Our Staff and Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Cecile Gorham - Chairwoman
Cecile has been chairwoman of Market Central since its inception in 2003. She is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and an experienced gardener. Cile was a vendor at the City Market for 20 years, selling plants and cut flowers, and worked for several years at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. She has completed coursework in landscape design, business development and Chinese language, and has contributed many volunteer hours to Charlottesville City Schools, neighborhood associations, VICFA, as well as Market Central.
Donna is a transplant from Louisiana and has been a C’ville resident for 18 years. Her career background includes being a High School teacher, a University librarian, and a manager in the Secondary Mortgage arena. Donna has extensive experience in social services, with a focus on both “ for profit” & nonprofits agencies whose focus is on assisting seniors. She is passionate about the City Market, its mission, vendors & farmers and the strong community presence that supports this fantastic local endeavor. Donna has been on the Market Central Board since 2016 and looks forward to working with the Board, the City Market and vendors as this Market continues to be a vital part of the C’ville community.
Michael Reilly is co-founder and executive director of Slow Money Central Virginia, a non-profit whose mission is to support the financial needs of Virginia farms, both urban and rural. Michael began his career in banking and then worked for 15 years as an executive in the broadcast TV business. In 2010 he turned his attention to entrepreneurship and local food advocacy. He launched Foodwaze.com, an online and mobile platform to help consumers understand more about the source of their food. Michael serves on the planning team for the Charlottesville Food Justice Network. And he serves on an advisory committee for the Virginia Association of Biological Farming. He is also active in the effort against global warming, serving on the steering committee for Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, a collaborative of faith communities dedicated to advancing climate justice. Michael earned an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.