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Shirley Marshall is the new executive director of United Community Ministries, one of the largest providers of human services in Fairfax County. She assumes her responsibilities full-time in September.

Marshall succeeds Cynthia Hull, who died in March. UCM’s deputy executive director, Elizabeth McNally, has been serving as acting executive director.

“With Shirley, we are blessed with the perfect fit of qualifications, education, passion, experience and local knowledge,” said Douglas Kennett, president of UCM’s board of directors. “We are very excited about the future of UCM under her leadership and our ability to continue to help the needy in southeastern Fairfax County.”

Marshall has extensive experience in public service and nonprofit social services organizations in the Washington, D.C., area. Most recently, she served as director of Nonprofit NoVa, an alliance of more than 100 nonprofits working to improve lives in Northern Virginia. From 1995 to 2004, she led Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services in Alexandria.

She has been a member of the Community Services Board of Alexandria, chair of the board of directors of the Human Services Coalition Northern Virginia and commissioner of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

“Former executive director Cynthia Hull, who passed away so unexpectedly, left a strong and effective organization,” Marshall said. “We honor her life by continuing to ensure that essential services are available to families in need. In addition, my focus will be on strengthening collaborations. By finding new ways to work together, we ensure effective and positive change.”

Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate degree from UVA’s Law School.

12 to serve on state boards, commissions

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has appointed 12 county residents to Virginia boards and commissions.

ŸBoard of Health Professions: Irene Farquhar of Burke, senior project manager with CACI.

ŸSmall Business Commission: Jane-Scott Cantus of Alexandria, principal of ILEX Leadership Associates LLC.

ŸVirginia Board of Social Services: Thomas Atwood of Clifton, president and CEO for the National Council for Adoption.

ŸAssistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (formerly NewWell Fund): Keri Hughes of Vienna, vice president and senior wealth planner with PNC Wealth Management.

ŸBoard of Forestry: Nadine Block of Falls Church, senior director of government outreach at Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.

ŸScience Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees: Robb Watters of Great Falls, managing partner of The Madison Group.

ŸState Board of Corrections: Carl Peed of Oak Hill, president of CP2 Inc.

ŸBoard of Psychology: Giordana de Altin Popiolek of Alexandria, senior therapist for the city of Alexandria.

ŸReal Estate Board: Rene Fonseca of Springfield, business development executive at Ozinga Bros. Inc. of Chicago, Ill.

ŸVirginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors: Michael Bennett of Alexandria, chief financial officer of Ourisman Automotive Group of Virginia; and Samuel Schreiber of Oakton, regional executive, Mid-Atlantic for Wells Fargo.

ŸVirginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council: Christopher Ashby of Alexandria, attorney at Ashby Law PLLC.

Wells Fargo gives $3K to ArtReach

McLean Project for the Arts has received a $3,000 grant from Wells Fargo for MPA ArtReach, a fine arts program for nearly 3,000 students and senior citizens.

MPA is the only nonprofit organization in the county that provides free, in-depth visual arts enrichment taught by professional artists and educators. MPA targets at-risk schools and seniors.

“The grant from Wells Fargo will help support MPA's unique and highly respected ArtReach program,” said Nancy Perry, MPA executive director. “And [it] will allow MPA the necessary resources to provide our programs to Fairfax County Public Schools, including those that meet federal standards designating them as Title I schools.”

MPA, a nonprofit visual arts center, was founded in 1962 to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region, promote public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art, and offer instruction and education in the visual arts to children and adults.

Flint Hill grad receives ADHD Scholarship

Tess Mulrean of Reston, a graduate of Flint Hill School, is a recipient of a 2012 ADHD Scholarship sponsored by Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company.

Mulrean, a student at George Washington University, was one of 50 post-secondary students chosen from 1,437 applicants diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder across the U.S. She was selected on the basis of her community service and volunteer and extra-curricular activities, and for her personal essay explaining the challenges that she’s faced and how she’s managing her ADHD.

The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services through The Edge Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization.

Reston student interns for pro-Israel group

Marc Kaplan of Reston, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been selected for a 2012-13 academic year internship, sponsored by The Israel on Campus Coalition.

The internship program, which began in 2002, encourages student leaders to develop creative and strategic initiatives to positively affect sentiment toward Israel on college campuses. Interns seek to bring about change by initiating dialogue, building relationships, and conducting activities that engage and educate the campus population.

Kaplan, a fourth-year student majoring in advertising and urban planning, is the only ICC intern from Virginia. He will receive a $1,500 stipend for the year.

“ICC interns play a vital role on campuses throughout the nation, leading a wide range of pro-Israel activities that serve their campuses and larger communities,” said Steve Kuperberg, ICC executive director. “We place a considerable amount of trust in these students, and their work today is vital to strengthening the campus Israel network and improving the perception of Israel.”

College credits

Brady Halleen was named to the dean's list for both the fall and spring semesters at Virginia Tech's College of Engineering. Brady is a 2010 graduate a Herndon High School and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.