Andy Alexander, Chair

Andy is the former Washington Post ombudsman and is an award-winning journalist and news industry leader who has been a reporter, editor and Washington bureau chief during a career that spans five decades.  He is a longtime board member of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which helps foreign journalists who have been subjected to attacks, arrests and harassment by repressive regimes.  Andy currently is a Visiting Professional at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, where he has taught journalism ethics and helped foster media innovation and entrepreneurship.  He is married to Beverly Jones, an attorney, consultant and author. They live in Washington, D.C. and Rappahannock County, Virginia.

Stephen Brooks, Vice Chair

Stephen was an attorney in New York where he practiced public interest, government and private law and led multiple efforts to support legal assistance for low-income people.

Sheila Gresinger, Secretary

Sheila had an award-winning career in newspaper advertising, changing to new homes sales and marketing before retiring in 2006. She has lived in Rappahannock County since 1982. She and her late husband Jack Dwyer put their Black Rock Farm near Washington, Va., into a conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 1989. She initiated a best practices management for the farm several years ago. Her background includes recognition as Military Wife of the Year for the volunteer activities that benefited the USMC Quantico Base community while she lived there.

Steve Vick – Treasurer 

Steve has had a 40-year with several non-profit entities in Washington, D.C., most notably 26 years with the National Geographic Society where he was Vice President of Financial Operations. Steve holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Steve and his wife Libby purchased property in Rappahannock County in 2004, and currently enjoy time at their farmhouse in Slate Mills.

Jenks Hobson 

Jenks retired in 2015 after 42 years as rector, pastor, and priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, Virginia and now lives near Amissville. He has been widely involved in the Rappahannock Community for that same 42 years. Among his many roles in this community, he has served as member and chair of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board, member and vice chair of the Fauquier Health System Board, a founding leader of the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, and is a life member of Washington Fire and Rescue, Inc. His children both graduated from the Rappahannock schools and his wife Molly taught at RCES for 35 years.

Jan Makela

Jan was born in Rappahannock and graduated from Rappanannock County High. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a number of years of teaching in Virginia Beach, she returned to Amissville with her husband Ron, and young son Josh. The two ran her family’s three-generational business, Hackley’s Store, for several years following their return. Jan worked in the Rappahannock public schools for 11 years, teaching for the last four, and currently is a Realtor with Real Estate III in Little Washington. She has served on the RCCA, RNPC & RCBB Boards, and currently serves on the Camp Fantastic Committee, the Amissville Area Community Christmas Committee, and the boards of Businesses of Rappahannock (chairing the Business Link Networking Socials Committee), and the Amissville Methodist Cemetery.

Alfred Regnery

Al is an attorney and publishing executive. He served as Minority Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the late 1970s, at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1981 to 1986 and was in private practice of law in Washington until 2003. He was president and publisher of Regnery Publishing, Inc., an independent book-publishing firm from 1986 until 2005 where he published over 200 titles including 23 New York Times bestsellers, and was president and publisher of the American Spectator magazine from 2005 until 2012. He is chairman of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, DE and chairman of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund in Alexandria, VA where he is also currently employed, and serves on several other nonprofit boards. His writings have appeared in many national publications and websites. He has been a resident of Rappahannock County since 2012.

Pete Smith

The former Chief Executive of Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a global human resources consulting firm, Pete now is the Founding Partner of SmithPilot, Inc., a firm that provides a variety of consulting services to nonprofits. He has also served on the boards of many private corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Pete and his wife Marcia Marsh are residents of Warrenton and are deeply interested in community development and environmental issues in the Piedmont region.

Tac Tacelosky

Tac has spent much of the last 20 years focusing on public health advocacy. He was the co-founder of Smokefree DC, the advocacy organization that spearheaded the campaign to eliminate smoking from all D.C. workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The law became effective in 2007, after a five-year campaign, and he continues to be involved with public health and technology. In addition, Tac is a long-time supporter and sometimes board member of various D.C.-based nonprofits: Jews United for Justice, Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, Stone Soup Films and Avodah, the Jewish Service Corps. Tac also founded MicroTac Software, Inc. – one of the first companies responsible for bringing non-professional translation tools to the consumer market. He has lived in Sperryville for three years.

Ed Timperlake

Ed, a resident of Castleton, is a former naval aviator, former government official, author, and columnist. The holder of a BS from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from Cornell, Ed also graduated from the the Senior Officer “Top Gun” course and was a Marine fighter pilot in Southeast Asia, earning two Vietnam Campaign Medals. He later served as a professional staff member for the US House Committee on Rules and as a Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ed is the author of six books, including Year of the Rat, a New York Times best seller for 22 weeks, and the editor of Defense.Info, a global national security publication. He also serves as a volunteer board member of the Vietnam Children’s Fund, which has built 52 elementary schools in Vietnam.

Paula Wolferseder Yabar

Paula is the Senior Vice President of Advancement at American Rivers where she leads a dedicated team of development and communications experts focused on the financial health and brand awareness of the organization. Paula has been a committed conservation professional over the course of her career, serving in leadership roles at many internationally recognized organizations including Resources for the Future, the Pew Charitable Trusts and The Nature Conservancy. Paula holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Rhode Island. Paula and her family purchased their property in Amissville in 2005 and split their time there and in Arlington, VA.



Larry Bud Meyer

A career editor, newsman and foundation executive, Bud served as Vice President and Secretary of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation from 1995-2009. Prior to joining Knight, he spent two decades in Florida print journalism, the last four years as executive assistant to the publisher of The Miami Herald. Bud is president of Meyer Communications, a strategic communications consultancy for foundations and nonprofits. He is also founder of Morningside Press and author of Mother Fracker. He volunteers for the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection, RAAC and the annual Fodderstack 10-K, belongs to the Rappahannock Lions Club and Businesses of Rappahannock. He is a life member of Leadership Florida. He has lived in Rappahannock County since 2006.


(A distinction granted unanimously to one of our distinguished founders)

William Dietel

Bill is a former teacher, principal and dean who entered philanthropy in 1970 with the Rockefeller family serving as Executive Vice President and president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund from 1970-87. In 1987 he established a consulting practice that became Dietel Partners in 2007 when his daughters joined the firm. Bill has 50 years of experience networking people and organizations, and consulting with foundations, families and individuals about philanthropy. He has served as chairman of the Child Care Learning Center (CCLC), as a member of the Headwaters Foundation Investment Committee and has lived in Rappahannock County for 34 years.

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