Board of Directors

Jill Jensen

President

Jill Jensen is a visual artist who has been affiliated with Riverviews ArtSpace since the building was purchased.  She created a studio in the building using wooden crates and worked there until the building renovation began.  She is a printmaker and mixed media fiber artist who has had her work included in regional, national and international exhibitions and 18 one-person shows.  Jensen has worked as a gallery curator, exhibit juror/judge, instructor and as an artist in residence in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her degrees in Chemistry and Engineering are from The College of William and Mary and Columbia University in New York City.

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Terry Miller

Vice President

Terry Miller is a retired orthopaedic surgeon who practiced in Lynchburg for over 30 years. Originally from Indiana, he received his education at the University of Michigan and Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland. He came to Lynchburg from New York City where he did his orthopaedic residency training. He is a past president of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society, and was a representative for the state of Virginia in the Academy of Orthopaedic’s Board of Councilors. Terry and his wife, Martha, were the first people to put their possessions in the Riverviews building when he retired in 2003. They are committed to helping the Riverviews Artspace project continue its success, and to supporting the leadership role that Riverviews plays in the ongoing development of downtown Lynchburg.

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Amanda Sandos

Secretary

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David Schwartz

Treasurer

David Schwartz joined the Riverviews board in 2012 and currently serves as treasurer.  Originally from Texas, Schwartz moved to Virginia in 1997 to join the faculty of Randolph College (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College), where he is the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Philosophy and Humanities.  Schwartz received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1996, and from 1984-90 he worked as program evaluator for the United States General Accounting Office (GAO).   At Randolph College, Schwartz teaches courses on the philosophy of art, environmental philosophy, and ethics.  He has written two books, one about state support for the arts (Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment – 2000) and one about ethical consumerism (Consuming Choices: Ethics in a Global Consumer Age – 2010).  When not philosophizing, Schwartz can be found working on his four-wheeled mobile artwork, The Ant Car.  

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Vic Sizemore

Vic Sizemore’s fiction and nonfiction is published or forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, Connecticut Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, PANK Magazine, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, Reed Magazine, Superstition Review, Entropy, Eclectica, Ghost Town, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his story cycle Eternity Rowboat are published in Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Drunken Boat, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, Pithead Chapel, Letters and elsewhere. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award and has been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in Lynchburg, VA, and teaches creative writing at Central Virginia Community College.

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Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston is the founder of Cities Reimagined, a consulting firm based from Lynchburg, VA that uses principles of design to guide cities through the transformation of traditional economic development into citizen focused economic empowerment. Alex was formerly the vice chair of the Lynchburg Planning Commission. She holds a bachelors and master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University and is a graduate of University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Alex served as a Family Support Worker with Healthy Families Virginia for several years, serving at risk mothers and children living in poverty. This work led her to a career in community wealth building and social innovation.

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Chatham Monk

Chatham Monk, A Virginia native, studied drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is currently an adjunct ceramics professor at Sweet Briar College and a studio potter-shop manager for Oxide Pottery in downtown Lynchburg. Chatham continues to show her ceramic art work through galleries and art shows on a local and national level. She is an active participant the makers movement and truly believes that everyone needs to find their own kind of creative outlet. Chatham has enjoyed being a part of the Riverviews community- as a patron to First Fridays and now as a board member on the Exhibitions Committee. When not in the studio, Chatham likes to enjoy the great outdoors: either in the backyard garden or out exploring our beautiful surrounding areas.

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Royal Shirée

Playwright/solo performer, she’s been produced by Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Waterworks Players Theatre, Leading Ladies NY, Downtown Urban Theater Festival NY, Live Arts Charlottesville, and a professional reading by Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative. Her solo show, Clippings, has been performed throughout Virginia and in New York.  MOJOAA Performing Arts Company performed her piece in “Reclamation, ‘Female Voices of Color'”.  Her ten-minute plays have been produced coast-to-coast.  She is Storyteller/Education Consultant at Avoca Museum. 

