Our Board

Be the Change Board of Directors

From left to right: Lisa Burnside, Marianne Clyde, Kathy Godfrey, Anita Sherman, Cindy Legg, Amelia Stansell, and Kim Jenkins

Our board of directors started out small. Marianne Clyde chose 2 very smart and compassionate women to share her vision because they are doers, Cindy Legg and Lisa Burnside. The threesome met practically every week for a year to determine the clearest vision and best course of action in order to help women to help support their families and their communities.

They were inspired by the Community Investment Collaborative in Charlottesville, VA who encouraged them to see that educating women well is their most powerful tool. This inspired them to develop an excellent training program, knowing that when women know what to do, they can soar.

Before the end of the first year, they added an interested and talented group of women to serve on the board who are clearly invested in promoting women in the workplace and add a diverse pool of skills and knowledge to the team.

They also added a wise and interested group of women who make up our advisory council who meet at least once a year and share new ideas and insights with the board.

Marianne Clyde, Founder

For over 30 years Marianne Clyde has been helping clients live more productive and abundant lives. As an award winning businessperson and psychotherapist, best selling author and speaker, she has built multiple businesses, and travelled around the world doing humanitarian work and teaching people how to heal from trauma.

In 2016, she founded the Be the Change Foundation, to train and equip women to be entrepreneurs so they, like her, can live their dreams and better support their families and their communities.

Marianne’s most recent books, Un-Leashed: Practical Steps to Get Your Life Unstuck, and Zentivity: How to Eliminate Chaos, Stress and Discontent in Your Workplace, help free readers of destructive thought patterns while learning the tools to change them.

Now she brings all these skills and expertise to the table with a new endeavor, enabling clients to create businesses and a life that they love through Business YOUR Way, LLC, Business Coaching: Simple, Focused and Effective.

Recently, she trekked to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Nepal with World Hope International to raise money and awareness about the need for clean water around the world. In 2017, she was voted Best Therapist in Warrenton and Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. Named Northern Virginian of the Year in 2018 by Northern Virginian Magazine, she is a mom/step mom to 8 adult children, grandma to 17. She is also the Chairman of the Board for the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce (2021).

Cynthia G. Legg, Charter Board Member

Cindy Legg, an executive level leadership and business coach, blends more than two decades of business and financial wisdom with executive coaching to help her clients build sustainable organizations they love, develop exceptional leaders, and achieve personal and organizational well-being. She is founder of Inspired Success where she serves leaders and business owners around the world to help them grow and expand existing businesses and create lasting personal, economic, and community impact. A deep believer that true success is not based on profits alone, but on profits, a healthy team and a life well lived. Her passion and trademark are helping her clients find more purpose and joy in their work and build a strong foundation in business and life for deepened impact and happiness.

Cindy builds on her career as a partner in a regional CPA firm and founder of a consulting firm where she devoted two decades helping hundreds of leaders and business owners solve complex problems, optimize profits, and achieve their vision. Her extensive expertise encompasses high-level tax planning and compliance, financial and business strategy, strategic planning, facilitation, training, and executive coaching. She works with executives and business owners across industries and specialties.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Virginia Business Magazine’s respected Super CPA award in estate planning and trusts for 2012 and 2013. She is a graduate of George Mason University (GMU) Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program and has
earned the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation through the International Coach Federation. She also holds a B.S. in Accounting from Strayer University, graduating summa cum laude and achieved the respected Certified Public Accountant designation in 2000. She is
a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) and International Coach Federation (ICF).

She has a passion for giving back to the community and has served on numerous non-profit boards as an officer and executive committee member over the years. She is currently a charter board member of Be the Change Foundation, serves on the Truist Bank Advisory Board, is a
Financial Peace University facilitator, and serves in her Church.

She loves to write and share her tidbits of wisdom and insights. She enjoys gardening and is a voracious reader. But mostly, loves spending time with her family and thrives on her time with her three grandchildren who bring her an abundance of laughter and joy.

Lisa D. Burnside, Charter Board Member

Lisa Burnside, is a Vice President and Private Financial Services Advisor with BB&T‘s Wealth Division in Warrenton, VA. She manages relationships with affluent clients, coordinates banking services, strategic credit, investments, risk management, fiduciary and estate planning. This is done by utilizing a comprehensive financial plan and a team of specialized CFP’s and industry specialists. Lisa holds a Series 7, Series 66, Life and Health License, and Paraplanner. She has spent 22 years with BB&T and has enjoyed over 30 years in the banking industry. She has 15 years of retail lending experience, and is registered with NMLS. In the community Lisa currently serves on the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council In addition to work life Lisa enjoys hiking, CrossFit, community supper club, and taking the family golden retriever for long walks. Lisa currently lives in Delaplane, VA, with her husband Steve. They have two adult children.

Amelia J. Stansell, Board Member

Amelia J. Stansell joined UVA Community Credit Union as a Senior Commercial Loan Officer in June 2019 after nearly five years with Middleburg Bank and eight years with BB&T.  Amelia continues to serve her community through leveraging her experience from financial planning and as a small business owner to help her commercial and nonprofit clients with their business planning, and financial growth strategies. 

