Friday, July 1, 2022

Williamsburg Community Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

(top L-R) David E. Bush, Dian T. Calderone, Dr. Rex M. Ellis, (bottom L-R) Merry F. Guernsey, Henry K. Ranger, and Barbara E. Watson were announced as the Williamsburg Community Foundations newest trustees (Courtesy of Williamsburg Community Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) has welcomed six new trustees to its Board.

The WCF notes that each of the new Board trustees brings a variety of skillsets to the Foundation.

“We are very pleased to welcome to the WCF Bard these six individuals with such wide-ranging talents and experiences,” said President and CEO of WCF Nancy Sullivan.

In an announcement released by WCF on Friday, March 25, it provided some further information about the new trustees:

  • David E. Bush, CPA, CFP, PFS has been involved in the financial service industry for over 30 years. He focuses on creating comprehensive wealth strategies for his clients to help guide them through their financial journey. David is a CPA and Certified Financial Planner and a Personal Financial Specialist at PB Mares. David has served or currently serves in leadership positions on various community boards including Historic Virginia Land Conservancy, Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation, Greater Williamsburg Chamber, LEAD Historic Triangle, Williamsburg Health Foundation, Chesapeake Bank and the Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council.
  • Dian T. Calderone, MTX, CPA is president of an accounting firm specializing in serving small business and individuals. She is a former adjunct professor of accounting and tax planning at Christopher Newport University. Dian has been on the board of Sentara Health System since 2014 and chair of the Board since 2018. She has served on many boards and commissions, including the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters Foundation, the Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula and Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr. Rex M. Ellis is retired as Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Formerly he was Vice President of the historic area at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Fort Monroe Authority, and the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation. He is the author of two books, Beneath the Blazing Sun: Stories from the African American Journey, and With a Banjo on My Knee, which chronicles the history of black banjo players from the time of slavery to the present.
  • Merry F. Guernsey has spent her entire professional career in Williamsburg teaching German for 27 years at the College of William & Mary as a member of the modern languages faculty. She directed several William & Mary summer study abroad programs in Germany and the Czech Republic with a focus on German language and culture. Additionally Merry worked at Colonial Williamsburg as a costumed interpreter, researcher, choreographer and performer in 17 th and 18 th century dance. After retiring from the College in 2010, she served on the Board of the Friends of Green Spring, a group affiliated with Colonial National Historical Park. She was a member of the Lafayette Educational Fund in its early years and has served on the WCF Scholarship Committee for several years.
  • Henry K. Ranger, PharmD was born in the beautiful town of Beaufort, SC; just 30 minutes outside of Hilton Head. He graduated from Hampton University School of Pharmacy with honors in May of 2011 with his Doctorate of Pharmacy. Since graduation, Henry and his wife, Jade, relocated to Williamsburg where they are raising their two sons, Jacob and Joshua and own and operate The Prescription Shoppe. Shortly after beginning his career, Henry became extremely involved in the community. He currently serves on several local nonprofit boards. He takes tremendous pride in going above and beyond for those that he encounters. His professional motto is, “Every pharmacy has medications, but what sets them apart from one another is the customer service that is provided.”
  • Barbara E. Watson, James City County Social Services Assistant Director, has worked for James City County for over 30 years. She is responsible for assisting with the overall leadership, direction and oversight for the County’s Department of Social Services. Her current job duties include overall building operations for the James City County Human Services Center, Outside Agency Funding requests, Emergency Operations, and supervision to several Social Services initiatives to include Housing, Child Health Initiative, and the Kinship Navigator Program. Barbara is the County representative for the Greater Peninsula Workforce Council, and Mayors and Chairs Homeless Commission.

The WCF Board of Trustees handles everything from financial stewardship for the Foundation to grantmaking. The release notes that last year, WCF raised $3 million and award $1 million in grants and scholarships combined.

For more information about WCF, please visit its website or call (757) 259-1660.

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