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
Allison M. Agarwal Novak, Chair
An RN with a BSN from Indiana University and a master’s in hospital administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Allison has worked at Emory Healthcare as a unit director of general surgery/transplant ICU, and at Indiana University Healthcare in various management and staff positions. In recent years she has focused on property investment and management which allow her to work from home and spend more time with her family. Allison’s sons attend Albemarle High School and Lakeside Middle School where she is active in the PTO. She enjoys hiking, skiing, tennis, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Carol F. Ham, Vice Chair
A Florida native, Carol holds BS and MA degrees. She is a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch and holds CFP® and CIMA® designations. She is married to Steven W. Ham, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. Carol began her career teaching at George Washington University and the University of Miami. She served on the board of directors of the Balfour American International School in Tel Aviv while on diplomatic assignment. Carol served on the board of directors of The Covenant School in Charlottesville, where she was chair of the Finance Committee; on the Parish and Finance Councils at Holy Comforter Catholic Church; and on the Farmington Hunt Club Board of Governors. She was also a founding member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Trinity Conference. Her daughter, Carrie, is a neurologist in Richmond, and her son, Nelson, is a senior vice president with Merrill Lynch.
Gary B. Selmeczi, President & CEO
Gary joined Westminster-Canterbury as its president and CEO in July 2005. He holds a Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Westminster College. He is also a licensed Virginia Nursing Home Administrator. Gary was employed by Goodwin House, Inc. from 1986 until 2005. He first helped to open and then served as associate director of Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church, Virginia. He then became senior vice president of external and regulatory affairs for Goodwin House, Inc. Gary then returned to Goodwin House in Alexandria, Virginia, where he served as executive director. He also served as interim president and CEO of Goodwin House, Inc. Gary has been active in various professional, trade, and civic organizations, serving as president of the Charlottesville Rotary Club, and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. He resides in Earlysville with his wife, Aileen.
Anna D. Buchanan, Treasurer
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 CFO for the 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.
Ross T. Thomas, Secretary
Ross previously served on the WCBR Foundation Board. He is also a past president of the WCBR Residents’ Association. Ross has a BS degree from the University of Virginia and MS and PhD degrees from Penn State. He was a professor and head of the physics department at the Virginia Military Institute and later served as a vice president and the chief technical officer for Babcock & Wilcox, a large American industrial manufacturer best known for its fossil power, nuclear power, and environmental systems. Ross and his wife, Susan, have been residents of WCBR for more than eight years and are active members of the community.
Leone grew up in Tennessee and Delaware. She earned an undergraduate degree at Yale University and a JD from Georgetown University. She practiced law in Delaware for five years before joining State Farm, where she worked for 30 years, retiring in 2022 as a government relations manager. Leone rejoined the WCBR Board in 2022, having previously served from 2010 to 2019. She also writes fiction, and her short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, Mystery Weekly, and several anthologies.
G. Kelly Eplee
Kelly grew up in both Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned a BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Considering a career in ministry abroad, he earned a Master of Divinity in cross-cultural ministries from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and served five years in developing countries. In 1991, Kelly and his wife, Susan, moved to Charlottesville, where she is on the faculty at the UVA Nursing School. For 32 years, Kelly has served in meeting local housing, medical, and educational needs through leadership at UVA’s Madison House, the AIDS/HIV Services Group, the Building Goodness Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. He has many friendships with WCBR residents and has led numerous WCBR chapel services.
Terry S. Forbes
Terry serves as VMDO’s Managing Principal. In addition to his management experience Terry has large, complex project experience. His projects include Wilsdorf Hall, the University of Virginia’s Material Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Center for Graduate Fellows. Terry received a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the College of William and Mary. He has been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville since 1993 and has served on the diaconate and session multiple times as well as a number of committees. Most recently, he was chair of the church’s Design Committee for the renovations and addition to the church.
Rebecca grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Amherst College and an MA from George Washington University before settling in the Charlottesville area in 1999. She began her career as a speech pathologist specializing in swallowing disorders and later earned an MS in healthcare administration from MCV/VCU. Rebecca has been the director of patient safety and risk management at the University of Virginia Medical Center since 2012. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Crozet with their two children. She spends her time away from work with their childrens’ athletics and traveling as much as possible. Rebecca is active at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy.
J. Brian Jackson
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.
David Maloney, Ex Officio, Chair of the WCBR Foundation Board
David earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond. After completing graduate work in tax accounting at the University of Illinois, he returned to his native Virginia. He took a faculty position in 1983 at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and remained for 30 years as an educator and researcher. David previously served as a trustee and chair of the WCBR Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Eleanor, are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a deacon, ruling elder, and chair of their Finance & Administration and Endowment committees. Their two adult daughters and families (including two grandsons) live in Richmond. He and Eleanor enjoy reading, traveling, hiking, and spending time at their mountain cabin.
Lawrence J. Martin
A Charlottesville native, Larry returned to school following his service in the U.S. 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 50-year career as a CPA with Hantzmon Wiebel, where as a partner he managed the firm’s tax practice for over 30 years. He continues to serve as a tax consultant with the firm. Larry currently serves on the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Board in addition to several other not-for-profit boards. A former board chair of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation and former board chair of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Larry continues to serve on the Executive Committee for the MJH Foundation. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in Albemarle County and 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.
Daniel L. Oakey
Dan is a consultant who assists growing, mid-sized information service companies. Previously, he worked at SNL Financial, a financial information firm now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence, from 1993 through 2015 in a variety of leadership roles. Dan has served on community boards which include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia and the United Way of Greater Charlottesville. For the Boys & Girls Clubs, he served as chair of the board and co-chaired the committee to open a new 52,000 square foot facility located behind Albemarle High School. A graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and a resident in the Charlottesville area since 1989. Dan has three children with his wife Angie, who is also actively involved in the community.
David M. Oakland
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. He has graduate and undergraduate degrees in 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.
Glenn W. Rust
Glenn is the president and CEO of Virginia National Bankshares and the CEO of Virginia National Bank. He is also a director of both entities. Glenn has been in these roles for over 16 years and has been involved in technology, banking, and consulting for 50 years. He is an advocate for financial independence and has designed several advanced financial courses for the young businessperson and for college and high school students. He is also a strong advocate for not-for-profit organizations and is currently a director for several in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Glenn has also sponsored and dedicated the 9/11 museum in Charlottesville due to his service with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Dave is a California native. He has a BS in biology from California State University and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He has extensive military training, having attended the Army Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was commissioned as an Army Signal Corps officer and stationed at numerous locations in the U.S., Vietnam, and Europe. Upon leaving active military service, he worked for communications companies providing and managing high-speed communications services to the military in locations around the world. Since moving to WCBR in June 2016, Dave has been involved with many WCBR Residents’ Association committees and activities. He and his wife, Jan, have two sons who live with their families on the East Coast.
David H. Whitcomb
David is a past chairman of the WCBR Residents’ Association Finance Committee. He received a BS and BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. David’s background is in finance and accounting management. He has worked at Procter & Gamble Co. and at a P&G spin-off where he was chief financial officer. David has been a resident of Albemarle County since 2000 where he has served as a SCORE counselor for small businesses and as treasurer and director of several local not-for-profit organizations, including Meals on Wheels and the Center at Belvedere. David and his wife, Arline, are members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Greenwood and WCBR residents.