Board Members

CNE is led by a committed, volunteer board of directors, each of whom serve three-year terms. These board members have a diverse array of backgrounds, talents and wide-ranging expertise that they generously contribute to this community through their work with CNE.

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Kakie Brooks


Katherine (Kakie) Brooks grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, then moved to the East Coast for college and graduate school. She attended Smith College (1981, B.A. in English), then taught high school English in the Boston area for 5… Read More

John Dumm


John Dumm, Vice Chair, has thirty-five years of senior management experience in international health in the foreign service of the United States and in the non-profit sector. As a foreign-service officer with USAID, he lived in Asia for twenty… Read More

Trish Cluff


Trish Cluff, Director, is the associate vice president for marketing and strategic relations for the University of Virginia Health System. The Health System includes the University of Virginia Medical Center, UVA Children’s Hospital, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA… Read More

Tim Rose


Tim Rose, Treasurer, is Chief Executive Officer of the University of Virginia Foundation steward for approximately 5,200 acres for the University of Virginia, including the Boar’s Head Inn and Birdwood Golf Course, Morven Farms, and the Historic Renovation Corporation…. Read More

Dana Harris


Dana Harris is a seasoned nonprofit executive and director, with more than twenty years experience. Areas of focus include governance, advancement, publicity, donor relations, event management, board development and grant writing. In the past, Ms. Harris has worked as… Read More

Mike Kirkman


Mike Kirkman, Director, has been in the executive search business for more than thirty years. Prior to Lochlin Partners, he opened and managed Spencer Stuart’s Washington DC office. He was also the Managing Director for Korn/Ferry’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Earlier… Read More

Dan Layman


Dan Layman has been with the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge since March of 2013 as their President and CEO. He specializes in helping individuals and companies accomplish their charitable objectives and seeks to ensure that they… Read More

Michael McKee


Michael McKee brings 30 years of experience in nonprofits to his role as CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. He joined the organization in 2009 to lead development and planning, and was named CEO in 2013.

Previously, he… Read More

Stephanie Snell


Stephanie is a Charlottesville native and graduate of UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce. After “retiring” from a 20+ year career in commercial banking, she now owns and operates, along with her husband, Charlottesville Skin and Laser Center. Stephanie currently… Read More

Melissa Thomas-Hunt


Melissa Thomas-Hunt is Senior Associate Dean & Global Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Her research focuses on the factors that undermine and advance the engagement of talent (eg. women and historically underrepresented… Read More

Jake Zarnegar


Jake is Chief Product Officer at Silverchair Information Systems, a Charlottesville-based software company devoted to deploying its industry-leading technology and publishing expertise to bring highly useful education, training, and point of care information products to millions of professionals and students… Read More

Board Academy Fellows
CNE Board Fellows are recent graduates of CNE’s Board Academy who serve one-year, non-voting terms on CNE’s Board of Directors. The Fellows programs gives new Academy graduates the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained from the Academy, and inspire CNE’s board with a fresh perspective on the organization and its governance.


Carolyn Burnett


Carolyn Burnett is a Senior Business Banking Relationship Manager and Vice President at Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Carolyn was a Commercial Relationship Manager for a regional community bank. Carolyn graduated from James Madison University, earning a… Read More

Michael Brann


Michael joined GreenBlue in 2012 with an extensive background in IT management. Michael oversees the development and maintenance of GreenBlue IT systems and is leading the development of GreenBlue’s cloud computing initiative. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Michael founded Cville… Read More

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