Board Of Directors

John W. McCarthy, IIIJohn W. McCarthy, IIIMore
Chair

John McCarthy is the Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Piedmont Environmental Council. He previously served for three decades as the County Administrator of Rappahannock County. He earned a BA in Geography from Mary Washington College (where he also served as an adjunct professor for 25 years) and a master’s degree in Planning from the University of Virginia. Mr. McCarthy's civic and professional engagements have included service as Chair of the Virginia Municipal Liability Insurance Programs, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission. He has also served as a Board member and officer of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Eldercare Coalition, the Rappahannock County Public Library, and the Rappahannock Recreational Facilities Authority, amongst others. He is married to Susan and has four adult children.

Marshall D. DoellerMarshall D. DoellerMore
Community Volunteer

Marshall Doeller is a second-generation leader of Fauquier Hospital’s board of directors and a founding trustee of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. He is Chair of the local advisory board of BB&T, a member of the Virginia Gold Cup Board and serves on the local committee of Ducks Unlimited. He is married to Lee and has two children, Katie and Micki. He enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and working with his dogs. 

Janelle DownesJanelle DownesMore
Human Resources Director, Fauquier County Government & Public School System

As Director of Human Resources for Fauquier County Government and Public Schools, Janelle Downes oversees employment, compensation, benefits, safety and risk management, in addition to workforce solutions and career development for the largest employer in the region. In this capacity, Janelle has worked for the County for the past fifteen years. She began her career as a Human Resources Generalist in the private sector and was part of an award winning Human Resources team which was nationally recognized for its best practices in training, employee wellness, and safety. A Fauquier County native, Janelle is rooted in the community where she follows the legacy of service set by her grandparents.  

Powell DugganPowell DugganMore
Legal Counsel

Partner Walker Jones, P.C. Powell Duggan is the general counsel for the PATH Foundation. He received his B.A. in history from George Mason University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law. He is a partner in Walker Jones, P.C. and has a practice that focuses on real estate, business issues, contract and civil litigation. Mr. Duggan has served as president of the Fauquier County Bar Association, chair of the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar General Practice Section, and president of the Warrenton Rotary Club. He is currently the Mayor of Warrenton. He is married to Nancy. He enjoys canoeing and hiking in his spare time. 

Richard GerhardtRichard GerhardtMore
Chair, Fauquier County Board of Supervisors

A high-energy executive with a strong background in sales, marketing and operations, Rick Gerhardt has spent most of his professional life building and running logistics enterprises. With the sale of his most recent company, MSI Worldwide in 2013, Rick now devotes the same dedication and energy to his work in the community. He serves as Chair of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, and is a member of the Virginia Gold Cup's Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Committee. He is a board member and regular volunteer at the Fauquier Free Clinic. Rick has been a member of Fauquier Health System Finance Committee since 2010, joining the Foundation’s board of directors the following year. Rick and his wife Hilary, a lifelong Fauquier County resident, have two children. 

 

Robin C. GulickRobin C. GulickMore
Partner, Gulick, Carson & Thorpe, PC

Robin Gulick is a founding member of Gulick, Carson & Thorpe, PC and a lifelong resident of Warrenton. He received his B.A. from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1974 and his J.D. from the College of William & Mary in 1977. Mr. Gulick is active in Virginia’s legal community as a member of the Fauquier County Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also active in the local community and has served in the following capacities: Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Warrenton from 1995–2002, Chairman of the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Board from 1980–1984, Special Counsel for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1985–1994 and as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. He was President of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation from 2007-2013 and has served Fauquier Health in multiple leadership capacities since 1982.  

Joshua A. Jakum, MDJoshua A. Jakum, MDMore
Piedmont Pediatrics, PLC

Dr. Jakum understands that a parent is the child’s best advocate. He appreciates the quality and accuracy of the information parents provide. Board certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Jakum works with parents to ensure the health and well-being of every child. As a partner in the region’s leading pediatric practice, Piedmont Pediatrics, he is a dedicated educator, active collaborator in local health initiatives, and parent of three. After graduating magna cum laude in the undergraduate physiology and neurobiology program from the University of Maryland, College Park, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Emory University School of Medicine and completed the Brown University Pediatrics Internship and Residency Program. In addition to his community advocacy, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and served eight years as Chairman of the Fauquier Hospital Bioethics Committee. In his spare time, Dr. Jakum enjoys hiking Shenandoah National Park and coaching youth players in lacrosse. When not in his office, he can usually be found working in his vegetable garden and orchard. 

