Beverly graduated from JMU in 1968 with a BA in elementary education.  While at JMU, she had a work scholarship and eventually secured state teachers' scholarships to complete her degree.  Having the scholarships has made her passionate about "paying it forward."  Teaching young children only increased the sense of responsibility to help others reach their goals.  She has established a scholarship in the College of Education for teachers.  

After moving to Roanoke, she became a stay at home mom and a volunteer for after school tutoring, Meals on Wheels, and fundraising for various causes but especially fundraising for the Taubman Museum of Art.

While at a Women in Philanthropy weekend at Virginia Tech, she met Judy Strickler who encouraged her to visit JMU and see the opportunities available to become involved.  She and her husband, Leon, were impressed with the growth of the University and the spirit of community on campus.  They have contributed to the Forbers Center for the Performing Arts and the Valley Scholars program.

"We have been blessed to be able to provide scholarship help to some twenty six family members and now to extend that assistance to others."

Bev has a son, Jonathan, a daughter, Melissa, two stepdaughters, Pam ('89) and Vicki ('91) and five grandchildren, one of which will be attending JMU in the fall of 2017.

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