Board Member Bios
JOHN S. BRENNEKE
John is a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church, and a former president of the UMFS Board of Associates. He serves on the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference Board of Trustees. Past professions as a naval officer and businessman give him skills in the areas of leadership and business development.
BETTY J. FORBES
Betty is chair of the UMFS resource development committee. She retired from Christian Children’s Fund in December 2008. She is former president and CEO of James River Mortgage, Inc.
Betty currently serves as chairman of the board of Virginia United Methodist Pension, Inc., vice chair of the Bermuda Hundred United Methodist Women and secretary/treasurer of the board of Petersburg Methodist Home for Girls Foundation. She serves as a member of the board of Josephus Daniels Pell Foundation, Wesley Theological Seminary Board of Governors and the board of trustees of Ferrum College.
Mike is vice president of business processes and corporate development at Tredegar Corporation. He is the former president and owner of Turnaround Strategies, a consulting firm that helped struggling small businesses develop a game plan for success.
Mike previously held the position of vice president business development at Tredegar Corporation where he led efforts in strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital projects and real estate. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte.
He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jim is senior vice president of human resources for the Bon Secours Virginia Health System. He is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic human resources goals for eight hospitals, dozens of outpatient facilities, the Bon Secours medical group, a college of nursing, school of medical imaging, and long term care facilities among many other services.
Jim earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s degree in Personnel Management from Lynchburg College. He is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR). Jim is past president of the Virginia Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (VaSHHRA), and received the Paul Guy Mentorship Award from the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). He is a past Chairman of the Henrico County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Council and served on the Richmond Technical Center Advisory Council for Richmond Public Schools. Jim also serves on the board of the Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is a longstanding member of VaSHHRA, ASHHRA, and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He and his wife of 34 years reside in Glen Allen, Virginia. His hobbies include distance running and classic British cars. He is a longtime and active member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
Margaret is president of the Mid-Atlantic law firm Sands Anderson PC, managing shareholder of the firm’s Fredericksburg office and is the firm’s healthcare group leader. Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers in medical malpractice actions.
Margaret regularly represents nurses, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals before the Virginia Department of Health Professions licensing boards and provides advice to providers on issues related to reimbursement, HIPAA and regulatory compliance, and risk management. In addition to being an attorney, Margaret is a registered nurse and prior to law school worked on medical-surgical, psychiatric and substance abuse units. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, as well as other professional and community organizations.
Iris currently serves as a consultant on public relations planning and strategy with a focus on non-profit organizations. She retired as Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Partnerships for Dominion Energy, and served on the company’s foundation board. Dominion Energy is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. Her previous position as team leader for Virginia’s central region led to her wide recognition as a community leader and membership on the Community Foundation, Children’s Museum of Richmond, Jenkins Foundation, Richmond Region Tourism, and LEAD Virginia Boards of Directors. Iris is also a former board member of the UMFS Charterhouse School.
Sarah is an artist. She and her husband, Joe, are adoptive parents and mental health advocates. The Hoyle’s daughter attended Child & Family Healing Center and Charterhouse School. Sarah donates proceeds from her art classes to UMFS and sponsors summer drama camps for Child & Family Healing Center students.
Ken is the co-founder of AOL. He has a bachelor of science in computer science from Penn State and a master’s in computer science from the University of Tennessee. Ken began his career with Telenet Corp. where he developed Telemail. Later called Sprintmail, it was one of the first commercially successful electronic mail systems. He held various positions at AOL, including systems programmer and director of systems architecture. His other responsibilities included overseeing the expansion and implementation of the online service as well as monitoring its performance.
Ken’s wife, Marci, is a United Methodist minister and current pastor of Lambs United Methodist Church in Altavista, VA.
Greg is the president and chief executive officer of UMFS. Greg oversees program, development, finance and human resources. He is an ex-officio member of the board of directors and serves on the boards of the Guardian Foundation and Guardian Place. Before becoming CEO, Greg was chief operating officer, associate executive director and program director.
