History

Middle Border Forward (MBF) was established in December 2015 as the capstone project of an 18-month fellowship of emerging grassroots leaders in the region sponsored by Danville Regional Foundation.  Today, as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MBF is on a mission to “cultivate inclusive leadership, inspire community engagement and create equitable access to opportunities” in the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County.

MBF’s work is focused on six identified pillars of community development:  arts & culture, business, education, environment, health & wellness and infrastructure.  Chief among MBF’s values are a commitment to inclusivity and the belief that every person has the potential to make a positive impact in their community.

Vision

The Middle Border region will value and reflect inclusive leadership and civic engagement by 2035.

Our priority focus areas include:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Business
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Infrastructure

Board

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Brandon Atkins

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Bryan Price

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Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt

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Faith Stamps

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Lynette Anderson

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Catesby Denison

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Maggy Gregory

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Daniel Hale

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Dr. Jessica Jones

Staff

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Jennifer Gregory

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Kendall Ratliffe

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Christy Harper

2017-2018 MBF Fellows

Hollie Adams

Latasha Austin

Charnese Bennett

Katherine Bishop

Janet Davis

Lashawn Farmer

Jacob Hancock

Cliff Hodges

Nekita Jackson

Darrius Johnson

Marcel McSpadden

Felice McWilliams

Ryan Millner

Patrick Pickard

Lakeisha Poke

Porchia Russell

Marvin Smallwood

Corey Williams

Sherri Williams

2017 Advisory Council

Dr. Karl Stauber

Jessie Barksdale

George Daniel

Dr. Tiffany Franks

Rev. Ron Johnson

Dr. Mark Jones

Ken Larking

Charley Majors

David Owen

Everlena Ross

Bill Woods