Board of Directors

Jeffrey Branflick, Board MemberJeffrey Branflick

Jeff is a former banking executive with over 25 years' experience including time at HSBC, Barclays and Capital One.  He most recently served as Global Head of Finance for HSBC’s Retail Bank, based in London. Though his deepest expertise is based in finance and analytics, Jeff has held marketing and general management roles in financial services and his early career included work in the consumer products business with Johnson & Johnson. He has also worked with innovative marketing startups through the Collider accelerator program in London and served on the board of a financial technology startup in the US. 

He is a current member of the Board at RAL Art Center here on the Northern Neck, and previously served on the board of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley and Monterey Bay. He earned a degree in Commerce from Washington & Lee University, earned both CPA and CMA designations, and attended the Harvard Business School executive program for general management. He owns the Severn Yachting Center in Gloucester and currently holds a USCG 50 Ton Master License.

Jeff and his wife Louise have owned a home in White Stone since 2003 that they rebuilt and now make their main home.

 

Bill Chapman, Board MemberWilliam H. Chapman

Bill retired in 2022 after serving 14 years as Executive Director & Producer of The Richmond Forum, America’s largest non-profit lecture series, presenting the world’s biggest names at the Altria Theater in Richmond, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Bill served on the Forum Board of Directors for six years before assuming the leadership position in 2008, turning his passion for the organization and its mission into a full-time vocation. In 2018, Bill expanded the community impact of the organization by launching the Richmond Forum Speech & Debate Initiative to grow and support speech and debate programs in the region’s public schools.

Prior to his move to non-profit leadership, Bill spent 21 years in advertising, founding his own agency in 1993. Following a merger in 1999, Bill served as President & Creative Director of RightMinds, an integrated marketing services agency with over 50 employees in Richmond.

Bill currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Northern Neck Insurance Company and earned his Mutual Director Certification from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) in 2021. Bill has previously served on the Boards of The Richmond Forum, Chesapeake Academy, The Steamboat Era Museum, Junior Achievement of Greater Richmond, and others. In 2012, Bill served as the national president of an association of the nation’s leading lecture series.

Bill has received numerous awards for advertising, public relations, and leadership, including Ad Person of the Year from the Advertising Club of Richmond in 2002 and a Best in Show honor in the 2017 Richmond Show. He is also a recipient of the L. Douglas Wilder Excellence of Virginia Government Award and the VCU Alumni Star Award, "recognizing top VCU alumni for their community, humanitarian, professional achievements, and university service."

Bill holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife reside in White Stone, Virginia, and have one grown son.

  

Elizabeth "Sissy" Crowther, Board MemberElizabeth Crowther

Sissy Crowther is President Emerita of Rappahannock Community College (RCC), principal of Night Sky LLC, and owner-operator of Bruington Farms. Crowther feels fortunate to live on the farm where she grew up and serve on a number of boards, currently including Bon Secours Mercy Health Systems-Richmond Market (Chair), Blue Ridge Bankshares, Northern Neck Insurance Company, Lilian Lumber Company (Vice President), Virginia Outdoors Foundation (Chair), and St. Margaret’s School (Chair).

Crowther worked in finance and investments and also taught at Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. After working at The College of William and Mary, she chose the uniquely powerful community college environment, advancing at Lord Fairfax and Blue Ridge Community Colleges. From 2004-2019, Crowther was President of RCC, where she grew enrollment, programs, and Educational Foundation assets. As Co-Chair of the State Council of Higher Education’s Committee on Transfer, Crowther received a commendation for expanding the Guaranteed Admission Agreement statewide.

Crowther’s higher education focus was on the colleges’ roles in economic development. She facilitated partnerships, expanded workforce programs and specialized training, and encouraged employment regionally. Related to this mission, Crowther served on Workforce Investment Boards, the Governor’s Rural Jobs Commission (McDonnell), Mary Washington District Go-Virginia Board, Chesapeake Bay Partnership, Middle Peninsula Alliance, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board. In 2011, she helped start Lead River Counties to strengthen community development in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

In addition to spending time on timber and farm management, Sissy enjoys raising horses, spending time with friends and family, and boating.

 

Ammon Dunton, Board MemberAmmon Dunton

Ammon earned his B.A. from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He began his legal career on Wall Street, where he practiced with one of the world's outstanding international law firms.

Since following his heart back to Northern Neck in 1967, he has assumed leadership roles in many Virginia businesses, including acting as Chairman of Bay Banks of Virginia, Chairman of the Bank of Lancaster, Chairman of Northern Neck Insurance Company, President of the Virginia Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Vice President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, etc.

