Lexington native Sara Dunn Vasura took office as Chair of the Rockbridge Area Community Services (RACS) board at the beginning of January.
Among the items of business at the January 24 board meeting was the election of Susan Parochniak of Rockbridge County as Vice Chair. Board officers also include Tulley Raetz of Lexington, who was re-elected chair of the Program Committee, and Heather Hostetter of Rockbridge County who was elected chair of the Resources Committee.
Participating in the meeting for the first time were new board members Steve Funkhouser representing Rockbridge County and Janet Jolley representing Buena Vista. Funkhouser is lieutenant and chief of patrol for the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and chairs the Rockbridge and Bath Regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Jolley is a special education teacher in Buena Vista.
Vasura, who succeeds Sheri Walters as Chair, has served on the RACS board since 2015. She also serves on the FOR Swimming board as Secretary and is active in Junior Achievement along with serving as Publicity Chair for the annual Pie Festival which supports the Make a Splash Program. Following a distinguished career in the finance industry, working for several major corporations in locations throughout the country, she returned to Lexington in 2014. When asked why, she said, “When Robert and I were deciding where to retire, we looked in Europe and the USA. Nothing felt like home except for my hometown, Lexington. We are so happy to be here and able to give back to our community.”
The RACS board consists of 15 members appointed and approved by the governing bodies of the communities served by RACS: Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, and Bath County. It meets monthly, typically on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:30 pm in the RACS headquarters at 241 Greenhouse Road in Lexington. RACS board meetings are open to the public, and the agenda always includes a public comment period. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 28.