Advisory Board

The Honorable Katherine K. ‘Kate’ Hanley, Chair


Kate Hanley has been active in local politics for over twenty years. She has served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 1986 when she was elected to represent the Providence District. Ms. Hanley served as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chair from February 1995 through December 2003.

Ms. Hanley has been an educator, a businesswoman and a member of numerous boards and committees serving the public interests in Fairfax County. Ms. Hanley has also won many civic and professional awards throughout her career.

From 1984-1986 she served on the Fairfax County Public School Board.

She served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board and the WMATA Board of Directors as an alternate.

She has been a member of the Transportation Coordinating Council Executive Committee, 2001 chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, past president of the Virginia Municipal League, and past president of the Virginia Association of Counties. She served on NVTC from 1988-1994, and as chairman in 1992, before rejoining the commission in 1996.

Ms. Hanley has Co-Chaired the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Capital Book Festival. She has recently been named Chair of 2004 Fairfax-Falls Church United Way Campaign.

Ms. Hanley currently resides in Reston with her husband.

Jim Corcoran

Prior to taking on the role of President and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Jim served as vice president of trade relations for the National Confectioners Association in Washington, DC.

Jim Corcoran has three decades of experience in member acquisition and relations, sales, marketing, and business development for major national brands including Del Monte and Borden.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Northern Virginia since 1925. The Fairfax County Chamber’s mission is to develop, encourage and promote the economic vitality, quality of life and political interests of its members and all businesses, small and large, for the benefit of the broader community.

Corcoran earned his bachelor’s degree from the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is a resident of the Town of Vienna, Virginia.


Patrick J. Dexter

Patrick J. Dexter served as the Headquarters Community Relations Advisor, ExxonMobil Public Affairs, for the Exxon Mobil Corporation, in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Dexter received both BS and MA degrees in library and information science from the University of Missouri. After graduation, he worked as assistant medical librarian at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1978, he joined the Gillette Medical Evaluation Laboratories as an information specialist where he remained until 1990 when he joined the Mobil Corporation as an information specialist in the Office of the Corporate Secretary. In 1998, he was appointed assistant secretary of Mobil Foundation, Inc. He was named to his position at ExxonMobil in 1999.



Al and Claire Dwoskin

Al and Claire Dwoskin actively support Fairfax County. They serve as Co-chairs of the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Endowment, formerly known as the New Century Library Fund (NCLF), to raise funds for our Library’s most critical areas of need.

The Dwoskins generously support the Library Foundation through A. J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc., a real estate development and management company, was formed by Albert J. Dwoskin in 1967. With 103 employees, the company is a fully integrated real estate company with acquisition, construction, property management, leasing and asset management capabilities. Mr. Dwoskin has been the Chief Executive Officer of the company since its organization.

Martin C. Faga

Martin Faga retired as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of MITRE on June 30, 2006. He is a member of the MITRE Board of Trustees. MITRE operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): the Department of Defense FFRDC focuses on command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I); the Federal Aviation Administration FFRDC on air traffic management; and the Internal Revenue Service FFRDC on tax administration systems modernization.

Prior to his promotion to president and CEO in May 2000, Mr. Faga served as executive vice president. Earlier, he was senior vice president and general manager of MITRE’s Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems, one of the two units operating under the DOD FFRDC. This center serves the DOD and intelligence community sponsors in the integration of intelligence systems, from sensor technology through presentation to the ultimate user.

Before joining MITRE, Mr. Faga served from 1989 until 1993 as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, where he was responsible for overall supervision of Air Force space matters. At the same time, he served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), responsible to the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence for the development, acquisition, and operation of all U.S. satellite reconnaissance programs.

Other facets of Mr. Faga’s career include service as a staff member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives, where he headed the program and budget staff, as an engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency, and as an R&D officer in the Air Force.

Mr. Faga has been awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. In 2004, he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion.

Mr. Faga has served on the Commission for the Protection and Reduction of Government Secrecy, the Jeremiah Panel to review the mission and organization of the NRO, several Defense Science Board Task Forces, and the National Commission for the Review of the NRO. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Alliant Techsystems, Electronic Data Systems, GeoEye, the Association for Intelligence Officers, and the Space Foundation. He has been appointed by President Bush to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and to the Public Interest Declassification Board.

Mr. Faga received master and bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1964 and 1963.

Dr. Gerald L. Gordon

Dr. Gerald L. Gordon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Authority in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the largest office space markets in the United States. He has been with the FCEDA since late 1983. In that time, office pace in the county grew from 35 million square feet to more than 100 million square feet and jobs in the county grew from 243,000 to more than 600,000. As a result, the real estate tax rate has decreased from $1.47 to 89 cents.

Dr. Gordon has also worked for Arlington County, Virginia and the United States Department of Labor. In his present role, Dr. Gordon was instrumental in creating the Emerging Business Forum and bringing the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology to Fairfax County. In 2005, the FCEDA was named by Site Selection Magazine as one of the Top Ten Economic Development organizations in North America.

Dr. Gordon has taught at the University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has consulted with numerous city and state governments throughout the United States and around the world, as well as the governments of the Republic of Poland, the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has also served as a consultant to various government agencies, the United States Navy, businesses, non-profit organizations, associations, colleges and universities, and the United Nations. He holds several positions on Boards, and serves as Chairman of several organizations.

Dr. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, and a Doctorate in International Economics from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of nine books and numerous articles on strategic planning, economic development, leadership styles, and other management topics. Dr. Gordon is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Israel Freedom Award of the Israel Bonds organization. In 2006, Dr. Gordon became the first American to address the All-Parliamentary Exports Group in the British House of Commons.

Laura Lewis Mandeles

Laura Lewis Mandeles joined WolfBrown in 1992, bringing broad knowledge of the nonprofit sector and an array of skills honed in working for nonprofits and funders, including the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. She spent nine years at National Public Radio, becoming Senior Development Associate for Cultural Programming, and raising millions of dollars from private and public-sector funders.

At WolfBrown, Laura has worked with a range of organizations on planning and resource, program, board, and proposal development. Clients have come to rely on her understanding of the funding community, ability to analyze and synthesize information, and skill in developing written materials that articulate organizational goals and strategies and make a superb case for support. She has focused on public/private funding partnerships, working with states developing Cultural Trust funding mechanisms for the arts, and with a variety of nonprofits associated with public agencies. She has also served as chair of the Fairfax Library Foundation, a nonprofit group that develops support for a public library system.

Laura graduated cum laude from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, earned a master’s in urban studies from Occidental College in conjunction with a Coro Foundation public affairs leadership fellowship, and received a Management Fellowship from the NEA. She was principal writer of Americanizing the American Orchestra, and authored “Business Topics for Artists,” an award-winning independent study course for Indiana University.

When not working with nonprofits, Laura is a cantorial soloist and professional singer performing in the Washington, D.C. area.

John D. (JD) Morrissette, CRP

JD Morrissette began working for Interstate as a teenager, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and company founder, Arthur, Sr. and his father, Arthur Jr. (Buddy), Interstate’s current President and CEO.

In his more than 20 years with the company, JD has learned the relocation, moving and storage and transportation business from the ground up – serving as a warehouseman, local mover, long distance driver and dispatcher. He expanded his working knowledge and industry expertise by working as a recruiter, planner, assistant traffic manager, agency field representative and fleet maintenance manager.

He has also served as Vice President of Domestic Services and Interstate Relocation Service, Inc. Presently, JD serves as Senior Vice President, overseeing Interstate’s Van Line Operations.

A graduate of the University of South Florida. JD received his Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation in 1999, and his Virginia Real Estate license in 1989.

Binh Nguyen

Binh Nguyen is the Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Uniformed Services University in Health Sciences and is Chief of the Thoracic Radiology Section in the Department of Radiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Since earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and completing her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, Binh completed her residency and fellowship at Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, and has since specialized in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Imaging.

Binh has received numerous academic and professional honors, and has also been credited for groundbreaking medical research and publications.

Binh currently serves as the Chairman of the Virginian Asian Advisory Board to the Governor.

J. Knox Singleton

Mr. Singleton was first named to lead Inova Health System in 1984 when it was called the Fairfax Hospital Association. He joined the Fairfax Hospital Association as executive vice president for operations in 1983. Since then, he has led Inova through a period of significant growth and expansion that continues today.

Mr. Singleton is a director and officer of a variety of community organizations that address issues such as affordable housing and human services. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2000, Mr. Singleton received the Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). This senior-level award recognizes ACHE affiliates who are exemplary leaders in the field and significantly contribute to the advancement of health care management excellence. Also in 2000, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 1993, the Northern Virginia Community Foundation awarded him with the Community Care Award for Health; in 1990, the Washington Post named him Citizen of the Year.

Before joining Inova, Mr. Singleton served as the hospital director for the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA, from 1978 to 1983. He was the assistant director of the Medical Center from 1975 to 1977. His began his career in the health care field in administration for the English National Health Service at Guy’s Hospital in London, England.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration in 1970. He received his master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University in 1973.

Mr. Singleton is married, has four children and lives in Oakton, VA.

Alice Starr

Alice Starr has earned accolades nationwide for her wealth of experience in business, public service and charitable leadership. Mrs. Starr formed Starr Strategies in 2005 to help nonprofit organizations and start-up companies strategize on public relations, marketing and fundraising goals. She has more than 30 years of experience working with businesses to strengthen their visibility and reputation, and she has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits through unique events and strategic marketing campaigns.

