Board of Directors
The Authority's Executive Directors, Mike McEvoy and Gary Robertson report to the Authority's Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors meet in the Water Authority's headquarters at 601 S. Jefferson Street, Second Floor Board Room. Board meetings are open to the public.
The Western Virginia Water Authority has a seven-member governing board. Roanoke County and City of Roanoke governing bodies each select three board members while Franklin County selects one board member. Serving four-year terms are city representative John P. Bradshaw, Jr., city representative Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. , who is the Vice-Chair, Vinton representative Donald L. Davis, city representative Marc S. Fink, county representative R. Grayson "Gray" Goldsmith, Franklin County representative Shirley Holland, who is the Authority board Chair, and county representative H. Odell "Fuzzy" Minnix.
Serving as Treasurer is Tammy Lawfied, the Authority's Finance Manager. Mary Sweeney is the Board Secretary.
Mrs. Shirley Holland
Mrs. Holland, the Authority's Chair of the Board joined the Western Virginia Water Authority in 2010 as the Franklin County representative. She, her husband and two children reside in Callaway, Virginia. Mrs. Holland is employed by Carilion Clinic as Vice President of Strategic Development, responsible for planning and marketing functions for the organization, as well as community outreach and the Carilion Foundation.
Mrs. Holland is a board member of the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Smith Mountain Lake Scholarship Trust Fund and the Carilion Foundation. She has served as the President of the YMCA of Franklin County board and a board member of Blue Ridge Public TV. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Bridgewater College and her Masters in Business Administration from Radford University.
Mr. Harvey D. Brookins, Jr.
Authority Vice-Chair, Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. joined SunTrust Bank in May 2012 as Senior Vice President and Regional Commercial Banking Team Manager. The Western Virginia Region is comprised of 79 offices in the 26 counties surrounding Roanoke, Blacksburg, Radford, Martinsville, Lexington, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Charlottesville and Lynchburg, Virginia as well as Charleston, West Virginia.
Mr. Brookins comes to the position with 18 years of banking experience. Prior to joining SunTrust, he served as Market President and Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in Roanoke and New River Valley. Before moving to Virginia in 2006, he worked for 13 years in retail and commercial banking in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Mr. Brookins received a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is active in various community organizations including serving on the boards of the Western Virginia Water Authority, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, and YMCA of Roanoke Valley. Mr. Brookins and his family live in Roanoke.
Mr. John P. Bradshaw, Jr.
Mr. Bradshaw was raised in the City of Norfolk and became a permanent resident of the City of Roanoke in 1962 when he was transferred here as an engineer with the engineering architectural firm of Hayes Seay Mattern & Mattern. Prior to his retirement from HSMM in 1998, Mr. Bradshaw held various assignments including structural and geotechnical engineer, Structural Department Head, Project Manager, Partner and Chairman of the Board.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from MIT and returned there after three years in the Navy to obtain a Masters Degree, specializing in geotechnical engineering. Professionally, he held engineering registrations in more than two dozen states including Virginia and California. In addition to membership in other professional societies, he is a Past President of the Virginia Chapter of ASCE where he was quite supportive of student engineers.
Mr. Bradshaw continued his interest in the Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve as a Commander. He is a long time member of St. John's Episcopal Church, serving in various rolls including two terms on its Vestry. He also served as Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke and more recently Past Treasurer and Past President of the Historical Society of Western Virginia. In later rolls, he was instrumental in the establishment of the O. Winston Link Museum.
In 1972 he was appointed to the City of Roanoke Planning Commission and served for some 24 years, including being Chairman at various times. In the fall of 2007 and again in 2011, Mr. Bradshaw was elected to four year terms as the City of Roanoke's representative on the Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District Commission.
Married to a Roanoke Valley native, Matilda, the Bradshaws have three married daughters, two of whom currently reside in the valley, and five grandchildren.
