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David A. Bowers
Mayor

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 452
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594

(540) 853-2444 - Office Phone
(540) 853-1145 - Office Fax

mayor@roanokeva.gov
david.bowers@roanokeva.gov
Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2012
  • July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016
Professional Background:
  • David A. Bowers, Attorney at Law
Educational Background:
  • B. A. Cum Laude, English, Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina (1974)
  • Juris Doctor, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana (1978)
  • M. A. Liberal Studies, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia (2006)
Council Assignments:
  • Ex Officio member on all committees
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • President, Greater Roanoke Transit Company
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Member, Saint Andrews Catholic Church
  • Former President, Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • Member, Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree
  • Chairman, 1983, Roanoke Democratic Committee
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Roanoke (Since 1982)
  • Co-Founder, 1999, Rebuilding Together/Christmas in April
  • Former Director, Roanoke Bar Association
  • Member, Appalachian Trail Club
  • Member, Roanoke Sister Cities
  • Member, Riverland/Walnut Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Civic League


David B. Trinkle
Vice-Mayor

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 314-8875 - Cell
(540) 981-7463 - Office Fax


david.trinkle@roanokeva.gov
  • Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2010
  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008
  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012
  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016
  • July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014
  • July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018
Professional Background:
  • Practicing Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Associate Dean of Community and Culture, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and University of Virginia Medical School
  • Geriatric Psychiatrist, Carilion Health Systems, University of Virginia Roanoke Valley Program
Educational Background:
  • Fellow, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 1991-1992
  • M. D., University of Virginia Medical School, 1987
  • B. A., Political and Social Thought (Interdepartmental Major), University of Virginia, 1983
Council Assignments:
  • Chair, Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission
  • Vice-President, Greater Roanoke Transit Company
  • Vice-Chair, Personnel Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • City Representative, Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission
  • City of Roanoke and Roanoke City Public Schools Joint Services Committee
  • City Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Stormwater Management Committee
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Member, Roanoke City School Board, 2003-2006
  • Vice-Chair, Roanoke City School Board, 2005-2006
  • Appointed by Governor Mark Warner, Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board, 2003-2007
  • Member, Former President and Board Member, Psychiatric Society of Virginia
  • Founding Member, Grandin Theatre Foundation
  • Treasurer and Board Member, Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine
  • Board Member, Project Access Roanoke Valley
  • Former President and Board Member, North Cross School Alumni Board
  • Former President and Board Member, Blue Ridge Zoological Society Board, Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Former Board Member, Virginia Alzheimer's Registry Board
  • Former Board Member, Roanoke Valley Adult Daycare Board
  • Former Board Member, Mental Health Association of the Roanoke Valley


William D. Bestpitch
Council Member


215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 761-6566 - Telephone
(540) 853-1145 - Office Fax


bill.bestpitch@roanokeva.gov


Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2014
  • July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018
Professional Background:
  • Direct Service Provider, Creative Family Solutions
  • Staff Sergeant, United States Army, 1972-1980
Educational Background:
  • M.S.W., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Council Assignments:
  • Vice-Chair, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Council Liaison, Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Council Representative, Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facilities Authority
  • Council Representative, New River Valley Commerce Park Participation Committee
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Former President, Old Southwest Neighborhood Association
  • Former Treasurer, Old Southwest Neighborhood Association
  • Former Treasurer, American Legion, Roanoke Post No. 3
  • Former Secretary/treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
  • Former Member, Community Advisory Board of St. John’s Community Youth Program
  • Former Member, Roanoke Valley Alliance for Children
  • Former Board Member, Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke
  • Representative, Elks National Veterans Service Commission

Raphael "Ray" E. Ferris
Council Member

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 853-2541 - Voice Mail
(540) 853-1145 - Office Fax


ray.ferris@roanokeva.gov


Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2014
  • July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018
Professional Background:
  • Attorney, Ferris, Eakin & Thomas
  • Faculty, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course
  • Named by Richmond Magazine as one of Virginia’s Super Lawyers in the field of Criminal Defense
  • Listed by US News on its Best Lawyerslist for Virginia in the area of criminal defense
  • Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, 1982-1988
Educational Background:
  • B. S., Business Administration, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
Council Assignments:
  • Chair, Audit Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee
  • City Representative, Steering Committee of the Regional Sustainability Partnership
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
  • Council Representative, Roanoke Valley Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Member, St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church
  • Member, Roanoke, Salem-Roanoke County, and Botetourt-Craig County Bar Associations
  • Member, Roanoke College Business Advisory Board
  • Member, Virginia State Bar (VSB)
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA)
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member, Roanoke Valley Rotary Club
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Criminal Law Section Virginia State Bar
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, PUSH America


