Dave Trinkle grew up in Roanoke and is married to another Roanoke native, Ann Bondurant Trinkle. They have three children between the ages of 8 and 15 years old. He is 47 years old and is a practicing geriatric psychiatrist and medical director at the Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging. As a physician, he actively participates in community education as well as medical education for various medical students and medical residents as well as those in allied medical professions. He participates in a very active outpatient, nursing home and home visit geriatric practice.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1983, he attended medical school at UVa and then completed an internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He went on to graduate from a mini-geriatric fellowship in London and then a geriatric fellowship at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago. In 1992, Dave and Ann moved back to Roanoke with their newborn son where Dave began work with the newly formed medical residency program in psychiatry at Carilion. He later helped develop and lead the Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging.
Since his return to Roanoke, he has participated in many arts and cultural boards including the Blue Ridge Zoological Association Board, the Grandin Theatre Foundation, the Roanoke Academy of Medicine and the local and state psychiatry societies. He was appointed by Governor Warner to the State Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Board. He served on the Roanoke City School Board from 2002 to 2006 and was Vice-Chair of the board in his last year. In 2006, he ran for City Council and won a seat as Vice-Mayor. He is currently Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Vice-Chair of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission, Vice-Chair of the City Audit Committee, and serves on the RVTV/Cable committee. His interests on council have included: cost effective shared services with the school system, improved funding for the school system based on specific outcomes and goals, improved quality of life amenities for city residents and tourists including improved park and recreation fields and programming, an amphitheatre and continued greenway development. He actively supports downtown improvements and has pushed for a complete market building renovation to be a priority above a stepped plaza, parking and parking garage improvements, awning replacements and economic incentives for developers in the downtown vicinity. He has long supported a study with Virginia Tech on improved greenspace in downtown, a more useable Elmwood Park including a much improved community amphitheatre there, and a connectivity and development study of the Jefferson Street corridor between downtown and Carilion. He has supported the implementation of a trolley system along this corridor which will begin in the fall. He has supported improved fire and safety infrastructure improvements, library enhancements and hopes to see park and recreation and neighborhood enhancements occur in all quadrants of our city (see the plan!).
His biggest goal while on council is to help citizens feel as positive and excited about our city and its possibilities as most visitors do. He has often stated that when outside consultants, financial advisors or other economic development types visit our city they are mostly overwhelmed by the vibe, beauty and potential of our city. He sees this when he walks the streets of Asheville or Chattanooga but the difference is the residents there are positive and excited and selling their city to outsiders. He would like to see more of this in Roanoke.