Leadership

Board of Directors

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Meet the Team

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Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr.

Board Chair

Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr., a true pillar in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia, stands at the helm of MAM Development, LLC, and proudly chairs the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation since 2010.

Stepping into the coal mining industry in 1978, Marvin’s journey unfolded into a pivotal role as a part owner and vice president of Cumberland Resources Corporation in Abingdon, Virginia, a post he held from 1984 to 2010, ultimately overseeing the company’s acquisition by Massey Energy.

Marvin’s dedication to higher education issues is unwavering, reflected in his service on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and the College Board of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. His commitment extends to active involvement in various standing committees and search committees for both educational institutions.

Beyond academia, Marvin assumes key positions on the Board of Trustees of the Barter Theatre, Johnston Memorial Hospital and the Virginia Athletics Foundation. His profound impact on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is evident through generous sponsorship of scholarships, construction projects, and support for the athletics department.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Marvin’s philanthropy extends to significant contributions to the Barter Theatre and the William King Museum of Art, showcasing his dedication to the cultural vibrancy of the community.

A graduate of J.J. Kelly High School in Wise, Virginia, Marvin continued his education at the University of Virginia, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. Family holds a special place in his heart, and he enjoys a fulfilling marriage with Marcia Adams Gilliam, a partner who shares his commitment to community upliftment.

Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr.

Board Chair

Marvin W. Gilliam, Jr. has been the owner and manager of MAM Development, LLC in Abingdon, Virginia, and serves as the chairman of the Marcia and Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation since 2010.

He entered the coal mining industry in 1978, eventually becoming a part owner and vice president of Cumberland Resources Corporation of Abingdon, Virginia from 1984-2010 when the company was sold to Massey Energy.

He is active in higher education issues serving on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and the College Board of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise as well as numerous standing committees and search committees of both schools.

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Barter Theatre, the Board of Trustees of Johnston Memorial Hospital and the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

Gilliam is an avid supporter of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and has sponsored numerous scholarships, construction projects and the athletics department.

In addition, Gilliam is a strong supporter of the arts, having provided leading gifts to Barter Theatre and the William King Museum of Art.

Gilliam graduated from J.J. Kelly High School in Wise, Virginia, and the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in economics and is married to Marcia Adams Gilliam.

Haytham Adada, M.D.

Haytham Adada, M.D., is an accomplished physician with the skillset to effectively manage medical responsibilities within different health care systems. During his career, he has worked with various patient demographics — in both inpatient and outpatient settings — and with different levels of acuity.

He has more than a decade of professional clinic experience. Since 2014, Adada has provided pulmonary and critical care through Ballad Health Medical Associates. He has worked at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.

He worked with Mountain States Medical Group, which is now Ballad Health Medical Associates, beginning in 2010. He was a hospitalist in internal medicine at Johnson City Medical Center. In 2009 Adada worked as a hospitalist for Mercy at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri.

Adada has many years of administrative experience as well. Much of his work in this capacity has been with Ballad Health at Johnston Memorial Hospital, focusing on patient safety and quality care. He is also a published author and has made many public presentations on a variety of topics. He was also a principal investigator of a clinical study during the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate the outcome of the convalescent plasma in COVID-19 patients.

Adada has been recognized many times for his work. In March 2022, he received Ballad’s Servant’s Heart Award, the health system’s most prestigious award for honoring team members, physicians and volunteers who model the philosophy of patient-centered care by going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping others at work and in the community. In June 2021, he received the James Gibson Medical Staff Leadership Award for his steadfast, faithful, and tireless dedication to the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center, as well as his efforts to improve the quality of patient care. That same month, he also received an Excellence in Teaching Honor for the best attending teacher by the internal medicine residency program at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Adada has also been a dedicated volunteer. In 1997 he was a member of the First Aid Team of the Lebanese Red Cross. He was a patient ambassador for the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he also took part in Operation Safety Net in Pittsburgh, a program that works to improve the well-being of unsheltered homeless individuals.

Adada earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996 from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Next, he received a medicine bachelor and bachelor of surgery from Beirut Arab University in Beirut in 2002. His medical training includes Beirut Arab University Affiliated Hospitals, Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, and East Tennessee State University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a medical management concentration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which he earned in 2013.

Adada and his family have lived in the Tri-Cities region since 2010. He and his wife, Rasmiyah Jastan, purchased their Abingdon home in 2014. Dr. Jastan is a family medicine physician and program director of the family medicine residency training program in Abingdon. They have three children — Yara, Ryan and Mia. The family enjoys hiking in the area, biking on the Creeper Trail and having fun at the lake.

Haytham Adada, M.D.

Haytham Adada, M.D., is an accomplished physician with the skillset to effectively manage medical responsibilities within different health care systems. During his career, he has worked with various patient demographics — in both inpatient and outpatient settings — and with different levels of acuity.

He has more than a decade of professional clinic experience. Since 2014, Adada has provided pulmonary and critical care through Ballad Health Medical Associates. He has worked at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.

