Board of Directors

Jim Adams

Jim Adams

Served since 2015

Jim Adams retired after 38 years in higher education at VMI and elsewhere.  After retiring as CEO of The VMI Foundation for 11 years in 2009, he finally got in the classroom and was an adjunct professor in the VMI English Department.  With a doctorate in Educational Leadership from The University of Tennessee, he also worked at Tennessee, The Citadel, the US Naval Institute, and Coastal Carolina University.  He served, in addition, for 28 years in the US Army Reserve working primarily as a Public Affairs specialist in the Offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Army, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A widower, Jim married the former Pamela Traugott of Lexington in 2014 and together they have four children and five grandchildren.  Seeing their combined family whenever possible, they are still pledged to seeing as much of the world as they can in the years to come.

Marylin Alexander

Marylin Alexander

Served since 2010

Marylin currently serves on the Lexington City Council as well as numerous other service entities. She has also served on the Lexington City School Board, FAIR (Fine Arts in Rockbridge), the YMCA, First Baptist Church as treasurer and trustee, NAACP and others. She previously served on the Marketing and Property Committees at Kendal at Lexington. Marylin manages Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation at Mountainview Terrace Apartments. She lives with her husband, Rick Alexander and has two adult children.

Harlan Beckley

Harlan Beckley

Served since 2014

Harlan has recently retired from his position as Director of the Shepherd Poverty Program and professor of religion at Washington & Lee. His specialty is ethics and society. Harlan’s career also included being a minister in the Methodist church. He has been involved in MANY service organizations, including Campus Kitchens and RATS here in Lexington.

Harlan lives with his wife, Debby, here in Lexington. They have strong ties to Kendal at Lexington, as Kalex resident Louise Pope is Debby’s mother.

Charles Brower (Casey)

Charles Brower (Casey)

Served since 2012

Casey is a retired Brigadier General of the US Army. He is currently a professor of history and international relations at VMI. He has a doctorate in Diplomatic and Strategic History from University of Pennsylvania.

Casey served in Vietnam and as a special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and the Army Aide to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. From 2001-2008, he was VMI’s Dean of Faculty. His resume includes numerous teaching positions, publications, and lectures. He’s the author of World War II in Europe: The Final Year (1998) and Defeating Japan: The Joint Chiefs of Staff and Strategy in the Pacific War (2012).
He and his wife, Eileen, have lived in Lexington since 2001. He has two grown children and twin granddaughters, Mary Ford and Cate, who have him and Eileen exactly where they want them.

David Ellington

David Ellington

Served since 2017

David retired from private medical practice in Lexington, VA in 2014.  He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. David was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, has two children and lives in Lexington with his wife Jane. Prior to his private practice, David served as a physician in the United States Army. He has served on many local community boards including Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and Stonewall Jackson Hospital (now Carillion).

Robert Glidden (Bob)

Robert Glidden (Bob)

Served since 2012

Chair:

Bob comes to us as the President Emeritus of Ohio University. He has a doctorate in music and has taught at six universities.

Bob currently also serves on the vestry at R.E. Lee Episcopal Church and is president of the Rockbridge Area United Way.

Bob lives in Rockbridge Baths with his wife, René. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Hardin Marion

Hardin Marion

Reappointed in 2016

Hardin is the retired managing partner of his law firm, Tydings and Rosenberg LLP, in Baltimore, MD.  He has a bachelors and a law degree from W&L.  He served on the W&L Board of Trustees from 1991-2001.  He chaired the Kendal board from 2008-2014.   He became a Kendal resident in October 2015 and has been elected to another term on the board as a resident board member.

In addition to his extensive service to Kendal, Hardin serves on the Session of the Lexington Presbyterian Church and the advisory board for the W&L Alumni College.  He has audited more than 100 classes at W&L since moving to Lexington in 2000.

Hardin and his wife, Heather, have four children and six grandchildren.

