Abingdon Main Street Alliance

OUR BOARD

 
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NICOLE CHILDRESS

Executive Director

Nicole is passionate about fostering local connections and particularly loves to share the amazing qualities of Abingdon & SWVA. As a past member of the Abingdon Main Street board, she has brought to life popular events such as the Abingdon Wolf Project. Nicole has worked for Abingdon’s tourism department, Barter Theatre & Feeding America SWVA. She previously served as Volunteer Coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation’s Meadowview chapter, and as a member of the Virginia Intermont Alumni Board, as well as working with the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center’s Storyteller project. In her spare time, Nicole is an artist, gardener, avid book reader & vinyl record collector.

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HANNAH INGRAM

Board President

Hannah grew up in New York State’s Appalachian Mountains & moved here from NYC in 2008 to join Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. Hannah serves on the board for Kingsport’s Symphony of the Mountains & was appointed by the Governor to the board for the SWVA Higher Education Center. Additionally, she is on the Steering Committee for Washington County Independent Neighbors (WIN) and chairs Barter Theatre’s annual United Way auction fundraiser. She ran for a seat on Abingdon’s Town Council in 2018 and remains passionate about citizens actively engaging in the betterment of their local community

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ALLISON LINDER

Vice President & Design Chair

Allison has been a teacher & coordinator at Virginia Intermont College, a librarian, and a retail worker, and is now currently working in the nonprofit world for the YWCA in Bristol. Allison loves being active in the community & participates in three different book clubs. She is an Abingdon native with a desire to see our downtown vibrant and thriving.

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BROOKE BEDNAR

Secretary & Volunteer Coordinator

Brooke was born and raised in Arlington, Texas, and moved to Abingdon in January 2012. She and her husband, Steven, are blessed with two children, Kora and Cole, who all serve together at The Vine Church. She is the owner of Charged to Love Creations. Brooke enjoys playing board games, reading, crafting, spoiling her dogs & making new friends. She believes it’s important to love where she lives, which means actively building up & being involved 
in her community.

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GREG WOODS

Treasurer

Greg is the Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council (EMS) & an adjunct teacher at Virginia Highlands Community College. A SWVA native, he lives in Abingdon with his wife Kandice, and their three daughters, Khloe, Kali, and Karly. Greg believes it isn’t enough to soak up the hard work of other people’s efforts, like festivals and events, without also working to make those things happen, too.

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GEORGE PRICE

Economic Vitality Chair

George is Chief Deputy Commissioner of Revenue for Washington County, and a devoted husband and father. George was born at Johnston Memorial Hospital and grew up on a dairy farm near White’s Mill. He strongly supports local citizens who step up to a task and seeks opportunities for us all to succeed together.

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HANA EICHIN

Promotions Chair

Hana moved to Abingdon from the 
suburbs of Dallas, Texas in 2013 to work for Barter Theatre. On that first drive down Main Street, her car packed with everything she owned, she fell in love. Looking back, that was the day she decided this could be home & wanted to see Abingdon fulfill its potential as a place where locals thrive & visitors fall in love. She is now the proud owner of Spot of Color, a new business within the Abingdon Main Street Alliance footprint, and is eager to help Abingdon become even better than before.

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MORGAN EGAN

Marketing Coordinator

Morgan came to Abingdon with her husband and two young children in late summer of 2019. She currently serves as Director of Marketing at Barter Theatre, and has become deeply invested in her family’s new home town & community. Morgan is a wordsmith and a planner with an inquisitive, solution-oriented nature, making her a great asset to our team.

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DOUG BEATTY

Music Events Coordinator

Doug owns and operates Bone Fire Smokehouse in Abingdon. As a small business owner within the Abingdon Main Street Alliance footprint, Doug has a vested interest in the continued success of our downtown commercial district. He has been involved with Abingdon Main Street for several years. He is passionate about music experiences, community & local identity.

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MICHAEL CHAFIN

Member-At-Large

Michael has worked as a Crisis Stabilization Specialist and is the Director of Social Services at a rehabilitation facility. He attended East Tennessee State University for his undergraduate & graduate degrees in social work. He joined the Abingdon Main Street Alliance 
board to promote and celebrate the unique diversity that Abingdon offers. He is amazed at the growth our town has experienced and looks forward to continued growth, diversity & building new community relationships.

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AMANDA PILLION


Amanda was elected to the Abingdon Town Council on May 19, 2020 to a term beginning July 1, 2020. She lives in Abingdon with her four children, and husband State Senator Todd Pillion. She is also a licensed Audiologist.