OUR BOARD & STAFF
Board of Directors
Susi is a native of Clarke County and holds a B.A. in Art History from American University. She has been involved in the community for over 35 years as a realtor, retailer, volunteer, and advocate for downtown revitalization. When Berryville was accepted into the Virginia Main Street program in 1992, she was the first project manager. Susi has served extensively on several boards including Millwood Country Club, the Clarke County Historical Association, Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville Main Street, Powhatan School Board of Trustees, and Long Branch Plantation as well as served as interim Executive Director for Long Branch and Barns of Rose Hill.
“Barns of Rose Hill is very special to me. I have been involved in this rewarding project for many years and am always impressed with what the Barns of Rose Hill have become. It is a beautiful facility promoting the Arts in our talented region.”
A native Virginian, Tom was raised in Clarke County and returned to his roots as an adult. Tom was instrumental in developing a recycling program at Clarke County schools and was a key member of the community group that successfully resisted the establishment of a new industrial quarry in northern Clarke County. He holds a degree in History from the University of Virginia and has worked in corporate communications and real estate.
A native of Clarke County, Lucy is an international fundraising specialist with over 25 years working for major museums, universities, humanitarian organizations, and theaters including the Smithsonian Institution, George Mason University, Medical Emergency Relief Internationals, World Resources Institute, and Arena Stage. She now focuses on private international clients. Lucy studied theater arts at Ithaca College and earned a Master’s in Psychology at Leslie University. She has recently returned to her hometown of Berryville where she shares her passion for theater and the performing arts.
“I am a strong believer in the power of the arts and see the Barns of Rose Hill as one of the most important centers for performing, visual, and literary arts in the area.”
Ms. Harrison is Town Councilor for Ward 2 in Berryville. She also serves on the Clarke County EMS Commission. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom 17 years ago, she worked in administration and finance in higher education with UMass Amherst and Shepherd College. Over the last nine years, Diane has worked in graphic design and marketing from home, and two years ago, she opened the family pottery and art studio Center Ring Design. Diane has been involved with the arts in Clarke County throughout the 15 years she has lived here, taking the helm to coordinate three studio tours and working on a committee for a fourth.
Mr. Hill serves as Vice-Mayor of the City of Winchester. He is retired as a Case Coordinator with Timber Ridge School. He was first elected to the Winchester Common Council in 2008 and voted Vice-Mayor in 2018. Mr. Hill graduated from Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a Bachelor’s degree in History (major) and Sociology
(minor). Mr. Hill also graduated from George Mason University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. He has served on the board of Virginians for the Arts and in the past served on the board of the Shenandoah Arts Council. He is a collector of items related to the African American experience.
Michael Hobert, Vice Chair
Michael was born and raised in Clarke County where he has a law practice on Main Street in Berryville. He believes cultural arts are integral to well-being in a community and began his theater experience with the Blue Ridge Players when he was in high school. He served for many years as a County Supervisor and on many nonprofit Boards of Directors in the community.
Kathy Hudson, Secretary
Kathy is a resident of Berryville and a retired elementary school librarian from the Clarke County Public Schools. She is a Native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a B.S in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Kathy is an avid reader with an interest in local history. A member of the board since 2015, she serves as the Secretary and is also a member of the Executive Committee and Programs Committee.
Diana Kincannon, Chair
A resident of Virginia since 1993, Diana holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal performance. Her singing career included opera, music theater, and art song concerts in Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina, also touring Italy in opera concerts with the North Carolina School for the Arts. Diana later transitioned into business, holding positions in financial services and executive recruiting before leading the capital campaign to restore the barns in Berryville that led to their opening in September 2011. Diana rejoined the Barns as chairman in January 2014.
“The arts in their many forms get people outside their day-to-day experiences and cast fresh light on what it is to be alive in the world. The arts connect people and help them understand each other better. There’s power for good there. And for all those who ARE the artists, there’s the rich experience of self-expression, of interpreting themselves, of creating. At the Barns, all this comes together, making the world a better place. “
A native Virginian, Julie is a gifted artist who brings her judgment and talent to our art exhibits. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Julie has pursued a career in faux, mural and trompe l’oeil painting. She worked extensively with masters from Europe and the United States, and her work is featured in several embassies, hotels, restaurants, residences, and numerous publications such as Traditional Home, The Piedmont Virginian, the Washington Post, and the cover of “The House That Faux Built.”
