Williamsburg Community Foundation welcomes trustees to board

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Williamsburg Community Foundation elected six new trustees for 2016-2017. Pictured here are Kate Slevin, Michele Orabona, Linda Caviness, and Kendall Kerby. Not pictured: Wilma Sharp and Sterling Nichols. (Courtesy Williamsburg Community Foundation)
Williamsburg Community Foundation elected six new trustees for 2016-2017. Pictured here are Kate Slevin, Michele Orabona, Linda Caviness, and Kendall Kerby. Not pictured: Wilma Sharp and Sterling Nichols. (Courtesy Williamsburg Community Foundation)

The Williamsburg Community Foundation recently elected six new members to its 2016-2017 Board of Trustees.

Linda Caviness, Kendall Kerby, Michele Orabona, Sterling Nichols, Wilma Sharp and Kate Slevin are the newest members of the all-volunteer board that oversees the foundation, which awards thousands of dollars in grants to local nonprofits each year.

Caviness retired from the National Center for State Courts, where she served in a number of roles, including executive director of strategic planning, chief financial officer and development director. She worked for the College of William & Mary as an Associate Professor of Sociology, and has been involved with both the Virginia and North Carolina Crime Commissions.  Caviness has served the Williamsburg community as a founding member of the Williamsburg/James City County Library Foundation, the Vice President of This Century Art Gallery and the United Way of Greater Williamsburg.

Kerby is a long-time resident of the area and co-owner of Seasons of Williamsburg Flowers and Gifts. He served on the board of the Williamsburg Symphonia and The Williamsburg Community Foundation and is a member of The Friends of Collections at Colonial Williamsburg, The Decorative Arts Trust, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Antique Collector’s Guild of Virginia.

Orabona is a Certified Financial Planner and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor at Monarch Bank, Private Wealth division. She has worked as a financial services industry professional with over three decades of experience in retail banking, commercial lending, and private wealth management. She has served on the boards of Berkshire United Way, Avalon and Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg.  She is currently the Chairman of the Endowment Committee at Walsingham Academy.

Nichols joined Dow-Badische as a chemical engineer in 1967, and later formed a real estate development and construction company.  Now retired, he has served James City County on the Industrial Development Authority, and chaired the Citizen Input Committee for the writing of two five-year Comprehensive Plans.  He has served on the Executive Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, Board for Housing Partnerships, Hospice Board and the Williamsburg Homebuilders Association board.  Recently, he served on the Jamestown Yorktown board, is currently on the Jamestown Rediscovery board and serves as chairman of the James River Association board. He served two terms on the early boards of The Williamsburg Community Foundation.

Sharp became active in community volunteer work after serving as an educator for over 30 years, retiring in 2010. As a Master Gardener, she volunteers in Colonial Williamsburg Gardens and in the Therapeutic Gardening programs for assisted living facilities. Wilma serves on the Literacy for Life Board, as well as the executive board, and as treasurer for the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Slevin came to the College of William & Mary in 1986 as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, a position she held for four years. She went on to direct the Graduate Program in Sociology and chair the Undergraduate Department. Slevin is a scholar of aging and has authored several books and articles in the field. She has served as Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, as well as William & Mary’s chief officer for accreditation. Slevin has received several major teaching awards at the state and university level.