Verge (formerly Valleys Innovation Council), which includes alliance members Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC)  and the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP), helps facilitate regional connection, communication, and collaboration by identifying regional priorities and funding to advance tech and biotech projects and solutions across the Roanoke and New River Valleys, and Lynchburg.  Verge serves GO Virginia Region 2 and works to form collaborations with government, business, academia, and other organizations to advance the region and grow a thriving innovation economy.


  • Erin Burcham, President of Verge & Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC)
  • Jackie Lackey, Vice President of Programs, Verge
  • Jess Edwards, Innovation Studio Director, Verge
  • Lindsey Eversole, Operations Manager, Verge
  • Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development and Director, RAMP
  • Sarah Phillips Spotswood, Managing Director, RAMP
  • Jessie Dunn, Administrative Coordinator, RAMP
  • Taylor Spellman, VP of Technology Ecosystems and Director, RBTC
Verge Board: Executive Officers & Committee Members
Verge Board of Directors