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Joan Rogers is stepping down from the presidency of The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum after serving in the position for 19 years.

The Friends of The Fairfax Station will honor Rogers during its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m Monday at the museum at 11200 Fairfax Station Road.

Rogers was instrumental in arranging for the move of the Fairfax Station Railroad building from its original site to its present location. During her presidency, the museum has become well-known for its annual Holiday Train Show, Sunday afternoon train displays, quarterly forums, tours and Civil War displays, including a celebration of the Sesquicentennial in the summer of 2012.

According to the museum’s web site, the depot — completed in 1854 for the Orange & Alexandria Railroad — was a key element in the development of the region’s economy. The station played a critical role during the Civil War, serving as an important supply and medical evacuation site where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, assisted in relief and evacuation efforts in 1862, during the Second Battle of Bull Run.

The depot continued to be the center of community life for almost a century.

Rogers, an active volunteer during her many years as a Northern Virginia resident, has also been involved in the Dominion Valley Pony Club, Girl Scouts, PTA, St. Mary’s Church and the Clifton Community Woman’s Club.

The station museum’s displays, activities and events help preserve local history and promote railroading. For more, visit

Shops, eateries, pet rehab center open their doors

Birdwatchers Seed and Supply Co. at 396 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, which opened in November, hosted an open house March 13. The store, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, offers a wide selection of goods to help backyard bird watchers attract a variety of wild birds. Visit

The Engineering Groupe has opened a new office at 1483 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, McLean, to serve the growing local and regional demand in civil engineering, planning and surveying disciplines. Thomas Murray, who recently joined The Engineering Groupe, will serve as vice president/branch manager. He also will lead the newly formed Construction Management Services Division.

Hip to Be Round, a new maternity boutique at 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, in the Mosaic community, offers moderate-to-high-end stylish yet comfortable clothing for every stage of pregnancy. Visit

Long & Foster Real Estate has a new office at 14260-A Centreville Square, Centreville, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valasie August is the managing broker. Visit

Penn Station East Coast Subs has opened a new restaurant at 11652 Plaza America Drive, Reston. At the helm is Anna Prendergast, who opened her first location in Haymarket in March 2013 and a second in Fairfax in April 2013. Penn Station serves deli subs, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh on site. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Visit

Veterinary Surgical Centers, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, has opened a newly expanded facility, providing greater opportunities for small animal rehabilitation, laser therapy, therapeutic massage, underwater and land-based treadmill exercise, neuromuscular re-education, cold and heat therapy, therapeutic ultrasound and electro stimulation. Visit

Reston, Vienna companies acquire new businesses

Convergys Corp. of Reston has completed its acquisition of Stream Global Services Inc., creating a $3 billion global customer management services company. Convergys now has 125,000 employees working out of more than 150 locations in 31 countries, speaking 47 languages. Stream’s complementary client portfolio will also diversify Convergys’ client base through the addition of leading technology, entertainment and communications clients.

MacAulay-Brown Inc., a national security company in Vienna, has acquired Commonwealth Technology Inc. of Alexandria. Founded in 1967, CTI provides specialized products and solutions to the Defense and Intelligence communities. The acquisition furthers MacB’s business objectives by providing additional reach into the Intelligence and Special Operations Forces markets. CTI will report to Mark Chadason, senior vice president and general manager of MacB’s National Security Group. Visit

Career moves

Burdette Smith & Bish, Fairfax: Carolyn Frankeberger has joined the firm as a manager, having worked in accounting for more than 25 years. She previously was a supervisor for Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Swart, Lalande & Associates P.C.

Dewberry, Fairfax: Amin Davis has joined the firm as a senior environmental scientist. He previously served as an environmental review coordinator with North Carolina State Parks. David Hieber has accepted a position at George Mason University as an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. He is a senior bridge engineer at Dewberry.

Hughes Network Systems, Germantown, Md.: John Moberly of Herndon has joined Hughes as a senior director for the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division. He has served a significant portion of his career with the military and the intelligence community. He was chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics in the Space and Intelligence Office, and chief of the U.S. Army Space and Ballistic Missile Team. Moberly retired from the military in 2012.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Vienna: Miguel Serrano has joined the Commercial Division. He holds a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

NJVC, Vienna: Jody Tedesco has been named leader of the Information Technology Services & Solutions strategic business unit. He joined NJVC in 2005 as chief operating officer and Information Technology/Information Services program manager, and was promoted to president in 2006. Andrew Gallegos, newly named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the NJVC Technical Services Division, is a former chairman of the board and was instrumental to the company’s founding in 2001.

Workplace accolades

Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Fairfax: Frank Doyle has been named vice president of Operations, replacing Chief Operating Officer Maggie Mueller-Tyler, who retired this month.

Weichert, Realtors: Jim Weichert, founder and president of, and Marty Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, have been selected for the “Swanepoel Power 200: The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013.” Weichert and Rueter were ranked No. 20 and No. 85, respectively.

Weichert was recognized in the Brokerage category for his more than 40 years of sales experience and the growth of Weichert, Realtors from a single office in 1969 to one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the nation.

In the Franchise category, Rueter was honored for his hard work and dedication in growing Weichert’s franchise business. His status as a fourth-generation Realtor was also noted.

Wise Investor Group at Robert W. Baird & Co., Reston: Managing Director Gregory Smith has been named one of Barron’s Top 1200 Financial Advisors. This is the fifth consecutive year that a financial advisor of The Wise Investor Group has appeared on the list. Smith was named No. 5 on the list of top advisors in the state of Virginia. He founded The Wise Investor Group’s financial planning department in 1999. He is also a seminar lecturer, author, educator and periodic host of The Wise Investor Show, aired live in the Washington, D.C., area on WMAL AM 630 and 105.9 FM.