PASSION. HISTORY. DEDICATION.
Our team is passionate about what they do. Each of the dedicated staff here at St. Luke’s plays an important role that is integral to the success of our team.
– Todd Ballance, Executive Director
Todd is a passionate cultural resource manager bringing decades of experience in the living history and museum field to St. Luke’s.
Her coworkers often describe her as a “museum nerd.” She is passionate about many aspects of history including Art History, Religious Studies, and Critical Race Theory. She is far more passionate about her family, whose youngest members can be found volunteering at St. Luke’s on their days off from school.
When he is not fishing, John can be found at his day job as Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church or at St. Luke’s giving tours. For John, the best part of his job is helping visitors form a new perspective, inspiring them to become more responsible citizens in order to form that “more perfect union.”
Sales and Services Manager
Before taking on his current position as Sales and Services Manager, Fred spent nearly three years working as a Museum Interpreter. He enjoys interacting with the public and is passionate about justice issues. He also plays the saxophone and has seen the Grateful Dead in concert 19 times.
Emily has always been fascinated by early American history and believes cultural institutions like St. Luke’s are an integral part of our communities. As the Development Coordinator, Emily enjoys meeting and developing relationships with all of St. Luke’s invested donors and learning why they are passionate about the site. When not working, Emily enjoys trying new restaurants, watching movies, and spending time outside with her husband and dog.
Oneita is a native of Isle of Wight County. She is a graduate of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton VA. She studied Chemistry at Roanoke College. Oneita is married to John Ericson, our Education Coordinator. They are the parents of three sons, Matthew, Thomas and James.
Assistant Gift Shop Manager
Gloria was encouraged to volunteer at St. Luke’s by a close friend. That was over 10 years ago! Gloria especially enjoys working during the special events here at St. Luke’s. When she is not on the clock as the
Assistant Gift Shop Manager, she volunteers her time at Chippokes Plantation State Park.
Senior Grounds Technician
As St. Luke’s Veteran Grounds Technician of 15 years, Randy loves working outdoors. Heritage Day was one of his favorite events, when people would visit and comment on how beautiful the grounds were. Randy enjoys spending time with family, and loves to go salt-water fishing.
David enjoys working outside and is passionate about making the grounds look great. When he is not working at St. Luke’s David enjoys fishing and metal detecting.
For 37 years, Leslie traveled the world as a flight attendant. She has been to every continent except Antarctica! Naturally, she enjoys meeting and talking with visitors, learning more about where they are from and teaching them about St. Luke’s rich history.
Thomas Fosdick is an avid musician who enjoys the outdoors, friends and family, and reading. He graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in American Studies and Political Science. As a Museum Educator, Thomas enjoys every opportunity to discuss the belief systems that drive history and historical narrative.
As a 6th grade teacher, Nicole is passionate about learning. She is always expanding her knowledge by learning something new. She enjoys researching and telling the stories of those who are buried in our Ancient Cemetery, and her favorite event is the Twilight Cemetery Tours.
Theresa (Teri) considers herself an “Earthy” person and enjoys the serenity of St. Luke’s cemetery and grounds. Teri cherishes her family and loves to watch her grandchildren grow up. She also enjoys interior decorating and is currently remodeling her bathroom.
Rachel enjoys hiking, caving, and spending time with her family. One of her favorite projects are the Cemetery Preservation Workshops. She fell in love with the site and Public History while doing research for a class at CNU. “I think St. Luke’s will do that to you. There is something extra special about this site.”