Laurel Ridge FOUNDATION BOARD ELECTS 2017 CHAIR AND WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER

For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

Katy Reeves is the 2017 chair of the Laurel Ridge Educational Foundation Board of Directors. She is the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Fauquier Health in Warrenton.

Additionally, Luray native David Slye has been appointed to the 14-member board.

The mission of the Laurel Ridge Foundation is to raise funds in order to help Laurel Ridge provide accessible, quality education and workforce training to all students, regardless of financial need.

Reeves has served on the board since 2014. 

“I was really honored when I was asked to sit on the Foundation Board because I just think they do tremendous work,” she said, adding, “The return to the community on Hazel Hall is going to be significant, and the momentum that we’ve got in Luray-Page, it’s just really exciting. I think the Foundation Board partnering with the college and the College Board, we can really make a difference in the community.”

A former teacher, Reeves taught remote classes to soldiers and their families for Los Angeles Community College while accompanying her husband to his military posting to South Korea. Following her husband Steve’s retirement from the U.S Army, the couple relocated to Gainesville.

Reeves took a certification course at Laurel Ridge to prepare for a human resources certification exam for her work with Fauquier Health. When too few students enrolled for the class to be offered at the Fauquier Campus, they were asked if they would be willing to take a class distanced from the Middletown Campus to a Fauquier classroom.

“That showed real flexibility on the part of the college,” Reeves said. “I just thought that was wonderful. The facilities were great. The instructor was outstanding.”

Since then, she has had experience with Laurel Ridge through Fauquier Health’s relationship with Laurel Ridge nursing students.

Reeves has two daughters, and two grandchildren with a third on the way.

David Slye lives in Page County and is an agent with LD&B Insurance. He has been an advocate for Laurel Ridge for many years.

“I support Lord Fairfax and the community college system without question, and feel like it’s good for our local economy, not to mention what it does for the young people of this community,” Slye said.

Since 2013, Slye has been a donor and volunteer for the Laurel Ridge Foundation’s “Evening with the Stars” fundraiser, which supports the Luray-Page County Center.

He praised Laurel Ridge for providing quality education to Page County residents right in their own community.

Slye is an alumnus of Elon University and also serves on the board of directors for Pioneer Bank. He is married to Kathy, and has two children and one grandchild.

A 501(c)(3) organization, the Laurel Ridge Educational Foundation has a $6.5 million endowment and will award approximately $250,000 in scholarships this year. The Foundation recently announced a gift of property in Luray to be used for building a permanent home for the college’s center in Page County. https://laurelridge.edu/2017/02/01/news/generous-donation-of-property-paves-way-for-future-lfcc-center/

Last year, the budget passed by the General Assembly included $17 million in state funds for the construction of Hazel Hall at the college’s campus in Warrenton. https://laurelridge.edu/2016/03/21/news/virginia-general-assembly-approves-funding-for-a-new-science-and-health-professions-building-at-the-fauquier-campus/ The Foundation has also raised nearly $2.75 million to support this project.

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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.

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