Meet Our Team


Annette PattersonPresident

Annette Patterson is founder and president of The Advancement Foundation. Prior to establishing The Advancement Foundation, Annette served as Chief Development Officer for Stetson University during a $200 Million Campaign and as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Salem Academy and College where she led a $75 million campaign. Annette has served as consultant for The Diocese of Richmond and trained over 30 primary and secondary schools in strategic planning and fundraising.


Judy WoodVice President and AmeriCorps VISTA Program Supervisor

Judy has over 40 years of successful nonprofit experience and leadership management. Her career paths include administration, management, and leading a state and national organization. She met Annette at Salem Academy and College where she was part of a $75m capital campaign. While at Salem, Judy received a BA in Not-for-Profit-Management. In 2006 she began serving on the board of directors for The Advancement Foundation (TAF). She became part-time Director of Development in 2009 and joined TAF full time in 2011 expanding her role to include VISTA Program Supervisor. In 2018 began managing the AmeriCorps State intermediary program throughout Southwest VA.


Kathleen Carr, Director of Small Business Development

Kathleen graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a degree from the Pamplin College of Business. After doing business development for a local winery, she became an AmeriCorps State member for The Advancement Foundation (TAF).  As an AmeriCorps member she continued to grow her passion for small business and community development.  Kathleen joined the TAF family in 2017 as the Director of Small Business Development. Her primary project is the GAUNTLET Business Program and Competition, the largest business competition in the state!


Kelly Robertson Turner, Director of Marketing and Resource Development

Kelly is a proud graduate of Virginia Western Community College and Mary Baldwin University with degrees in General Studies and Marketing with focus on Business for a Sustainable Future. Kelly has been fascinated by entrepreneurship since she was a child and has been an entrepreneur herself since the age of 18. She is an avid researcher of Holistic Health Sciences, and also studied Mental Health in college and at the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC where she got to meet and learn from the great Dr. Albert Ellis (psychologist and inventor of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). Kelly attributes her positive “can-do” attitude to some of the teachings of Dr. Ellis and hopes to be a proactive leader in our community and a dynamic member of the TAF Staff!