It’s a (Tech)
Team Effort

Leadership Works Across Region

The RTBC community has become a catalyst for innovation, inspiration, success, and leadership in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region under the guidance of the staff, executive team, and board of directors.

Who We Are

Our Executive Team

Since its inception in 1998, the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council has sought to educate, inform, grow and unite the region’s growing technology community. We seek to better the technology industry by actively connecting and enabling the community, by supporting our region’s technology companies, and by actively pursuing positive changes in our community. To accomplish these goals, the RBTC executive team, board of directors, and advisors guide the organization toward the fulfillment of its mission. With the support and guidance of these individuals, the RBTC is the primary catalyst for connecting, growing, and leading our technology community.

Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council Erin Burcham
Executive Director, RBTC

Erin Burcham is the President of Verge and Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. She’s spearheaded initiatives for technology, innovation, and talent development in the region including multiple GO Virginia projects throughout her career. Previously, she served as the director of talent solutions for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in leadership with a focus on economic development from Virginia Tech.

Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council Taylor Spellman
Associate Director, RBTC

Taylor Spellman comes to the RBTC with a rich background in marketing, media relations and project management for a variety of small businesses, startups and non-profit organizations. Her portfolio showcases a successful track record of launching and scaling new programs for success. As the former Director of Public Relations for Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Taylor worked with hundreds of media and news publications around the globe promoting placemaking for the regional tourism organization. Prior to that, Taylor helped the development and marketing efforts to launch Roanoke’s first coworking space, CoLab. She has held many volunteer roles for local organizations and is a co-founder for Experience, dedicated to attracting and retaining talent in the Roanoke Region. Spellman serves on the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority Board for Virginia’s Explore Park, originally appointed by former Virginia Governor McAuliffe. She is a graduate of Radford University and loves exploring new places and supporting local with her husband Tommy, their two young children and German Shorthaired Pointer Bo.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Kevin Bloomfield Co-Chair | Bloomfield Partners, LLC

Doug Juanarena Co-Chair | Retired

Kathy Claytor Director | Corvesta

Greg Feldmann CEO

Patrick Patterson Director | FoxGuard Solutions

Ken Ferris Successor Co-Chair | Brookewood Management Advisors

Victor Iannello Director | Radiant Physics

Marty Muscatello Successor Co-Chair | Retired, FoxGuard Solutions

Beth Waller Secretary | Woods Rogers PLC

Ed Lawhorn Treasurer | Retired, Atlantic Union

Marjorie Tenzer Director | Retired, IBM

John Phillips Ex Officio as President of RBTC | RBTC

Board Members

Eddie Amos, Retired, GE Digital

Amy Ankrum, Qualtrax

Barbara Ballard, Carilion Clinic

Henry Bass, Automation Creations, Inc.

Kevin Bloomfield, Bloomfield Partners, LLC 

John Capps, Central Virginia Community College

David Catalano, Ozmo

Kathy Claytor, Corvesta

Nick Conte, Carilion Clinic

Steve Critchfield, Mova Technologies, LLC

Donald Deeds, Nicus Software

Russ Ellis, Commonwealth Growth Group

Ken Ferris, Brookewood Management Advisors

William Fralin, Medical Facilities of America

Mike Friedlander, Virginia Tech

Cheryl Giggetts, Innovate Lynchburg

Pat Huber, New River Community College

Victor Iannello, Radiant Physics

Angela Joyner, Chief Innovation Officer, Radford University

Doug Juanarena, Retired

Ed Lawhorn, Retired, Atlantic Union

Frank Lucia, Delta Dental

Brett Malone, President of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

Marty Muscatello, Retired, FoxGuard Solutions

Patrick Patterson, FoxGuard Solutions

John Phillips, RBTC

John Rainone, Dabney S Lancaster Community College

Robert Sandel, Virginia Western Community College

Beth Sherman, Cox Business 

Jeff Smith, Voltage Leadership

Brian Soller, Luna, Inc.

Bob Stolle, CIT

Wayne Strickland, Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission

Daniel Sui, Vice President for Research and Innovation, Virginia Tech

Marjorie Tenzer, Retired, IBM

Beth Waller, Woods Rogers PLC

Clark Worthy, Gentry Locke

Advisory Board

Vinod Chachra, VTLS, Inc.

Russ Ellis, Common Wealth Growth

Jay Foster, SoftSolutions Information Technology

Leon Harris, Keltech, Inc.

Bonz Hart, Retired, Meridium