MARTINSVILLE, VA – The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors announced the appointment of three members: Anne Smith, Travis Hodge, and Sharon Ortiz-García.
Harvest President Kate Keller said she is encouraged by the expertise these new members bring to the foundation and is excited to see how they use their abilities to shape the future of investments in Martinsville-Henry County.
“We look for board members who share our passion and drive to make Martinsville-Henry County a welcoming place where all can thrive,” Keller said. “Travis, Sharon, and Anne live that passion every single day through their personal and professional lives. We are grateful for their service to our community, and I look forward to working with them to create brighter futures for all in MHC.”
Smith serves as the chief administrative officer and president, domestic upholstery at Hooker Furniture in Martinsville.
“To be part of the great work The Harvest Foundation is doing to serve the people of Martinsville-Henry County is exciting,” Smith said. “The work is making a real difference in the lives of people who call this area home. I’m most interested in being part of real change and improvements in the areas of education, workforce readiness, affordable housing, community involvement, and equity/inclusion.”
Hodge is the human resources director for the City of Martinsville.
“I was honored to be asked to serve on the Harvest board,” Hodge said. “I’d like to learn more about my community and have an impact on the decisions that affect people in Martinsville-Henry County.”
Ortiz-García is the senior epidemiologist at the Martinsville office for the Virginia Department of Health, West Piedmont Health District.
“I would like to contribute to growing our efforts around economic development, health and education, especially looking at opportunities to serve our Hispanic/Latino community,” Ortiz-García said. “Our community as a whole has great potential to continue to grow, and I am excited to be part of that in my role on the Harvest Foundation’s Board of Directors.”
Smith is filling an unexpired term on the board and will start her tenure immediately.
Hodge and Ortiz-García begin their service on January 1, 2022.