Board of Directors

Foundation Officers

Brian Engler, Chair

Brian Engler.

Brian Engler has served as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since June 2013. He has over fifteen years of experience as an officer and volunteer with the Friends of the Burke Center Library, focusing his efforts in expanding the organization’s Used Book Sale to support the staff of the Burke Center Library.

Following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and Operations Analyst where he received the Meritorious Service Medal and two Navy Commendation Medals, among numerous other accolades, Brian retired from active duty in 1989. Subsequently, he worked for eleven years in numerous positions at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. before becoming the Executive Vice President of the Military Operations Research Society in 2000. He retired from that position in 2008 and has devoted increasingly more time to volunteer opportunities since then. Brian is an affiliate faculty member at George Mason University in the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences, where he examines and has published several papers on federal funding and the scientific plausibility for Complementary and Alternative Medicine research. He also is an At-Large Trustee of Burke Centre Conservancy and a board member of the Center for Inquiry.

Brian received his BS in Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned his MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Marymount University.

Richard Peterson, Vice-Chair

Richard Peterson.Rich Peterson has worked in information systems, finance and human resources in both the private and public sectors. His experience includes systems design; development and implementation; cost modeling and forecasting; and the development of employee compensation programs.

He is a member of the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library and has served as the Vice President, Treasurer and co-manager of the bi-annual book sale. In addition, he is a docent with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History and has spent over 20 years supporting a wide variety of non-profit organizations.

Rich is a resident of Springfield and a graduate of The George Washington University.

Pamela McCarthy, Secretary

Pamela McCarthy.Pamela McCarthy comes from a family of avid readers and frequent library users to serve on the Board of the Foundation. Currently, Pamela is Senior Client Manager for Bank of America in Vienna, VA.

She has more than 20 years of experience in banking, commercial lending, and customer relations and wants to use her skills in customer relations to further private support for the library programs and services through the Foundation.



Kathy Flaherty, Treasurer

Kathy FlahertyKathy Flaherty, of Matthews, Carter, and Boyce, P.C., is a CPA who has provided auditing, accounting, and consulting services to the Washington, D.C. area for over 25 years.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland and has since provided her services to both governmental and non-profit entities. Her expertise lends itself to performing efficiency studies and productivity analyses for the wholesaler/distributor market. She is also experienced in governmental audits, including OMB Circular A-133 audits, and has been influential in the design and integration of accounting systems for small and medium-sized businesses. Previously, Kathy was a member of E. Cohen and Company, CPAs, and Benz Flaherty and Guardia, P.C.

Kathy’s community involvement is particularly noteworthy as she consistently devotes personal time to maintain the books and records of non-profit organizations. She has served as Treasurer for Women of Washington, Inc.


Foundation Directors

Brownell Combs

Brownell Combs.Brownell Combs comes to the Board with more than 14 years of auditing and consulting experience.  He is currently an AERS senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and specializes in Information Technology SSAE 16 examinations, information systems auditing, information security auditing, Certification Authority audits, internal controls over financial reporting, and Enterprise Information Security Program evaluation and compliance engagements.

Brownell has always had a passion for libraries and the services and opportunities they provide to the community. He is a member of the United Way Emerging Leaders Program and wants to use his experience and work skills to benefit a local nonprofit on the Board level.

Michele Duell

Michele Duell.Michele Duell, President of Process Point Consulting, is an Information Technology professional with over twenty years of experience in cybersecurity, enterprise systems development, and IT program management. Her expertise and leadership have been instrumental in bringing effective business practices to commercial, federal, and non-profit organizations. At Process Point, she drives company strategy and oversees day to day operations.

Michele is an active member of her local community, where she helps to support and connect organizations that promote civic involvement. She is a member of the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library, where she assisted in creating Educator’s Night, an event that brings books to classroom teachers in local elementary schools. She develops non-profit programs in her neighborhood schools that promote STEAM programs, including programs to teach pattern recognition, hands-on science, and music education.

Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans.

Matt Evans is the Manager of Access National Bank’s Vienna/Tyson’s Banking Center.  Matt joined Access in 2007, and served in various positions on the Mortgage and Banking side of Access until becoming Branch Manager of the Vienna/Tyson’s location in 2012.  Here he manages the customer relationships and business development efforts in this thriving business community, as well as the day-to-day operations.  Matt has over 9 years of retail banking experience, specializing in the Non-Profit and Association arena as well as Government Contracting.

Matt has been a lifelong member of Fairfax County going to Green Acres Elementary, Lanier Middle and Fairfax High School leaving only for 4.5 years to attend Radford University.  Currently he resides in Loudoun County with his wife Amie and daughter Brooklyn.


Ilyse Gart

After graduating from The George Washington University with her B.A. in psychology, Ilyse Gart worked as a legal assistant for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld until deciding to switch gears and become a stay-at-home mom to her three children.

Ilyse has been part of the growing Burke Centre community since 1982 and has been an active volunteer, dedicating much of her time to a multitude of roles at her children’s schools throughout the years—from preschool through high school.

After her children graduated from high school, Ilyse began to focus on her love of books, going to author talks and book signings, collecting signed books, and helping the Friends of the Burke Centre Library with its book sales. Her involvement with the Friends of the Burke Centre Library evolved into her running for the office of vice president, as well as serving on the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Scholarship and Jubilee Committees. For the past few years, Ilyse has participated as a book giver for the World Night Book organization, raising awareness and emphasizing the importance of books.

Duwain Ketch

2010 DuwainDuwain Ketch is a resident Burke Centre and has been for 34 years. He attended Northeastern University majoring in Business Administration. Mr. Ketch spent over 20 years in a Federal Civil Service career managing human resources and administrative services programs.

After retiring from Federal service, he worked as a Real Estate Agent and Property Manager for several years before becoming the Editorial Operations Manager of an electronic publishing company for 10 years. Mr. Ketch is the founder of the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Scholarship Program and has been leading the Scholarship Committee since 2001. He is a former Trustee for the Burke Centre Conservancy, Inc.; former Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms for the Burke Rotary Club; former President and Treasurer for the Friends of the Kings Park Library; and is current Treasurer of the Friends of Burke Centre Library. Duwain has served in a number of other Fairfax County and Burke Centre volunteer positions. In July 2015, he was recognized by the Braddock District Supervisor, Fairfax County, with the Best of Braddock Award for Citizen of the Year.

Yong Kim

Yong Kim.Mr. Yong Kim is an experienced global marketing professional with 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing, content development, product management, and sales support.  He has worked for many high-profile corporations, including Reznick Group and ESI International, developing their branding, advertising and promotional strategies.

Mr. Kim graduated from George Mason University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics and in 1997 with a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications.

After college, Mr. Kim worked for Wheat International as its Marketing Manager of Special Products, overseeing both the advertising and branding initiatives of the company, and also its accounting and contractual affairs.  Yong Kim then served as Director of Marketing at both Exelon Infrastructure Services and Korus Creative, where he again led marketing teams through various successful branding and advertising initiatives.  Mr. Kim later worked as the Global Industry Analyst Relations Manager at CISCO International, where he maintained and executed CISCO’s corporate communication program.

Mr. Kim is currently working for Verisign as the Senior Analyst Relations Manager, where he maintains Verisign’s corporate communication program to strengthen the organization’s global partnerships with other industry analyst firms.

Fran Millhouser

Fran MilhouserFran Millhouser currently represents the Mason District on the Library Board of Trustees. She also serves as the Secretary of the Friends of the Virginia Room, having previously served as its President. She is a member of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society and the past Records Chair of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. She volunteers at the Thomas Jefferson Community Library and coordinates the gift book database and nation-wide book distribution program at the Virginia Room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.   She also reviews non-fiction children’s books for School Library Journal.