He worked with Mountain States Medical Group, which is now Ballad Health Medical Associates, beginning in 2010. He was a hospitalist in internal medicine at Johnson City Medical Center. In 2009 Adada worked as a hospitalist for Mercy at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Missouri.

Adada has many years of administrative experience as well. Much of his work in this capacity has been with Ballad Health at Johnston Memorial Hospital, focusing on patient safety and quality care. He is also a published author and has made many public presentations on a variety of topics. He was also a principal investigator of a clinical study during the COVID-19 pandemic to evaluate the outcome of the convalescent plasma in COVID-19 patients.

Adada has been recognized many times for his work. In March 2022, he received Ballad’s Servant’s Heart Award, the health system’s most prestigious award for honoring team members, physicians and volunteers who model the philosophy of patient-centered care by going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping others at work and in the community. In June 2021, he received the James Gibson Medical Staff Leadership Award for his steadfast, faithful, and tireless dedication to the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center, as well as his efforts to improve the quality of patient care. That same month, he also received an Excellence in Teaching Honor for the best attending teacher by the internal medicine residency program at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Adada has also been a dedicated volunteer. In 1997 he was a member of the First Aid Team of the Lebanese Red Cross. He was a patient ambassador for the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he also took part in Operation Safety Net in Pittsburgh, a program that works to improve the well-being of unsheltered homeless individuals.

Adada earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996 from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Next, he received a medicine bachelor and bachelor of surgery from Beirut Arab University in Beirut in 2002. His medical training includes Beirut Arab University Affiliated Hospitals, Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, and East Tennessee State University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a medical management concentration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which he earned in 2013.

Adada and his family have lived in the Tri-Cities region since 2010. He and his wife, Rasmiyah Jastan, purchased their Abingdon home in 2014. Dr. Jastan is a family medicine physician and program director of the family medicine residency training program in Abingdon. They have three children — Yara, Ryan and Mia. The family enjoys hiking in the area, biking on the Creeper Trail and having fun at the lake.

Rev. Kevin M. Campbell

Rev. Kevin M. Campbell embarked on his ministerial career as a youth pastor in Baxley, Georgia, back in 1993. His journey eventually led him to our region in 2005, where he has since taken on various leadership roles within the Presbytery of Abingdon. Presently, he serves as the lead pastor at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. Kevin’s pastoral experience also includes stints in Hillsville, Virginia, Raeford, North Carolina and Union Point, Georgia. Education-wise, Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Brewton-Parker College. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Beyond his pastoral duties, Kevin is deeply committed to community service. He volunteers at Ecumenical Faith in Action and is an active member of the Abingdon Rotary Club. Notably, he previously chaired the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board in Wytheville, Virginia.

Through these various roles and his work within the church, Kevin has developed a profound understanding of the community’s needs and challenges. He eagerly anticipates utilizing philanthropy as a catalyst for effecting long-term, systemic change within the community in his capacity with the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia.

Rev. Kevin M. Campbell

Rev. Kevin M. Campbell embarked on his ministerial career as a youth pastor in Baxley, Georgia, back in 1993. His journey eventually led him to our region in 2005, where he has since taken on various leadership roles within the Presbytery of Abingdon. Presently, he serves as the lead pastor at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. Kevin’s pastoral experience also includes stints in Hillsville, Virginia, Raeford, North Carolina and Union Point, Georgia. Education-wise, Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Brewton-Parker College. He is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Beyond his pastoral duties, Kevin is deeply committed to community service. He volunteers at Ecumenical Faith in Action and is an active member of the Abingdon Rotary Club. Notably, he previously chaired the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board in Wytheville, Virginia.

Through these various roles and his work within the church, Kevin has developed a profound understanding of the community’s needs and challenges. He eagerly anticipates utilizing philanthropy as a catalyst for effecting long-term, systemic change within the community in his capacity with the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia.

Karen Elmore, M.D.

Karen Elmore, M.D., is the founding physician and medical director at Mountain Laurel Internal Medicine, which opened in 2017 as the Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) Internal Medicine residency clinic. Prior to her current position, she served as a physician at Saltville (Virginia) Medical Center from 2005 to 2008, then founded Emory Internal Medicine (EIM) in 2008 as a joint venture between JMH and Emory & Henry College.

Since 2017, Elmore has also served as the clinic director at the JMH Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 2018, she began mentoring new physicians at the clinic, and serves as the associate program director of the residency program and chair of the clinical competency committee. She previously worked as assistant professor of internal medicine at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Elmore received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee in 1993. She began medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, College of Medicine in 1994 and transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia in 1996, where she completed her degree in 1998. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 2001.

Elmore has been active in primary and secondary education in Abingdon, serving as classroom volunteer to supplement science education, and starting and serving as the coach for the Jr. FIRST Lego League program at Abingdon Elementary School. She also served as a parent sponsor for the Abingdon High School Model General Assembly/Model United Nations Club.

