Meet the Patawomeck heritage foundation

The members of PHF's Board of Directors provide strategic guidance in the fulfillment of PHF's mission to promote and protect the culture and heritage of the Patawomeck Indians, develop Patawomeck culture, art and history among tribal members, and to educate the general public regarding the Patawomeck heritage. Board Members have broad responsibility to govern the organization. Together, they make policy to govern PHF, determine PHF's official position on matters of public policy, set the budget and priorities of the Foundation, and develop strategic plans to promote the Patawomeck Art, History and Culture. No Directors or Officers of the Patawomeck Heritage Foundation recieve any monetary compensation for serving on the Board.

Wanda Newton Atkins
Acting President
Patawomeck Tribal Member
A native of King George County and graduate of James Madison College, former elementary teacher and Department of Defense analyst, Wanda Atkins has worked in graduate programs from James Madison University and the University of Virginia and has extensive experience with community-based youth and service programs. She often heard of "Indian blood" in the Newton family, but the specifics were never mentioned. At age 60, while attending a Patawomen Education Day in White Oak, the details were revealed....

Vice President Position Vacant


Jenny Smith, Secretary
- Honors diploma, Philadelphia High School
- BA Design (emphasis Industrial Design) with studies in Marketing and Computer Science, Brigham Young University,
- Manager, Health and Human Performance Services, Brigham Young University
- 3-D Graphical Database Designer, Digitran, Inc.
- Freelance 3D computer graphic design
- Freelance webpage design, internet marketing, and social media outreach
- Secretary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Overwharton Parish Chapter
- Extensive church leadership positions, including Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher, Seminary teacher, and Activities director- Amateur Radio License KC5FTK
- Defender of Children Award for efforts supporting partnerships to establish community standards of decency, Citizens for Families.
My grandmother grew up here in Stafford County, but moved to Mississippi with her dashing new husband. I grew up in Mississippi, but when the opportunity presented itself, my husband and I brought our children back to the family farm in Hartwood, where they feel the comfort of being on land that has been in the family for nearly 200 years. I am grateful for the opportunity to help preserve my Patawomeck heritage and leave a legacy for my children through those efforts.


MaryAnn Berry, Treasurer
Tribal Member of the Patawomeck Indians of Virginia since 7/27/1997.
Past Council member & Treasurer of the Patawomeck Indian Council
Graduated LaPlata High School 1967
Attended: Charles County Community College
Prince George’s County Community College
Married with three children and seven Grandchildren
Retired from Prince George’s County Public School in 2009
Prince George’s County Public School 1986 – 2009
Held various clerical jobs during my tenure and retired from the IT Department (1999-2009) with the title of Oracle Human Resource Management System HRMS Functional Lead.
Prior to joining Prince George’s County Public Schools, I held jobs in Banking and Accounting.
Meals on Wheels: 2013 to Present
Oxon Hill Friendly Lions Club - Public Speaking Award for District 22-C

Lou Silver


Patawomeck Tribal Member

Robert Thomas, Director
Robert "Bob" Thomas, Jr. was elected to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors representing the George Washington district in November 2011. Bob serves on the By-Laws committee, the Community and Economic Development Committee, the Finance, Audit and Budget Committee and the Joint Board of Supervisors/Utilities Commission Committee. Prior to his election to the board, Bob served as the Chairman of the Stafford County Telecommunications Committee. Prior to his election to the board, Bob served as the Chairman of the Stafford County Telecommunications Commission representing the Falmouth district. Bob served nearly eight years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps where he completed assignments in Norfolk, Virginia, Okinawa, Japan and Quantico, Virginia. After his service, Bob worked for a large government contractor based in McLean, Virginia continuing to serve the Marine Corps as an information technology expert. In 2006, Bob co-founded Capriccio Software, Inc. which is located at the Riverside Business Park in Stafford and he currently serves as the company's President and CEO. Bob earned his Associate’s in Networking from Northern Virginia Community College and his Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from Excelsior College. Bob and his wife Christi have eight children and are members of Spotswood Baptist Church.



Johnny Mac Chinn

Patawomeck Tribal Member
Born in center of White Oak across from White Oak School.
Went to Falmouth High and graduated from Stafford High.
Went to and graduated from a small Indian School located in Middle Plantation.
Ate the tax payers chow and wore their clothes in the U.S. Army.
For 45 years said I was a Real Estate Appraiser. Sticking with that story.