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Mosby Heritage Area Association Board of Directors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CHILDS BURDEN, President

Childs is a founding member of the Mosby Heritage Area Association in 1995. Since moving to Middleburg in 1975, he has been very active in preservation issues in the area, the state, and the nation. He serves on the Loudoun County Heritage Commission, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. He has served on the Oatlands Plantation Board, the Civil War Trust, and the Land Trust of Virginia.                    

WENDY BEBIE, Chairman

Wendy joined the Mosby Heritage Area Association Board in 2010. Living on her farm on the south side of Round Hill, she became very interested in the local history. She serves on Loudoun County's Rural Economic Development Council. She received a B.A. in History from the University of Washington and a law degree from Georgetown University Law School in Washington D.C. Wendy has worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office of the U.S. Attorney and as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Fred B. Ugast. 

STEPHEN C. PRICE, Vice President

Steve Price has been on the Board since 2010. He holds a B.A. in History from Virginia Millitary Institute, a law degree from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Laws from the University of Cambridge (Queens College). Steve served as president of the George Marshall International Center at Dodona Manor, and he is a member of the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Committee and Commissioner in Chancery for the Loudoun County Circuit Court. His interest in Virginia and Southern history fits well with the mission of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

HARRY BIGLEY, Treasurer

Harry had served on the Board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association since 2011. Through his work with the Unison Preservation Society, he became involved in the preservation of the community of Unison and the Battle of Unison, which led to the placing of the Battle of Unison on the National Register. He served as treasurer and is the current president of Unison Preservation Society.

JAMES MORGAN, Secretary

Jim has been on the board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association since 2009. Jim’s passion is the preservation and interpretation of the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield in Leesburg, Virginia. He is the author of A Little Short of Boats: The Fight at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, a history of the battle. He currently serves on the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Committee and the Thomas Balch Library Advisory Board. He is chairman of the Friends of Ball's Bluff Battlefield and a past president of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable.

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DONALD P. BRENNAN

Donald joined the Board in 2013. He comes to the Mosby Heritage Area Association with financial and business experience having been the former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Merchant Bank, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, and Chairman of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners as well as a Director of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He is currently an Advisory Director of the Firm. Donald and his wife, Patricia, are the owners of historic Llangollen Farm in Upperville, Virginia.

ASHTON COLE

Ashton grew up in Winchester and Clarke County, where he gained a deeper appreciation for the landscape and history of the area.  He has spent most of his career working to help preserve Virginia's natural and cultural resources through his work with the Land Trust of Virginia.  He's been with LTV since 2007, and is currently their Director of Conservation and Stewardship.  He also serves on the Stewardship Council of the Appalachian Trial Conservancy.  Ashton now resides in Bluemont with his wife and daughter.

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HARRIETT CONDON

Harriett has served on the Board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association since 2011 and was a member of the Advisory Board for many years. Her love of history and especially Civil War history has made her an asset for MHAA. She has worked for the National Trust, and is a member of many Civil War Roundtables and other history and preservation organizations.

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JOE DEMPSEY

Joe is a tenth-generation Virginian having grown up in Arlington and Newport News, Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Marketing Management, he served on active duty in the United States Army from 1967–1972 during the Vietnam War. He worked for several Fortune 100 companies following his active service. From 1977-1997, he was vice president and then president of Dempsey Supply Corporation, a lumber and millwork company in Chantilly, Virginia. He is founding director of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Association. He has been a horseman for over 45 years, enjoying foxhunting, the rural Virginia lifestyle, and its treasured countryside. Joe and his wife, Deborah, have subscribed to the Warrenton Hunt since 1989 and moved to Fauquier County in 1994. They live at Gnarley Paws in Marshall, Virginia.

JEFF FREEMAN

Jeff has lived in an 18th century log home near Hillsboro since 1985. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2013 after 31 years of service, the last 15 as an executive in the technology group. Looking to pursue his interests in gardens and history, in 2014 he completed an M.S. in Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes at the University of Bath, England. Jeff looks forward to helping the Mosby Heritage Area Association achieve the goals of education and preservation of this historic landscape.

ED GILL

Ed has a degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Labor Law. He served in the military from 1969-1973 and was a U.S. Army 1st LT in Military Intelligence. From 1973-1985 he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as Legal Officer. Ed has worked for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration in the Office of the Chief Counsel where he held several positions, including Deputy Chief Counsel. He later worked for the American Public Transit Association as Assistant Chief Counsel and Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs. He had a private law practice for 20 years and represented public transit agencies nationwide and transit equipment suppliers.  He is a regular at MHAA’s Civil War Conference and is a very proud father of two and grandfather of one grandson.

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CAB GRAYSON

Cabell “Cab” Grayson is a Senior Managing Director for CB Richard Ellis Global Investors, responsible for pension plans $3 billion and larger in Canada and the U.S. During his more than 30-year career with CBRE, Cab has been active in all phases of the investment process, including capital raising, investor relations, mortgage originations, acquisitions, leasing, asset management, and dispositions. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. He presently serves on the board of the Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC Chapter, and is a member of a number of conservation organizations, including the Piedmont Environmental Council and Trout Unlimited.

