Influencer Awards

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The VBH Foundation has provided more than $10 million in financial aid over the last decade to LifeSpire of Virginia residents who could no longer afford to pay for their care. Throughout the organization’s more than 70 year history, benevolence has been the heart of everything LifeSpire of Virginia does.

The Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Influencer Award honors a champion at each community who causes a positive effect on the mission to enhance the lives of their friends and neighbors. Influencers embody the core values of LifeSpire of Virginia communities through their spirit, their engagement and their generosity.

Like a tree cannot grow without the influence of the sun, the VBH Foundation cannot grow without the support and generosity of its influencers and supporters. Together we are building vibrant places to live where faith, wellness and community flourish.


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The Chesapeake: Travers Mayhew

The Culpeper: Bob Houck

The Glebe: Charlotte Yeatts

Lakewood: Sally Wheat

The Summit: Virginia Marshburn

Travers Mayhew, The Chesapeake

The 2022 Influencer at The Chesapeake is Travers Mayhew! Originally from Wisconsin, after serving in the Army, Travers spent most of his life and career in Newport News, Virginia, managing and then owning his father-in-law’s tugboat and barge business and a boat repair yard.

Travers and his wife Janet moved to The Chesapeake in 2007, knowing that they would need additional care as they aged. Travers has been active in the community, influencing many through his participation as president of the Resident Council among other roles. The Chesapeake provides him the drive and spirit to continue to be engaged, and he encourages others in the community to do the same.  His philosophy for business and for life was “always take the high road and the profits will follow.”  

Read his bio here!

Bob Houck, The Culpeper

The 2022 Influencer at The Culpeper is Bob Houck! Born and raised on a dairy farm in Culpeper, Virginia, Bob was an active member of the Culpeper business community for most of his life and career. After nearly two decades working for and managing farm credit associations, Bob and his wife Shirley then bought a cattle farm in Culpeper and operated it until they retired in 2016.

Two years later they moved to The Culpeper, after having been familiar with it, the residents, and the team members for many years. Bob has served on the Resident Council for three years and is currently in his second year as President. Bob brings his lifetime of community service and his Baptist faith to his involvement in The Culpeper community, which serves to influence his friends and neighbors.

Read his bio here!

Charlotte Yeatts, The Glebe

The 2022 Influencer at The Glebe is Charlotte Yeatts! From the Eastern Shore and then Newport News, Virginia, Charlotte and her husband Don moved to the Glebe in 2006. A nurse all her life, Charlotte brings a giving heart and spirit in the many ways she “influences” her community at The Glebe.

Conscious of the isolation and loneliness that can happen to the residents of the higher levels of care, Charlotte dresses up as a happy clown and visits the residents of Memory Care to lead activities and in Health Care she goes room to room, bringing joy and love to everyone living in Health Care.

Read her bio here!

Sally Wheat, Lakewood

The 2022 Influencer at Lakewood is Sally Wheat! Originally from southwest Virginia, then central Virginia and then back again, Sally always wanted to be a teacher. Influencers in her life include her father, who raised Sally and her sisters after her mother passed away, a mentor and principal, and her dear friend Louise, whose influence gave Sally strength and courage when she needed it the most.

Sally moved to Lakewood in 2018, following her sister who had moved in five years prior. Sally now is a vibrant and active part of the Lakewood community, serving in various volunteer positions, including being the chair of the Communications committee. She focuses on connecting with residents, and has made it her mission to get everyone involved and connected in some way throughout the community.

Read her bio here!

Virginia Marshburn, The Summit

The 2022 Influencer Award Winner Virginia Marshburn has been influencing The Summit community since the day it opened!  Virginia was the first resident to walk through the doors and has been a pillar of the community ever since. 

From the Northern Neck of Virginia, Virginia was influenced by her family and chose to be an educator. She moved to The Summit in 2003. She is proud and honored to be The Summit’s first Influencer!  All her life, she has sought to put her faith first, other people second, and herself last, and lives her life by the Golden Rule. 

Read her bio here!

Sponsorship Opportunities

By sponsoring an ad in our online journal, you are supporting our benevolent mission. One hundred percent of your donation will be applied to this year’s benevolent need. Last year, we provided over $1.1 million in benevolent subsidies to 50 residents who, through no fault of their own, exhausted their financial resources. Thank YOU for being a champion, too!

Emerald Sponsors

Sapphire Sponsors

Ruby Sponsors

Additional Sponsors

Read the bios of the 2021 Influencers!

Diane Bittner

Carole Edwards

Jane Scott

Phyllis Wilson

Thank you to the 2021 Influencer Award Sponsors!

Emerald Sponsor
Cura Hospitality

Sapphire Sponsors
Attane (formerly GlynnDevins)
Henderson Inc.
ColonialWebb/Comfort System USA

Ruby Sponsors
Matthews Development
Select Rehab

Additional Sponsors
Century Construction Company
Convergent Technologies Group
Deffet Group, Inc.
HJ Sims
Remedi SeniorCare of Virginia
G&H Construction
Folkes Electrical Construction Company, Inc.
David Partridge, Integrity Home Mortgage
McGriff Insurance Services
National Institue for Fitness and Sport (NIFS)