He now acts as Dunton, Simmons and Dunton's managing partner and as a business law consultant to attorneys in the firm.

Ammon also remains active in estate settlement and in trust administration. He is trustee of numerous trusts in Virginia and in other states. He is a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock Virginia, where he has been elected to the Vestry and as Senior Warden three times. He has served as a trustee of the Funds of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

He is also active in local charitable work and remains President of the Tidewater Foundation, Inc., a local charitable organization.

He was married for 47 years to the late Katharine Macwithey Dunton. He and Kathy have four adult children.

 

Brian Forrester, Board MemberBrian Forrester

Brian Forrester is the Co-Founder of Workshop Digital, a digital marketing agency in Richmond, VA. Brian has spent over a decade in digital marketing and his agency now serves clients all over the U.S. and Canada including several Fortune 500 brands.

During Brian’s time as Co-Founder of Workshop Digital, the agency has won numerous awards including the 2016 Richmond Chamber IMPACT Award, 2017 & 2018 Virginia Best Places to Work, 2017 Outside Magazine Best Places to Work in the U.S., and 3-time winner of the RVA25 Fastest Growing Companies in Richmond.

Since his days at James Madison University, Brian has always sought to give back to the community. Brian now sits on the Executive Advisory Council for JMU’s College of Business, Marketing, the FETCH a Cure Board of Directors, and sits on the IMPACT Awards Selection Committee. He is an active mentor for the Richmond Chamber THRIVE Mentor Program. Brian’s agency is also a 4-time winner of Generosity, Inc., an award celebrating top charitable corporate givers in Richmond, VA.

Brian was born and raised in Lancaster, VA. He and his wife now reside in Richmond, VA and have a home on Carter’s Creek in Irvington, VA.

 

Susan Horne, Board MemberSusan B. Horne

Susan Horne has served as president and CEO of Lead Virginia since March 2007. She was recognized in 2009 by Virginia Businessas one of Virginia’s 25 People You Need to Know and most recently as one of Virginia’s 42 Women in Leadership in 2022. 

 

From her involvement in the steering committee that shaped the original concept and framework of Lead Virginia and subsequent service on the inaugural board of directors that launched the program in 2005, Susan continues to hold a strong belief in the compelling value of a statewide network of leaders who understand the Commonwealth’s growing complexity and need for visionary leadership. Her participation as a 2006 Lead Virginia class member opened a window onto the soul of Virginia for her. Since Lead Virginia’s founding, the program has been recognized as a leading voice for building a statewide network of leaders serving the Commonwealth and has been recognized by Virginia’s Governors, the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government. 

Susan served in public office in her hometown of Leesburg as a member of the Town Council and as Vice Mayor.  While in public office she co-founded Keep Leesburg Beautiful, a community beautification effort among many initiatives she began and supported.

She has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia (then Fairfax County) Chamber of Commerce. Susan is an honorary member of Leadership Fairfax and was recognized by Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors for her many years with Leadership Fairfax where she served for 15 years as founding program director, then executive director and CEO.

Susan holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a 1999 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership from the University of Virginia.

Susan serves on the boards of The Richmond Forum where she chaired the nominating/governance committee, Northern Neck Insurance Company where she chaired the audit committee, and Needles Eye Ministries where she currently serves as chair. She served as a member of the Impact of Women committee for the 2019 Jamestown Commemoration - American Evolution; and is currently a member of the Executives Roundtable in Greater Richmond. She is active with her fellow state leadership program colleagues across the United States.

Susan and her husband Bob live in Richmond and are active in their church with the newcomer’s ministry. They are blessed with two married daughters and their husbands, three precious grandchildren and a lovable Labrador Retriever.  

 

Otis Jones, Board MemberOtis S. Jones

Otis is Sales Director, Southeast Financial Services, for ServiceNow, an industry leading workflow solution provider. Otis joined ServiceNow in March 2021 upon retiring from IBM after 36 years of service, including 30 years as a seller, manager and sales director supporting financial services clients, across banking, capital markets and insurance sectors.  

Most recently at IBM, Jones led a sales team focused on clients in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Vanguard, Fannie Mae, Navy Federal Credit Union, Federal Reserve and Capital One. He was responsible for client satisfaction, revenue, and profit for the entire IBM portfolio that included hardware, software, services, and custom banking solutions.

