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Bob Kipps of Fairfax Station, managing director at Kipps, DeSanto & Co., has joined the board of directors of the Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region.

“Bob has already injected an enthusiasm into the board that is making it run at a higher level,” said Phil Panzarella, chairman of the Easter Seals board.

Kipps has more than 20 years of experience in providing mergers and acquisitions and financial consulting services to leading defense and technology firms. He has completed dozens of transactions, including some of the most noteworthy in those sectors.

For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region has been providing services to ensure that people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Easter Seals’ programs emphasize the special needs of wounded warriors, veterans, active duty military and their families.

Gallagher appointed Public Works deputy director

Michael Gallagher has been appointed the Town of Vienna’s deputy director of Public Works. He assumed his new responsibilities Feb. 8.

Gallagher, 36, has more than 12 years of experience in engineering, and has worked for the town as a Civil Engineer II since July 2010. He was selected from among 60 applicants.

Previously, he worked for Urban LTD as an associate engineer and with Richmond American Homes as a land developer field manager. Gallagher has a degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.

“[Mr. Gallagher’s] knowledge and extensive experience in customer contact and service will prove invaluable as a member of the town’s management team,” said Dennis Johnson, director of Public Works.

Fairfax attorney makes partner

Matthew Lee of Fairfax, an attorney in the McLean office of national law firm Wilson Elser, has been promoted to partner.

Lee is a member of the General Liability and Casualty, Lawyers Liability and Medical Malpractice practices. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in 1993, and graduated from the Brooklyn Law School in 1996.

Wilson Elser, a defense litigation law firm founded in 1978, serves its clients with more than 800 attorneys in 23 offices in the U.S.

Giving Circle of HOPE honors 10

The Giving Circle of HOPE, a Reston-based organization promoting volunteerism and philanthropy, has chosen 10 nonprofits to receive grants of $5,000 each. All but one of the organizations are in Fairfax. They are:

ŸAlternative House in Dunn Loring, helping abused and homeless children;

ŸEmpowered Women International of Alexandria, offering entrepreneur training for immigrant and refugee women;

ŸGrace Ministries of Herndon, a community outreach program serving low-income immigrant families;

ŸHerndon-Reston FISH, providing short-term emergency help to poor or otherwise distressed persons who request it;

ŸJeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Herndon, offering free health care for low-income people;

ŸJust Neighbors in Falls Church, offering legal services for low-income immigrants;

ŸPROSPERA Initiatives in Annandale, offering support for the higher educational aspirations of Latino youth;

ŸStop Child Abuse Now in Alexandria, offering services for children and families; and

ŸThe Brain Foundation in Centreville, providing housing for persons with serious brain diseases.

The 10th organization is Manassas Midwifery. Most of the organizations serve clients throughout northern Virginia.

The recipients will be honored at a reception 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Midtown in Reston Town Center. The event is open to the public.

This will be the eighth annual grantee celebration of the Giving Circle of HOPE, an organization of more than 100 members founded in 2004. Since its inception, the Giving Circle has awarded more than $400,000 through its grant program.

Military salutesŸArmy Sgt. 1st Class Craighton Dutiel of Lorton has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dutiel, who has served 18 years in the military, is a noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel attached to the 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

ŸArmy Capt. Jeffrey Gunlicks of Alexandria has returned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., after being deployed to Iraq serving in support of Operation New Dawn, which came to an end Dec. 15. Gunlicks, an officer in charge of the Taji Projects Office attached to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C., has served eight years in the military.

ŸArmy Spec. William Haig has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla., as an honor graduate and received a Letter of Commendation. He achieved a score of 298 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, the highest score in basic combat training class 07-12.

Haig, son of Wendy and Alexander Haig of Dunn Loring, is a 2005 graduate of McLean High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in 2009 from Rice University in Houston. He is the grandson of the late Alexander Haig, who was Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

ŸArmy Reserve Pvt. Cornell Young has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. Young, son of Cornell Young Sr. of Reston, is a 2008 graduate of Herndon High School.

ŸAir Force Airmen Miles Mohay and Minchul Chun and Air Force Airman 1st Class Alexandra Valderrama graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Mohay earned distinction as an honor graduate. Son of Mary Mohay of Pulaski and Mark Mohay of Fairfax, the airman is a 2006 graduate of Robinson Secondary School.

Chun, son of Sungyong Chun and brother of Amy Chun, both of Springfield, is a 2011 graduate of West Springfield High School.

Valderrama, daughter of Elizabeth Weatherholtz of Springfield, is a 2011 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.

College creditsHayden Shock was named to the dean's list for Gallaudet University. He is a 2011 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School.

These students are listed on the dean’s honor roll for the fall 2011 semester at University of Mississippi: Stephanie Jabaley, Meghann Beamer and Evalyn Holman, all of Annandale.