Area nonprofit organization Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center recently named longtime board member Janet Mayberry as its new executive director.
Mayberry, who previously served as the organization’s interim executive director, is a Virginia native with experience as a horseback rider, educator and counselor. She began as a program volunteer at Dream Catchers before serving on the group's board of directors for seven years, including three as board president, according to a news release.
As its new executive director, Mayberry leads the Toano-based nonprofit as it continues to provide therapeutic horse-riding services to individuals with special needs.
She has served on the boards of both Dream Catchers and the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Vermont, according to the release, and is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and personal fitness trainer.
Tom Miller, President of the Board of Directors for Dream Catchers, said the group is glad to have the highly-qualified, longtime board member lead the organization.
“She embodies the principles of honesty, tolerance, and acceptance which Dream Catchers represents,” Miller said. “Janet is the perfect person to lead Dream Catchers into our next 25 years of growth and success.”
Five new members have also joined the organization’s leadership board. They include urgent care doctor Steve Cummings, photographer Sara Harris, The Cheese Shop and Fat Canary manager Mary Ellen Power Rogers, Chesapeake Bank Executive Vice President Marshall Warner and Virginia Beer Company co-founder and Williamsburg Economic Development Authority member Robby Willey.
“They bring remarkable commitment and wide-ranging expertise to our highly engaged board,” said Miller.
For more information about Dream Catchers, call 757-566-1775 or visit dreamcatchers.org.
Local emergency medical equipment manufacturer H&H Medical Corporation was awarded the Captain John Smith Award by the James City County Board of Supervisors and the county’s Economic Development Authority at its 25th annual Celebration of Business ceremony earlier this month.
The award is presented each year by the James City County Economic Development Authority to businesses, organizations or individuals in recognition of their contributions to the county, according to a news release.
The Celebration of Business event was held Thursday at Legacy Hall in New Town, according to the release. Previous Captain John Smith Award winners include Anheuser-Busch, Ball Corporation, Owens-Illinois, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Coresix Precision Glass, La Tienda, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg Landing and the Williamsburg Winery.
The company was founded more than 30 years ago in the Washington, D.C., metro area, where it specialized in engineering consulting and worked on projects with federal agencies including the U.S. Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the H&H website. More than 15 years ago, the company transitioned to the combat-first aid industry and relocated to an office in James City County’s McLaws Circle in 2016.
“H&H is one of the leading manufacturers of emergency medical bandages and trauma solutions for the military, civilian law enforcement, private industry, foreign agencies and civilians,” wrote Amy Jordan, the county’s economic development director, in the release.
H&H Medical Corporation designs and manufactures their products at their McLaws Circle headquarters, with a product line that includes the SWAT-T tourniquet, the H-Bandage compression dressing, products for emergency trauma situations and the H*VENT hydrogel chest dressing, which is designed to relieve pressure from an open chest wound.
“We are pleased that H&H (Medical Corporation) led by Paul Harder and his staff of 35 employees are committed to helping save lives in James City County, in the United States of America and across the globe,” Robin Bledsoe, James City Economic Development Authority chairwoman said in the release.
For more information about H&H Medical Corporation, visit buyhandh.com.
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