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Reston Association's Acting CEO, Larry Butler (right), and actor Ed Begley Jr., joined local officials for the dedication of a new pollinator garden near Hunters Woods Village Center on May 4. Begley, who is also an environmental activist, was in the area for a program at the Reston Community Center's CenterStage. (Photo credit: RCC Media)

Hoskins honored by U.S. Small Business Administration

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Victor Hoskins, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (U.S. SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office as the recipient of its 2022 Director’s Partnership Award. 

Hoskins was presented with the award in a virtual ceremony on May 4 during the U.S. SBA’s annual National Small Business Week activities.

“This special honor recognizes and celebrates the longstanding bonds between the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and the SBA-Washington Metropolitan Area District Office,” wrote U.S. SBA Washington Metropolitan Area District Director Larry G. Webb in a letter of congratulations to Hoskins. “Our two organizations regularly collaborate to provide critical support services to local entrepreneurs and the business development ecosystem that helps sustain them.”

While Fairfax County is well known as home to many corporate headquarters and large government contractors, more than 90 percent of the county’s businesses are considered as small, with less than 50 employees.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award on behalf of those who truly deserve to be recognized today,” said Hoskins. “This recognition is a direct result of decades of work by people like Karen Smaw, Fairfax County EDA’s director of Diversity Business Investment and Entrepreneurship. Karen’s leadership and passion to help diverse and small businesses is unparalleled.”

Under the leadership of Smaw, FCEDA’s Diversity Business Investment and Entrepreneurship Division provides a wide range of services for current and prospective small business owners, including Entrepreneurship 101, a bi-monthly virtual workshop delivered in collaboration with the U.S. SBA, Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), and the Community Business Partnership (CBP). Since its inception, more than 8,000 individuals have attended these workshops.

In addition, FCEDA facilitates free business mentoring services through an arrangement with SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. SBA. Commercial real estate location assistance; taxes, investments and incentive information; and talent acquisition services are also among the services provided to small businesses in Fairfax County.

“Small businesses are the foundation of our vibrant economy here in Fairfax County and helping these entrepreneurs and start-ups get off the ground and ultimately thrive is at the core of what we do,” said Smaw. “Our long-standing collaboration with the U.S. SBA, and state and local partners was especially vital as we worked together to support our small businesses during the pandemic.”

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, FCEDA shifted its main focus to helping the many small businesses impacted by the unprecedented situation, especially in the retail and hospitality sectors. FCEDA supported Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives to deliver $52 million in grants to almost 5,000 businesses with less than 50 employees to help them survive the pandemic. The majority of these businesses were minority-, women-, or veteran-owned businesses.

“During the pandemic, we combined forces at the local, state, and federal levels to save jobs. Saving those jobs saved households. And that has saved our community,” said Hoskins.

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Dr. Thomas Schuler, Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Colin Haines, and Dr. Ehsan Jazini are recognized among an esteemed group of top national spine experts to serve on the National Spine Health Foundation Medical and Scientific Board.

Top spine doctors honored

Four spine surgeons from Virginia Spine Institute in Reston join recognized leaders in the recent release of the ‘Top 50 Spine Surgeons in the Nation’.

Marking two decades of research, patient education, and advocacy, The National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) puts out the list to highlight world-renowned medical professionals who are pioneers in groundbreaking research and innovations in spinal healthcare and will comprise this patient-centered nonprofit’s  Medical and Scientific Board.

Dr. Thomas Schuler, Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Colin Haines, and Dr. Ehsan Jazini are the doctors joining this esteemed list.

“It is a true honor to have our spine surgeons be recognized among the top in the nation for helping people move past the pain, heal from injury, and resume their active lives,” said Schuler, founder/CEO and Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. “I am supremely proud every day of the dedication and difference our team displays in their quest to improve lives and promote hope and healing.”

 

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Sons of American Revolution recognize Great Falls Memorial Foundation

The Fairfax Resolves Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recognized the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Foundation for continuous “Exemplary Patriotism in the Display of the Flag of the United States of America” on May 14. 

The memorial was originally established in memory of the six Great Falls residents who died on 9/11, and the American flag has continuously flown there since 2004. The foundation has also allowed the SAR to use the memorial every June 14 on Flag Day since 2010 for a proper flag retirement ceremony. The burning of the flags is supported by the Great Falls Fire Department and will be taking place again this year. Anyone with old flags needing disposal can drop them off at the Great Falls Library at any time if you cannot be there on June 14.

The SAR presented members of the Memorial Foundation board with a certificate of recognition and a new flag for use at the memorial. The foundation will be hosting its annual Memorial Day event at the site on May 30.

The Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Public Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls.

VABA selects student from Herndon for scholarship

The Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA) Scholarship Committee selected Herndon resident Lucy Waite as the 2022 Charles J. Colgan Aviation and Aerospace Scholarship recipient. 

After attending high school in Herndon, Waite entered Virginia Tech, College of Engineering, studying Aerospace Engineering. She just completed her freshman year and plans on furthering her studies and pursuing a career in aerospace.

While this year’s pool of applicants was certainly impressive, Waite stood out as an exceptional

candidate with her outstanding grades and letters of recommendation, according to VABA officials.  “We wish Miss Waite the very best in all of her future endeavors,” said VABA Scholarship Committee Chair Rich Anderson. “We have no doubt that she will be successful in her pursuits.”

