Anna Lawson, Ph.D., a former writer and editor of publications for Hollins College and the Kettering Foundation, has served on various local and state boards, chairing that of The Nature Conservancy-Virginia Chapter, Hollins University, TAP (the Roanoke area poverty agency), and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Anna was a founding director, in 1994, of ValleyBank, Roanoke, VA, and now heads the board’s human resources committee. She was a trustee (2007-2014) of the Virginia Environmental Endowment (a grant-making organization created in 1976 with court-ordered fines levied against Allied Chemical for dumping Kepone into the James River). She is a board member of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2007); of Population Connection, a national education and advocacy organization committed to stabilizing world population; and of the Virginia Historical Society. Anna holds BA and MA degrees in English from Hollins College, and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Virginia. A native of Salem, VA, she and her husband Tom live in Botetourt County.