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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 at Ashby's Gap in Clarke County 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. 

Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Clarke County Historical Association, was appointed in 2018 to the Loudoun County Heritage Commission, is an active member in the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, and chairs the Loudoun County Historic Cemeteries Committee. She is also very active at Trinity Episcopal Church and with the Boyce Cub Scouts.


ANNE MARIE PAQUETTE, Director of Education

Anne Marie graduated from James Madison University with a BA in history and a studio art minor. She is currently working towards a Museum Management Certificate from the Virginia Association of Museums. Paquette served as the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator for the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia from 2015 until accepting the position with MHAA. Prior to this, she served as the Mary Washington House Site Manager, part of the Washington Heritage Museums, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Anne Marie Paquette’s strong foundation in history interpretation and education have poised her to take over the Director of Education position at MHAA with great capability and enthusiasm. “Local history and educational outreach are necessary to inspire the next generation of historians and preservationists,” Paquette says, “and I’m thrilled to continue building the ambitious scope of programs offered by the Heritage Area.”

Anne Marie is a board member at the Middleburg Business and Professionals Association.


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.

Travis is currently a Vice President of the Loudoun Preservation Society and serves on the Loudoun County Historic Cemeteries Commission.

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.