Dr. Gary Aichele (Chair/Treasurer)
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gary Aichele 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 recently joined our Board. Carolyn is a tutor and academic coach, holding an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Virginia. She has been a tutor and academic coach for over 25 years and is also a professional artist and printmaker. She lives in Flint Hill.
Sherry Cillo has lived in Rappahannock County her entire life, and her family goes back many generations in the County. She has been married to her husband, Angelo, for almost 13 years and has two beautiful daughters, Jaden, age 11, and Payton, age 9. She has worked at Union Bank and Trust, formally known as Rappahannock National Bank, full-time for 18 years. She attended Lord Fairfax Community College for two years after receiving the Principal Scholarship from Rappahannock County High School. After attending LFCC, she transferred to Shenandoah University where she received her degree in Business Management with a minor in Psychology. She loves being involved in her children’s activities as much as possible. She is currently the Treasurer for the Rappahannock County Soccer Association and a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters’ troops. You can also find her in the dugout keeping track of the lineup for Payton’s softball games or cheering for Jaden on the soccer field.
Dave Naser was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in a family business, a retail florist. He attended Gettysburg College, where he majored in Chemistry and minored in Economics, receiving his BA in 1983. After college, Dave attended the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) where he majored in Marketing Management. After a short time of working on a chemical records database for a government contractor in Rockville, MD, he returned to Pittsburgh to manage the family business. In 1991, Dave began teaching as an adjunct instructor of Economics at Community College of Allegheny County and Butler County Community College, before studying education at Robert Morris University. He came to Virginia in 2000 to teach high school Chemistry, and after two years in Shenandoah County, came to Rappahannock in 2002, where he has taught Chemistry, Physics, and various science and math courses. Dave has also been coaching Scholastic Bowl since 2000, and his teams have competed at the state and national levels, winning the VHSL State Championship in 2009 and 2015. He resides in Page County and enjoys reading, Civil War history, fishing and travel.
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.