About Us

Board of Directors

Francis B. "Jensie" Teague BIO


Charlotte, North Carolina

Jensie Teague is a principal and one of the founding partners of Selwyn Property Group, a real estate development firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. For 17 years prior to working at Selwyn he was senior managing director for Faison Associates, which was then acquired by Trammell Crow Company. He has served on the boards of several private real estate companies and numerous non-profits. Currently he serves on the boards of Central Realty Holdings and Virginia Episcopal School. A graduate of Washington and Lee and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, he resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Boyce E. Brannock BIO

Vice Chair

Staunton, Virginia

Boyce, a native of Augusta County, Virginia, grew up in the shadow of Mr. Jefferson, admiring the architectural details of Monticello. Boyce’s undergraduate honors history thesis explored Jefferson the revolutionary. While in law school at the University of Virginia and a member of the Jefferson Society, Boyce participated in The Society’s tradition of celebrating Jefferson’s birthday at dawn by his graveside — and denies rumors of activities leading to that tradition’s cancellation. Boyce has followed Poplar Forest’s preservation efforts since the inception of the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and is honored to be part of the preservation, protection and promotion of Jefferson’s retreat.

Dennis A. Dutterer BIO


Charlottesville, Virginia

Dennis Dutterer retired from the financial services industry in 2005 after 20 years’ service with the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Clearing Corporation, serving as Chief Executive Officer and President. Dennis’ prior professional experience included service as General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and Trial Attorney with the Department of Justice. He’s currently a Director of the GFI Swaps Exchange and the BGC Derivatives Markets in New York. Previously he was a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also served as Chairman of the Wilmette Illinois Historical Commission and as a member of the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee. He currently serves on the Acquisition Committee of the Key West Arts and Historical Society.

John A. Constance BIO


Raleigh, North Carolina

Born and raised just outside Baltimore, Maryland, John Constance holds a BA in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. He started his Washington career as an intern in the office of the Archivist of the United States and served at the National Archives for 35 years. For 19 years he was the director of congressional and public affairs, serving as the spokesperson for the agency with the national press and represented the Archives before Congress. He is currently active in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and serves as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

Kathryn M. Pumphrey BIO

Immediate Past Chair

Lynchburg, Virginia

Dr. Kathryn Pumphrey has served as a fundraising executive in both higher education and in healthcare. She recently retired from her position of 21 years as the executive vice president of the Centra Foundation. During her tenure at Centra, she helped to raise millions of dollars to enrich and improve healthcare services in central Virginia as well as spearhead numerous capital campaigns that addressed hospital needs. Kathryn has served on many community boards including the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of Lynchburg and the Academy Center for the Arts. In 2018, she was honored with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Humanitarian Award. Kathryn holds a doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.

J. Frederick Armstrong BIO

Monterey, Virginia

Recently retired as CEO of Wiley|Wilson (an architectural and engineering firm), Fred Armstrong resides in picturesque Monterey, Virginia, with his wife, Carol. While working in central Virginia for more than 40 years, Fred served on numerous boards including the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. Fred enjoys living in the mountains of Virginia and boating on the waters of Smith Mountain Lake.

T. Henry Clarke V BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

As Virginia Episcopal School’s  Assistant Head of School for Advancement & Chief Development Office, Henry Clarke oversees VES’s fundraising, admissions, marketing and communication strategies, external events, the school archives, and alumni and parent engagement. Henry attended The University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Henry has served in various volunteer fundraising capacities for Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer and The University of Virginia. Henry has served on the boards of directors of the Jubilee Family Development Center and Preservation Chapel Hill. He has a lifelong interest in historic preservation and land conservation.

Remmel T. Dickinson BIO

Little Rock, Arkansas

Mr. Dickinson is a Tony Award-winning theatrical producer working in New York, London, and his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Among his better-known shows are Memphis, War Horse, and The Bridges of Madison County. Prior to becoming involved in show business, Mr. Dickinson spent more than twenty-five years on Capitol Hill, principally as a senior legislative staff member to the Honorable John W. Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia. In that capacity, he developed a great love for the Commonwealth of Virginia and its remarkable history.

