Susan Abel, Wellspring Foundation

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.