Radford City resident Steven Harvey holds a bachelor of science degree from Radford University, where he majored in biology and chemistry and minored in mathematics.
Harvey has been employed by TechLab, Inc., a local medical diagnostic products manufacturer, for the past 18 years. He directs manufacturing operations and facilities at Techlab’s Radford location.
He has enjoyed volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the New River Valley and Relay for Life of Pulaski and Radford.
His family includes his wife, Vanessa, and their daughters, Adrienne and Sarah. Harvey’s interests include mountain biking, kayaking and traveling.
Jim Loux, of Pulaski County, is president of Allegheny Logistics Group, located at the New River Valley Airport in Dublin. In conjunction with his work there, he is a member of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America.
Loux holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in contract administration management.
His family includes his wife, Dr. Janice Buss, his daughter and three grandchildren. Outside work, his diverse interests include hunting, fishing, reading and a particular love for wine making.
When Pat Bear graduated from Wytheville Community College in 1974, she never imagined that one day she would become president of a college. But, 43 years later, Dr. Pat B. Huber became New River Community College’s fifth president and the first female to hold the position.
With 25 years of full-time employment at NRCC, Dr. Huber came to the presidency after serving as vice president for instruction and student services for 10 years. She also held other leadership and teaching roles. She earned a Ph.D. in community college leadership from Old Dominion University in 2006 while serving as NRCC’s dean of arts and sciences.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Emory and Henry College and a master’s degree in secondary education from West Virginia University.
In Pulaski, where she resides with her husband, Peter, Dr. Huber enjoys being a member of the Pulaski Rotary Club and participating in community activities. She also serves on various committees and the leadership council of First United Methodist Church and the board of directors and scholarship committee for the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.
Dr. Huber likes to spend time with her family, cook and support local sports teams in her free time.
Floyd County resident Michael Patton is an intake eligibility worker for the Montgomery County Department of Social Services.
Patton also serves his community as a member of the Floyd Town Council and as chair of the New River Valley Planning District.
His family includes his wife, Janice Yearout-Patton; daughter Erin and son-in-law Matthew; son Elliott and daughter-in-law Ladonna; and grandson Malachi. When not at work in the community, Patton can be found enjoying a game of racquetball or furthering his interest in antiques.
Steven W. Kaylor retired from the newspaper business after nearly 40 years in the industry. He most recently was publisher of the Danville Register and Bee in when he retired in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Kaylor is a member of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, the Floyd Rotary Club, the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd public relations team and the New River Valley Beekeepers Association.
He has served in various leadership roles with the Danville-Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, the Future of the Piedmont, the Olde Dominion Agricultural Board, Riverside Rotary of Danville and the Boys and Girls Club of Danville-Pittsylvania County.
Kaylor resides in Meadows of Dan with his wife Nancy. They have one son, the Honorable Sherwood Coleman, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and two granddaughters, Madeline and Ellen, all of Clearwater, Fla.
His hobbies include travel and beekeeping.
Dr. Douglas D. Martin, of Newport, is director emeritus of Virginia Tech’s university benefits programs and employee services. He came to the position from another at Virginia Tech – agency records administrator.
Before making his way to Virginia Tech, Martin served in the U.S. Air Force in Europe, where he was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal. He has also received a number of awards for his civilian service including the Garvin Fellowship at Virginia Tech, the Omicron Delta Kappa Al Payne Citizenship Award and Newport Citizen of the Year.
Martin is also active in a number of advisory boards, committees, and other civic organizations including the TIAA/CREFF 15-member national pension advisory board, the state health care advisory committee, and the board of directors for the Giles County Historical Society. He is also a member of the Newport Ruritan Club and has coached youth baseball for over 30 years.
His family includes his wife, two sons, a daughter-in-law and one granddaughter. Outside of work, he can be found researching local history or tending roses and wildflowers.
Richard L. Chidester, of Pearisburg, started his education at Southside Virginia Community College, earning an associate degree in police science in 1976. He earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice with a concentration in police planning and management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977 and a juris doctorate from the Marshall Wythe School of Law in 1982.
He has served as the Giles County attorney since 1984, and full-time since January 2017. He was former principal in Hartley & Chidester, P.C. law firm. He also served as a campus police offer at the College of William and Mary from 1977 to 1982.
He is a member of the Pembroke First United Methodist Church and Local Government Attorneys of Virginia.
