Ash Gorman
Executive Director

16 years of service to BBBSCVA

I have been with the agency for over fifteen years.  Throughout my time here, I have worked in Match Support and in Partnership Development before taking the leadership position in August of 2007.  I have also served as a Big Brother for two separate children during my time with the agency.  Improving the lives of children is a mission that is close to my heart, and I have dedicated the last 20 years to working for organizations that do just that.  In addition, I served as the President of the Optimist club of Lynchburg and currently reside on the Strategic Planning Committee for Holy Cross Regional School.  When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jackie and our 11 year old son Lucas, and our 7 year old son Woodrow.

Email:       Phone: 434-473-7335


Dawn Blankinship
Director of Special Events & Marketing

8 years of service to BBBSCVA

After serving for almost 30 years as a fundraiser and Director of Development at multiple Colleges and private educational institutions, I came to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia in January of 2012 as the Special Events & Marketing Coordinator. In my position,  I am responsible for organizing and over seeing all  fundraising events for the Agency such as Bowl for Kids Sake,  Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic and Dancing with the Lynchburg STARS. In addition, I am responsible for creating and implementing new  special events in an effort to raise all important funds to help support our wonderful programs and the volunteers and children that we serve. Some of those new events have included the David Dudley Fishing Tournament, numerous Winter Black Tie Galas such as Casino Royale, Mardi Gras, Dancing with the Lynchburg STARS and our newest fundraiser, BIG Little Poker Run in the Fall of 2018. I am also responsible for overseeing all marketing materials and support for our Agency.” I am thrilled to be a part of such an amazing organization and feel blessed to have the opportunity to help positively change children’s lives for the better!” 

Email:   Phone: 434-473-7329 


Sharon Jones
Director of Programs & Enrollment

15 years of service to BBBSCVA

My role with the agency is to bring the perfect Volunteer and the perfect Little together.  This relationship brings joy into the lives of both individuals, and is what I find most enjoyable.   When a volunteer and a child meet for the first time, and the happiness and joy shows on their faces, I realize that what I do really makes a difference.  The good thing is that I get to experience this over and over with each match meeting. “Everyone can be great…..because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Email:      Phone: 434-473-7328 

Jessica Merrow
Coordinator of Site Based Programs

9 years of service to BBBSCVA

I am so excited to be here!  In addition to working on a Masters of Education, my husband and I are raising our daughter (16) and sons (10) and (6).  They are the joy of my life and an absolute blessing! Even though my children, my job and my school work keep me busy, my family and I love visiting local orchards and farms when we have time.  My husband is a chef and we love trying new things.  He owns and operates Grey’s Restaurant in historic downtown Lynchburg. Luckily, we were blessed with a daughter that has a palate like our own and rarely turns down a culinary adventure–the verdict is still out on our son.  I interned  with Big Brothers Big Sisters before I became a Match Support Specialist and believe strongly in our mission and the good work that we do here.

Email:     Phone: 434-473-7330


Payton Jones
Coordinator of Community Based Programs

Joined BBBSCVA in June of 2018