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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Staff & Board

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April M. Haynes                                    Kara J. Gilley              
Director                                                   Program Associate

    Alan E. Ronk
    Executive Director of Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc


The Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteer leaders who are selected for their knowledge of, and active participation in, the life of the community.


Board of Directors 

Shawn N. Pace

Shawn is the Site Manager at Eastman in the Patriot Center and holds a Chemical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Shawn relocated from Tennessee to Martinsville with his wife and two children in 2015.  Shawn enjoys coaching youth sports, outdoor activities with his children and pursues personal fitness in his free time.  He has a passion for helping the community and was very involved in civic organizations while in Tennessee.  Shawn joined the Martinsville Area Community Foundation board in 2016 and became the board Chairman in 2017.

Kimberly Kiser Snyder Vice Chair

Kim has lived in the Martinsville community since 1987. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1982 with a B. A. in Education/Psychology.  Prior to moving to Martinsville, Kim lived and worked in Richmond Virginia at Investors Savings and Loan Association. She met and married Dr. Edward P. Snyder and moved to Martinsville in 1987. Dr. Snyder practices as an Orthodontist and the couple have three children, Ghent, Hampton and Katie Ryan.

Kim is very active in community affairs.  She has served as President of the Friends of the Blue Ridge Regional Library Board, President of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County and has served on the Board of the Piedmont Arts Association.  She has been President of the PTO in the Martinsville City schools and has been an active volunteer at Carlisle School.  She attends First United Methodist Church and is an active member of the Chancel Choir, the First Hand Experience Puppet Team and in the Wesley Guild where she has also served as President. She is a member of the Current Events Club and of the Martinsville Garden Club.


Courtney A. Wenkstern Secretary 

Courtney is a partner at the Armstrong & Armstrong, Attorneys-at-Law firm in Martinsville. A native of our community, she graduated from Bassett High School in 2005. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and graduated from the Appalachian School of Law in 2012. Her practice areas include criminal, domestic relations, wills and elder law and personal injury. She is a member of the Martinsville Henry County Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia State Bar. She attends Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church, is a member of Piedmont Arts Association. She is married to Philip Wenkstern.

Beverley L. Coleman 

Beverley Coleman is a realtor with Rives S. Brown. She is a native of Martinsville having graduated from Martinsville High School and has a degree in Education from Virginia Tech.  Beverley is married to James “Nubby” Coleman and is mom to two sons and a daughter.  She has previously served on several boards including the Henry-Martinsville Department of Social Services, United Way, and Piedmont Arts.  She is a past president and sustaining member of The Charity League and she and her family attend Christ Episcopal Church. 

Dr. Margie Beazley Eason

Margie has lived in Martinsville and Henry County since 1992 and is a retired psychiatrist. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her internship in Family Medicine & Residency in Psychiatry at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She is married to Dr. Paul R. Eason, a physician at Carilion Clinic in Martinsville. Margie serves on the Board of Directors for the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation and the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. She is a member of First United Methodist Church and is part of the First Hand Experience Adult Puppet Team. Margie enjoys water aerobics and line dance classes.

James B. Frith Jr.

Jim is Chairman of the Board of Frith Construction Company. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. His civic involvement is extensive including Past board member of Piedmont Trust Bank, Carlisle School, MHC Chamber of Commerce, Martinsville Jaycees and Piedmont Arts Inc. He is Past President of the Kiwanis Club, American Red Cross, Chatmoss Country Club and Crimestoppers Inc. Jim is the co-founder of Gateway Streetscape Foundation, Crimestoppers and the Henry County Bike Club. He is a past winner of the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and Citizen of the Year by the Martinsville Police Department.

Mike Grogan-not pictured 

William L. Pannill

Will is the owner of Tacoma Management Inc., a franchise of Taco Bell. He is a graduate of the Virginia Episcopal School and Hampden-Sydney College. Will is the Past President of the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation and served on the boards of the American Heart Association, Chatmoss Country Club, Piedmont Arts and Brenner Children’s Hospital. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Carlisle School, Virginia Episcopal School, Hampden Sydney College, Virginia Foundation for Independent College, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge, Sun Trust Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Will is married to Susan and the couple have four children.

Tracy E. Tate

Tracy is a Purchaser, Sales Representative and part-time Bookkeeper at Stone Dynamics in Martinsville. She holds a degree in Accounting from Patrick Henry Community College. She is a native of Martinsville and graduated from Martinsville High School. Her civic involvement includes serving on the boards of Carlisle School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge. Tracy is married to Sam and the couple have two daughters and a son-in-law.



Board Emeriti

J. Smith Chaney, Jr.
Franklin D. House
Eugene C. Madonia
Eliza H. Severt
Elizabeth R. Sibbick
Gwen Hermes Smith 



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