Fauquier Taxpayers is a group of concerned citizens interested in holding our elected officials accountable and ensure our tax dollars are being spent on citizen priorities.
Using quantitative data we look hard at the Fauquier County Budget and advocate for the budget to be driven by citizen priorities — not just annual incremental increases. What does this mean? It means we want resources to be allocated to programs adding the most value to the community.
Advocating once a year at budget meetings is not enough. It is Fauquier Taxpayers’s goal to provide a countywide citizen perspective throughout the year on the priorities of our local government.
Dr. Thomas Valk
Chairman Dr. Thomas Valk has lived in Fauquier County since 2008, when he and his wife, Cindy, purchased a small farm in Marshall, Virginia. He is a Board Certified psychiatrist and worked as a Foreign Service Psychiatrist for the US State Department with postings in Washington, DC and, for four years, in Cairo, Egypt, where he covered 15 countries in North Africa, Africa and the Middle East. Presently, when not mending farm fences, he acts as a physician executive for his small consulting firm, VEI, Incorporated. Dr. Valk is active in Grace Church, The Plains, where he sings in the Choir, enjoys family vacations in Sun Valley, ID and visits to his and Cindy’s daughter who will be graduating from Boise State University in Boise, ID.
Board member Jeb Hannum lives in Marshall with his wife and three children. Jeb was appointed the first Executive Director of the Virginia Equine Alliance in 2015 – a non-profit tasked with promoting and advancing the racing and breeding industries in the state. Jeb has extensive experience in the thoroughbred racing sector as well as experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Jeb was recently appointed to the Board of the Trustees for the Highland School and serves as a volunteer for land conservation organizations.
Board member Ben Merchant is a lifelong resident of Fauquier County and grew up working in his family’s small businesses in The Plains. He currently oversees strategic account sales and business development for an information security company out of Santa Clara, CA. Ben sits on the Fauquier Economic Development Authority and as is a parishioner and former Vestryman at Grace Church, The Plains. He is most passionate about spending time with his wife and two daughters, both of whom are active in various sports in the county.
Board member Ben Cooper and his wife Polly Gault live on a farm near Orlean that is home for numerous horses, mini-horses, donkeys, goats, chickens and cats and dogs. They moved there in 2000, and since then both have retired to local volunteer work, Polly with the Middleburg Humane Foundation animal rescue organization and Ben with the Fauquier County Farm Bureau and the Fauquier Education Farm. In previous lives both each worked for the federal government, in both Congress and the executive branch, and also for private enterprise. Realizing how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful county, they are hoping work with like-minded neighbors to ensure that this beauty lasts.
Board member Kevin Kelley has lived in Fauquier County since 1988. He is a small business owner and runs three family businesses. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Novant Health UVA Health System Northern Virginia Market and is assigned to the Strategic Planning Committee and the Board of Trustees for Caton Merchant House. He also is currently the President of the Kiwanis Club of Bull Run. Kevin grew up overseas and has lived on every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. He loves spending time with his family, especially his four grandchildren. When he can he enjoys playing golf and has scored two holes-in-one.
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