Big For A Day

A child between the ages of 9-12 will have the privilege of spending two hours in January, National Mentoring Month, with a prominent community leader in Roanoke, New River Valley or Pulaski County. These leaders will have the opportunity to experience mentoring with a Little when they share professional time at work. For more info about Big For A Day, contact Natanis DeMascio at (540) 769-9776 or

2017 Bigs For A Day


Bill Hume | Interactive Design Group

Bill, a Roanoke, Virginia native, served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force within the Civil Engineering Squadron at Langley AFB in Virginia & Luke AFB in Arizona. He then attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1992. Bill’s project management experience ranges from small commercial projects to large multi-million dollar government projects for the Department of Defense, Arlington National Cemetery and other private sector corporations.

He is an architect who thinks like a client, he is talented at synthesizing with pragmatic constraints of budget and schedule. Bill provides quality assurance through all phases, working closely with owners and contractor teams to complete construction; he imparts a strong team ethic. Bill is a member of AIA, US Green Building Council, and NCARB.


Cheif Tim Jones, Chief of Police | Roanoke City Police Department

Chief Tim Jones is a thirty-five year veteran with the Roanoke Police Department. A Roanoke native, his career started in 1981 and he now serves as Chief of Police for the RPD. On November 30, Chief Tim Jones formalized the Bigs in Blue program in Roanoke by signing the Bigs in Blue Memorandum of Understanding.



Natalie Faunce and Brittany Flowers, Hosts | Daytime Blue Ridge

Natalie is an Emmy-Award-winning TV Host, reporter, writer and producer. She came to Roanoke in 2005 after spending time in just about every corner of the country.

Along with her extensive television experience, Natalie has a background in marketing, sales and public relations. She is currently the Host of a lifestyle/entertainment program called Daytime Blue Ridge.

Brittany was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and up until June 2016, had never lived anywhere else.

Brittany was offered a role to join the very talented Natalie Faunce as the co-host of Daytime Blue Ridge and, after seeing the beauty of Roanoke, couldn’t say no. She packed up her husband, Tofer, and two kids, and drove 1,654 miles from Albuquerque to Roanoke. They now have the privilege of calling Roanoke their home.


Erik Bobella, Director of Business Development | Korona Candles

KORONA Candles Inc. is an American company with 100% share of Polish capital. It was founded in October 2013 in Dublin, in the County of Pulaski, Virginia. Erik Bobella is the Director of Business Development.


Rebecca Reece, Finance Director | Town of Pulaski

 Rebecca Reece began her career at the Town of Pulaski in 2008 as the Assistant to the Finance Director. She took over the role as Finance Director in October 2015. Rebecca attended Radford University.


Chief Gary Roche, Chief of Police| Pulaski County

Pulaski Police Department’s mission is to commit to a partnership with the community, to ensure quality law enforcement, to safeguard all constitutional rights and to maintain public confidence. Chief Gary Roche has been the Chief of Police at the Pulaski Police Department since 2001.


Angie Covey, Executive Director | New River Community College Foundation

Established in 1980, the NRCC Educational Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that secures voluntary support and manages funds solely for the benefit of New River Community College. The Foundation assists New River Community College in a variety of ways, including the endowment and distribution of scholarship funds, the purchase of equipment and furnishings, and the financial support of academic and community enrichment programs. Angie Covey serves as the Executive Director of the New River Community College Foundation.


Chris Sartin, Safety Manager| Phoenix Packaging

The mission of Phoenix Packaging is to provide packaging solutions to our costumers in the Americas, while guaranteeing a good return to our investors, in a workplace that promotes the development of our employees and a healthy environment. Chris Sartin serves as the Safety Manager for Phoenix Packaging.


Tom Shaver, General Manager | The Inn at Virginia Tech

Tom Shaver became General Manager at the Inn at Virginia Tech in March of 2011. Before joining Benchmark Hospitality, Shaver was director of lodging operations for Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga. Earlier in his career, he worked in senior leadership roles for major hospitality brands throughout the United States. Shaver attended the University of California, San Diego, and Mesa Junior College. He has served as chairman for several convention and visitors bureaus.


Adam Soccolich, Director of Operations  | Modea

Adam joined Modea in July 2015 as the Strategic Programs Manager. He is now the Director of Operations for the company. Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.


Karla Gragg, Director of Administration and Human Resources | Revivicor

Karla Gragg serves as Director of Administration and Human Resources of Revivicor, Inc. Ms. Gragg is responsible for human resources, accounting, budgeting, and ongoing business administration at Revivicor. She also serves as Grants Manager with financial oversight for Revivicor’s $5 million in government grants from ATP and the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to the formation of Revivicor, she was responsible for these same areas for PPL Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Gragg holds a B.B.A. in Business Management from Radford University (Radford, VA), is PHR Certified through the Society for Human Resource Management, and is working toward her M.S. degree in Professional Communication in Organizations from Radford University.


Dave Prosser, SVP Community Development | Freedom First Credit Union

Freedom First Credit Union (FFCU) serves the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia, with ten branches, over 47,000 members and $440 million in assets. FFCU is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and is also designated as a low-income credit union, both which expand FFCU’s outreach to families in need. Dave Prosser serves as the Senior Vice President of Community Development.


John White, Ph.D., Director of Economic Development | Town of Pulaski

The Economic Development Department markets and develops the Town by assisting businesses, conducting research, developing promotional materials, writing grants and assisting the Greater Pulaski Alliance with its activities. Dr. White has been the Director of Economic Development for Pulaski for nearly 15 years.


Danielle Denney, OB-GYN and Pediatrics | VCOM

Danielle Denney is the Administrative Assistant for the OB-GYN and Pediatrics Department at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine located at the VTCRC.


Rex Card and Meghan Goodman | Rackspace

Rex Card has been a Racker since October 2008. He is a Technical Project Manager at the Blacksburg Campus.

Meghan Goodman joined Rackspace as an intern in May 2013. Since then, she has grown her career to become the Sr. Human Resources Program Manager.


Billie Jean Hilton, Hospitalist Practice Manager | Lewis Gale  Medical Center

 For more than 100 years the LewisGale name has been synonymous with high-quality, compassionate healthcare. Today, its unwavering commitment to its patients ranks us as one of the top hospitals in Virginia and the nation for quality of care including patient safety, patient satisfaction and health outcomes. Billie Jean Hilton is the Hospital Practice Manager at Lewis Gale.

Dick Bailey | Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport

According to local old-timers, a flying field was set up prior to 1913 in a farmer’s pasture about a mile south of Blacksburg between the old Christiansburg Road and the Huckleberry railroad tracks.

During the last week of July 1929, the engineers of the Virginia Highway Department started work on the VPI Airport, located about 1.5 miles from the campus. College engineering personnel had surveyed the field, which was wide enough to afford runways in four directions.

By the end of 1929, the Virginia Highway Department was putting finishing touches on the construction of the new VPI Airport. The runways were large enough to accommodate what were considered to be large aircraft of that day. Already two aviation companies were negotiating to secure concessions to conduct flying instruction at the field and to operate charter-flying service there.

The Virginia Tech Airport officially opened in 1931, with the hangar built in 1940. Just prior to World War II, greater attention was afforded to the development of the Airport when the value of training University cadets at a pre-flight training facility was recognized. The Airport’s existence has changed from training cadets to mainly serving the community and corporate jets.