OUR BOARD & STAFF
Board of Directors
Susi is a native of Clarke County and holds a B.A. in Art History from American University. She has been involved in the community for over 35 years as a realtor, retailer, volunteer and advocate for downtown revitalization. When Berryville was accepted into the Virginia Main Street program in 1992, she was the first project manager. Susi has served extensively on several boards – Millwood Country Club, the Clarke County Historical Association, Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville Main Street, Powhatan School Board of Trustees, and Long Branch Plantation – and has been interim Executive Director for Long Branch and Barns of Rose Hill.
David Conrad, Vice Chair
A native of Clarke County, David attended both the University of Virginia and Radford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in foreign languages. David parlayed a computer electronics hobby into a busy career in technology, working in various capacities from PC technician, network manager, assistant director of technology, and IT teacher. David currently works as IT operations and management for FEMA.
Peter joined the board in 2019. He was born in Reading, England. His boyhood was spent in England and East Africa. He was educated at Harrow and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he majored in economics. At Oxford her participated in equestrian sports by day and took advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy classical music in the evenings. Peter worked in London before gaining an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. On marrying, Peter and his wife, Beth, moved to London where Peter worked as an investment banker in corporate finance before the couple moved to Clarke County in 1977. Peter lost Beth to illness in 2015. He continues to live on his farm in Clarke County. For over 30 years, he operated both Oakland Apple Orchard and Choose and Cut Tree Farm, taking a leadership role in the apple and Christmas tree industries at the local and state levels. He served as president of Belle Grove Inc. in Middletown, VA. For 20 years, he was Treasurer and Chairman of the Blue Ridge Hunt. Since 1988, he has been a Master of the Nantucket-Treweryn Beagles, whose hounds are kenneled at his farm. He is currently President of Bethel Memorial Inc. and a board member of the Institute Foundation in Aldie, the headquarters of the National beagle Club.
Clark Hansbarger is a retired educator, having taught English in high school and college for over three decades. He lives near the Shenandoah River with his wife Ginger and five dogs, where he now serves as Ginger’s assistant, making and selling Fly Home Birdhouses. A musician and writer, Hansbarger has performed at the Barns many times.
Alice is a Virginia native but spent more than 30 years in Indianapolis. She and her husband moved to Frederick County in 2010 and have been involved with the Barns since then. Her career included owning a consulting firm from 2003 to 2020 which provided services to government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations to assist with marketing and communications, with a specialty in opinion research. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as marketing director for a major art museum, serving as communications director for a blood donation center, and participating on various boards. As an artist, some of her works have been chosen for art banners by Shen Arts for the Winchester downtown. She also plays piano and returned to taking lessons in 2020, after an absence of several decades.
Laurine Kennedy was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After attending Monmouth College in New Jersey, she spent many years in Northern NJ. Kennedy moved to Virginia in 2004, and has lived in Clarke County for 16 years. Having immediately fallen in love with the county, she appreciates its beauty and its people.
Kennedy recently retired from the Clarke County Library, where she worked for 17 years – 11 as manager. Before her time with the library, she worked in sales for major companies all while raising five children. Kennedy assumed the manager position at the library at the same time that the Barns opened, and spent many years partnering with us to create adult and children’s programs. Having seen the Barns evolve over time, Kennedy sees it as a vital community center.
Allen Kitselman has lived in Berryville for 34 years. He is an architect with a 30 year long practice in Berryville. He is also a musician and songwriter. He served on the Berryville Town Council for 17 years and is the Chairman of the Berryville Area Development Authority.
Jennifer Lee has worked most of the last 30 years for non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental and historic preservation and education, with the exception of a six-year stint operating a small landscape design and installation business. She is also a photographer who uses her photos to tell stories for articles she writes, special events, and local organizations. She has a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University and a Master Gardeners certification. Her favorite thing to do, since she was four-years-old, is still to make forts in the woods, listen to the plants and animals, and play in creeks. Jennifer grew up in Clarke County, Virginia, and is grateful to reside there now with her two dogs and two cats.