Teresa Harris BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

Teresa Harris is an alumna of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, graduating in 1980. She has worked at the College for 42 years in various capacities and now enjoys creating programs for incoming and current students to support academic and personal success. Teresa is a writer, a theatrical director, artist, and an advocate for social justice. She is a member of Poplar Forest’s African American Advisory Group.

Heidi F. James BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

Heidi James is a graduate of Salem College and lives in Lynchburg, Virginia. Heidi served as president of Rivermont House Inc., an organization created to restore one of Lynchburg’s significant landmarks. She is chairman of Friends of the E.C. Glass Art Collection and currently serves on the Garden Club of Virginia Restoration Committee. Heidi has written several articles on Lynchburg history, published in Lynch’s Ferry magazine. She has received several awards including the Garden Club of Virginia de Lacy Gray Conservation Medal, the Lynchburg Historical Foundation’s John D. Owen Memorial Award and their Preservationist of the Year Award.

Benjamin Marchi BIO

Easton, Maryland

Raised in Albemarle County, Virginia, Ben Marchi is a healthcare business owner on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. His wife, Jenna, and their two children split their time between Saint Michaels, Maryland, and Slate Mills, Virginia where he relocated his ancestor’s 1831 log cabin from its original location in East Tennessee. He currently serves as a trustee for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation where he successfully improved the organization’s lobbying and fundraising efforts, and secured a seven-figure gift to provide greater interpretation and public access for the Foundation’s many sites.

Justin McCarthy BIO

Forest, Virginia

Justin McCarthy was elected to the board of directors of the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in July 2021. His prior board experience was as a director and trustee of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. Justin retired in 2019 after a 40-year career in the custom steel forging industry working for companies headquartered in Texas, Michigan, North Carolina and the Republic of Singapore. He earned a BA from Boston College and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Justin and his wife, Middy, reside in Forest, Virginia, and have four adult sons.

Kelvin L. Moore BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

Kelvin L. Moore returned to Lynchburg after attending the University of Virginia and eventually created Moore Architecture where he manages the Virginia projects, and his son Marques manages the North Carolina projects. Their work ranges from new commercial buildings to preserving Rosenwald Schools, one of America’s most endangered historic places. Kelvin has served the community through volunteering on numerous boards including Lynchburg City School Board, Virginia State School Board, Partners in Education, Legacy Museum of African American History, Lynchburg Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission. His current affiliations include the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Revelers Club.

Michael C. Quinn BIO

Charlottesville, Virginia

In late 2018, Michael C. Quinn retired as founding president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. He had previously served as president and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier and as deputy director of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Mike has overseen the creation of innovative educational programs, directed the restoration of Montpelier and managed the construction and creation of a new 120,000-square-foot museum in Philadelphia. He has raised more than $250 million in major fundraising campaigns. He is currently a partner with Bryan & Jordan Consulting and serves on the boards of the Museum of the American Revolution (as President Emeritus), the Satell Institute and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Foundation.

Amy G. Ray BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

Growing up in King George, Virginia, Amy Ray always loved history. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in history and went on to work as a seasonal employee with the National Park Service at both the Fredericksburg and Appomattox parks. After moving to Lynchburg and taking accounting courses at Central Virginia Community College, she enjoyed a 29-year career as a CPA, serving 9 years as partner-in-charge of the Lynchburg office of Brown Edwards & Co, L.L.P. Additionally, for 21 years she and her husband owned McFeely’s Square Drive Screws. Amy has volunteered with numerous organizations including service as the chairman of the board for both Centra Health and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Michael J. Schewel BIO

Richmond, Virginia

Michael Schewel is a retired corporate lawyer, business executive and government official. He grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia. He currently serves on several non-profit boards and builds affordable housing. He has served on the board of trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation for the past 20 years, including a term as president of the board of trustees. He served as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade from 2002–2006 under Governor Mark Warner. He practiced corporate and energy law at McGuireWoods for 35 years. He served as chief executive of Recast Energy, a renewable energy company, and as senior vice president and general counsel of Tredegar Corporation, a publicly traded industrial company.

