Barbara Pickeral Lee has been awarded the Lord Fairfax Community College Board Medallion of Recognition for service to LFCC and the community. Lee, who has represented Clarke County at LFCC from 2002 – 2012, is the second generation of her family to receive the LFCC College Board Medallion of Recognition.
“It is my privilege to nominate Barbara Pickeral Lee for a LFCC College Board Medallion of Recognition,” said College Board chair John Vance. “Barbara was appointed to the Lord Fairfax Community College Board representing Clarke County in 2002. During her tenure on the board, she has served as the liaison to the LFCC Foundation Board, vice chair of the College Board and College Board chair. Barbara is an outstanding educator and volunteer, and has dedicated herself to serving her community and Lord Fairfax Community College.”
For Lee, involvement with LFCC goes well beyond simple community service. Her commitment and dedication to LFCC run both deep and long. In 2006, Lee established the Timothy R. Lee EMT Scholarship Fund through the LFCC Educational Foundation in memory of her husband. She is also a second-generation College Board member. Lee’s father, J.J. Pickeral, served on the original steering committee that founded LFCC.
Barbara Lee, her father and grandfather all share a long tradition of community service and collectively have delivered a positive and lasting influence to both the Clarke and Frederick County communities for decades. J.J. Pickeral was a well-respected banker, dairy farmer and developer and participated on the steering responsible for establishing Lord Fairfax Community College. Lee’s grandfather established Middletown State Bank.
Lee said that she recalls watching her father “build” the College.
“I’m the second generation to win the award,” Lee said. “My father also won the LFCC College Board Medallion. I love the legacy aspect of it.”
“Through her service to the College Board, Barbara is replicating the dedication she saw in her father,” said Vance. “She is an unwavering proponent of the community college mission and tenaciously shares that advocacy with her local and state business leaders and elected officials.”
Lee has served as an active member on both Lord Fairfax Community College Board presidential search committees in 2003 and 2008. In 2009, Lee was awarded the VCCS Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service, which recognizes outstanding service by a currently serving community college board member.
“Barbara’s love of people and service has been the driving force behind her involvement in numerous community organizations including the Clarke County School Board, Clarke County Community Services Council, Clarke County Women’s Club, Clarke and Virginia Retired Teachers Association,” Vance said.
In addition to Lee, three other individuals will receive the 2012 LFCC College Board Medallion of Recognition; Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, Jr., Janet F. Heishman and Helen M. Williams.
A recognition ceremony honoring Lee, Athey, Heishman and Williams will take place from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA.