Mosby Heritage Area Association Adds 7 To Board

The Mosby Heritage Area Association recently added seven new members to its board of directors. The nonprofit works to preserve and increase public knowledge of the area’s historic and cultural resources.

New board members Tara Connell of Unison, Jake Dunning of St. Louis, Charles Ellison of Winchester, Barry Freeman of Boyce, Patrick Mountain of Leesburg, Suzanne Obetz of The Plains and Tara Trout of The Plains.

Connell is president of the Unison Preservation Society, where she has lived since 1999. Originally from New York, she enjoyed a 38-year career with the Gannett newspaper company. She has been a Loudoun County Master Gardener and previously served on the board of Long Branch in Clarke County from 2012-2014, including as chair.

Dunning is the proprietor of Throwleigh Club Fenders, which makes brass fireplace fenders and works on the family farm.

Ellison is a first vice president for Morgan Stanley and has served on the board of Hill School and as a volunteer at Land Trust of Virginia.

Freeman worked for ABC News as a video editor for 35 years and owns and operates Loudoun Video Concepts, a video production and real estate aerial photography business. He also has volunteered for many years as a “trail overseer” helping to maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail near Paris.

Mountain served in the U.S. State Department. Since retirement he has volunteered with the Mosby Heritage Area Association, served as chairman of the board of the Friends of Balls Bluff, and as a volunteer at that battlefield.

Obetz is the executive director of the Middleburg Museum. Previously, she served as executive director of the Warren County Heritage Society and as interim director of the Fauquier Historical Society. She is active with Land Trust of Virginia and the Great Meadow Foundation.

Trout is an assistant vice president with the farm and equine insurance division of Armfield, Harrison & Thomas, Inc. She serves on the board of the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and is an active equestrienne.

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