Employee Profiles

Pence with award

Laurel Ridge Community College Workforce Solutions Operations and Registration Director Bill Pence is retiring after 20 years with the college.


Laurel Ridge Community College HR analyst Barbara Woods has dedicated 25 years working at Laurel Ridge.

Freakley talking with people

Laurel Ridge Community College Board Vice Chair Benjamin Freakley had an illustrious career with the U.S. Army. The lieutenant general led all NATO troops in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.


Laurel Ridge Community College Board Member Ed Daley’s long public service career includes four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and more than 20 years as the Winchester city manager.

Wenger with plane

Laurel Ridge Community College Board Chair Mike Wenger is a graduate of the U.S. Airforce Academy, Oxford University and UCLA. A former fighter pilot, he is active in his community of Rappahannock County.

Jeff Hollar teaching

Laurel Ridge Community College Anatomy & Physiology Professor Jeff Hollar was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy. Many of his students go on to work in the medical field, and Professor Hollar also provides healing to the college community through his free yoga classes.

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Dr. Taylor Gore, the Physical Therapist Assistant program site coordinator and lab instructor was once a dual-enrolled student at the college.

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Laurel Ridge Community College instructional designer and sociology instructor Helen Fleming brings lessons from her U.S. Coast Guard service to her career.

Higgins at Laurel Ridge

Laurel Ridge Community College Police Sgt. Brian Higgins spent 22 years in the U.S. Army, with tours in some of the most dangerous war zones, prior to becoming a police officer.

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Director of Student Services Andrea Lo is the 2023 Laurel Ridge Community College Distinguished Administrator recipient.

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Computer Science instructor John Faircloth has been named Laurel Ridge Community College’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Member for 2023.

Larry Friendenberg

Professor Larry Friedenberg is well-known for his rapport with students and support of fellow faculty members. He has been named the 2023 Distinguished Faculty award winner.