Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Staff​

Jeremy Holmes, Executive Director
Directs all activities of the Commission including preparing a work program and budget that supports the mission of the Regional Commission.  Maintains relationships with all levels of government, as well as with organizations in the region involved in economic and community development activities.  With the Commission board members, sets the regional agenda and monitors those projects and programs to ensure successful implementation. Serves as Secretary to the Transportation Planning Organization and Secretary to the Regional Commission. Email: jholmes at
Sherry Dean, Director of Finance/Human Resources
Responsible for: (1) budgetary forecasting and contracts, (2) accounting and financial statements, (3) accounts payable/receivable, (4) grants management, (5) personnel administration, (6) insurance, and (7) procurement. Email: sdean at
Cristina D. Finch, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Transportation
Responsible for: (1) directing the Commission’s transportation planning activities as outlined in the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization’s Unified Planning Work Program and the Rural Transportation Work Program, and (2) working with federal, state, regional, and local transportation stakeholders on the development and implementation of the region’s transportation plans and programs. Email: cfinch at
Andrea Garland, Director of RIDE Solutions
Responsibilities include: (1) managing the RIDE Solutions Program (regional rideshare program for the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, Region 2000 in Lynchburg, and the West Piedmont region of greater Danville and Martinsville), and (2) implementing the air quality plan. Email: agarland at
Bryan W. Hill, AICP, CZA, Regional Planner III
Responsibilities include: (1) managing the Regional Commission’s Housing Development Program, (2) preparing various community development related studies and plans, (3) developing urban and rural transportation plans and corridor studies, (4) developing the Transportation Improvement Program, (5) administering the SMART SCALE grant program, and (6) staffing the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness. Email: bhill at
Gabriel Irigaray, Regional Planner I
Responsible for: (1) Promoting Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts in the Regional Commission’s James River Watershed region, (2) Identify opportunities to enhance local water quality in the Regional Commission’s service area, (3) Work with local stakeholder’s to address stormwater issues in the area. Email girigaray at
William R. Long III, Transportation Planner II
Responsible for assisting with: (1) the development of transportation plans, studies, and programs in the RVTPO and rural areas of the Commission and (2) working with stakeholders to address transportation issues in the RVARC region. Email: wlong at
Amanda McGee, AICP, Regional Planner III
Responsible for: (1) community and environmental planning, (2) updating greenway and blueway plans, (3) providing technical support regarding recreational and environmental issues, and (4) conducting demographic data analysis. Email: amcgee at
Virginia Mullen, Office Manager
Responsibilities include: (1) serving as recording secretary for the Regional Commission, the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization, the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority, and the Transportation Technical Committee; (2) providing administrative support to all staff; (3) scheduling office activities; Email: vmullen at
Tim Pohlad-Thomas, Public Engagement Manager
Serves as the Public Engagement Manager for the Regional Commission and RIDE Solutions. Responsibilities include: providing marketing and PR support for Regional Commission programs and Va’s Blue Ridge WORKS. In addition, supports the Commission and RIDE Solutions with special event planning, graphic design, media buying, and promoting TDM-related activities. Email: timpohladthomas at
Rachel Ruhlen, AICP, Transportation Planner II
Responsible for assisting with: (1) data analysis and performance measurement system development and integration, (2) long-range transportation planning and the congestion management planning process, (3) transit, pedestrian, and bicycle planning, and (4) public engagement and education, particularly in the area of bicycle outreach in coordination with RIDE Solutions . Email: rruhlen at
Eddie Wells, AICP, Director of Community Development Programs
Responsible for: (1) community and environmental development, (2) working with federal and state agencies, and (3) providing technical and grant writing assistance to communities in the region. Email: ewells at


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