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: 

April 22, 2020 - Board Meeting - 3:30pm at 241 Greenhouse Road, Lexington, VA 24450

Executive Committee Meeting: 

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

Meeting Minutes:

Board Members

Ann-Ashby McKissick

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Ann-Ashby McKissick is a licensed pharmacist living is Rockbridge Baths, Virginia with her husband, Mark.  She is looking forward to another term on RACS. Personal and mental health and well-being are of extreme importance to her.

Her pharmacy experience includes working in retail, hospital, and long term care pharmacies throughout Virginia.  She has served as a geriatric pharmacist consultant for LTC, ALF, and group homes.

She is a certified trainer for Virginia Board of Nursing Medication Administration Curriculum/Courses including Glucagon and Diabetic Training for Assisted Living and DBHDS.  And is a speaker for dementia and Alzheimer's care who trains and helps agencies, facilities, groups, and families to understand and practice the positive approach of care to those suffering with dementia and also those affected by dementia as a care partner, spouse, child, sibling or friend.

Her specialties include: Certified Dementia Care Trainer, Certified Trainer for Medication Aides, Consultant for prevention and identifying drug diversion in long term care facilities Clinical Services and Corporate Compliance & Quality Assurance; Pharmacy Operations Management, Consultant for Geriatric Medication Management, and Consultant for pharmacy services in LTC facilities. 

She has served her church as an member, elder and teacher Bethesda Presbyterian Church, and on many local, government and health care boards including Rockbridge County Dept. of Social Services, Rockbridge Baths Community Partnership, Hospice of the Shenandoah, Augusta Health Community Partners Board, Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity, Rockbridge Area Community Service Board, Boy Scout of America Troup 96, and as a Rockbridge Youth Literacy Tutor. She is also a speaker for Alzheimer’s Association of Central & Western Virginia.

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.

Position Currently Vacant

Representing:  Bath County

Position is currently vacant.

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.

Kevin Kendall

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Kevin Kendall is a retired educator who spent most of his 20-year career specializing in gifted education, including ten years as the gifted education coordinator for Lexington City Schools.  He holds graduate degrees in English and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida, and a degree in education administration from the University of Virginia.  


He is married and the father of three teenagers.

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.

Position Currently Vacant

Representing:  Lexington

Position is currently vacant.

Kari Obaugh Lightner

Representing:  Bath County

Jade Knick

Representing:  Rockbridge County

Jade Knick grew up in Parsons, West Virginia and moved to Lexington in 1991, after graduating from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.   Jade worked for USDA/Rural Development until 1996.  She then became an agent with Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance and is now a Producing Agency Manager, covering both Rockbridge and Alleghany counties. 


Jade is a loving and dedicated mother. She enjoys chauffeuring her daughter to sporting events, being outdoors, volunteering with various events at Collierstown Presbyterian Church and at the Effinger Fire Department, and just simply being with family.


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