Robin Baker—New Executive Director of the Arc of Central Virginia. Baker comes to Virginia from North Carolina where he was the executive director of the Arc of the Triangle. He has 30 years of experience in the field. Baker obtained a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and began his career in Richmond. “Exciting additions to our organization are underway including new programs and activities for people that participate in our services, as well as opportunities for greater volunteer and community involvement…” said Baker.

Jim Childress—Recipient of Marion T. Baker Award from VLAS. Childress, an attorney in Rustburg and former Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Pittsylvania County, is the 26th lawyer to receive this annual honor from Virginia Legal Aid Society.

Childress went into private practice in early 2015. He immediately joined the Pro Bono Panel in February 2015 and took his first case for VLAS in March of that year.

In just two years, Childress has taken seven pro bono cases for VLAS.

Irene May—New Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate. May joins the Smith Mountain Lake Office in Moneta and will specialize in working with homebuyers and sellers.

She is participating in Long & Foster’s Success Path program. May received a Bachelor of Science in biology from George Mason University. She and her husband have spent the last 15 years working on and investing in real estate.

Peter Twadell—New Head of School at James River Day School. Twadell joins JRDS as its new Head of School, effective July 1. Twadell, an experienced educator and administrator, looks forward to furthering the school’s mission to cherish and challenge children while preparing them for our 21st century world. He says encouraging children to form good habits of learning, such as tenacity and inquisitiveness, mark his educational style.

Robert C. Wood III—Named a 2017 Super Lawyer in the Business Litigation sector. Wood is an attorney with Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams office in Lynchburg. He has more than 50 years of experience in business and corporate law, family law, commercial litigation and employment law. Wood has tried and/or mediated more than 400 cases, and has argued cases before the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.