Meet Our Staff
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Dr. R. Todd Blake (Todd), Executive Director

Todd began serving with Park View in 2021 after twenty years of serving churches in North Carolina & Virginia. He has a Bachelor's, Master's of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from Campbell University, home of the Fighting Camels. 

Todd is married to Kim, and they have two daughters, Hannah & Emma.  He enjoys playing, coaching, and officiating soccer games, as well as drinking lots of coffee. 

Contact Todd by emailing Director@ParkViewMission.org or
calling (434) 845-8468
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Lisa Price, Administrative Assistant

Lisa has been serving as the first-ever Administrative Assistant at Park View since June 2021. She holds a Bachelors in Math Education from Liberty University. 

Although she grew up in the beautiful state of West Virginia, she and her husband, Bob, proudly call Lynchburg "home".  Lisa is the proud mother of two adult sons, Wesley and Evan. She loves talking, solving problems and helping others, which makes this job a very good fit for her! 

Contact Lisa by emailing LisaPrice@ParkViewMission.org or
calling (434) 845-8468
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Ashley Steinweg, Director of Development

Ashley began as a volunteer in 2017 when she helped to establish Food for Thought.  She shifted roles in May 2018, becoming the Director of Development.  While her degrees are in education, her desire to strengthen our community has become her life goal. 

Ashley is married to Brent, and they have three children.  They enjoy hiking and traveling as a family. 

Contact Ashley by emailing Development@ParkViewMission.org or calling (434) 845-8468 ext 600
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Rachel Koester, Donor Relations Manager, Development

Rachel began with Park View by volunteering in Life Skills in 2019 and officially came on staff in 2020. She has her Bachelors Degree from Liberty University and will begin her Master's degree in Non-Profit Leadership at Liberty in Spring 2022. 

Rachel is married to Jeremiah and they have two children, Judah & Rebecca.  She enjoys gardening, cooking, raising chickens & children and surviving on coffee and Diet Coke. 

Contact Rachel by emailing Rachel@ParkViewMission.org or calling (434) 845-8468 ext 600
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Brittany Melvin, Director, Community Resource Center 

Brittany began working with Park View after meeting the previous Executive Director at a Park View Christmas community gathering in December 2018.  She started and developed the Community Resource Center in January 2019.  Brittany is currently a senior at Liberty University pursing a degree in Developmental Psychology. 

Brittany was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and has lived in Lynchburg for over 25 years. She is an only child and a mother of one daughter who is 16.  She became a single mother at the age of 18 and has learned about and utilized critical resources in our community. Brittany enjoys traveling, the beach, family and investing. She became a proud home owner as a single mother at the age of 26. 

Contact Brittany by emailing CRC@ParkViewMission.org or calling    (434) 845-8468 ext 700
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Heather Gibson, Director, Food For Families

Heather has volunteered with Park View Food For Families since 2017.  She started as a staff member in 2020.  Heather has a Bachelors in Fine Art from Virginia Wesleyan College (now Virginia Wesleyan University) in 1998 and worked as a professional picture framer until joining the staff at Park View.  

Heather has 3 siblings and one niece.  She has lived all throughout Central Appalachia and has resided in Amherst County since 1991. 


Contact Heather by emailing Heather@ParkViewMission.org or calling (434) 845-8468 ext 300
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Bri Barnwell, Operations Manager, Food For Families

Bri started volunteering at Park View in 2020, and officially came on staff in 2021. She has a Bachelors degree in Health Promotion from Liberty University. 

Being from Lynchburg, Bri enjoys all the outdoor activities the area has to offer.  Heritage Baptist is her home church and she is thankful to live and serve in this community.  

Contact Bri by emailing Brianna@ParkViewMission.org or calling (434) 845-8468 ext 300
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Julie Farley, Director, Food For Thought

Julie started volunteering at Park View in 2017 with Food for Families and in January 2019, she came on staff as Director of Food For Thought.  Julie graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursusing a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership at The University of Lynchburg. 

Julie enjoys spending time with her four grown children and her husband Brian.  She loves connecting with community partners and the hundreds of volunteers that help to make the program a success. 

Contact Julie by emailing Julie@ParkViewMission.org or calling         (434) 845-8468 ext 500
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Hal Hanson Jr. , Operations Manager, Food For Thought

Hal began with Park View in 2021. He has his Masters in Human Service Counseling from Liberty University.  Hal is very passionate about community development and community relations.  He also serves in a local church as a deacon and Director of Outreach and Missions. 

Hal is oringinally from Bridgeport, Conneticut, and came to Lynchburg in 2014.  He has been married to his beautiful wife for 6 months and counting. In recent years he has learned to live by this quote, "If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you" Byron Elliot. 

Contact Hal by emailing HalHanson@ParkViewMission.org or calling     (434) 845-8468 ext 500
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Rachel Ellison, Director, The Clothing Connection

Rachel began her time with Park View in 2018 volunteering.  This led to a work-study position and an internship.  She became the Director of the Clothing Connection in December 2020, and helped to design and renovate the new location. .  She received her Bachelor's degree from Liberty University in Family and Child Development and Psychology in 2020 and is now pursing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

Rachel is originally from New Jersey, but loves exploring all that Virginia has to offer.  She enjoys road trips, antiquing, yoga, soft blankets & good movies. 

Contact Rachel by emailing TCC@ParkViewMission.org or calling   
(434) 845-8468 ext 90
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