History Center Staff

Ron Francis, Branch Manager

Ron is a native of Ashe County, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University, and a Masters in Library Science and Educational Technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ron retired as a librarian from the Pittsylvania County Schools in 2007 after 38 years of service. He has had an interest in history and genealogy for many years, both as a hobby and now as a vocation.

Katie Mitchell, Assistant Branch Manager

Katie is a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Averett University. Over the years she has helped with the researching of her own family trees and has a strong interest in conservation. She is a member of the National Bluebird Society of Virginia.