She’s been commissioned by AGAR for Big Read of the NEA partnering with Arts Midwest.  Her documentary impacted legislation for caregivers.  She’s been nominated for the James River Council Arts and Humanities’, Celebrate Diversity: Black Artists in Lynchburg. She earned an English MA, Lynchburg College 2012 and a Playwriting MFA, Hollins University 2013; a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, The Playwrights’ Center, ATHE, a Fellow at VCCA, and a proud board member for James River Council for the Arts and Humanities.

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Anne Nygaard

Anne Leslie Nygaard grew up in Lynchburg and after a few adventures living in Charlottesville, Copenhagen, Madison, Wisconsin, and Philadelphia, returned in 2012 to work for the City of Lynchburg as a city planner. With the City, she has been involved in development review and approval, the adoption of new plans, the rewrite of the City’s zoning ordinance, and numerous small scale projects like the installation of creative crosswalks in Tinbridge Hill. In May of 2016, Anne was accepted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications, pledging a high standard of practice in a commitment to serving the public. Anne is passionate about creating walkable, healthy, and vibrant urban environments and sees the arts as playing a critical role in achieving this vision.

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Anne Scott Cardwell

Anne Scott Cardwell was raised on her great-grandfather’s farm in Southern Virginia. She received a B.A from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Emerson College in Boston where she taught writing and literature, as well as at Emerson’s campus in The Netherlands. She was an editor and writer at the Boston Phoenix, wrote a column for the New York Daily News and contributed to Salon, the New York Press and Musician. She hosted a Paris Review reading series at Limbo in the East Village and planned parties and designed roof deck gardens in Manhattan. She owned and operated Bull Branch Global Bistro & Lounge for twelve years in downtown Lynchburg and taught literature at Lynchburg College. She is currently creating Pop-Up events in collaboration with the Academy Center of the Arts, writing a play and re-opening her great-uncle’s hundred-year old General Store in a crossroads two miles from her farm.

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Jawansa Hall

Jawansa is the Creative Director and Owner of Blackwater Branding, a graphic design & visual branding studio located in Lynchburg Virginia. For over a decade he has been apart of some of Lynchburg’s best ad agencies, helping businesses and non profits rebrand their image and online presence. In addition to Blackwater Branding, Jawansa is the Co-Owner of Twenty23 Haberdashery and serves as the Creative Director for promotional campaigns and online marketing. He holds a BFA in Art & Graphic Design from Virginia Intermont College and has received Alumni of the Year in 2007 for his show Negronomics 301. When he is not busy creating and rebranding, Jawansa can be found making memories with his daughter Keziah and amazing wife Michelline Hall.

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Jennifer Gauthier

Don’t ask Jennifer Gauthier what her favorite film is! She will freeze up, break out into a cold sweat and begin to babble (the question is too hard to answer). A Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College, she teaches courses in film studies, rhetoric, and gender studies. Majoring in art history in college, she made frequent pilgrimages to the museums in New York city and still considers museum visits essential to her well-being. She is passionate about all forms of cultural expression, believing that art enriches our lives, provokes important questions and can change the world. She is proud to be a Board member of Riverviews ArtSpace, which offers these opportunities to everyone in Lynchburg and the surrounding communities.

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Esther McGuinn

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, have lived and made my home in Lynchburg for 25 years. My love of artists and the arts brought me to Riverviews. I have enjoyed many art exhibits, movies, and fun gatherings for First Fridays at Riverviews. My husband Bill and I have two wonderful sons that attend college out of town – one on the east coast and one on the west coast which allows for lots of fun travel and cultural opportunities. I hope to bring ideas from my ongoing experiences with the arts scenes in Memphis and Los Angeles back to Riverviews. I also work as an attorney serving the people of Central Virginia with my law office located on Historic Rivermont Avenue near Randolph College.

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David Neumeyer

David’s passions include the arts, nonprofit excellence, legal aid, and small boats.  He was the founding president of Opera on the James in 2005, of the JRCAH in 2008, and of the Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence in 2013.  In his professional life, he has been executive director of Virginia Legal Aid Society since 1990, held leadership roles in legal aid programs in three other states, served as minority counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, and worked as a professional sailmaker..  He and his wife Mary have two grown children, two cats, four terriers, a canoe rigged for sculling, a kayak, and a small sailboat.

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Jason Witt

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Kelly Hitchcock