The Charles J. Colgan Aviation and Aerospace Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, is awarded to a well-deserving Virginia resident High School, Technical School Senior or College/University Undergraduate who is pursuing an aviation-related career at an accredited institution located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The scholarship honors former Senator Charles J. Colgan, a leader in the aviation and aerospace industry. 

Reston firm names chief marketing officer

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Ellucian, announced Susan Morrow as chief marketing officer May 16. 

Morrow will lead all aspects of Ellucian’s Global Marketing Organization including Brand Marketing, Global Campaigns and Demand Generation, Events, Field Marketing, Solutions Marketing and Marketing Operations.

“Susan brings strong vertical expertise in higher education and K-12 across a broad range of leadership roles in marketing, product, innovation and sales. Her experience in SaaS and digital transformation will further strengthen Ellucian’s growth in response to the increased demand of institutions to move to the cloud to achieve greater productivity, security and student success,” said Laura Ipsen, president and CEO, Ellucian. “Susan’s energetic style paired with her success developing customer relationships, mobilizing high-performing teams, and accelerating revenue opportunities will supercharge our marketing team and strategic initiatives as we continue to grow and scale the business. I’m pleased to welcome Susan to Ellucian and look forward to her leadership and impact.” 

“I believe that the path to equity is education, and the future of education depends on technology innovation,” said Morrow. “As the market leader driving the ecosystem of technology in higher education, Ellucian powers institutions with solutions and services in support of this mission. I’m thrilled to join my colleagues at Ellucian to tell that story.”

Morrow joins Ellucian from Salesforce where she led a team of education technologists as general manager, Education Cloud. She previously served as vice chancellor of Innovation for a nonprofit university system and has founded and managed several startups and nonprofit organizations. Other market and technology leadership experience includes serving as a development executive for Pearson, chief product officer for Reading Rainbow, and executive product roles at Leapfrog Toys and Adobe.

Morrow holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 

 

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McLean AAUW STEM Excellence Award presented

Gaby Bautista, a junior at George Marshall High School, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the

AAUW McLean Area Branch’s STEM Excellence Award. 

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding project in the field of Engineering entered in the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

This year the students participated in a hybrid science fair with both virtual and limited in-person judging. Each student submitted a six-minute video for the judges to review. Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales and Judy Page served as judges for the branch. They were impressed by the work done by Gaby on the project, “Angular Deflection of A Cantilever Beam,” including her video presentation. 

Bautista is currently taking a STEM Engineering class at Marshall and was able to use skills learned from that class in her project. In addition to the AAUW award, she was selected as a first-place category winner in Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics. As a student with one of the highest-ranking projects at the regional level, she was invited to and participated at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

Gaby was presented with the STEM Excellence Award at the May 7 th branch luncheon held at River Bend Club, where she made a few remarks about her project and her interest in STEM. Her father, Arnolly Bautista, also attended the event. For the award, Gaby received a Certificate of Merit and a check for $100.

McLean AAUW presents STEM Excellence Award

Gaby Bautista, a junior at George Marshall High School, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the AAUW McLean Area Branch’s STEM Excellence Award. 

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding project in the field of Engineering entered in the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

This year the students participated in a hybrid science fair with both virtual and limited in-person judging. Each student submitted a six-minute video for the judges to review. Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales and Judy Page served as judges for the branch. They were impressed by the work done by Gaby on the project, “Angular Deflection of A Cantilever Beam,” including her video presentation. 

Bautista is currently taking a STEM Engineering class at Marshall and was able to use skills learned from that class in her project. In addition to the AAUW award, she was selected as a first-place category winner in Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics. As a student with one of the highest-ranking projects at the regional level, she was invited to and participated at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair.

Gaby was presented with the STEM Excellence Award at the May 7 th branch luncheon held at River Bend Club, where she made a few remarks about her project and her interest in STEM. Her father, Arnolly Bautista, also attended the event. For the award, Gaby received a Certificate of Merit and a check for $100.

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Miller’s Supplies at Work puts kindness to work for Ukrainian refugees

When Russia invaded Ukraine in March, the team at Miller’s Supplies at Work wanted to help. Early on it was clear that while the men of Ukraine planned to stay and fight, millions of women, children, and the elderly would be forced to flee, leaving their homes and everything they had behind.

In the face of this humanitarian crisis, Miller’s Executive Vice President Wayne Stillwagon, drew on the company’s mission to be ‘part of the solution’ and its culture of kindness to help refugees meet basic needs. He saw deep concern for the Ukrainian people and pledged to compound his team’s impact with an offer: “I will personally match, dollar for dollar, any contribution a Miller’s associate donates to help the people of Ukraine fleeing their country. If you donate $1, I will donate $1 to either of these organizations: Salvation Army Ukraine Disaster and Refugee Relief or the Knights of Columbus Ukraine Solidarity Fund.”

What happened next was a shining example of selfless generosity and team effort. Over the last month, Miller’s has amassed donations, including Stillwagon’s match, of more than $29,000 to support these organizations. 

 Miller’s is long known for its spirit of giving. “From the time that Mrs. Miller founded the company, Miller’s has always helped people in need,” said Pablo Solares, Human Resources manager. Solares is referring to Pat Miller, who founded the company in 1971 based on her beliefs in initiative, care, and trust. Those values and Miller’s mission still stand today as the company has grown. Miller’s Supplies at Work celebrated its 50th-anniversary last year. Six Half Dozen, Solerity, Stewart Leadership, Rob Sturm, Subtle Shifts, Virginia Lacrosse Club, and SpeedPro Northern Virginia.

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