Children are everything to Tunstall Bagley Willis. If she hasn’t been busy with the Children’s Museum of Richmond, she’s been busy with setting up a book bank. Or organizing a Twilight Carniball to raise money for lower-income children go to the museum at no charge. Or she’s helping raise $1 million for the American Heart Association as auction chair of the Richmond Heart Ball.
Professionally, she’s coordinator of Bon Secours’ Movin’ Mania, a program that convinces children to stay active while having fun so they can maintain healthy body weight, a job she’s held for two years.
The Richmond native attended Collegiate School and Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating with a degree in criminal justice. “I never worked at it, although I’d love to,” she says.
As a stay-at-home mom with her two children, Parker, 6, and Anne McKinley, 5, she merged child rearing with volunteerism. Her list includes serving on various boards, including Boaz & Ruth, a Highland Park group that helps people who need a second chance back at a normal life. She’s been on board of the Junior League of Richmond, the World Pediatric Project Junior Board, the Hayes Foundation board, Connor’s Heroes, Stop Child Abuse Now and the Children’s Home Society, among others.
When not working or volunteering, Willis says she enjoys spending time with her family and escorting her children to “festivals, concerts and events in the city.”
“Tunstall thrives on leadership,” says Jim Dunn, vice president of advocacy and community affairs at Bon Secours. “She’s an energetic volunteer and has the ability to see the big picture, get results and meet goals.”