For 16 years, Mrs. Starr was a vice president of WEST*GROUP, the largest commercial real estate firm located in Tysons Corner, Va. In addition, Mrs. Starr administered all of WEST*GROUP’s charitable and political contributions and actively participated on many community boards. Prior to WEST*GROUP, Mrs. Starr worked as director of consumer affairs for NVR, a large national home builder and as vice president for business and community services at the Washington Airports Task Force.

Mrs. Starr presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cardinal Financial Corp., headquartered in McLean, Va. She also serves as a director and on the Executive Committee of Walnut Springs Inc. and is a former director of EnviroSystems Inc., a nano-technology company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. In addition, Mrs. Starr serves on the Advisory Boards of Base Technologies Inc., Childhelp USA, SongFest, The Fairfax County Public Library Foundation and Mount Vernon, and she is a long-time director of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, McLean Project for the Arts, and Medical Care for Children Partnership. She also is a member of “The President’s Campaign Cabinet” at Pepperdine University and is co-chair of Women Corporate Directors – SoCal. Along with her husband, she serves as co-chair of the capital campaign of Jill’s House, an integrated auxiliary of McLean Bible Church serving children with special needs in the Greater Washington, D.C., area.

Mrs. Starr served five years on the Advisory Boards of Omniplex World Services Inc. and the Junior League of Northern Virginia. She also served as president of the Corporate Community Relations Council of Northern Virginia, chair of the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation Inc., president of Volunteer Fairfax, president of McLean Project for the Arts, and as president of the McLean Chamber of Commerce, increasing membership by more than 400 percent. She is a former vice president of the Committee for Dulles, former president of Malibu/Bel Air Republican Women Federated and former trustee and president of the WEST*LYNCH Foundation. She also served as a director of the American Red Cross for the National Capital Region and a five-year term as a commissioner on the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She was a trustee of the Potomac School in McLean, and for many years volunteered with Access Ministries, a program which helps families who have children with severe disabilities.

Mrs. Starr has received numerous honors, including “Outstanding Business Citizen of the Year Award” and “McLean Citizen of the Year.” Upon her retirement from WEST*GROUP, both the Virginia General Assembly and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed resolutions, each commending Mrs. Starr for her “outstanding service, dedication and contribution” to Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mrs. Starr has a B.A. degree in psychology from Skidmore College and a masters degree in education from the University of Miami. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She and her husband Ken have three children and four grandchildren.

Kenneth W. Starr

Kenneth W. Starr is a constitutional scholar who is a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, P.C., specializing in appellate work. He has been appointed Dean of the Law School at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California effective August 1, 2004 and is continuing the practice of law on a part-time basis.

Ken taught Constitutional Law for 12 years as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. He was also a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School in Orange, California. He published his first book: First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life in 2002. The book, which was written to explain key decisions by the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to the American people, is now in paperback.

As Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to January 1993, Ken argued twenty-five cases before the Supreme Court and represented the U.S. government on legal issues involving regulatory and constitutional statutes. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as counselor to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith from 1981 to 1983 and as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and 5th Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973-1974. Ken was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from August 1994 to October 1999.

Having received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968 and his M.A. from Brown University in 1969, Ken graduated from The Duke Law School with a J.D. degree in 1973. He was Note and Comment Editor of the Duke Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He has been admitted to the California, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.

Ken has numerous professional affiliations, including having served as president of the Institute of Judicial Administration as well as the Council on Court Excellence. Other Boards on which has served include the American Law Institute, American Judicature Society, Supreme Court Historical Society, American Inns of Court Foundation, Institute for United States Studies, American University, Shenandoah University, and American Bar Association Journal Board of Editors.

He has received a multitude of honors and awards, including the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI, the Edmund Randolph Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Justice, and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Ken was born on July 21, 1946, in Vernon, Texas, and was raised in San Antonio. He and his wife Alice have three children, Randy, Carolyn and Cynthia. They have made their home in McLean, Virginia since 1978, and now also have a home in Malibu, California. He and Alice volunteer their time with disadvantaged students and many community projects.

Janie Strauss

Janie Strauss has been active in education for more than 25 years. She is a former elementary and preschool teacher who earned her M.A.T. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and B.A. from George Washington University. She is the past president of the Franklin Sherman PTA and the Fairfax County Council of PTAs and past chair of the Council’s education and budget committees. Janie served on the FCPS Career and Technical Preparation Task Force, the Fairfax Framework for Student Success, the Division Planning Committee, and the Area III Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. She served as co-chair of the 1993 Citizen’s Bond Committee; Chair of the School Board budget committee 1996-99; School Board vice chair 2000 and chairman 2001. Her FCPS Board service spans from 1991-93 as well as 1996-present.

She is the mother of one current FCPS student and three FCPS graduates.