Board of Directors

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

Please feel free to contact any of the Board Members with questions about their domains of responsibility. Click their name for email or use the listed telephone number.

Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl
Valentina Dimitrova, President, Community Member

Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Business at the Virginia Military Institute. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. She also holds a Master’s degree from UMD and a Bachelor’s Degree from Wittenberg University. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy at the Central European University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington and Lee University’s Economics Department.


Jessie Knadler
Jessie Knadler, Vice President, Current Parent

Jessie is a writer/reporter and the author of two books. She contributes audio reporting to NPR WMRA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Hunter College in New York City. A native of Montana, she’s lived in Lexington with her husband, Jake Wilson, since 2005. They have two daughters: June, 5, a WCM alum, and Katie, 1, currently enrolled in the Pre-Toddler classroom.


Jeffrey Rahl
Jeffrey Rahl
, Current Parent

Jeffrey Rahl is an Associate Professor of Geology at Washington and Lee University. Jeff earned a BS in Geology from the University of Dayton and a PhD from Yale University. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff first moved to Lexington in 2006. Jeff and his wife, Tiffany Pempek, have two sons: Edison (five) is a WCM alumnus, and Theo (two) is currently enrolled in the Toddler classroom.


Beth Belmont
Beth Belmont
, Secretary, Alumni Parent

Admitted to practice in Illinois, California, and Virginia; Fellow, Public Interest Law Initiative, Chicago, IL, 1989; associate, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, Chicago, IL, 1989-95; associate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Los Angeles, CA, 1995-96; University Mediator, Washington and Lee University, 2000-; Director, Alderson Legal Assistance Program, and Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2001-02; Director, Alderson Legal Assistance Program and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2002-03; Director, Community Legal Practice Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2003-2007; Director, Community Legal Practice Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2007-.


Gavin Fox
Gavin Fox, Treasurer, Current Parent

Gavin Fox is an Assistant Professor of Business in the Williams School at Washington and Lee University. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from Florida State University and served as a Quartermaster officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gavin grew up in Virginia Beach and met his wife Mollie as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. They moved to Lexington from Lubbock, TX in 2014 and have three sons: Cooper (attending Waddell), Gibson (Primary at Woods Creek), and Sawyer (Pre-Toddler at Woods Creek).


Ned Norland
Ned Norland, Fundraising and Communications, Current Parent

Ned Norland is a member of the IT staff at Washington and Lee University. He grew up in central New Jersey and after completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Rutgers University he ventured south to Chapel Hill, NC. A chance online meeting with W&L faculty member Mary Abdoney first brought him to Lexington in 2008 and three years later he moved to Lexington permanently. Their son Emmett is a Pre-Toddler at Woods Creek.


Susan Evans
Susan Evans
, Finance, Community Member

Susan retired from teaching in 2006 after 31 years of teaching at Waddell Elementary School. During her tenure at Waddell she taught special education, extension classes, and second, third, and fifth grades. She has a BA in Education, and a MA in Administration and Leadership from the University of Virginia. After retiring, Susan pursued her growing interest in yoga and earned her 500-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification. Most recently, Susan organized other local yoga teachers and founded Rockbridge Community Yoga, which offers donation-based Saturday classes to benefit local charities. Today, you can find Susan teaching yoga at various locations in Lexington, golfing, gardening, walking or biking.


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