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History & Mission

The Richmond Fisher House was a gift to the Veteran’s Administration through the generosity of Fisher House Foundation. It serves as a home away from home for the families of veterans receiving care at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Located on the Medical Center campus, the home is 16,800 square-feet in size and consists of between 21 suites with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House.


Stories from some of our guests

How Our Dollars Are Spent

Since its inception, the Fisher House program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $165 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.


Facility Upkeep

The Foundation provides financial support for facility upkeep when Department of VA funding is not available or cannot be earmarked.

Family Support

The Foundation provides direct support to families on an as needed basis such as gift cards, transportation and bed linens.

Administrative

The Foundation supports direct cost of fundraising such as thank you notes, gift receipts and stationery.

Board of Directors

Leo James Odonnell

Past Chairman

Mr. O’ Donnell is Senior Vice President of Operations at SunTrust Mortgage, a subsidiary of SunTrust Banks, Inc. headquartered in Richmond Virginia. Prior to joining SunTrust, Mr. O’ Donnell served in a variety of roles with Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, and Deloitte Consulting. He also has served on active duty as an Engineer Officer in Germany, Ft. Bragg, and the Persian Gulf. Mr. O’ Donnell is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School and is a Senior Parachutist.

Mr. O’ Donnell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He lives in Richmond with his wife and four children.

L. Holmes Ginn IV

Founding Chairman

Mr. Ginn is a Senior Vice President for BB&T Capital Markets. Prior to joining BB&T, Mr. Ginn was a senior Aviator Instructor Pilot in the U.S. Army. He commanded a Blackhawk company during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Ginn’s awards include the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and lives in Richmond with his wife Kim. Mr. Ginn’s son and his son’s wife are Army Captains. His daughter is in graduate school at the University of South Carolina and is married to an Army Captain.

Hilbert W. “Bret” Wilkinson III, CPA

Treasurer

Hilbert W. “Bret”  Wilkinson III is a CPA with Harris, Hardy and Johnstone P.C., an accounting firm in Richmond, Virginia. He is a 1994 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Wilkinson is the Central Virginia Regional Director for the VMI Alumni Association and the former President of the VMI Club of Richmond. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Glen Allen with his wife and three children.

Dr. Tamara Singleton Broadnax, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


Dr. Broadnax is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Virginia Commonwealth University and a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Storm.  She completed active duty assignments in Germany, Colorado, New York, Alabama and Saudi Arabia.  Dr. Broadnax has held several clinical, administrative and managerial positions with the Central Virginia VA Health Care system and VCU Health.  She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing.  Dr. Broadnax and her husband Tony have been married for over 25 years and they are the parents of 2 adult children, Tony Jr. and Tori.

James C. Cosby


Mr. Cosby is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP, a law firm with offices in Virginia, North Carolina, California, and in Germany, where he serves as the managing partner of its Richmond office. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and the University of Richmond School of Law. Mr. Cosby was commissioned a Reserve Officer in the U. S. Army, and has served in various assignments in the active reserve. Mr. Cosby has served on the Board of Directors of the University of Richmond Law School Association, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He has held leadership positions with the Bar Association of the City of Richmond, the John Marshall American Inn of Court, and the Greater Richmond Chamber. Mr. Cosby is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Brian Filas


Mr. Filas is Vice President of Fraud Prevention for Capital One Bank. Prior to joining Capital One Brian held various accounting, finance, and operations positions with AECOM, Markel, Dominion Resources, and Circuit City. Mr. Filas also served on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. During his service, he spent three winters breaking ice aboard the USCGC Morro Bay and completed his service in an administrative role at the Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, VA.

Mr. Filas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University and is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. He lives in Richmond with his wife, a third-grade teacher in Henrico County, and his two sons.

Jeffrey L. Keister


Jeffrey L. Keister is a Vice President for Marketing at Dominion Energy. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University and has been in the energy industry for 36 years. He lives in Hanover County with his wife. He has two daughters and two grandsons.

Adam S. Lee


Adam S. Lee is Dominion Energy’s vice president and chief security officer. He directs the development and implementation of corporate security strategy and policies which protect the company’s physical and cyber assets, valued at $100 billion and spanning 18 states. He is Dominion Energy’s security and intelligence liaison with the U.S. government and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Lee joined the company in this role in 2018. In addition to his responsibilities as CSO, Lee serves as Dominion Energy’s executive leader over its Veteran Resource Group.

Before joining Dominion Energy, Lee served as Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Richmond Division. In 2018, he retired from the FBI after a career spanning 22 years in counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, and cyber investigations and operations, in addition to specializing in cases involving corruption of elected and appointed officials, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and antitrust violations. Lee previously served as the FBI’s executive over its national Public Corruption Program, overseeing the FBI’s most sensitive criminal investigations involving elected and appointed officials across the spectrum of government.

Lee is a member of World 50, a private community for CEOs and C-level executives at globally respected companies to discover better ideas, share valuable experiences, and build relationships that make a lasting impact. Additionally, he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Central Virginia Law Enforcement Executives Association, and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Lee is an attorney licensed in the State of California. Prior to his career in national and corporate security, he served as a Fellow in the California State Senate and Counsel to the California State Allocation Board. He is married to Melinda, and father of Finn, Abigail, and Virginia.

Jonathan R. Price


Mr. Price is a founding board member of the Richmond Fisher House Foundation. He is a Senior Vice President of Davenport & Company LLC, a regional brokerage firm. He is a graduate of Saint Leo University and a former Navy SEAL who served for six years on active duty. Mr. Price is a past board member of Richmond Habitat for Humanity where he chaired the Family Selection and Family Services committees. He is a lifetime member of the UDT/SEAL Association. Mr. Price is married and has three grown children, two of which are former military officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.

Team Fisher House

Wayne H. Walker, CSM, U.S.A. (Ret.)

Director

Mr. Walker was selected as the Richmond Fisher House Manager in July, 2007. Born on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina, he grew up traveling the world as a member of an Air Force family. Mr. Walker entered the United States Army as a Combat Engineer in 1983, where he attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During an outstanding military career that spanned more than 25 years, he served our nation in virtually every non-commissioned leadership position available, retiring as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Walker brought his U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engineering experiences to Richmond by playing a vital role in the building of the Richmond Fisher House, acting as the contract representative prior to its dedication in July 2008. His education and senior leadership training experiences have prepared him well for the critical role as manager and chief overseer of the home. Mr. Walker earned an Associate Degree from Central Texas College in 1994, a Bachelor of Individualized Studies from Virginia State University in 2001, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University in 2004. He enjoys assisting families, spending time with his family, L.C. Bird High School football and restoring his ‘55 Chevy.

Willie “Mac" McDonald

Willie “Mac” McDonald

Program Support Assistant

Mr. McDonald is a native of the great state of Arkansas. At a young age he joined the U.S. Army where he served his country in Germany and at Fort Eustis, Virginia as a Human Resource Specialist. After his years on active duty, Mac continued to serve his country in the Army Reserve. Mac has been a distinguish member of the Department of Veterans Affairs team for more than 30 years and has been an integral part of the Fisher House Program as a Program Support Assistant since its opening in 2008. He is a member of the Richmond Virginia Toast Masters and has served as the President of the local Chapter. He enjoys reading, learning about different cultures, fine foods and traveling. Mac truly enjoys supporting Veterans and the mission of the Fisher House program.