With a strong interest in native plant and vegetable gardening, Elmore completed a program in 2009 to become a Virginia Master Naturalist, and maintains a native plant garden at Munchkin Park in Abingdon. She and her husband have two sons and many pets.

Karen Elmore, M.D.

Karen Elmore, M.D., is the founding physician and medical director at Mountain Laurel Internal Medicine, which opened in 2017 as the Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) Internal Medicine residency clinic. Prior to her current position, she served as a physician at Saltville (Virginia) Medical Center from 2005 to 2008, then founded Emory Internal Medicine (EIM) in 2008 as a joint venture between JMH and Emory & Henry College.

Since 2017, Elmore has also served as the clinic director at the JMH Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 2018, she began mentoring new physicians at the clinic, and serves as the associate program director of the residency program and chair of the clinical competency committee. She previously worked as assistant professor of internal medicine at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Elmore received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee in 1993. She began medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, College of Medicine in 1994 and transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia in 1996, where she completed her degree in 1998. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 2001.

Elmore has been active in primary and secondary education in Abingdon, serving as classroom volunteer to supplement science education, and starting and serving as the coach for the Jr. FIRST Lego League program at Abingdon Elementary School. She also served as a parent sponsor for the Abingdon High School Model General Assembly/Model United Nations Club.

With a strong interest in native plant and vegetable gardening, Elmore completed a program in 2009 to become a Virginia Master Naturalist, and maintains a native plant garden at Munchkin Park in Abingdon. She and her husband have two sons and many pets.

William H. Hayter

William H. Hayter has spent his career in the banking industry. He served as president and CEO of First Bank & Trust Company and First Bancorp, Inc. for 40 years, and currently serves as board chairman of the bank and its holding company. During his tenure as president and CEO, the bank’s assets grew from $1 million to $1.9 billion and 31 offices.

Following his 1976 graduation from Virginia Tech, Hayter began his banking career as a senior credit analyst for the Farm Credit system. He was instrumental in the organization of First Russell County Bank, which was later renamed First Bank & Trust Company. For some time, he was the youngest banking CEO in the state of Virginia.

Throughout his career, Hayter has served with various business organizations. These include the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the Virginia Bankers Association, having served previous terms as chairman at both organizations. He has also served with several industrial development organizations, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership board of directors.

In addition to banking, Hayter has been active in the agriculture industry, and maintains a commercial cow-calf and stocker operation on his farm in Southwest Virginia. He resides with his family in Abingdon.

William H. Hayter

William H. Hayter has spent his career in the banking industry. He served as president and CEO of First Bank & Trust Company and First Bancorp, Inc. for 40 years, and currently serves as board chairman of the bank and its holding company. During his tenure as president and CEO, the bank’s assets grew from $1 million to $1.9 billion and 31 offices.

Following his 1976 graduation from Virginia Tech, Hayter began his banking career as a senior credit analyst for the Farm Credit system. He was instrumental in the organization of First Russell County Bank, which was later renamed First Bank & Trust Company. For some time, he was the youngest banking CEO in the state of Virginia.

Throughout his career, Hayter has served with various business organizations. These include the Virginia Agribusiness Council and the Virginia Bankers Association, having served previous terms as chairman at both organizations. He has also served with several industrial development organizations, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership board of directors.

In addition to banking, Hayter has been active in the agriculture industry, and maintains a commercial cow-calf and stocker operation on his farm in Southwest Virginia. He resides with his family in Abingdon.

Karl Kindig

Karl Kindig, a semi-retired attorney specializing in business transactions, launched his solo law practice in 2021. Previously, he held various legal and managerial positions, including President and General Counsel, at Pittston Coal Company in Lebanon, Virginia.

Karl’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree from Juniata College (economics), a law degree from New York University and the completion of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

Karl has served on organizational boards in the education, environmental, and healthcare sectors. At present, he holds the position of trustee with the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and is a Trustee Emeritus of Juniata College. Karl previously served on the board of trustees at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Karl intends to assist the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia in transforming financial resources into meaningful enhancements in the lives of Southwest Virginia residents with the goal of achieving sustainable, positive change for the community.

Residing in Abingdon with his wife, they have one daughter. Beyond his professional commitments, he pursues woodworking and bird hunting in his spare time.

Karl Kindig

Karl Kindig, a semi-retired attorney specializing in business transactions, launched his solo law practice in 2021. Previously, he held various legal and managerial positions, including President and General Counsel, at Pittston Coal Company in Lebanon, Virginia.

Karl’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree from Juniata College (economics), a law degree from New York University and the completion of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

Karl has served on organizational boards in the education, environmental, and healthcare sectors. At present, he holds the position of trustee with the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and is a Trustee Emeritus of Juniata College. Karl previously served on the board of trustees at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Karl intends to assist the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia in transforming financial resources into meaningful enhancements in the lives of Southwest Virginia residents with the goal of achieving sustainable, positive change for the community.

Residing in Abingdon with his wife, they have one daughter. Beyond his professional commitments, he pursues woodworking and bird hunting in his spare time.

Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth Lowe has been a committed member of the Washington County Virginia School Board since 1994. During this time, she has played a pivotal role in shaping educational policies, overseeing budgets and providing strategic direction for the local education system. With an impressive track record of nine years as board chair and five years as vice chair, Elizabeth is a proven leader in her field.

From 1995 to 2004, Elizabeth served as the Director of Extended Learning at The University of Virginia College at Wise, where she led continuing education programs at the Abingdon campus. Her professional background also encompasses criminal justice/corrections experience which includes serving as the Executive Director of Southwest Virginia Community Corrections.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Elizabeth has been actively involved with numerous community organizations. She has contributed her time and expertise to entities such as the Southwest Virginia Community Criminal Justice Board, A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School for the Gifted, Bristol-Smyth-Washington Volunteer Emergency Families for Children Advisory Board and the Virginia Community Diversion Directors’ Association just to name a few.

Elizabeth earned a sociology degree from the University of Virginia, as well as a master’s degree in administration of justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In her current position at the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, Elizabeth is focused on engaging in collaborative community efforts aimed at enriching lives and addressing regional challenges.

Elizabeth, who is married and lives in Abingdon, finds joy in activities like hiking, biking, gardening, sewing, and cherishing moments with her two sons and delightful grandchildren.

Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth Lowe has been a committed member of the Washington County Virginia School Board since 1994. During this time, she has played a pivotal role in shaping educational policies, overseeing budgets and providing strategic direction for the local education system. With an impressive track record of nine years as board chair and five years as vice chair, Elizabeth is a proven leader in her field.

From 1995 to 2004, Elizabeth served as the Director of Extended Learning at The University of Virginia College at Wise, where she led continuing education programs at the Abingdon campus. Her professional background also encompasses criminal justice/corrections experience which includes serving as the Executive Director of Southwest Virginia Community Corrections.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Elizabeth has been actively involved with numerous community organizations. She has contributed her time and expertise to entities such as the Southwest Virginia Community Criminal Justice Board, A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School for the Gifted, Bristol-Smyth-Washington Volunteer Emergency Families for Children Advisory Board and the Virginia Community Diversion Directors’ Association just to name a few.

Elizabeth earned a sociology degree from the University of Virginia, as well as a master’s degree in administration of justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In her current position at the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, Elizabeth is focused on engaging in collaborative community efforts aimed at enriching lives and addressing regional challenges.

Elizabeth, who is married and lives in Abingdon, finds joy in activities like hiking, biking, gardening, sewing, and cherishing moments with her two sons and delightful grandchildren.

Donnie Meadows

Donnie Meadows enjoyed a two-decade career with K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City). He began his employment with K-VA-T as vice president of human resources, and retired in 2021 from his role as senior human resources leader.

Prior to joining Food City, Meadows worked for a regional supermarket company in a variety of positions, from entry level to vice president. He also served as a sales representative for M&M Mars, Inc., and worked in the corporate labor division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Meadows is actively involved within the community and has served with a number of civic organizations, including executive board member for the United Way of Southwest Virginia, the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and a variety of boards with the United Methodist Church. In addition, he has served on an advisory board for Eastman Credit Union and on the Food Market Institute’s human resources committee. 

Meadows earned a Master of Science in industrial relations from the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He and his wife, Julie Martin, have three daughters, Lauren, Morgan and Robyn; a granddaughter, Riley; and a grandson, Elijah. During his free time, he enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking and volunteering with Highlands Fellowship Church.

Donnie Meadows

Donnie Meadows enjoyed a two-decade career with K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City). He began his employment with K-VA-T as vice president of human resources, and retired in 2021 from his role as senior human resources leader.

Prior to joining Food City, Meadows worked for a regional supermarket company in a variety of positions, from entry level to vice president. He also served as a sales representative for M&M Mars, Inc., and worked in the corporate labor division for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Meadows is actively involved within the community and has served with a number of civic organizations, including executive board member for the United Way of Southwest Virginia, the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and a variety of boards with the United Methodist Church. In addition, he has served on an advisory board for Eastman Credit Union and on the Food Market Institute’s human resources committee. 

Meadows earned a Master of Science in industrial relations from the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He and his wife, Julie Martin, have three daughters, Lauren, Morgan and Robyn; a granddaughter, Riley; and a grandson, Elijah. During his free time, he enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking and volunteering with Highlands Fellowship Church.

JoAnn Price, DNP

JoAnn Price is a retired professor of nursing at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon. She is a 1996 graduate of the Virginia Appalachian TriCollege Nursing Program (at VHCC), a consortium of Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and VHCC that operated for more than four decades before each college formed stand-alone programs.

Price graduated magna cum laude in 2004 from King University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She graduated with honors from King in 2008 with a Master of Science in Nursing, and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with honors from King in 2021.

Following a nursing career that focused on women’s health, Price returned to VHCC more than 10 years ago to share her nursing knowledge with students there until her retirement in 2023.

