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Highland Center Board of Directors

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Windsor Betts, Chair

Windsor (Jones) Betts was born in Richmond, graduated from St. Catherine’s School in 1997, and was a part of the Richmond Ballet’s intensive training track for 10 years.  In 2001 she graduated from Connecticut College with a double major in English and History and a minor in Dance.

 

She received her law degree from Campbell University in 2005. Windsor is a paralegal at McGuireWoods LLP working on the defense of product liability and environmental litigation matters as well as international arbitration.

Windsor channels her community involvement through the McGuireWoods Pro Bono program.  She supports the firm’s global Pro Bono partner in the administration of more than 400 client matters annually, has direct control over several cases and pro bono partnerships, and serves on the firm’s Richmond Pro Bono Committee.

Windsor is a great, great granddaughter of Charles Pinckney Jones for whom The Charles Pinckney Jones Charitable Trust is named.  The Trust was created by Mary Hille McCoy, Windsor’s first cousin twice removed. Windsor’s father, Skip Jones, has been a landowner in Highland County for approximately 50 years; 5 years ago he built a home on Jack Mountain near Monterey.  One of Windsor’s favorite childhood memories is her father taking her to Monterey to see Halley’s Comet in 1986 when she was 7 years old.  

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Doug Hirsh

Doug Hirsh grew up spending his summers on his grandparents’ farm – Meadow Lane in Bath County.  He attended boarding school in New Jersey (The Lawrenceville School) and continued his education at the University of Denver where he played 4 years of lacrosse.

In 1974, Doug moved back to Bath County to operate the Bacova Guild for his father.  When they sold the business, he joined the Homestead Staff and was the last General Manager of the Cascades Inn.

 

Doug has 37 years in the hospitality business, working in both urban and rural locations, as well as in facilities that were both branded and worked well as independent properties.

Doug served on the Board of Supervisors for Warm Springs district from 1992-2000, on the Board of Managers for the Bath Community Hospital from 1980-2000, and has been a volunteer men’s lacrosse coach at Washington & Lee since 2011.

 

His wife, Sue Hirsh, recently retired from her role as superintendent of Bath County schools after working with the school system for over 40 years.

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Dr. Carol S. Armstrong

Dr. Carol S. Armstrong is a native of the Shenandoah Valley, where she grew up on a dairy farm in Augusta County with her parents and three sisters, and has spent her career in teaching and education leadership.

Carol is a graduate of Bridgewater College with a bachelor’s degree in education; earned a master’s degree in Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University, and received a doctorate in 2002 in Education Leadership and Administration at the University of Virginia.

Carol has 38 years of experience in Virginia school divisions in many diverse capacities: as teacher, reading specialist, elementary and middle school principal, director of elementary education, technology, gifted programming, curriculum and development, preschool administration, and has served as a leader of principals in the assistant superintendent capacity and as Division Superintendent of Rockingham County Public Schools. She retired in 2017 and resides in Monterey, joining the Board in 2018.

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Mary Beth Gutshall

Mary Beth Gutshall is a native of White Sulphur Springs, WV and came to Highland County 29 years ago with her husband, Curtis Gutshall. She joined the board of The Highland Center in September of 2020.

Mary Beth humorously says that her job is “town know it all.” Mary Beth is certainly a font of local knowledge which she shares in her weekly ‘Odds and Ends’ column in The Recorder. She also spends her time working for the VPAS Meals on Wheels Program.

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Kenny Hodges

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Valentina Meehan

Valentina Meehan studied business at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota before making Northern Virginia her home. In 2001, she started her own travel visa and passport expediting business for US citizens.

Valentina, along with her husband Paul and children Greg and Anna, first came to Highland County in 2021. Over the course of 2022 and early 2023, they purchased, renovated, and opened the new Monterey Inn on Main Street in Monterey. They are now working to open The Highlander at the intersection of US 220 and 250.

Valentina and her family are already having a positive impact in Highland County; she looks forward to putting her energy and experience to use on behalf of The Highland Center and the Highland community.

 

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Ronnie Moyers

Ronnie Moyers is a native of Highland County and manages the 600 acre mountain farm and sugar camp that has been in his family since 1957. 

 

Ronnie is committed to forest management and sustainability.  He is a proud member of the American Tree Farm System, and strives to ensure that the land and the wildlife are living a happy existence with his family. He hopes that by sustainably managing his property in the coming decades, he can continue to improve the farm's ecosystem and make it self-supporting so that it can continue to be passed on to future generations. 

 

Ronnie has a deep dedication to the land, landscape, and community the makes up Highland County.

 

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Debbi Stephenson

Debbi Stephenson grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and received a BME degree in flute from Murray State University. She moved to Highland County in 1975 to teach school, married Jim Stephenson, and never left.

Debbi opened her own tax and accounting business in 1989, worked in finance and human resources at Lightstone Foundation in Pendleton County, WV, and retired as Chief Financial Officer/Human Resources Director of the Highland Medical Center in 2016.

She played flute with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, and has served as pianist for Monterey United Church for even longer. She has served as treasurer for many organizations, including Pisgah Presbyterian Church, the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, HHS Band Boosters, and the Highland Homemakers County Council.

Currently, she serves on the Highland Telephone Cooperative board, as president of the Highland Medical Center Foundation board, and helps manage the Twice Is Nice thrift shop. She enjoys playing music, sewing, reading, traveling, and visiting her grandsons in Richmond.

 

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