Pastor & Staff

Donna Holder


Hi friends!  I am a Richmond native who loves to spend time with husband, our grown children, and our grandson and extended family, most of whom live in the area.  I enjoy hiking and kayaking (calm water!), reading, 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, chocolate and a good cup of tea.  My favorite place to relax is the Outer Banks.   I love meeting new people and making connections between people and organizations that help our community to thrive.   

Matt Spangler

Director of Music & Worship

Music has been a part of my life since the age of Three.  I grew up in St Mary’s Georgia, a small mill town.  Being a small town, we had few teachers, so my mom and grandfather taught me piano. Once I could reach the pedals on the organ, our church organist was my instructor and taught me to play.  I played my first worship service at Christ Church at the age of seven and I’ve been playing ever since.   My greatest love is teaching others music.   Here at Westover Hills, our preschool and hand chime/bell choirs brighten my day.   The church’s adult choir brings the gift of music and the sung word to those who attend our worship services.  We would love to have you and your family join us on Sunday’s but also participate in our music ministry. Let us all “Make a Joyful Noise! 

Adria Kilbreth

Director of Children & Youth

I am obsessed with helping children & students grow into great BIG people!  I have been working in the field of youth development since 1996 and began as the Director of Ministries to Children and Youth here at Westover Hills UMC in 2017.   Prior to working here at WHUMC, I have been a Summer Camp Director and Directed a Before and After School Program in Virginia and Florida. I want young people to know that are uniquely and wonderfully made and are loved unconditionally by GOD and that they can be change makers in their community now (not some distant point in the future)!
Outside of the church I can be found serving as a Cub Scout Den leader here at WHUMC, coaching girls’ lacrosse and spending time outside with my two kids, two dogs and husband.

Nicole Timms

Assistant Preschool Director & Director of Communications

I am passionate about creating opportunities that will create strong bonds within the community itself. I love all things arts and crafts and have a minor houseplant obsession. I am a New Jersey native but proud to call RVA home! I live here with my husband, children and rescue pup Molly. We love to vacation at the lake and are slowly working our way through all of the beautiful lakes Virginia has to offer. 

Erin Thomas

Director of Administration & Creative Education

Hi! I am a Virginia native, born in Roanoke, and have been in Richmond since 1997. I received my BFA in Performance from Longwood University and my MFA in Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am grateful to have worked in Arts Education and Entertainment for over 20 years, including the creation of the LIVE ART program for students and artists of all abilities. And now, I am beyond grateful to be able to fill the role of “Super Mom” for Daniel and Sophia AND be able to work here at WHUMC supporting the staff and congregation. In my spare time you may find me cooking, reading, gardening, painting, fixing up the house, walking, enjoying the water and walking Gus Gus.

Michele Zipperer

Westover Hills Preschool Director

I often tell folks that I have my “dream job”; creating the program and being the director of Westover Hills Preschool! I received my undergraduate degree in Special Education at James Madison University and my master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. My career in education spans over 32 years and includes teaching in both public and private preschool programs, as well as working for nearly ten years with the Department of Correction Education; evaluating and instructing juvenile offenders. Once my two children were born, I stayed home with them and when they were preschool-aged, we attended Bon Air Presbyterian Preschool (BAPP); an excellent program with which I know many of you are familiar. I subsequently taught at BAPP for several years and then worked with a Title I elementary school in Chesterfield Co. teaching at-risk kindergarten and first graders. More recently have worked as a Head Start educator in Richmond Public Schools. My family has lived in the Forest Hills community for nearly three decades and I have been so gratified to see so many young families settle into this vibrant and historic neighborhood in recent years.  In my spare time, I enjoy organic vegetable and flower gardening, tending my enormous collection of house plants, cooking, and caring for my two cats and very needy Rat Terrier.