized as the 2006 Newsmaker of the Year by the News & Daily Advance.

Mrs. Jacques' professional memberships include: The American Organization of Nurse Executives; The National Association of Women's Health Professionals; The Virginia Nurses Association, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Since retiring in July 2020, Mrs. Jacques has been volunteering her time working with the Curator of Monticello's flower gardens in addition to actively participating on community boards.

George A. Hurt, MD, Vice Chairman

George A. Hurt, MD, Vice Chairman
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George A. Hurt, MD, Vice Chairman

George Hurt, MD, a longtime central Virginia neurosurgeon, has been a member of the Centra Foundation Board of Directors since 1993. Dr. Hurt graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Dr. Hurt and his wife, Cinda, made an endowment to fund nursing education in memory of Cinda’s aunt, Virginia Avenel Henderson. Miss Henderson, a nurse, was a nursing education professor and author of texts used throughout the world. The Hurts made the gift as a way to give back to the nurses who have helped Dr. Hurt though his career and to honor the life and memory of Miss Henderson.

Dr. Hurt is a member of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia, the American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Doug Davenport, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Doug Davenport, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
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Doug Davenport, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Doug Davenport joined Centra on January 23, 2020 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  He joins Centra from Mercy One Health, a multi-hospital system in Iowa.  Mr. Davenport's distinguished career includes a track record of success in strategic financial direction and health of multi-entity healthcare systems, while serving as the CFO at large systems across the country.

Mr. Davenport possesses extensive expertise and knowledge in debt financing, managed care contracting, financial performance improvement, revenue cycle optimization, and physician enterprise growth.

Mr. Daveport holds a BBA in Business Administration from Columbia Pacific University in San Rafael, CA, and an MBA from City University in Bellevue, WA.  He has served the community on multiple boards, and has achieved Lean Bronze certification.

His wealth of experience will serve Centra well as we continue to make Centra a sustainable and affordable healthcare system.

Beth Doyle, Executive Vice President & Secretary

Beth Doyle, Executive Vice President & Secretary
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Beth Doyle, Executive Vice President & Secretary

Beth Doyle, a Lynchburg native, holds a degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington.  Beth spent 30 years in nonprofit management before joining Centra in 2018.  She has worked with the Annenberg Washington Program in Washington, DC, the Virginia Legal Aid Society in Lynchburg, and prior to joining Centra spent 6 years serving as the Director of Development at the Academy Center of the Arts in downtown Lynchburg. Beth managed the Academy’s $16.6 million capital campaign to restore the historic Academy Theater, while simultaneously increasing overall operating contributions by 131% over her tenure. 

Robert R. (Bob) Chapman, III

Robert R. (Bob) Chapman, III
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Robert R. (Bob) Chapman, III

Robert R. (Bob) Chapman III is president and CEO of Bank of The James. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute and military service in the Army, Bob began his career in banking and helped establish the Bank of The James in 1999.

Mr. Chapman's civic memberships include the Lynchburg Rotary Club, The United Way and the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.

Melanie F. Christian

Melanie F. Christian
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Melanie F. Christian

Melanie F. Christian is a graduate of Hollins University.  She is actively involved in the following Centra Foundation committees: Women & Philanthropy and the Resource Development Committee.

Ms. Christian is a respected community leader who serves on the boards of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Lynchburg Museum Foundation.

Theodore J. Craddock

Theodore J. Craddock
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Theodore J. Craddock

Theodore J. Craddock is an attorney with Caskie & Frost, P.C., of Lynchburg.  He holds a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Thomas J. Delaney, MD

Thomas J. Delaney, MD
Thomas J. Delaney, MD
Thomas J. Delaney, MD

Thomas J. Delaney, MD, is a graduate of Cornell University, BA and Cornell University Medical College, MD.  He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center in 1979.  Dr. Delaney is now an anesthesiologist at Lynchburg Anesthesia Associates with membership in the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists. 

Michael J. Diminick, MD

Michael J. Diminick, MD
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Michael J. Diminick, MD

Michael J. Diminick, MD, is a graduate of Duke University, BS (Magna Cum Laude with Distinction) and Harvard Medical School in 1993. He completed his internship at the Harvard Medical School/New England Deaconess Medical Center and his residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Diminick’s areas of specialty are total joint replacement surgery, hip resurfacing, partial knee replacements and sports medicine.

Dr. Diminick has professional affiliations with the AmericanAcademy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American College of Physician Executives and is a Board Certified Physician Executive. He is also the team physician for Liberty University.

MaryJane Dolan

MaryJane Dolan
MaryJane Dolan
MaryJane Dolan

MaryJane Dolan is president and CEO of Colonial Brokerage House, Inc.  She holds many professional memberships and was named the YWCA's Business & Industry Woman of the Year.  She serves on the YMCA Board of Directors, the Lynchburg College Business Advisory and the Point of Honor Museum Board.

Paul F. Fitzgerald, MD

Paul F. Fitzgerald, MD
Paul F. Fitzgerald, MD
Paul F. Fitzgerald, MD

Paul F. Fitzgerald, MD, was a founding partner of Piedmont Orthopaedic Surgery.  He and his partner performed the first joint replacement surgery in Lynchburg.  Dr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine. He has served on the Centra Board of Directors, the Lynchburg City School Board, Lynchburg Academy of Medicine and E.C. Glass High School Athletic Boosters.  Dr. Fitzgerald is also a clinical member of the orthopaedic faculty at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Now semi-retired, Dr. Fitzgerald works in the Free Clinic of Central Virginia and also serves on the Johnson Health Center Board of Directors.

