Sarah F. Whiting

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | 804.649.0263

Sarah Whiting has served as Executive Director of St. John’s Church Foundation since August 2012.

From 2006 to 2012, Whiting was the Revolving Fund Program Manager and later the Director of Community Resources and Outreach at Preservation Virginia. Through the Revolving Fund a State-financed trust fund valued at approximately $1.5 million in cash, investments, and properties Whiting worked to protect and preserve publicly significant historic properties across Virginia. 

Whiting held multiple positions at the Historic Richmond Foundation from 1999 to 2006, including Project Manager, Director of Development and Special Projects, and Managing Director. While serving at HRF, Whiting raised money for the multi-phase restoration of Monumental Church, a National Historic Landmark, gathering federal, state, and local grant funding and donations from private individuals. Whiting oversaw restoration Phases I and II of the church, and served as Project Manager for the Monument Replication Project, an international effort of scientists, artisans, and conservators to recreate the damaged marble memorial at Monumental Church.

 

Amy N. Swartz

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND PRESERVATION

804.643.0555

Amy Swartz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and was previously employed by Historic Richmond Foundation as the Director of Preservation Services, responsible for overseeing the care and adaptive renovation/restoration of historic properties owned by HRF and advocating for protection of historic properties in the Richmond region.

Additionally, Mrs. Swartz was the Restoration Coordinator at Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, where she was responsible for overseeing the care of the cemetery including masonry and headstone repair, cleaning and maintenance.

 

Sarah M. White

DIRECTOR OF GUEST EXPERIENCE

804.649.3094

Sarah White hails from Charlottesville VA, the town invented by Thomas Jefferson.  Sarah's interest in the Civil War led her to Richmond where she was quickly consumed by the history of the City, including Historic St. John's and the American Revolution. From the Visitor Center to the website to scheduling 100s of shows annually, Sarah works behind the scenes to make sure that visitors to Historic St. John's have a 5-star experience.   

Sarah has a Masters in English w: American Studies from the University of Virginia.  She also has an above-ground career as award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah White.  

 

Charles Wissinger

CASTING DIRECTOR

Charles Wissinger is a professional actor who loves history. A graduate of Ferrum College with a B.A. in Theatrical and Performing Arts, he has worked on stage, in films, television, and commercials. Wissinger has combined his love for acting with his love for history by researching and creating interpretations of historical figures from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II, and has been seen on Fox News Channel, HBO, PBS, The History Channel, The Military Channel, National Geographic, The American Heroes Channel, and The Discovery Channel. 

Wissinger joined the cast at Historic St. John's Church in 2003. In addition to acting, he currently researches and sews historical clothing for LionHeart Filmworks, St. John's Church Foundation and The Berkeley Plantation Thanksgiving Festival. Wissinger is very proud to be working with SJCF and the great group of people that keep educating through entertainment. 

 

Raymond Baird

LEAD INTERPRETER

A lifetime resident of the Richmond area, Ray has a passion for American History, especially the history of Richmond.  After retiring from Verizon in 2002, Ray became active in Civil War reenactments, appeared in the film 'Gods & Generals', and eventually started his own tour company "Richmond Revealed".  After joining the team at Historic St. John's Church, Ray discovered a new passion: Patrick Henry and the Revolutionary War.  When not at St. John's, Ray can be found exploring graveyards in Southwest Virginia as he searches for Patrick Henry's family.  Ray is married to the lovely Annette Martin Baird from Clifton Forge, Virginia.