Dr. Gary Aichele (Chair)
Gary Aichele, Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spent his college years at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he earned his BA, JD and PhD. After practicing law in Charlottesville, he moved to Washington, DC, where as a Judicial Fellow, he served as a special administrative assistant to Chief Justice Warren Burger at the Supreme Court of the United States before becoming executive director of the Supreme Court Historical Society. Following his time at the Society, he joined the faculty at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, where he taught political science and law courses. He also taught at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, and at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. A published author, his work includes a biography of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, a study of contemporary American legal theory, and a historical review of the evolution of the Vermont constitution. Prior to moving to Rappahannock County in 2013 with his wife, Wendy, to own and operate the Gay Street Inn in Little Washington, he spent several years as a teacher and member of the residential staff at Lee Academy in Lee, ME, and at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. In addition to his legal and academic careers, he earned an MDiv degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary, in Lancaster, PA, and as an ordained minister, served congregations in central Pennsylvania. A deacon and associate minister at Washington Baptist Church, he is a member of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Service Board, and a former member of the Town Council of Washington, VA.
Ron Goodman (Vice Chair)
Ron Goodman recently retired as Managing Partner of Foley Hoag LLP, Washington, DC and Co-Chair of its International Litigation and Arbitration Department. He and his wife Rosabel have been enjoying Rappahannock Country since 2001 and finished building their house here in 2011. Ron began his legal career in The Hague and then practiced law in Paris for seven years. In 1995, he set up the first office of an American law firm in Africa, in Johannesberg, where he represented President Nelson Mandela and his government in various projects including project financings, the negotiation of a treaty coordinating three countries in anti-malaria efforts, and the conversion of wetlands to a World Heritage Site (now, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park). Moving to the U.S. in 2001, he practiced law in Washington DC for another 15 years. He has served as Adjunct Professor at American University, been a Board member of CentroNia, a bilingual DC charter school, and is currently a member the Board of the Castleton Festival and of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. He has his law degree from Columbia University, his PhD from Princeton University, and his BA from Cornell University. He has also studied at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques.
Carolyn Roth (Secretary)
Carolyn Roth is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She first lived in Rappahannock County in the 1970s, and has maintained a connection ever since. She returned to make Rappahannock her home in 2015. Carolyn earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Virginia. During her early years in Rappahannock she was an elementary school teacher. She then moved into the world of gourmet cooking and worked as a professional chef for fifteen years. After her daughter was born in 1989, she spent several years as primary care giver then migrated back to her career in education. She retooled herself as a tutor and academic coach, with additional certifications focusing on reading and study skills, and ran a successful private practice in Montgomery, County, Maryland. In parallel to this, she has had a rich life as a mixed media, fabric and print artist, showing her work in many venues. On returning to Rappahannock she converted a large garage to a studio where she continues to create work in a variety of media and show each year on the Rappahannock Art Tour. She brings her considerable skills in childhood development to the Headwaters board.
Kees Dutilh (Treasurer)
Kees (pronounced Case) and his wife Kathi retired to Rappahannock County about four years ago. With twenty years’ experience as a real estate developer and residential general contractor in the Washington D.C. area, he quickly became interested in issues related to affordable housing. A former board member of Rebuilding Together—a national organization that assists low-income homeowners with critical home repairs–Kees saw firsthand the challenges people with modest incomes face in maintaining their homes. Soon after moving to Rappahannock, he was asked to start a similar program in the County. This ongoing program, initially sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and presently part of the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund, has recently entered into an agreement with Habitat for Humanity to expand its activities in Rappahannock County. In addition to his work to make major home repairs and affordable housing more available, Kees has also served as a member of the board of the Rappahannock Historical Society and the Town of Washington’s Housing Task Force. In his spare time Kees studies local history and is tending his pollinator garden. He earned a MBA from The George Washington University.
Bethany Bostic and her husband have lived in Rappahannock since 2014. While both are Madison County graduates, Bethany’s mother’s family has resided in Rappahannock for many generations. Bethany graduated from Longwood University 2016 and began her teaching career in Culpeper County. There, she taught preschool, second grade, and third grade. After eight and a half years of teaching in Culpeper, Bethany accepted a position teaching fifth grade science and writing at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Bethany then transitioned to fourth grade to serve as the math and science teacher. During that time, Bethany obtained her master’s degree in administration and supervision. She currently serves as the Math Instructional Coach and STEAM Coordinator at Rappahannock Elementary School. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and kayaking.
