Board of Directors
Hugh Westfall, Board Chair
Retired business manager
Margaret Ragon, Treasurer
Commissioner of Revenue, City of Staunton
William “Billy” Vaughn
Director of Economic Development, City of Staunton
Christina Cain, Executive Director
Christina has been on the front lines empowering people to open businesses by educating them on business planning, navigating the process of getting a business loan, and lending an ear of support and empathy. Upon understanding the impact she could make, Christina earned a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Most recently, Christina was the Director for the Center for Asset Building at New Visions, New Ventures, a Women’s Business Center in Richmond, VA. Her passion for economic development was recognized when her clients nominated her for Style Weekly’s 2010 Top 40 Under 40 as an emerging leader.
In addition to her small business development work, Christina was a credit analyst for Capital One, implemented anti-poverty strategies for a community development credit union and coordinated community outreach for a domestic violence shelter.
When you stop by, make sure you ask Christina about her latest knitting project or her new favorite beer!
Courtney Cranor, Director of Business Development
Courtney is a locavore and localist through and through. Moving to Staunton with her family in 2007, Courtney immediately dove into her new community and invested herself in the local food and business scene. Her love for Staunton is palpable and she has been involved with some SCCF initiatives like the hOUR Economy and The Local Investing Project since their inception.
Courtney holds a BFA in Art Education with a concentration in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and the National Association of Realtors GREEN Designation. Her background ranges from real estate, administration, retail, food service, event planning, education, renovation, to the arts and gives her a broad understanding of SCCF’s varied clients.
When not at the office, you will often find Courtney volunteering in the community. Gardening, cooking, and creating “potions” are passions for Courtney who has had to start a waiting list for her Crema di Limoncello.
Eleanor Graham, Client Services Coordinator
Eleanor is delighted to be joining the team at SCCF! Eleanor is a Minnesota native who moved to the Shenandoah valley in the summer of 2013. She has a background in the arts and holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently Eleanor also works as an adjunct music professor at Bridgewater College and plays cello as a substitute with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Eleanor has a wide variety of work experience ranging from baking at her local food co-op in Pittsburgh to serving as a virtual assistant for a small online creative business. Through these experiences Eleanor has developed a great interest in small business and entrepreneurship.
In her free time Eleanor loves to spend time with her husband and cat. She is also an avid knitter and lover of libraries.