About Us

Our Goal

We want to help make the Wintergreen Area a world-class destination and community.

Founded in 2015 to help stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (box checked), Friends of Wintergreen now wants to increase responsible tourism and improve the quality of life for Wintergreen Area residents, visitors and businesses.

Friends of Wintergreen is a Virginia nonstock, 501C (3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and enhancing the value, beauty, integrity, and sustainability of Wintergreen, Route 151, and neighboring communities.

We were founded in 2015 by two Wintergreen owners to create community awareness, develop legal challenges and environmental analysis and orchestrate political pressure to stop the development of Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would have greatly damaged the community. The pipeline was abandoned by its sponsors in 2020 and no longer poses a threat.

Our current initiatives, an overview of which is here,  include: 

  1. Promote the Wintergreen area
  2. Increase property values
  3. Provide new services

We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and work with other Wintergreen-area organizations, an advisory board, and individual volunteers. We are funded exclusively through tax-deductible donations from individuals and families.

Our Board of Directors

Don Felling
President

Wintergreen Owner since 1993, full timer since 2017.  

Retired as a Financial Advisor in 2020 and IBM in ’93.  Served 6 years in the Navy. Currently President of my Home Owners Association and serving on the Nature Foundations Endowment 2025 Committee.  Previous community activity includes 2 elected terms on York County School Board, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, Boys and Girls Club and others.  

Carolyn and I celebrated our 50 year Anniversary in 2020.  Our daughter Alison and her family live nearby in Crozet.  

Jon Ansell
Vice President

Co-founder and former CEO of Allianz Global Assistance and several other businesses. Jon also co-founded Friends of Wintergreen and more recently Favorite Place.
Jon and his wife Pam live in Richmond. They built a house on Fortunes Point.

John Claman
Secretary

Wintergreen property owner since 1984 and full time resident since 2007.
John been active in Wintergreen organizations since 1997, having served as: president of Wintergreen Music, the Wintergreen Property Owners Association, and the Wintergreen Mountain Homesteaders Association; Vice President of The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen; board member of Wintergreen Resort; and life member Wintergreen Rescue Squad.
A retired Navy Rear Admiral and a retired Vice President in the information technology consulting industry.
Married to Joyce Gallagher Claman with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

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Bob Kemp
Treasurer

Retired CFO from a government contractor in Northern Virginia, Moved with his wife Coral to the Rockfish Valley in 2010. Bob has served on other not-for-profit boards in the greater Charlottesville area such as the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Bob and Coral more recently moved into Stoney Creek in October 2020.

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Diana
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With a career that started in chemical engineering and expanded into financial services, Diana held senior executive roles leading process improvement, marketing, communications and investor relations. Her career included Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Kemper Corporation, Genworth Financial and several GE businesses. She is the founder and CEO of DH Squared, LLC. A Wintergreen property owner since 2004, Diana currently serves on the Wintergreen Mountain Homesteaders Association board. Diana and her husband, Peter Hill, have two children.

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