Advisory Council

The purpose of the History United Advisory Council is to provide general direction of the three-year History United program and to coordinate the development a network of humanities organizations in the Dan River Region of Pittsylvania County and Danville, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina.

Meeting quarterly, Advisory Council Members represent diverse cross-section of the community to advise History United programs and projects that address the need for a renewed regional identity, increased youth engagement, inclusive history programming and sustainable partnerships.

The following community members serve as advisors to History United:


  • Lawrence Campbell, Sr., Pastor, Bibleway Cathedral
  • Kendall Ratliffe, Middle Border Forward Program Coordinator
  • Sonja Ingram, Preservation Virginia Field Officer, Danville Historical Society
  • Ken Larking, Danville City Manager
  • Kathy Milam, Executive Director, Community Foundation 
  • Karen Williamson, Caswell County Historical Association/Thomas Day House
  • Diane Barbour, VA/NC Piedmont Genealogical Society
  • Cassie W. Jones, Director of Marketing & Communications, Averett University
  • Evelyn Riley, Dan River Nonprofit Network Executive Director
  • Lisa Tuite, Pittsylvania County Public Library Director
  • Crystal Cobbs, Parents of the Schools
  • Pleshette Bowens, Community Liaison
  • Katie Whitehead, Chatham First
  • Margaret Richardson, Danville Neighborhood Development Corp.
  • Wenn Harold, DMFAH Education & Technical Facilitator