By Dan Montgomery

It’s fair to say that Wanda Fisher was raised for a life of public service and community involvement. She grew with just that sort of family in Westmoreland County, on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

“Life revolved around school and church,” she says. “With my family, service was always important. My father, at 92, still volunteers. He’s at his happiest when he’s able to do something for somebody else.

“Volunteering has always been a part of my life.”

Fisher, who joined the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Board of Directors this year, has a long resume: Thirty-six years in education in the Richmond area as a counselor, director of counseling, coach, assistant athletic director, associate dean, and so on. She is most closely associated with Atlee High School, in Mechanicsville, where she spent 17 years. Now four years into retirement, Fisher recalls her working years fondly.

“I had a great career,” she says. ““I loved it. I had a lot of great experiences. From every school I’ve been in, I’m still friends with and in contact with people I met along the way.”

But Fisher is hardly done. Given her determination to stay active in community service, a seat on LFSVA’s Board of Directors was a logical next step. But Fisher remembers telling LFSVA CEO Ray Ratke she didn’t want to join the Board just for the sake of volunteering.

“I wanted it to be something where I felt like I could contribute, and I wanted it to be a meaningful thing,” she says.

With that in mind, Fisher is on a mission to learn all she can about LFSVA’s far-flung and diverse network of services, people and programs — and the challenges the agency faces in bringing abundance to the students and adults served by those programs.

“I want to be a sponge and absorb it all and take it all in,” she says. “I bring a willingness to not just be on the board. I’m a hands-on type of person. I want to get out there see what’s going on.

“I’m just delighted to be a part of this.”