Otis is a former trustee and vice president of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc., and the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. He is past chair of the Board of Directors of The Richmond Forum, and current trustee and vice-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

In November 2020, Jones was appointed by Governor Ralph S. Northam to the Virginia Council of Environmental Justice. The Council’s mission ensures that vulnerable communities are being protected from pollution, climate change and environmental hazards. He served a one-year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021.

Jones served as the IBM Campus Engagement Leader for Virginia State University from 2017 until retirement. In this capacity, he represented IBM as the executive liaison assigned to broaden the IBM relationship with all facets of the University.  Otis is also member of the Norfolk State University School of Business Advisory Board.

He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Norfolk State University (1983).

Raised in Weems, Virginia, Otis and his family reside in Chesterfield, Virginia.

 

Julien Patterson, Board MemberJulien G. Patterson

Julien G. Patterson, Past Chairman of OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation, founded the company in 1990 and led it to become the premier provider of high-quality security services and innovative investigative solutions for prestigious government and commercial customers. Under his leadership, OMNIPLEX grew to a successful mid-sized corporation with an employee population of over 3,500 security professionals and annual revenues of over $100 million.

Mr. Patterson’s security career began with the Central Intelligence Agency where, among other mission critical activities, he was responsible for leading its personal security mobile training teams worldwide. In 1990, he founded OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation. Seven years later, he was named by Ernst & Young LLP, the NASDAQ Stock Market and others as the Greater Washington, DC Entrepreneur of the Year, from a field of over 890 nominees.

Mr. Patterson received his undergraduate and honorary doctorate degrees from Norfolk State University and served on the Board of Visitors. He is the Past Chairman of the VA Economic Development Partnership (for former Governor McDonnell and former Governor Kaine). He is also a Past Chairman of the VA Chamber of Commerce, the VA Community College Foundation, and of VA FREE. He has served as trustee of the VA Foundation for Independent Colleges. Among other activities, he was a founding director for the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, and currently serves on the board of directors for Blue Ridge Bankshares, Inc. and the Northern Neck Insurance Company. Mr. Patterson is a frequent keynote speaker to US Government agencies, chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations, and various civic groups.

 

Doug Steward, Board MemberDoug G. Stewart

With over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, Doug serves as a trusted financial advisor to individuals, families, and businesses on a variety of complex topics. He founded Stewart Wealth Management Group in 2002 and merged his firm with Cary Street Partners in 2007. Doug uses his experience and perspective to provide strategic leadership both for his advisory team and the firm. As Chairman of the Board of Cary Street Partners, and as shareholder in the firm’s parent company, Cary Street Partners Financial, Doug is energized by building a world class business and helping the firm’s entrepreneurial clients do the same.

For Doug, serving his clients and community is paramount. Doug is a founding member of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region and Virginia Tech’s APEX Center for Entrepreneurs. Doug is the former Chairman of the board of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation, Fredericksburg Academy, and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation. He has sat on numerous additional boards as well, including the University of Virginia Healthcare Foundation. As a mark of his service, Doug has received the Jim Wheat Community Service Award.

Doug currently serves as a board member and Chairman of the Northern Neck Insurance Company, as well as a board member of The McPherson Companies, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also on the advisory board of Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners and Petra Capital Partners.

Doug was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He has three children and currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

 

Bobby N. Turnage, Jr.

Bobby is a business-minded attorney with more than 23 years of experience advising organizations dealing with technology and data-related matters, including cybersecurity, data security, data privacy, and technology contracts.

Bobby advises clients of all sizes, both public and private, from start-up to well-established, and across multiple industries.  Whether guiding clients through a data breach or ransomware attack with potential impacts in the U.S. and internationally, advising clients concerning data privacy and security obligations, or negotiating technology-related contracts that drive growth, Bobby brings a practical, “here’s how we can get it done” approach to delivering legal services. Bobby is the Cybersecurity and Technology Team Leader, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. As a lawyer and a former senior executive in the tech industry, he has the knowledge and skills to help clients prepare for and navigate the legal risks associated with technology services and the use or handling of data.

Before joining Sands Anderson, Bobby was a partner at Venable LLP. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Network Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of web-based products and services for businesses and organizations. His other previous experience includes serving as Associate General Counsel for Verisign, Inc., a high-tech internet services company, and serving as a defense attorney and prosecutor in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps. Bobby’s thorough experience as a lawyer and corporate executive gives him a unique perspective that is valued by his clients.

Outside of work, Bobby enjoys spending time with family and friends, composing music on the piano, and reading about prominent figures in history.

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