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Dr. Eliza Lamb, Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Eliza Lamb is the Founder and Executive Director of the Lamb Center for Arts and Healing. Previously, Dr. Lamb served as Curator of the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City and has worked as an art educator for over 15 years in diverse environments ranging from Guatemalan orphanages to Ivy League Universities. Most recently, Dr. Lamb served as a researcher for the VCUarts Arts Research Institute, where she investigated the developing field of arts and health. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and holds three Masters degrees from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology, Art + Art Education, and Arts Administration, as well as a doctorate in Art + Art Education. Eliza is a practicing fine art photographer and her personal work can be found at She grew up in the Hopewell area and is a proud graduate of Prince George High School.

Charles Lamb, Co-Founder and Board President 

Charles Lamb is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a seventy person engineering, planning and environmental firm with eight offices across the country. He is a graduate of NC State University, where he received a bachelor degree in civil engineering in 1976. He later went on to receive his Master of Engineering degree from Virginia Tech University in 1981. Mr. Lamb is a registered professional engineer in twenty-four states. He has served on the board and as an officer for several nonprofit organizations. He is a co-founder of the Lamb Center for Arts and Healing and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors.

Sam Davis, Board Treasurer

As Principal in The Davis Group, Sam Davis brings more than 25 years of strategic management experience to the service of family businesses and philanthropic organizations. Prior to forming The Davis Group, Sam was a partner in Relative Solutions, a family enterprise consulting practice, and Signature Financial Management, a multi-family office located in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to his consulting practice, Sam serves as Director of the Family & Private Business Forum at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business. Sam earned an MBA in Finance at The Wharton School of Business and graduated from The Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts with an MTS in Ethics and Theology. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he received his BS degree in Naval Engineering. He has served on the boards of fourteen nonprofit organizations, including as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of Saint Paul’s College. Sam and his wife Susan live in Richmond, Virginia.

Stacey English, Board Secretary

Stacey English is a proud James Madison University (2015, BBA) and Hopewell High School (2011) alumna who currently serves as Economic Development and Marketing Manager for Dinwiddie County, VA.  Previously, Stacey has worked as the Interim Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Prince George County, VA, the Economic Development Specialist for Hopewell, VA, and the Marketing and Events Director for the Hopewell Downtown Partnership. Hailing from Hopewell, her love of the community is deep-rooted. Stacey has long ties with Lamb Arts and has been the Chairperson of the Hopewell Arts Fest Committee since its development in 2019. 

Rebecca Alaly, Founding Board Member

Rebecca Alaly is a dancer, choreographer, and academic teacher. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2005, and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University in 2014. Her concert dances have been performed at the Yale Summer Cabaret (New Haven); the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C); the Loeb Mainstage (Boston); the Cunningham Studios, and White Wave (New York City). As an arts administrator, she has worked in the development department at Lincoln Center, in programming at Dance Theater Workshop and Danspace Project, and as producer for the acclaimed artist Faye Driscoll. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Ms. Alaly has taught students of all ages with Advantage Testing for the past 11 years, boosting their confidence and helping them achieve academic success. 

Mary French Elder, Board Member

Mary French Elder has been a proud Hopewell resident for over half a century. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Mary French went on to graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with her Bachelor’s in Art History in 1964. She would later go on to work as a consultant for the Carlisle Collection for 20 years. Mary French served as a long-time board member of Crater Community Hospice, as well as the Architectural Review Board for Hopewell’s Historic City Point. Currently, Mrs. Elder also volunteers as the Vice President of both the Downtown Design Review and the Hopewell Downtown Partnership. She is the proud mother of Mason and Elizabeth, and has 6 wonderful grandchildren. 

Joseph Papa, Board Member

Joseph Papa is a best-selling author and communications professional with nearly two decades of experience in publishing, arts, and nonprofit. He is the former communications director for Equality Virginia, the state's leading LGBT+ advocacy organization. In 2018 he was appointed by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to the city's Human Rights Commission. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Studio Two Three, TheatreLAB, and The Library of Virginia Foundation. A Prince George County native, he returned to the Richmond-area in 2016 after a decade in New York where he was a publicity director at HarperCollins Publishers working on over 50 New York Times bestselling books. He is the author of the national bestselling book Elizabeth Taylor: A Passion for Life (HarperDesign, 2011).   

NaQuetta Mitchell, Board Member

NaQuetta Mitchell is a solution-based thinker who has served the Tri-Cities for 15+ years. She prides herself on being “A Woman Who Cares Enough, To Do More Than Enough”. NaQuetta currently serves as President of the Hopewell/Colonial Heights NAACP and on the Governor's Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism. NaQuetta’s love for volunteerism started when she was a student in Carter G. Woodson Middle School, as she was afforded the opportunity to participate in the Medical Explorers Program hosted by John Randolph Medical Center. She was 14 at the time and has been making it her business to serve the most vulnerable humans on earth since... children and women. NaQuetta, after many years of working and volunteering in the human services field, spent time as a social worker for the Department of Social Services. NaQuetta continues to find opportunities to empower and equip citizens by assisting faith-based institutions, community leaders, and community members with strategies, plans, and advice. NaQuetta truly believes that there are enough opportunities and resources for anyone to thrive and seeks out occasions to fulfill these assignments by God in addition to being the founder of her nonprofit organization Women Of Endurance. NaQuetta is a Game Changer in the Tri-Cities and will continue to create programs and collaborate with other like-minded organizations and individuals while being the best mom she can be to her amazing daughters.

Brandon Butterworth, Board Member

Brandon is a life-long resident of Hopewell and works in the nonprofit sector. In this capacity, he works for the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, a leading partner and advocate for philanthropy in Richmond and Central Virginia. As Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the Community Foundation,
Brandon connects a broad range of people with the organizations and causes about which they are passionate, together pursuing a shared goal of making their community a better place through
charitable giving and volunteerism. Brandon is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Hopewell with his wife, Jessica, and two sons, Carter and Grayson.

Amanda Vtipilson, Program Manager

As a self-described "Army brat" growing up around the world, Amanda always called the Hopewell/Prince George area home. It was one of the few constants in her life, where community, family, and friends awaited. Now she is excited to further the mission of Lamb Arts and make vibrant change in the community she loves.


Amanda’s professional experience focuses on educational programming in museums and cultural institutions. You may recognize her through her previous work with the U.S. Army Women’s Museum, the Fort Lee Regional Archaeological Facility, the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center or the Valentine Museum in Richmond.

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