Board of Directors



Jennifer Ayers, Management Consultant

Jennifer Ayers is an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations. She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of PRS, Inc., an organization serving Northern Virginia and D.C., providing a myriad of services to those with mental illness or facing a crisis. She is an active member of her community and has resided in Alexandria since 2000 with her husband, two children and dog.

Vice President

Peter Baldwin, Business Owner

Peter Baldwin is founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Business Coach of business improvement advisory MarketForce Strategies™. Peter’s 30-plus years as an authority on business development, marketing, selling, and operations is authenticated by his successfully leading, managing, and advising numerous small-to-medium-sized businesses.


Donna Walker James, Consultant

Donna Walker James joined the Board of Living Legends of Alexandria in July 2017 and now serves as Treasurer. James is Executive Director of Agenda:Alexandria one day a week and also works with several Alexandria non-profit organizations including Goodwin House Foundation and First Night Alexandria.  Previously, James held positions at Volunteer Alexandria, Senior Services of Alexandria, Friends of Guest House, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.  She was Vice President for a family-owned real estate company and still serves as Operations Manager for her husband’s heating and air conditioning business, HonestAire. James also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria.  She is a T.C. Williams Graduate and received a BA in Urban Studies and a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.



Board Members

Audrey Davis, Museum Director

Audrey Davis is Acting Director / Curator of the Alexandria Black History Museum. She joined the museum’s staff in 1993. Ms. Davis is a graduate of the University of Virginia with Bachelor Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Art History. Audrey is a board member of Preservation Virginia. She is also one of the founders and an Advisory Council member for Virginia Africana: the Network of Museum, History and Preservation Professionals. In 2004, Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner appointed her to the board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tavares Floyd, Attorney (Bio coming soon)

Marcus Henderson, Northern Virginia Community College (Bio coming soon)

Florence King, Co-Chair and CEO of FMK Financial Literacy Center

Florence King brings over 25 years of financial experience to FMK Financial Literacy Center. She is Chair of the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way, NCA and Chair of the Alexandria Commission on Employment.  She also serves as Board Secretary for Agenda:Alexandria.  A graduate of George Mason University, Florence majored in Sociology and Business Administration. She regularly conducts a series of money management courses to improve financial literacy by utilizing systematic approaches to building assets, savings, and offers real time solutions to implement practical ways to live within your means. Florence has been serving as a Financial Counselor for over fifteen years at McLean Bible Church – a congregation of over 20,000 attendees located in Tyson Corner, Virginia. She is a certified Chartered Financial Consultant and Money Management Coach under the Crown Financial Ministries. She has a partnership with the Alexandria Re-Development Housing Authority in which she provides financial literacy workshops for city residents who live in low income and subsidized housing.

Gregg Murphy, Attorney

Gregg is a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and a member of the litigation group. He has a broad national litigation practice, appearing before numerous federal and state trial courts and arguing appeals before federal appellate and state supreme courts. Perhaps Murphy’s greatest contribution while on the Alexandria Hospital board was his role in leading the merger of the hospital into the INOVA Healthcare System, thereafter serving on its parent board from 1998-2008 and chairing its Strategic Alliances Committee.

Jeff Peterson, Business Owner

Jeff Peterson is the owner and President of Chesapeake Vanguard Design and Minuteman Press of Alexandria.  Jeff has extensive experience in general management, marketing and sales of technical products serving the automation and printing industries.  He is an active member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the West End Business Association (WEBA).  He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BSME from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.   Jeff and his wife Debra work and live in Alexandria.

Jeanne Theismann, Journalist (Bio coming soon)

Fernando Torrez, Business Owner (Bio coming soon)

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara, Founder, Living Legends of Alexandria

Artist/Photographer Nina Tisara’s love of photography and the people of Alexandria, led her to develop a photo-documentary history of people who make extraordinary contributions to the City. The Living Legends project both chronicles and celebrates the work of these leaders to improve lives in Alexandria. Beginning her career as a part-time photojournalist, Nina has photographed Alexandria people and places since 1980. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Nina received Volunteer Alexandria’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.