Board of Directors and Staff
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.
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.
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.
Harold was born and raised on a farm in south central Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University and immediately left for four years with the Peace Corps in Southeast Asia. He and his wife, Mary Frances, have four daughters between them and six grandsons.
He purchased property in FT Valley in Sperryville in 1977 and spent weekends in Rappahannock. After his retirement in 2004, Harold moved to Rappahannock full-time and Mary Fran followed upon her retirement in 2006. He has been an active volunteer for Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad for the past 14 years and was the Chief for a number of years. He has been an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and has served as its Junior and Senior Warden. His other community involvement includes serving on the Board of the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, serving as the immediate past President of the Rappahannock County Fire and Rescue Association, serving as a Social Services Board member, and leading the successful effort to expand the St. Paul’s Cemetery in Woodville.
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.
I am a long-time resident of Rappahannock County, having moved to Little Washington over 25 years ago with my late husband. We both were captivated by the scenic beauty of the area and by the engaging personalities of the residents. As a member of the Town Council, I came to understand the challenges of the community, as well as what strategies might be successful in overcoming them.
While living here, I have been an English professor at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College, making a commute that has heightened my appreciation of rural living. For 36 years at NOVA, I taught a variety of courses from Technical Writing to Survey of World Literature. I also gained administrative experience at the College through my duties as Department Chair and, later, as Dean. Unable to completely divorce myself from the classroom, I still teach one course per semester.
I have been actively involved in Rapp at Home since being introduced to the organization by Dennis Barry four years ago. Volunteer activities are of particular interest to me, and I have participated in many service projects, as well as serving as a member of the Service Committee and co-chairing the Caring Team. I am pleased to be part of an organization whose members are so dedicated to providing vital support to the County.
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
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.
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.
Ms. Hardee has been a Rapp at Home friend since its founding 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.
Mary Ann Kuhn brings with her a 25-year career in journalism and as many years in hospitality. She is vice-mayor of the Town of Washington and a member of the Washington Town Council. She has lived in the town for 25 years as founder and owner of the Middleton Inn, an award-winning bed and breakfast inn that became the highest-rated B&B in the mid-Atlantic and the only inn rated among the top ten hotels in the Washington, DC region.
When she moved here in 1994 leaving behind a career as a journalist with The Washington Star, The Washington Post, and CBS News, she became editor of the Rappahannock News for several years while operating her B&B. During that time, she also commuted daily to Washington DC for her job as Virginia editor of the Washington Examiner. Reflected in many of the news stories she wrote or produced is a keen interest in helping those in need and rescuing the underdogs in our society, a dedication stemming from her original college major of nursing studies.
Ms. Kuhn has volunteered with many local organizations serving as vice president of the Rappahannock Historical Society, vice president of the Rappahannock Animal Rescue League, treasurer of RappCats, and board member of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community and Friends of the Library.
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.
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.