Board of Directors and Staff
Laura Kelsey, President
Gary Carroll, Secretary
Janis Golden, Museum Chair
David Gerrish, Treasurer
Jocelyn Lee Alexander was born and went to school in Washington DC, growing up in a quirky historic house in Northwest, over the hill from Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Growing up, she split her time between DC and Wildcat Mountain Farm (and Orchards) in Warrenton, Virginia which became her no holds barred destination and retirement dream as an adult, just as it had been for her grandparents, from 1940 to 1990. Wildcat harbors a few late 1800s settlements and after a childhood riding and hiking past them, the passion for leaky homes and buildings was sealed.
Currently a committed special education teacher for Fauquier County at PB Smith Elementary, retired from competitive riding, board Member for Clifton Institute of Environmental Studies (housed in the old Blackwell home on Blantyre) and owner of another leaky building on Route 17 known as Nevill’s Ordinary, Jocelyn sets time aside for writing and her family. She is a member of The Warrenton Garden Club and The Warrenton Hunt.
Yak Lubowsky, Past President
Cynthia joined the Fauquier History Museum team as part-time Director in March 2023. Her family roots run deep in Virginia for over 300 years, in Fauquier, Culpeper and Madison Counties. Cynthia has a life long passion for history and has been a committed volunteer at the museum, known for her expertise in transcribing difficult to read old 18th and 19th century script. She has had previous museum experience at Sully Plantation in Fairfax County.
Fred and his family have been a part of Virginia and Fauquier County for over 300 years, descending from Blackwell, Smith, and Davis to Austin. He graduated from Fauquier High School and the University of Virginia. After Army service at Fort Benning and Fort Knox he returned to Warrenton and purchased his grandfather’s 1840 home on Main Street. While Fred joined his father in business at The Blue Ridge Hardware & Furniture on Main Street he was elected to the Warrenton Town Council serving for three terms on various committees and as Vice Mayor. Later he sold the hardware store and started a new career in real estate management and investments called ARMI. This allowed him the opportunity to see and visit large areas of the county and many of its historic homes. Since his retirement he has volunteered as a docent at the Fauquier History Museum.
Seth Schenck, Visitor Services Coordinator
Deb Miller, Events Chair
Deb has been a resident of Fauquier County for over 25 years and has worked at PB Smith Elementary for almost 20 years. She joined the board of directors in 2021 after being a volunteer at the Old Jail Museum for almost three years. Deb’s favorite activities at the Old Jail are telling stories of Fauquier’s past at the ghost tours and welcoming visitors to the museum in the gift shop. Deb also serves as board secretary for the Warrenton Chorale where she has been singing for over 10 years. During her free time, Deb enjoys playing mahjong with her friends, rooting for the New York Giants, and spending time with her husband Mike and two daughters, Lauren and Katie.
Marsha Melkonian, Communications Chair