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Richard Lessard


Rick Lessard is the Managing Member with the Architectural firm Lessard Collaborative, LLC. since 2007. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer of the 160-person Architectural firm, Lessard Group Inc. in Vienna Virginia. He currently is on the Board of RappU in Sperryville, Virginia. He also has held various positions on the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority between 2010-2018. He has also been the Chairmen and member of the Executive Development Board for the School of Architecture and Planning, for The Catholic University of America 2003-2010 and University of Hawaii at Manoa 2009-2014. His Architectural expertise focuses on Multi-Family and Commercial projects. He holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science, Architecture Degrees from The Catholic University of America. He is a registered Architect in Five States and holds a National Council of Architectural Board Certificate.


Russell James

Vice Chairman

Mr. Russell James has over 40 years of experience in a variety of business and educational situations, including serving five years at Germanna Community College, most recently as Dean, Business & WorkforceServices.  Prior to his work at Germanna, Mr. James owned a successful manufacturers representation company for ten years, Preferred Suppliers Network, was National Sales Manager for a pharmaceutical packaging company, and Director of Logistics for a pharmaceutical company.   In these various roles he has worked with a variety of teams to develop mission & vision statements and strategic plans to support the mission of the organization, most recently at Germanna Community College. Mr. James is now Chief Operating Officer for Dominion Education Services, LLC, a provider of education research, analysis, and consulting services. 

Mr. James received his B.S. in Industrial Engineer from Auburn University and his M.B.A. from Lynchburg College. When he joined Germanna, he also received a Professional in Workforce Development certificate from the University of Virginia.

Mr. James presently serves as a board vice chair for the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. He also serves on the Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy board. He was previously President of the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation Board and Vice-President of the Madison County Education Foundation.


Caren M. Eastham


Caren currently serves as a Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Oak View National Bank with headquarters in Warrenton, Virginia.  Caren has worked in the banking industry for more than thirty-seven years.  She graduated from Mary Washington College with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Business Administration.  Additionally, she is a graduate of the Virginia Banker’s Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia.   She is very active in the community and has served as an officer and Board member of various civic and non-profit organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Fauquier Hospital, Fauquier Health Foundation, Fauquier SPCA,  as  well as, several other community Boards and Committees.   

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Cathy Dalrymple


Cathy is from the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. Cathy and her husband have been active members of the Culpeper community since 1994. She has worked with her husband in the family aggregate and construction business, Cedar Mountain Stone and Chemung Contracting Corp., for over 40 years.

Cathy has served on other community non-profits. She currently is on the boards of the Culpeper Free Clinic and the Culpeper Wellness Foundation.

Renard Carlos

Renard Carlos

Board Member

Renard Carlos is a lifelong resident of the Town of Warrenton, Virginia, as well as graduate of George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. He was elected to the Warrenton Town Council in May 2018 and sits on both the Public Safety and Transportation Committee and the Committee on Health, Parks and Recreation. Renard is currently employed in the financial service industry. Carlos is also a member of the Fauquier County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and currently serves on the community board for the Fauquier Hospital. In his free time, Renard enjoys martial arts as well as serving in the community alongside his wife Lea.


Jeffrey C. Early

Board member

— Jeff Early a Madison County native, is no stranger to public service. While he keeps things on an even keel at Early & Powell—a general practice law office with locations in Madison and Greene Counties, Early has shared his expertise in many other areas over the years.

With two grown daughters who went through Madison County Public Schools, Early spent 21 years on the school board, serving as chairman for about half the time. In addition, he has coached local youth in basketball and softball, served on the boards of several local nonprofit organizations, and is a lifetime member of Madison United Methodist Church.

Early was familiar with the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s general mission, but his curiosity increased when he helped launch the Madison County Education Foundation (MCEF) as a founding board member. When MCEF applied for a grant through the Community Foundation, he met with the NPCF staff to gain a deeper understanding of its goals. “The more I learned, the more impressed I was with what they’re trying to do,” Early said.

He believes that his history with and understanding of Madison County and its citizens will contribute to the foundation’s strength. “Madison is a unique place in a lot of ways,” he said. “Our residents are very giving and community-minded. They usually stand up for worthy causes, but they may not be aware of all of them.”

Early understands the importance of opening the lines of communication between service organizations and the individuals they rely on for support. “My goal is to make a difference in some small way, and I hope to do that by serving on the Community Foundation board.”


Robin Gulick

Board Member

Robin C. Gulick is the founder and senior partner at the law firm of Gulick, Carson & Thorpe, P.C. in Warrenton, Virginia. He is a graduate of Fauquier High School, North Carolina Wesleyan College and the College of William and Mary School of Law. He served many years as a Trustee of the Fauquier Hospital, also serving as Chair and later as the Vice-Chair of the PATH Foundation. Robin is now a member of the Board of Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.


Valerie Goossens

Board Member

Valerie has lived in Madison County for 10 years.  She was formerly the Director of Fragrance Marketing for International Flavors & Fragrances in New York City.  She has a degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA and has taken various graduate level business courses over the years.

In 1987, Valerie joined her husband on an International adventure living in Indonesia, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.  During the thirteen years abroad, Valerie became involved supporting small local start ups, American Chamber of Commerce and American Women’s Association in fund raising for local projects.  She has been an active member of P.E.O., a Women’s Philanthropic Educational Organization and has served as chair of various state committees.  Since moving to Virginia, she has been involved in planning fund raising activities for various organizations.

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Peter Nguyen

Board member

Peter H. Nguyen joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2018 to help develop strategies and provide advice for individuals, families, businesses and small institutional organizations. Prior to that role, he spent over 20 years at a number of global investment banks in New York City, including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. As a Managing Director in NYC from 2004-2015, he led a number of teams advising institutional investors in fixed income derivative trading. Peter received his MBA from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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R. Brevard Wallace III, MD

Board Member

Dr. M. Brevard Wallace lll was the senior partner of Culpeper Family Practice from 1976 until his retirement in 2015. The practice grew from two men to a practice with four physicians as well as four nurse practitioners, one being a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a diabetic educator. Even in retirement, Dr. Wallace continues to volunteer one morning a week at the free clinic. During his active career he served as Chief of Staff of Culpeper Memorial Hospital being the last unpaid MD in that position prior to their hiring a chief medical officer due to the increasing demands of that office. He also served as a physician advisor for the MSVRO which is the physician peer review organization of the medical Society of Virginia. He served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Culpeper Regional Hospital, During his tenure on the Hospital board, Dr. Wallace was honored as board member of the year. During his time as a board member for the Culpeper Regional Hospital, he was a major driving force behind the Powell Wellness Center creation. He served as their Chairman of the Board, as well as the chief medical officer of this organization for the first 10 years of its existence and is still the chief medical officer. His major activities now include traveling, skiing and golf with lots of time devoted to his children and grandchildren.