Leadership Fauquier 2018 Graduates

Congratulations to all the participants in this year’s Leadership Fauquier.

Leadership Fauquier is Fauquier’s premier organization to engage, equip, and connect current and future civic leaders within private, government and nonprofit sectors of Fauquier.

Each year, Leadership Fauquier’s signature program graduates a class of twenty established leaders from the public, private, nonprofit sectors of Fauquier as well as the community at large. Anyone who seeks to become better connected to the community, learn about the challenges and opportunities that face Fauquier, and become an active participant in Fauquier’s future are invited to apply.

Carrie Smith

Smith is employed by Fauquier County doing foster parent training for the Department of Social Services. She has been employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 25 years in a variety of capacities, including Adult Probation and Parole, Criminal Justice Services, Juvenile Justice, and Drug Court Administration. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s of Public Administration from George Mason University. Carrie has two lovely daughters and three wonderful grandchildren whom she adores. She is a major animal lover, and her favorite place in the world is the beach.

Chris Connell

Chris is the mother of eight children and has a Criminal Justice degree from Liberty University. In 2016, she started volunteering for McShin Recovery Center, as she has always had a passion for helping others. From her experience in the court systems, she saw there was a need for more addiction treatment and recovery in this county and surrounding counties. Her community outreach efforts assisted in finding the location for the McShin Warrenton Recovery Center.

Christina Hartz

Christina was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised as a Navy brat living up and down the East Coast and parts of the Midwest. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Florida. When she moved Northern Virginia, she worked for Fairfax County in positions funded through federal grants, helping at-risk teens and dislocated workers. She moved to Warrenton in 2005 and now works for Collie Gorg Group.

Danielle Dean

Pastor Danielle Dean has been the Children’s Ministry Director since July 2015. She has her B.A. in Criminal Justice and recently graduated with her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Danielle is certified in women’s self defense and teaches at various high schools in the county. She also sits on the board of Magnificent Oaks, which provides holistic care for domestic violence victims. She and her husband, Jim, have 7 children.

Hope McGee

McGee is a native born northern Virginian who moved to Fauquier County in 1995 with her husband Shaun. She has two daughters, Ellie and Erica, who are enrolled at Taylor Middle School. She attended Washington Business School in Vienna after high school and immediately began her career in Alexandria, working in Chantilly and Fairfax as well. She she remained at home with her daughters for eight years after they were born and rejoined the workforce with Fauquier County Schools (Kettle Run High School) in 2012. From there she transitioned to a position with the Sheriff’s Office in 2013 in the Records Division. In 2016, she then moved to administration to work with accounts payable and the Sheriff.

Janice S. Sutton

In August 2017, Jan will celebrate 41 years in the insurance industry. In 1993, Jan opened up her own agency as one of the first Farmers Agencies in Northern Virginia. She now has a team of four and believes in education for herself, her team, and her policyholders. Jan focuses on customer service as well as community service. She is past chair of Fauquier Chamber of Commerce and obtained several awards: Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Business Person of the Year (2015). She also serves on the board and is a member of several other civic and professional organizations in the county and surrounding counties. She is also a Bull Run Clogger.

Jon-Michael “Johnny” Rosch

Rosch is a supervisor with more than eight years of public accounting experience including managing audit and assurance engagements for not-for-profit organizations, public charities, social welfare organizations, trade associations, business leagues, nonprofit child care centers, private schools, independent research organizations, and 527 political action committees. He is a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and serves on the finance committee of Dominion Valley Homeowners Association.

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy, originally from West Virginia, has worked for the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division for 13 years. He is currently a supervisor within the division and is also a newly elected second Vice President of Virginia National Emergency Number Association. Murphy is married and has four children. He also enjoys coaching travel soccer and spending time working on home projects.

Julie Bolthouse

Julie grew up in Virginia has a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech in Fisheries Science with a minor in Watershed Management. She has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and another Master’s Degree in Natural Resources. Bolthouse is the Fauquier Land Use Representative for the Piedmont Environmental Council, where she supports communities, sustainable agriculture, historic places, healthy ecosystems, and more.

Katie Jerinic

Jerinic is a lifelong resident of Fauquier County. After graduating for Fauquier High School, Katie earned a Bachelor of Art in Religious Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law. Jerinic has a desire to give back to her community and currently works in the County’s human resource department. She currently resides in her childhood home with her spouse, her two children, and her mother.

