John Randolph Foundation Board of Trustees
Elisa S. Carraway
PresidentElisa Carraway is a lifelong resident of Hopewell. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught in the Hopewell Public School System for ten years. She left education and joined her husband to start Carraway Glass Company, Inc. which they owned and operated for more than 24 years. Mrs. Carraway is involved with many local civic activities and organizations.
Judith J. Smith
Vice PresidentJudith Smith has worked for Crater Planning District Commission for over 33 years. She is a graduate of Virginia State University with a BS in Business Education and Office Management. She serves on the Hopewell Recreation and Parks Foundation Board.
Robert H. Owen, III
SecretaryRobert “Bob” Owen, III is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and co-founder of the Bobby Owen Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in memory of his late son in 2003. Professionally, he has been with Heritage Chevrolet in Chester since 1983 and with the Virginia Automobile Dealer Association since 2014. Active in the community, he is a member of the Disputanta Ruritan Club, Masonic Lodge 15, the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, ACCA Shriners, and St. Marks United Methodist Church in Petersburg. Bob is a graduate of Prince George High School and John Tyler Community College. He and his wife Katie reside in Chester.
Lewis E. Stevenson
TreasurerLewis E. Stevenson is a native of Hopewell and a graduate of Hopewell High School. He has been married to his wife Tammy for 35 years. They have four children ranging in age from 16 to 31. He now lives in Prince George County where he is owner and President of Abateco Services, Inc., formed in August 1992. Mr. Stevenson served as Vice Chair and Chair during his 12-year tenure on the Prince George County School Board. He has also served on the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The Virginia State Licensure Board of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), and as past Chair of the Hopewell/Prince George Red Cross. As a member of the JRF Board of Trustees, Mr. Stevenson will continue his many years of volunteer service in the community.
Mike L. Williams
Immediate Past PresidentMike Williams retired in 2017 from a 38 year career in the steam generation and electric industry. Over the years, he has been an active volunteer in the Hopewell community, serving with the Hopewell-Prince George United Way, the Hopewell Manufacturers Association, and the Hopewell Community and Industry Panel. Today, he is focused primarily on serving the mission of the John Randolph Foundation in various capacities.
Andrew A. Clark
TrusteeAndrew Clark is a licensed agent and partner with Ligon L. Jones Insurance Services Inc. where he holds the Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designations. He graduated from Hopewell High School and James Madison University with a BS in Economics. He serves on the Boards of Historic Hopewell Foundation Inc., the Hopewell Emergency Crew Inc., and the Hopewell Saltwater Anglers Club. Mr. Clark is an active volunteer and has served on several other Boards and Commissions in the Tri-Cities area.
Susan H. Ferrell
TrusteeSusan Hyatt Ferrell is a domestic engineer at her home in Chester where she organizes the daily lives of her husband, Maclin, her three children and two dogs. Before becoming a stay-at-home mother, Susan worked as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Hopewell Public Schools. Mrs. Ferrell enjoys working out and playing tennis. An experienced traveler, she loves spending time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her family. Susan looks forward to serving on John Randolph Foundation’s Board of Trustees. As a former teacher, she is enthusiastic about supporting education through the Scholarship Program and is excited to learn how she can help others in the community while serving on the JRF Board of Trustees.
Johnny H. Jones
TrusteeJohnny Jones recently retired having worked 41 years in the banking industry. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Jones was an advisor to the JRF Investment Advisory Committee and Audit Committee. A Hopewell native, Mr. Jones is a graduate of Hopewell High School and Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business Administration. He is a worship leader at West End Presbyterian Church and the treasurer of the Hopewell Food Pantry. He is a past president of the United Way of Hopewell and Prince George and the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the City of Hopewell’s Planning Commission and Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
Brad H. Kaufman
TrusteeBrad Kaufman retired in 2014 from a 35 year career in the banking industry. A lifelong resident of Hopewell, Mr. Kaufman is a graduate of Hopewell High School and Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Kaufman has volunteered with the Hopewell Emergency Crew, Hopewell Prince George Crime Solvers, the Industrial Authority of Hopewell, and the Youth Academy of Performing Arts at First Baptist Church in Hopewell.
Mattie W. Thweatt
TrusteeMattie W. Thweatt received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia State University and her post-master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, Grades K-12, from Virginia Commonwealth University. An educator for 20 years, she has worked for Prince George County Public Schools as a teacher and administrator for 15 years and is currently the Associate Director of School Administration. Mrs. Thweatt has been an advocate and a mentor for the youth in the community during her entire career.
TrusteeJo Turek served many years Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Hopewell and has volunteered with many organizations including Hopewell-Prince George United Way and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Foundation. Ms. Turek has served John Randolph Foundation as an advisor, a Scholarship Committee member, and as chair for the annual Hit the Greens for Scholarships golf tournament.