A native of Virginia, Kelli grew up and attended public schools in Arlington, VA and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University. She has had an extensive career as a legal administrator serving as Director of Operations for a law firm of 270 lawyers in Washington DC and currently oversees the firm’s real estate and construction administration programs. An avid equestrienne, she earned an Associate Degree in Equine Studies from Southern Sem Junior College, Buena Vista, VA and has competed extensively on the horse show circuit in Virginia and Maryland. Kelli was a Modern Music Masters (Tri-M) honors society clarinetist and an artist throughout her school years and currently creates artworks in mixed media.
Mr. Preston is married with three children (ages 15, 13 and 10) and has lived in Berryville for 13 years. He has been employed as a project/contract manager working in the northern Virginia area for twenty years. An Air Force veteran, he grew up in Louisiana and graduated from Strayer University. He is eager to serve on the Board of Directors of Barns of Rose Hill to be able to be more involved in serving his community.
A resident of both Alexandria, Virginia, and Clarke County, Bob Randolph has 22 years of involvement in international development with a focus on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), conflict management programs, rule of law and administrative justice reform in South-eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He currently works as a mediator and arbitrator in Northern Virginia, with periodic travels abroad to design and implement dispute resolution systems in transitioning countries. His education includes a B.A. (VMI); J.D. (Harvard Law School); M.A. (Oxford); and an LL.M (Georgetown). Bob has served on the board of a number of arts, civic, and educational institutions, most recently as a board member of City University of Seattle and Barns of Rose Hill.
Donald joined the Barns board in early 2017. He moved to Clarke County with his wife, Geri, in 2015. He’s an attorney and business consultant, and his background includes producing both films and music events. An entrepreneur with vision and extensive business and legal experience, Donald brings ideas in both programming and operations to the Barns.
Jean Wilson, Treasurer
Jean grew up in Rockville, Maryland with three very competitive brothers. She earned a B.S. degree in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and an MBA from George Washington University. Jean’s experience includes banking, commercial real estate development and property management, homeowners and condominium association management, and most recently working as the CFO for a woman-owned commercial printer in Tysons Corner, Virginia. In 2010, Jean and her daughter established the Women For Peace Scholarship Fund in an effort to empower young women in the developing world through continuing educational opportunities.
Morgan Morrison, Program Director
Morgan joined the Barns of Rose Hill in 2012 and became Programs Director in 2013. She is responsible for booking, producing, and marketing events and programs at the Barns in coordination with the Executive Director and Programs Committee of the Board. Morgan is a professional musician, band member and principal manager of the popular band, Furnace Mountain, and performs extensively in the United States and internationally. She teaches mandolin and guitar to local students. Morgan also coordinates more than 200 volunteers for the annual River & Roots Festival and Watermelon Park Festival in Clarke County.
Nathan Borger, Director of Operations
Nathan Borger grew up in Berryville. After attending the College of William and Mary, he returned to his hometown to work for the Bluemont Concert Series where he honed his skills in event production and learn about nonprofit management. Nathan began working with the Barns in 2013 as a sound technician and joined the staff full-time in 2016 as Assistant Director. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar and banjo.
Sarah Ames, Director of Finance and Development
Sarah joined the Barns of Rose Hill in November 2017, bringing an extensive business and project management background. She served as a Business Specialist and Project Manager with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Herndon, VA. During Sarah’s 14 years with the federal government, Sarah filled many roles, gaining experience in finance, acquisition, auditing, internal controls, and IT. While earning her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Sarah became a Project Management Professional. She is also an American Council on Technology-Industry Advisory Council Fellow, graduating from the organization’s Voyagers Program. Sarah and her husband, Michael, are both natives of Clarke County and currently live in Stephens City with their three children.