Greg has served as Chair of the Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations, Virginia Association of Licensed Child Placing Agencies, and The Virginia Alliance. He is a licensed clinical social worker. Greg was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the State Executive Council of the Comprehensive Services Act and the board for Virginia System of Care for at-risk youth.
David is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 32nd district. David grew up in Rockbridge County, Virginia. In 1972 he moved to UMFS, which was then known as the Virginia Methodist Children’s Home. He left UMFS 6 years later, moving to Oklahoma with his foster parents. David became the first person in his family to graduate from college, and went on to serve as a Naval Intelligence Officer for 23 years in the US Navy Reserve. In 2014, David founded Rockbridge Consulting.
In his first year as a delegate, David sponsored HB1219, legislation which allows foster children ages 14 years and up to request that their birth parents regain custody. Delegate Reid invited Governor Northam to the UMFS Richmond campus to sign the bill into law in May 2018.
David lives in Loudoun County with his wife Barbara and two daughters. He is a member of Arcola United Methodist Church.
Jennie is President of Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Virginia’s largest provider of Medicaid managed care services. She leads the medical and behavioral health groups that work directly with the population of children and families that are impacted by UMFS. Prior to her current position she had over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including service as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance at Anthem. Jennie holds a Master of Business Administration degree.
MARSHALL H. ROSS
Marshall is an attorney with Goodman, Allen & Filetti where he serves on the professional liability, medical malpractice, employment, health care and state board licensing practices.
Marshall began his law career serving in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a felony prosecutor and labor and employment counselor. After military service, Marshall practiced with DowLohnes in Washington, DC followed by 20 years as a partner with Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver in the Shenandoah Valley before relocating to Richmond.
Marshall earned a BA with high distinction and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia before obtaining his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Bruce is a professional engineer and the business director of Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, LLP. He is responsible for the accounting, human resources, information technology and business development activities. Bruce served as partner-in-charge of mechanical, electrical and structural engineering at Austin Brockenbrough from 1997 until 2008.
Prior to joining Brockenbrough, Bruce was the Clemson Plant Facilities Engineer for BASF Corporation. He has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from University of Virginia. He is a member of ACEC Virginia.
N.H. COOKIE SCOTT
Cookie recently retired as Deputy Director, Division of Administration for the Virginia Department of Corrections, overseeing a $1.2 billion budget. In this role, Cookie managed multiple departments including finance, human resources, information technology, the academy for staff development, legal, planning & research, architecture & engineering, correctional enterprises, health, compliance & accreditation, general services, and project management.
Cookie’s career began as a psychiatric social worker, working with adolescents. She also served as a Juvenile Probation Officer and a Juvenile Court Service Unit Director. Cookie was the first African American graduate of Longwood University, earning a degree in sociology. The Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Center at Longwood is named in her honor.
Melissa is senior manager at Mitchell, Wiggins & Company, where she serves financial institutions with internal audit services and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing. Melissa also provides audit and tax return services to nonprofit and small business clients. She chairs the firm’s financial institutions committee and is a member of the nonprofit and accounting and auditing committees. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Melissa has a BS in business administration from Bridgewater College. She was named Virginia Business Magazine’s Super Young CPA in 2008.
Karen is the co-owner of Physical Therapy Specialists in Winchester, Virginia and a practicing physical therapist. She was previously employed by Physiotherapy Associates, where she began as a physical therapist and ended her career as Area Vice President managing 40 orthopedic clinics throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Karen is very active as a community volunteer in the Winchester community and prior to that in the Northern Virginia area. She is an active member of Braddock Street United Methodist Church, and represents the church on the Children’s Champion Council for the UMFS Charterhouse School in Edinburg.
Bruce began his career in retail and commercial banking. He joined the Virginia Bankers Association in 1993. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the association, a position he has held since January 2007. Bruce also served as executive vice president and head of the VBA’s Management Services subsidiary. While at VBA, Bruce has worked with member banks in a variety of areas, to include government relations, education and training, economic education and financial literacy, and helping banks enter new lines of business such as insurance and brokerage services.
Bruce received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary in 1986 and his MBA from the University of Richmond in 2004.