Board of Directors



Jennifer Ayers

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

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.


Gregg Murphy

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.


Donna Walker James

Donna  is Director of Development for Friends of Guest House and Executive Director of Agenda:Alexandria.  She has held leadership positions at Volunteer Alexandria and Senior Services of Alexandria. As a consultant, she provided fundraising support to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Covenant House DC.  She was Vice President at Walker Real Estate and is Operations Manager for family heating and air conditioning business, HonestAire. Donna also serves on the boards of the Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA) and the Optimist Club of Alexandria.  Donna is a T.C. Williams Graduate.  She received a BA in Urban Studies and a Masters in Education, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Board Members

Audrey Davis

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.

Jennifer Gniady

Jennifer has a law practice specializing in nonprofit organizations. She is on the Board of the Junior Friends of The Campagna Center, co-chairing the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend to serve Alexandria’s children and families. Ms. Gniady is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned her J.D. at Fordham. She and her husband, Russell Stoll, have three children.

Linda Hafer

Linda Brinker Hafer served as the Executive Director of The Art League in Alexandria from 1997 through 2012. Before moving into arts administration, she worked as an artist in a variety of media with an emphasis on printmaking, and had developed curricula and taught art classes for children. Her education was at the College of Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio and the University of Cincinnati, but she did not begin her focused study of art until moving to Virginia, where she studied at the Northern Virginia Community College and The Art League School.

Bill Kehoe

Retired from the military, Bill Kehoe participates regularly in the Rebuilding Together Alexandria program and Habitat for Humanity. He is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and organizes the Friendship breakfast meeting before the annual George Washington Birthday Celebration Parade. He is also involved with the annual community-wide Friendship Firehouse Festival held every summer at the historic 1855 firehouse on South Alfred Street. Kehoe is a volunteer firefighter with the Alexandria Fire Department for more than 35 years.

Jeff Peterson

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.

Brian Story

Brian Story, an Alexandria native, serves as the vice president for the Del Ray Business Association. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 and worked as a chemistry teacher in Fauquier County. His family continues to work after 60 years of service in Alexandria as police officers and in city administration. He advises families and businesses, helping develop and manage their financial goals.

Director Emeritus

Nina Tisara

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.