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Meet the Mosby Heritage Area Association Staff


After graduating from Mary Washington College with a BA in History, Jennifer worked for the Waterford Foundation and for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. Between the births of her two sons, she started part-time work with MHAA as Executive Assistant in 2012. In 2015, Jennifer became the Director of Administration of MHAA and she stepped up into the role of Executive Director of MHAA in 2017. Jennifer spent considerable time working for the only two executive directors MHAA had prior to her own service in that role.  Her institutional knowledge, management skills, and experience with Boards of Directors have given her a firm foundation at MHAA. She is a Loudoun County native and resides in Hamilton, in the home she grew up in, with her husband Greg and two sons. Jennifer is passionate about Virginia history and traditions, and in her spare time is a runner, skier, worldwide traveler, and fanatical visitor to Virginia heritage and historic sites with her family. 


KEVIN PAWLAK, Director of Education

Kevin joined the Mosby Heritage Area Association team as Education Specialist on May 18, 2015. Very active in battlefield preservation, he has been a seasonal National Park Ranger interpreting Civil War and African-American history at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and is a licensed battlefield guide at Antietam National Battlefield. Kevin brings passion, excitement, and ideas to MHAA’s school and public programming.  Kevin became Director of Education on January 1, 2017.


TRAVIS SHAW, Public Programs Coordinator

Travis joined the Mosby Heritage Area Association in April, 2017. He brings well over a decade of experience in the fields of historic preservation, archaeology, and museum education, working with both private and public institutions. Prior to joining MHAA he spent time at Historic St. Mary’s City, Mount Vernon, and Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. In his free time, he enjoys visiting historic sites, blogging about the Civil War, and participating in 18th and 19th century living history events. Travis is excited to bring his preservation expertise and passion for the past to the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s public programming.


RICHARD T. (RICH) GILLESPIE, Historian Emeritus

Rich came to the Mosby Heritage Area Association in 2004. A 30-year veteran history teacher at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia, he retired to pursue a second career in museum education. Rich has expanded the classroom program, now reaching 5,000 students a year, written four Scavenger Hunts and Driving Tours, as well as providing expertise for MHAA programs. He also created the very popular "Cavaliers, Courage & Coffee" program. Rich became executive director on February 1, 2015 and has been Historian Emeritus since January 1, 2017.


Photograph at top: View near Scuffleburg, close to the Mosby Heritage Area Association headquarters at Atoka, Fauquier County.