Board Members

Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. All board members are volunteers and are appointed by the four local jurisdictions served by RACS. The Board of Directors meets in January, February, March, April, May, June, September, and October, typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month beginning at 3:30 p.m.  The November/December meeting is combined and held on the first Wednesday of December beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Meetings are held at the RACS Greenhouse Road building unless otherwise noted.  All RACS Board meetings are open to the public.

Next Board Meeting: 

December 4, 2019 - Board Meeting - 3:30pm at 241 Greenhouse Road, Lexington

Executive Committee Meeting: 

August 15, 2018 at Noon at 241 Greenhouse Rd, Lexington, VA

Meeting Minutes:

Board Members

Heather Hostetter

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Heather Hostetter has served on the RACS Board since 2017.  After growing up in Clifton Forge, VA, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Accounting and Information Systems.  Upon graduation, she moved to Charlotte, NC where she gained a wealth of financial and information technology experience working for Deloitte, one of the big four global accounting firms, and the Hearst Corporation, a multinational media conglomerate.  Heather transitioned into small business management with Randy Hostetter Excavating LLC upon moving to Lexington in 2012. 

Heather is a dedicated mother of two boys.  She and her husband, Randy, enjoy sports, outdoor activities and quality family time. 

Steve Funkhouser

Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Steve Funkhouser is lieutenant and chief of patrol for the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office. He also chairs the Rockbridge and Bath Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT),  a collaborative program that works with the community, law enforcement, and local hospitals to help educate and provide a fast and more therapeutic approach to those in crisis.

Jackie Baughan

Representing:  Bath County

Jackie Baughan grew up in Spotsylvania VA and graduated from High School there.  Her parents and siblings still remain in the area of Orange County & Spotsylvania (so she visits often).  

Jackie attended and graduated from Radford University with a BSN in 1985.  She’s married to William Baughan and initially lived in Clifton Forge for about 9 years before moving into Bath.  They have 2 grown daughters (25 & 28).  


Jackie worked at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Roanoke Memorial and Jackson River Internists before coming to the Health Department.  She has been the Public Health Nurse in Bath County for 23 years and has a wide variety of duties in this position, as it is a one nurse office.  She does family planning clinics, immunizations, community based screenings, disease investigation and assist the schools.  She presently serves on FAPT, CPMT, and School Health Advisory.

Janet Jolley

Representing:  Buena Vista

Janet Jolley is a special education teacher in Buena Vista.

James T. Gire

​Professor and Head of Department of Psychology at VMI

Representing:  Lexington

James T. Gire has served on the RACS Board since 2012.  He is currently a Professor and Head of Department of Psychology at the Virginia Military Institute.  He is interested in human well-being in general, and is involved in his community. Before joining the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board, he served as a board member on the Lexington City Schools Board for 5 years. Professor Gire has also been serving as a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the Benue State University in Nigeria since 2007.

John Higgins

Representing:  Rockbridge County

John Higgins has served on the RACS Board since 2013.  He had been the Superintendent of the Rockbridge Regional Jail since October 3, 2000. He has been an employee at the Rockbridge Regional Jail for 31 years.


John is married and has three children.

Keith Hartman

Chief of Police for the City of Buena Vista

Representing:  Buena Vista

Chief Hartman has served on the RACS Board since January 2016.  He was appointed the Buena Vista Chief of Police June 1, 2015. He spent the previous 23 years of his policing career at the Newport News Police department where he was Captain of the North Precinct. He is well versed in law enforcement procedure, administrative duties, criminal investigations, and has an extensive supervisory history.

Chief Hartman has attended and successfully completed numerous leadership programs to include the FBI National Academy. He possesses a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy University as well as 15 additional postgraduate credit hours from Old Dominion University.

Chief Hartman has been married to his wife Beth for the past 20 years; they have five children and five grandchildren. Chief Hartman recently purchased and is in the process of renovating a home. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities and playing golf with friends.

Malcolm Brownlee

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Malcolm Brownlee has served on the RACS Board since 2016.  He has been pastor or interim pastor of churches in Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. For eleven years he taught ethics at a theological seminary in Indonesia.


He is a native of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, and after 49 years away moved back there in 2006 to retire. In retirement he is gardening, serving as  a consultant in congregational planning and revitalization and helping as a volunteer in several non-profit organizations.

Perlista Yvonne Henry

Representing:  Bath County

Perlista Henry was born in Warm Springs, VA and attended public schools in New Jersey and Bath County, VA.  She is a graduate of Watson High School in Covington, VA and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA.  She has worked at The Homestead and the Bath County Community Hospital.  Perlista has been a volunteer for the Hot Springs Rescue Squad since 1983.  Her civic activities include Friends of the Bath County Library and serving on the Board of Directors for the Valley Program for the Aging, Central Shenandoah EMS Council, and the Bath County Historical Society.  Perlista has received certifications for Virginia Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and American Heart Association BLS Instructor.  She received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Prehospital Provider in 2004.

Mike Gilmore

Representing:  Lexington

Mike Gilmore was the first executive director at the Rockbridge Area CSB from September 1983 until February 2003 when he became the executive director at the Alexandria CSB. He retired in January 2014 as director of the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services. He also serves on the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services Board as vice-chairman.

Mike and his wife, MaryAnne are the proud parents and grandparents of two sons, one daughter and one grandson.

Susan Parochniak

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Susan Parochniak has served on the Board since January 2015.

Tulley Raetz

Representing:  Lexington

Tulley Raetz has served on the RACS Board since January 2015. She has lived and volunteered in the community for over 35 years. She enjoys gardening, needlework and photography. She is married, has 2 children and 1 grandchild.

Kari Obaugh Lightner

Representing:  Bath County


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