About

The Clarke County Education Foundation (CCEF), a non-profit organization with a current board of 14 members and a part-time executive director, is dedicated to providing private support to the Clarke County Public Schools to enhance its tax-supported programs.

Founded in 1991, the CCEF has provided more than $2.5 million in student scholarships, teacher grants, system demonstration grants, and donor-defined projects through a combination of fund-raising and endowment income since its inception.

Mission Statement

The Clarke County Education Foundation is an independent public charity dedicated to promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools, by generating private support and involvement to enhance these publicly maintained services.

Supporting Our Schools

As a partner with various community groups, CCEF oversees charitable donations that augment programs such as International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Bridge, VA Star Program, Dictionary Fund, and more.

Offering Opportunity

Each year, CCEF provides financial funding to bring students’ dreams of post-graduate studies to reality. These funds are provided through the generosity of scholarship funds and endowments.

Enhancing Education

CCEF annually awards thousands of dollars to teachers to enhance the classroom experience. Aid has been in the form of supplemental materials, additional supplies, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Board Members

Jon Erickson

Jon Erickson

President

Principal in the firm Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. and runs their Northern Virginia office in Leesburg. Jon is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor in Virginia and numerous surrounding states where the firm practices. Jon graduated from Clarke County High School and then received a BS in Civil Engineering and an AS in Surveying from West Virginia Institute of Technology. Jon is a 5th generation lifelong resident of Clarke County and has two children currently in the Clarke School system with a third recently graduating. When Jon is not working he enjoys building furniture with locally sourced lumber and playing golf.

Joe Clotzman

Joe Clotzman

Vice-President

President of Cambridge Companies and the Cambridge Family of Companies.  He is a lifelong resident of Clarke County and attended and graduated from Clarke County Public Schools.  He received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University (Let’s Go!) in 1994 and returned to Clarke County.  He married his wife Diane in 1997, and they have 2 daughters, McKenna and Bella.  Joe and his family now reside in Frogtown.

Patricia Castlehano

Patricia Castlehano

Co–Secretary

Patricia called the suburbs of Philadelphia home for most of her life, moving to VA in the early 90s.  She has called Berryville home since 2004 and cherishes the experience of raising her son Lucas as a Clarke Countian. Working in Reston means a long commute but she swears it is more than worth the drive. Supporting our schools, staff and students on the CCEF board is one of her favorite things and she also loves volunteering at Art at the Mill and checking out the greatness of downtown Berryville.

Kathy Hudson

Kathy Hudson

Co–Secretary

A native of the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathy graduated in 1985 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Education with a certification in Library Science K-12.  She served as the librarian of Boyce Elementary School for thirty years, until her retirement in 2015.  Since retiring, she has continued to substitute for CCPS.  Kathy is a founding member of the Beta Xi chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, and currently serves as the Mountain View District President.  She is secretary and board member for the Barns of Rose Hill, and on the board of the Clarke County Historical Association, where she serves as the chair for the Art at the Mill art show.  Personally, she is married to John (CCHS 1976) and has a son, Johnathan (CCHS 2007) daughter-in-law, Falon, two grandchildren, Harper and Bo, and a second son, Patrick (CCHS 2011).  She enjoys reading voraciously, traveling, and has always been supportive of the CCEF, which she considers an honor to serve on its board.

Adrian Taylor

Adrian Taylor

Treasurer

Mom of 4 Clarke County students and a member of Yount, Hyde and Barbour’s Tax Services team. Her strengths lie in helping clients understand and analyze their financial data, which will enable them to make informative business and financial decisions. She enjoys working with clients to develop effective tax and financial plans, which helps them measure their progress and steers them towards success!

Caroline "CW" Barb

Caroline "CW" Barb

A Clarke County native and 1984 graduate of Clarke County High School who has recently moved back to our beautiful community. She is a licensed Real Estate Sales Consultant with Jim Barb Realty, Inc. and enjoys assisting Buyer’s and Seller’s in Clarke, Loudoun & Frederick Counties.  Caroline has recently returned to her hometown of Berryville to join her parents in their organically grown family real estate business of nearly 50 years. She is enjoying spending time with her parents, learning VA real estate, re-learning the ever-changing demographics of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and helping serve her community.

