LFCC Recognizes 2012 Medallion Award Recipients

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2012

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Sally Voth
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Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) will award College Board Medallion of Recognition honors to four individuals at a special ceremony held prior to the College’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.  The Medallions are presented in recognition of leadership, scholarship and service.  This year’s recipients include Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr., Janet F. Heishman, Barbara Pickeral Lee, and Helen M. Williams.

Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr., was born in Warren County and is a resident of Front Royal, Virginia.  He received an associate of arts degree in business administration from LFCC in 1988 and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University and a juris doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1993.  In addition to practicing law, Athey has been active in public service as a member of the Front Royal Town Council, mayor of the Town of Front Royal, and a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly representing the 18th District.  A supporter of community colleges and their students, Athey has been recognized as a LFCC distinguished alumnus and was inducted into the Virginia Community College Hall of Fame in 2003.  Athey credits LFCC for fueling his public service ambitions as an advocate for higher education and a believer in the community college system.


Janet F. Heishman has been proud to be a resident of Edinburg, Virginia her entire life.  A graduate of Central High School, Heishman attended LFCC where she studied accounting.  She began her thirty-nine year career with LFCC in 1972 as a member of the business office team.  An active member of groups implementing web-based financial systems for the Virginia Community College System, Heishman received the VCCS Outstanding Staff Award in 2000.  Since retiring in January of 2012, Heishman has been a volunteer at the Shenandoah County Library.  Colleagues and students at LFCC always knew Heishman for her willingness to assist each and every individual who came in the College’s door.


Barbara Pickeral Lee was appointed to the LFCC Board representing Clarke County in 2002.  During her tenure, Lee has served as board chair (2008-2010), vice chair (2006-2008), and liaison to the LFCC Educational Foundation Board (2007-2008).  A native of Winchester, Virginia and a long-time resident of Clarke County, Lee is a passionate and selfless educator and volunteer.  She is a graduate of John Handley High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, and a master’s of education in elementary school administration from George Mason University.  She spent 38 years as a teacher, retiring from Clarke County Public Schools in 2004.  A second-generation College Board Member, Lee’s father (J.J. Pickeral) served on the original steering committee that founded LFCC.  Lee will retire from the LFCC Board in June of 2012.


Helen M. Williams has been an active and committed member of the LFCC Board representing Rappahannock County.  A community leader in Rappahannock County, Williams was an educator and superintendent  for the school systems of Fairfax and Rappahannock.  Williams sees her role at LFCC as one of continuing her career in education, stating that by giving to and working with LFCC, she and her husband “…can still help with and facilitate learning.”  Williams will retire after eight years of service from the LFCC Board in June of 2012.


The ceremony honoring these individuals will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA.


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.