Ralph Bates, RAAC’s Fiscal Vice President, retired to Huntly about 7 years ago with his wife Gwen. His 46-year career focused on human development and organizational effectiveness with the Peace Corps, international and domestic organizations, and government agencies He is fluent in Spanish, an avid bird watcher, proud grandparent, photographer, and world traveler. His two children continue the journey to make the world a better place and be less destructive to the environment.
Matthew Black, President of the RAAC board, lives full-time outside of Sperryville with his wife, Barbara, after many years as a weekender. As an economist, he specialized in research, policy analysis, and management consulting. He was Senior Vice-President at SRA International before retiring. He and Barbara lived on Capitol Hill for 35 years where they raised their two children. He’s an avid photographer and an aspiring tennis player, runs with the Sperryville Rescue Squad, and helps with the Foothills Forum and RappU initiatives. Beyond bush hogging, his new joy is grand-parenting.
Barbara Black is chair of RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund and serves on the Art Tour committee. She is a retired development professional and wellness educator. She shares a home studio with husband/photographer Matthew and sister/artist Darien Reece, where she creates collages and hosts a meditation group and arts-related gatherings. She enjoys playing tennis, working in her vegetable garden, volunteering at the Food Pantry and being grandmother to 4 young grandchildren.
Pat Burke is RAAC’s Board secretary. Following a 40 year career in museum management, most recently as director of exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, she moved to Rappahannock in 2002 with her husband, Walter Sorrell. Pat joined the RAAC board in 2011 and helped launch the Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund on which she continues to serve. In addition she co-chairs the Friday Movie committee and looks forward to continuing her involvement with the many wonderful RAAC programs.
Karen Crow runs the RAAC Friday Movie committee and is chair of the Film Festival at Little Washington committee. While raising her three children in Arlington, she managed a residential real estate brokerage, and pursued a passion for gardening by earning a Master Gardener designation. Karen and her husband Raym moved to Rappahannock County in 2010, where she volunteers for RAAC and the Rappahannock County Garden Club, and enjoys taking art lessons from local artists.
Lynn Dolnick and her husband Ed organize RAAC’s 2nd Friday at the Library series. They’ve had a home in Rappahannock since 1995. Now they spend summer and winter in Rappahannock and spring and fall in Brooklyn, NY—to be close to kids and grandkids. Lynn is a biologist, and worked at the National Zoo for over two decades in many capacities, lastly as Associate Director for Exhibit Planning. She is passionate about art, science, and conservation. Lynn also serves on the Mitchell Fund Committee.
Kathy Farmer is the RAAC Newsletter editor-publisher. She is a retired federal employee with a career in management, publishing, planning, policy, and website stand-ups. Retired in 2001, she and husband Paul relocated from northern Virginia to Rappahannock County, where Kathy quickly became immersed in supporting a variety of county nonprofits, including RAAC’s Art Tour and RLEP. Her large family includes her mother, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, 5 siblings, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Nancy Keyser became a full-time Rappahannock resident in 2001 after years of visiting her husband’s family in the county. She is a watercolor artist and her love of the rural countryside is reflected in her painting. Nancy was part of the original committee to form the annual Art Tour and has worked on the committee ever since. Nancy has also been on the RAAC movie committee. She is a member of the Rappahannock Garden Club and Trinity Church.
Bette Mahoney is a long-term RAAC board member who also serves on the board of the Rappahannock Food Pantry. A trained economist, her work for the Federal government focused on the design and analysis of large-scale surveys. After retiring in 1999, she served on the boards of Headwaters and the Rappahannock Unit of the American Cancer Society. She has produced plays and served on the Board of Ki Theatre (now RAAC Community Theatre). Bette is married and has two children, one of whom graduated from Wakefield and the other from Rappahannock County High School.
Sallie Morgan is RAAC’s Treasurer, chairs the Community Theatre Committee, and organizes the Soup & Soul series. She and her husband Tod were founding members of RAAC in 1982. Sallie has been a teacher, legislative assistant, consultant, and community support director. She is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, chairs the region’s Aging Together Board, and also serves on the board of the Fauquier/Rappahannock Free Clinic. She loves theater, sings with Bel Canto, walks on her mountain, plays an occasional game of tennis.
Nancy Raines is Vice President of the RAAC Board. She and her husband, Dick, have split their time between their homes in Castleton and Arlington for the past 32 years. Nancy is now retired from her career as a lawyer, which she spent at the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and private practice. Now she focuses on running the Theatre at Washington, VA (with the help of her husband who is not retired and thus works way harder than he should), supporting the Art Tour committee, and enjoying the pleasures of country life with her husband and their dog, Bailey.
Nedra Smith is on RAAC’s Art Tour and Mitchell Fund Committees. Nedra and her husband Hugh have owned a home in Rappahannock since 2004. After a 22 year career as an Art Director/Graphic Artist in Washington DC, Nedra and Hugh moved to Destin, Florida where they have owned and operated a retail business since 1994. Nedra is also an artist and works from a studio located here in the county. An avid plein-air painter and traveler, she documents the experiences on canvas. Although she grew up in Nebraska, her love of Rappahannock is rooted from ancestors who settled in the area in the 1600’s.
Barbara Wall and her husband Chris have been weekenders in Rappahannock County since 2006. Barbara joined the RAAC board in 2011 and currently chairs the Membership Committee along with providing legal advice to the Board. She also sits on the board of the Castleton Festival. When not in Rappahannock, Barbara spends her time as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the news and information company Gannett Co., Inc.
Heather Wicke chairs the annual Art Tour. She and her husband Bob Hurley have been weekenders for nine years and now spend more and more time in Rappahannock as their family and career obligations lessen. Heather has a PhD in Natural Resources and spent her career with various organizations including the US Senate Environment Committee, Environmental Law Institute, Piedmont Environmental Council, and National Wildlife Federation. She and Bob have two daughters working in environment-related policy jobs in DC. Heather is also a painter and is now moving into mixed media abstract painting.