Phenix / Aspen (F)

Donna L. Fore
Term expires 12/31/21

     Mailing Address: 479 Francisco Road, Brookneal, VA 24528
Phone: (434) 376-6906    Cell Phone:  (434) 665-1434 

The Aspen/Phenix District encompasses an area on the western side of the County and includes Aspen, Old Well, Harrisburg, and the incorporated town of Phenix. Aspen’s name came from a grove of aspen trees growing in the area and had a post office as early as 1841. Places of interest located in this District are Red Hill (built in the mid-eighteenth century, Red Hill is the last home and burial place of Patrick Henry, the famous orator of the American Revolution), Staunton Hill (The David K. Bruce Estate), Ridgeway Farms, Gravel Hill Plantation, South Isle, the Clarkton Bridge, and Westview, which is also known as The Elam Homestead and the Terrell Home/Place, probably built between 1810 and 1825. Of note, the district was home to John Coles, who operated a ferry that came to be known as Coles Ferry across the Staunton River from the Halifax side to the Charlotte County side of the river. The ferry was a commercially important trade ferry, as well as a vital transportation route. Postal records show that one of the area’s first Post Offices was established at Coles Ferry in 1835, being named the Cub Creek Post Office, renamed to Coles Ferry in 1860. Another famous man from Virginia’s history once made Aspen his home. The Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco also lived in the district, having purchased 250 acres of land from Mr. William Rice of Pittsylvania County in 1785. The district has been home to many farms, tobacco warehouses, sawmills, water grist mills, general stores, and churches. The town of Phenix was incorporated in 1908 with the completion of the Norfolk and Western railroad. Nearby communities include Midway and Rough Creek. As the area grew, residents needed a local bank. The Bank of Charlotte County (formerly known as The Bank of Phenix, Inc.) was founded in 1912 by Mr. R. S. Chamberlayne, Jr. who served as its first President for 60 years. Mr. Chamberlayne was only 28 years old when he organized and founded the bank in 1912. When he retired in 1972, some 60 years later, he was 88. The bank's main office location has remained unchanged since its' opening. Of note, it is the oldest continuously operated business within the Town of Phenix. In November 2012, the bank celebrated its 100th year of operation as an independent community bank. Another important development in the Town of Phenix was the establishment of the Phenix Volunteer Fire Department, which was organized in 1959 and the firehouse then constructed in 1960.  Members worked hard to raise the funds needed for equipment by having stews, bake sales, and community “white elephant” sales. The Phenix Home Demonstration Club women raised money to build cabinets and furnish other kitchen equipment. The town is especially proud of this organization and the service it renders to people, not only in the Town of Phenix, but to many others in surrounding areas. Walt Bailey is Fire Chief with around 45 members.


Married to Stephen Holt Fore, native of Aspen, VA and Retired Communications Engineer, Siemens Corporation



Board of Supervisors, Charlotte County VA, Elected 2017



  • Member, American Legion Member, Air Force Association
  • Member, Military Officers Association Of America (MOAA)
  • Member, Military Order of the World Wars (MoWW)
  • Member, Rotary Club of Altavista, VA
  • Member, Lions Club of Brookneal, VA
  • Member, Ruritan Club of Brookneal, VA
  • Elder and Adult Sunday School Teacher, Roanoke Presbyterian Church (Aspen VA)



  • National Security Program Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • M.S., Public Administration, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
  •  B.S., Political Science/History (Education), Texas State University, San Marcos, TX



  • Insurance Agent, New York Life Insurance, Roanoke VA, April 2016-Present
  • Project Manager/Consultant, Signature Science, LLC, Charlottesville, VA, February 2013-April 2016
  • Program Manager and Senior JCIDS/Policy Advisor, Identity Intelligence (I2) Division, Six3 Systems, McLean, Virginia, June 2010 – February 2013
  • Project Leader, Task Leader and Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Alexandria, VA, June 2007 – May 2010
  • Project Manager/Chief of Policy; Policy, Strategy and Doctrine, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Intelligence, OSD, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., December 2002 – June 2007
  • Intelligence Officer, United States Air Force, May 1977- June 2007; Various Overseas and Continental United States Assignments; Long and Short Deployments, including Europe, Iceland, Central and South America, Japan, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C.



Retired US Air Force Colonel – 30 Years Service as Air Force Officer. Fully Qualified in Department of Defense (DoD) Program and Project Management, plus Resource Management; Systems Development & Integration and Enterprise Architectures; Operational Planning; Information Security; Systems Deployment; ISR Portfolio Management; Military Intelligence; Joint Targeting and Deployed Operations. Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran Balkan Wars Veteran



  • Health and Life Insurance License
  • Project Management Professional/PMP (Pending)
  • Quantitative Information Systems Training
  • National/Department of Defense (DoD) Continuity of Operations Program (COOP)
  • Training, Systems, COOP and Contingency Planning and Exercises
  • DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) Training and Certification
  • Secondary School Teacher, State of Texas