Our Board of Directors
Shiree Harbick is a speech-language pathologist at James Madison University, engaged community member, and mother of a young adult with disabilities. She is passionate about inclusion and serves on the Adagio House Board because she believes in the vision of a collaborative, welcoming community for all types of people and families. Shiree loves to spend time with her husband, Andy, play board games and read fiction.
Ruthie Vander Lugt
Vice Board Chair
Raised in Oklahoma, I came to Virginia 34 years ago with my husband Bob. We left in 2003 and lived in Mississippi, Texas, and California before returning to the Valley 2.5 years ago. At 44, I gave birth to our miracle baby Joel, now 14. He is on the spectrum, and that is how we connected with April and Adagio House and we’re so very glad we did!
Brook Wentz earned a Bachelor of Psychology degree in 2012 but has spent most of her time functioning as a freelance writer and social media manager for various associations. These professional credentials intermingle with her experience of living as a woman with Muscular Dystrophy to offer a unique and valuable perspective to the team.
Rian, Managing Partner at Brand Federation and an Adjunct Professor at the VCU Brandcenter, is an accomplished brand strategist, who blends her strong business acumen with creative thinking to uncover deep, actionable insights. She has developed strategies for dozens of the world’s best known brands, including General Motors, American Express, Samsung, PepsiCo, Colgate, Macy’s, MIT, World Wildlife Fund, and others.
Carrie Landis is the director of Riverside Family Support and a part-time therapist with Sarah Fleming Creativity & Healing. She is the mother of four with a varying amount of experience in blended families, foster parenting, adoptive parenting, and parenting a child with special needs. She is thrilled to serve on the Adagio House board as she strongly believes in the impact of available attachment-based and inclusive services. Carrie enjoys live music, quality time with friends, and going to the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and children.
David Burchfield lives with his wife Bonnie and two of his daughters in Union Springs. He retired in July of 2021 from Rockingham County Public Schools where he mostly served as an elementary school principal at Ottobine, McGaheysville, and John Wayland Elementary Schools. During his career, David saw his most important work including supporting families with special needs especially through the eligibility and IEP processes, and families who were struggling with other challenges as well. He enjoys the outdoors, including bird watching, and hopes to volunteer regularly in the community. David also has a calling, based on personal experience, to support those in the community that serve people with mental illness..
Cindy Carr is a lifelong resident of Rockingham County who has served in ministry and business and joyfully supports our community in many ways. She joined April Hepler, executive director of Adagio House, in the formation phase to offer insight into how Adagio House can help local churches work with those who require counseling or caregiver support. As the center grows, Adagio House has helped many whom Cindy has referred to the center. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Liberty University seeking to provide a resource ministry for the Harrisonburg area that will connect faith communities and clinical professionals as they provide services to those treated for mental illness and addiction.
Interested in being a Board Member?
Currently in need of a Treasurer and Advisory Committee Members
Experience in the non-profit world or in the mental health field is preferred