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September 8, 2021

Biz Buzz: Oak View bank promotes Corbett, Eckert

Christine Corbett and Brittany Eckert of Oak View National Bank.
Doug Parsons will start Oct. 4 as Fauquier’s new economic development director.
Warrenton-based Oak View National Bank recently announced the promotion of two staff members.

Christine Corbett has been promoted to senior vice president and will continue in her role as director of human resources.

Mrs. Corbett has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at human resources from of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from HRCI and a payroll certification from APA. A Leadership Fauquier graduate, Ms. Corbett is active with the Society for Human Resource Management and the Virginia Bankers Association.

Brittany Eckert has been promoted to vice president and controller.

Mrs. Eckert has been a member of the Oak View accounting department for 11 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in international business from Virginia Tech and an accounting certificate from Liberty University. She serves on the Fauquier SPCA Board of Directors.

“As the bank has navigated through essential strategic projects and several key retirements, we have been provided space to evaluate our organizational structure and utilize the talents of our team for greatest effectiveness moving forward,” Chairman and CEO Michael Ewing said. “We believe the changes will assist us with managing our current growth in the community and position us well for the future.”

Founded in 2009, Oak View has bank offices in Warrenton, Marshall and Culpeper and a loan production office in Washington, Va.


Development director hired

Fauquier County has hired a new economic development director a year after his predecessor resigned.

Douglas Parsons will start Monday, Oct. 4, at a salary of $115,000, County Administrator Paul McCulla announced Friday.

Mr. Parsons since May 2019 has worked as executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.

“Fauquier County is a very progressive and growing county, with a lot of assets to work with, such as a strong workforce, some good sites and a cohesive approach — all attractive from an economic development standpoint,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity I appreciate greatly.”

Mr. Parsons, 54, of Rippon, W.Va., previously worked as a project manager for the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, as Leesburg’s business development director and as economic development director for Lewis County, W.Va. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and advertising from West Virginia University in 1989.

“Doug is eminently qualified for this position and we believe his experience will help the county continue to assist our existing businesses while attracting new business to the county,” Mr. McCulla said. “I look forward to working with him to implement the board of supervisors’ vision for economic development for Fauquier County.”

The Front Royal-Warren EDA hired him to replace Jennifer R. McDonald, who resigned in late 2018 after allegations that she had embezzled millions from the authority. Ms. McDonald pleaded not guilty to charges in a 34-count federal indictment.

Mr. Parsons will succeed Miles Friedman, who resigned in August 2020 after seven years in the position.


Fauquier Health Wellness Center certified

The Fauquier Health Wellness Center in Warrenton has earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The certification recognizes the center’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs patients recover and live healthier after heart attacks or surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other respiratory problems. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

To earn accreditation, the wellness center at 419 Holiday Court had to provide extensive documentation of the cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation program’s practices. The certification is the only peer-review accreditation process that reviews individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by AACVPR and other related professional societies. Each application is reviewed by the Program Certification Committee, and the AACVPR Board of Directors awards certification.

In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. The certification is valid for three years.

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.


10th Fauquier Valor Awards Sept. 23

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual Valor Awards dinner to honor local first responders on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fauquier Springs Country Club.

Tickets are $50 per person, with sponsorship opportunities available.

The awards honor members of the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Warrenton Police Department, Fauquier County Fire & Rescue and Area 12 of the Virginia State Police “who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep our community safe” in the last year.
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