She earned her BA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After serving as a VISTA Volunteer in Broward County, Florida she earned her Masters in Library Science at the University of Maryland in 1975. While studying for this degree she served a semester internship at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

She worked briefly at the Peace Corps Library and then began her public library career, working in Arlington County, Prince William County and Fairfax County Public Library systems. Her public library experience includes children’s services, adult services, branch management and regional administration.   She retired from the position of Training Coordinator in FCPL in 2007, where her service included working with the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

Tejas Patel


Mr. Tejas Patel is the District Executive for the Powhatan District (Areas encompassing: Reston, Herndon, Great Falls, Oakton, and Chantilly) for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Genetics and Developmental Biology, and earned his MPH in International Health Policy at George Washington University and an MA in National Security Studies at the American Military University.

Mr. Patel formerly was a Disaster Operations leader with the American Red Cross deploying to disaster locations to include Hurricanes Sandy and Irene (NY), Isaac (LA), and various other disaster locations.

He has also served in the US Peace Corps spending 27 months in Botswana, Southern Africa as a Sciences educator and Soccer Coach.

Mr. Patel is very active in the Fairfax Community serving as the Public Relations Chair for the Reston Rotary Club and a member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. He continues to be an active Volunteer in the community involved with various organizations.

Mr. Patel has various interests to include providing workshops on leadership during crisis and has provided presentations for the Virginia Volunteerism & Service Conference organized by the Virginia Department of Social Services – Office of Volunteerism and Community Service. He is a trained business and life coach and also an avid fitness enthusiast training to be a personal trainer.

Scott Proper

Scott Proper.Scott Proper has 12 years of experience in business development, relationship management, financial analysis, debt and equity underwriting and solicitations, and formulating financial projects. He has worked for a wide array of banks, starting his career as a commercial financial analyst with UMB Bank in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Proper became the assistant vice president for WestStar Bank, helping to resolve turnover issues and improve profitability. He worked as the principal for Vail Capital Partners in 2006, eventually becoming the Vice President. Later, he became Vail President of Millennium Private Bank, where he cultivated and maintained the majority of the bank’s long term high-net-worth client relationships as well established the bank’s presence in the Vail market to achieve profitability. Mr. Proper used his financial projecting skills to become the principal of Proper Investments and Consulting in 2010.

Mr. Proper has been the commercial relationship manager and vice president of SunTrust Bank at Tysons Corner since 2012. He uses his financial expertise in relationship management and business development to act as the primary contact at SunTrust and gateway to all SunTrust’s products and services for businesses.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 2001 and completed three years of coursework in Stonier Graduate School of Banking from 2007 to 2009.

Frank Whittington

Frank WhittingtonDr. Frank Whittington is Professor of Gerontology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. A native of Mississippi, he is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in English, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at Duke University.

Dr. Whittington formerly was director of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he taught sociology and gerontology for 35 years before retiring to accept the position at George Mason University. His publications include 9 books and over 60 articles and chapters on aging and long-term care. He co-authored a 2005 book published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, entitled Communities of Care: Assisted Living for African Americans. His most recent project was an edited volume, with colleagues Erdman Palmore of Duke and Suzanne Kunkel of Miami University, entitled the International Handbook of Aging. Published in 2009 by Praeger Publishers, the handbook includes chapters about aging research, education and policy in 47 countries around the world. He currently is working with Suzanne Kunkel and Scott Brown on a textbook, entitled Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course, to be published by Springer in the fall.

Dr. Whittington has served as an associate editor of numerous journals including Contemporary Gerontology and the Journal of Applied Gerontology. He currently holds the position of Book Review Editor of The Gerontologist and also serves on its editorial board.

He is married to the former Joy Lobenstine, and they have twin sons who live in Maryland. The Whittingtons have lived in Burke Centre since 2008.