A former stream ecologist and environmental educator for Fairfax County, Tanya Paull moved to Slate Mills in 2011 with her husband, Steve, who works as a biologist for the Shenandoah National Park. She was a teacher at Belle Meade School for five years, where she also taught horseback riding and ran the vegetable garden—introducing her young students to the benefits of farm-to-table living. For the past six years, she’s been a Realtor® at Cheri Woodard Realty in Sperryville. Paull has been the Project Manager for the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Give Local Piedmont campaigns since the first one in 2014. She has also organized the wine tasting and cocktail hour at Headwaters’ annual Taste of Rappahannock fall event. In her spare time, she enjoys fox hunting with the Thornton Hill Hounds or just taking a morning off to squeeze in a trail ride. An avid naturalist, she’s perhaps happiest when immersed in natural surroundings, working in her gardens, or doing anything outdoors.
Moving to Amissville with her family in 2008, Donna Comer is no stranger to Rappahannock public schools. An RCES parent since her son, Mason, started kindergarten there six years ago, she has been active with the PTO, taking on lead roles in several fundraising activities. She and her husband, Allen, have also helped coach and support various Rappahannock youth activities, to include recreational athletics and Cub Scouts. Comer holds a jointly funded position as the Workforce Coordinator for Lord Fairfax Community College and Fauquier County Economic Development Department. She spends much of her time as a liaison between area education, training and business entities. Her work requires interaction with key players in the county school districts served by LFCC, as well as with area businesses to ensure LFCC programs reflect regional needs. A group fitness instructor for twenty years, Comer currently teaches a variety of classes at the WARF (Warrenton Aquatics Recreation Facility). She also dabbles in antiquing in her spare time, salvaging and repurposing old and tired pieces. Nothing thrills her more than finding something someone has given up on and turning it into something great.
Bruce Loth and his wife, Missy McCool, bought their house in Rappahannock’s Harris Hollow outside of little Washington back in 2002 and soon made it their full time residence. Starting with 25 acres and a garage for the old ski area, they built a barn, added fences, reclaimed pasture, and created a comfortable home and hobby farm. While Missy is a 4th generation native Virginian and a Hokie, Bruce completed high school and received his under graduate degree in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (therefore a Tar Heel). Together they are raising two children, Henry, 12, and Fiona, 10, both of whom attend Rappahannock County Elementary School, where Missy serves at the vice president of the PTO. Bruce has served as the treasure of his property owners association for more than 10 years and the Rappahannock County Soccer Association for the past 3. Bruce has worked in the field of information technology since the 1990’s and has been a Senior Analyst with Toyon Research Corporation since 2009. At Toyon he keeps busy as a computer programmer and systems engineer designing software and hardware for building management systems. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family (biking, skiing, running, hiking, and gardening), cooking, helping his wife with their horses, hunting in the fall, and walking the woods on his property.
Kat Habib has made her home in Rappahannock since 2012, fulfilling a life-long dream that began during her childhood over the mountain on a farm in Warren County. Kat served as program manager Headwaters Next Step College & Career Guidance Program from 2014-2019, and the After-School Enrichment Program from 2015-2017. Her relationship with the Rappahannock County school community continues as a substitute teacher, and through her marriage to Kreighton Long, a RCHS social studies teacher and wrestling coach. Now primarily a ceramic artist, Kat also works as a floral designer with Flourish Root Floral Studio, and as the assistant director of Rapp Nature Camp—a role she has held since 2015 as she so loves sharing her passion for the natural world with children. She joined the Camp Board of Directors in 2019. Kat received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC, where she managed the ceramics studio for several years and taught in the Pre-College summer program. An active participant in the wood firing community of Virginia, Kat has continued her work as a ceramics educator by offering workshops and twice acting as a studio assistant at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC.
Dr. William Dant of Boston, VA has over 40 years’ experience in educational programs and projects, specializing in the international arena. Dant has held public sector management positions for the US Department of State and the Peace Corps. His work in the private sector includes leadership and educational development positions with World Learning, Youth For Understanding Intercultural Exchange, and the Institute of International Education. Since 2010, he has continued similar work as principal of his consulting firm, WPD Global Solutions LLC. He also serves on the governance boards of Youth For Understanding-USA in Washington, DC and the YFU Global Office in Brussels. He also serves on the Broadband Advisory Committee of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors. Dant started his career as a middle school teacher in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His global work since that time includes assignments in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Eurasia and Southeast Asia. Dant holds a PhD. in International Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Teaching from the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He has also studied at the University of Strasbourg, France and at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Bill and his husband, Danny Wilson, moved to Rappahannock County in 2010; they have been committed to the county’s advancement and well-being for people of all ages.