Board of Directors
Jason Rexrode, President
Jason is the Highland County agent for Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance. Prior to moving back to Highland in 2009, Jason lived in Beaumont, Texas, where he spent six years as an adjunct professor/academic mentor at Lamar University. In Texas he also owned and operated Rexrode Enterprises, LLC and worked as an independent insurance adjuster. Jason graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He was born in Highland County and currently resides in Doe Hill with his wife Sarah. Jason served on the Highland County Public Library’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Center’s Building and Renovation Committee.
Donna Bedwell, Vice President
In 2011, Donna and her husband Michael moved back to Highland, and Donna quickly became a part of The Highland Center’s restoration and program development. During Donna’s childhood in Highland, she helped her father at Benny’s Market and attended the old Monterey High School through sixth grade. She earned her BS from Radford University and, before moving to central Virginia, she owned and operated the Personal Touch and was a Highland realtor. Donna has been the Tourism Director for Orange County, Marketing Director for James Madison’s Montpelier, and Product Manager for Plow and Hearth. Before moving back to Highland, she worked for the Shenandoah National Park as 75th Anniversary Coordinator, and then became the Event and Outreach Coordinator for SNP Trust. Donna is a member of the Monterey Presbyterian Church, Monterey Garden Club, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She and Michael live in her childhood home in Monterey. They have two daughters that live in Seattle, Washington and Asheville, North Carolina. Donna loves being back with family and friends in Highland County. Donna is a member of The Highland Center’s Capital Campaign Committee.
Caroline Smith, Treasurer
Caroline has served on the Center’s Board of Directors since 2001 and has served as secretary during much of that time. She became Treasurer in 2015. The Highland Center has been a venue for many Arts Council productions, and Caroline volunteered to serve on the Center’s board to represent the arts community. Caroline and her husband Doug moved to Highland County with the intention of being farmers. Six years ago, they expanded their acreage and bought a herd of cattle. Caroline continues to serve on the Arts Council, as senior warden of her church and a member of the Mill Gap Ruritan Club.
Kim Wolfe, Secretary
Kim Wolfe joined the board at the end of 2014.
Erica became a Board Director in early 2015.
Skip became a Board Director in early 2015.
Steve joined the Highland Center Board in early 2016. Steve and his wife, Somers Stephenson, have been living in Highland County since 2000 and have been active supporters of many local organizations through the years. Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and spent his career in public accounting, business consulting, and executive management in the contract manufacturing industry. Steve has served as a board member/officer of several non-profits and community organizations throughout his career. Steve and Somers are currently co-owners of Positive Momentum, LLC, which provides health and behavioral change coaching, personal training, nutritional counseling, and health educational services. Steve believes the Highland Center is one of the most important catalysts for positive change in the economic and cultural development of Highland County and believes the future is bright for both the Center and the Highland community.
Sara Simpson Bell
Sara became a Board Director in early 2016.