Ensuring excellence for now and years to come.
At Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, we’re mission-driven, fueled by independent thinking and a creative, problem-solving approach to maintaining a life-enriching environment. That starts with the members of our board and its advisors. Like our residents, the board represents a diverse, impressive array of backgrounds and accomplishments. Rooted in the community but with national and global experience, they come from business, politics, the law, accounting, the military, nonprofits and other fields.
Read more about them below. We’re proud of our leadership, and we think you’ll agree that WCBR is in good hands.
Trustees and Officers
A native of Georgia, Bob has been a resident of Albemarle County for more than 40 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Mississippi. He began his career in Southwest Georgia before embarking on a 38-year career with Albemarle County in 1973, serving as County Executive for 20 years. His career in urban planning and local government management complemented his role as an adjunct professor in UVA’s School of Architecture. Bob is a former Chair/President of the Senior Center's Board of Directors. He and his wife Donna live in Crozet and are members of the First United Methodist Church, where Bob has served in several different leadership positions. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Dennis has lived in Virginia for most of his life and has been a practicing attorney in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for more than 40 years, providing legal services primarily to media, data and corporate clients. His practice has focused on providing financing, acquisition, appraisal and management advice to his clients. He has also owned and operated daily and weekly newspapers, radio stations, magazines, commercial real estate and a small venture capital company. Dennis received his BA in economics from the University of Virginia, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. A member and former chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Dennis brings a wealth of experience to the WCBR Board. He and his wife, Ann, attend Church of Our Saviour.
Gary has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2005. Previously, he served at Goodwin House, Inc. and was the Executive Director of Goodwin House Alexandria from 1993-2005. He is a graduate of Westminster College and received a Master’s of Health Services Administration from George Washington University. He is a licensed Virginia Nursing Home Administrator. Mr. Selmeczi has been active in various professional, trade and civic organizations, served as President of the Charlottesville Rotary Club, Juror in the Design for Aging program, a former Evaluator for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, and is currently serving a four-year term on the State Medical Facilities Plan Task Force. He also serves as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Gary resides in Earlysville with his wife, Aileen.
In January 2019, Anna joined WCBR’s executive team as CFO, having previously served as a WCBR Board Trustee and Finance Committee Chair. Anna has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University. Bringing over three decades of experience in financial management, operations, and strategy to her role, Anna has 15 years of healthcare finance experience developed in the acute care setting. Her prior roles include serving as Chief Financial Officer for West Virginia University Health System’s East Region. Anna also served as Director of Financial Planning for Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, where she developed the strategic capital planning process, managed the annual budgeting process, and led the financial analysis and decision support functions. Anna resides in Albemarle County with her husband, Ron.
An RN with a Master’s in Hospital Administration, Allison worked from 2008 until 2010 at Emory Healthcare, where she served as a Unit Director of General Surgery/Transplant ICU. Allison’s sons attend Hollymead Elementary, where she is involved in the PTO. She is passionate about feeding food-insecure children and helps run a food pantry called Hungry Hearts No More that collects, packs and distributes weekly food bags to children in their district. Allison’s husband is a transplant surgeon at UVA. She and her family love Charlottesville and enjoy everything this wonderful community has to offer.
Mildred is the Chaplaincy Services Manager at the University of Virginia Health System. She has held numerous positions in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), including serving on the Board of Representatives for six years and as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mildred is a Board Certified Chaplain and an ACPE Certified Educator. She holds a BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Special Education from Coppin State College, a MSS from Bryn Mawr College, and MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mildred is an Associate in Ministry at the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville. Rev. Best has published several articles in her field.
A native of Canada, graduate of McGill University, Ontario Scholar, and Hugh A. MacKenzie and John Cotton Dana awards recipient, Pam is Founder and Managing Director of The Ivy Group, a marketing consultancy. Pam has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including President of the Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary, President of the American Marketing Association, President of the Tandem School Board, and as a member of the Boards of PBS-WPVT, the Vietnam Children’s Fund, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Parishioners at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Pam and her husband, Charly (retired from the University of Virginia), live on a farm in Afton. They have three children and three grandchildren.
A Florida native, Carol holds BS and MA degrees. She is married to Steven W. Ham, a retired US Air Force Lt. Col. During their USAF career, Carol taught university courses around the world and served on the Board of Directors of the Barbour American International School in Tel Aviv while on diplomatic assignment. She served on the Board of Directors of The Covenant School, where she was Chair of the Finance Council. Carol has also served on the Parish and Finance Councils at Holy Comforter Catholic Church. She is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and holds CFP® and CIMA® designations. Her daughter, Carrie, is a Neurologist in Richmond, and her son, Nelson, is a Senior VP with Merrill Lynch.
