Mr. CatheyMark K. Cathey, Chairman.  Mr. Mark Cathey was appointed to serve his second three-year term as a School Board Trustee on July 1, 2018 and elected to serve as Chairman in 2019-20.  Mr. Cathey is an attorney and has been with Glenn Robinson Cathey Memmer & Skaff since 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Mr. Cathey served on the Virginia State Bar Council from 2011 until 2016 and served as president of the Roanoke Bar Association in 2009-10.  He has served on the TRUST House Board of Directors, the Roanoke City Board of Fire Appeals, and on the Executive Board of the Blue Ridge Mountains Boy Scouts Council.  For a number of years Mr. Cathey has been involved in school activities serving as a Barrister Book Buddy, a Roanoke Bar Association Mentor at Fairview Elementary, a Youth Court judge at both high schools, and a Rule of Law Project instructor.  During his first three years as a School Board Trustee, Mr. Cathey served as the Board’s representative to the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School Regional Board, of which he now serves as Chairman, served on the Equity Task Force and Superintendent Evaluation Committee, and served as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2017-18. Mr. Cathey and his wife, Katherine Londos, have two children who are graduates of Patrick Henry High School and who attend the University of Virginia.
Mailing address: 400 Salem Avenue, Suite 100, Roanoke 24016.  540-767-2205 (office).

Mr. Hopkins photo William B. Hopkins, Jr.
Mr. Hopkins was appointed to his second three-year term commencing July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.  He served his first three-year term from July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2017, and filled the unexpired term of David Carson from June 2013 until June 30, 2014. Mr. Hopkins is an attorney with Martin, Hopkins, and Lemon P.C.  He attended Highland Park Elementary, Lee Junior High School, and graduated from Patrick Henry High School.  Mr. Hopkins earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his Juris Doctor from the College of William & Mary.  During his initial years of service, Mr. Hopkins has served as chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the City Legislative Committee.  Mr. Hopkins is active in the community serving as the president of the Roanoke Ballet Theatre Board, member of the Board and basketball athletic director for the Greater Southwest Athletic Association, and a member of the Mill Mountain Zoo Board. Mr. Hopkins and his wife Ann have three daughters who are graduates of Patrick Henry High School. 
Mailing address: 1000 Wells Fargo Tower, 10 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke 24011.  
540-982-1000 x233 (office). 

Dr. JamisonDr. Elizabeth (Eli) Jamison.  

Dr. Jamison is serving her first three-year term as a School Board Trustee from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. She is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Management department of the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Additionally, she has served on a variety of community boards in Roanoke and has been a consultant to the regional business community in the fields of leadership and organizational management for over 15 years. Dr. Jamison earned a bachelor of arts from James Madison University, a master's in business administration from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from the ASPECT program at Virginia Tech. She has more than 15+ years of experience in university instruction and administration and has worked with Radford University, Hollins University, and Virginia Tech. In her first term on the board, she has served on the Career and Technical Education Committee, Equity Committee, and the Building Name Designation Review Committee. Dr. Jamison and her husband Mark are the proud parents of two Patrick Henry High School graduates. 

Mailing Address: 2424 Stanley Avenue, Roanoke 24014.  540-632-0534 (home).

L. Rottenborn PhotoLaura D. Rottenborn.  Mrs. Laura Day Rottenborn was appointed to her second three-year term as a School Board Trustee on July 1, 2018.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and her Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School.  Mrs. Rottenborn is currently the Managing Assistant United States Attorney for the Roanoke Criminal Division. She prosecutes all categories of cases, focusing primarily on complex financial and white collar crimes, violent crime, and child exploitation crimes.  An aspect of her work is to carry out the mission of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood—a mission devoted to protecting every child’s right to have a childhood free from abuse, trauma, and exploitation.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor in 2012, Mrs. Rottenborn worked in the private sector as an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.  During her first term as a School Board Trustee, Mrs. Rottenborn has served on the Audit Committee, Board Governance and Policy Committee, and School Safety Advisory Committee.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 13145, Roanoke 24031.  540-853-2381 (SB office).

Mrs. SmithLutheria H. Smith.  Mrs. Smith was appointed to her second three-year term beginning on July 1, 2019, and elected to serve as Vice Chairman for 2019-20.  She earned a BA in political economy from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg and participated in a junior year study abroad program at Reading and Oxford Universities in England.  Mrs. Smith has completed graduate-level human resources courses at Cornell University's School of Industrial Labor Relations.  She is currently employed as Vice President, Senior Associate and Director of Human Resources at Draper Aden Associates.  Mrs. Smith is an executive board member of the Roanoke Chapter of the Links, Inc. and past president of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley.  She previously served as an active member of the PTA board and served as classroom, library and special events volunteer at various schools across the City.  Mrs. Smith and her husband James are the parents of a 2016 Patrick Henry High School graduate and 2019 graduate of Patrick Henry High School. 
Mailing address:  3547 Penarth Road, Roanoke VA 24014.  Home: 540-345-9375.

Mrs. Watkins
Joyce W. Watkins.  Mrs. Watkins was appointed to her first three-year term on July 1, 2019.  She earned an associate's degree from National Business College in computer applications management and is nearing the completion of coursework to earn a bachelor's degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.  Mrs. Watkins has worked in the insurance industry for 26 years and been employed as the Manager of Sales and Service with Anthem since 2009.  She is a member of the City's Youth Services Citizen Board and has previously served as the PTA president at Lucy Addison Middle School and William Fleming High School.  Mrs. Watkins has one grown son who attended Patrick Henry High School, and she and her husband Robert are the parents of a 2019 graduate of William Fleming High School.
Mailing Address:  820 Brownwood Drive, NW Roanoke VA 24017.  Mobile: 540-915-9765

Dick Willis.  On July 1, 2018, Mr. Willis was appointed to his third three-year term and has served as a Trustee since July 2011.  He is Vice President of Engineering at FlexMetrics (a division of SoftSolutions, Inc.)  Mr. Willis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is the past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum of Western Virginia, past Vice-President of the Board of the Southwestern Virginia Ballet, is a design-team leader for youth events in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia and is expected to be ordained this Fall as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church.  During his tenure on the School Board, Mr. Willis has served on a number of committees including Budget/Capital Expense, Joint Services, Career and Technical Education, Food Services, and Gifted.  He has been married to his wife Lenore for 32 years. His son and daughter are graduates of Patrick Henry High School and are gainfully employed, independent-thinking, civic-minded, arts-appreciating citizens.  
Mailing address: 501 Woods Avenue, Roanoke 24016.  540-342-9260 (home).

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