Dr. Eliza Lamb, Co-Founder and Executive Director Ex Officio Board Member
Dr. Eliza Lamb is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lamb Center for Arts and Healing. Previously, Eliza 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 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 www.elizalamb.com. 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.
Debbie Jones, Board Secretary
Debbie Jones is a long time Hopewell resident and advocate. Debbie grew up in a military family and spent her childhood living on bases around the world before graduating from Prince George High School. Jones went on to study Child Development at Virginia Tech and enjoyed a 30-year teaching career in the Hopewell area before serving as Grammar School Principal at Veritas Classical Christian School. Debbie currently lives in the City Point District of Hopewell, where she and her husband Johnny have renovated multiple historic properties. Debbie is a paper artist and has a small local business called The Paper Lady. Jones has served on many local committees and is thrilled to be part of the creative revitalization of her hometown.
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).