LFCC Students and Administrators Visit State Legislators

For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2009

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

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va.On Jan. 21 and Feb. 12, 2009, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) ambassadors traveled to Richmond, Va., to visit the Virginia General Assembly and the legislators who represent the College’s service region.

The purpose of the visits was to ask the elected officials for their continued support of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and have students share with legislators their personal stories and the impact LFCC has had on their lives.

The groups of LFCC ambassadors visited the following elected officials:

  • Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey Jr., 18th District; representing the counties of Fauquier (part), Frederick (part) and Warren (part)
  • Delegate Mark Cole, 88th District; representing the counties of Fauquier (part), Spotsylvania (part) and Stafford (part)
  • Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, 15th District; representing the counties of Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham (part) and Shenandoah
  • Delegate Joe T. May, 33rd District; representing the counties of Clarke and Loudoun (part)
  • Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, 26th District; representing the counties of Page and Rappahannock; City of Harrisonburg
  • Sen. Richard Stuart, 28th District; representing the city of Fredericksburg (part) and the counties of Fauquier (part), King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Prince William (part), Richmond, Stafford and Westmoreland
  • Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, 27th District; representing the counties of Clarke, Fauquier (part) and Frederick

In addition, LFCC ambassadors spoke with Delegate Beverly Sherwood, who represents the 29th District, which encompasses the city of Winchester and part of Frederick County. Sherwood introduced the group from the floor of the House of Delegates Chamber.

The groups of ambassadors were led by LFCC President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy and were accompanied by representatives from the LFCC Board and LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. LFCC’s student ambassadors were:

  • Colin Bowie, an LFCC student and Berryville resident
  • Johanna Hribal, an LFCC student and Warrenton resident
  • Zac Keiter, an LFCC student and Amissville resident
  • Luke Lambdin, an LFCC student and Jeffersonton resident
  • Brandon Lee, an LFCC student and Castleton resident
  • John Miller, an LFCC student and Winchester resident
  • Nick Omps, an LFCC student and Stephenson resident
  • Mary Pruss, an LFCC student and Bealeton resident
  • Jeff Storey, an LFCC student and The Plains resident
  • Rocky Thurman, an LFCC student and Amissville resident
  • Erin Unger, an LFCC student and Winchester resident
  • Jen Van Wart, an LFCC student and Berryville resident


Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey Jr. (third from left)

Delegate Mark Cole (third from left)

Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (center, back)

Delegate Joe T. May (center, front)

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (third from right, front)

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (third from left, front)


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.