Board of Directors
Joan Woodson has served on the Board of Directors since 1995. She has served as Secretary and currently, President. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed in Administration, Supervision and the Elementary Principalship. She worked in the Campbell County School System as a Teacher, Asst. Principal, Principal, and Director of Federal Programs, during which time she participated in related Professional organizations. Over the years, she has served on several community volunteer organization boards, including the Altavista Chamber of Commerce, Altavista On Track, Altavista YMCA, and the Elpis Center. She has been active in many capacities in her church. She has been named "Teacher of the Year" and "Citizen of the Year" for the town of Altavista.
Rusty Hicks has been involved with Avoca Museum since its inception as a public entity in 1982. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1986. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for Lynchburg, Virginia’s Old City Cemetery and Bedford Museum. He has been a longstanding member of the Lynchburg, Virginia Civil War Round Table and Campbell County Public Library Foundation. He has also served with the local Rotary Club. Rusty holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is currently employed as the Tax Director for Brown, Edwards, and Company.
Alvin(Al) Smith hasa B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from University of Richmond, a MST degree in Mathematics from Randolph College. He retired from public school teaching and coaching after 31 years and after 29 years as an adjunct mathematics teacher at the Central Virginia Community College. He was honored as Teacher of the Year at Altavista High School and also as the AA State Track Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Altavista Rotary Club having served as President twice and presently is the Treasurer. Other organizations include as an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, DAWN board member and Treasurer, and on the board of Avoca since 2012. He serves as the Treasurer on the Avoca Museums & Historical Society Board of Directors.
Morgan Allen began serving on the Board in March 2016 and is currently serving as Secretary. He retired as Treasurer and Finance Director with the Town of Altavista in 2011 after working almost eleven years with the town government. Prior to accepting that position, he was Director of Customer Service at the Lane Company. He worked at Lane for twelve years and was employed at the Klopman/Burlington Industries Plant in Hurt, Virginia for sixteen years in numerous managerial positions. He served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. Morgan aided the community on the Board of Directors ofthe Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce for five years and served as chairman in 2012. He is currently a volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia and is an active member in his church, assisting as a deacon and Sunday School Director.
Nancy Lobbregt is the longest-serving member of the Avoca Museums & Historical Society Board of Directors. She truly is the resident sage of the Board of Directors. Nancy has served as a volunteer at Avoca Museum since 1986 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1988. She holds a B.S. degree from West Virginia University in Education and received her M.Ed. from Lynchburg College with certification as a Reading Specialist. She is a retired educator and served in that capacity for 38 years. Nancy has also coordinated Gift Shop operations and is still heavily involved in its operations.
Ida Compton has long and distinguished career in public service, private enterprise, and volunteer organizations. During her professional career, she worked in the Military Engineering Department with high-level security clearance at the Pentagon. She has also worked in Public Relations with NASCAR, during which time she served as a volunteer with Feed the Children and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Ida has also maintained the family business for fifty years and to this day operates in the business as a partner. She has been a member of the Avoca Museum Board of Directors for five years and has volunteered in a myriad of community service projects.
Bob Childress has been a member of Avoca Museums and Historical Society’s Board of Directors for eight years. He has made significant contributions in the realm of developing special events and features at Avoca Museum. He currently serves as a member of the Board’s personnel committee. In his professional career, he worked in Human Resources management with local company BGF, Inc. This experience has served him well as he has been a major participant in recent personnel campaigns.
Virginia Clark has served on the Board of Directors since 1997 or 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. She also holds a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership for Middle and High Schools. Virginia spent her entire educational career with Campbell County Schools as a teacher for 21 years and administrator for 16 years. She retired in 2007 after 37 years of service. She was an active member of the VEA, NEA and CCEA during her teaching career. She was recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Altavista area Chamber of Commerce in 1984. She was selected by her peers from Altavista High for this special honor. Virginia served a term on the Altavista area YMCA Board of Directors beginning in 1996. She is presently beginning a term on the Board of Directors of The Otter River Resource Center.
Debbie Lewis is a local entrepreneur. She and her husband Mike are owners/operators of Dairy Queen restaurant in Gretna, VA. Debbie has been a lifetime resident of Altavista and has volunteered with local charitable organizations such as DAWN (local food bank). Debbie has an Associate’s degree in Business from Central Virginia Community College. She currently serves as President of the Staunton River Women’s Club and also serves on Avoca Museum and Historical Society’s Board of Directors. She is a past President and member of the Altavista Combined School Band Boosters.
Curtis Crews currently serves as Safety & Security Analyst and Community Relations Liaison for The Timken Company in Altavista, VA. He has served in management positions with MCI Telecommunications and MCI-West Telecommunications headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. He holds a B.A. from St. Paul's College (Lawrenceville, VA) in the field of Sociology. Mr. Crews is heavily involved in community organizations. Aside from his work with the Avoca Museum & Historical Society’s Board of Directors, he is a member of numerous employers’ organizations and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Academy of Fine Arts.
Teresa Stallard is and educator currently teaching 6th grade History at Altavista Combined School. Teresa has been a lifetime resident of Altavista and has previously served as a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Altavista Combined School Band Boosters. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College and an Associate’s degree in business from Central Virginia Community College. She is an active member of the Avoca Museums and Historical Society Board of Directors and currently serves as Board Secretary. She is an active member and Vice President/Secretary of the Staunton River Woman's Club and previous offices include President and Treasurer.
Janet West recently began serving on the Board of Directors, but has quickly proven to be an invaluable member. Aside from volunteering at numerous special events, Janet serves as the site's Gift Shop manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a Master of Education degree with additional endorsements in administration and supervision. Janet taught fourth and seventh grades as well as the gifted program before serving as an assistant principal at Altavista Elementary School. She also served as an elementary supervisor and a Title I Coordinator with the Campbell County Public Schools. Early in her career, she received the Teacher of the Year Award for Altavista Elementary School from the Altavista Chamber of Commerce, and, in 2004, the Community Builders Award from the Campbell Masonic Lodge.