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Reston Citizens Association Appoints Three New Board Members

by Karen Goff February 26, 2014 at 11:00 am 6 Comments

RCA LogoThe Reston Citizens Association has appointed three new members to fill vacancies on its board of directors.

RCA advertised the vacancies, which were created when one board member resigned and two spots were left unfilled during the last election die to lack of candidates.

New board members:

Nick Georgas has lived in Reston for 4 1/2 years.  He is a landscape architect and planner with experience in the Fairfax County planning and development process.  He served on the Public Review subcommittee that revised the environmental chapter of Loudoun County’s Facilities Standards Manual.  He will bring his expertise on land use and planning issues to the RCA Board, as well as providing a young professional’s perspective on the future of Reston.

Yavuz Inanli has lived in Reston for over two years.  He grew up in Cincinnati, where developed award-winning anti-drug workshops as a member of a community coalition.  He attended college at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he led an effort to reignite interest and participation in student government.  He has an interest in transportation issues, particularly Bikeshare and public transportation.  He hopes to continue Reston’s tradition of being a destination for people to raise their families, regardless of income.

Annmarie Swope has lived in Reston for 12 years.  She is the co-chair of the Aldrin ES PTA Health and Wellness Committee, and she founded and currently co-chairs Aldrin’s Business Partnership Committee.  She also serves as a Reston Little League coach.  She is an experienced marketing and communications professional, and she plans to bring this expertise to RCA.  She has a special interest in education and development issues.

The new Board members will serve until the next RCA election in the late spring, at which point they will have the opportunity to run for full terms, said RCA President Colin Mills.

RCA is a nonpartisan citizens group concerned with Reston’s development, growth, transportation and other issues.

  • In the first sentence, I think Karen meant “The Reston Citizens Association has appointed….
    The Reston Association Board is very different from the RCA…
    Reston sure has a lot of “Boards”… : )

    • Mike M

      Yes, they do. Allow me to translate the specifics here as I see them:
      ” lived in Reston for 4 1/2 years. He is a landscape architect and planner with experience in the Fairfax County planning and development process.”
      I assume this means this guy is the developers infiltrator. I believe they have many. Some of them write regular editorials saying things like how further development of the metro centers will EASE traffic congestion around town.

      The other two appear to be the standard Democratic shills who are convinced to vote the developer’s way by getting lavish promises that their utopian goals will be a part of any proposed development. They never learn.

      Am I wrong?

      • Constance Hartke

        Yes, Mike, you are wrong. Nick wants to get involved after studying Reston in college planning classes. He now lives here and with a stake in Reston, wants to get involved. Please attend an RCA Board meeting and meet these fine young people before throwing arrows.

        • Mike M

          Constance. I’ve been here too long. I know the game.

          • Tammi Petrine

            Mike, RCA does not play ‘games.’ Our board members are decidedly non-partisan but wholly pro-Reston. RCA’s mission is to protect the founding principles of Reston and advocate for free-flow of information. I can’t imagine where you are getting your ‘information’ about developer or Democratic shills but I can assure you that you are gravely mistaken. Our meetings are lively and public. Come to see before you misstate our board members orientations. No RCA board member has ever written an editorial stating that Reston corridor/Metro station development will ease traffic congestion. To the contrary, RCA has been THE leader in advocating for less dense development and increased transportation improvements. Perhaps you are thinking of another organization? Apologies accepted.

    • Karen Goff

      Oops. Yes. Sorry. Fixing now.


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