Meet Our Staff
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
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
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
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's Degree from Liberty University in Government.
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
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
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
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
Barb Chase, Director, Food For Thought
Barb started volunteering at Park View in 2016 and fell in love with the ministry that was consistently giving to our community. She officially joined as staff in April 2022. She holds a Masters in Human Services from Liberty.
Barb was born and raised in Michigan, but spent most of her adult life in Langhorne, Pennslyvania. She is married to her best friend John, who together have raised four children. These children grew up, attended Liberty University, settled in Lynchburg and invited mom and dad to move to the area as well. Now Barb and John embrace the presence of family and seven grandchildren. She loves people, projects, biking & hiking in nature or at the beach.
Contact Barb by emailing Barb@ParkViewMission.org or calling (434) 845-8468 ext 500
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 originally 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
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 900
Monica Link, Director, Life Skills Institute
Monica's admiration for Park View began in 2014 while volunteering. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary & Special Education from Liberty in 2018 and went on to teach for Pittsylvania Country & Lynchburg City Schools.
Monica is originally from New Jersey but has grown to love Virginia and the community of Lynchburg. She and her husband, Dan, were recently married in December 2021. Monica enjoys going on walks, exploring new places, exercising, and spending time with her beloved family and friends.
Contact Monica by emailing Monica@ParkViewMission.org or calling
(434) 845-8468 ext 800