Tommy Everett

Board Treasurer, Hampton & Everett, P.C.



La'Tisha Jackson

Great Expectations Advisor, PVCC Admissions & Advising Center




David Lerman

Board Member, PVCC Student Success Coordinator

David has twenty years of experience working in with low-income individuals and families through non-profit organizations and educational institutions. 


Steve McNerney

Board Chair, PVCC Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Director of Student Activities (Retired)

Longtime resident of Charlottesville, Steve writes, "I have been fortunate to experience small portions of life outside of Charlottesville, including brief stints in Nicaragua, New Orleans, Africa and Appalachia. So, it is a pleasure to be affiliated with an organization like The Haven which is addressing poverty locally."


Chris Poe

Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual.

Chris is a 24 year resident of Charlottesville with his wife Dianna, and three children. Chris is co-founder and board chair of the I Have a Dream Foundation of Charlottesville, in addition to being a CASA volunteer.



 Stu Rifkin

Board Member, Commercial Realtor

A twenty-five year resident of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Stu supports the The Haven staff as they continue their work to eliminate homelessness in our community.



 Marilu Thomas

Board Vice Chair, Associate Rector for Mission and Service at Christ Episcopal Church

Recently transplanted from Minneapolis but with strong family roots in Charlottesville, Marilu is a social worker and minister with experience as an Executive Director of an affordable housing and economic development non-profit. Marilu’s particular passion is meeting guests where they are, while engaging them in projecting a positive future based in reality. She hopes to primarily be a supporter of the mission of The Haven and to encourage the staff and board in their meaningful work.


Garrett Trent
Associate Director of Volunteer Engagement, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
Garrett has lived in Charlottesville since 2006, beginning as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. He has worked as an intern at homeless day shelters at the Urban Ministry Center (Charlotte, NC) and Hope Community Center (Charlottesville, VA). He began working for Habitat for Humanity in 2014 where he continues to discover the importance and impact of safe and affordable housing. 



Seth Wispelwey

Board Member, Directing Minister of Restoration Village Arts

Seth is a Charlottesville native, with over a decade of experience in grassroots organizing, education and advocacy around issues and policies concerning hunger, poverty, and other forms of injustice. Seth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Boston College, and in his free time can be found gardening or walking his dogs with his wife and daughter near the Downtown Mall.