Our People

The work of the Virginia War Memorial is carried out by a number of dedicated individuals. Our Board of Directors, foundation and state staff, and volunteers work together to provide visitors with the best experiences, educate the public about the importance of Virginia history, and plan for the sustainable future of the Memorial.

State Staffers of the Virginia War Memorial work under the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.


Dr. Clay Mountcastle was appointed Director of the Virginia War Memorial in June 2016.

A retired U.S. Army officer, his military service took him to Germany, South Korea and Iraq on assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army 5th Corps and U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

He is a 1994 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a Masters and PhD in History from Duke University. Most recently, he served as Professor of Military History at the University of Washington in Seattle and as an Assistant Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Lee, Virginia.

He is the author of Punitive War: Confederate Guerillas and Union Reprisals and numerous articles published in Civil War Monitor and other military history publications.

ADM-John-HekmanRear Admiral John G. Hekman, USN (Ret.) was named Executive Director of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation in July 2013.

Prior to his assuming this role, Admiral Hekman served as a Trustee of the Virginia War Memorial and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation.

Admiral Hekman was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1962. He served for 34 year in various posts throughout the world and is a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

During his military career, Admiral Hekman commanded the Navy Information Systems Management Center, Arlington, VA.; the Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va., the Navy Supply Center, Charleston, S.C., and served as Associate Comptroller of the Department of the Navy.

After retirement from active duty, Admiral Hekman served as Chief Financial Officer of Highway Express, Inc. and as Senior Vice President of Celadon International, Inc.

Admiral Hekman is a graduate of Calvin College, the National War College, and Joint Flag and General Officer Capstone program. He holds an MBA from George Washington University.

Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board of Directors

Chartered in 2000, the Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) is the non-profit organization that financially supports all the educational and patriotic programs, museum exhibits, documentary films, and student-teacher outreach of the Memorial as well as various capital projects and expenses. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of community leaders, veterans, and patriots who dedicate their time, energy, and expertise to ensuring the financial stability of this site. Each director has his or her own personal connection to the War Memorial and its work.

Executive Committee

RADM Frank Rennie, IV, USN (Ret.)

Mr. David A. Christian
Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Stephen Y. Dickinson
First Vice-Chair

Mr. John V. Cogbill, III
Second Vice-Chair

LTG Joseph R. Inge, USA (Ret.)

Mr. Michael L. Santoro, Jr.

Board of Directors

Mr. Robert A. Archer

Mr. Joseph C. Barto, III

Mrs. Peter W. Brown

Mr. Bill Davis

Hon. John S. Edwards (ex-officio)

CDR Paul E. Galanti, USN (Ret.)

MG LH Ginn, USA (Ret.)

Ms. Barbara N. Howard

Mr. C. David Hudgins

Ms. Alison Kaufmann

CWO-3 Michael A. Kord, USMC (Ret.)

Ms. Shari E. Litow

Mr. John A. Luke, Jr.

Hon. Alexander B. McMurtrie, Jr.

Mr. Barry F. Moore, Jr.

The Hon. John M. O’Bannon, MD

CDR Kathleen Owens, USN (Ret.)

Ms. Linda V. Schreiner

Mr. Richard St. John, Jr.

Mr. Jamal Thomas

LTC Ronald O. White, USA (Ret.)

Directors Emeritus

Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr.

Hon. Frank D. Hargrove, Sr.

VWMF Staff

To reach a state staff member by phone, please dial 804.786.2060. For general inquiries, please use our Contact Form.


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John G. Hekman

Rear Admiral (LH) (Ret.) Supply Corps (SW) United States Navy

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Mary-Michael Wachur

Director of Development

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Kerrie Arcand

Rentals & Events Coordinator

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Brenna Magette

Development Coordinator

To reach a state staff member by phone, please dial 804.786.2060. For general inquiries, please use our Contact Form.