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by Karen Goff April 8, 2016 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

Bill Bouie/Courtesy RCCReston resident Bill Bouie will be honored with The Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award the 2016 Board of Supervisors’ Breakfast on April 22.

The award, sponsored by Leadership Fairfax, is given annually to a member of the community who exemplifies service above self and has had a positive impact on Fairfax County. The award is named for former Board Supervisor and current Secretary of the Commonwealth, Katherine K. Hanley.

Bouie, a telecommunications executive, serves as the current chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. He has also been involved in numerous Reston and county organizations, including Reston Little League, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, Public Links, Inc., the Reston Community Center Board of Governors, Reston Hospital Center Board of Trustees and the Initiative for Public Art Reston.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church and will feature a networking breakfast; a state of the county address by Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova; and a panel discussion with the supervisors and the presentation of the Hanley Award.

Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased through Leadership Fairfax’s website.

Leadership Fairfax’s Board of Supervisors Breakfast brings together over 300 community and business leaders annually, and helps citizens learn about issues impacting the county and the Board of Supervisors, says CEO and President Karen Cleveland.

Bill Bouie/file photo

by Karen Goff November 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm 9 Comments

Leila Gordon (R) with Reston founder Bob Simon, 2014Reston Community Center Executive Director Leila Gordon and Reston-based Helios HR are among the recipients of Leadership Fairfax’s 2015 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards.

The awards are given yearly to talented community leaders that have had a significant impact on the Northern Virginia area through volunteerism and community engagement, says Leadership Fairfax President and CEO Karen Cleveland.

Gordon will be honored with this year’s Regional Leadership Award. Helios has earned the Corporate Leadership Award.

Other 2015 honorees:

  • Trustee Leadership Award:  Dr. Charles Thomas, Jr., Project Leader, LMI
  • Nonprofit Leadership Award, Individual: Eileen Ellsworth, Community Foundation of Northern VA
  • Nonprofit Leadership Award, Organization: The Child and Family Network Centers
  • Educational Leadership Award: Jesse Kraft, Principal, Providence Elementary School

The award ceremony will take place Dec. 3, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waterford Fair Oaks. Tickets can be purchased online at www.leadershipfairfax.org.

Photo: RCC’s Leila Gordon (right) with Reston founder Bob Simon in 2014

by Karen Goff August 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Leadership Fairfax 2014 Commencement at Reston Town Center/Credit: Chip McCrea Photography Do you want to enhance your business qualifications, develop leadership skills and make valuable connections?

Applications for Leadership Fairfax’s Signature Program and the Emerging Leaders Institute are being accepted now for the Class of 2016 (class sessions will being in September 2015).

Leadership Fairfax (LFI) is headed by Reston businesswoman Karen Cleveland, who serves as its President and CEO. It is a nonprofit corporation that finds, trains and grows leaders in Northern Virginia. Graduates represent a diverse alumni in the arts, business, education, government, health, religious and social service sectors.

The Leadership Fairfax Signature Program brings together senior leaders from all over Fairfax County in an experiential, cohort style community leadership development program. Participants work in teams to study problems and develop solutions. Program days are once a month from September through June. This program is tuition based.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a 10-month program that brings together young professionals from the business, nonprofit and government sectors. Participants polish their leadership skills, receive individual mentoring and coaching and participate in community service projects.

There are info sessions this week for those interested in applying:

  • Monday, Aug. 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, 1886 Metro Center Drive, #230, Reston
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 8:00-9:30 a.m. at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, 8300 Boone Blvd., #450, Tysons Corner.

Interested in attending? RSVP to [email protected] or call 703.752.7555.

Photo: Leadership Fairfax 2014 Commencement at Reston Town Center/Credit: Chip McCrea Photography 

by Karen Goff February 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Dean Klein/Courtesy Dean KleinReston resident Dean Klein, director of the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, will be honored with the 2015 Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award March 13.

The awards program, now in its 12th year, was instituted to recognize sustained contributions by public sector employees, non-profits, or appointees to a public board, authority or commission.

Klein was selected for the award by Leadership Fairfax because he has “generously and tirelessly dedicated his time, energy and extensive talents to support people in need of shelter and affordable housing in Fairfax County,” Leadership Fairfax said.

“I am so honored to be selected for such an amazing honor and award,” said Klein. “I am thrilled to see the progress we have made as a community in preventing and ending homeless, which has only been possible with the tremendous commitment by government,nonprofits, businesses and faith communities all working together. “

Klein was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to his current position in 2009, after serving in leadership roles at the Freddie Mac Foundation and non-profit organizations in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties.

In his role at OPEH, Mr. Klein coordinates with a governing board, a consumer advisory council, the non-profit community, and the new Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership in overseeing the 10-year county plan to prevent and end homelessness.

“Dean Klein has worked with the faith community, local and state governments, and businesses to support those in need as they have sought to overcome the challenges of homelessness, poverty, illness, isolation and crisis,” Rodney Lusk, chair of Leadership Fairfax’s selection committee, said in a statement. “One of his many accomplishments has been to increase the number of individuals moving out of emergency shelters to permanent housing. He grew this number from 243 in 2010 to 926 individuals in 2014.”

Last year, Klein was recognized with Fairfax County’s highest honor, the A. Heath Onthank Award. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Howard University, and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Leadership Greater Washington and Leadership Arlington.

Klein lives in Reston with his wife, Jill, and his son and daughter.

Klein will be honored at the Board of Supervisors Breakfast at the Fairview Park Marriott on March 13. The event is from 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Tickets: LFI Alumni and General Public: $70; LFI Members: $60; Corporate Table: $1,250. For tickets and more information, please visit www.leadershipfairfax.org/BOS.

Photo courtesy Dean Klein

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