New Members Appointed to Rappahannock Community College Local Board

Three new members have been appointed to Rappahannock Community College’s local board. The board consists of 12 members, each appointed by the Board of Supervisors in one of the 12 counties in RCC’s service region. The board is responsible for assuring that the college is responsive to the needs for higher education within its service region within the state-wide policies, procedures, and regulations of the State Board for Community Colleges.

Stanley S. Clarke was appointed by the Essex County Board of Supervisors to a four-year term. Clarke is a native of Essex County and a graduate of Essex High School. He continued his education, graduating from RCC and then completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Columbia College. He’s also attended the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, the National Sheriff’s Institute, the Virginia Forensic Science Academy and the FBI National Academy. Clarke retired from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office after 36 years of service, with his last 22 ½ years as sheriff.

Clarke is very active in the community. He is a member of Zion Baptist Church where he serves as a trustee and deacon. He also serves on several boards including Essex Churches Together; Bay Aging (Treasurer); TRIAD SALT Council; Essex County Museum; the Essex County Conservation Alliance Advisory Board; and RCC’s Citizens Advisory Committee for the Administration of Justice program. He has served as President of the Tappahannock Rotary Club; Vice Chair of the Regional Jail Board; and Finance Chair for the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Clarke is married to Delois and they have one daughter, Ashley.

Richard W. Gouldin, Jr. was appointed to a four-year term by the Richmond County Board of Supervisors. Gouldin graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He then went on to work in the forest product industry in the Northern Neck for over 40 years. Gouldin first served as Manager, Product Research and Development at Potomac Supply Corporation. He also served as the Supply Chain and Environmental Manager. He assisted in the design and construction of the Chemical Containment and Recovery System, the first totally enclosed closed loop wood treating facility in the United States. Potomac secured a Virginia No-Discharge operating permit for wood treating and was recognized by the Isaac Walton League of America for environmental excellence relative to the Clean Water Act and awarded the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Gouldin partnered with RCC to create and implement a Millwright Apprentice Certificate Degree Program.

After retiring from Potomac Supply in 2017, he and his wife, Susan, currently own, operate, and manage Upper Level Green Farm Corporation raising black angus cattle, hay, small grains, and timber. Upper Level Green Farm is registered with the American Tree Farm System Certification and is a Virginia Century Farm. Outside of work, he is Director of Finance/Treasurer, Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic; the Trustee of the Tayloe Charitable Trust; Chairman, Richmond County School Board Selection Commission; and a Member of the Virginia Forestry Association Advisory Council. He has also served on the Northern Neck Planning Commission; Robert E. Lee Council, Boy Scouts of America; Richmond County Little League; and Timber Products Inspection Board of Advisers. He and his wife reside in Richmond County and they have two married sons that live in North Carolina and Ohio, and three grandchildren.

Andrea Perseghin, Ed.D., was appointed for a four-year term by the King William County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Perseghin serves as the Director of Continuing Education for VCU Health. In this role, she spearheads interprofessional continuing education for health professionals aimed to improve patient health outcomes. Her lifelong passion for promoting learning and education has shaped her career, which includes extensive experience in health sciences education across the continuum of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education.

Dr. Perseghin is a three-time graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management; a Master of Education degree in Adult Learning; and a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership, Higher Education Administration. Dr. Perseghin has resided in King William County since 2007 with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boating, and fishing.