RDA Board and Staff


The River District Association is always accepting statements of interest from prospective board members; to be considered as seats are available, please fill out the google form.


River District Association Board (2021-2022)

Rachel Covington, President| Hawthorne and Jade Design LLC

"I serve because this is my HOME. As a native of Danville, I take pride in being a part of my community's revitalization, and I believe that community, not individuals acting alone, will make this region a better place for all."




Stuart Smith, Vice-President| FCS, Inc.






Kunal Patel, Treasurer | Caesars Virginia 

"I serve on the RDA board because I am an advocate for Danville's revitalization efforts and I am more than willing to volunteer my time to help guide the success of this organization."  




William Crumpton, Secretary| Compassion Healthcare


Kelvin Perry, Immediate Past President | City of Danville, Economic Development


Steven Osborne| International Mission Board


Christy Harper| Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce



Shani Gaylord | Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, Inc.
"I am honored to serve on the RDA board because having started from the bottom and worked my way up professionally and personally, I know there's potential in us all to #BeTheChange and #BeTheVoice to help our community thrive! Together, we've already accomplished so much and we'll continue to because we believe in and show each other locally, as well as, on the national level that in our community." 


Drew Herring | West Main Baptist Church


Dr. Andrew Hessler | Danville Dental Associates
"There is no better time, nor place to be - than Danville , right now! Living in and experiencing the River District over these past 5 years has truly been inspiring. While I enjoy the areas history, I see an even brighter future. Every month there seems to be an exciting announcement, something new to see, or a friendly addition to our community downtown. I serve to be a part of it all and show people all that Danville has to offer! Both old & new."




Emma Sellers | Averett University






Irving Perez |American National Bank and Trust Company






Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap | Clement-Wheatley

"I am humbled to serve on the RDA and enthusiastically do so as a part of giving back to the citizens of our amazing community. In doing so, comes my commitment to advancing the progress of the city and our downtown district- where I first opened my law office doors in 1995 and where I now practice."




Rachel Timm | Smokestack Theatre Company, Pittsylvania County Public Library

"I serve on the RDA Board because I fully embrace the "bloom where you're planted" growth mindset and believe it's just one way I can participate behind the scenes in the renaissance of our region! I've lived in many different places but I've made Danville my chosen home."