OUR BOARD & STAFF

Board of Directors

David Conrad

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 Cook

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.

Lucy Dorick, Vice Chair

A native of Clarke County, Lucy is an international fundraising specialist with over 25 years of experience working for major museums, universities, humanitarian organizations, and theaters including the Smithsonian Institution, George Mason University, Medical Emergency Relief Internationals, World Resources Institute, and Arena Stage. She now focuses on private international clients. Lucy studied theater arts at Ithaca College and earned a Master’s in Psychology at Leslie University. She has recently returned to her hometown of Berryville where she shares her passion for theater and the performing arts.

“I am a strong believer in the power of the arts and see the Barns of Rose Hill as one of the most important centers for performing, visual, and literary arts in the area.”

John Hill

Mr. Hill serves as Vice-Mayor of the City of Winchester. He is retired as a Case Coordinator with Timber Ridge School. He was first elected to the Winchester Common Council in 2008 and voted Vice-Mayor in 2018. Mr. Hill graduated from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a Bachelor’s degree in History (major) and Sociology (minor). Mr. Hill also graduated from George Mason University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. He has served on the board of Virginians for the Arts and in the past served on the board of the Shenandoah Arts Council. He is a collector of items related to the African American experience.

Michael Hobert, Chair

Michael was born and raised in Clarke County where he has a law practice on Main Street in Berryville.  He believes cultural arts are integral to well-being in a community and began his theater experience with the Blue Ridge Players when he was in high school. He served for many years as a County Supervisor and on many nonprofit boards of directors in the community.

Allen Kitselman

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.

Julie Miles

Julie Miles is a Native Virginian with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Julie started J. Miles studio in 1991, a full spectrum decorative painting atelier specializing in murals, wood graining, fine art painting and gold leafing. Julie is dedicated to the tactile artistry, craftsmanship, and curious wonderment of the painting world. Her work has been featured in several embassies, hotels, restaurants, private residences, and numerous publications. Julie brings her curatorial eye and talents to our exhibits.

JC Moore

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.

Barbara Murry

Barb Murry has been part of the Northern Virginia area for over 40 years and worked as an elementary music teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. Her true love is reaching out to children to show them how music can be part of their lives. She is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful arts center as Barns of Rose Hill and loves the challenge of finding ways to continue to enrich our community with the Arts.

Kelli Scarrow Patterson, Treasurer

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.

Isreal Preston

Mr. Preston is married with three school-aged children and has lived in Berryville for 13 years. He has been employed as a project/contract manager working in the northern Virginia area for twenty years. An Air Force veteran, he grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Strayer University. He is eager to serve on the Board of Directors of Barns of Rose Hill to be able to be more involved in serving his community.

Patricia Robinson, Secretary

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.

Roma Sherman

Roma Sherman , originally from England, moved to the Shenandoah Valley 36 years ago. She and her husband, John Sherman, started and ran the Ashby Inn in Paris, VA for 21 years. Before opening the inn in 1984, Roma worked in advertising in Washington, D.C. In the mid-90s, Roma created the Bosnia Relief Mission and three times organized and took local doctors and medical supplies into the war zone of Sarajevo.

Our Staff

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

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.

Tiwana Brooks, Office Manager

Tiwana brings years of customer service and office management experience to the Barns of Rose Hill. She was born in Leesburg, VA and spent most of her early childhood living on Greenfield Farm in Lucketts, VA. She attended Loudoun County High School, where she enjoyed singing in the all-girls chorus choir, winning the best singer award. Tiwana and her family moved to Charles Town, WV in 2001 where she currently resides with her husband and three children. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, trips to the beach, and visiting museums of history.

Morgan Morrison, Program Director

Morgan joined the Barns of Rose Hill in 2012 and became Programs Director in 2013. She is responsible for booking, producing, and marketing events and programs at the Barns in coordination with the Executive Director and Programs Committee. Morgan is a professional musician, band member, and principal manager of the popular band, Furnace Mountain, and performs extensively in the United States and internationally. She also teaches mandolin and guitar to local students.

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As a nonprofit organization, your generous support through donations and memberships help ensure we fulfill our mission to enrich lives through our performing, visual, and literary arts programs and remain a strong and vibrant resource in our community.
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