River District

DANVILLE — The River District Association (RDA) is excited to announce the appointment of five new members to the RDA Board of Directors.

Emma Sellers with Averett University, Shandi Gaylord with PATHS, Stuart Smith with FCS, Inc., Danielle DuCré with Chatham Hall and Andrew Herring with West Main Baptist Church. 

“Our new Board members embody the spirit of community, said William Crumpton, RDA Board President, “We are fortunate to have their  talent, expertise and energy as we continue to strengthen this community through our work in Danville’s River District.”

The slate of RDA board members for 2020-2021 are:

William Crumpton, Caswell Family Medical Center


Kelvin Perry, CoD Economic Development

Vice President

Seven Osborne, Adams and Fisk, PLC


Beth Bullins, First Citizens Bank


Rachel Covington, Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Past President 

Robin Jones, Vintages by the Dan

Philip Hayes, Noblis

Christy Harper

Danielle DuCré, Chatham Hall 

Varun Sadana, The Launch Place

Stuart Smith, FCS, Inc.

Hampton Wilkins, Wilkins and Co.

Andrew Herring, West Main Baptist Church

Emma Sellers, Averett University

Shandi Gaylord, PATHS, Inc.

In addition, Caitlin Howell, RDA’s former Director of Communications and Events will begin a new role in December as the organization’s Operation’s Manager.

Kirsten Aherron has joined the RDA staff as the new Communications and Events Manager.

“I am excited to be a part of the River District Association, and the wonderful energy it brings to Downtown Danville,” Aherro said.

Aherron comes to RDA from her former position as Main Street Coordinator for Altavista On Track.  She has experience in non-profit management, marketing, communications and events management from her work in Altavista, and as the Executive Director of Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads. She has a BA in English and French from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and an MBA from Antioch University New England, in Keene, New Hampshire. 

"We are incredibly thankful to have strong leadership from our community contribute their time, talent and treasure through their service on the RDA Board" said Diana Schwartz, Executive Director of the River District Association. "And the addition of staff to our organization will allow us to be even more responsive to the needs of our merchants, property owners, residents and area stakeholders. The revitalization of Downtown Danville is essential to the ongoing success of our city and our region, but it is only possible with the addition of capacity and a great deal of collaboration."

To find out more about the River District Association or for questions, visit riverdistrictassociation.com.

The River District Association was organized in 1999 as the Downtown Danville Association.

In May 2015, the organization was renamed the River District Association to complement the City’s River District brand and is an accredited Virginia and National Main Street Community.

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