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Jana Broughton, a veteran elder care and nursing facility executive, has been named executive director of the Reston-based Fellowship Square Foundation.

Broughton previously was administrator of a Medilodge Group skilled nursing facility in Howell, Mich., a Detroit suburb. She was a member of the Board of the Health Care Association of Michigan as an advocate for elder care, as well as for state and national medical care legislation.

“Jana Broughton brings a wealth of knowledge to the executive director position from her 20 years of experience in working with and housing the elderly,” said Charles Wortman, Fellowship Square Foundation president. “Besides her strong background in elder care and housing facility management, she has immense expertise in leadership development, public relations, marketing and governmental regulations.”

Broughton earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and completed coursework for a master’s at Walsh College. She will begin her tenure at Fellowship Square Foundation next month.

The Fellowship Square Foundation is the largest provider of subsidized elderly housing in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., region, serving more than 800 residents in Fairfax and Prince William counties, and in Prince Georges County in Maryland.

ENDependence award goes to McLean center

McLean Community Center received a Community Partner Award from the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc., last month, recognizing the center’s efforts to go “above and beyond” to make the community more accessible to people with disabilities.

ECNV cited the center’s establishment of a Specially Adapted Resource Club program for youth with autism at the Old Firehouse Teen Center.

After the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships announced the club would need to relocate, MCC Executive Director George Sachs spearheaded the effort to establish a site at the Old Firehouse Teen Center. He met with SPARC Executive Director Donna Goldbranson and, through a cooperative effort, a new club opened at the teen center in September 2011.

“This program helps keep young adults with special needs connected to their communities, and gives them an opportunity to give back,” Sachs said.

SPARC, in partnership with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services’ Therapeutic Recreation Division, gives club participants the opportunity to make self-directed choices. The new club meets at the teen center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

NOVA features Centreville artist’s work

Paintings by Matt Chodoronek of Centreville — abstracts that portray memories in anthropomorphic, or humanlike, form — are on display through Feb. 29 at the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

“A memory that may cause some sort of embarrassment, discomfort or joy is given form to bring about reflection on other memories, which all tie up to create a very grand and personal self-portrait,” he said.

Teeth and humor are common devices in his paintings.

“I see teeth as a way to express powerful feelings as we usually only show our teeth when severely angry, happy or sad,” he said. “The cartoon-like appearance to my work hopefully conveys an air of humor.”

Chodoronek has won several regional and national awards for his art. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago until he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Since then, he has been attending NOVA and building a portfolio.

The exhibition is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

College credits

Kristine Weatherwax of Reston has received a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from the University of Virginia. She is a 2008 graduate of Paul VI Catholic High School.

Dean’s list

The following students were named to the dean’s lists at their respective colleges and universities for the fall 2011 semester:

Bucknell University: Gregory Epremian and Kelsey Linebaugh, McLean; Kelly McKenna, Great Falls; Shelby Romine and Stasia Schlatter, Centreville; Christina Smillie, Fairfax; and Jenna Tryon, Fairfax Station.

Muhlenberg College: Corey Aferiat, Fairfax.

Ohio Northern University: Clara Harrod, Fairfax; and Amanda McDavid, Burke.

Rochester Institute of Technology: Danielle Neuberger, Oak Hill.

Two appointed to state boards

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell on Jan. 13 announced appointments of two local residents to state boards.

James Hyland of Vienna, an attorney at Pennsylvania Avenue Group, was appointed to the Board of Housing and Community Development.

Tony Jimenez of Great Falls, president, CEO and founder of MicroTech, was appointed to the George Mason University Board of Visitors.

OpenTable diners rank Great Falls restaurant in top 100

L’Auberge Chez François announced it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the top 100 best restaurants in the U.S., the second time the family-run inn in Great Falls has received this honor.

The list of winners derived from 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for some 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. L’Auberge Chez François also was named the No. 1 Best Overall Restaurant in the Virginia/D.C. suburbs.

“We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Jacques Haeringer, owner and chef. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at our restaurant and gave us such high marks.”

To view the entire list of top restaurants, visit

Fairfax tire dealer receives ‘Top Shop Award’

Virginia Tire & Auto, a family-owned and operated independent tire dealer headquartered in Fairfax, was named the winner of Tire Review magazine’s 2011-12’s “Top Shop in North America” Award.

Myron and Carole Boncarosky and their daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Mike Holmes, own and operate the dealership. The company was started more than 35 years ago and employs about 400 full- and part-time workers.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as Tire Review’s 2011-12 ‘Top Shop in North America,’” said Julie Holmes, vice president. “Virginia Tire & Auto seeks to establish long-term, win-win relationships with every customer.”

Virginia Tire & Auto has locations in Ashburn, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Gainesville, South Riding, Springfield, Sterling and Vienna.