BCA Board of Directors
The Brownsburg Community Association is under the direction of a Board of Directors, consisting of nine members of the association. Board Members serve 3-year terms and are elected by BCA members at the annual meeting in November. Three Board Members are elected each year. Officers are elected by the Board of Directors in January, and current officers are:
Craig Brown, President
Julie Fox, Vice-President
Karen Parker, Treasurer
Leah Beard, Secretary
Other board members include: Chris Beard, Bruce Patterson, John Pederson, Jennifer Sasser, and past President John Siegfried.
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, 2020
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 will re-open when Virginia’s COVID-19 distancing guidelines are relaxed with a new exhibit “Cradle to Coffin” featuring the important role of the country store in rural areas. The Museum is now open by appointment only. Call Julie Fox at 774-279-9742 to make a reservation.
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 recently graduated from James Madison University with her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration, and is now employed at Washington & Lee University fulfilling multiple roles. She is excited to take about her role 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.
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, and also looks forward to serving on the Brownsburg Community Association Board.
John Pedersen. John was born in Woodstock, Virginia and moved around the Commonwealth before landing in Northern Virginia where he received a degree in Architecture. After 12 years in the hustle and bustle of the beltway around Washington D.C. John moved his family back to the Shenandoah Valley and began farming full time in 2014. John and his wife Mary currently own and operate Verdant Acres Farm on the old Wade’s place in Raphine VA with their 5 children.
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.