Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503
434.385.3600

Meet the Team

Henry Clarke '03

Head of Advancement
Class of 2003

Henry was appointed Head of Advancement in 2021 after serving as Director of Development (2017-2021) and Director of Major Gifts (2014-2017).  Henry oversees the school’s fundraising and admission strategies.
 
Prior to joining VES, Henry attended The University of Virginia (English) and The University of South Carolina School of Law.  During law school Henry served as a summer clerk to The Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to preserve scenic farmland in Kelso, Virginia, through conservation easements.
 
Henry has dedicated much of his time to working with young people, teaching high school Latin and English and serving as a counselor, head counselor, and member of the sailing staff at Camp Sea Gull for 13 summers.  Henry has served in various volunteer fundraising capacities for The University of Virginia, Camps Sea Gull and Seafarer, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.  He has also participated on the Boards of Directors for Preservation Chapel Hill and the Jubilee Family Development Center.
 
Henry’s brother, Penn Clarke, is a member of the Class of 2005.  Henry and his wife, Addie, live near campus with their sons, Henry (6) and Burwell (3).

Contact Henry: 434.385.3708  | hclarke@ves.org 

Ron Hood

Associate Director of Development
Class of 1974


Ron joined VES in 2011 following years of volunteer service to the school, including Class Agent, Reunion Chair, Division Chair, Alumni Awards Chairman, Alumni Association Chairman and ex-officio member of the VES Board of Trustees. A proud member of the VES Class of 1974, Ron attended West Virginia University in Morgantown and completed the Goizueta Executive Program at Emory University in Atlanta in 1998. His early years were spent in the coal business in southern West Virginia, which led to a career in marketing and sales management. He spent 15 years with Rock-Tenn Company, serving as Director of Marketing and Product Development at company headquarters in Norcross, GA. He and and his wife, Jane, live in Lynchburg and have two grown children, Rachel and Christopher ’04. 

Contact Ron: 434.375.3707 | rhood@ves.org

Sidney Thomson '16

Assistant Director of Development
Class of 2016

A 2016 VES graduate, Sidney joined the Development team, to help support alumni engagement and fundraising. Sidney graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a B.A. in Humanities. In 2017, Sidney was awarded the Rustic Pathways Award for her leadership during student-led trips to Costa Rica and Australia. Sidney brings hospitality and fundraising experience to VES. She lives off campus and serves on the Wyatt Dorm team.

Contact Sidney: 434.385.3726  | sthomson@ves.org

Louis Williams '15

Assistant Director of Development
Class of 2015

A 2015 VES graduate, Louis joined the Development team to help support alumni engagement and fundraising. Louis wrestled, played baseball and football all four years at VES, and was a part of the 2014 state championship football team. Louis graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management in 2019. He also earned a Certificate of Food & Beverage Operations from Cornell in 2020. Most recently, Louis oversaw resort catering and residential dining and managed a team of 30 employees at the Forbes Five- Star Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Georgia. Louis lives off campus with his dog, Josie, and serves on the Randolph Dorm team.

Contact Louis: 434.385.3728  | lwilliams@ves.org

Tabitha Lang

Advancement Programs Coordinator

Contact Tabitha: 434-385-3700 | tlang@ves.org