Kenneth (Ken) S. Lukonis

Lukonis is the founder and CEO of Strategic Alliance Consulting Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business which specializes in engineering and program management. He served in the Army for almost 10 years and specialized in satellite and ground-based communications, and imagery analysis. Lukonis holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management and a M.S. in Computer Information Systems and is actively involved in the community.


Kirsten Kunkler

Kirsten was raised in New England and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.  She earned her graduate degree from Columbia University’s Executive MBA program while working for Southern New England Telecommunications (now AT&T) in the outside plant part of the business, specifically with digital and fiber technologies including project managing the first fiber backbone through the state of Connecticut. Her career transitioned to childrearing and community service while she and her husband moved throughout the country and raised their five children.  They ultimately settled in northern Virginia where she had some truly humbling volunteer experiences alongside some inspiring people. As her children became more independent, she accepted various part-time working opportunities ultimately including a position at F1 Computer Solutions, Inc. which grew into an ownership and leadership role.

Lisa Morgan

Lisa Morgan serves as the director of Post Acute Services for Fauquier Health. She has been employed by Fauquier Health since 2005. She also serves as a board member to the Virginia Association of Home Care. Morgan has a B.S. degree from North Georgia College and State University and is a licensed registered nurse. She was born in England, grew up in Georgia, and has had the opportunity to live in several states before arriving in Virginia in 2004. She is actively working with youth in her community.

Mallory Stribling

Stribling is the Budget Services Manager with Fauquier County’s Office of Management & Budget. She has been serving Fauquier County Government for the last five years and specializes in budget analysis and grant management. Stribling was previously a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. She is a graduate of Boston University and holds a B.S. in International Relations and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech in 2015. Stribling is an officer on the Fauquier County Working Together Committee and attends The Bridge Community Church. She is an avid long distance runner and lives in Warrenton with her husband, son, and dog.

Mark Halse, III

A native Yankee, college educated fine artist Mark Gregory Halse II set down roots below the Mason-Dixon line serendipitously. Following separation from the military during the Great Recession, Mr. Halse accepted a part-time, temporary job position in Warrenton with the Fauquier County Department of Social Services. This temporary job became an impassioned career as Mr. Halse started a family and discovered a love for serving the community.

Mary Wyckoff

Wyckoff has worked as Human Resource Administrator for Fauquier County Government and Fauquier County Public Schools since 2011. Wyckoff graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Sports Management and is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management program through Virginia Tech. She and her husband have two children, ages six and four.

Michael Church

Reverend Church is one of the two pastors of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton. A New York native, he holds degrees from Vassar College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He also studied at the Mar Thoma Seminary in India. He has previously served congregations in the New York City area and was a missionary in Romania, as well as serving on various non-profit boards.

Rebecca Miller

Becky Miller has been a licensed real estate agent since 2003, beginning her career as a buyer’s agent for a nationally ranked real estate team.  After spending more than a decade with a large national brokerage, Becky and her husband, Chip, started their own brokerage, Piedmont Fine Properties in their hometown of Warrenton.  Becky is a 2013 graduate of the Virginia Association of Realtors’ Leadership Academy. She has consistently been recognized as an Honor Society recipient and was the 2011 GPAAR Presidential Award winner.  She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and shares her life with her husband and business partner, Chip Miller, and her 3 sons—Michael, Brent and Steven. In her spare time she enjoys farming, horseback riding and travel. 

Stephanie Paladeau

Paladeau is a New Jersey native, and attended Marymount College of Virginia (now University) where she obtained a degree in accounting. She has extensive commercial real estate and homebuilder finance experience and is employed with The Fauquier Bank. Paladeau moved to Markham in 2017 and is very active in the community: Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of Fauquier Family Shelter Services and also serves on the board of the Northern Piedmont Microenterprise Program and the Fauquier County Micro Loan program.

Tiffany Embrey

Embrey is the Assistant Director of Fauquier County Adult Court Services, which is a local probation and pretrial services agency. She began working in the area with the Sheriff’s Office and transitioned to Adult Court Services in 1999. She has an Associate’s degree in Administration of Justice and now working on her Bachelor’s degree. Embrey is an active member of the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association, and is the mother of two boys.


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