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Mosby Heritage Area Association Board of Directors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CHILDS BURDEN, Chairman Emeritus

Childs is a founding member of the Mosby Heritage Area Association in 1995. He serves on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation Board of Trustees and has served on the boards of The Civil War Trust, The Virginia Outdoors Foundation, The Land Trust of Virginia, The Loudoun County Heritage Committee, The Loudoun County Historical Society, Oatlands and Long Branch.                     

STEPHEN C. PRICE, Chairman

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.

C. DULANY MORISON, Vice Chairman

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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TORREY WILKINS, Secretary

Torrey currently works as a trusts and estates attorney with the firm Craighill, Mayfield, Fenwick & Cromelin, L.L.P. in Washington, DC but frequently spends time at his family farm near Upperville. He  has had an interest in local history and preservation from a young age and majored in history at the University of Wisconsin. He received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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.           

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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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.

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.

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DOUGLAS LEES

Douglas recently retired from 42 years in the insurance business. He originally worked with his father at D.H. Lees and Co., Inc. before moving to Carr and Hyde Insurance in Warrenton in 1993. Since he was 17 he has photographed equine events including steeple chasing and fox hunting. He won two Eclipse Awards from the Thoroughbred Racing Association (1978) and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (2007) for racing photography. He also received three honorable mentions in Eclipse Award balloting in 1980, 1981 and 1994. His photographs have been published in a number of sporting publications and books. 

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JAMES LITTLE

Jim Little is an avid student of Civil War, Colonial American and U.S. Naval history.  He holds a B.A. in History from The Pennsylvania State University.  He currently works as an analyst for the U.S. Navy after having spent over two decades in mortgage servicing and financial analysis at several banks and credit unions.  He is a retired Navy Captain where he served 30 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in an active and reserve capacity.  Jim enjoys cycling, being outdoors and sharing his knowledge of history to those around him. He lives in South Riding with his wife Rebecca and two daughters, Grace and Elise.

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ROB ORRISON

Rob, a Loudoun native, works for the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division supervising historic sites. He is Vice President of the Virginia Association of Museums and also a board member of 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 sons, Carter and Grayson, in Prince William County. 

TARA CONNELL

 Tara Connell is president of the Unison Preservation Society, where she has lived since 1999. Originally from New York, she enjoyed a 38-year career with the Gannett Co., Inc. newspaper company.  She has been a Loudoun County Master Gardener and previously served on the Board of Long Branch in Clarke County from 2012-2014, including as chair.

JAKE DUNNING

Jake Dunning, a 10th generation Virginian, was born and raised in Clarke County, VA. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in History, he currently lives with his wife on a family farm outside of Middleburg. Jake owns and operates Throwleigh Club Fenders, LLC and oversees his family farm. Previously, Jake has served on the Board of PEC. Jake's heritage and appreciation for country living fuel his passion for preservation and open space.   

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CHARLES ELLISON 

Charles Ellison moved to Rokeby Road, in Fauquier County, at age 1 and since then has been captivated by the beauty and history of this area. Currently living in Winchester, with his wife and four young children, his immediate family also has a wonderful river home in Clarke County. Charles is a First Vice President for Morgan Stanley and has served on the Board of Hill School and as a volunteer at Land Trust of Virginia.

 

BARRY FREEMAN

Barry Freeman worked for ABC News as a video editor for 35 years. He retired about a year ago and now owns and operates Loudoun Video Concepts a video production and real estate aerial photography business.  Barry has also volunteered for many years as a “Trail Overseer” helping to maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail near Paris, Virginia. 

 

PATRICK MOUNTAIN

Patrick Mountain served in the US General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service. Since retirement he has volunteered with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, served as chair of the board of the Friends of Balls Bluff, and as a volunteer at that battlefield.

 

SUZANNE OBETZ

Suzanne Obetz is the Executive Director of the Middleburg Museum. Previously, she served as executive director of the Warren County Heritage Society and as interim Director of the Fauquier Historical Society. Obetz is active with Land Trust of Virginia and the Great Meadow Foundation. 

 

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TARA TROUT

Tara Trout is an assistant vice-president with the farm and equine insurance division of Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, Inc. Trout serves on the board of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and is an active equestrienne.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

TIM BURCH

GEORGE GRAYSON

DOUGLAS LARSON

DANIEL S. MORROW

DON OWEN

MARY B. SCHWAB

TOM SLATER

SUSAN WALLACE

J. DONALD WOODRUFF, JR.

JAY D. ZEILER

PAUL ZILUCA

 

CHAIR EMERITI

GAYLE DeLASHMUTT

W. MERRITT JONES

MARC LEEPSON

MARGARET C. LITTLETON

CHRISTOPHER NEEDELS

JANET GRAYSON WHITEHOUSE (1926-2013)

WENDY BEBIE