Our Board of Directors
Jonathan Evans, M.D. – Board President
Jonathan has not “retired,” but has moved on to new pursuits after an almost 35-year career as a pediatric gastroenterologist. His passion has always been nutrition beginning at the source, to the plate and beyond. He continues to pursue his interest in food insecurity and childhood obesity. He had been coming to Floyd for the past 12 years and relocated to Floyd with his wife of 42 years in January 2020. He enjoys cooking for friends, doing the local markets and discovering his new home and all it has to offer.
Ken Presser – Vice President
Ken is a retired Network Engineer. He is on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Woodworkers. He has served various positions on the board, including Secretary, Treasurer and President. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Floyd United Methodist Church and serves on the building and grounds committee. His main hobby is woodworking and enjoys creating things like vases and furniture.
Diane Allison – Secretary
Diane spent most of her career working in healthcare administration, principally Administrator of Gastroenterology Consultants and Endoscopy Center of Southwest Virginia, and previously 16 years in Administration at Carilion Health System. Her hobbies include volunteering in the community, gardening, sewing, animal welfare, and cooking. She is currently a member of the Virginia MGMA where she served as a Board Member for 8 years.
Tom Schaefer – Treasurer
Tom spent most of his life in New Jersey where he worked 38 years for a manufacturer of synthetic lubricants, serving his last 16 years as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and R&D. He and his late wife Katy discovered Floyd on a road trip in 2005 and fell in love with the people, spirit, and beauty of this community. After taking an early retirement in 2007 they escaped New Jersey and settled in beautiful Floyd in 2012. In NJ Tom served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for The Petroleum Quality Institute of America, and President of the NY chapter of the lubricant society STLE. In Floyd he volunteers for Plenty! and the Chamber of Commerce. His passions include organic vegetable gardening, photography, art, and cooking. He resides in Floyd with his new wife Debbie and three cats.
Liz Warriner – Member
After 35 years working with newspaper publishing technology, Liz and her husband settled in Floyd 7 years ago. In addition to working with Plenty, she loves exercise (running, cycling, kayaking and dancing) and singing.
Virginia Neukirch – Member
After graduating from high school, Virginia went on to apprentice with saddle makers in Northern VA and the U.K. She owned a small saddlery shop in Ridgefield, CT for twenty-three years. After selling her business and moving to Floyd in 2000, Virginia took turns as a baker, caterer, and a respite provider for challenged adults. Says Virginia, “I love that Plenty! meets all individuals at their level and always finds a job for them to do!”
Helen McClain – Member
Helen believes we are all here on earth to help each other thrive. She has substantial non-profit work experience, including working as the executive director of The Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy and years of work with Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland Free Clinic, Hospice House of Williamsburg, Girl Scouts and other organizations. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
David Weeks – Member
A 1968 Floyd County High School graduate, David Weeks and his wife, Kelly, have retired to the family farm in Topeco community. David spent over 40 years in Texas as a prosecutor finishing as the Walker County Criminal District Attorney.
Lis Memoli – Member
Lis, a retired local potter, lives with her dog in the Copper Hill Community where they are thriving and enjoying life in the beautiful mountains of Floyd County. Following the example of her parents, to value service to others, Lis has years of experience as a Plenty! volunteer. She brings a unique perspective of Plenty! operations and is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of Plenty!and honoring her parents with continued service to the Floyd Community.
Diane Flynt – Member
After spending half of her career in the corporate world in financial services and executive leadership development, Diane founded Foggy Ridge Cider, the South’s first hard cider producer in 1997 by planting a cider apple orchard on her SWVA farm. She now sells cider apples to cider producers across the region. Diane has been active in the agriculture and beverage industries, serving eight years on the governor appointed Virginia Wine Board. She is a member of Les Dames Escoffier, a philanthropic group of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. In fall 2023 the University of North Carolina Press will publish her book on the history of apples in the South. Diane and her husband, Chuck, enjoy gardening, hiking and are avid cyclists.
Amanda Morgan – Member
Amanda Morgan was an educator in Floyd County for 14 years before leaving the profession to dedicate more time to family and community. She has served on numerous committees and boards, including Young Life, CPMT in Floyd County and as an adoption support liaison via DePaul Community Resources. She currently
works part time and volunteers with numerous non profit
organizations. When she is not cooking, baking, or gardening, you may find her hiking and spending time outside with family and friends.