John J. Halpin, MD

John J. Halpin, MD
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John J. Halpin, MD

John J. Halpin, MD, retired in 2015 after a 45-year career as an oncologist, most recently at the Lynchburg Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center.

Dr. Halpin graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and moved to Lynchburg in 1978.  He has served as a member of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Hematology.

David Herrick

David Herrick
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David Herrick

David Herrick retired in December 2018 after serving 38 years as a financial advisor.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.

Mr. Herrick has served on the boards of The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, the Carillion Clinic Foundation, and the Disciples of Christ Church, which was instrumental in the formation of The Summit retirement community.

His philanthropic passions include participating in the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, where participants ride motorcycles to raise money and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp in North Carolina for children with chronic illnesses.

Janet G. Hickman, MD

Janet G. Hickman, MD
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Janet G. Hickman, MD

Janet G. Hickman, MD, is a dermatologist with Dermatology Consultants, Inc.  She graduated from Harvard Medical School magna cum laude and Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry with high honors.  She also holds positions at the Education & Research Foundation, Inc. and is a medical consultant and principal investigator.

Dr. Hickman has professional memberships in the American Academy of Dermatology, Virginia Dermatologic Society, Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, Medical Society of Virginia, Women's Dermatologic Society Foundation and has served in many leadership capacities.

Dr. Hickman's community involvement includes Family Services of Virginia Board of Directors, Virginia School of the Arts Board of Directors, E.C. Glass High School Band Boosters and Hillside Garden Club.

Dr. Hickman serves as chair of the Centra Foundation Grants Committee.

Yuille (Skipper) Holt III

Yuille (Skipper) Holt III
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Yuille (Skipper) Holt III

Yuille (Skipper) Holt III retired in 2009 as the president and CEO of Campbell Insurance.  He is active in many local organizations and is known throughout the Lynchburg community as a good will ambassador for civic involvement.

Mr. Holt is involved with the Academy of Arts, Amazement Square Children's Museum, Central Virginia Industries, The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation and Meals on Wheels.

Mr. Holt has been the recipient of many awards, including the Lynchburg Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award, Lynch's Landing Margaret Burnette Award, Greater Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce F. M. Dink Cloyd Award for Service and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Award.

Andy Mueller, MD, President and CEO, CENTRA

Andy Mueller, MD, President and CEO, CENTRA
Andy Mueller, MD, President and CEO, CENTRA
Andy Mueller, MD, President and CEO, CENTRA

Andy Mueller, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer for Centra.  Dr. Mueller began his employment career in college as a cooperative engineering intern at NASA's Johnson Space Center where he worked in support of the Space Shuttle Program. He completed his BS degree with honors in electrical engineering at North Carolina State University and received his Doctor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Mueller completed his training in Family Medicine at Malcolm-Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. While serving in the Air Force after residency, Dr. Mueller deployed twice overseas, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a flight surgeon. On May 15, 2019, he joined Centra as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Centra in 2019, Dr. Mueller served as a Senior Vice President at Novant Health, a large multi-state integrated healthcare delivery system. During the last four years at Novant Health, he served as President of the Greater Charlotte Market, the largest market within Novant Health. Under his leadership, the Greater Charlotte Market grew considerably across all service lines, developed new clinical programs and set new records for growth.

Augustus A. Petticolas Jr., DDS

Augustus A. Petticolas Jr., DDS
Augustus A. Petticolas Jr., DDS
Augustus A. Petticolas Jr., DDS

Augustus A. Petticolas Jr., DDS, is a Lynchburg dentist.  He has been instrumental in the development of The Free Clinic, volunteered his time to treat patients, served as its president and continues to be a member of the board of directors.

Dr. Petticolas has been appointed by the Governor to serve a four-year term on the Virginia Board of Dentistry.  He also serves on the Bank of the James Board of Directors and is a past president of the Churches for Urban Ministry.  He has been recognized for his community service and is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award from The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Alpha Centennial Award and the Mayor's Award of Excellence.  He is a member and past president of the Lynchburg Dental Society and is a member of the Piedmont Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the NAACP.  He was inducted into the International College of Dentists in 1998.

Dr. Petticolas graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and the University of Maryland Dental School.

Lee Pfeiffer

Lee Pfeiffer
Lee Pfeiffer
Lee Pfeiffer

Mr. Leroy (Lee) Pfeiffer has served as the treasurer for Cumberland County since 1996 and is a past president of the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia.  He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Richmond and attained Treasurers’ Association of Virginia certification from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center. 

Mr. Pfeiffer is a member of the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Centra Southside Community Hospital since 2006, where he currently serves as secretary/treasurer.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Woodland, Inc., in Farmville, VA.

Amy G. Ray

Amy G. Ray
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Amy G. Ray

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.  

Ms. Ray 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 Foundation, 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.

Elliot S. Schewel*

Elliot S. Schewel*
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Elliot S. Schewel*

Elliot S. Schewel, a dedicated public servant, passed away on December 15, 2019.  Mr. Schewel joined the Centra Foundation Board in 1996 and was integral to the work of Centra.  The Centra Foundation is grateful to Mr. Schewel for his twenty-three years of service.

Mr. Schewel was a graduate of Washington & Lee University and served as a Virginia State Senator for twenty years.  He was a veteran and part owner and president of Schewel Furniture company.

Mr. Schewel was most active in the community and served in numerous leadership roles for both national and local organizations.  Notably, Mr. Schewel was one of several organizers and vice president of the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library, which was responsible for the creation of our present Public Library System.  

John (Jack) Sorrells III

John (Jack) Sorrells III
John (Jack) Sorrells III
John (Jack) Sorrells III

John (Jack) Sorrells III holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington & Lee University. 

Mr. Sorrells serves as chair of the Centra Foundation Finance Committee.