Emily Marlow Beck is the 2016 Chair of the Laurel Ridge Educational Foundation Board of Directors: Nancie Snead Williams and Charles “Chuck” McWilliams Also Join the Laurel Ridge Foundation Board

For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2016

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Emily Marlow Beck is the President of Front-Royal based Marlow Automotive Group, which includes dealerships in Front Royal, Winchester, and Luray, Virginia.

Beck has been a member of the Laurel Ridge Foundation board of directors since 2013. She also serves on the board of directors for First Bank and the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association and is active in the Front Royal Rotary Club.

She is a graduate of Warren County High School, the University of Virginia, and the American University Washington College of Law. Before returning to the Valley, Beck spent several years practicing law in the Washington, D.C. area. During that time, she was a partner at Hudson Cook, LLP, a nationally recognized law firm that specializes in consumer financial services law.

Beck has a personal connection to Laurel Ridge Community College, as her mother, Joyce Marlow, attended Laurel Ridge. “Laurel Ridge is one of the best resources we have in our community and has given so many people a chance to go to college or learn a skilled trade,” says Beck. “I’m honored to serve on the Foundation board.”

“We benefit significantly from Emily’s legal and business expertise,” says Liv Heggoy, Executive Director of the Laurel Ridge Foundation. “She is also very enthusiastic about making our community a great place to live, work, and learn.” 

Nancie Williams is a partner with WilliamsHeacock, LLC in Front Royal. She is a trial attorney, and her litigation practice includes family law, personal injury, and criminal defense. A sought-after legal lecturer on Virginia foster care and juvenile law, Williams provides a unique perspective and a personal knowledge of growing up as a foster child.

Williams is a graduate of Rappahannock County High School, the University of Virginia, and Howard University School of Law. She is a former Warren County prosecutor.

Chuck McWilliams is a senior associate with Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, PC and heads the firm’s Tax, Estate Planning and Estate Administration Practice. He was listed in Northern Virginia magazine’s Top Lawyers 2015. McWilliams is also a Certified Public Accountant and worked in public accounting before attending law school.

McWilliams grew up in Woodstock, Virginia, and resides in the City of Winchester. He has a Taxation LL.M. from Georgetown University; a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law; a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason; and a B.S. in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College. In addition to these four academic degrees, McWilliams also took several courses through Laurel Ridge Community College.

The Laurel Ridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which raises funds to help the college fulfill its mission to provide accessible, quality academic and workforce training opportunities to all students, regardless of financial need. The Laurel Ridge Foundation has a $6.5 million endowment and will award $200,000 in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Foundation’s total assets are valued at $20 million and include the Student Union Building at the Middletown Campus. The $9 million building opened in 2014 and was built on property donated to the Laurel Ridge Foundation in 1995. Other recent successes for the Laurel Ridge Foundation include the recent purchase of a Subway franchise and a $1 million gift from the PATH Foundation in Warrenton to support the campaign for a new science building at the college’s Fauquier Campus.


Left to Right: Emily Beck, Nancie Williams, and Chuck McWilliams


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.