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
Dennis S. Rooker, Chair
Dennis has lived in Virginia for most of his life and was a practicing attorney in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area for more than 43 years, providing legal services primarily to media, data, and corporate clients. His practice 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 a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. A member and former chair of both the Albemarle County Planning Commission and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Dennis brings a wealth of experience to the WCBR Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Ann, attend Church of Our Saviour.
Allison M. Agarwal, Vice 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.
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 West 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 is WCBR’s only dual-board trustee, serving on both the WCBR and WCBR Foundation Boards. He is also a past president of the WCBR Residents’ Association. Ross received a BS degree from the University of Virginia and MS and PhD degrees from Penn State. During his career, he served as the vice president and chief technical officer at Babcock & Wilcox, an American industrial manufacturer best known for their fossil power, nuclear power, and environmental systems. He has also been a professor and head of the physics department at Virginia Military Institute. Ross and his wife, Susan, have been residents of WCBR for more than seven 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 is now 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.
Alan N. Culbertson, Ex Officio
Alan is chairman and CEO of A.N. Culbertson & Company, Inc., a wealth management firm headquartered in Charlottesville. He has served as chair of both the WCBR and WCBR Foundation Boards. Alan has also been privileged to chair or serve on over thirty civic boards and committees, including the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and Hospice of the Piedmont.
G. Kelly Eplee
Kelly grew up in Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned a BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After serving two years in West Africa in water development, he chose ministry as a vocation and earned a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Kelly began his career as an American Baptist pastor, but was soon drawn toward leadership of not-for-profit organizations that organize community members to accomplish housing, medical, and educational programs. He has been in local and international not-for-profit management and leadership for over 40 years and is functionally fluent in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. Kelly and his wife, Susan, moved to Charlottesville in 1991. He has served in leadership roles at UVA’s Madison House, the AIDS/HIV Services Group, the Building Goodness Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. He has also led numerous WCBR chapel services and assisted in several resident funerals. Kelly recently retired from the Building Goodness Foundation but returned to work at Habitat for Humanity specifically to assist in the redevelopment of the Southwood Mobile Home Park.
Carol F. Ham
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 Council; 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.
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.
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 48-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 not-for-profit boards. A former board chair of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation and former chair of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Larry continues to serve on several committees for them. 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.
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. He is currently on the board of the Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. David and his wife, Arline, are members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Greenwood and WCBR residents.