Bill conducts a highly specialized CPA and consulting firm, which practices are limited to business valuation, litigation support, and small business consulting. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, and is a Certified Valuation Analyst. He is certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bill is also a former member of the Virginia Society of CPAs Litigation Services Committee. He has been selected as a “Super CPA” in the category of Business Valuation/Litigation by Virginia Certified Public Accountants as published by Virginia Business Magazine. Bill formerly served as a director and member of the Audit Committee of Albemarle First Bank in Charlottesville, VA.
Brian is the managing partner of the Charlottesville office and co-director of McGuireWoods’ transportation industry team, a practice he has nurtured and developed over the past decade. Known for his success in trying high-exposure jury cases in various jurisdictions throughout the United States, Brian has tried hundreds of cases in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Florida. For several years in a row, Brian was named as one of Virginia Business Magazine’s "Legal Elite." While earning his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College, he was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Sigma Iota, and Phi Alpha Theta. Brian has been a faculty member of the National Trial Advocacy Institute since 2007.
A Charlottesville native, Larry returned to school following service in the US Air Force and received a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia. A conscious choice to remain in the area led to a 45 year career as a CPA with Hantzmon Wiebel where he managed the firm’s tax practice for over 30 years. He is a former Chair of the Board of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, former Chair of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and currently serves on several not-for-profit boards. Larry and his wife, Lynn, reside in Albemarle County, have two grown children and four grandchildren. They are members of University Baptist Church, where he has served as a Deacon, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Endowment Fund Trustees.
David is the founding principal of VMDO Architects in Charlottesville and leads the firm’s higher education practice. Since 1976, he has designed buildings that support academic and student life at more than 30 colleges and universities. His work goes beyond the single building, focusing on connecting sites and people for an overall sense of “place” that contributes to making a memorable campus fabric. David currently serves as Society Director and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Virginia Society AIA Board. He has a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Virginia. David and his wife, Nancy Takahashi, have lived in the area for nearly 50 years. They have three grown children and are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where David has served in many leadership roles.
Sheila served for 20 years as President and Vice Chairman of Powell Tate, the firm she co-founded in 1991 with Jody Powell, Presidential Press Secretary to President James E. Carter, Jr. Sheila’s political and government experience ranged from her 1981-1985 service as White House Press Secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan to the 1988-1989 Presidential campaign and transition for President-elect George H. W. Bush. She served two 5-year terms on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and nine years on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. She currently serves on the boards of The First Tee, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, and was President of the board of Farmington Country Club in 2015. Ms. Tate is married to retired Martha Jefferson Hospital general surgeon, John K. Youel.
Ross is WCBR’s only dual-board trustee, serving on both Corporate and Foundation Boards, and is immediate past President of the WCBR Residents’ Association. Ross received his BS degree from the University of Virginia, and his MS and PhD from Penn State. During his career, Ross has served as the Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Babcock & Wilcox, an American industrial manufacturer best known for its fossil power, nuclear power, and environmental systems. He has also been professor and head of the Physics Department at Virginia Military Institute. Ross and his wife, Susan, have been residents of WCBR for more than five years, and are very active members of the community.
Cole served as Charlottesville’s city manager for 25 years, from 1971 to 1996. He worked in the UVA Health System for six years, five of those as Associate Vice President and one as the Director of Finance. Cole was a trustee on WCBR’s Corporate Board from 2004-2009, serving as Chairman from 2008-2009. He was the recipient of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award.
Dick is a past Chairman of the Residents’ Association Finance Committee. In that role, he also served as a non-trustee advisor to the WCBR Finance Committee. Dick has been CEO of five separate paper manufacturing companies--the last, a billion dollar company listed on the N.Y.S.E. He served as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Marshall & Isley Bank. He was appointed to the board of 300-bed Wausau Community Hospital and elected Chair to lead the hospital and support entities for six years. After moving to Charlottesville, Dick served on the University of Virginia Emergency Department Advisory Board and also completed ten years of service as a SCORE counselor for small businesses. Dick and his wife, Judy, have been residents of WCBR since 2015.
Dave is Chairman of the Residents’ Association Finance Committee at WCBR. He received his BS and BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. His background is in finance and accounting management for Procter & Gamble Co., and as CFO of a spin-off from P&G. He has been a resident of Albemarle County since 2000 and has served during this time as a board member and treasurer for four area non-profit organizations. He is currently on the board of the Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. Dave and his wife, Arline, are residents of WCBR.