Meet the Team

Vice President of Operations

Marlene Pierson-Joliffe has been in the business of State Fair & Facility management since 1989. She spent 25 years at the State Fair of West Virginia, with 10 years as CEO. In 2013, she was Chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and continues to serve on that board. Marlene started in her role as VP of Operations at The Meadow Event Park on February 2, 2015.
Marlene, her husband and two children reside in Hanover County.

Director of Livestock and Equine Events

Glenn grew up on a small farm in Hanover County. A Virginia Tech grad, Glenn spent a decade with the Virginia Department of Agriculture before joining the State Fair of Virginia in 2006. Glenn manages the Virginia Horse Festival, Livestock and Equine facility rentals and Agricultural programing for the State Fair of Virginia.

Glenn owns and operates Little Meadow Farm with his brother. During Glenn’s free time he enjoys gardening and visiting with family and friends.

Jennifer Ross
Director of Event Development & Sponsorships

Jennifer grew up in Albemarle County, Virginia and showed at the State Fair when it was in Richmond. After graduating from James Madison University, she worked for the previous State Fair of Virginia organization from 2005 until 2012. Jennifer also worked with Sports Backers in Richmond planning sporting events and outdoor festivals She now develops new events for The Meadow, manages existing events, coordinates Meadow Hall facility rentals and works with the facility’s sponsors and partners.

Jennifer and her husband reside in Ashland, VA with their precious rat terrier, Chatka. When not at work, she is happiest traveling, riding horses, gardening, hiking and being outdoors.

Director of Facility Rentals & Vendor Sales

Pam has been employed by the State Fair of Virginia for 24 years and has had several roles in her tenure. She began as Ticket Manager and then became Director of Admissions and Public Safety. She has also had the opportunity to be a part of opening a brand new facility, The Meadow Event Park, birthplace of Secretariat, which does year-round facility rentals. She is currently responsible for all vendor contracts, layout, grounds entertainment, booking national music acts, internal trams and is the ABC manager for Meadow Event Park.

Pam is married to Tod Daneker and has 2 children, TJ who is 24 and Lauren who is 16 and one grandson. She is a native of Mechanicsville VA where she currently resides.

Secretariat Tourism Manager

An avid rider and equine enthusiast all her life, Leeanne is the author of the award-winning book Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend with Kate Chenery Tweedy and her mother Penny Chenery, who owned and raced 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

Leeanne conducts narrated tours of the historic farm for visitors from all over the country, coordinates the annual Secretariat birthday celebration and the Salute to Secretariat at the State Fair of Virginia. She and her husband Gary live in an old farm cottage on the property.

Building & Grounds Manager

Ray Throckmorton was born and raised in Varina, attending Lee Davis High School. He moved to Hanover in 1968 and has resided there ever since. Ray has worked in facility operations for decades and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to The Meadow Event Park. When Ray isn’t overseeing all grounds Operations at The Meadow, he likes to hunt, fish and spend time with his three children.

Ricky Pugh
Event Services Manager

Ricky Pugh is a Caroline County native that has worked in the event operations industry for 25 years. During his career, Ricky has worked with the Richmond Raceway Complex as their Manager of Complex Operations, the State Fair of Virginia and has recently joined The Meadow Event Park full time. He is well versed in the Events Services industry and goes above and beyond to assist promoters and organizers.
When not at The Meadow, Ricky enjoys spending time with his wife of 30 years, Lila and riding his Harley Davidson.

Marketing Manager

Sarah Hallett is a Richmond native who has been involved in the event world for over a decade. She joined the Meadow Event Park in 2014 after moving back to her hometown. Sarah started her career working in promotions and marketing at King’s Dominion. After moving to North Carolina, she went on to manage the Southern Women’s Show for 4 years. Sarah currently manages marketing efforts for the Meadow Event Park’s Signature Events and facility rentals.

Sarah and her husband live in Richmond with their fur-baby, Kasey-Dog. They spend their time attending festivals, enjoying friends and exploring Central Virginia.

Programs Coordinator

Stuart Sanders has worked for The Meadow Event Park for 3 years. She graduated with a BS in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. Stuart manages programs for the State Fair of Virginia and is Assistant Manager of the Virginia Horse Festival.

Stuart was born and raised in the Northern Neck of Virginia where she developed her love for animals and the water. She grew up as an active member of her equine 4-H club, leading her team to victory at the state competition. Since the age of 10 she has been an avid foxhunter a sport that she continues today in Caroline County.

Maintenance Technician

Jeffery Carpenter has been honing his skills as a carpenter and restoration specialist for years. A graduate of Patrick Henry High School and Ashland resident, his background in Facility Operations is extensive.

During his time off, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife and three children.

Accounting Analyst

Marcie Crowder has worked with the State Fair of Virginia since 1996 and The Meadow Event Park since 2009. Marcie made her way to Virginia from her native state of North Dakota many years ago and has made it her home ever since. Marcie attended Minot College of Business and Richard Bland College. She enjoys watching movies and walking outdoors.