William W. Semones BIO

Forest, Virginia

Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, Bill attended the College of William & Mary and received a BA in business administration. After earning a master’s degree in counseling, he entered hospital administration at St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital. From 1978 until 1987 he worked as the administrator of Roanoke Valley Psychiatric Center. HCA then relocated him to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1988 he moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, to serve as a vice president with Centra Health. Bill became involved in the Poplar Forest restoration, and after retiring in 2012 became a tour docent for Poplar Forest. He was appointed to the Poplar Forest Board of Directors and continues to enjoy giving tours of Poplar Forest, as well as volunteering at Lynchburg Daily Bread.

Robert J. Spiller BIO

Alexandria, Virginia

Rob Spiller is assistant secretary for advancement at the Smithsonian Institution, directing a team of 300 from the Smithsonian’s 21 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo responsible for raising over $300 million annually.  Before coming to the Smithsonian, Rob was the associate vice president for development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins University and senior director of major gifts at Yale University.  Rob serves as a docent at Christ Church in Alexandria, where George Washington worshipped, and is a volunteer for Carpenters Shelter in Alexandria.

Wendy L. Tackett BIO

Battle Creek, Michigan

With a focus on continual improvement, Dr. Wendy Tackett conducts program evaluations in educational and healthcare organizations through the consulting firm iEval, which she and her husband, Paul, founded in 2002. Dr. Tackett believes evaluation should only be conducted if it will be used and result in meaningful findings. Wendy has given training on evaluation methodologies and findings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Wendy has written four children’s books, The Wish Series, with the second in the series focused on Thomas Jefferson, as well as a book for evaluation practitioners. She is passionate about educating children about our country’s history.

Stephen H. Watts, II BIO

Richmond, Virginia

Stephen Watts had the remarkable luck to be born in February of 1947 into the Lynchburg, Virginia, family of James O. Watts, Jr., and Sarah Key Watts, who had purchased Poplar Forest in July of 1946. Poplar Forest was Stephen’s home until 1969. Upon graduating from law school in 1972, Stephen began his legal career with Spilman, Thomas, Battle & Klostermeyer in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1975, Stephen returned to Lynchburg to support his father’s legal practice. In 1977, he and his family moved to Richmond where he joined Commonwealth Natural Gas Corporation as vice president and in-house general counsel; he worked there until January 1, 1981, when he joined the Richmond, Virginia, office of McGuireWoods LLP. He retired from McGuireWoods, and from the Virginia State Bar, on December 31, 2018. He joined the board of the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in 2016.

Christian Stevens Wayt BIO

Atlanta, Georgia

Chrissie was born and raised in Atlanta. Her roots go back many generations in Georgia, but also in Virginia to the mid 1600s. She graduated from UGA with a BA in Arts and Education, and from Georgia State with a MA in American History. She has worked professionally in non-profit fundraising with several organizations and consulting firms in Atlanta and with the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in the 1980s. Chrissie’s mother’s family owned the Poplar Forest estate for 118 years, and while employed at Poplar Forest, she was the last person to live in the Poplar Forest house full-time.

Gayle Jessup White BIO

Charlottesville, Virginia

A former award-winning television reporter and anchor, Gayle Jessup White is the first public relations and community engagement officer at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates Monticello. She is the author of the book, Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy. Gayle started her career at the New York Times and has written and spoken extensively about her work at Monticello, the legacies of slavery, and her family’s contributions to American history. Gayle serves on Virginia’s Citizens Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion, where she is founding chair of the Descendant Committee. She is also a board member of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and Charlottesville Live Arts.

Sterling A. Wilder BIO

Lynchburg, Virginia

As the co-founder and executive director of the Jubilee Family Development Center, Dr. Sterling A. Wilder has devoted his life to helping children and families become self-sufficient and reach higher levels of personal achievement. He received a BS in accounting from Virginia State University, a Master of Education from Lynchburg College, and a Doctor of Education in leadership studies from the University of Lynchburg. In keeping with his family’s tradition of service and dedication to community improvement, Dr. Wilder is serving or has served on the boards of numerous local organizations: to name a few, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board. In February 2010 he received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence from the City of Lynchburg. In 2012 he was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) for being recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by Dollar General. In 2016 he was elected to serve on the Lynchburg City Council, Ward II, and reelected in 2020.