Home : Events : Women's Forum : Presenters

Jeff Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9657
Roanoke, VA 24020-1657
(540) 362-6503
Fax: (540) 362-6500

Office location:
Cocke Memorial Building, Third Floor

Brittany Foutz
Special Programs Coordinator
(540) 362-6021

Office location:
Bradley Hall


Nancy Agee Nancy Howell Agee is president and CEO of Carilion Medical Center and Carilion Clinic. She has been a primary architect and co-leading Carilion Clinic’s transition to a physician-led medical group. She has been with Carilion Clinic for more than 20 years. She holds degrees with honors from the University of Virginia and Emory University and participated in postgraduate studies at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She is on the Radford University Board of Visitors and served on the boards of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Foundation of Roanoke Valley. She is a member of the boards of RGC Resources Inc., and Roanoke Gas Company and has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and healthcare organizations worldwide. She lives in Salem with her husband, Steve, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Her son, Zachary, is a congressional staff assistant.
Angela Buckner Angela S. Buckner grew up in Roanoke and earned an associate’s degree from Bethlehem Bible College. She earned her master’s degree in theology at Jacksonville Theological Seminary and is pursuing her doctorate in Christian Counseling at Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She taught at Vision of Faith Bible College. She is married to Edwin Jerome Buckner, Jr., and has two step-children. She is a member of Exouisa International and has worked at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for 22 years. She has spoken at churches and seminars.
Melinda Cohan Melinda Cohan is a Roanoke-based business and life coach, speaker and author who works with women entrepreneurs. The goal is to help them find the most pleasurable and productive ways to thrive in their lives and businesses. In 2006 she founded The Coaches Console, a proprietary software to help coaches create thriving businesses. Before launching her coaching practice, she was a commercial interior designer. Melinda is writing a book on women and business.
Elizabeth Hope Cothran Elizabeth Hope Cothran is a principal at the Roanoke law firm of Woods Rogers in the labor and employment section. She graduated from Emory University in 1997, majoring in political science and earned her law degree from the University of Richmond in 2003. She was an associate on the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest. She is on the board of Bethany Hall, a women’s recovery house, and is co-chair of the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Choose Law/Pre-Law Counseling Committee.
April Drummond April Drummond is a 43-year-old filmmaker and a 2011 graduate of Hollins. She had a double major in theatre/film and creative writing. She has written, produced and directed gospel musical plays for 17 years and sings in a gospel group with four of her daughters. She is director of creative arts and drama for Exousia Global Church. Her film, "Black Cathy," was selected by the San Diego Black Film Festival 2010. April is the mother of seven children and grandmother of two. She is the founder and director of GaGa Productions.
Maryellen Goodlatte Maryellen Goodlatte is a partner in the Roanoke law firm of Glenn, Feldman, Darby & Goodlatte, representing clients in a broad range of real estate, business and finance matters. She has a Martindale-Hubbell “Preeminent” rating, resulting from exceptional ethical standards and demonstration of professional excellence. She is as comfortable helping a small start-up secure initial capital financing as she is in guiding a multinational corporation through a complex development deal. Maryellen is consistently given high marks by organizations that rate lawyers.
Nancy Oliver Gray Nancy Oliver Gray is the 11th president of Hollins. She is the former president of Converse College in South Carolina. She has led Hollins in the completion of a strategic plan and has, introduced a new major in environmental studies, a new certificate program in leadership studies, and a seminar program for first-year students; she has overseen the renovation of historic buildings on the campus; the growth of the endowment from $85 million to more than $146 million; and the completion in 2010 of the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in Hollins’ history, the $162 million Campaign for Women Who Are Going Places. Gray is a 1973 graduate of Vanderbilt University, holds a master of education degree from North Texas State University, and completed additional graduate work at Vanderbilt. In 2002 she received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Presbyterian College.
