Board of Directors

Sherri Fullen
BB&T
a Hinton, WV native is married to Phillip Fullen her husband of 23 years and has two sons, Anthony, a Sophomore at Ferrum College and Alec a Junior at Franklin County High School.  Sheri is the Market Leader for the Vinton and Roanoke Main branches of BB&T where she specializes in retail and small business lending and development.  She attends Exalted Church in Roanoke and is a board member of Exalted Ministries Inc. Sheri is the lead singer for the Contemporary Christian group Exalted Christian Band.  She believes that community involvement is an important part in helping our communities be a better place to live and work.  “The Vinton Chamber of Commerce supports small business and economic growth which is the foundation of our nation.  I am honored to continue serving the Vinton community.  It is truly an exciting time to be a part of Vinton’s economic growth!”
Michelle Barklow
Burger King
Michelle Barklow is Managing Director for Star King Enterprises LLC.,a Burger King Franchise. She started in 1986 in Freeport, IL. as a team member and worked her way to a General Manager position.
In 2004 Michelle moved to Jacksonville Fl. and became a Director of Operations for South Coast Enterprises, a Burger King Franchise.
She then moved to Vinton, Va. In 2015 to become the Managing Director for Star King Ent. She lives with her husband Brian and son Devin.
Brad Grose
Dominion Electronics Inc
is the Owner/President of Dominion Electronics Inc in Vinton. He is currently serving his 4th term  as Mayor of Vinton, serves on the Roanoke Valley Allegheny Regional Commission Executive Board and the VACC Board of Directors, having served 2 terms as the Chamber President. Brad is a member of the Vinton  Lions Club, Vinton Vision Committee, and a Board member of the Roanoke Valley Economic Development Partnership. Brad has received the Virginia Municipal League “Certified Local Government Official-Gold Award"  and a commendation from the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly for Public Service.  He is a Charter graduate of the Vinton Citizens Police Academy and Advanced Citizens Police Academy. Brad is also “Santa” for the Vinton Christmas Parade. 
Kynn Deadrick
K&T Entertainment, Inc.
Kynn is a 1983 Graduate from JMU. He is the Sales Manager for Conrock Concrete and is the owner/operator of K&T Entertainment  for 18 years.  Kynn is a Lifetime member of the Roanoke JC’s. He loves doing Civic work and being involved.  He is married to Jessica and they a a daughter Kamryn and step daughter Callie
Sonia Bolen
Parkway Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
is a local veterinarian that has resided in the town of Vinton for the last 12 years. She grew up in Blue Ridge and graduated from Lord Botetourt High School. Sonia then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She was employed at Vinton Veterinary Hospital during her college career and became an associate veterinarian there in 2000. She recently opened her own clinic, Parkway Veterinary Hospital, located near William Byrd High School. Dr. Bolen and her husband Scott, a Vinton native, have eight year old twins and are active in the Vinton community. She and her staff have participated and volunteered in several events hosted by the Chamber and the Town of Vinton. Dr. Bolen looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors.
Angie C. Lewis
Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce
Since starting as Executive Director of the VACC in the fall of 2010.  Angie has continued to spread the word and to promote business growth in the Vinton Area.  Angie has 3 Children and 1 grandchild. Cydney– resides in Concord NC, with her husband Todd and son Kellen, she is a Sergeant with Concord Police Dept. her husband Todd is a Captain with the same police dept.  Drake, is employed at Building Specialties and Abbie a Junior at WBHS.  Angie serves on the American Cancer Society Leadership Council, Roanoke Regional Partnership Board; Urban Development Advisory Committee, The Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army and has served as Chair of Vinton’s Relay for Life 2012-2016 years. She is a member of the TOV revitalization Committee, and Preventive Council Committee .
Tommy Wood
Wood's Service Centers
Tommy was born and raised in Vinton. Married to Karen for 40 years. They have one daughter Ashley Williams and son Allen Wood.  Our family business started in 1957 and is still running today.  Wood’s is a family owned business going on its 3rd generation.  We specialize in auto and truck repairs, towing and heavy equipment transportation.  We have approx. 44 employees with 3 locations local and on location in Wirtz.Va.  Tommy has been Vice President of the Virginia Association of Towing and Recovery Operators with multiple awards in the towing and auto repair industry, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Regency Towers in Myrtle Beach and has served on the Chamber board for the last several years.  
Keith Liles
Allstate Insurance
Keith grew up and still lives in Vinton. He is a graduate of William Byrd High School and attended Virginia Western Community College and is a manager with Allstate Insurance Company. Keith started with the Chamber in 2010. Keith is a member of Vinton Town Council and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Town of Vinton Planning Commission. He also serves on the TOV Economic Development Committee and the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization.
Paige Stovall
Berkshire Health Care Center
is a lifelong resident of the Town of Vinton at the age of 27.   Page is the third generation Town of Vinton resident.    Page graduated from William Byrd High School in 2007,  Radford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science in 2012.   Page is employed by Berkshire Health &Rehabilitation Center, and she is also an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields Skin Care. She loves spending time with her family and friends.   Page is grateful for the opportunity to have been asked to serve on the Vinton Chamber of Commerce and she looks forward to that appointment with regards to serving the Vinton community. 
