Board Members & Advisors

Full Circle is honored to have dedicated people serving on our Board of Directors, our Junior Board of Directors, and as Strategic Advisors.

2021 Board of Directors


Karen Butterfield

Karen Butterfield has served on our Board of Directors and volunteered with Full Circle since 2015.

Professionally, Karen has worked 15 years with CarMax, as a leader of Sales Development. She has a heart for volunteer work with organizations such as The Greater Richmond ARC – Next Generation advisory council member (1 year), The LCPL Blake Howey Memorial Fund – Co-founder and Director (2007-2013), CarMax Home Office Giving Committee – Member, and Rebuilding Together Richmond – House Captain/Team Coordinator.

Jillian Carpenter

Jillian Carpenter is a proud graduate of Randolph-Macon College (B.A. ’12) and Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S.W. ’14). Jillian has served as an Assistant Professor in Teaching in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University since June 2018. Jillian is passionate about creating meaningful and collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, and community partners.

Previously, Jillian served as a Student Success Adviser in the School of Social Work working directly with graduate students for two years. She also served as the Program Manager for Avail, a cause marketing and foundation management firm. She was responsible for managing Super Bowl Champion, Michael Robinson’s foundation, Excel to Excellence and its signature program, TEAM EXCEL.

Jillian is personally and professionally invested in the mission of Full Circle Grief Center and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors!

Melanie Frank

Melanie Frank is the Vice President of Technology at CapitalOne. In her role, she supports Associate Technology for a 70,000-person enterprise, leading such efforts as CapitalOne’s migration to Google’s G-Suite to unlock innovative collaboration capabilities for teams.

She graduated from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for Honeywell Technology.  While there she earned her master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Engineering.  Melanie was a founding board member of Full Circle and has been an engaged volunteer in many capacities since Full Circle began serving the community.  Outside of work, Melanie enjoys spending time with her three children and running whenever she can.

Shawn Handley

Shawn grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, near Urbanna, VA.  He holds a BA from Virginia Tech. Shawn has been in the recruiting industry for more than 21 years. He started at Apex in the capacity of managing director for the Richmond branch. In 2001, Shawn was named the Regional Vice President of Business Development handling all operations for the southeastern U.S., which included six Apex branch offices and accounted for 75mm+ in revenue.  As a result of his success as RVP of Business Development, Shawn was promoted to National Accounts Vice President with a concentration in the financial industry. In this role, he secured three of the largest U.S. banks as clients for Apex, one of which remains Apex’s largest client today. For ten years, Shawn held the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development with a national focus on marketing, channel partnerships, and recruitment solutions. He is now the Chief Marketing Officer. Shawn uses his 21 years of experience in the industry to develop a core strategy to expand Apex’s service offerings for its customers.   Shawn is married with 3 daughters and enjoys boating on the Chesapeake Bay.

Dane Honrado

Dane Honrado graduated from Virginia Tech in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics and was commissioned as an officer in the United State Navy. He completed nuclear power and submarine training and then reported to his initial assignment aboard USS Spadefish (SSN 668) where he was selected as the 1996 Submarine Group Nine Junior Officer of the Year. He transitioned from active duty to the Navy Reserves in 2000 and was assigned as Commanding Officer for seven different units. He was recalled in 2002 serving in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and again in 2010 serving in Afghanistan as Base Commander for Camp Sabalu-Harrison, a forward operating base with 2,500 military and civilian residents.

Beginning in 2013, he served four years as a member and then Chief of Staff of the National Navy Reserve Policy Board; advising the Secretary of the Navy on policy matters related to the Reserve force.

In his civilian career, Dane has 15 years of experience in the energy commodity and investment industries. He is currently a Research Director for the Virginia Retirement System.

He holds an M.S in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago, an MBA from Chaminade University and a Certificate in Anti-Submarine Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.

Dane joined the Full Circle Board of Directors in 2015.

Barry Montgomery

Barry is an attorney and a partner with KPM LAW in its Richmond, VA office. Barry practices in the areas of commercial litigation, employment related litigation, and professional liability defense.

Barry represents primarily insurance companies and mid-sized businesses in before regulatory boards, state and federal courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Barry has first chair trial experience in over 75 jury trials in state and federal court and has prosecuted and defended multi-million dollar cases to verdict.

Nikhil Parekh

Nikhil is an enterprise leader and a visionary executive, who consistently drove pharmaceutical/ biopharmaceutical and consumer healthcare companies like P&G, Wyeth and Pfizer to world-class success, with extensive experience in discovery, development, in-licensing and launch of innovative products.  He is recognized as an inspiring leader, strategic thinker, trusted mentor and a coach, and accomplished trailblazer with a strong sense of urgency, an entrepreneurial spirit and drive for success.  He has demonstrated key strength of enterprise leadership through inspiring self and others to achieve stretched goals, managing expectations both vertically and horizontally, with effective communication and collaboration, making clear and timely decisions through stakeholder involvement, and developing talent across different organizations.  Cumulatively, these skills, attributes and experiences have resulted in the launch of numerous innovative pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products in US and globally and leading non-profit organizations to new heights.

Nikhil retired from Pfizer in 2017.  Afterward, he established his consulting firm helping both start-ups and established companies in the Richmond area. He continues to volunteer both professionally and personally.

Nikhil held many executive positions in his 30 years of accomplished career in corporate America.  He has over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic planning, analytical thinking, budget and resource management, managing professional staff and developing talents.  He transformed innovative technologies into many successful marketed products for both prescription and Over-the-Counter pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare industries.  He led Asian Alliance, Female Leadership and Black Americans Diversity & Inclusion groups at Pfizer.

Nikhil Holds Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and M.S. and B.S. in Chemistry from the Bombay University.  He resides in Midlothian, VA with his family and enjoys outdoor activities.

Russel Ramsey

Russel is an IT Product Owner at Kinsale Insurance and has over a decade of experience in product and project management. Since 2008, he has used his expertise in process improvement, operations, and Agile/Scrum project management to teams at Capital One and CarMax before joining Kinsale in 2021. Rusty leads teams, interfaces with clients, and brings an overall enthusiasm to every role, including his role as a Board Member at Full Circle.

Having lost his father at a young age, Rusty knows better than most the value of grief support for young people. A desire to support these efforts brought him to Full Circle. When he isn’t hard at work on a Kinsale project or helping Full Circle with an upcoming event or initiative, Rusty can be found playing hockey, brewing beer, or spending time with his wife and their two children.

Shannon Venable 

About two and a half years ago, Shannon joined the non-profit sector as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Previously, Shannon was an executive for Dominion Energy for over eight years and held various officer positions in the areas of Regulation, Finance, IT, and Human Resources.  At the director level with Dominion, she served as a leader in multiple operational areas including electric and gas customer service, electric operations, Six Sigma and IT.  In addition, she led many initiatives including developing new organizations, leading strategic business planning, and streamlining delivery of products/services over her thirty plus years with Dominion.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  She has served on the United Way Board of Directors since June of 2010, served as the chair of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council in 2014 and 2015, and is also currently serving on the Smart Beginnings RVA Board of Directors.  Her passion has been around supporting early childhood development and education within our region and across the Commonwealth of Virginia as she also served on the Early Elementary subcommittee for the Lt. Governor’s Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success.

Shannon lives in Glen Allen, Virginia with her husband Ed, and they have two sons.


Strategic Advisor

Wallace Stettinius

“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”

Source: The Wonder Years