Orange County Insight March 2023

Orange County Welcomes Communications Specialist

By: Orange County Communications Department

Late last month, Orange County welcomed its newest Communications Specialist, Lorena Best. As a recent JMU graduate in the communications field, Lorena holds multiple years of experience in the media and public relations sphere including broadcast news and working at multiple public relations firms.

R. Mark Johnson Chairman District One Supervisor Lorena is also a very proud JMU Duke and credits all her success to the student - run public relations firm, Bluestone Communications. “ Without JMU, I wouldn ’ t be where I am today, ” Lorena said. “ I ’ m so grateful each day for my education, the people I met at JMU, the amazing professors, and the skills I learned in student organizations. ” As a Charlottesville native, Lorena is glad to be working close to home in a community that resembles friendliness and is looking forward to having a large impact on every project that comes across her desk. Lorena took interest in Orange County because of the small - town feel. Outside of work, Lorena takes interest in nature and travel photography, especially during the warmer months. She can be found sporting the latest fashions, trying a new vineyard in the spring and summer, or going on a country drive. “ I ’ m convinced there ’ s no place like Central Virginia to call home because of all it has to offer. ”

As the weather gets warmer, Lorena is looking forward to exploring more of Orange County and meeting new folks in the community.

Lorena at or by calling (540) 661 - 5346. To sign up for press releases, news flash alerts, and other publications visit can be contacted The Orange County Communications Department provides a reliable communication link between County government and the residents of Orange County. The Department disseminates information to the media, external groups, and internal departments about programs and services.

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