Board of Directors

As a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization, CCLC is governed by a Board of Directors. Our Board is a committed group of volunteers interested in providing the highest quality early childhood programs possible and works hard to raise funds to cover the cost of quality. They remain committed to funding college classes for CCLC’s staff in order to maintain the highest level of professionalism in the field.


Kathi Dutilh ~ Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee~ Kathi and her husband Kees moved to Sperryville in 2015, after 26 years in Northern Virginia, where they worked and raised their two children. Kathi graduated from the College of St. Teresa in a small town in Minnesota and began her first career as a 5th grade teacher in Minneapolis. An opportunity to work for the U.S. Senate brought her to DC. After a stint on Capitol Hill, she began her next phase as a lobbyist representing textile workers; following issues related to manufacturing and trade. She was President of the Board of Thompson Markward Hall on Capitol Hill (resident home for young women working in DC) for many years. And volunteering for her church and school, social pool club, and the area food pantry filled her days in Falls Church. Now in Sperryville, she is a member of the Sperryville Rescue Squad and active at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Joyce Wenger ~ Vice Chairman of the Board ~ Joyce started her career as a high school math and science teacher in inner city Los Angeles and later in small-town Oklahoma. After that, she spent 35 years in technology research and consulting, with numerous companies and government agencies throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Korea. Most recently her focus was on the technologies of all modes of transportation and their complex interdependencies with the environment. Given her years addressing these issues, she appreciates living in a county with no stop lights even more than most people. Joyce is active in the Master Naturalist program and the Virginia Native Plant Society. She and her husband, Mike, enjoy nurturing their forest, classes at Mountainside Physical Therapy and RappU, hiking, and kayaking. They have lived in Flint Hill since 2015 and can’t imagine a better place to live.

Barney O’Meara ~ Treasurer of the Board and Chairman of Finance and Development Committee ~ Barney returns to the board after serving previously for six years in the 1980’s. Since then, he has been a Trustee on CCLC’s investment committee, served on the development committee, and assisted at our recent auctions. Barney has an engineering degree from Yale and heads two companies focused on semiconductor innovations. He and his wife moved here in 1974, and are grateful to live in a vibrant community committed to education and life-long learning for everyone.

Miranda Hope ~ Secretary ~ Miranda has a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in Theatre/Acting from Columbia University.  She serves as Vice President of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation, where she spearheaded and manages partnerships with Foodcorps, Superfood Drive, Easter Seals, The Monarch School for Homeless Children, The USO, and the Armed Services Arts Partnership, among other nonprofits dedicated to easing the desperation of the poor.  She is honored to serve on the board of CCLC, where her son Kai thrives under the excellent care of the gifted teachers in the school-age after school program.  Miranda also teaches yoga and meditation, specializing in trauma-sensitive yoga for wounded veterans and the incarcerated.  She has had the great honor to live in Rappahannock off and on since 1996.  She worked at Mountainside Market, Rae’s Place, and The Blue Moon and taught Drama and Chorus at RCHS (2000-2, 2004).  Miranda then founded and directed the Next Step College Access Program (2005-2009) at RCHS, to help kids figure out what they wanted to do with their lives and how to pay for it.  Miranda is a singer-songwriter and guitar player who plays with the Shinola Creek collective of local Rappahannock musicians.

Jim Racer ~ Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee ~ Jim is a Rappahannock native whose family has lived in the county for over 75 years. He graduated from RCHS in 1985 and began a career in construction. After a few years, he took his skills and went into the motorcycle industry and went on to becoming partner in a nationally ranked dealership in Northern Virginia. After over 15 years in the motorcycle industry, he chose to come back to Rappahannock in 2006 and return to carpentry. He worked as a carpenter, then project Manager for Kreyling Construction until 2012 when Mr. Kreyling retired. He then began Racer Construction LLC. He is the owner/class A general contractor, and describes his company as a custom home-building firm that carries on traditional quality craftsmanship and service that he admired in his former employer. He has been involved in local youth sports organizations over the last 2 decades, as well as coaching basketball at the high school Varsity level. He has been a behind the scenes volunteer on many projects in the county and resides with his wife and 2 sons in Amissville, VA.

Betsy Dietel ~ Chairman of Friends of CCLC and Chairman of Strategic Planning Committee ~ Betsy and her husband Michael recently moved to Rappahannock County from northern Illinois where they were part of the senior management team that built Prairie Crossing, an internationally acclaimed, planned conservation community. Betsy is a Senior Partner with Dietel Partners, a multi-generational, family-to-family philanthropic advising firm with offices in Rappahannock, Maine and Washington. She was the founding executive director of Lake County Community Foundation, the Liberty Prairie Conservancy and owner-operator of EarthWild Gardens, native prairie plant design and retail business. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Earth University Foundation in Costa Rica and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. Betsy graduated from Hampshire College and has a Masters of Planning from Cornell University.

