Dan Layman, President & CEO
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, Chief Operating Officer
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. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Menieka is a graduate of Fort Defiance High School, earned her A.A.&S. in Accounting and Business Management from Blue Ridge Community College, and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Business at Mary Baldwin University. She lives on a farm in Augusta County with her husband, Brian, and their two children.
Cristina Casado, Director of Community Engagement
Cristina Casado joined the Community Foundation in May 2017 as Director of Community Engagement. She will oversee our Community Grants Program, Youth Philanthropy Council, Dawbarn Education Awards, and much more, including the new resident engagement initiatives across our community. Cristina is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and initially moved to Staunton to complete high school at Stuart Hall School. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and a M.A. in Development Studies. Throughout her career, she has worked for several United Nations organizations and most recently at a detention center for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Division of Children’s Services. She moved back to Staunton six years ago and lives with her husband, Juan Pablo, and son Santiago.
Miriam Burrows, Program Manager
Miriam Burrows joined the Community Foundation in August 2018 as our new Program Manager. Miriam will administer the Foundation’s Scholarship Program and assist with Community Grants and our Dawbarn Education Awards. Miriam received a B.A. in Theatre from DeSales University and is currently pursuing graduate work in Business at Mary Baldwin University. Miriam is from New Jersey and came to Staunton in 1999 to join Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, now known as American Shakespeare Center, as an actor. She lives in Staunton with her husband, Daniel, and their two beautiful and clever children.