Price chaired the Fall 2020 Pandemic Operations Task Force and has served on the VHCC Quality Enhancement Plan Team. In addition to a storied teaching career, she serves on several committees at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. She has also served on VHCC’s diversity and inclusion council, as chair of VHCC’s student affairs committee and as VHCC’s faculty senate president. Her additional service at VHCC included the mission, vision and values committee and the president’s advisory council, as well as having served as the VHCC representative on a state-wide military education, experience and training committee.

Over the course of her teaching career at VHCC, Price has received the Outstanding Faculty Award in Advising, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, she has received VHCC’s Development & Research Team Service Award and the Commonwealth of Virginia Ten Years of Service Award.

A native of Hanover County, Virginia, Price is married to William H. (Bill) Price, and has three stepchildren and four grandchildren. She enjoys supporting numerous community projects, training and teaching Karate (she is a fifth degree black belt), baking and sewing. Price also enjoys teaching Bible school and sharing her love for the Lord through singing.

JoAnn Price, DNP

JoAnn Price is a retired professor of nursing at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon. She is a 1996 graduate of the Virginia Appalachian TriCollege Nursing Program (at VHCC), a consortium of Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College and VHCC that operated for more than four decades before each college formed stand-alone programs.

Price graduated magna cum laude in 2004 from King University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She graduated with honors from King in 2008 with a Master of Science in Nursing, and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with honors from King in 2021.

Following a nursing career that focused on women’s health, Price returned to VHCC more than 10 years ago to share her nursing knowledge with students there until her retirement in 2023.

Price chaired the Fall 2020 Pandemic Operations Task Force and has served on the VHCC Quality Enhancement Plan Team. In addition to a storied teaching career, she serves on several committees at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. She has also served on VHCC’s diversity and inclusion council, as chair of VHCC’s student affairs committee and as VHCC’s faculty senate president. Her additional service at VHCC included the mission, vision and values committee and the president’s advisory council, as well as having served as the VHCC representative on a state-wide military education, experience and training committee.

Over the course of her teaching career at VHCC, Price has received the Outstanding Faculty Award in Advising, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, she has received VHCC’s Development & Research Team Service Award and the Commonwealth of Virginia Ten Years of Service Award.

A native of Hanover County, Virginia, Price is married to William H. (Bill) Price, and has three stepchildren and four grandchildren. She enjoys supporting numerous community projects, training and teaching Karate (she is a fifth degree black belt), baking and sewing. Price also enjoys teaching Bible school and sharing her love for the Lord through singing.

Thomas “Tom” Revels

Thomas “Tom” Revels is an experienced health care service executive with more than 35 years of experience in hospital management and employer-based, primary care clinic operations. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in the development of health risk management solutions for self-funded employer health plans.

As a co-founder of two onsite clinic/health analytics companies, Revels has served self-funded and fully insured employers with onsite health risk management programs for more than 20 years.

This experience has provided Revels with a working knowledge of the fiscal challenges of providing health benefits in numerous markets. These include manufacturing, health care, municipality and county government, professional services, and education organizations.

His diverse client engagements have provided him with a wealth of knowledge regarding employer-based service programs that deliver measurable improvement in the cost and quality of plan member outcomes.

In addition, his experience has provided him with expertise in many areas. These include primary care service delivery, chronic disease management, occupational health services, behavioral health, electronic data sharing, HIPPA regulations, Wellness Program incentive administration, and program performance analytics.

Revels is involved in many community service organizations. He is a member of Faith Lutheran Church where he serves as Parrish Council president. He is a board member of the Whitetop Community Club. He also served his community as an elected county supervisor in Grayson County, Virginia.

His educational achievements include a B.S degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University, and an executive doctoral degree in health policy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Revels is from Durham, North Carolina. He now lives in Whitetop, Virginia. He is married and has four children and four grandchildren.

Thomas “Tom” Revels

Thomas “Tom” Revels is an experienced health care service executive with more than 35 years of experience in hospital management and employer-based, primary care clinic operations. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in the development of health risk management solutions for self-funded employer health plans.

As a co-founder of two onsite clinic/health analytics companies, Revels has served self-funded and fully insured employers with onsite health risk management programs for more than 20 years.

This experience has provided Revels with a working knowledge of the fiscal challenges of providing health benefits in numerous markets. These include manufacturing, health care, municipality and county government, professional services, and education organizations.

His diverse client engagements have provided him with a wealth of knowledge regarding employer-based service programs that deliver measurable improvement in the cost and quality of plan member outcomes.

In addition, his experience has provided him with expertise in many areas. These include primary care service delivery, chronic disease management, occupational health services, behavioral health, electronic data sharing, HIPPA regulations, Wellness Program incentive administration, and program performance analytics.

Revels is involved in many community service organizations. He is a member of Faith Lutheran Church where he serves as Parrish Council president. He is a board member of the Whitetop Community Club. He also served his community as an elected county supervisor in Grayson County, Virginia.