Jordan Liskey has been an enthusiast of the Barns of Rose Hill for the past five years. Born and raised in the beautiful southern Shenandoah Valley as the second of five siblings on his family farm, he has an immense love and understanding of the agricultural community and its impact. He was fortunate enough to also enjoy the arts from the time he was a young man, spending years dancing and taking part in various musicals and singing opportunities. Since graduating from Cornell University in 2008 where he studied Applied Economics and Management, Jordan has worked in the finance sector. Starting in Nashville, TN where he was fortunate enough to live and work in the music business to starting his career as a financial advisor, he brings a foundation of well-diversified knowledge to the organization. Jordan operates an Edward Jones branch office in Berryville, VA and currently resides in Winchester, VA. His family, clients, community, the arts, and agriculture are his greatest loves and what motivates him to be a part of this organization.
Howard Means, Chair
Howard Means was Senior Writer for Washingtonian magazine from 1977-1982 and Senior Editor from 1989-2000. In between, he was Critic at Large and an editorial board member for the Orlando Sentinel and an op-ed columnist for King Features Syndicate. At the Washingtonian, he won three William Allen White Medals for feature writing. Howard Means is the author or co-author of eleven books, including most recently 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence and Splash! 10,000 Years of Swimming.
JC Moore was born and raised in Washington, DC. As a young adult, he discovered a love for motorcycles and began migrating westward over the mountains. Enjoying Clarke County’s open spaces and natural surroundings, he settled here in 1977. His residence began with the stints as a mechanic and builder, but the lure of the outdoors was too strong. While working for one of the first local organic farms in Cabletown, he discovered a love for agriculture. He jumped into farmer’s markets way before their time in the 1970s and is still involved with the Berryville Farmer’s Market to this day. One of his great joys of living in Clarke County is experiencing the living history of the area. The openness of the locals and their willingness to share family stories not only interested him, but fostered a sense of community spirt and service. He served two terms on the Clarke County Historical Association Board of Directors, volunteered with the first Art at the Mill event, and participated in some of the earliest fundraisers for Barns of Rose Hill.
Kelli Scarrow Patterson
A native of Virginia, Kelli grew up in Arlington, VA and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University. After a 35-year career as a legal administrator in Washington, DC, she served as the Executive Director of Long Branch Historic House and Farm, a non-profit organization in Clarke County where she created the Galleries at Long Branch art exhibition program. After retiring in September 2020, Kelli and her husband Keith opened Cosmic Harvest Gallery at their homestead in Berryville which they share with their many animals.
Pat A. Robinson is an attorney with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Robinson was an assistant general counsel in the legal division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She earlier served as an associate at Sidley & Austin in the firm’s financial institutions regulatory practice in its Washington, D.C. office. She has participated on a number of panels at seminars and conferences on bank regulatory issues and served as an instructor at the American Bar Association’s Banking Law II course. Ms. Robinson received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law School.
Sarah Ames, Executive Director
Sarah joined the Barns of Rose Hill in November 2017, bringing an extensive business and project management background. She served as a Business Specialist and Project Manager with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Herndon, VA. During Sarah’s 14 years with the federal government, Sarah filled many roles, gaining experience in finance, acquisition, auditing, internal controls, and IT. While earning her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Sarah became a Project Management Professional. She is also an American Council on Technology-Industry Advisory Council Fellow, graduating from the organization’s Voyagers Program. Sarah and her husband, Michael, are both natives of Clarke County and currently live in Stephens City with their three children.
Nathan Borger, Director of Operations & Programming
Nathan Borger grew up in Berryville. After attending the College of William and Mary, he returned to his hometown to work for the Bluemont Concert Series where he honed his skills in event production and nonprofit management. Nathan began working with the Barns in 2013 as a sound technician and joined the staff full-time in 2016 as Assistant Director. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar and banjo.
Shawn Hatfield, Assistant Director
Shawn Hatfield joined the Barns as Assistant Director in September 2022. He is a graduate of Radford University, with a degree in music business. Having worked as a guitar technician and music teacher for both Melodee Music and Action Music, he brings a variety of technical skills that will be invaluable to Barns operations and events. Shawn also runs his own music recording business, Groove Music Studio. Shawn is also a musician and writer, having self-published a book of poetry. He and his wife, Dagney, welcomed their first child in November 2022. They live in Winchester with their dog, Rufus.
Martha Reynolds, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Martha Reynolds joined the Barns of Rose Hill staff in August of 2022. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where she earned a B.A. in Art History and Political Science in 2016. Reynolds comes to us from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), where she worked in various roles for more than five years. She now serves on the club’s executive board, as the Supervisor of Communications. A long-time music- lover and native to the Northern Virginia area, Reynolds currently resides in Middleburg with her partner and their six cats.
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