The Friends » Board Members
- Katherine Godin Mitchell, president
- Mary Kay Martin, vice president
- Justin Doyle, secretary
- Shawna Shade, treasurer
- Catherine (Cat) Anthony
- Trammell Beckmann
- Byron Chafin
- Scott Dickens
- Mike Doerr
- Scott Silvester
- Kevin Tobin
- Greg Velzy
- Cary Wing
- Nathan Burrell, Ex Officio
FOJRP committees are open to all members and include:
Develops the annual budget and meets periodically to address financial issues. May overlap with fundraising committee to ensure that the fundraising goals are in harmony with the needs of the organization. Any changes to the budget are made only with the recommendation of this committee. The committee seeks members with bookkeeping experience, knowledge of financial software and experience with non-profit budgets.
Coordinates targeted fundraising events (in conjunction with the Events Committee), grant writing, and written solicitations to support general operating costs and special projects. The committee also identifies strategies for increasing membership, membership renewals and total giving. (The Committee also promotes the growth of the Preservation and Protection Fund, and coordinates the annual inspection of the James River Park System to ensure that the Conservation Easement is being honored.) The committee seeks members with experience in fundraising, planned giving and grant writing, as well as those who have an interest in learning.
Plans and coordinates events with park staff, members and volunteers that promote awareness of Friends’ and the James River Park System, including tables at regional events and annual Friends events, such as the Winter Solstice on Belle Isle. The Committee supports the work of the fundraising committee and also coordinates the annual River Heroes event that honors those individuals who are strong advocates, supporters, and friends of the JRPS. The Committee seeks members who enjoy interacting with the public, who have organizational/planning skills and who have a talent for rallying people together.
Coordinate activities of the Board and membership for the purpose of promoting the James River Park System and influencing decisions made by local and state government and/or any other political, environmental or economic organizations. The Committee seeks members with a passion for the James River Park, connections to other environmental organizations and with an interest in state and local politics.
Friends of the James River Park needs you!
The FOJRP Board of Directors works to address the Park’s critical needs through advocating for support, providing financial assistance, promoting Park activities and developing opportunities for citizen participation to name a few of our Board’s goals. Please consider serving your Park by joining our Board.
Attend a board meeting!
Our board meetings are open to the public. We meet the first Tuesday of most months at 6:30 p.m. at the Reedy Creek Park Headquarters Building, but be sure to check the Park calendar for a schedule of our meeting.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to become involved.
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