His educational achievements include a B.S degree in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University, and an executive doctoral degree in health policy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Revels is from Durham, North Carolina. He now lives in Whitetop, Virginia. He is married and has four children and four grandchildren.

Michael A. Spiegler

Michael A. Spiegler, CPA, founded the firm of Spiegler Blevins & Company in 1993. The firm focuses on providing tax and accounting services to small and medium-sized businesses and their owners. A recognized leader in the utilization of technology, both internally and on behalf of its clients, the firm employs a staff of 14 individuals at its Abingdon, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, offices.

Spiegler is a member of the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator Board of Directors, where he previously served as president, and the Virginia Highlands Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church, and has served on numerous committees there.

He previously served on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, where he held various offices and committee assignments, and with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Spiegler received an associate of science degree from Virginia Highlands Community College in 1982, and his bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College in 1984.

He has been married to the former Sherrie Ramsey of Blountville, Tennessee, for 29 years. They have two children, Abbey and Andrew, and two grandchildren, Cooper and Hudson.

Michael A. Spiegler

Michael A. Spiegler, CPA, founded the firm of Spiegler Blevins & Company in 1993. The firm focuses on providing tax and accounting services to small and medium-sized businesses and their owners. A recognized leader in the utilization of technology, both internally and on behalf of its clients, the firm employs a staff of 14 individuals at its Abingdon, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee, offices.

Spiegler is a member of the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator Board of Directors, where he previously served as president, and the Virginia Highlands Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church, and has served on numerous committees there.

He previously served on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, where he held various offices and committee assignments, and with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Spiegler received an associate of science degree from Virginia Highlands Community College in 1982, and his bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College in 1984.

He has been married to the former Sherrie Ramsey of Blountville, Tennessee, for 29 years. They have two children, Abbey and Andrew, and two grandchildren, Cooper and Hudson.

Sean McMurray

Executive Director

As a longtime resident of Southwest Virginia and a healthcare executive for more than 30 years, Sean McMurray has an in-depth understanding of the health needs and challenges of the Wellspring Foundation’s service region.

Most recently, McMurray served as the Senior Vice President of Market Operations and Service Line Integration and Development for Ballad Health. In this role, he worked with Ballad leaders throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to grow and improve performance within service lines across the Ballad Health system, including cardiology, oncology, surgery, pulmonology/critical care, neurosciences trauma and others.

McMurray also served for nearly 14 years as the CEO of Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. During his tenure there, he also served as the Vice President, Northeast Market, for Mountain States Health Alliance. Additional previous roles include six years as the Administrator of Memorial North Park Hospital in Hixson, Tennessee, and nine years serving in various administrative positions with HCA, Columbia HCA and HealthTrust.

His professional responsibilities have included three terms as a board member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), the hospital advocacy organization for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a long-time fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the professional society for healthcare leaders.

McMurray earned his master’s degree in health administration (MHA) from Brigham Young University (BYU), graduating from the Marriott School of Business with high honors. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree from BYU.

A strong advocate of community service, McMurray and his wife, Kristin, engaged in full-time, voluntary missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2016 to 2019, supervising the Church’s Colorado Ft. Collins Mission and approximately 600 volunteer missionaries. McMurray has also served on the boards of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and Barter Theatre, and as board chair for the United Way of Southwest Virginia and the Tennessee Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

McMurray and Kristin have been married for 40 years. They are the parents of eight adult children and have 16 grandchildren, to date. The McMurrays love to spend their time engaged in outdoor activities and travel. While they have visited all 50 U.S. states and numerous foreign countries, they especially love to spend their time at home, walking on the Virginia Creeper Trail and enjoying the beauty of the region.   

Sean McMurray

Executive Director

ce within service lines across the Ballad Health system, including cardiology, oncology, surgery, pulmonology/critical care, neurosciences trauma and others.

McMurray also served for nearly 14 years as the CEO of Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. During his tenure there, he also served as the Vice President, Northeast Market, for Mountain States Health Alliance. Additional previous roles include six years as the Administrator of Memorial North Park Hospital in Hixson, Tennessee, and nine years serving in various administrative positions with HCA, Columbia HCA and HealthTrust.

His professional responsibilities have included three terms as a board member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), the hospital advocacy organization for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a long-time fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the professional society for healthcare leaders.

McMurray earned his master’s degree in health administration (MHA) from Brigham Young University (BYU), graduating from the Marriott School of Business with high honors. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree from BYU.

A strong advocate of community service, McMurray and his wife, Kristin, engaged in full-time, voluntary missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2016 to 2019, supervising the Church’s Colorado Ft. Collins Mission and approximately 600 volunteer missionaries. McMurray has also served on the boards of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and Barter Theatre, and as board chair for the United Way of Southwest Virginia and the Tennessee Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

McMurray and Kristin have been married for 40 years. They are the parents of eight adult children and have 16 grandchildren, to date. The McMurrays love to spend their time engaged in outdoor activities and travel. While they have visited all 50 U.S. states and numerous foreign countries, they especially love to spend their time at home, walking on the Virginia Creeper Trail and enjoying the beauty of the region.   

