BCA Board of Directors
The Brownsburg Community Association is under the direction of a Board of Directors, consisting of ten members of the association. Board Members serve 3-year terms and are elected by BCA members at the annual meeting. Three Board Members are elected each year. Officers are elected by the Board of Directors in January, and current officers are:
John Siegfried, President
Julie Fox, Vice-President
Karen Parker, Treasurer
Leah Beard, Secretary
Board Meetings: BCA Board meetings are held at the Brownsburg Museum at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, and visitors are welcome to attend. *Note: Face-to-Face meetings have been suspended until state-mandated COVID-19 distancing guidance is lifted.
Board Members as of January 1, 2021
John Siegfried John and his wife Karen own Wade’s Mill, returning to America with his family after working and living abroad for many years. Since it was difficult as a foreigner to participate in community associations John and his wife Karen enjoyed getting to know their neighbors while participating in community events. John served as Board President from 2018 through 2019.
Julie Fox. Julie’s husband grew up in Fairfield, and they moved back to the area a few years ago after several years overseas. Julie serves on both the BCA Board and the Brownsburg Museum Advisory Committee. The Museum is now open by appointment for private tours. Call Julie Fox at 774-279-9742 to make a reservation. We ask our guests to adhere to Virginia’s guidance for social distancing and face masks.
Leah Beard. Leah was born and raised in Lumberton, NJ. She attended Delaware Valley University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and also where she met her husband, Chris Beard. She graduated from James Madison University with her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration in 2018, and is now employed at Washington & Lee University. This is her third year serving as a Board Member of the Brownsburg Community Association
Karen Parker joined the Board in 2020. She has lived in the Brownsburg area since 2002. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Management and Organizational Development. She worked in business and finance until she retired in 2018. She and her husband Max Snarr enjoy gardening and caring for their home in Fairfield. Karen also serves on the Brownsburg Museum Calendar Committee. This is her second year serving as Treasurer.
Bruce Patterson. Bruce moved to Brownsburg from Rockbridge Baths in 1960 and, except for years away at college, lived here until 1978. He recently retired after 39 years as Clerk of the Rockbridge County Circuit Court, and moved back to the “downtown” family house. He enjoys visiting with his three sons and daughters-in-law, and his five grandchildren.
Chris Beard. Chris was born and raised here in Brownsburg. After high school, he went off to Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania to get his degree in Livestock Management. After graduation, Chris moved back to Brownsburg with his wife, Leah Beard. He works in Raphine on Virginia Tech’s Cyrus McCormick Farm. This is his third year serving as a Board Member of the Brownsburg Community Association.
Jennifer Sasser. Jennifer is a tumbleweed blown in the wind. Born in Maryland, raised in Louisiana and Virginia, and finally settled in South Dakota until her husband’s job brought them back to Fairfield 2 years ago. She graduated from Virginia Tech and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She currently works at Ironsides Animal Health as a bovine veterinarian across Virginia and West Virginia. This is her second year serving as a Board Member of the Brownsburg Community Association.
Marguerite Guilford. Marguerite grew up locally in the Brownsburg area. She then ventured out west for college and attended the University of Montana and received a B.A. in Communication Studies. She then moved to Portland, OR and earned a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. In 2014, Marguerite moved back to the area with her husband Peter and began a job with the University of Virginia where she currently works in the Office of Sponsored Research. They are kept busy by their active, 4 year old boy and girl twins.
Vern Lochausen. Vern was born and raised in then rural Eastern Los Angeles County. A move to Pensacola Florida in his teens hooked him on Naval Aviation. After a 25 year career flying many places in larger airplanes, he retired as a wing commander and joined Boeing as a program manager. Retiring again, he now works part time as an aviation consultant to military and industry leaders. He and Colleen (another Westerner) moved here after attending many events at the Virginia Horse Center. They raise and train Spanish Arabian sport horses at VCL Flying Horse Farm. The Brownsburg Calendar helped them find the village and come to love this Valley.