Chief Charles Werner (Ret.)
ACPD Foundation Executive Director
Charles has served 44 years in public safety. Presently he is the Public Safety Chief for DroneUp. Charles served 37 years with the Charlottesville Fire Department, the last ten years as fire chief retiring in 2015. As fire chief, he led the department to achieving an ISO Fire Service Class rating of 1 which ensures the lowest possible insurance rates for residents and businesses. While fire chief, Charles also served as a sworn Albemarle County reserve deputy for 2 years under Sheriff Ed Robb. Following retirement, he worked as a senior advisor and acting deputy state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
Charles has served as chair on numerous local, state and national organizations. Locally, he served on the ParadeRest Board, two years as chair. In addition to serving as the executive director of the ACPD Foundation, Charles serves as chair of the National Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems and is a Board member on the National Alliance of Public Safety GIS Foundation.
Chief Werner’s thoughts on the ACPD Foundation, “For over 40 years I have worked side-by-side with my police colleagues and friends. Throughout my public safety career, police officers have always had my back and now it is time that I return that commitment by supporting the dedicated and deserving women and men of the Albemarle County Police Department during these especially challenging and dangerous times. The ACPD Foundation has and continues to do great work supporting ACPD and I am honored and humbled to serve as executive director.”
Carolyn Betts, Vice President
Carolyn has lived in Charlottesville since 1986 and practiced commercial Real Estate brokerage for the past 14 years. Prior to entering the real estate field, she served on the board of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and spear headed the capital campaign for the multi-million dollar facility plus served as it's Executive Director.
She presently serves on the boards of the ACPD Foundation and the North Charlottesville Business Council.
Carolyn graduated from Emory University with a BSN and has two grown sons and three grandchildren and lives with her veterinarian husband in Earlysville, VA.
Anna Brooks comes from a therapeutic nutrition background with a career emphasis on sales, fundraising, and team building. Her involvement in the development of a nonprofit, Give to Live, to bring organ and tissue donation awareness and education to the community is very close to her heart. In the evenings, she teaches for both Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and acac Fitness and Wellness Center.
Originally from Ohio, Anna and her husband, Adam, moved to Charlottesville in 2009 and haven’t looked back! The Brooks Family hobbies include anything that involves keeping 3 sons under the age of 5 active, engaged, and out of mischief!
Ben is an experienced investment professional, most recently at Manchester Capital Management. Prior to joining Manchester Capital in 2013, Ben was an Assistant Vice President at M&T Bank in Washington, D.C. While in business school, Ben was a summer associate at T. Rowe Price. He started his career as the Assistant Director of International Admission at the University of Virginia. Ben holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business. Ben was born in Charlottesville and currently lives in Earlysville. Outside of the office, Ben is a member of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital Committee, the Charlottesville Retirement Commission, and enjoys fishing, golf, and spending time with his wife, daughter and new son. Ben is a licensed private pilot currently pursuing his instrument rating. He joined the Albemarle County Police Foundation in 2017.
David Hilliard is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He also earned an accreditation from The Erickson School of Aging for Management and Operations of Senior Housing and Care.
He began his professional career on Wall Street on the investment side in Institutional Sales/Equities with Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette and was also a Managing Director at Wachovia Bank. In 2000, he began working in the healthcare industry as an Investor/Advisor for Shelburne Bay Senior Living in Shelburne, Vermont. Mr. Hilliard, in conjunction with a local partner, founded The Lodge at Otter Creek in 2006. The Lodge at Otter Creek is located in Middlebury, Vermont and is a similar community to The Lodge at Old Trail. In 2007, Mr. Hilliard founded Piedmont Senior Living for the purpose of developing The Lodge at Old Trail, which opened in May of 2012. The Lodge at Old Trail offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care.
Matt Hodges has been a mortgage lender for over 18 years in Charlottesville and his family have been living in our community since 1993. Matt and his wife Theresa both graduated from University of Virginia in the late 1980s and are now raising a 12 year old daughter here.
Matt is the course and obstacle designer for the annual Guardian's Gauntlet obstacle course race, benefiting ACPF. Matt currently serves on Economic and Government Affairs Committee at the Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Matt served on Government Affairs at the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors was well as Chairing their RPAC for a total of four years. Matt has also served on the Board of the Shelter for Help in Emergency.
Outside of working hours, he works out at IronWolf Training and runs as many Spartan Races as his wife will allow.
