Fluvanna Faces

Photo courtesy of Susan ShieldsWhere do you live?
We live out in the Rolling Road area of Fluvanna County.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We have lived in Fluvanna for 14 years. My husband and I were living in Charlottesville and looking for our first home to buy. Our real estate agent told us about Lake Monticello and showed us some houses there. We found a house that we loved and lived at the Lake for our first three years in Fluvanna. Our oldest son was born while living there and I have great memories of us fishing, golfing and going to the parks.
Tell us about your work.
I love my job! I am currently a teacher at Effort Christian School and Preschool. All three of my children went to preschool at Effort and I have always wanted to teach there and be a part of something so special. I could feel it when I walked in the door. I work with wonderful people who have a heart for the Lord, a heart for every child at our school, and every day do their very best to serve God, our community, and the kids and families.
Not only do I get to teach and help children prepare for kindergarten, I get to pray with them and share Christ’s unconditional love for them every day. That’s pretty cool!
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my husband for 15 years. We have three children: two boys and one girl. We spend a lot of time together at the field, traveling to watch my oldest son and his friends compete in baseball. My youngest son is also now playing baseball and my daughter is getting started in playing volleyball. My husband and I both grew up playing sports and it means a lot to us to be able to offer those same opportunities to our kids. We have had the privilege of spending many hours at Carysbrook with Fluvanna Youth Baseball, at Effort with Upward basketball, various camps and programs with our parks and recreation department, and playing and coaching for the Xtreme Organization, and we wouldn’t change a thing.
We are also very blessed to be a part of the family at Calvary Chapel Fluvanna, which has been our church for 12 years.
Tell us about a hobby you have.
I have played volleyball all my life. I started playing in the fourth grade and played all the way through high school and then in college. After graduating from college, I moved to Charlottesville and started playing in the women’s and co-ed leagues, competing in outdoor tournaments and playing on a USA women’s travel team. I met my husband playing volleyball so it has definitely been a very special part of my life.
I also love history, music and reading. And I’m not that good at it yet, but I love to cook and find new recipes.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
I have many things to be grateful for: my husband and kids, the people that I have had in my life because of my jobs and playing and coaching volleyball, the friends we have made through our time at church and sports, and the years that I was fortunate enough to be able to choose to be a stay-at-home mom.
Describe one of the biggest surprises of your life.
In addition to teaching at Effort, I am also the varsity assistant volleyball coach at Fluvanna County High School.
I had been the head volleyball coach at William Monroe High School and had coached against Coach Christi Harlowe for several seasons before I left teaching and coaching to be a stay-at-home mom. I had always admired her coaching style, dedication and passion for the game of volleyball but never imagined that we would have the opportunity to work together. We stayed in touch over the years and four years ago I accepted a position on her coaching staff. I am so thankful and it has been an absolute blast to coach with her and our other coaches and work with some of the most talented high school volleyball players in Virginia. Last season we went 27-2 and have now won back-to-back conference titles. Go Flucos!
Describe one of the tragedies/struggles of your life.
I lost my mom when I was five months pregnant with my oldest son. I miss her every day. They say that time helps you to heal and overcome pain. I can personally say that time has not healed my pain; I have just had to learn to cope with it. She was an amazing mom and I didn’t quite understand how amazing she was until I became a mom myself and now realize what a challenging and rewarding honor it is to be a mom. My one comfort is that I know that she is in heaven and I will see her again one day.
Describe a dream you have for your future.
I hope that my kids will be healthy and happy and grow into loving, Christ-serving people. I would also love to travel with my husband and look forward to spending more time in Bible studies and serving at my church.
My daughter and I have talked about one day running a small diner-type restaurant that specializes in chili dogs, french fries, milkshakes and organic cookies and muffins. Of course with ‘80s and ‘90s music and décor. What a combination!
Describe a fear you have for your future.
I think most parents have the fear of losing their health and not being able to watch their kids grow up.
Here’s your chance to sound off. If you could give one public service announcement or word of advice to the public at large, what would it be?
Love your kids. Hold onto and cherish your family. Love our great country and pray for our leaders. Be thankful for our military and all of the men and women who serve our country and communities on so many different levels every day of their lives. Thank your children’s teachers and coaches. Keep it simple, be kind and find your peace and happiness.
There is a song that we sing with the kids that has such a special and important message that changed my life forever: No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, Jesus loves me, this I know.

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What is your occupation?
I am the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) options counselor for Fluvanna County.
What is options counseling?
Options counseling is a process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy services to promote positive outcomes for healthy aging. At all times the individual is an active part of the process. The process of planning for and dealing with the realities of aging requires lots of decision-making. Wise decision-making requires an understanding of one’s options.
Who qualifies for options counseling in Fluvanna County?
Adults aged 60 and older or adults with disabilities qualify for JABA options counseling. A request for JABA options counseling may be made by individuals, their families, or individuals or agencies acting on their behalf.
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Where do you live?
We live at Lake Monticello near the golf course area.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We moved to the Lake 12 years ago on Oct. 31, 2002. I remember it well. It was five days before my second son Daniel was born. It was a mad dash moving in, unpacking, and getting the house ready for a newborn. It was hectic to say the least.
Before that we had lived in Charlottesville for three years and actually considered moving back to New York. We had no family here and missed home. Before deciding on Charlottesville we drove Rt. 53 and said we could never live here in Fluvanna. There were no stores yet – only the gas station by the main gate.
Tell us about your work.
I am self-employed at Lauterbach Chiropractic. I am a second-generation chiropractor and as of April 7 will be 24 years in practice. Time sure does fly. I am blessed to do what I love. My dad was a chiropractor for almost 40 years so I’m more than halfway there!
Tell us about your family.
I’ve been married to my beautiful wife for 23 years. She is an RN at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She is the most honest, dedicated, hard-working person I have ever met. She supports my craziness and we balance each other out. She also loves the Lord and serves at our church, Calvary Chapel Fluvanna, in many areas including the youth group.
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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Jamison

Where do you live?
I live in Lake Monticello with my husband, two children, and shih tzu.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I’ve lived in Fluvanna for 19 months. My husband’s job brought us out to this area from Richmond. I didn’t know much about this area before we moved here. While I enjoy living in the city I have grown to like the slower pace Fluvanna brings.
Tell us about your work.
I work for Media General, a media company headquartered out of Richmond. I work with their ad operations department.
Tell us about your family.
I’ve been married to my husband Ben for 12 years. We met and were married at Virginia Tech. After one year of marriage we added a shih tzu to our lives and she was spoiled until our first child came along in 2007: a son, Andrew. In 2009 we added a daughter, Madelyn.
Tell us about a hobby you have.
I enjoy scrapbooking. I started this hobby in college and my stash of paper, stickers, and tools has grown considerably. While I don’t have as much time now to devote to scrapbooking, I still get books done every year. My kids love looking back at what they did throughout the years and that makes it all worth it.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
Besides the typical marriage and kids I would say being there when my niece was born. My brother-in-law was deployed when my twin sister’s baby was due. My son and I flew across the country to Washington. We were there for two weeks before my niece decided she was ready to make her debut. We stayed for another week after she came home. It was so special to be the first to hold her and to be there for my sister.
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Where are you from?
Karr-Balta, Kyrgyzstan
How did you end up coming to Fluvanna?
It wasn’t my choice. We have this program in my country and they have tours for us. We have to do exams for English and stuff. Then they choose certain people who qualify for that and then we just wait for someone from America, there’s a special site for exchange students and American host families choose them. I was just at home waiting and then I found out I would be here at Virginia, Fluvanna.
What are three things that surprised you about America?
Umm, a lot of people don’t walk. Like, all the time they’re driving. I’m not used to that. I’m used to walking in my country. And air conditioners are everywhere. They’re everywhere, even in the school. The third thing, I think everything is big. Like the stores and also when you go to a restaurant and you order something and there is a big plate. It’s a lot, I never eat so much.
What is your favorite thing about America?
I think everything. The whole country.
Do you have a least favorite thing?
Fast food, a lot of fast food.
What is your favorite American food?
Mac and cheese.
What do you do in your free time?
Homework and sometimes hanging out with friends.
What other languages do you speak?
I speak Russian, then our national language Kyrgyz, and I learned French here, and English.
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