Board Members


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Ellen Ghiringhelli, President
Ellen Ghiringhelli is a Construction Solutions Specialist with Waste Management, specializing in LEED projects and asset recovery. She was asked to join the BOD because she was incessant with her ideas and thinks everyone is entitled to her opinion. We have assigned her the role of president to finally shut her up and hope she learns a lesson: that this is hard work.

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Judy Loope, Board Member

Judy Loope used internet wildlife cams in her classroom to learn and teach about animals and the issues they face today. After retiring from teaching, she wanted to help so began taking wildlife rehabilitation classes and volunteering at Southwest VA Wildlife Center of Roanoke. She feels every day working with the animals is rewarding, challenging and at times, heart breaking.

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Monica Mundy, Board Member

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John Register, Treasurer
John Register grew up in the low country of South Carolina and graduated from Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, SC. He entered the United States Air Force upon graduating college as a nuclear missile launch officer and during his service earned a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Upon leaving the service John moved to Lynchburg, Virginia where he began his career in financial services.

For the past 25 years John has served as financial advisor and in 2014 opened Midsummer Wealth Management, an investment advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services.

John and Lila Register have been married over 30 years and have 4 children and 1 grandson. Outdoor sports such as fishing and golf are his favorite leisure activities. He is also involved in financial literacy education and is on the board of Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia.
Cecelia Leonard
Cecilia Leonard, Secretary

5985 Coleman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

1-540-798-9836

swvawildlifecenter@gmail.com