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 a transplant to both the Shenandoah Valley and the land of non-profit community development. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Eleanor grew up amidst artists and activists which showed her how creative ideas and actions can transform a community for the better. Eleanor went on to study music, which honed her attention to detail, tenacity, and collaboration skills — all of which have come in quite handy here at the Staunton Fund.
These days Eleanor spends most of her working hours on the VIDA program and on helping our institutional data shine. When Eleanor is not at SCCF, you might find her enjoying time with her family or contributing to one of Carmel‘s Teacup Cabarets.
Carmel Clavin, HQ Facilitator
Originally from Seattle, by way of Washington, D.C. Camille is the coordinator of SCCF’s Food Education for Entrepreneurial Development (FEED) program, where she promotes and supports local, sustainable food in the Shenandoah Valley.
Camille teaches group and private cooking classes through her skills-based cooking program, Chef Camille’s Cooking Academy. She is a cooking instructor at Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville and teaches pop-up cooking classes for Staunton Parks and Recreation.
Camille has a B.A. in international affairs from GWU and is an honors graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine’s professional culinary arts program. After L’Academie she ran a successful boutique catering company, Beehive Catering, and a solar-powered food cart, Solar Crepes, that featured a farm-to-table menu and is currently working on a certificate in Health Coaching and Holistic Nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
A lyric soprano, Camille has had the pleasure of performing in major productions and recitals across the United States and abroad. Dubbed by some “The Singing Chef” Camille draws on the discipline of an opera singer to master her chosen craft in the culinary arts.