For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2009
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc. recently announced the appointment of six new Board members. Julie S. Clevenger, Barton “Bart” J. Pyle, Lisa M. Prodywus, Catherine R. Stewart and Robert “Rob” M. Talton will serve three-year terms. Shanna Kuhlman will serve a one-year term.
Following is information about the new members:
Clevenger, a Middletown resident, is a professional preservationist, grant writer, development director and author. Currently, she serves as the vice president for The Quarstein Foundation, which is located in the City of Hampton, Va. She also serves as the assistant to the City of Hampton’s historian and is the assistant administrator for the Hampton History Museum. Clevenger holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/psychology from Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.
“I grew up in Frederick County and have watched LFCC grow, inspire and launch its students into successful avenues for over 20 years,” Clevenger said. “I have had the pleasure of working with staff at LFCC on projects and ideas to better the community and want to be a driving force in continuing my own children’s education as they graduate high school and move forward.”
Kuhlman, a Front Royal resident, is currently enrolled as a student at LFCC. She is pursuing an associate degree in liberal arts and a certificate in wildlife and nature photography. After she graduates from LFCC, Kuhlman plans to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a double major in photography and sociocultural anthropology.
“As a student at Lord Fairfax, I know firsthand the impact the LFCC Educational Foundation has on not only the College but the community as a whole. It is my belief that the Foundation is the backbone of the institution. Without the LFCC Educational Foundation, these hallways wouldn’t be filled,” Kuhlman said.
Pyle, a Stephens City resident, is the financial planning strategist at BB&T Wealth Management in the Blue Ridge Region. In this position, he assists clients in the formation of a comprehensive financial plan that outlines a multi-disciplined approach for achieving identified financial objectives. Pyle holds a bachelor’s degree in personal financial planning from Purdue University and is a certified financial planner (CFP) from the International Board of Standard and Practices for Certified Financial Planners.
“LFCC is important to existing businesses, potential start-up businesses and businesses looking to potentially relocate to this area. Businesses look for healthy environments within which to operate. A highly educated workforce can be invaluable to the business development of this area. So, no matter how you look at it, LFCC is a tremendous asset to this community of individuals, families and businesses — a true win-win for this community,” Pyle said.
Prodywus, a Stephens City resident, is the marketing manager for The Library Corporation (TLC) in Inwood, W.Va. In this position, she oversees the marketing department for TLC, which has offices in Inwood, Denver and Singapore. TLC produces automation software for public and school libraries around the world. Prodywus holds associate degrees in liberal arts and mechanical engineering from LFCC and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Hood College in Frederick, Md.
“I was fortunate to attend LFCC while deciding what field of study I wanted to pursue for my bachelor’s degree. Throughout my professional career, I have continued to rely on LFCC and its continuing education program to stay current in my field. After all that LFCC has done for me, it is an honor to join the Board and offer my service to the school,” Prodywus said.
Stewart, a Luray resident, is the executive director of the Luray Downtown Initiative. In this role, she is responsible for the promotion of all downtown events and oversees the Community Development Block Grant for Luray. She attended LFCC and Shenandoah University and has received numerous medical certificates.
“I thoroughly enjoy volunteering and giving back to my community, especially in a capacity that supports education,” Stewart said. “The College’s Luray-Page County Center has been such a tremendous asset to our community, allowing students to obtain transferable college credits without commuting out of Page County. Our children are our future, and it is so very important that we continually focus on their educational future. We are most fortunate to have this asset in Luray-Page County.”
Talton, a Winchester resident, is the assistant vice president and financial center manager of the Valley Avenue location for Wachovia Bank, N.A., a Wells Fargo company. In this capacity, he is responsible for the entire retail bank operation, which includes offering complete money management solutions and financial planning, community partnerships, deposit products and services and residential lending. During his educational career, he attended Brevard Community College, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, the University of North Florida and Pennsylvania State University, where he participated in the Business Academy for High Performance Management.
“I am passionate about preserving quality, lower-cost higher education alternatives in our community and the surrounding areas. I want to raise awareness within our community about the opportunities offered at LFCC. There are many exciting things happening on campus, and I am truly excited about the plans for the future of the College,” Talton said.
For more information about the Foundation, interested individuals may contact Linnie Carter, vice president of college advancement at LFCC and executive director of the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc., at 540-868-4077 or [email protected]
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.