Dan Layman joined the Community Foundation in March 2013. He spends his days helping individuals and companies explore how they can accomplish their charitable objectives through the Foundation and making sure that those who have already made that choice enjoy what they have created. He also offers his assistance and friendship to the leaders of local nonprofit organizations. Since graduating from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1988, Dan has dedicated his career to helping others through fundraising and planned giving. He and his wife, Pamela Fox, have been Staunton residents since 2003…and for many years to come.
Menieka Garber joined the Community Foundation in 2006 and ensures that the day-to-day operations run smoothly and align with the Foundation’s mission. She supports a variety of accounting and finance functions and helps to ensure compliance with financial and record-keeping procedures. Menieka has A.A.S. degrees in Business Management and Accounting from Blue Ridge Community College and will soon graduate from Mary Baldwin University with a B.A. in Business. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Menieka lives on a farm in Augusta County with her husband, Brian, and their two children.
Miriam Burrows joined the Community Foundation in August 2018. She administers our Scholarship Program, the Youth Philanthropy Council, and the Dawbarn Education Awards. Miriam received a B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University, has a certificate from the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Legal Secretary School, graduated from CNE’s Board Academy, and continues to take classes whenever she can. Miriam came to Staunton in 1999 to join the American Shakespeare Center where she has worked as an actor and has served as a board member. She lives in Staunton with her husband Daniel, and their two beautiful children.
Lora Hamp joined the Community Foundation in January 2022. Lora administers our Community Grants Program and is looking forward to working with the many nonprofits in our community. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Lora earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the Medical College of Virginia. Prior to joining the Foundation, she practiced law at Allen & Carwile, P.C., specializing in estate planning and estate administration. She currently resides in Waynesboro with her husband, Mike, and daughters, Riley and Emily.
Chris Lassiter will join our team on January 18 as our new Director of Community Engagement. Chris will lead our work to broaden the Foundation’s relationships with community members and deepen our understanding of the challenges within our community and our opportunities for affecting real change. Chris comes to us from the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA where he served as Marketing and Communications Director.