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Board of Directors and Staff

Board Members

President: Joyce Wenger

Ms. Wenger retired from Booz Allen Hamilton in June 2015 after 40 years in consulting and in technology research. She has experience with a diverse array of technologies and organizations (private sector profit and nonprofit, government, and academic). Since retiring and moving to Rappahannock County she has been involved with the Master Naturalist program, the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community, the Rappahannock Garden Club, and is on the board of the Child Care and Learning Center (vice chair) and previously the Virginia Native Plant Society (grants manager). She is a member of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Aging Services Advisory Council and participates in the Rappahannock Roundtable and in Aging Together activities. She joined the Rapp at Home Board in 2018.

Vice President: Dennis Barry

Mr. Barry obtained his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1975. From 2008 through 2014, he was the partner in charge of the healthcare practice in the Washington, DC office of King & Spalding, an international law firm. Previously, Mr. Barry had been the partner in charge of the healthcare practice in the DC office of Vinson & Elkins. He retired from practicing law at the end of 2014. Since retiring, Mr. Barry is spending increased amounts of time at his residence in Rappahannock County, and is active in the community. He has served on the Board of Rapp at Home since 2015, and has served as vice-president since 2016. He is an active volunteer for the American Health Lawyers Association and is presently involved in editing a treatise on Medicare Law. He is a founding board member of Rapp at Home and has served as Vice-President since 2016.

Treasurer: Kathy Eggers

Ms. Eggers is a certified public accountant who worked in public accounting for 21 years with the Fairfax firm, the Burdette Smith Group. She graduated from Rosemont College with a degree in English Literature, did graduate work in the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and studied accounting and tax at Northern Virginia Community College. She is the chair of the Finance Council at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Washington, VA. She served on the Board of the Rappahannock Pantry from its inception in 2012 through 2018, first as treasurer and later as bookkeeper. She continues to perform bookkeeping, accounting, and tax preparation for the Pantry. She has been a Rapp at Home Board member since 2017.

Secretary: Ken Reid

Ken retired as Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Water Resources Association, after 37 years of service. He is a former member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors. He is past chair of the National Institute for Organizational Management Board of Trustees. He served as the first elected US association member of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Mason University Foundation. He has a B.S. degree in Biology from George Mason University and a M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University.

Director: Ralph Bates

Mr. Bates successfully ran his own management consulting firm for 30 years, focusing on leadership development and coaching, organizational change, and long-term and strategic planning with Fortune 500, Federal, international and small business clients. He also served as a VP and Chief Learning Officer for an IT and business consulting firm where he helped to establish a corporate university. Since his retirement to Rappahannock County in 2006 he has served extensively on local boards and advisory councils, and assisted numerous county organizations including Rapp at Home, with their strategic planning.

Director: Madlyn Bynum

Madlyn has enjoyed a diverse career in education that stretched from Head Start to college English and touched down most places in between. Besides classroom teaching, she co-designed, directed, and taught in an elementary and middle-school program which offered general enrichment activities and, for the ablest learners, academic challenge. She contributed to educational publications, led teacher workshops, assessed and supported beginning teachers, and received local, state, and national recognition for curriculum development, ending her career as a community college adjunct. Her most cherished rewards are surprise communications from former students. Active in her community, Madlyn chaired a building committee that oversaw the construction of an award-winning library complex. Since moving to Rappahannock in 2016, she has contributed to the weekly programming of the UU’s of the Blue Ridge. She and her husband, Bill, have three adult children.

Director: Lynn Dolnick

Mrs. Dolnick worked as a scientist and a  science educator for many years, including twenty years at the National Zoo in Washington DC where she served as Associate Director for Exhibits and Education. She and her husband have lived in Rappahannock since 1995, mostly part-time but full-time for some stretches. She is passionate about art and the environment. Lynn has served on a variety of boards including National Audubon Society, Christmas in April, and the New York Times. Locally she's on the board of RAAC, where she was co-organizer of the Second Friday Talks at the library, and co-chairs RAAC's Mitchell Fund Committee.

Director: Christy Ludlow

Born in Montreal, Ms. Ludlow came to the U.S. in 1967 and worked as a speech pathologist in New York City. She received her PhD from New York University and was a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland studying brain control for voice, speech and swallowing for 35 years. After retiring from the federal government, she moved to James Madison University where she directed a PhD Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders before retiring in 2014. Christy and her husband have been in Rappahannock County for 31 years

Director: Sallie Morgan

Ms. Morgan served as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier from 2011 through 2020, helping the Association take a leadership role in improving access to mental health treatment in the region. Prior to 2011, she served as Director of Community Support Services for Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services for 35 years, supervising mental health programs as well as intellectual disability and aging services. While working for RRCS, she founded the Area Agency on Aging for the region, as well as the community-wide partnership, Aging Together.  