Diane Trister Dodge ~ Chair of the Program Committee ~ Diane has been a part-time resident of Slate Mills, VA since 1976.  She is an early childhood education specialist with over 45 years of experience as a preschool and kindergarten teacher; the education coordinator for Head Start and child care programs in Mississippi and Washington, D.C.; and the director of national projects in education and human services. In 1988, Diane founded Teaching Strategies, Inc., a company dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood programs by providing the most effective resources in curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connections. She served on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (1990–1994), the Center for the Child Care Workforce (1995–2002), and was a member of the D.C. Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development (1984–2009). In 2004, Diane received the Bank Street College Alumni Association Recognition Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of education, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame for her lifetime contributions to education.

Heather Kerns ~ Chairman of the Audit Committee ~ Heather has been a generous volunteer ever since she first walked through our doors holding her young son, Liam, who is a preschool alum and now in our school age enrichment program. In 2014, she earned her A.S. in Health Administration Services at Colorado Technical University. Heather brings to CCLC years of experience in customer service, office management, computer information technology, and human resource management techniques. As a mother to Liam, Heather believes in strong relationships between a child’s school and home adds to a child’s success in education and in life.

Eve Brooks ~ Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee ~ Eve retired from an active career in child advocacy and management of social service organizations for children and youth. She and her husband Stephen Brooks moved to Rappahannock County from Washington DC in 2014. In Washington she oversaw a multistate association of child advocacy organizations, and social services support organization for charter schools. Prior to her years in DC, she lived in Rochester, NY area, where she was founding director of a state level advocacy organization for children and youth, working on issues of child care and development, health, education, child welfare and juvenile justice. Eve received her BA from Brandeis University and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She graduated from Balboa High School, in Panama Canal Zone. She has two children and three grand daughters.

Diane MacPherson ~ Diane was born in Connecticut and received her B.A. degree in English from Boston College and her M.A. degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. After teaching Children’s Literature college courses and managing a children’s bookstore, Diane worked for a marketing consulting firm where she traveled the world as a course designer, trainer and public speaker. In 2004, she and her husband John discovered the breathtaking beauty and neighborly character of Rappahannock County. They owned and operated the Foster Harris House Inn and Tour d’Epicure cycling adventures until 2017 and are now launching a new restaurant in Sperryville, Three Blacksmiths. Their school age son Finn can’t wait to attend CCLC Summer Camps!

Erin Platt ~ Erin is a life long resident of Rappahannock County. She is an alumnus of CCLC, attending from the age of two when the school was formerly known as Sursum Corda. Erin was employed with CCLC for five years and taught every age group from newborn to school age as well as serving as the school cook. Her school age son has been attending CCLC since he was one and a half. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Erin served on the Development Committee and the Friends of CCLC. The Child Care and Learning Center has always been a big part of Erin’s and her family’s life. She greatly looks forward to her close involvement with the center for a long time to come.

Sherron Boddie ~ Sherron has deep roots as a native of Rappahannock. CCLC is proud to share that she was one of the first alums of our center back when CCLC was at the Tiger Valley Farm House. Sherron is a much-loved teacher at Yowell Elementary in Culpeper County and worked previously at RCES where many former students and families hold her in very high regard. Her son Damin has attended CCLC for many years and has many cool talents which he often shares with the children, such as the incredible “Yo-Yo Man”, juggling just about anything and solving the Rubric’s cube. Sherron loves CCLC and continues to do whatever it takes to support this long serving institution.

Melissa Cupp ~ Melissa grew up in neighboring Warren County, and she and her husband have lived in Slate Mills since 2006.  Their two children, who are currently Rappahannock County Public Schools students, attended CCLC from the age of 12 weeks.  Melissa received her BA from Frostburg State University in English and her JD from University of Tulsa College of Law.  She practiced law in Little Washington as a partner of Baumgardner, Brown & Cupp concentrating on juvenile and child welfare law.  In 2017, Melissa was appointed as a juvenile court judge for the 20th Judicial District, and sits in Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties.

Patricia Obregon ~

Dr. Kate Woodward ~ Kate came to Rappahannock County as a part-timer nearly 20 years ago; 3 years ago, she and her partner bought a house in Sperryville and now are full-time residents.  Although Kate was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, after graduating from Towson State University in Towson, Maryland she moved to New York State where she spent most of her professional career and completed her graduate studies.  Kate has a MS from The State University College at Cortland in Cortland, NY and. PhD from Cornell University.   She began teaching in the Ithaca City School District in the Finger Lakes area of New York. After teaching elementary school for a few years she was appointed principal of one of the District’s elementary schools.  Kate then moved “downstate” where she was assistant superintendent of the Carmel Central School District.  Her next move took her back to the Finger Lakes where she was Superintendent of the Southern Cayuga Central School District.  During her time as Superintendent, Kate was active in the community serving as President of the Community Medical Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cayuga County Medical Examiner’s Board and a member of the vestry of the Episcopal Church in Aurora, NY.  Kate’s final career move took her to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where she was University Secretary and Executive Assistant to the President.  During this time, she also served on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, New York.