Richard Turner
Roanoke County Schools
Richard graduated from Northside High School in ‘78, undergrad at Virginia Tech ‘82, Masters Virginia Tech '87, Doctorate form Nova/.Southeastern University in ‘94. He taught at Fleming from ‘82-88 where he also coached. He supervised the Roanoke Co Adult & Marketing Education Dept for ‘88-’92.  He began as Assistant Principal at WBHS from ‘92-99 and was Principal from 1999-2016.  He currently serves as Marketing Specialist for Roanoke County Schools and BK Racing.  He also serves as the Program Coordinator for James Madison University's Educational Leadership Program held at the Roanoke Higher Ed Center.  Richard chairs the Roanoke Area Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society, he sits on the Board of Directors with the Va Assoc. of Secondary Schools Principals' and was State President in 2010. He also sits on the Board for Junior Achievement for the Roanoke Valley.  
Scott Sorenson
Cardinal IG
Scott graduated from Polo Community High School (Polo, IL) in 1996 and received his undergraduate degree at Illinois State University in 2001. Scott served on active duty in the United States Army from 2001 - 2007, completing three tours in Iraq. Scott separated from the Army in January, 2007 and began a career with Cardinal Glass Industries in February, 2007. His first position was a Production Supervisor, working at an insulating glass facility in Tomah, WI. In 2008, Scott was recalled back to active duty in the Army and served a tour in Afghanistan. Returning back to Cardinal Glass Industries in 2009, he moved to the role of Maintenance Manager in the same insulating glass facility. In 2011, Scott moved again within Cardinal to a Plant Superintendent role managing the daily operations of a tempering glass facility also located in Tomah, WI. 
John Conner
New York Life Insurance - Anthony Conner
John is a financial services professional for The Conner Group. In 2013, John began his career as an agent with the New York Life Insurance Company working aside his dad, Anthony Conner. John graduated from Roanoke College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. He is a member of New York Life's Premier President's Council, member of the Million Dollar Round Table, board member for the Vinton Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the National Age in Place Western and Central Virginia Chapter. He enjoys spending his free time with friends, family, and traveling as much as possible. He actively volunteers in his community and gives back whenever possible. 
Steve Hildebrand
Freedom First Credit Union
is the Vice President of Marketing at Freedom First Credit Union where he leads efforts to improve the member experience and engagement while guiding the credit union’s programs and outreach to ensure consistent alignment with its motto, “Where people bank for good.” He believes that banking is more than depositing and lending and that community engagement and involvement should lead efforts to encourage people to be a part of something bigger than a financial institution. Steve has a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University is a member of the American Marketing Association and Chief Marketing Officer Council. He has previously served as President of the Virginia Credit Union Marketing council, CASA board of directors, iMovie board of directors, and was a Maine State delegate for six years. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Steve moved to Virginia four years ago from Portland, Maine after living there for eight years.
Tammy Shepherd
L. T. McGhee Real Estate
is a native of Vinton and a William Byrd High School graduate.  She has 4 children Autumn, Hunter, Dalton, & Macy and 1 grandson Gunner.  She has been involved with the William Byrd Booster Club as the Treasurer for the past 4 years and William Byrd Football Booster Club for the past 9 years and President the past 6 years.  Tammy is an Associate Broker at L.T. McGhee & Co. where she was office manager for 14 years and has been a full time Realtor for the past 16 years.  
Mary Beth Layman
Town Of Vinton
Special Programs Director
Special Programs Director, Town of Vinton. helps people have fun while visiting, living and working in Vinton. She is responsible for special events, Vinton Farmers' Market, Vinton Senior Center, "High Ground" Veterans Monument, and assist with downtown revitalization efforts and public relations. She is married to Randy and their sons are Aaron and Thomas. They share their home with their dogs Roscoe and Avery. Mary Beth enjoys dancing and good music.
Kathryn Sowers
Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce
After a long absence from the VACC, Kathryn returned in September 2010, temporarily to bridge the gap between Executive Directors and was asked to be the part-time Executive Assistant and Financial Coordinator.  Kathryn is a native Vintonite as is her mother’s family.  She is a graduate of Virginia Southern College and is married to Everette Sowers (her high school sweetheart) and they have one son – Todd, his wife Cindy and 3 fantastic grandchildren, Christiaan, Austin and Hannah.  Volunteering is an important part of Kathryn’s life and Secretary/Treasurer of the Vinton/Roanoke County Veterans’ Monument.   Kathryn is serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Arnold R. Burton Scholarship Fund (two WBHS students are awarded scholarships each year).  She also serves as Church Sunday School Secretary, Church Clerk and Hostess Committee sub-chair for Vinton Baptist Church.  
Beth Abbot
Mountain View Cemetery Co., Inc.
grew up in Lancaster County, VA, where she met her husband, Todd.  They moved to Roanoke County in 2000.  Beth has been a Family Service Counselor at Mountain View Cemetery since 2013.  She is honored to help families plan for the most difficult times of their lives.  Beth is a member of Thrasher United Methodist Church, where she plays and sings with Humble Praise.  She is also a member of Vinton Historical Society.  Beth loves going to Vinton’s festivals and parades with her husband and their son, Jeremy.