Meet our Current President.
Our current President of the LFKA is Whitney Rietz Eller who's been actively involved with the LFKA for close to 35 years when
she attended her 1st reunion in England with her grandmother, Frances Sanders and mother Elizabeth Sanders Rietz.
She was immediately smitten with this organization and has stayed involved all these years. Today, she's married to Aaron Eller and has two sons: William “Liam” (16 yrs) and Graham (15 yrs) and have enjoyed bringing the boys to the past 4 statewide reunions.
Ironically, they will be about the same age she was when she visited Madresfield Ct. for the first time too!
Professionally, Whitney is an Interior Designer who’s owned her own boutique design firm for 20+ years, specializing in hospitality interiors and upscale residences (www.whitneyrietzdesigns.com). She grew up in Atlanta, GA, and received her undergraduate degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University in Alabama and her Interior Design degree from O’More College of Design in Nashville, TN. Whitney currently resides in the Charleston, South Carolina area where she's actively involved in the lives of her children, her church and community.
Meet our Current Honorary President.
2020 -2022 Honorary President
Our current Honorary President of the LFKA is Lucy Chenevix-Trench, the younger daughter of Lady Rosalind Morrison. Lucy is the 29th generation of the Ligon family to reside at Madresfield Court where she lives with her husband Jonathan and four children: May, Jack, Evie and Max,
Like her mother, Lucy has attended numerous reunions in the United States as well as co-hosted the past England reunion in 2010. In 2023, she and her family will be hosting another much anticipated England Reunion, 60 years to the date of the original LFKA family reunion.
The LFKA posthumously remembers our Co-Honorary President.
The Honorable Lady Rosalind Morrison
2018-2020 Honorary President
Lady Rosalind Morrison was the Honorary President of the Ligon Family & Kinsmen Association. Her uncle was William Ligon, the Eighth Earl of Beauchamp, and in 1989, following the deaths of her uncle and his wife, she became the Chatelaine of Madresfield Court. Thereafter, she traveled to the U.S. on a number of occasions to attend the biennial reunions of the LFKA.
Lady Rosalind was very involved and respected member of Malvern. Since 2006, she was a Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire, as well as High Sheriff (in 2011), a Governor of The King’s School Worcester and Chairman of Worcester Cathedral’s Music and Light Appeal. She was a patron of a number of other voluntary/charitable organizations, including the Beauchamp Community at Newlands, which was originally endowed by her family. Lady Rosalind was elevated to Vice Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, thus representing The Queen in the County.
Upon her passing, Lady Rosalind continued to foster the special relationship with the American cousins, which were forged by her uncle, William.
She was an honored and beloved member of the association and will be missed by all.
Our 2018-2022 Committee Members
VP of Membership: Camilla Burbank
VP of Communications: open position
VP of Reunions: All of the Board
Secretary: Denise West
Treasurer: Laine Ligon
Registrar: James "Jim" Hancock
Historian: Michael Howell
Chaplain: Rev. Chris Epperson
Our 2018-2022 Board Members
Martha Jayne Ligon-Carter
Ex-Officio Board Member: John Overstreet