Fluvanna Faces

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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Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanWhere do you live?
Lake Monticello.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I’ve lived here for 21 years. Before I moved here I was living in Charlottesville. I found I wanted to get out of the city and find a better place to live the rest of my life. Lake Monticello was a place to settle in for real.
Tell us about your work.
I retired in 2000 after 32 years at the University of Virginia. For 10 or 12 of those years I worked in the office of the dean of arts and sciences. Then I was the assistant to the dean of continuing education. After that I worked in the Rotunda as the secretary of the vice president of development, who is the fundraiser for the university.
Tell us about your family.
I’m so proud of my two sons, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. One of my sons lives in the Lake and the other is about 20 miles south of Charlottesville. We get together a lot for family birthdays and special holidays. I stay in close touch with both of my sons, who mean everything in the world to me. It’s been such a wonderful blessing for me to have lived long enough to see my sons become grandparents. And then, just to put the cherry on top, to live long enough to see my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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