The Board of Directors for The Fauquier Trails Coalition.
Jimmy Messick, President
Jimmy Messick is a 3rd generation dairy farmer in southern Fauquier County. In business with his brother, Ronnie Messick, they own and operate O.B.Messick & Sons, Inc., to which Jimmy is president. Additionally, they own and operate Messick’s Farm Market in Bealeton, VA, a market on the farm, selling their own fruits and vegetables as well as products from local vendors and artisans.
Currently serving as president, Jimmy is a founding member of the Fauquier Trails Coalition, receiving recognition from Fauquier County Board of Supervisors for his role in development of the Warrenton Branch Greenway. Passionate about establishing and expanding the trail system in Fauquier County, Jimmy believes that a trail system benefits not only trail users, but also business and commerce. He has served on the Pedestrian Bicycle Greenway Action Committee (PBGAC,) is a life member of Fauquier and VA Jaycees, and is a Jaycees International Senator.
He served in various roles and received numerous awards and recognition for his service with emphasis on the effort for fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highly active in church leadership, Jimmy is a lifelong member of the Midland Church of the Brethren. He has served on Casanova Hunt Board, Southern States Cooperative Board.
Living on the family farm in Midland, Jimmy has a wife, Ellen, four children, and two grandchildren. He enjoys relic hunting, train chasing and rail trail exploration.
Christopher Ward, Treasurer
Dr. Christopher Ward has been an active member of the Fauquier Trails Coalition since 2013. He has served as a Board Member at Large and, currently, as its Treasurer. A native of Dallas Texas, Dr. Ward graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from The Ohio State University Medical School in 1997 and served his residency at UTMB at Galveston in a combined residency program for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with service as Chief Resident 2001.
Since 2001, Dr. Ward has been a full time physician and managing partner of Piedmont Family Practice. Dr. Ward is a member of the Fauquier Hospital Board of Trustees and was previously a member of the Peer Review committee for Fauquier Hospital, where he also served as Chair between 2007-2009. Dr. Ward has served as a regular volunteer at the Fauquier Free Clinic since 2001.
Dr. Ward has published numerous papers and articles in journals and news magazines including The Vector, The Columbus Physician, and The Bull Run Observer. He is also a frequent contributor to the Fauquier Trails website, for which he also serves as webmaster. Dr. Ward was awarded Best Pediatrician by Virginia Magazine 2012, and Best Teacher during his residency in 1999.
Friedrich Nietzsche said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” And Rousseau observed, “I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop, I cease to think; my mind works only with my legs.”
When you step out from your door, you become a slightly different, slightly better person. Outside your door, there is the anxiety of a wall-less space, but also wealth that otherwise we could never afford. Outside, there are no bills to pay, no floor to sweep, no echoing voices arguing. The ever-present ghosts of our jobs, our families, our daily tribulations, our phones, begin to fade away as the infinite outdoors absorbs and disperses our nagging worries into the sky and countryside. A ten minute stroll from our door takes us another world away where, even if we have not left our cares behind, we are no longer trapped in amongst them.
As a group, we can build trails around our towns and out through the rolling hills and leaf canopied roads of the county, linking small towns, stores and restaurants to welcome the jolly rambler off the road. Such a county of ramblers, I think it can be argued, will be significantly happier and healthier than we are today.
Karen Corl, Board Member
Robert Moore, Board Member