October 4, 2019

Cameron Foundation announces new board, committee members

With the retirement of Board member Donald L. Haraway and an update to the grants committee, The Cameron Foundation announces changes to its governing body. The new assignments took effect at the Foundation’s August Board meeting.

The Foundation welcomes T. Robertson Blount, Jr. as a new member to its Board. Blount is a longstanding leader in the City of Petersburg, having retired as Finance Director for the City in 2008 after 35 years in the Finance Office. Blount began in the office in 1973, was appointed Finance Director in 1984, and remained in that position until his retirement. He brings experience in the nonprofit sector, having previously served on the Board of the Historic Petersburg Foundation and currently serving on the boards of the Petersburg Foundation as well as the Petersburg Preservation Task Force. Blount also is the owner of Sycamore Antiques in Petersburg.

Blount fills the director position previously held by Donald L. Haraway, who has retired from the Foundation’s Board. Haraway’s role as Treasurer is now assumed by Director Mark H. Stevens. Other officers include Board Chair Pam Martin Comstock, Vice Chair J. Tolleison Morriss, VI, and Secretary Chequila H. Fields.

In welcoming Blount, Comstock said, “The Cameron Foundation is fortunate to have Mr. Blount join its board of community leaders. He holds an outstanding career in public service, and as a current business owner, also brings a local economic development perspective to his role at the Foundation. Equally, important, he is a longtime resident, possessing a deep knowledge of this community that is invaluable to our work.”

Additionally, the Foundation approved the appointment of Angela M. Orrell as a community representative to its grants committee. Orrell, who has lived in Dinwiddie County for 35 years, previously had served on the Foundation’s review committee for the Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service from 2007-2016. The Cameron Foundation’s grants committee is chaired by Director Jeffrey W. Geisz.

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