Jennifer Smith- President and CEO

Jennifer has worked in the not-for-profit field for more than 40 years. As a Girl Scout professional, she worked for councils in New Hampshire, Colorado, Massachusetts and Virginia. Here in Danville she was the second Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters before becoming Director of Prevention and Quality Assurance for 18 years at Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services. Jennifer has served on numerous boards and foundations and conducts grant writing, strategic planning and board development workshops. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her two retired horses from the Texas Prison System, kayaking, biking, new adventures, and travelling to see her kids in Utah and New York City.

To contact Jennifer Smith email or call (434) 792-3700 ext. 230



Traci Petty- Director of Public Relations and Operations

Traci Petty is the Director of Public Relations and Operations for United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County.  She is passionate about helping nonprofits maximize their effectiveness.  She spent ten years of her career in the corporate world helping manufacturing companies and hospitals to improve service quality utilizing data collection and analysis.  She holds a master in business administration from Averett University, a Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate and will be a 2019 Leadership Southside graduate. In Traci's free time she enjoys being in nature, riding atvs, kayaking, and camping under the stars.


To contact Traci Petty email or call (434) 792-3700 ext. 227


Vicki Robertson- Campaign Coordinator

Vicki began working at UWDPC in 2008. She later resumed her education and received a Bachelor’s degree from Averett University in 2011. Outside of UW, Vicki fills her time with community events and activities that exercise her mind, body and soul. Her favorite pastime challenges both mind and body as she learns the latest line dances as a participant in the Southside Urban Line Dance class.  If her schedule allows, she rejuvenates with step aerobics at the YMCA.Then once a month,  time is well spent with her "Yada Yada" sisters to discuss the most recent Christian novel. However, the greatest activity by far is any gathering she and her husband, Royger, can have with their children, grandchilden, family and friends. 

To contact Vicki email or call (434) 792-3700 ext. 223


Gil Collins- Director of Finance

Gil is a native of this area – he went to Chatham HS and received his B.S in Accounting from Virginia Tech.  After graduating from VT, he served two years in the Army.  Upon discharge, he worked at Danville Regional Medical Center for 32 years, retiring as CFO in 2005.  He has been married for 25 years to his wife Kathy, who is also a native of Chatham.  They love spending time with their two grandsons, Sam and Sean, who also live in Danville.  Gil is a Rotarian and Treasurer/Deacon at College Park Baptist Church where he enjoys participating in all activities.  He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and prior to his current position worked for 9 years as VP at Virginia Bank and Trust. He also enjoys golf, walking, biking, traveling, and VT sports.

To contact Gil Collins or call (434) 792-3700 ext. 231