Sarah M. Bell—New mortgage loan originator at First National Bank. Bell joins the bank’s mortgage team after serving in its retail division for five years. She has completed coursework at Central Virginia Community College and is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program.

C. Lynette Callands—Promoted to vice president and branch manager of Bank of the James’ Main Street and Church Street locations. Callands joined the bank in 1999 and has climbed the ranks from teller to branch manager.

LaDonna S. Davis—Promoted to retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Vista Branch. Davis began her banking career at First National in 2008 as a teller supervisor. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program.

Shelly Engel—Vice president and drone pilot for Central Virginia Aerial Solutions. Engel is a commercially-rated pilot who brings 10 years of aviation experience to the newly-formed drone company. She earned a B.S. in aeronautics and a minor in business from Liberty University.

Kevin M. Gill—Promoted to senior vice president and loan administrator at Bank of the James. Gill has over 25 years of commercial banking experience, including 14 with Bank of the James. He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business Administration at The College of William and Mary and a B.S. in political science from James Madison University.

Nickolas R. Gillan—Retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Timberlake Branch. Gillan began his banking career at First National in 2010 as a teller. He holds an associate degree, is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program, and is a current enrollee in the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management.

Courtney W. Glass—Promoted to vice president and consumer loan officer for Bank of the James. She joined the bank in January 2014 as an assistant vice president. Prior, she was associated with Bank of America. Glass holds a B.S. in marketing management from Virginia Tech.

Joe Hepler—Co-founder of Craftsman Custom Home Builders. Hepler brings over 30 years of experience as vice president of sales for three of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest scattered lot custom home builders.

Chris Jones—New president of the Lynchburg Hillcats. Jones previously was the vice president and general manager of the Lake Elsinore Storm in California. During his tenure, the organization received the prestigious 2011 Larry MacPhail Award for the top promotion effort in all of Minor League Baseball.

Sophie M. Lovell—Promoted to retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Airport Branch. Lovell began her banking career at First National in 2013 as a teller. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University, is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Lynchburg Class, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leader program.

Scott W. Martin—New retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Airport Branch. Martin comes to First National with relationship banking, insurance sales and small business ownership experience. He holds an M.A. in management and leadership from Liberty University.

Rebekah Moody—CEO of Southern Provisions Company. Moody recently opened her new space at 2704 Langhorne Road. Southern Provisions Company was formerly Southern Loom in the Boonsboro Shopping Center.

Cheria B. Taylor—Promoted to retail business development officer at First National Bank’s Main Office.
Taylor began her banking career as a First National Bank teller. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of First National’s Future Bank Leaders program.

Michelle Thomas—COO of Southern Provisions Company. With over 25 years in business and retail, Thomas is excited to lend her experience to open the doors and oversee the newly renovated space in midtown Lynchburg.

Rayetta M. Webb—Named reverse mortgage loan officer for Bank of the James Mortgage. Webb joins Bank of the James with 15 years of mortgage experience at TowneBank Mortgage and Wells Fargo. She currently serves as a chairperson for the Altavista Community Transit System.

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