Susan Abel

Director of Operations

Susan Abel brings more than a decade of healthcare experience in Abingdon to her role as the Wellspring Foundation’s director of operations.

As administrative manager of the Dr. S. Hughes Melton Family Medicine Residency Program at Johnston Memorial Hospital from 2017 – 2022, she oversaw the program’s daily operations and financial management, including long-term planning, project development and management, trainee and faculty recruitment, and other activities for maintaining accreditation compliance. This included identification of opportunities for growing collaborative relationships between faculty, staff, residents and leadership teams.

In this role, Abel led the program through its transition from American Osteopathic Association accreditation to the newly formed single-accreditation system with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She also created, managed and integrated resident schedules, developed graduate retention strategy for potential program faculty and the Ballad Health service area, and managed the full residency recruitment cycle.

Abel also served as the marketing coordinator for Johnston Memorial Hospital and the Northeast Market for Mountain States Health Alliance (now Ballad Health) from 2010 – 2017. In this role, she helped launch multiple new service lines, from an interventional cardiac lab to rural-based community initiatives. Abel also helped manage marketing budgets for each hospital, supported the JMH Foundation with various fundraising initiatives, and coordinated community scholarship, donation and sponsorship opportunities.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Abel earned her bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and is a member of the Sigma Kappa Alpha Honors Society. She is affiliated with the Association of Hospital Medical Education and the Association of Family Medicine Administration, served on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Incident Command Team – COVID-19 response, and is a recipient of the Difference Award from Mountain States Health Alliance / Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Abel is active in the Abingdon community and at her church. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and tending to the family mini-farm, and is an avid volleyball fan, having played and coached at numerous levels.

Susan Abel

Director of Operations

Susan Abel brings more than a decade of healthcare experience in Abingdon to her role as the Wellspring Foundation’s director of operations.

As administrative manager of the Dr. S. Hughes Melton Family Medicine Residency Program at Johnston Memorial Hospital from 2017 – 2022, she oversaw the program’s daily operations and financial management, including long-term planning, project development and management, trainee and faculty recruitment, and other activities for maintaining accreditation compliance. This included identification of opportunities for growing collaborative relationships between faculty, staff, residents and leadership teams.

In this role, Abel led the program through its transition from American Osteopathic Association accreditation to the newly formed single-accreditation system with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She also created, managed and integrated resident schedules, developed graduate retention strategy for potential program faculty and the Ballad Health service area, and managed the full residency recruitment cycle.

Abel also served as the marketing coordinator for Johnston Memorial Hospital and the Northeast Market for Mountain States Health Alliance (now Ballad Health) from 2010 – 2017. In this role, she helped launch multiple new service lines, from an interventional cardiac lab to rural-based community initiatives. Abel also helped manage marketing budgets for each hospital, supported the JMH Foundation with various fundraising initiatives, and coordinated community scholarship, donation and sponsorship opportunities.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Abel earned her bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and is a member of the Sigma Kappa Alpha Honors Society. She is affiliated with the Association of Hospital Medical Education and the Association of Family Medicine Administration, served on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Incident Command Team – COVID-19 response, and is a recipient of the Difference Award from Mountain States Health Alliance / Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Abel is active in the Abingdon community and at her church. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and tending to the family mini-farm, and is an avid volleyball fan, having played and coached at numerous levels.

Rusty Little

Director of Finance

Rusty Little’s background includes more than three decades of experience in accounting and finance positions, which is vital to his role as director of finance for Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia.

A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, Little spent nearly 25 years at Highlands Union Bank (HUB), where he served in numerous positions while also fulfilling the role of secretary to the board of directors. 

Appointed controller for HUB in 1991, Little managed the bank’s accounting functions, participated in the creation of annual budgets, coordinated accounting policy development, and managed Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, along with overseeing the company’s shareholder services. 

In 1998, Little was named the chief financial officer of HUB’s parent company, Highlands Bankshares, Inc., and served in that role until 2015. As CFO, his responsibilities included authoring management reports, and extensive interaction with executive management and board members.

Little served as HUB’s chief risk officer from 2015-2017, where he managed all areas of risk, including corporate insurance, human resources, compliance, internal audit, loan review, legal, regulatory, business continuity planning and information security. In this role, he also directed the acquisition and renewal of corporate insurance policies and insurance claims related to professional services, and developed annual incentive plans for base models, branch managers, business bankers, regional market executives and senior management.

From 2017-2019, Little served as HUB’s chief accounting officer, where he managed the bank’s accounting functions, participated in the creation of annual budgets and prepared regulatory reporting to the bank’s various regulatory agencies. 

Before joining the Foundation, Little served as controller for Washington County Service Authority (WCSA). At WCSA, he was responsible for managing all accounting-related functions and budgeting, and was a member of the capital improvement funding, planning and leadership teams. 

