Our volunteer Board of Trustees develops and directs the vision, policies and goals of the MCV Foundation.

By providing fiduciary oversight, managing the endowment and overseeing the disbursement of restricted and unrestricted funds, our board serves to advance the mission of the foundation and the medical center.

Board members are chosen for their exemplary leadership in the community and in business, for their professional expertise and for their devotion to our mission. Members serve a minimum of three years and may choose to renew their terms. 

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About the Chair

Harry R. Thalhimer

Chairman of the Board

Harry R. Thalhimer has been a Trustee of the MCV Foundation since 2009 and is excited to serve as the board chair.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Harry began his career in retailing with Marshall Fields in Chicago and returned to Richmond in 1978 to work for Thalhimers. In 1997 he purchased AJD, a leading headwear manufacturer, and launched Thalhimer Headwear. Over the past 20 years, the company has continued to manufacture casual headwear for leading brands in the retail, fashion, corporate and outdoor markets across the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.

Harry’s involvement at VCU spans 30+ years and includes his work on the MCV Campus, the School of Business, the Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU’s Fashion Department, VCU Athletics and the BrandCenter. Other community involvement includes work with the Jewish Community Federation, VMFA, Goodwill Industries, the Richmond Symphony and more.

Harry and his wife Marcia have been married for 37 years. They have two sons, Michael (Alyson) and Andrew, and recently welcome their first grandchild, Rose.

Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Farhad Aghdami

Farhad is Williams Mullen’s Richmond Managing Partner. He focuses his practice on business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and structuring, and wealth transfer planning and preservation.

Wyatt S. Beazley IV

Wyatt Beazley, J.D., joined Williams Mullen in 1992 and is co-chair of the Williams Mullen Health Care Team.

John O. Beckner, R.Ph.

John is the senior director of strategic initiatives at the National Community Pharmacists Association where he helps independent community pharmacies develop diversified revenue streams and maximize patient care activities.

Roger L. Boevé

Roger co-founded Performance Food Group, a $16 billion food distribution company, in 1988.

Charles F. Bryan Jr., Ph.D.

Charles is founding partner with Daniel P. Jordan of Bryan & Jordan Consulting, LLC, which specializes in strategic planning, fundraising, board and staff relations and executive searches for nonprofit institutions and higher education.

Elizabeth Whalley Buono, J.D.

Liz provides life sciences, fraud and abuse, healthcare innovation and new product development legal and regulatory support to a broad array of healthcare clients as a director at HDJN LLC.

Rachel Burgess

Rachel is a principal at SIR, a strategic management consulting firm in Richmond, where she leads quantitative market research and helps clients uncover insights to help change their futures.

George W. Burke III, M.D.

George joined the VCU School of Medicine Pulmonary Division as an assistant professor in 1977, then in 1979 entered private practice with Pulmonary Associates of Richmond where he worked until his retirement in 2014.

Robert “Bob” C. Canfield

Bob is director of branch development for Ferguson Enterprises, a diverse distributor with operations spanning multiple business groups.

I. Lee Chapman IV

I. Lee Chapman IV, CFA, is president and chief executive officer at Davenport & Company LLC. 

Herbert A. Claiborne III, J.D.

Hobie has served as general counsel and secretary at Carpenter Co. since 1988. Previously, he was an associate in the business department of McGuireWoods.

Richard M. Clary, M.D.

Richard retired in 2012 after devoting three decades to medical practice in Richmond, both with Surgical Specialists of Richmond and then Richmond Surgical.

Charles F. Crone

Charles retired as vice president of Williamsburg Pottery in 1990 after 30 years with the company. He and his wife Ginny have been involved with the MCV Campus since 1986.

Darius A. Johnson

Darius is assistant treasurer and director of cash management for Dominion, coming from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in October 2016, where he was senior vice president and senior client manager.

George P. Emerson Jr.

George founded Emerson Companies LLC, which focuses on commercial, industrial and institutional development projects.

Sheryl Garland

Sheryl Garland joined the VCU Health System in 1988 after completing an administrative residency at MCV Hospitals.

Jeffrey H. Gumenick

Jeffrey is vice chairman of Gumenick Properties, an award-winning real estate development and management company.

Basil Leonard Hurst III

Beau is a partner and head of business development and investor relations at Stelliam Investment Management in New York.

Susan G. Kornstein, M.D.

Susan is a professor of psychiatry and obstetrics & gynecology at VCU School of Medicine, executive director of the VCU Institute for Women’s Health, and director of clinical research for the VCU department of psychiatry.

John A. Luke Jr.

John has served as chairman of WestRock, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, since 2015, and is the former chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corporation.

David A. Lyons

David serves as managing director and chief operating officer of Lowe, Brockenbrough & Co. and is a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Ronald H. McFarlane, R.Ph.

Ron served as group president of specialty infusion services for Diplomat Pharmacy until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2016.

Robert F. Norfleet Jr.

Rob retired as corporate executive vice president and senior credit officer with SunTrust Bank after 30 years of service.

Rebecca T. Perdue

Becky is a retired group manager of the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, where she was primarily responsible for managing quality assurance, safety and training.

Ghulam D. Qureshi, M.D.

A 1964 graduate of King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, Ghulam came to Richmond in 1965 to complete an internship at Johnston-Willis Hospital and a residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

James H. Revere Jr., D.D.S.

Jim is director of planned giving for the VCU School of Dentistry. He has served on the faculty at the school in a wide variety of positions for 40 years, including admissions dean, clinic dean and interim dean.

Michele Romano, M.D.

Michele is a retired family practice physician who, before deciding to pursue her medical degree, served as an ICU nurse and opened the first community hospital ICU in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1969, serving as its head nurse.

John W. Slyh, C.P.A.

John is an audit partner in the Richmond office of Deloitte & Touche LLP and has more than 25 years of public accounting experience.

Brenda Snow

Brenda is the founder and CEO at Snow Companies, which is active globally and has helped more than 65 businesses representing 150 disease categories become more patient-centric and more successful.

T.K. Somanath

T.K. is former chief executive officer of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which serves more than 20,000 residents through affordable housing programs.

Ellen E. Spong

Ellen is senior vice president and director of institutional services at Union Bank & Trust. For more than 27 years she has worked with nonprofit organizations, foundations and endowments to support their philanthropic goals through policy development and management of investment assets.

Tracy Kemp Stallings

Tracy joined the MCV Foundation board in summer 2016, and also serves on the VCU Foundation board.

James H. Starkey III

Jim is the president of Starkey Consulting, which advises government and business clients on international, agricultural, trade and development issues.

Judith Forehand Starkey

Judi, who attended Marymount and George Mason University, was before her retirement a licensed social worker, president/CEO of a large business association and an executive with a national healthcare company.

Kit T. Sullivan, D.D.S.

Kit is a practicing general dentist and senior partner with Virginia Family Dentistry of Richmond and a member of the Board of Virginia Family Dentistry.

Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., M.Sc.

Richard is one of the leading infectious diseases epidemiologists in the world, having established his reputation in the field of infection control in hospitals.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle is the senior associate dean for admissions and associate professor of family medicine and population health at the VCU School of Medicine.

Spencer Williamson

Spencer is President and CEO and a member of the board of directors at kaléo, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Richmond.

Ex Officio

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

President of VCU

Michael Rao, Ph.D., became the fifth president of Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Health System in 2009 and has continued to cement VCU’s place among the nation’s premier urban, public research universities.

Marsha D. Rappley, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System & Vice President, VCU Health Sciences

Dr. Rappley is a national leader in academic medicine, having recently been elected as chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges.