Board of Directors
Donna Bedwell, President
Donna Bedwell has been a Highland County Arts Council board member since 2017 and served as
President since 2021. A native Highlander, she retired to her family home in Monterey after a
career that included product development, marketing and event planning. She has been a supporter
of the arts through a lifelong interest in hand crafted art and currently coordinates a weekly
basketry workshop in the Arts Council classroom at the Highland Center. She also coordinates the
Highland Arts Academy, a series of annual workshops in the visual arts, which was launched by the
Arts Council in 2019.
Brit Chambers, Vice President
As a writer and researcher, Brit Chambers holds Masters Degrees in both Education and Journalism.
Brit has volunteered and worked for many non-profits through the years and has grant writing
experience, as well as editing, public relations, special events, publishing, and website marketing
capabilities Brit was blessed with broad, arts-based experiences and participated in many plays,
recitals, and art shows at the Warehouse of Living Arts in Corsicana, Texas.
Nancy Mohlmann, Treasurer
Nancy Mohlmann is a finance executive with more than 35 years of experience in enterprise growth
strategies, board governance, investment selection and oversight, mergers and acquisitions, and
fiduciary responsibilities. She has led financial, tax, audit, investment, and business professionals at
large domestic and international for-profit and non-profit entities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
Business Administration, a master’s degree in accounting, and a CPA certificate.
Gretta Sandberg, Secretary
Gretta Sandberg retired in June 2009 after 44 years as an orchestra director in the elementary and
high school levels in Arlington and Fairfax Counties of Virginia. She is now string instructor and
orchestra director for the Allegheny Mountain String Project, a part of the educational department
of the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, Virginia. Gretta lives in Highland County and
teaches at a studio in Monterey, VA.
After several years of visiting Highland County from Richmond Va Liz decided that it would be nice
to have her own place to stay. Eventually, her family bought property just south of Mustoe and moved here
full time in 2006. Liz is a retired physical therapist and once here full time was able to pursue her
interest in drawing and painting. She rented studio space at The Highland Center and gradually
became acquainted with various local artists. Liz joined the Arts Council and became a board member
after a few years. She served as President and currently is responsible for scheduling and hanging
shows of local artists in the Mountainview room of the Highland County Public Library and The Highland Center gym
Clair Myers joined the Board when he left his position as Executive Director of the Wayne Theatre
Alliance in 1996. He served in that role for ten years and was directly involved in raising the funds
and planning the restoration of Waynesboro’s Wayne Theatre. Before that venture, Clair spend 34
years in higher education as a professor of theatre at Kalamazoo College, Director of the School of
Drama at Illinois Wesleyan University and as Dean and Vice President for Planning at Elon
University. He holds a Ph. D. in Theatre from the University of Michigan. His daughter Elizabeth
Lohr-Myers is the Executive Director of the Highland Center and his other daughter, Claire Sax, is the owner and
operator of Claire’s Cakes and Café.
Jim has been involved in “the arts” in many ways for many years. He was in musicals in college and
in community theatre, has sung in ensembles, with occasional solos for many years. He was in a
traveling group in college, and in a Barbershop chorus and quartet for about 10 years. In the
Barbershop chapter in Roanoke, he was the musical director for their annual performance on two
occasions, president for 6 years, and vice-president for two. He designed the web page for the
organization. He has written and published two books, loves poetry, has written many poems, and
has written lyrics for three songs. He even took modern dance instruction for two years in college
and performed multiple times in dance performances. He obviously has an appreciation and love
for the arts and has supported the Arts Council by attending performances and has participated in
storytelling events. He is a retired physician, and held many positions of leadership and teaching.
Duane studied Art and Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University 1982-1984 and
graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a B.S. in Housing Management & Interior Design. He
worked his way through school as a portrait, equine and architecture artist/illustrator, painted
signs and briefly worked as a cartoonist for a local newspaper. He loves attending art shows,
visiting museums, and enjoys setting up for Arts Council events. He has previously served a two-
term membership on HCAC.
Ashlyn is a flautist and music educator who graduated with a Bachelors degree in instrumental
music education from Virginia Commonwealth University. This is her second year as the music
teacher and band director at Highland Elementary School and High School.