JoAnna is the President and CEO of ArtSpace Herndon, and previously was the Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Fairfax. She began her career in the UK working with downtown communities and shopping centers on economic business development, primarily through strategic marketing, media planning and outreach. She is also experienced in theatre management, arts management and event planning. Jo takes a collaborative and synergistic approach in managing people, resources and organizations to meet the goals of an overarching strategic plan. Jo is experienced in the art of Imagineering - visualizing that which does not currently exist.She plans and prepares for the future while delivering to the specifics of the current strategic plan. Jo has built a trusted network of relationships on two continents that provides expertise and resources when and where needed. She embraces challenges and looks forward to the constant changes that define the fast-paced global economy in which we live and work.
Glenn Gannaway Board Secretary
Glenn lives in the Wise County, Va. town of Big Stone Gap, where he is news editor of The Post. He’s been a cast member of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Virginia’s official outdoor drama, since 2007 and also serves on the board of directors of the Appalachia Cultural Arts Council, where he regularly performs in stage plays. He has also been a cast member of several Kingsport (Tenn.) Theatre Guild productions. Glenn discovered a passion for theater as an adult and is intensely interested in both the theory and practice of the performing arts.
Tabitha Hibbitts Grieger
Tabitha graduated from Appalachia High School and attended the College of William & Mary and The University of Virginia’s College in Wise, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Business & Public Administration and Theatre, followed by a Masters of Business Administration at East Tennessee State University. She is also a graduate of VCU’s Commonwealth Management Institute.
Tabitha is an active community volunteer, serving as a CASA volunteer, a member of the Norton Kiwanis Club, and as a board member of Shoestring Theatre Company.
She also spent 13 summers managing Public Relations, assistant producing, stage managing, and acting in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the official outdoor drama of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tabitha has owned and operated Farmers Insurance of Southwest Virginia in Norton, Virginia since August 2015. She previously served in the administration of Governor Tim Kaine. Tabitha has four children, Austin, Kaylyn, Justin, and Shelby Ann, is married to retired Marine Staff Sergeant John Grieger. They live in Powell Valley with their two beagles and two Siamese cats.
John Norce - Board Treasurer
John resides in Fairfax, Virginia, where he owns his own business. He brings extensive knowledge and experience of business finance and entrepreneurship along with a lengthy track record of participation in numerous non-profit associations. John grew up in the suburbs of New York and starting at a young age would regularly travel to Broadway for shows. John’s early introduction to the Arts sparked his interest and he went on to participate in school plays as well as develop a passion for music through playing various instruments. John to continue his support of the Arts by providing financial experience and leadership to the Shoestring Theatre Company.
Deana Goodwin Stoddard - Assistant Secretary
Born in Beckley, WV but raised in Big Stone Gap, VA from the age of 4, Deana has deep roots in the diverse culture and beauty of the Appalachians. Discovering an appreciation for the arts did not begin for her until early teens, where she was a member of the marching and concert bands. After traveling abroad with a school leadership group, she returned with a newfound admiration for the quality productions and direction of regional legends—Virginia McChesney, David Tipton, David Daugherty—realizing the talent and potential of artists all around her were unique to regional culture and worthy of audiences anywhere in the world. Although graduation in 1988 took her away from southwest Virginia to attend colleges in Texas and Florida, it was not until many years later and having returned to the southwest Virginia region that Deana recognized that the arts specific to her home regions were so precious, worthy, and in need of supporting. It was on a trip to Big Stone Gap to experience a 50th anniversary performance of, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine outdoor drama that Deana’s passion for the Appalachian arts became clear and her commitment became focused.
She has served as Set Decorator during production of, Big Stone Gap, the movie in 2013, working under the direction of acclaimed author and director, Adriana Trigiani. She has planned numerous events and partnered with Town management on recent initiatives, including a red carpet/media event for the national release of, “Big Stone Gap,” the movie, as well as the opening of the area’s official Visitor Center.
Currently, Deana actively consults with the Big Stone Gap-based, Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts, Inc. to market its branches, including the official outdoor drama of the Commonwealth, the historic John Fox, Jr. House Museum, and The June Tolliver House and Folk Art Center. Together, they are working to sustain current historical assets and to develop/fund new programs that offset the decline in performing arts programming within public schools.Although not having considered herself a performing artist, Deana has since proven that we can all play a role in converting our passion for the arts into actively helping support them-- applying individual talents and skill sets to ensure succession of the arts not only for ourselves, but for future generations. Sometimes you can find her indulging in a fru-fru coffee drink, laughing and making memories, pushing to keep plans moving in her hometown of Big Stone Gap, or (on rare occasions) taking advantage of peace and quiet to burn some midnight oil…
They coined the term “steel magnolia” to describe a Southern woman whose delicate exterior belies an unbreakable core. Although she is not Southern by birth, Tyra Garlington’s life and professional experiences give her the right to “steel magnolia” as her own.The Cincinnati native holds a Masters in Psychology from San Diego State University. Tyra has been a teacher and principal, whose belief in the ability of children to rise above their bleak surroundings helped to turn around an entire school.
She has been a psychologist, helping tormented individuals find their way to peace. She has worked in private industry, higher education, and local, state and federal governments. She has been a volunteer mentor and Education Pillar Chair on the Board of Leadership Fairfax, in Virginia, guiding the development of the next generation of leaders and setting the course for the educational goals of the program.
She continues to “pay it forward” through her servant leadership in Rotary International and several ministries in her church. When Tyra enters a room, people see the smile, the style and grace. She says she is always blessed. She calms the jittery nerves of young speakers and is the quiet calm at the center of any storm – even those in her own life. For Tyra Garlington, there have been many obstacles.
She has suffered abuse, loss and cancer and she stood her ground against each one, calling on her unlimited faith and her belief that God has a reason. In typical “steel magnolia” fashion, Tyra Garlington turned her internal pains into talks that would help others who faced insurmountable odds. She is drawn to charitable and service organizations that tackle domestic violence, homelessness and children who live in worlds they cannot control. The Steel Magnolia from the Midwest will be there to help them.
Amelia Townsend - Board President
Amelia is from Big Stone Gap, Virginia and was raised here and yonder. She now lives near Fairfax, Virginia. A former journalist, TV producer, author, and now PR hack, she has found the most unbelievable stories to be true. With the late Dink Shackleford, Amelia authored the Keepsakes for the Heart, a bestselling nonfiction story nominated for the prestigious Old North State Award by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Dink and Amelia also co-authored the play I Ain’t Made That Way and several other novels and screenplays yet to be published or produced. Her proudest accomplishments are her two children — who survived her mothering and cooking. She is grateful that her mother and family have not disowned her for moving to Northern Virginia, and for her friends.