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April 24, 2018

Renée Culbertson named LFCC distinguished alumna

Renée Culbertson earned her associate’s degree in 2000, while also working full-time.
Lord Fairfax Community College presented its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Friday to Renée Culbertson, who graduated cum laude with an associate of applied science degree in management in 2000.

During her remarks after receiving the award, Ms. Culbertson noted she attended LFCC at the Fauquier campus, which in its early days conducted classes in “The Barn.” She took night classes while working full-time during the day.

Ms. Culbertson received the award during the LFCC Educational Foundation’s annual appreciation luncheon. The foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships in 2017-18.

A member of the Executive Board of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association and its president in 2015-16, Ms. Culbertson has served as the deputy clerk of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors for nearly 17 years.

She previously worked as an administrative professional in the corporate, military and private sectors. Her volunteer work includes the Jaycees, Executive Women International and Fauquier Community Child Care. She graduated in the first Leadership Fauquier class in 2016.

Those considered for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have attained outstanding achievement in their careers, have provided outstanding service to the community, be positive role models for LFCC students and demonstrate the college’s ideals of learning, integrity and positive spirit. Ms. Culbertson, who called herself a lifelong learner, continues to take Workforce Solutions classes.

said she was honored to be held in such high esteem by college officials.

“Renée has certainly demonstrated that she is the perfect fit for such a high honor,” LFCC Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy says. “As one of her friends describes her, Renée is a quiet force for good behind the scenes in Fauquier County.”

Also during Friday’s luncheon, the foundation honored Winchester-Frederick County entrepreneurs and philanthropists Kathy and Nick Nerangis for their generosity to Lord Fairfax.

During a ceremony in Richmond last week, the Nerangises received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The couple, who own several McDonald’s restaurants, the Country Inn and Suites, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in the Winchester area, were nominated for the award by Lord Fairfax Community College
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