John Page

John Page

Served since 2016

Jack is a retired Civil Engineering Professor from VMI where he taught CE for 30 years.  He also worked for VDOT and the Army Map Service.  He has served on the Lexington School Board, Lexington City Council, the Rockbridge United Way, and is an elder in the Lexington Presbyterian Church.  He has a BS Degree from Davis and Elkins College and two advanced degrees from UVA.

He is married to Marjorie Page and they have two daughters and two grandsons.  He has a strong tie to Kendal; Mary Ellen Page is his mother.

Beatrix Rumford (Trix)

Beatrix Rumford (Trix)

Served since 2013

Treasurer

A resident of Kendal, Trix hails from Baltimore. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Cooperstown Graduate Programs (SUNY). Trix was employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 38 years and had a distinguished career assisting in many facets of the historic area.

Since moving to Kendal at Lexington in 2009, Trix has served on the Residents Council, the Executive Director Search Committee, and the Philanthropy Committee. Using her professional background, she was instrumental in establishing the resident art gallery and continues to assist with its changing exhibits.

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Starting July 26, 2016

Chris Russell has served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Buena Vista since 2004.  He was formerly a Staff Attorney at Blue Ridge Legal Services in Lexington and an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockbridge County.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Notre Dame Law School.  Chris is an Adjunct Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law where he directs the Public Prosecutors Program.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Military Institute where he has taught criminal and constitutional law since 2002.

Chris is a past president of the Rockbridge/Buena Vista Bar Association.  He is a member of the Project Horizon Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of Rockbridge CARES, a coalition of allied professionals working to reduce violence.

Chris and his wife Caroline live in Buena Vista with their three children.

 

William Russell (Bill)

William Russell (Bill)

Elected in 2014

Bill was born in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of Washington & Lee. He spent his career as an investment advisor and retired in 2003. He has been active in various positions with the W&L Alumni Association, and, rumor has it that you will often find him on a golf course!

Bill and his wife, Karen, live on Sycamore Lane. He is the father of four daughters and has four grandchildren.

Carol Wheeler

Carol Wheeler

Served since 2013

Carol is a CPA and currently serves as the CFO at the George C. Marshall Foundation. Carol has had a fascinating career including time as a Foreign Service Office, a professor in Viet Nam, an associate dean at St. Lawrence University, a financial advisor in Lexington, and CFO of the Rockbridge County Public Schools.

Carol’s contributions to the community are too numerous to list, but she currently serves on the Rockbridge Area Hospice board of directors, the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Rockbridge County Schools Foundation.

Carol and her husband have lived in Lexington for 30 years. The Wheelers have two grown sons, one who lives in the Middle East and one in Staunton. They also two grandchildren – one granddaughter and one newborn.

Sally Wiant

Sally Wiant

Served since 2009

Sally holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from W&L. For many years she was the Director of the Law Library at W&L and taught in the area of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and admiralty, and she supervised student judicial clerks. Recently, she has been teaching torts and first year writing and in the new W&L third year practice program in intellectual property.

Sally is the mother of one child, and she enjoys singing, cooking, and reading mysteries.

Linda Wilder

Linda Wilder

Served since 2011

Vice Chair:

Linda is a Missouri native, attended Central Missouri University and graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Secondary Education (English major). She spent 35 years in Detroit, raising two children and working as a consultant for human resources with a focus on employee benefits. The last several years of her working career were spent in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Her daughter Jennifer and family live in suburban Detroit. Son John and his family live in Philadelphia.

Linda & her husband Alec live in Rockbridge County on a small farm, with a large garden & a small herd of cattle. She currently serves as the chair of the Board of Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity. She is also an active member of Collierstown Presbyterian Church and enjoys her work on the Board of Kendal at Lexington.

Previous service includes the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church USA, Stonewall Jackson House, and the Rockbridge Library Board Foundation and Rockbridge Grown.

Linda is also an active member of an area investment club and a garden club. She is a weaver with an interest in fiber arts. In the spare moments left, she loves to entertain and spend as much time as possible with a good book.