Becky Jo Aleman—New Hotel Director at Craddock Terry Hotel. In her new role, Aleman will oversee the refurbishments of the interior décor in the hotel’s public areas, guestrooms and meeting spaces, manage F&B changes in conjunction with Craddock Terry’s new Culinary Director, Chef Jason Arbusto, and support the launch of a new Biergarten. Aleman has over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Emelyn Gwynn Light—New Lynchburg Experience Manager at the Lynchburg Visitor Center. Light is a 2015 graduate from the University of Lynchburg and previously worked for the Town of Altavista as their Main Street Program Coordinator. She was recognized as a top young professional in Lynchburg Business in 2016.
Leland D. Melvin—Appointed to BWXT’s Board of Directors. Melvin spent more than 24 years with NASA as an astronaut, research engineer and administrator. He served twice on board the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist to support the International Space Station. In addition, Melvin served as NASA’s associate administrator for education until he retired in 2014.
Lisa Meriwether—Appointed President-Elect of Meeting Professionals International, Virginia Chapter. Meriwether, tourism sales manager for the City of Lynchburg, will be responsible for working with the Office of the President on Chapter business plans, budget, operations and board succession planning. This is her fifth appointment to this board in her 30-year career.
John Randolph “Randy” Nelson—Awarded the General Practice Section’s Tradition of Excellence Award by the Virginia State Bar. Nelson, an at-Large Lynchburg City Council member, was nominated by members of the Virginia Legal Aid Society. VLAS Executive Director David Neumeyer said Nelson “truly embodies the award’s promotion of personal and professional excellence.” Nelson started volunteering for VLAS after its founding in 1991 and has closed 30 cases for the organization.