Meet the Board – Rhonda Fried

Mrs. Rhonda Cary Fried

Mrs. Rhonda Cary Fried is a motivated volunteer and philanthropist for the larger community of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Rhonda has been a member of the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Board since 2021. She says she joined the board to maximize her community impact and support a cause whose mission aligns with her beliefs.  “I am honored to sit on the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Board of Directors where I strive to help raise awareness for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and provide AED placements to Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas”.

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In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid roller coaster fan and loves driving fast cars and going to concerts.  Rhonda currently lives in the City of Fredericksburg with her wonderful husband Adam. She has three grown children whom she adores.

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Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.