Sherman P. Lea
Council Member

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 355-9418 - Voice Mail
(540) 853-1145 - Office Fax


sherman.lea@roanokeva.gov



Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2008
  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010
  • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2012
  • July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016
Professional Background:
  • Leadership Management Consultant, Founder, President, SPLEA & Associates, LLC
  • Retired, Virginia Department of Corrections
Educational Background:
  • B. A., Sociology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Attended, Old Dominion University, Graduate School of Urban Studies, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters for Humanitarian Work in the Community, Bethlehem Bible College
Council Assignments:
  • Chair, Personnel Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Associate Minister, Garden of Prayer No. 7
  • Appointed to the Virginia Parole Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2014
  • Regional Surrogate, Senator Mark Warner Campaign
  • Recipient, 2010 William L. Hastie Award, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
  • Former Chair, Roanoke City School Board
  • Former Chair, Blue Ridge Regional School Board Association
  • Former Member, Virginia School Board Association (VSBA)
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Total Action Against Poverty (TAP)
  • Founder and Chair of the Annual Western Virginia Education Classic Football Game
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Virginia CARES, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Member, Virginia Probation and Parole Association (VPPA)
  • Member, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ)
  • Member, Virginia Correctional Association (VCA)
  • Former, Virginia High School League Football/Basketball Official
  • Former, College Football Official (ACC,ODAC,CIAA)
  • 2014 Citizen of the Year, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


Anita J. Price
Council Member

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 853-2541- Voice Mail
(540) 510-3064 - Home Fax


anita.price@roanokeva.gov





Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2012
  • July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016
Professional Background:
  • Guidance Counselor, Educator, Roanoke City Public Schools, Retired
Educational Background:
  • Attended, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia
  • B. S., Vocational Education and Home Economics, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • M. S., Guidance and Counseling, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
Council Assignments:
  • Vice-Chair, Audit Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • Member, Legislative Committee
  • City Representative, Roanoke Valley Regional Cable Television Committee
  • Alternate Representative, Virginia's First Regional Industrial Facility Authority
  • City Representative and Chair, Virginia Municipal League, Human Development and Education Policy Committee
  • Alternate Representative, New River Valley Commerce Park Participation Committee
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Member, Virginia Education Association Minority and Women's Concern Committee
  • Member, Roanoke Education Association (REA)
  • Member, Virginia Education Association (VEA)
  • Member, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Trustee, High Street Baptist Church
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Member, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority
  • Member, Friends of the Roanoke Symphony
  • Member, Links Incorporated
  • Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Appointed to Taskforce Addressing School Safety and Domestic Violence
  • Workforce Trainer, VEA Women's Leadership Cadre
  • Workshop Facilitator, Apple Ridge Committee
  • Workshop Facilitator, Mental Health Association
  • Leadership Council, American Cancer Society


Court G. Rosen
Council Member

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 456
Roanoke, Virginia 24011-1594


(540) 420-3473 - Cell
(540) 510-3061 - Home Fax


court.rosen@roanokeva.gov




Term of Office:
  • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2012
  • Vice-Mayor, July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014
  • July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2016
Professional Background:
  • Partner, Blue Ridge Development Group, Inc.
Educational Background:
  • B. S., Magna Cum Laude, Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Council Assignments:
  • Chair, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Personnel Committee
  • City Representative, Virginia Municipal League, Finance Policy Committee
  • Council Representative, Board of Directors, Total Action for Progress (TAP)
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
  • Member, Commonwealth Transportation Board
  • Member, Downtown Roanoke Kiwanis Club
  • Member, New River Valley Homebuilders Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Business Seed Capital, Inc.