Kristi Williams, CFRE - President & CEO
Kristi was born and raised in northern California, receiving her B.A. from the University of California, Barbara. Also a Registered Nurse, she has over 20 years of nonprofit experience, having worked as the Director of Hospitality for the Santa Barabara International Film Festival and the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion to serve her community, is an advocate for mental health awareness, and is an active member of many community commitees and coalitions.
Kristi lives in Waynesboro with her husband of 12 years, Neil, their 10 year-old daughter, 5 year-old son, and Goldendoodle pup, Charley. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, listening to live music, and helping those who are in need in any way that she can.
Professional affiliations: Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Waynesboro Rotary Club, Waynesboro Kiwanis Club (Board of Directors)
Certifications: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA), IRS Advanced Certified Tax Preparer (2018 - current)
Sam Bosserman- Director of Community Impact
Sam grew up in Augusta County and has an MBA from Louisiana State University at Shreveport and a B.S in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. Sam has dedicated her life to serving the SAW community through various nonprofits including Kiwanis Club of Waynesboro, Relay For Life, and the Queen City Mischief and Magic Festival in Staunton.
Professionally Sam has worked as the events coordinator for DuPont Community Credit Union and most recently as the Senior Director of Communications and Board Development for the Virginia School Boards Association. Sam lives in Waynesboro with her husband David and goofy rescue pup Olive. Sam, David and Olive love to travel and enjoy camping and boating on Smith Mountain Lake. When asked why she chooses to dedicate her life to nonprofit work Sam stated, “It is important to lift each other up to build a stronger community. If one person or organization can make a difference in someone’s life each day, that is a great day.”
Maria Moore - Smart Beginnings SAW Program Manager
Maria grew up in Waynesboro and is maried to her high school sweetheart, David. Together they have two sons, Xavier and Bryson, and currently live in Staunton. Maria is an active member of St. John's Evangelist Catholic Church, and on the board of directors for the Kiwanis Club of Waynesboro. She is passionate about early childhood education, and is CLASS certified in both observing and coding classroom interactions for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-K. Maria is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is looking forward to being the "voice" of advocacy for the Hispanic residents in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her extended family and volunteering within the community. "It is my pleasure to give back to the community that I grew up in, and I am eager to help in any way that I can."
Lauren Knight - Office Manager
Lauren was born and raised in Staunton. Lauren has a dog named, Piper who is the center of her life. In her free time Lauren enjoys adventuring with Piper, and her fiancé. Together they take many walks and enjoy hiking and fishing. Lauren also has recently discovered a joy for gardening, and many evenings after work you can find her tending to her flower beds. Lauren is passionate about her community, and taking action so that individuals in the SAW community feel supported.
Madeline Barber - Community Relations Intern
Madeline grew up in Augusta County and recently graduated from Waynesboro High School. She attends The University of Virginia and is studying biochemistry. Madeline is an active member of First Baptist Church Waynesboro, and she enjoys serving her community through clubs such as Key Club, Beta Club, and National Honors Society. In her spare time, Madeline enjoys taking long walks with her dog, Bentley, spending quality time with friends and family, and reading.
“It is extremely important that everyone in my community has the help and support they need, and it is my honor to be a part of that charge.”
LU - Brand Ambassador