Board of Trustees Executive Committee
Mary Hodges George ’89
Chair, Board of Trustees
Mary is one of the pioneers of VES coeducation, joining the first class of women boarders in 1986 and graduating in 1989. She is in her second term on the VES Board of Trustees, and previously served as president of the Alumni Association. Mary resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Mike, and their three young children. She and Mike established in 2016 the Mary Hodges ’89 and Michael R. ’87 George Family Financial Aid Fund. She is co-founder and director of My Remarkable SelfTM, an organization that teaches young girls/women effective communication skills, self-empowerment and personal, social and academic success. With a graduate degree from Columbia University Teachers College and undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, Mary began her career in education at Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, where she directed the teaching and integration of technology into the school and curriculum. In 2008, Mary joined the faculty at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, New York, teaching Personal Development Education to middle and high school students as well as leading and co-facilitating workshops for students and parents. She and Mike have two sons and a daughter.
Joel T.C. Williams ’85
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Joel is in his second term as a VES trustee, where he serves as vice chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee. A 1985 graduate of VES and in 1990, received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Joel is a principal and director of residential construction with the Williams Realty & Building Company—a full-service residential and commercial construction, development and property management company based in Raleigh, NC. He also is a member of Chaucer Investments, LLC and Glenwood Asset Management, LLC. Joel and his wife, Liza, reside in Raleigh and have a son, Joel T.—a 2017 graduate of VES—and a daughter, Frances.
Paul Sheehy ’81
Chair, Finance Committee
Paul joined the VES Board of Trustees in 2018, and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee. Paul is president of GrayCo—a premier real estate investment and property management firm based in Richmond, Virginia—which he joined in 1992. He is currently responsible for all aspects of a portfolio of approximately 4,700 apartment units in eight southeastern states, and manages the company's involvement in joint venture apartment development investments. He has extensive experience is underwriting, valuation and acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate and asset management of a diversified portfolio retail, suburban office and flex office properties. Prior to his work with GrayCo, Paul held several positions in the real estate group at NationsBank (and predecessor entities) in Richmond, Virginia. He spent five years in the Real Estate Finance Division, where he focused on commercial construction lending, valuation and, ultimately, special asset recovery. Paul holds a B.A. in History and German Language from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Julie, have three grown children, Claire, Meg and Robert.
Emmy Ellison '96
Chair, Advancement Committee
Emmy, a 1996 VES alumna and legacy (father John G.B. Ellison, Jr. ’65), is serving in her second term as a VES trustee. Emmy is executive director of the Ellison Family Foundation. In 2015, Emmy and John established the first fully endowed faculty compensation fund at VES—the James A. Hopkins Distinguished Mastership. At the same time, they created the Elinor Bass Hopkins Memorial Award annual stipend. A graduate of the UNC School of the Arts, Emmy worked in the film industry in LA in a variety of capacities from the production and art departments to executive producer. Now, Emmy is the founder and CEO of deMaroc Home, a curated collection of vintage rugs, poufs and pillows from Morocco that showcases her passion for textiles and design.