Dewberry, a professional services firm with offices nationwide, has promoted three employees in its Fairfax office.
Molly Wagner, an employee since 2005, has been promoted to director of communications, managing corporate communications and media relations for the 1,800-person, $300 million firm. She oversees a team of communications and public relations practitioners, graphic designers, photographers and social media specialists.
Wagner recently directed a firmwide branding realignment, resulting in a new website, social media tools and multiple brochures. She also serves as editor of the firm’s quarterly magazine, Dimensions. Wagner has 16 years of experience in public relations, marketing and media outreach with a focus on professional services. She has a bachelor of arts from Davidson College.
Peter Drenan has been promoted to vice president of the Emergency Management, Disaster and Mitigation service line. He leads Dewberry’s efforts related to helping with disaster response and recovery, mitigation, pre-planning, training and exercises and long-term recovery for communities at the federal, state and local levels throughout the country.
Drenan is a Federal Emergency Management Agency veteran, with experiences that span several major disaster events, including hurricanes Katrina and Isabel, and tropical storms Gaston and Ernesto. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture with 28 years of experience in design and construction management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from North Carolina State University.
Mark Montgomery has been promoted to vice president of emergency management. He is a licensed civil engineer with 25 years of experience working with federal agencies on large, complex projects. He has served as the deputy project director and a task manager on assignments for the FEMA Public Assistance Technical Assistance Contract, including work related to Hurricane Katrina.
Montgomery has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University, and is a member of several associations, including the American Public Works Association and the National Emergency Management Association.
Dewberry, headquartered in Fairfax, is a professional services firm providing architecture, engineering and management and consulting services to public- and private-sector clients.
Tysons group partners with Section on Women’s Health
Association Management Group, which staffs and manages associations and nonprofit organizations from its offices in Tysons Corner, has added a new client: the Section on Women’s Health.
SoWH staff members are headquartered in AMG’s McLean office, and Denise Jackson is serving as executive director. She joined the AMG leadership team Oct. 1.
SoWH’s mission is to educate and mentor physical therapy professionals in women’s and men’s health. The Section provides networking opportunities, educational resources and continuing education, supports standards of practice and fosters research.
Jackson has 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, new business development, strategic client relationships and meeting and event planning. She has managed more than 2,000 association and corporate accounts in the Washington, D.C., and New York regions.
"The entire board is thrilled that Denise has agreed join us as executive director of the Section on Women’s Health,” said Wendy Featherstone, SoWH president. “Her background, her experience, her reputation and her passion for our cause make her a terrific choice to help lead our organization.”
“We are very excited to be a new client of Association Management Group,” Featherstone added, “and know [President and CEO] Bruce Wardle and his team will provide the leadership and expertise we are looking for."
New businesses open in Fairfax
Pet Supplies Plus opens Oct. 6 at 11054 Lee Highway, Fairfax. The company plans to open two more stores in the county before the end of the year.
Pet Supplies Plus offers a staff of 20 pet enthusiasts, an array of natural pet foods, public pet adoptions and “a ‘Cheers’-like culture where everybody knows your name,” according to company spokeswoman Sara Schulte.
The 10,000-square-foot store features grooming services, including haircuts, full body brushing, flea treatment, and nail, skin, ear and oral care.
Smashburger, a rapidly growing “better burger” restaurant, opens at 10160 Fairfax Blvd., in the new Boulevard Marketplace at Fairfax this month. Smashburger offers burgers smashed fresh alongside a menu of Haagen-Dazs shakes and IBC root-beer floats. This is the first Smashburger to come to the Washington area, with more openings slated during the next three years.
Each area Smashburger features a menu created with regional ingredients and tastes in mind. The Capital Burger and Chicken Sandwich were created exclusively for the D.C. area.
“At Smashburger, we pride ourselves in creating menu items that appeal to the local consumer,” said Tom Ryan, Smashburger founder.
Donatos Pizza, operated by Donatos franchise partner Slice of Life Enterprise LLC, also opened at the Boulevard Marketplace at Fairfax in late August.
Martin White, partner of Slice of Life Enterprise and a 25-year veteran of the food service and restaurant business, said the new restaurant will employ as many as 45 full- and part-time associates. Tim Short, a veteran of Donatos and recent transfer to Northern Virginia, is general manager.
Family-owned and -operated Donatos Pizza, founded in 1963 by Jim Grote, is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
ŸArmy Reserve Col. Richard Staats relinquished command of the 211th Regional Support Group in Corpus Christi, Texas. Staats of Fairfax has served in the military for 32 years. He is the father of Kathy, Ben and Beth Staats of McLean.
ŸArmy Reserve Pfc. Mayrose Tesara and Army Reserve Pfc. Adrian Gonzaga have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Tesara, a 2008 graduate of McLean High School, is the sister of Judy Tesara of Falls Church.
Gonzaga, a 2007 graduate of South County Secondary School, is the son of Jose Gonzaga of Richmond, Texas.
ŸAir Force Airmen Nelson Crane, Brittany Smith and Ari Jimenez; Air Force Airmen 1st Class Richard Parrell and Patrick Nevius; Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Brittany Arnold; and Air Force Reserve Airmen Rosa Portillo and Fernando Cossich Jr. have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Crane, a 2011 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, is the son of Lesa Crane and brother of Nathan Crane, both of Alexandria.
Smith, a 2006 graduate of Centreville High School, earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She is the daughter of Alan and Lynne Smith of Clifton.
Jimenez, a 2010 graduate of West Springfield High School, is the son of Enna Lugo of Springfield and Aristides Jimenez of Garden Ridge, Texas.
Parrell earned distinction as an honor graduate. A 2001 graduate of Oakton High School, he earned a master's degree in 2008 from the University of North Texas, Denton. He is the son of Daria Parrell of Fairfax.
Nevius, a 2005 graduate of Lake Braddock Secondary School, is the son of Janet Nevius of Springfield.
Arnold, a 2009 graduate of Oakton High School, is the daughter of Babette and Brian Arnold of Herndon.
Portillo is the daughter of Noemy Portillo and Hugo Pacheco of Chantilly. She is a 2005 graduate of Westlake High School in Waldorf, Md.
Cossich is a 2008 graduate of JEB Stuart High School.
Ÿ Army Spec. Nicholas Holmes has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. A 2003 graduate of Herndon High School, Holmes earned a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Virginia State University, Petersburg. He is the son of Rose Holmes of Berryville.