Robert Wood is the President of United Bank and is a native Charlottesvillian and a long-time Habitat supporter.
Ray is the Vice President of Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation. He received a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from Windham College. Ray has been with the Hospital since 1989 with responsibility over that period for community relations and philanthropy. Ray has also assisted the Hospital with the management of its volunteer program, community health partnerships and outreach services and governmental relations. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Association for Fundraising Professionals. A 37 year resident of Charlottesville, Ray previously served as Director for Development at UVA's Children's Medical Center and as Executive Director of the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross. He currently serves on the board of Worksource Enterprises and previously on the Board of the Charlottesville Free Clinic, the Charlottesville Area Planned Giving Council and the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, and other community advisory boards and task forces. Ray is married to Patricia Smith and they have two grown children.
Lori Schweller is an attorney in the Charlottesville office of Williams Mullen. Lori is on the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Real Property Section and chair of its Land Use Committee. Lori and her husband, Russell, have lived in Charlottesville over 25 years and have two children in college and high school.
Steve was responsible for all of the operations support for the United States Department of Justice, as well as, the global law firm DLA Piper, LLP. The Department of Justice, at that time was an organization of 130,000 employees in 2,600 domestic and 160 overseas locations with an annual budget of $25 billion. DLA Piper employed over 3,500 lawyers globally and had an additional 4,000 support staff in over 20 countries with annual revenue of $2.1 billion. In this capacity managed the strategic planning, financial management, information technology, security, computer security, facilities, human resources and telecommunications activities for both the largest law enforcement agency and private law firm. Additionally, Steve is a long‐time member of the Mid Week Crew. His second term on the Habitat Board of Directors ends July 2021.
Pastor Cass is the Vicar of the Trinity Episcopal Church. He completed his undergraduate education at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and graduated from the Berkeley Divinity School and Yale Divinity School. Prior to arriving in Charlottesville, he served at St. Christopher’s in Hawaii where he oversaw a doubling of the membership and the establishment of a homeless shelter program.
Gary is Pastor of the Cove Presbyterian Church. A native of Virginia and a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Union Presbyterian Seminary, he has served five congregations nationally. Gary is the co-author of the book, Preaching Mark in Two Voices.
Connor Childress is a partner in the Charlottesville law firm Scott|Kroner, PLC. He is a “Double Hoo,” having graduated from UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences (’06) and the School of Law (’09). He began practicing law with a large regional law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, before returning to Charlottesville in 2014 to be closer to his family. Connor primarily represents clients in commercial real estate and business transactions.
From 1994 through February 2016, Mr. Gernert served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for totes»Isotoner Corporation, an international business engaged in the design, marketing and distribution of weather related and apparel accessories. Upon his retirement in 2016, Mr. Gernert was elected to continue to serve on totes Isotoner’s Board of Directors, and also to serve as a Special Advisor to the Board. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Gernert was Senior Vice President of Robertson Ceco, an international producer of building products, and President of its Cupples Products Division. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gernert was Vice President at HMK Enterprises, Inc., a private equity firm, where he was responsible for the formation and execution of portfolio business unit strategies as well as managing the acquisition program. Mr. Gernert was a Manager for the international consulting firm Bain & Company, Inc. from 1984 to 1988, and from 1979 to 1982 worked in sales for Procter & Gamble in New York City.
Currently, in addition to his Board position at totes Isotoner, Mr. Gernert serves as a Director on the boards of Travelpro Group, Simpson Performance Products, and aden + anais Holdings, Inc. Since 2010, he has served on the Board of Kid Pan Alley, a non-profit organization based in central Virginia dedicated to elementary and middle school education using music and song writing to foster creativity, teamwork and self confidence in children. He has lived in Charlottesville since 1989, and interests include cooking, travel and racquet sports. He has been a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville’s Midweek Crew since the fall of 2016.
Mr. Gernert holds a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in Political Economics , from Williams College, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business School.
Yolunda is the CEO and Board Chair of the New Hill Development Corporation, an African American led social enterprise established to build a community that is prosperous, inclusive, diverse, and equitable. New Hill’s goal is to expand and strengthen Charlottesville’s African American middle class and improve access to affordable housing, expand financial literacy, and support economic, educational, and cultural development programs.
Carter Hoerr has over 35 years of business management and operating experience. He is a proven leader with specific expertise in strategic planning, business development, non-profit fundraising, alumni engagement, club management, organizational development, marketing and communications, investor relations, finance, e-commerce and web development.