Dr. Camrynn "Cammie" Fausey

Dr. Camrynn "Cammie" Fausey

Dr. Camrynn "Cammie" Fausey (previous: Genda) grew up in Clarke County and was a 2009 graduate of Clarke County High School. She grew up horseback riding on her family's farm and was on Clarke County High School's varsity swimming, cross country, and track teams. She went on to attend University of Virginia where in 2013 she received a B.S. in Systems Engineering, a B.A. in Economics, and minors in Business and Science & Technology Policy. In 2020, she graduated from Yale University with an M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Chemical & Environmental Engineering. She has worked for the Office of Science & Technology Policy at the White House and as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Engineer for the Department of Defense. She is currently an Artificial Intelligence Engineer for MITRE Corporation and recently moved back to Berryville to be closer to her family. Cammie is passionate about family, kids, running, sports nutrition, playing the piano, outreach programs to young women in STEM, and being involved with and serving her local community. Cammie and her husband Jon are excited to raise their two daughters (Virginia and Lydia) in Berryville on their horse and cattle farm.

Kari Reed

Kari Reed

Kari Reed has lived in Clarke County for the past fifteen years and is originally from Christiansburg, VA. She is a graduate of Radford University and George Mason University. Kari taught elementary music in both Frederick and Loudoun Counties. She now stays at home with her three young children. Two of her daughters are currently students at DG Cooley Elementary. In her spare time she teaches private piano lessons and is involved in the music program at her church.

As a former public school educator, Kari is interested in helping teachers in the many challenges they face. Since she has children attending the local schools, Kari has a vested interest in the success of the Clarke County School System. She is excited to be a part of the Clarke County Education Foundation.

Cathy Ruszcyk

Cathy Ruszcyk

Wes Schoeb

Wes Schoeb

Born in Western Loudoun County and moved to Clarke County during his seventh-grade year.  Wes Scheob graduated from Clarke County High School in 2007.  After graduation he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During his Junior year at Virginia Tech, Wes co-founded an entertainment company that has operated in over 25 states and seven countries that still performs today. After taking two years off from his education to run the entertainment business, Wes returned to Virginia Tech to graduate with a degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation, he returned to work at his family’s brewery, Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, Va., where he is currently the Head Brewer.

Nancy Specht

Nancy Specht

Nancy grew up in Clarke County and graduated from CCHS, Shepherd University with a teaching degree (1975), and University of Virginia with a master’s degree (1984) in sports medicine. She retired from CCPS in 2010 after teaching at Johnson-Williams Middle School for 35 years. She has been a CCHS track coach for 42 years and was head cross country coach from 1996 to 2010, where her teams won ten State champions and numerous individual titles to put Clarke County on the State distance running map. She is the only area coach to be inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Although she resides in Bunker Hill, WV, she serves as the secretary for the Clarke County Ruritans, is an adult leader for the county’s horse 4-H group, directed the Berryville Turkey Trot for 38 years, encourages local runners and running with her roles in the Shenandoah Valley Runners, and still substitutes in the school system. She and her husband Don operate a grass-fed beef and hay operation, along with tending horses, dogs, and cats. She is proud of the fact she coached or taught several members of the CCEF board!

Loretta Stem

Loretta Stem

A 15 year Clarke County Resident who graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Marketing Management.  She is married and has two children in Clarke County Schools.  She is an active Community Member and Volunteer.  Loretta is a 10 year cancer survivor and is very active with the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.  In her spare time, Loretta enjoys trips to the beach, spending time with family and friends and cheering on her kids and their teammates on the fields and courts of Clarke County and beyond.

Executive Director

Beth Williams

Mrs. Beth Williams, M.Ed.

540–955–6103  |  ccefinc.berryville@gmail.com 

Born and raised in Clarke County and was a 2007 CCHS graduate, where she served as Class President and was also on the State Champion Soccer and Cross Country teams. After graduation, she attended Radford University where she earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education and met her husband, Matt (a James Wood graduate). She spent 8 years teaching in the public school setting in both ECSE and kindergarten grade levels and also was able to travel to Malawi, Africa where she taught on a study abroad trip. She, Matt, and their young  children Wesley , Wyatt, and Wren love growing their roots in the Shenandoah Valley.  Beth was hired in 2018 as the CCEF Executive Director.  She feels so honored to get the opportunity to work with such an incredible organization  and use her skills to help students, teachers and community in an exciting way.

Annual Report

The thing that really appeals to me and why I strongly support the Clarke County Education Foundation is it is a local, community based organization making such a positive difference in our local community. All the resources the Clarke County Education Foundation is entrusted with go right back in to supporting our Clarke County educators and to providing our Clarke County schools with additional tools to better educate our children. We can literally see the results of Clarke County

Chris Shipe

President, CEO. Loudon Mutual Insurance Company , President John H. Enders Fire Company, Clarke County Representative

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