A Winchester native, Glaize enrolled at Laurel Ridge in 1970, the year it opened. Juggling work and school, Glaize graduated in June 1976 with an associate’s degree in science. After accomplishing her educational goal, Glaize continued her career at Mount Weather Emergency Assistance Center, becoming the first woman to serve as deputy director of the Mount Weather Management Division and deputy senior resident manager for the Mount Weather facility. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Mount Weather, which boasted more than 1,000 employees and a budget totaling more than $82 million. She retired from these positions in 2000 after 37 years of service. At that time, she had reached the GS-15 level, which is the highest civil servant level in the federal government.
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.