Carter was formerly President and CEO of Vmeals Acquisition, LLC, a web-based meal ordering business for corporate customers with headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to Vmeals, he owned and operated Mailing Services of Virginia (MSV), a direct marketing and communications firm located in Charlottesville and was Vice President and Operations Manager of J.W. Sieg and Co., an Anheuser-Busch beer distributor in Central Virginia. He was also Associate Publisher of Travel Guide, Inc., a publisher of upscale travel newsletters.
He served as a board member and president of Farmington Country Club from 2003 to 2006. During that time he founded (and still serves on the board of) the Farmington Preservation Foundation, a non-profit subsidiary of the club dedicated to the historic preservation of the club’s Jeffersonian architecture. He was also Executive Director of Advancement at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and currently serves as Senior Director of Principal Gifts at Darden.
He has held volunteer leadership roles in numerous community service organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, the EMCERT Advisory Board for the Emergency Medicine Department at the University of Virginia Hospital, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, and the Historic Renovation Corporation of the University of Virginia, among others.
Mr. Hoerr earned his Bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Virginia (1979). He is married to the former Gail Marsh (University of Virginia Architecture School Class of 1987). They have two daughters, Berkeley (19) and Lucia (16).
Will Hueston spent most of his career facilitating incremental positive progress on complex challenges like global food security. Will’s passion lies with leadership development and public policy, promoting the integration of ideas from multiple disciplines and cultures in order to make substantive improvement for the common good. The focus on ‘building community’ makes the work of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville especially appealing to Will. He spent his early years as a rural community organizer in Southside Virginia followed by veterinary practice, epidemiology and policy positions with the US and British governments, and faculty appointments at six different universities. He earned an undergraduate Biology degree at University of Virginia in 1976, and a DVM, MS in veterinary preventive medicine and PhD in epidemiology at Ohio State University. Will is a regular Mid-Week Crew member and served as an advocate for two partner families.
Fred is a retired senior fellow at the Kresge Foundation. At Kresge, he served as a senior adviser to the foundation’s Human Services and Health teams, and supported the executive team in special initiatives and cross-program collaborations. He has long history of work on issues related to the intersection of housing, health, and human services, with a special focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.
Mark Luellen has been the University of Virginia's Vice President for Advancement since 2016. Mark leads the multibillion dollar fundraising effort for the University, including planning for and directing the $5B “Honor the Future” campaign. Mark, his wife Beth Ann and their two daughters live in Greene County.
A Charlottesville native, Elva is an arts and entertainment attorney and media/talent manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts dual degrees in Government (Foreign Affairs concentration) and French, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.
Lee is a shareholder of McCallum and Kudravetz, PC. Lee practices primarily in the areas of business transactions, commercial and residential real estate transactions and conservation easements. Lee graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and received his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 1996.
Marilu Thomas has served as Associate Rector of Christ Church since 2014. She specializes in mission and service, leading trips to Honduras, participating in medical missions to Haiti and organizing the church’s local missions including the PACEM Shelter, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and their work with Habitat. Marilu and her husband Stuart have two daughters and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Charlottesville.
Judy Tobin is the Executive Director for the Sentara Medical Group. She is also the chair of the Finance Committee for Hospice of the Piedmont and serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development.
First term ends July 2021.
The Advisory Council for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville provides a vehicle for individuals who are seriously interested in the goals of Habitat Charlottesville and have special skills, unique networks, and limited time to make important contributions to the organization’s advancement.
When requested, Advisory Council members are asked to:
- Act as resource persons to members of the Habitat Board of Directors, President/CEO, and senior staff, providing counsel, guidance and informed perspectives on issues and questions related to their special skills or background;
- Share information with the Board of Directors, President/CEO, and senior staff regarding the effectiveness of Habitat Charlottesville in meeting the needs of its constituencies and the greater Charlottesville area community; and,
- Provide access and introductions when appropriate to influential persons from corporate, foundation, philanthropic, or legislative spheres in the Habitat Charlottesville communities.
Current Advisory Council Members:
- Kathleen Bowman
- Melba Campbell
- Doug Cox
- Matthew Crane
- Jane Dittmar
- Pam Edmonds
- Joe Gieck
- David Kudravetz
- Larry Martin
- Jeanne McCusker
- Hunter Smith
- Wade Tremblay
- Reg Woods
- Peter Wurzer
- Kate Zirkle