MARY JOHNSON

Mary began her first term on the Mosby Heritage Area Association Board in 2012. She has a strong interest in Southern history and animal rescue and protection. Mary is the founding member of the Board of Directors of Animal Rescue Fund.

LEE LAWRENCE

Lee lives in Loudoun County and is an avid researcher and student of all layers of Virginia History. She is the editor of Dark Days in Our Beloved Country: The Civil War Diary of Catherine Hopkins Broun and Society of Rebels: Diary of Amanda Edmonds, Northern Virginia 1857-1867, both diaries of women in the Mosby Heritage Area.  Lee is also active with the Lincoln Preservation Foundation and she is a member of the Friends of the Thomas Balch Library Board of Directors.  

MARC LEEPSON

Marc joined the Mosby Heritage Area Association Board in 2001 and served as president from 2008 to 2010. He is a journalist, historian, and author. His books include Saving Monticello, Desperate Engagement, and Flag: An American Biography. Marc has served on the Middleburg Library Advisory Board, the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees, the Goose Creek Association Board of Directors, and the Virginia State Library Board.

JOE MAY

Delegate Joe May, a registered professional engineer, is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Virginia-based electronic engineering and manufacturing firm EIT, LLC, located in Sterling, Virginia. He served 10 terms (January 1994- January 2014) in the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented the 33rd House District (portions of Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick counties). An avid history buff, Joe is and has been a tireless advocate for the preservation of Virginia’s rich heritage. He championed legislation to provide the Virginia Outdoors Foundation dedicated funding to administer conservation easements. He was author of the Rural Rustic Roads legislation that has been instrumental in preserving Virginia’s natural beauty and historic resources. He secured funding for numerous local and state historic entities to help them promote and educate the public on the importance of historic preservation, particularly Civil War sites. Delegate May is a sixth-generation Virginian and a graduate of Virginia Tech. He resides with his wife, Bobby, in Leesburg, Virginia.

C. DULANY MORISON

Dulany is a native of Middleburg, Virginia, having grown up at two family homes listed on the National Historic Register, Stoke and Welbourne.  The importance of local history and land preservation were ingrained in him at an early age and developed into his primary passion.  He received a B.A. in Southern History at the University of Virginia and went on to become a self-employed equities trader in Washington, D.C.  He returned to Stoke in 2010 and renovated the family farm into a premier horse boarding facility for foxhunters.  Although his primary business is in finance, he is active on the farm and dedicated to preserving our historic countryside.  He joined the Board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association in 2016. 

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ROB ORRISON

Rob, a Loudoun native, works for the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division supervising historic sites. He is a board member of the Virginia Association of Museums and also the Virginia Civil War Trails as well as the Treasurer of the Historic House Museum Consortium.  He is very active in the historians’ writing group "Emerging Civil War" and also researches and writes on the American Revolution. Rob spends almost every day involved working with public history. He is a graduate of the Longwood University Historic Preservation program with a Masters in Public History from George Mason University. He resides with his wife, Jamie, and son, Carter Lee Orrison, in Prince William County. 

HENRY G. PLASTER, JR.

Henry, a retired senior CIA Technical Program Manager, lives in Bluemont on a farm that has been in the Plaster family since 1857.  He is a Trustee of the Bluemont Citizens Association and Chairman of its Lake Store Committee, charged with the conversion of the 1901 store to the Western Loudoun Welcome Center. A longtime Chairman of the Snickersville Turnpike Association, he led the installation of historical markers along the Turnpike and headed the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. As Chairman of the MHAA Preservation Committee, his group is currently working on conservation easements of key battlefield properties. He is also a member of the Rural Roads Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition.

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NATHAN STALVEY

Nathan is the Director of the Clarke County Historical Association in Berryville. He became director at CCHA in 2014 after spending five years working as the Director of Exhibits and Collections at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.  Prior to that, Nathan was the Curator of Travelling Exhibitions and Design at the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum.  He has an M.A. in Public History, a Graduate Certificate in Museum Management, and a B.A. in History, all from the University of South Carolina. Nathan also serves on the board of the Berryville Main Street Association. 

ELIZABETH WHITING

Liz came on the Mosby Heritage Area Board in 2013. She holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After serving as Assistant County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney in Prince William for 12 years, she became Town Attorney for Hillsboro, Lovettsville, and Middleburg and Acting Town Attorney for Leesburg, Hamilton, and Purcellville. She serves as a member of the advisory committee to the Institute of Government and in 2002 was awarded the Virginia Local Government Attorneys’ Distinguished Service Award. History is her avocation, and she has served of the Board of the Loudoun Museum since 2002.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

GUY BEAKLEY

TIM BURCH

GEORGE GRAYSON

DOUGLAS LARSON

ALEXANDRA LOVE McKAY

NINA McKEE

DANIEL S. MORROW

DON OWEN

SUZANNE SCHEER

MARY B. SCHWAB

LESLIE VAN SANT

TOM SLATER

SUSAN WALLACE

J. DONALD WOODRUFF, JR.

JAY D. ZEILER

PAUL ZILUCA

 

PRESIDENTS EMERITI

GAYLE DeLASHMUTT

W. MERRITT JONES

MARC LEEPSON

MARGARET C. LITTLETON

CHRISTOPHER NEEDELS

JANET GRAYSON WHITEHOUSE (1926-2013)