Ex-Officio Directors

Edwin S. Clay, III, Director, Fairfax County Public Library

Edwin S. Clay, III.Edwin S. Clay, III has been the director of the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) since 1982. In this position, he manages all aspects of this 23-branch system, which has a budget of more than $27 million, almost 600 employees, and more than 2.3 million books and materials.

FCPL is the largest public library system in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as the largest in the commonwealth of Virginia. In fiscal year 2002, more than 500,000 Library users checked out more than 12 million items and made five million visits to FCPL branches. Because of its heavy use, a report in the American Libraries journal recognized the Library’s excellence by ranking it sixth in the U.S.

Mr. Clay has received numerous honors during his tenure at FCPL. In April 2002, the Virginia Public Library Director’s Association named him Outstanding Library Director. In November 2000, Mr. Clay’s leadership was recognized with one of Fairfax County, Virginia’s top distinctions: a Managerial Excellence Award. In May 1996, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina. Perhaps one of his most auspicious honors includes the scholarship in his name launched by the FCPL Foundation in summer 2002. The Edwin S. Clay, III Scholarship will benefit students pursuing MLS degrees.

Clay is very active in a variety of professional and civic groups. He has been Vice President of Virginians for the Arts and Chairman of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and has served on the National Management and Planning Advisory Committee for the Library of Congress. Clay is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the FCPL Foundation and the Virginia Library Association, and past president of the Virginia Public Library Director’s Association. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member of the Catholic University School of Library & Information Science.

A 1966 graduate of Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, Clay received a fellowship from the University of North Carolina for graduate work in library science. He received his Master of Library Science degree in 1967. He has been the Director of the Virginia Wesleyan College Library, the Director of the Virginia Beach Public Library and Information Office, and an Assistant to the City Manager of Virginia Beach.

Known as “Sam” to his colleagues and friends, he and his wife Debra live in Centreville, Virginia.

Charles Fegan, Chair, FCPL Board of Trustees

Charles Fegan.Charles Fegan comes to the Board of the Foundation with an impressive employment history.  Between 1958 and 1994, Charles served as a Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Director of the Community Development Center, Founder of the first inner-city HMO in the District of Columbia, and President of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Charles has also been active in community service for many years, devoting time and effort to many organizations in many different positions.  He currently serves as President of The Lighthouse, Inc.; as Chair of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Falls Church Business Council; as Program Chair and President Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Washington; as Public Relations Chair of the Employer Support for National Guard & Reserve; as a member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce; and as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board to the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan.

Additionally, Charles is a past member of the Combined Health Appeal Board, and former President of the Southwest Lions Club where he continues to serve as a member.

Charles also has a long history with the Fairfax County Public Library system. He has served on the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees since 1993, where he served as Chair from 2000-02 and 2010-12. He is also a co-founder of the Fairfax Library Foundation, previously serving as a Board Member as well.

Mr. Fegan has also served in the United States Navy.

Charles earned degrees from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa., Accounting, 1946-48; St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa., Philosophy & Theology, 1948-58, AB MA (equivalent); and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Public Health Administration, 1972-74, MPH.

Michael Donovan, Representative, FCPL Board of Trustees

Mr. Michael Donovan is a retired civilian employee of the Department of Defense and previously served in the United States Army Reserve. He earned an MBA at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a B.S. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He was appointed by Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook to serve on the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees as the Braddock District representative.

Susan C. Harman, Executive Director, Fairfax Library Foundation

Susan Harman.Susan C. Harman is the Executive Director of the Fairfax Library Foundation.

Ms Harman was the Associate Director of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. In that role, she was responsible for cultivation and development at NOVA in the areas of planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, individual giving, and special events.

Ms Harman has experience of more than 20 years in education, administration and private sector nonprofit management. Previously, she has held positions with the Prince William County Public Schools Education Foundation, the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education/Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.

She holds both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature from West Virginia University.

Ms. Harman is a member of the Centreville United Methodist Church. She is married to Tom Harman and has two children, Sam and Lucy, who are students in the Fairfax County Public Schools.