Since retiring in late 2020, Ms. Morgan continues to chair the Rappahannock Behavioral Health Roundtable and the Rappahannock Aging Together Team, chairs the services committee for Rapp at Home, serves on the board of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community and chairs RAAC’s Community Theatre Committee, is a member of the PATH grants committee, the PATH Community Advisory Committee and the Rappahannock Public Schools’ equity team. She has recently been appointed to serve on the PATH Foundation Board. 

Morgan holds a degree in psychology from William and Mary, and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. 

Director: Ruth Welch

Ms. Welch is a registered dietitian who retired with 28 years of Federal service in 2016. Her government career included USDA and FDA nutritionist and public affairs specialist positions, and with the Department of Homeland Security as a communications manager. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel in the Army Medical Specialist Corps with 25 years of service. Ruth volunteers at the Rappahannock Pantry and joined its board in 2017. She was appointed to the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority in 2017. She has volunteered with the Rappahannock Historical Society and is a member of the Garden Club.


Executive Director: Patty Hardee

Ms. Hardee was a founding member of Rapp at Home and served on the first Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018. She led the Communications Committee and ran a writing group. From 2006 to 2009, she served on the Ki Theatre Board of Directors before Ki aligned with the Rappahannock Association of Arts and Community (RAAC). She also served on the Ki and RAAC Theatre program committees from 2006 to the present. From 2000 to 2014, she worked for global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as both staff and contactor in corporate communications. Ms. Hardee has lived in and around Rappahannock County for 20 years. She and her husband ran Toll Gate Farm and Vineyards. As a writer for the Rappahannock News, Ms. Hardee covered the criminal courts and county government.

Member Services Coordinator: Addell Russell

Ms. Russell recently accepted the position as the Member Services Coordinator. With over 42 years of experience working in several organizations, she is skilled in administration, management, and accounting. With an innovative curiosity and spirit of entrepreneurship, she has been a mortgage loan officer, obtained her license as a realtor, offered debt counseling and a Basic Life Skills class to Department of Social Services clients, and opened a summer tutoring center camp for children K-12.

She is excited to become a part of a non-profit organization that offers services to help their community. Further, she has a passion to serve Rapp at Home’s elderly population, because she hopes as she ages, one day someone will have a deep desire to ensure that her health and personal needs are being taken care of.  She believes every community should develop and offer some type of community service outreach to our elderly population to provide the basic life necessities and to meet other needs pertaining to the elderly.

She graduated from NVCC-Manassas Campus and received my AAS in Business Management/Office Technology and has since been working on her BS in Psychology. Born and raised in Warrenton and now living in Culpeper, she has three adult children and a beautiful, adorable granddaughter.  

Advisory Committee

Advisor: Bill Dietel 

Mr. Dietel was born 14 August 1927 to a country doctor and his nurse wife. He attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, was awarded a BA by Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University. After 17 years in various academic posts he joined the Rockefeller Philanthropic Office and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a foundation. He created a philanthropic consulting firm in 1988 which became Dietel and Partners. He retired in 2016. He has been a trustee and officer for over 20 non-profits including the New York Public Library, the Child Care and Learning Center, American Farmland Trust, Board Source, and The Heron Foundation. He moved to Rappahannock in 1982. He co-founded the Foothills Forum and now serves as a trustee of the Rappahannock Public Library and as a special advisor to Rapp at Home.

Advisor: Bette Mahoney

Ms. Mahoney attended The City College of New York and did graduate work in economics and statistics at the University of Chicago. Her professional work focused on the design and analysis of large surveys and studies for the Federal government. Since retiring in 1999, she has engaged in nonprofit work in Rappahannock County, where she has lived since 1986. She has 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). She helped incorporate both the Rappahannock Pantry in 2012, where she served as the first President and remained on the Board until 2019, and the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund in 2016, where she served as Treasurer until 2019. She has also served as Secretary for RAAC, Treasurer of the Rappahannock County Garden Club and Treasurer of the Foothills Forum. Currently she serves on the Board of the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund and as a Special Adviser to Rapp at Home. 

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The photos on this page were taken and provided by Rapp at Home member, Ray Boc.