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Community Engagement Advisory Board

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) creates a collaborative space to generate ideas for extending our positive impact and to solicit feedback on our current and future community-focused initiatives.

The CEAB guides implementation of our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and our Vision, Mission and Values in which:

  • our commitment to collaborative excellence includes forging new relationships with community leaders and organizations, and
  • our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion includes metrics and milestones reviewed annually.

The CEAB also provides feedback on our implementation of Community Engagement Working Group recommendations from the InclusiveVTCSOM Task Force.

The CEAB is chaired by Dean Learman and comprises a broad and diverse group of community leaders representing educational, health, social service, civic and non-governmental organizations.  VTCSOM members include the vice dean and leaders of our community engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.

Individuals interested in receiving more information, including the membership nomination process, should contact the Director for Community Engagement.

Community and Diversity Advisory Board Members

  • Lee A. Learman, MD, PhD
  • Azziza O. Bankole, MBBS
    Chief Diversity Officer
  • Nathaniel L. Bishop, Dmin
    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Courtney Powell
    Director, Community Engagement
  • David B. Trinkle, MD
    Associate Dean for Community Engagement
  • William (Bill) Lee
    Retired Pastor, Loudon Ave. Christian Church
  • Baraka Kasongo
    CEO, Volatia
  • Bethany Lackey
    Executive Director, Roanoke Refugee Partnership
  • Joe Cobb
    Council Member, Roanoke City 
  • Annette Lewis
    President and CEO, TAP
  • Karen Michalski-Karney
    Executive Director, Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
  • Ryan Bell
    Community Historian, Roanoke Valley
  • Gregory Goodman
    Director of Community Support Services, City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Richmond Vincent
    President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
  • Brenda Hale
    President, Roanoke Branch, NAACP
  • Aaron Boush
    Community Health and Outreach Director, Carilion
  • Rachel Hopkins
    CEO, CHIP of Roanoke Valley
  • Christina Hatch Ballard
    Executive Director, Children's Trust
  • Lisa Spencer
    Executive Director, Local Colors
  • Verletta White
    Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Ken Nicely
    Superintendent, Roanoke County Public Schools
  • Curtis Hicks
    Superintendent, Salem City Schools