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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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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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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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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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

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Kathy Shaw