Raymond C. KnottRaymond C. KnottMore
Senior Vice President, Union Bank & Trust

Ray currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Market Executive for Union Bank & Trust, and is based in Warrenton, VA. Ray has worked in the banking industry for more than 25 years. Ray's education includes a B.S. B.A. - Finance from Longwood University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Virginia Banker's Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia, and a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Ray is also a member of The Risk Management Association.  Ray currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Fauquier Medical Center, serves as a member of the GO Virginia Region 9 Regional Council, as well as, several other community boards and committees.

Mary Leigh McDanielMary Leigh McDanielMore
Partner, Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel, PLC

Mary Leigh McDaniel has been a partner in the public accounting firm of Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel, PLC since 2001. She graduated from James Madison University (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance in 1983, and became a Certified Public Accountant two years later. She is very active in the community and has served as an officer and board member of various civic and non-profit organizations, including the Land Trust of Virginia and Fauquier Health System Governing Board. She represents the Marshall District on the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, has served as Chairman of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of the board of directors of Middleburg Financial Corporation and Middleburg Bank. She was appointed in 2008 by Governor Kaine to serve a six-year term on the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority. She was named “Business Person of the Year” in 2009 by the Chamber of Commerce and has been selected as a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business Magazine. 

Susan RubinSusan RubinMore
Community Volunteer

Susan Rubin grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and lived in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Alan, until they moved to Fauquier County in 1976. Over that time, they have owned and operated several businesses, including movie theaters, ice cream stores and a French restaurant. She attended the University of Maryland majoring in English Literature. Mrs. Rubin is president of the Community Leadership Network and a board member for Friends of Film. She was a founding member of The Moving Arts Center, past president of the Fauquier County Mental Health Association, and volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for Head Start for 13 years. Her interests include gardening, travel, tennis, reading and playing the piano.

Susan StrittmatterSusan StrittmatterMore
Community Volunteer

Susan Strittmatter is an example of community engagement, believing that communities are at their best when those who can, do; when those who have, give; and when those who govern, support. She has been actively involved in the non-profit world throughout her life, from volunteering for the Girl Scouts, working for an educational trade association, supporting local groups, or advocating for land conservation efforts in our area. In addition to her work with the Fauquier Health Foundation, Susan’s professional and board experience include National Association of Trade and Technical Schools, Virginia Regional Therapeutic Riding Center, Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance, Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, The Castleton Festival and the National Steeplechase Foundation. She notes, “now, as a married baby boomer—with grandchildren and elderly parents— I find that health is an important and unifying issue for us all.” 

Thomas TuckerThomas TuckerMore
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Tom is a Financial Advisor and Limited Partner with Edward Jones Investments providing a full suite of financial and estate planning services to clients and businesses. Prior to joining Edward Jones, Tom worked for seventeen years in information technology as a senior analyst with The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (S.W.I.F.T.). He is fully licensed as a stock broker and insurance specialist and holds his Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) certification. Tom earned his B.S. degree from Shenandoah University in 1980. He has been a member of the Fauquier Health Foundation board since 2011. The talented musician is also an active supporter and former board president of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.

 

Mark E. Van de WaterMark E. Van de WaterMore
Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Since joining Baker Donelson in 2007, Mark Van de Water has worked extensively with defense, aerospace, transportation, high-tech and international companies, and companies seeking to expand into new international markets. Mr. Van de Water's background as a senior staff member for the Appropriations Committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate provides his clients with a comprehensive knowledge of the Congressional appropriations process. He holds a BA from St. Lawrence University and earned a Masters in International Development Studies from George Washington University.

Karen WachtmeisterKaren WachtmeisterMore
Community Volunteer

Karen is the exemplary hands-on volunteer, serving Fauquier Health as educator, past board member of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary, and co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the Fauquier Free Clinic. As immediate past Chair of the Fauquier Health Foundation, Karen was instrumental in its conversion from a hospital fundraising organization to a community-based health legacy foundation. In the greater Fauquier County community, Karen has served as a board member and chairman of the Fauquier County Public Library system; has been president of the Highland School Activities Council; a member of the Board of Trustees of Highland School and of St. Lawrence University; and a past president of the Warrenton Garden Club. Karen and her husband Ted are members of St. James’ Episcopal Church and life founding members of the Great Meadow Foundation. They are the proud parents of two sons and the grandparents of two granddaughters. 

Patricia WoodwardPatricia WoodwardMore
Attorney at Law

Patricia Woodward grew up in Windham, Connecticut. Pat earned an associate’s degree from Hartford College for Women, and she earned a B.A. in American Civilization from Williams College. After college, she earned her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, graduating in 1980. She has been practicing law in Fauquier County since the fall of 1980. She has been involved in various nonprofit organizations over the years. At the present time, she is Legal Advisor for Altrusa International, Inc. She is a past president of Fauquier County Bar Association, Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Pat and her husband, Mark Sharp, have lived in Fauquier County since 1985. They have three adult children. 

Meet the PATH Foundation Staff