Craig Forbes, CIMA®
Principal and Co-Founder
Craig has over 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry including stints at the Virginia State Treasury, Federal Reserve, Prudential Securities and SunTrust Capital Markets. During the last 20 years he and his team have managed equity and bond portfolios for a number of institutional and high net worth clients. He has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the College of William & Mary. He earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation (CIMA®) from the Investment Management Consultants Association. Additionally, he is very involved in the community, currently as Board Member and Past President of the Venture Forum Executive Committee. Previously he was President of the Central Virginia Treasury Management Association, on the Executive Committee of the VMI Alumni Board, President of Kanawha Recreation Association, and on the Troop Committee of a local Boy Scout troop. Craig is a retired Major, U.S. Army Reserves. He is fluent in French.
LeAnn Mitchell, CRPC®
Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Client Services and Co-Founder
LeAnn has over 15 years of experience in financial services with John Hancock, First Union, Scott & Stringfellow, Prudential Securities and SunTrust Capital Markets. She has a BA from Bentley College and has earned the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®). She and her husband, Scott, have one daughter, Kaitlyn.
Mary Beth Poggi, CFA ®
Head of Research
Mary Beth has 19 years of experience in financial services, having developed expertise in investment research, investor relations, strategy and individual consulting. Prior to joining Alpha Omega, she held positions with Smith Barney, C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, The Entrepreneur’s Source, Fi.Comm Investor Relations and CapitalOne. She earned her BS from Cornell University and MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mary Beth and her husband Paul have two children, Lucia and Leo.
Chris is a member of the firm’s investment committee and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level III candidate. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a major in economics and business. While pursuing a concentration in financial management at VMI, he served on the Cadet Investment Group as a health care analyst. Prior to joining Alpha Omega, Chris interned for the London Company, a Richmond-based Investment Management company. He is involved in the community as member of the UnBoundRVA Emerging Leaders Board. Chris stays involved with his alma mater as a member of the VMI Economics & Business Academic Advisory Board.
Client Service Associate
Maggie is a 2017 graduate of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) where she majored in International Business. While in college she worked not only for the University of Mary Washington Admission Office as a Washington Guide, but also interned for Nicole Cole Financial Services Group. One of the highlights from her time at UMW was her study abroad experience in Milan, Italy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where she learned more about business management from an international perspective. Another cool thing about Maggie – she was a member of the UMW women’s rugby, which included winning the NCAA Division III national women’s rugby championship one year. In her free time Maggie enjoys hiking and traveling around the world.
Carl Lind, CFP®
Senior Investment Manager
Carl has more than 39 years of experience in banking and investment management, the last 20 years with Diveley Lind & Associates, LLC, which he co-founded in the Shenandoah Valley with Lynn Diveley. Prior to that, Carl worked in banking in the Valley, spending significant time in the internal audit department and trust department. At Diveley Lind, Carl’s primary responsibilities were investment management and client relationships. He has a BA from Virginia Tech, and earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional designation in 1994. Carl is active in the Staunton Rotary Club, where he is a Past President, and he is a Past President of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. Carl is a Director Emeritus of the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Board, and has served in various capacities on the boards of many other community organizations. Carl and his wife have two adult children, and he is an avid West Coast Swing dancer.
Lynn Diveley, CFP®
Senior Financial Advisor
Lynn brings the perspective of over 30 years in financial services industry where she has assisted clients with planning and wealth management. She was a founding principal of Diveley Lind & Associates, LLC. Prior to forming Diveley Lind, she spent several years in the trust industry at Sovran Bank (now Bank of America), New Century Bank in Michigan and Jefferson Bank in Illinois. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), and Accredited Asset Management Specialist. Her professional memberships include the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council where she is past president, the Institute of Certified Financial Planners and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). She is active in her community, currently serving on the foundation board of Sentara/RMH and as a board member of Blue Ridge Community College. She is a past president of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club, where she is still a member, past president of the Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Community Foundation, and past treasurer and board member of the Stonewall Jackson Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mrs. Diveley resides in New Hope, Virginia with her husband Dave. She has two grown sons, Joshua and Christopher.
Holly Ruff, CFA®
Financial Advisor & Research Analyst
Holly has over 15 years of experience in financial services industry working with both institutions and individuals. She previously held positions at E*Trade and Saxon Mortgage. Holly earned a BA from the University of Virginia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Holly enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors. She is also involved in her community as a master gardener and serves on the board of Karis in Mt. Sidney, VA. Holly and her husband, Matt, reside in the Shenandoah Valley with their two dogs.
Art Washburn, CIMA®
Art spent more than 20 years in the financial services business at Signet Bank, Prudential Securities and SunTrust Capital Markets. He graduated with a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation (CIMA®) from the Investment Management Consultants Association. He was involved in the community as a Board Member for the Virginia Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Board Member of Henrico Business Leaders. He is past Board Member and Chair of the American Heart Association (Central VA), and past Board Member Richmond Strikers Soccer Club. He also served on the National Leadership Council for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.