Board and Staff

Our board members comprise business leaders and medical professionals from throughout the CSRA who have embraced a mission of creating a high quality of life for those with disabilities in this region.

Georgia Rehabilitation Institute Board of Directors

The Georgia Rehabilitation Institute Board of Directors provides the overarching mission, vision and direction for the work of Walton Foundation for Independence.


Board Chair
Robert Taylor
Community Leader

Dr. Dennis B. Skelley
GRI/Walton Foundation for Independence

Brock Daniels



Thomas M. Blanchard III
Blanchard & Calhoun

WFI Board Liaison
Rick D. Busby
Busby’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Don Howard
Georgia Regents University Augusta-Summerville Campus

Colette Hughes
Community Leader

WFI Board Liaison
Dawn Jones
Kelly Promotional Products

WFI Board Liaison
Donald Shapiro
Hartley’s Uniforms

WOIL Board Liaison
Tiffany Clifford
Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc.

Walton Foundation for Independence Board of Directors

The Walton Foundation for Independence Board of Directors oversees the work of the foundation in fundraising and providing supportive programs for those with disabilities in the CSRA and beyond.

Dennis B. Skelley
Walton Foundation for Independence, Inc.

Rick D. Busby
Busby’s Heating & Air

Vice Chairman
Clay Ward
Ward and Spires, Attorney at Law

Phil Brigham
Savannah River Bank

Immediate Past Chairman
Donald Shapiro
Hartley’s Uniforms


Christine Anderson
Nephrology Associates

deVane Batchelor
Allen+Batchelor Construction

Brett Brannon
Georgialina Physical Therapy Associates

Helen Trotter Caldwell
Georgia Bank & Trust

Nicholas C. Dickinson, II
Nicholas Dickinson & Associates, P.C.

Sherry Foster
Augusta Magazine

Phil S. Harison, Jr.
J. Smith Lanier

JoAnn Hatcher
Community Volunteer

Dawn C. Jones
Kelly Promotional Products

Valerie Kimmel
Community Volunteer

W.L.M. (Larry) Knox, Jr.
Raymond James

Brad Merry
Merry Lumber  Company

Debra Metts
SunTrust Bank

Condor F. McCollum

Beth Morrison
Cherry Bekaert,  LLP

E. Magruder Page
Social Security Administration

Gail Patty
Mass Mutual/Financial Design Associates

Michael W.  Pope
CSRA Testing & Engineering Co.

Skip Smith
State Farm

Jim Thompson
Community Volunteer

James Thrash
Community Volunteer

Sandra Vantrease
Morgan Stanley

Steve Virgo
Virgo Gambill Architects

Bobby Walker
Walker Sports Marketing, Inc.

Lynn Wilson
Community Volunteer

Board Member Emeritus

William L. McCrary, III
Community Volunteer

Auxiliary Staff on WFI Board

Kisha Carey-Spann
Residential Services Housing Director, Walton Community Services

Tiffany Clifford
Executive Director, Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc.

Executive Staff

Dennis B. Skelley
President and CEO

Cara Crawford
Executive Director

Mark Crawford
Sports and Leisure Event Coordinator