Nanci Hardwick Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation in Blacksburg, her second successful start-up experience. She was CEO of Schultz-Creehan before its recent merger with Aeroprobe. Supporting regional technology and business development, she sits on the executive committee and board of the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, the board of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance and the editorial advisory board of the Valley Business FRONT. She is a board member of the New River Community College Foundation, Treasurer of the Lyric Theater, and is a special advisor to the Literacy Volunteers. Previous leadership positions in local non-profits include eleven years on the board and executive committee of the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, United in Caring Fund for the Virginia Tech Tragedy and founding member of the Community Impact Program in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. She was recognized by Governor Bob McDonnell in July 2011 for leadership in community and business and has been named a "20 under 40" business leader in the region by the Blue Ridge Business Journal. She is an alumnus of LeadVirginia and a member of the Navy League and the National Defense Industrial Association.   
Anna Karbassiyoon Anna Karbassiyoon was born in Italy to American parents and lived in Rome until the age of 14. She moved to Santiago, Chile, where she lived for eight years. She earned a BS in chemistry at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile and an MS in chemistry from Scranton University in Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Kamran, a native of Iran. Anna and Kamran moved to Roanoke in 1981. She has worked at Electrotech Corporation as an engineer and a consultant and has taught at Roanoke College. Anna and Kamran opened Sir Speedy in 1995.
Mary Guy Miller Mary Guy Miller is president and founder of Interactive Design and Development Inc. in Blacksburg, an information technology firm that has created multimedia products and technological solutions for a wide range of organizations. Miller serves on the governor's Chief Information Officer Advisory Board and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Economic Bridge. She earned her master's of information science degree as well as her doctorate in instructional design from Virginia Tech. She was chosen as an outstanding woman alumna on the 75th anniversary of Women at Tech. Most recently she was president of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and set membership records. She was inducted into the Virginia Tech Engineering Academy of Excellence. She serves on Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering’s Committee of 100 and the VT Advisory Board for the department of computer science. She has advised three governors and is a member of the Supply Diversity Advisory Board that will revamp and revitalize the commonwealth’s small, women-owned and minority owned business procurement programs. She is on the boards of National Bankshares and the Virginia 4-H Foundation. She is married to Jim King and they share four children and nine grandchildren.
Susan Still Susan K. Still is president and CEO of HomeTown Bank in Roanoke. She has been in commercial banking for more than 35 years (previously working at Dominion Bank, First Union, Wachovia and SunTrust). She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and has done graduate studies at the University of Virginia. She is deeply involved in the Roanoke community, including serving on the boards of the Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Foundation for the Roanoke Valley, Center in the Square, Junior Achievement, Roanoke Valley Science Museum, American Cancer Society and the Shenandoah Club. She is on the board of the Virginia Association of Community Banks.
Karen Turner Karen Turner is a regional commercial banking manager for StellarOne and has consulted with business owners for 24 years. She has worked with SunTrust in Nashville, Wachovia in Atlanta, and Wells Fargo in Denver. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1987 in psychology and business. She has been a participant and an advisor in Leadership Roanoke Valley and is on the board of directors for the Blacksburg Partnership, the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, and Community Housing Partners. She lives in Salem with her husband, Carter, and daughter, Callaway.
Joyce Waugh Joyce W. Waugh is president and CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, which has 1,200 members. She manages a staff of 10 and oversees an extensive program of work to make things better for business through advocacy, information, networking and small business assistance. Waugh has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofits, local government, and private business. She was cohost of the TV show Politically Speaking. She has a master’s degree in social work administration from Florida State University, is a 2006 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and is a certified economic developer (CEcD). She has chaired the Public Policy Committee of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, served as vice chair of Virginia Lobbyists Association and serves on the Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission. She is married and has three grown children.
Tamea Woodward Tamea Leilani Franco Woodward is president and CEO of Global Metal Finishing in Roanoke. She attended The Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking in Queens, N.Y., before she discovered her passion/niche in anodized aluminum. In 1987, she opened Roanoke’s first female-owned customized metal-finishing business, East West Dye Com. Today, more than two decades later, her business has grown and now employs 20 people and supplies a wide range of products to hundreds of customers including high-profile clients such as Lockheed Martin. She is a member of the Manufacturing Advisor Council to the Governor. She strongly believes in healthy living through quality food.