Board of Directors

Lorraine Dovell

Lorraine Dovell

President

Lorraine is a lifetime resident of Front Royal and Warren County. She met her future husband, Richard E. Dovell, better known as Dick in 1960. They married and had one daughter, Diane Lorraine.

Lorraine attended grades one through twelve in the Warren County Public School System. She attended Lord Fairfax Community College, Madison College for her undergraduate studies and received a master’s degree from James Madison University. She continued her education at Virginia Polytechnical Institute and received a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in secondary administration. The CAGS is for 30 hours of graduate work beyond a master’s degree leading to a doctor’s degree.

Lorraine worked three years as a teacher’s aide at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. This experience led to her decide to go to college. Her undergraduate and graduate majors were in library science. She worked as a librarian in an elementary school for two years and twelve years as the Warren County High School librarian. She became an assistant principal at Warren County High School in 1988. She held this position until her retirement in 2001.

Lorraine Hultquist

Lorraine Hultquist

Past President

An original member of the Warren Heritage Society, Lorraine is proud to help protect the heritage of Front Royal and Warren County.

Suzanne Silek

Suzanne Silek

First Vice-President

Suzanne is a Front Royal native, a descendant of Peter LeHew through his son Spencer, and avid local historian. She also is a Director of the Warren Rifles Museum next door to the Warren Heritage Society.

Ron Santmyers

Ron Santmyers

Second Vice-President

Ron is a retired educator and businessman who loves history.

Bryon Biggs

Bryon Biggs

Secretary

Born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Bryon was very active in sports, especially track and football. After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he worked as a Physical Therapist for 24 years before joining Edward Jones. He counts his life's greatest accomplishments his 30+ year marriage to Laura Mosher Biggs and his children (4 boys and one girl) and six grand-kids. He has lived in Front Royal for the past 16 years and now feels a part of our area and its history.

Donald Bowman

Donald Bowman

Treasurer

Don has been Treasurer since 2005, since shortly after retiring from a 40-year career with Allegheny Power. His wife Jacque, lived in the Balthis House before it became part of the Heritage Society museum!

Alan Fox

Alan Fox

Director

Alan, a native of Warren County, has been an educator in Warren County Public Schools for 30 years, 12 of them as principle of Warren County Middle School. His ancestors were among the Displaced Mountain Folk who were relocated off land that became the Skyline Drive.

Charles Funk

Charles Funk

Director

From Winchester originally, Charles had an interesting career with the Army Security Agency and the CIA, serving in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, the Soviet Union, and Iran before settling down in Front Royal and lending his expertise to the Warren Heritage Society.

Abigail Griffeth

Abigail Griffeth

Director

Abigail Griffeth has a B.A. in History from the University of Georgia and a M.A. in American Studies from the George Washington University. She has been an adjunct professor at Lord Fairfax Community College for seven years and additionally homeschools her two daughters. Additionally, she is the director of the local American Heritage Girls troop and serves as a literature and history teacher for her homeschool co-op, as well as being active in her church. Abigail and her family have lived in Front Royal since 2006.

Hallie Groves

Hallie Groves

Director

Hallie's sixth great-grandfather was Peter LeHew, one of the founders of Front Royal. She was born and raised in Front Royal, graduated from Warren County High School in 1990 and from Radford University in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Colonial History and in early English Literature. A middle-school teacher at Warren County Middle School, Hallie's hobbies include colonial re-enacting and baking. She's a volunteer docent at the Heritage Society as well.

Richard Hoover

Richard Hoover

Director

A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Hoover is a Cold War United States Army veteran and retired Foreign Service Officer with postings in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. At the Department of State he served as Officer in Charge of Berlin. Currently, he is Chairman of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, and is also active in Kiwanis and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A columnist and speaker on history and the fine arts, he also has an antique arms business. With wife Catalina, Hoover lives near Browntown in historic Liberty Hall.

Janice K. Long

Janice K. Long

Director

Jan's grandparents crossed the country in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. After her husband retired from the Army, they settled in his home town, Front Royal to raise their family. She often serves as a costumed docent. Jan is a prolific artist, and her drawings of the historic buildings are for sale as correspondence cards in the Gift Shop at Ivy Lodge.

Staff Members

Deborah Corey

Deborah Corey

Archivist

Deborah Corey is our other Archivist. After retiring from the Department of Army, she and her family moved from Alexandria to Front Royal. She started here as a volunteer about seven years ago.  Working with her husband, Dale, they repaired and painted the interior of Balthis House. Her next project was inventorying a large collection of donated china. Deborah became a part-time employee about five years ago. Her hobbies are genealogy and gardening. She leads the African-American History project.

Jim Heflin

Jim Heflin

Archivist

Jim Heflin is one of our Archivists, also born and raised in Warren County. An Air Force Veteran, Jim is a retired Fireman/EMS and also worked for the telephone company for many years. His work background makes him an expert on the local people, places, and history of Warren County. His hobbies are genealogy, history, and trains.

Nathan Poe

Nathan Poe

Historic Tour Guide

A native of Warren County, Nathan started as a volunteer about
six years ago and is now a Docent. Nathan has always been interested in history and acting, and giving tours of our historic buildings gives him the opportunity to do both. Nathan became indispensable to WHS and accepted a paid position. During the Festival of Leaves, Nathan portrays a Civil War Surgeon - gory apron and all.

Join Our Team!

The Warren Heritage Society thrives because of our amazing Staff and Volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us!

Volunteers

Sean Kerrigan

Sean Carrigan

Volunteer

Sean Carrigan's bio coming soon

Dale Corey

Dale Corey

Volunteer

Dale Corey is the Chairman of the Property Maintenance Committee, and he oversees the care and maintenance of all the buildings.

Krista Kosar

Krista Kosar

Volunteer

Krista Kosar, a senior at Christendom College and aspiring librarian, is organizing and categorizing the extensive book collection in our Archives.

Cora Noble

Volunteer

Cora Noble volunteers as the indispensable omni-competent Ivy Lodge assistant.

Lilian Sager

Lilian Sager

Volunteer

Lilian was born and raised in Front Royal. Her interests include local history and genealogy. Her knowledge of the people and places in Warren County is helpful in so many ways! She is currently organizing the Turner/Robertshaw funeral records we recently received. Lillian received the Rebecca Poe Historical Preservation Award in 2018 for her generous volunteer service.

Alex Snyder

Alexander Snyder

Volunteer

Alex grew up in Front Royal, attended WCHS. Volunteering is important to Alex. He splits his time between the County Government Building and WHS. We met Alex this year at the first Volunteer Fair. Alex has been a great help in assisting the Archivists in accessing the artifacts collection. When asked what he enjoys the most about volunteering with WHS he said he likes the diversity - seeing or learning something new each visit.