Chidester’s wife, Toni, is a retired teacher. They have two children, Dr. Michelle Linkous and Michael Chidester and five grandchildren, Carson, James, Ellie, Luke and Paisley.
He enjoys golf and fishing in his free time.
Dr. Sue G. Thacker is a resident of Riner and has been a registered nurse since 1971. Thacker’s dedication to health care began with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Virginia in 1971, followed in 1983 by a Master of Science degree from Radford University. In 1996, she received her doctorate from American Holistic College of Nutrition in Birmingham, Alabama with an emphasis on holistic nutrition.
Thacker is retired from serving in the associate degree nursing program at Wytheville Community College (WCC) for more than 30 years.
Thacker also served as coordinator for the freshman nursing class and interim program head for the nursing program.
Thacker also finds time to lend her talents to her community, teaching first aid and CPR classes, judging the Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair, volunteering as an RN at the Free Clinic for the New River Valley and participating in activities at Auburn United Methodist Church.
Thacker works part time with the Radford University Clinical Simulation Lab. Her husband, Robert, is retired, and her son, Rob, resides in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife.
Early in her career as an educator, Sharon G. Scott, Ph.D., served as an intern for the New River Community College Division of Business and Related Technologies during winter quarter 1983. She later taught marketing, fashion, and sales promotion and management-related courses as an adjunct faculty member for NRCC in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. She joined Indian River Community College in Florida as a faculty member in the business department and also served as Director of Business Development and the Small Business Development Center, where she counseled entrepreneurs and designed customized training programs for business and industry. While pursuing her Ph.D., she served as associate director of management and professional development for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech from 1996 to 2011.
Currently the executive director of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, she resides in Christiansburg with her husband John Tutle.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics and elementary education from Longwood College (now Longwood University) in 1977, a master’s degree in vocational and technical education in 1992 from Virginia Tech, and a Ph. D. in training and development with an emphasis in management, leadership and human resource management from Virginia Tech in 2010.
She currently serves as a board member of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Alliance for Better Childcare Strategies. Over the course of her career, she has been active in numerous community, educational and professional organizations. She has earned some awards, most recently the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation and the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from the board of directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
She enjoys gardening, gourmet foods, wine, traveling, and volunteering with local non-profits including the Ronald McDonald House, Christiansburg Presbyterian Church and Habitat for Humanity.
Brian L. Kitts, of Christiansburg, is the principal of Blacksburg High School (BHS). His career in education began as a teacher at Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg in 2002, and he has since served as principal of Kipps, assistant principal of Eastern Montgomery High School, adjunct faculty at Radford University and has served as BHS principal since 2012. He has served in other administrative roles such as past state training and education coordinator and state advisory board for YOVASO (Youth of Virginia Speak Out about Transportation). He serves on the Transportation Safety Commission in Montgomery County.
He earned a B.S. degree in family and child development, human services from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. degree in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership from Radford University.
He and his wife, Kim, reside in Christiansburg.
Lane Penn is a retired construction inspector who was born and raised in Pulaski County. He studied electronics and engineering at Bluefield State College before heading off to spend two years in the Army as a paratrooper.
After leaving the Army in 1959, Penn was ready to head back to his hometown of Pulaski when he landed a job working at John F. Kennedy
International Airport in New York, where he stayed for 17 years. Then, he moved to California for the next 20 years.
After his travels, Penn finally made it home to Pulaski in 1995. Since that time he has worked in construction inspection, including serving as the resident inspector during the construction of NRCC’s Edwards Hall and overseeing renovations to Godbey Hall. He also worked for the Pulaski Public Service Authority.
These days, Penn considers himself retired, but he does work with the Pulaski County Sewer Authority part-time. He also serves on the Pulaski Town Council.
In his free time, he enjoys fishing and working with the Dublin Lions Club. The Lions Club has long been a passion of Penn’s and he has worked with the organization in California and in Virginia for a total of 27 years.
Penn’s family includes three children and four grandchildren.
Benny Keister is a retired teacher, coach and guidance counselor with a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Radford University.
Keister is active in several community organizations as a member of the Masonic lodge, president of the Randolph House board, a member of the “Kids on Track” board and a lifetime member of the Pulaski County Lifesaving Crew. Additionally, Keister served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2000 to 2005.
His family includes his son, Bo, and grandsons Hayden and Seth. When he’s not working in the community, Keister can often be found traveling or fishing.
Dr. Jack Brockway, III, received his BS in physics from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. and his doctorates in physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wake Forest University.
Brockway participates in a number of community and service activities.