Lori Athey Cockrell is a lifelong resident of Front Royal, graduating from Warren County High School in 1985. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s degree from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College).
Lori has spent her 30 year career as an educator in Warren County, and currently serves as the fifth grade team leader at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School. She was an active supporter of her children’s sports and activities over their childhood years, and continues to see the value in providing children with opportunities to represent their community with their talents.
She is a member and regularly attends Front Royal United Methodist Church. Lori and her husband, Ricky, have two children, Patrick “Blake” and Anneslee.
Lori made the decision to get involved in local town government to give back to the community which she loves. She looks forward to hearing from town citizens about their concerns and thoughts regarding how they want their town to operate and move forward in the future.
Term ends 12/31/24 (appointed 1/20 - elected 11/20)
Councilman Gillispie is a native of Front Royal. He is a plumbing & gas plans reviewer for Loudoun County's Building and Development Department. Gary is a member and regularly attends Dynamic Life Ministries. He lives in Front Royal with his wife, Allyson and son, Chase.
Term ends 12/31/22 (appointed 8/17 - elected 11/18)
Joseph McFadden earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Non-Fiction Writing and Editing from George Mason University in 2007. He currently works as an IT Specialist with the Federal Government and is the co-owner and CEO of BattleGrounds Fitness, located in what was once the Schewels furniture building on Jackson St. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Combat Engineer and did one tour of duty in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 with the 5th Civil Affairs Group. Before being elected to Town Council, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Front Royal Town Planning Commission. Joe lived in Front Royal while attending Christendom College from 1999-2002. Two of Joe’s siblings moved to Front Royal in 2000 and 2007 respectively. In 2013, after spending much time in Front Royal visiting family, Joe and his family decided to move here from Triangle, VA. His parents moved the same year. After meeting at Christendom College, Joe and his wife were married in 2004. Sara works for the US Marshals Service. They live on Virginia Avenue with Joe’s father Tom and their six children, Fiona, Brodie, Isobel, Caitriona, Ronan and Collin along with their numerous pets. Joe is a Sergeant in the Virginia Army National Guard, where he serves out of the Winchester Armory. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7771 and is a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal.
Born and raised in Front Royal/Warren County Amber has a passion for preserving the small town charm that this community provides. She is the mother of three children, a community activist, a volunteer to several organizations locally, and a residential mortgage loan originator by trade.
Amber’s entire career is in finance and lending from corporate national banks to being a part of a successful start-up local mortgage brokerage. Amber’s background in finance coupled with her determination to govern with common sense and limited government is what she was elected to bring to Front Royal.
Amber sought her seat on council as a mother who intends to raise her children here in a safe, prosperous, and community driven locality. The deep sense of community is what sets Front Royal apart from other localities, she says. Amber is always open and eager to learning about new and differing perspectives, businesses, strategic planning and growth, and economic development.
Letasha "Tasha" Thompson is a lifelong member of Front Royal. She loves her hometown and its great citizens. Tasha resides in town with her husband, they have four kids (three are grown), one grandson, and one crazy cat. She is currently employed by Trex Company in Winchester as the Sales Administrator. There she handles a multi-million dollar budget for cooperative marketing and strategic business funds and works with the contractor team (domestically and internationally). Tasha also volunteers with the United Way, specifically the Society of Emerging Leaders and the Concern Hotline.
Trex provides budget experience, customer service (internal and external), communication, and strategic planning experience. The volunteer experiences along with her working-class upbringing allow her to see life from different perspectives.
Tasha sought a seat on Town Council because she's passionate about our community and wanted to give back. She strongly believes it is important that we all participate in our local government. She seeks to be your voice at the table. Tasha currently does that by establishing clear lines of communication and being available. Please feel free to contact her to chat, meet for coffee, etc. Tasha loves connecting with the community and understanding what is important to you.