Two parents of Middleburg Academy students have been welcomed to the school’s Board of Trustees.

Mary Looney

Mary Looney, was raised over the mountain near Boyce where she attended Powhatan School 1st through 8th grade and attended Notre Dame Academy from 1979-1980 as a five-day boarder. Her dorm room was across the hall from the library.

She finished high school at Garrison Forest, an all girls’ school in MD. She then went on to graduate from Keene State, NH with a BS Degree in Business Management with a minor in Communications and Political Science. She has worked as a special events coordinator at both a hotel and on political campaigns.

In 1990 she worked for Marymount High School, a small catholic high school in Richmond, VA. Marymount was similar in size to Middleburg Academy where she worked as the Director of Admissions and Development.

In 1994, Mary moved back to Middleburg to work at Foxcroft School in the Admission Office in a variety of different positions over seven years. She lived and worked on campus where she met her husband, Gregg Looney, and married in 1997.

He had two children he brought to the marriage, Chloe and Owen. After having two boys, Andrew and Henry, Mary became a full-time mom. When her youngest went into kindergarten at Hill School, she was asked back to Foxcroft and worked part-time for an additional four years in the Admission Office.

She has always been very involved at Hill School, serving as head of the Parent Teacher Club and chairing their annual auction. She loves spending time outside and enjoys horseback riding and fox hunting with her son, Andrew. Her family enjoys biking, hiking and traveling together.

Mary has many years of experience in independent schools and brings a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to Middleburg Academy’s Board of Trustees. As a trustee, she volunteers her time in many areas but is focusing much of her efforts with the Admissions Office at Middleburg Academy.

Rachel Kahler

Rachel has been an advocate of small independents schools since experiencing their unique benefit first hand at the Woodward School for girls in Quincy, Massachusetts as an eighth grader. So it was no surprise when she took the opportunity to join the dedicated professionals on the Board of Trustees for Middleburg Academy.

Rachel moved to Virginia in high school and graduated from the university of South Carolina. Her passion for working on political conventions took her to Texas, California, Philadelphia, and New York, but home has always been with her family in Virginia. Her daughter Tori is credited with finding Middleburg Academy and the family has been all in since their first visit in June of 2013.

Rachel comes to us with a background in politics, fundraising, and large event production experience, including working in the preparation and execution of the men’s 1994 World Cup Games in Washington DC. Rachel has worked in Advancement for a variety of ventures over the years and will help shape the Advancement plans at the Academy.

The mother of two, Jack (class of 2015) and Tori (a current junior), Rachel is eager to support all aspects of this great institution. Rachel and her husband Jeff have been supporters of the school as Chairmen of the Annual Fund Committee during the past two years.

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