Little earned his bachelor’s degree from King University. He is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management, held at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. An outdoors enthusiast, he resides in Bristol, Virginia, with his daughter.

Rusty Little

Director of Finance

Rusty Little’s background includes more than three decades of experience in accounting and finance positions, which is vital to his role as director of finance for Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia.

A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, Little spent nearly 25 years at Highlands Union Bank (HUB), where he served in numerous positions while also fulfilling the role of secretary to the board of directors. 

Appointed controller for HUB in 1991, Little managed the bank’s accounting functions, participated in the creation of annual budgets, coordinated accounting policy development, and managed Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, along with overseeing the company’s shareholder services. 

In 1998, Little was named the chief financial officer of HUB’s parent company, Highlands Bankshares, Inc., and served in that role until 2015. As CFO, his responsibilities included authoring management reports, and extensive interaction with executive management and board members.

Little served as HUB’s chief risk officer from 2015-2017, where he managed all areas of risk, including corporate insurance, human resources, compliance, internal audit, loan review, legal, regulatory, business continuity planning and information security. In this role, he also directed the acquisition and renewal of corporate insurance policies and insurance claims related to professional services, and developed annual incentive plans for base models, branch managers, business bankers, regional market executives and senior management.

From 2017-2019, Little served as HUB’s chief accounting officer, where he managed the bank’s accounting functions, participated in the creation of annual budgets and prepared regulatory reporting to the bank’s various regulatory agencies. 

Before joining the Foundation, Little served as controller for Washington County Service Authority (WCSA). At WCSA, he was responsible for managing all accounting-related functions and budgeting, and was a member of the capital improvement funding, planning and leadership teams. 

Little earned his bachelor’s degree from King University. He is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management, held at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. An outdoors enthusiast, he resides in Bristol, Virginia, with his daughter.

Courtney Stringer

Director of Engagement

Courtney, a native of Southwest Virginia, has deep roots in the region. In 2004, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communication from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from King University in 2006.

Before coming to Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, Courtney spent 18 years in various professional roles at UVA Wise serving as a catalyst for problem solving and positive change. Her most recent position was Director of Community & Business Development within the Office of Administration, Government Relations & Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she led diverse teams focused on fostering community growth, promoting entrepreneurship, facilitating professional development, and encouraging collaborative coworking. Courtney excelled at building and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders throughout the region. Through her adept networking abilities, Courtney fostered meaningful strategic partnerships that lead to the creation of customized training solutions and other initiatives designed to address the unique needs of multiple entities.

Passionate about Southwest Virginia, Courtney is committed to enhancing the overall quality of life in the area. She resides in Abingdon, Virginia, alongside her husband, Chad, and their children: Conner and Bree. Additionally, their household includes three adored dogs named Remi, Knoxlee and Denali.

Courtney Stringer

Director of Engagement

Courtney, a native of Southwest Virginia, has deep roots in the region. In 2004, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communication from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from King University in 2006.

Before coming to Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia, Courtney spent 18 years in various professional roles at UVA Wise serving as a catalyst for problem solving and positive change. Her most recent position was Director of Community & Business Development within the Office of Administration, Government Relations & Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she led diverse teams focused on fostering community growth, promoting entrepreneurship, facilitating professional development, and encouraging collaborative coworking. Courtney excelled at building and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders throughout the region. Through her adept networking abilities, Courtney fostered meaningful strategic partnerships that lead to the creation of customized training solutions and other initiatives designed to address the unique needs of multiple entities.

Passionate about Southwest Virginia, Courtney is committed to enhancing the overall quality of life in the area. She resides in Abingdon, Virginia, alongside her husband, Chad, and their children: Conner and Bree. Additionally, their household includes three adored dogs named Remi, Knoxlee and Denali.

Jennifer Guenter

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Guenter serves as the administrative assistant for the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia. A native of Maryland, she moved to Virginia in 2021 with her family.

Guenter previously worked for 18 years as a legal assistant / legal secretary at Mering & Schlitz, Attorneys at Law, in Baltimore, Maryland — a firm dedicated to helping individuals obtain their Social Security and Supplemental Income benefits. In her role there, she handled more than 200 cases for the firm. Her responsibilities included scheduling hearings, filing appeals, and handling medical records requests, along with additional duties.

Guenter resides in Chilhowie with her husband, Michael, sons Douglas and Henry, and twins Samuel and Sophia.

Jennifer Guenter

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Guenter serves as the administrative assistant for the Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia. A native of Maryland, she moved to Virginia in 2021 with her family.

Guenter previously worked for 18 years as a legal assistant / legal secretary at Mering & Schlitz, Attorneys at Law, in Baltimore, Maryland — a firm dedicated to helping individuals obtain their Social Security and Supplemental Income benefits. In her role there, she handled more than 200 cases for the firm. Her responsibilities included scheduling hearings, filing appeals, and handling medical records requests, along with additional duties.

Guenter resides in Chilhowie with her husband, Michael, sons Douglas and Henry, and twins Samuel and Sophia.

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