 Amelia has led strategic planning sessions for the Experience Old Town Warrenton Board of Directors, Town of Warrenton Economic Development Department, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and Leadership Fauquier Class of 2018.  Her passion for developing leaders has led her to become an Adjunct Instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College where she facilitates leadership curriculum in the Leadership Institute and Women’s Leadership Series after emceeing the Leadercast>Women program for the past two years.   Using these skills as a foundation, in the summer of 2018, she founded Unstoppable Futures; a consulting firm offering strategic planning and leadership training for private corporations and nonprofit organizations.  Amelia is a networking and relationship building expert and her “Network like a Rock Star” seminar has been a draw for well over a thousand participants over the past decade and she pivoted to recreate it in to “Network like a Virtual Rock Star” during COVID and was a guest presenter at the Micro Enterprise Symposium.  She has been a two-time guest on the Flushing it Out with Samantha Spittle podcasts focused on Time Management and Financial Management, two topics she is passionate about. 

She believes in serving her community.  She is currently the co-Chair of the Fauquier County Human Trafficking Prevention Project; a member of the Rotary Club of Warrenton; Rotary District 7610 Assistant District Governor serving the Wine Country; Virginia Coordinator for the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; immediate past Chairman of Experience Old Town Warrenton; Board Member and Governance Chair for the Be The Change Foundation; Advisory Board member for the Mason Enterprise Center; Virginia Advisory Council of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; serves on the Economic Development and Public Policy committee of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Council of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra; and Past President and Legislative committee chair of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce; Past President of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association and Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club. Amelia is a graduate of Leadership Fauquier, class of 2017 and was recognized as the 2015 Center District “Citizen of The Year” by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, was featured in the 2017 SHE! Means Business edition of the Fauquier Times Business Journal and was a finalist for Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time, Amelia enjoys traveling and is on a mission to reach 50 countries and 50 states by the age of 50, reading, gardening and cooking. She lives in the Town of Warrenton with her husband, Troy, and their two young daughters, Amelia Grace and Bitsy, and their crazy orange tabby cat, Butchie.

Kathy Godfrey, Board Member

Kathy Godfrey is the Public Relations Manager with Appleton Campbell Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical in Warrenton, VA.

She has lots experience in advertising through print, magazine and online media working for Piedmont Media (Fauquier Times, Prince William Times, inFAUQUIER & SHE! Magazines) and starting her career at the Culpeper Star Exponent.  She is a local girl – growing up in Culpeper and now residing in Southern Fauquier County.

She is currently a Board Member of Be the Change Foundation, Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, Committee Member of Membership and Marketing committee for the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, a member of Haymarket Gainesville Business Associations and volunteer at the Rappahannock Food Pantry.  She has past experiences serving the local American Cancer Society, Salvation Army and as Past Chairman of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

She enjoys being the best auntie to three beautiful nieces, Iz, Faith & Willow, learning all about herbs, gardening, and travels. She lives in Bealeton with her hubby Geoff and fur baby, Hazel.

Anita L. Sherman, Board Member

An award-winning journalist, Anita L. Sherman is a freelance writer and editor. She has been involved in local journalism for more than 20 years serving several counties in the Piedmont area of Virginia, most recently as community editor of the Fauquier Times. She is currently a contributor with a Middleburg publication, Country Zest and Style. 

As a writer and editor for several newspapers including the Fauquier Times, The Culpeper Times and Rappahannock News, Anita has covered local politics, business, sports, education as well as in-depth feature stories. She has also freelanced in a number of regional magazine publications.

One of the most satisfying endeavors was acting as host in collaboration with Culpeper Media Network, a local cable network. This series, which garnered a Telly Award, War Veterans: History of Our Heroes can be viewed at www.culpepermedia.org

Anita has served on the boards of Hospice of the Rapidan and The Salvation Army. She currently serves on the Fauquier Chamber Women’s Business Council and as vice president in her role with Be the Change Foundation.

She is the happy and proud mother of three grown children and four grandbabies. She is a member of St. James Episcopal Church where she sings soprano in the choir. An avid reading aficionado, she is a member of Warrenton’s The Open Book Book Club.

 

Kim Jenkins, Board Member

Kim Jenkins co-owns Genesis Home Improvement, LLC, with her husband Mark. She serves as the president of the company and has successfully grown Genesis from a startup in 2014 to over 20 employees with annual revenue increases of 20%. She is a graduate of Liberty University, holding her bachelor’s in business. Kim is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Fauquier and has served on various non-profit boards, helping create processes and change.

Kim has over 18 years of banking, finance, insurance and leadership experience, holding her Property & Casualty, Life & Health Insurance Licenses. She uses these skills to run her business, empowering others to their full potential within her company. Kim enjoys helping others achieve their goals through leadership and coaching. She has spoken to local high school business classes, facilitated board retreats and coached small business clients about systems, processes and improvement. She has a future goal of assisting more small businesses with system implementation, process creation and improvement.

Kim has four children and enjoys spending time with them, taking family vacations and volunteering in the community.