LFCC Educational Foundation Board Announces New Members

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc. recently announced the appointment of three new Board members. Barbara Lee, William Nordman and Sarah Yakel each join the Foundation Board for a three-year term.

Lee, a Clarke County resident, has served on the College Board since 2002 and is currently serving as vice chair of the Board. Her association with the College extends back to her father’s (J.J. Pickeral) service on the original steering committee that founded LFCC. In addition to her involvement on the College and Foundation Boards, Lee and her children established the Timothy R. Lee Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Scholarship in memory of Timothy Lee, her husband and their father.

Lee retired from the Clarke County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher in June 2004. Her teaching career spanned 38 years, with the last 35 years spent at D.G. Cooley Elementary School in Berryville. Since retiring, Lee has worked as a substitute teacher in Clarke and Loudoun counties. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a master’s degree in elementary school administration from George Mason University.

“The College and its promise to the area meant a great deal to my father. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and give back to the College, an institution that impacts so many lives,” Lee said.

Nordman, a Clarke County resident, is a real estate broker and owner of Historic Properties, Inc., and Fine Homes & Land, a real estate firm located in Winchester. Nordman is a licensed broker in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, Nordman teaches real estate courses at a private school and has taught continuing education courses at LFCC and Pima Community College in Arizona. Before moving to Virginia, Nordman practiced as a certified public accountant for 25 years. Nordman holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

“Giving back to my community gives me a sense of belonging and worth,” Nordman said. “I have taught continuing education courses for LFCC and have seen first hand the value of its services. LFCC fills a vital need in the education spectrum for those who are unable to afford and/or attend a four-year school. LFCC also addresses several vocational areas that are very advantageous to the community.”

Yakel, a Fauquier County resident, is vice president of the Fauquier Bank in Warrenton. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Yakel works with clients to manage their investment and trust accounts. She also prepares comprehensive financial plans for individuals to address and solve their personal concerns and assist them in meeting their future financial goals. Yakel holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Campbell University in North Carolina.

“I have always been interested in local education and the teaching profession. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the community in an area that I have always enjoyed, “Yakel said.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.