Mr. Donald L. Davis
Mr. Davis has lived in Vinton since 1965. Mr. Davis served on the Vinton Town Council for fifteen years, the last four years as Mayor. He was employed in the banking industry from 1965-1997, retiring after 32 years.
Mr. Davis has served as President of the Vinton Chamber of Commerce and the Vinton Dogwood Festival and has served as Vice Chairman of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission. He has held Club, District and State offices in the Lions Club.
He is a long time member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist church in Vinton and has served as Treasurer of the Church.
Mr. Davis has a banking degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife have one daughter, one son and one granddaughter.
Mr. Fink is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He studied at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California and received the Graduate Gemologist Degree. He is a Registered Jeweler and Certified Gemologist of the American Gem Society.
Mr. Fink has served on the boards of the Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley, Council of Community Services, The American Heart Association, YMCA, Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, Temple Emanuel and the Better Business Bureau. He currently serves on the boards of the HomeTown Bank and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
In the jewelry industry, he has served on the boards of the Jewelry Information Center, Jewelers of America and Jewelers Vigilance Committee. He is currently serving on the board of Couture Diamond Leadership Conference Advisory Council. His most recent industry accomplishment is winning the National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame award.
Mr. Marc S. Fink
Marc Fink is CEO and Chairman of Fink’s Jewelers, Inc. which operates fourteen stores. Nine stores are in Virginia – two in Roanoke, one in Lynchburg, one in Charlottesville, three in Richmond, one in Norfolk and one in Dulles. The other four stores are in North Carolina – two in Charlotte and three in the Raleigh – Durham area. Marc Fink is a third generation jeweler.
Mr. R. Grayson "Gray" Goldsmith
Mr. Goldsmith was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley and has been a resident of Roanoke County since 1978. He started his banking in Roanoke with the First National Exchange Bank (predecessor to Wells FargoBank) in 1976, and served there in a multitude of roles and responsibilities until 1998. He then joined SunTrust Bank as a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Banking Group with management responsibility for commercial sales activities in the Roanoke, New River Valley and Southside markets. In 2007, Mr. Goldsmith joined Valley Bank and assumed his present position as Business Banking Group Manager.
Mr. Goldsmith has taken an active interest in community endeavors over the years. He is a life long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke and has served on numerous civic and professional organizations. He became a board member of the Western Virginia Water Authority in December 2007.
Mr. Goldsmith is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. He and his wife, Eva have two daughters and one son.
Mr. H. Odell “Fuzzy” Minnix
Mr. Minnix is a Roanoke County resident. Mr. Minnix served on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1992 through the first half of 2004.
Born in Roanoke County, Mr. Minnix is an Andrew Lewis High School graduate. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a Control Tower Operator. A graduate of the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mr. Minnix is also a graduate of the FAA Management School at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Mr. Minnix is a member of the Roanoke County School Board representing the Cave Spring Magisterial District. He was elected to this position in 2008 to serve until 2012.
Mr. Minnix is a recipient of the Roanoke Valley Big Brother of the Year Award, the Roanoke Federal Employee of the Year Award and FAA Education Facilitator of the Year Award for the Eastern Region. Mr. Minnix has also received five outstanding ratings in the FAA. A local radio station, WROV, chose Mr. Minnix as an WROV Outstanding Performer Award recipient.
Mr. Minnix has been a member of the Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership Board, liaison to the Virginia Association of Counties and a member of the Urban Partnership board. He also serves on the Bio-Ethics Committee at Lewis-Gale Hospital, the Blue Ridge Zoological Society of Virginia and the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Mr. Minnix is a member of Ghent Grace Brethren Church where he is a past moderator and Sunday school superintendent. An avid supporter of youth and sports, Mr. Minnix has served as head football coach at Hidden Valley Junior High, head softball coach, assistant varsity football coach and assistant varsity track coach at Cave Spring High School. Mr. Minnix is also active as a Virginia High School League football and basketball official.
Mr. Minnix is married to Janet Carol Hammers. He has two sons and a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.