Catherine Hughes, Secretary
Catherine is the Executive Director of Support Services at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital where she has been employed since 2004. Her areas of oversight include the Outpatient Surgery Center, Patient Satisfaction, Food Service, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Volunteer and Guest Services, Transportation, and Retail Services. She is married with two daughters and lives outside of town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she enjoys spending as much time outside as possible. Catherine joined the Foundation Board in 2014 and truly enjoys working to support our brave men and women of the ACPD.
Valerie is a local real estate and land use attorney with Williams Mullen and chairs the firm’s Land Use practice group. She helps landowners with commercial real estate transactions and regularly guides clients through the intricacies of obtaining local government land use approvals for a wide variety of projects. Valerie has a BA in political economy from Tulane University, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a past chairman of the board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and served for many years on the board of United Way Thomas Jefferson Area. Valerie joined the ACPD Foundation in 2015, lives in Crozet with her husband and two sons, and is an avid runner.
Andy McGinty, President
Andy joined the ACPD Foundation in 2013, and heads the Officer Housing initiative. He is a Principal in Castle Development Partners, a multifamily real estate development firm, where he manages the acquisition and development of apartment communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining Castle, Andy was an executive with the management consulting firm Accenture, based in Washington, DC and Paris, France. Andy has an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three children and enjoys golf, skiing, hunting, coaching wrestling and baseball, and is an avid Crossfit athlete.
Susie McKenna headed East after graduating from the University of Illinois. She has lived in Albemarle County for 18 years. She was founder and president of Software Corporation of America, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. After the sale of the company, she followed the trail of folks from Northern Virginia south in search of peace and quiet. Susie volunteered with the Choices program in Charlottesville and served as the Vice President of the Rivanna Rowing Club for one term.
Her interest in writing about bad guys led her to the Citizens Police Academy, which made her aware of the need to help and support our local law enforcement. Susie loves to row on the Rivanna, plays a little golf, and throws stones with the Blue Ridge Curling Club.
Emma is a graduate of the William & Mary Mason School of Business where she studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is currently President of Vibethink, a local digital agency specializing in website and web application design and development. Outside of work, she is an avid crossfitter, wife to Charlottesville native Bryan Stinnie, and new mother to a beautiful baby boy, Makai. Emma joined the ACPD Foundation in 2017.
Kyle Redinger is a double Hoo (McIntire 2005, Darden 2013), an Eagle Scout, and a serial entrepreneur in the central Virginia area. He has founded CrossFit Charlottesville, the SuperFit Games, and VividCortex. He is currently incubating several startups and working in the real estate development industry. Having grown up and attended Albemarle County public schools, Kyle enjoys the beautiful scenery, high quality of life and the unique character that central Virginia offers. Kyle joined the ACPD Foundation in 2016.
Robin Swink, Treasurer
A member of the ACPD Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2009, Robin is the Treasurer of our organization. Robin is a CPA, and the Manager, of the Accounting and Auditing Department for Hantzmon Wiebel. She received her B.S., cum laude, and Major in Business Administration, from Mary Washington University.
Cathy Smith Train
Cathy Smith Train is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. After 30 years, Cathy stepped down as President of United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area in July 2018. She volunteers for a number of organizations including: as the current Board Chair of Charlottesville Tomorrow; as a founding member of the Piedmont YMCA Child Care committee; with the Advisory Board for BB&T; on St. Paul’s Ivy Vestry; as a founding member of Women United in Philanthropy; past Chair of the Albemarle County Police Foundation; and, on the inaugural Daily Progress Editorial Advisory Board.
In 2014, Cathy was honored with the Chamber’s prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award and, prior to that, received the international leadership Athena Award at the Chamber’s Quadruplicity Women’s Conference in 2010.
Cathy and her husband, Kirk, have two children - Kelley Elizabeth Train who owns Plainfields Media and resides in New York and United States Navy Lt. Commander Samuel Kirk Train currently stationed in Europe with his wife and son.
Lloyd F. Wood, Jr., “LF”
Lloyd F. Wood, Jr., “LF”, 82, died on October 11, 2018 surrounded by his wife, Patsy, of 60 years, and his family. He was born in Earlysville, Va., graduated from Lane High School, Mars Hill College, and the University of Richmond.
LF, often known as "Mr. Putt-Putt", owned and operated the Putt-Putt Golf Course for 58 years. He had various businesses over the years. He served on the Board of Supervisors for Albemarle County from 1968 to 1975, and was recent Chairman for the Board of Zoning Appeals. His favorite charity service was with the Seminole Volunteer Fire Department as Board Chairman and the Albemarle County Police Foundation. He received the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award. He served many years as Chief Election Officer.
LF loved his family and community. He was truly generous with giving of himself.