Founders, Benefactors, Supervisors and Friends Biographies, 2010
Jack Pitzer (President) has been on the board for over 25 years. He came to the Park when his sons were in 4-H and involved at the annual fair at the Park. Jack worked on the staff of the National Future Farmers of America Organization in Alexandria for many years. He and his wife Pat live in Hayfield Farms area of Alexandria on Telegraph Road. He sings with the Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop chorus and serves on the strategic board for his church.
Richard Crouch was President of the Frying Pan Farm Park’s Supervisory Board for several terms. His family lived on the old Elden plantation, a farm just south of Herndon and going south to within about a mile of the present park. His father was born there in 1912 and the Crouch and Bowers families farmed the place in the 1950s. The family sold the 1776 Elden House in 1941 after his great grandmother, Alice Huyett Bowers, died at age 90. They sold the last of the farmland in the 1970s. Richard has also been President of the Fairfax County Historical Society, and is now President of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and Lt. Commander of the Clinton-Hatch Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He owns small farms in Loudoun County, and in Washington County, Tennessee.
Ann Marlow has served on the board for over 25 years. She retired from Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2002 after a 30-year career as an Extension Agent, 4-H in Fairfax and Shenandoah counties. She is a native of Washington, DC and a Virginia Tech graduate. She enjoys volunteering as an Elder in her church and on several other community boards, such as No. VA Therapeutic Riding Program and No. VA 4-H Educational Center. She and her husband, Ron and son, Ryan live in Fairfax Station.
David Birtwistle - The Vice Chairman, joined the board in 1998 after 10 years of volunteering at the park. He volunteered to assist with many of the park’s events as well as provide his skills to construct and maintain many of the parks resources. David and Debbie are residents of the local community. His interest in the park has been the preservation of the unique qualities that are provided from a historical resource to the variety of activities that benefit all of Fairfax County. He is a vice president for an international construction and engineering firm and previously worked for the Fairfax County Government. In 1992, he was awarded the park’s “Old Friend” award.
Harry M. Middleton, Jr,- Treasurer, has been on the Frying Pan Farm Park board for twenty one years. He attended Floris Elementary School in the old three story building that used to be on the park property, and later attended Herndon High School. He lived in the Floris neighborhood for sixty-seven years on a farm on West Ox Rd. He and his wife Marie now reside on the farm in Loudoun County.
Marion Scaffidi- lives in the Braddock District of the county. She has served on the board for over 25 years. Born and raised in New York State, she was an active 4-H club member. She was a member of the Fairfax County Extension Homemakers, serving in various positions, club and county president, and also held state chair for environmental issues. She is active in her church, serving as president for the St. Michaels Service Group.
Marion is proud to serve in a nationally recognized park with it’s up to date facilities, from its humble beginnings as a 1930’s active farm. A thank you to the past and present staff that has held its visions high and progressed.
Marion retired from the United States government after 36 years of service as a Navy Department budget analyst.
William Michael Kephart - I have been a board member for one year and a park volunteer for over ten. My grandparent’s family farm was the neighboring farm at Monroe Street and West Ox Road to Frying Pan Farm for generations. I am the fourth generation of my family to work the land at Frying Pan. My desire is to keep Frying Pan Farm Park as a model of farm life in Fairfax County as it was during the 1940’s.
My mother, aunts and uncles attended the schoolhouse on the property. My daughter has worked in the schoolhouse at the Katydid Preschool for 19 years, starting as a teen camp counselor and finally acting as a site director until the past year when she had twins. My aunt and uncle, Margaret and Ben Peck, spent years working to save and revive the park. I feel very connected to the farm and what it represents to the community and Fairfax County.
Anne Rust Pearson - has served on the Board since 2008. She returned to Frying Pan Park after having been the park’s Site Manager in the early 1990′s with Fairfax County Park Authority. Anne also managed Nottoway Park in Vienna , and Green Springs Horticulture Center in Annandale while with the Park Authority. Prior to her work with FCPA, Anne was Conservation Summit Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation and Director of Camp Services for the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County, New Jersey. Anne left the park in 1993 to remain at home to raise her family. She and her husband, Ron, and daughters, Katie and Caroline, live in Fairfax Station. They own three horses, participate with Pony Club and operate their own barn locally. She enjoys volunteering as a Deacon in her church and with local mission projects.