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.
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.
Kathy 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.
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.
It could be argued that Xande Anderer’s whole life has revolved around books. As the proud son of a children’s (and onetime Bookmobile) librarian, it was only natural that he should work summers as a library page in the Frederick County (Maryland) Public Library system while earning his degree in graphic design at Penn State University (cum laude, 1992).
His twenty-five year career as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and magazine art director has allowed him to to work on a diverse array of fascinating subjects, notable among which is his work for several noteworthy and best-selling authors, both as a book illustrator and as designer of their personal websites. His work has appeared in programs for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and Scientific American. He is currently the art director of The VVA Veteran magazine, a publication of Vietnam Veterans of America, and is also the author of more than twenty-five magazine articles himself.
Anderer moved to Fairfax County in 1996, purchasing a home in Alexandria’s Groveton neighborhood in 1999. The births of his three children followed soon thereafter. All three currently attend Fairfax County Public Schools and are frequent visitors to the Sherwood Regional and Martha Washington libraries–their local FCPL library branches. He has served his community as a PTA president (Groveton Elementary School) and cub scout leader (Pack 95), and served on the organizing committee for the BookCrossing National Convention when it was held in Washington in 2011. His obsessions du jour include collecting autographed first-editions and learning the ukulele.
Ravi Bansal is the President and CEO of TechStratium Inc. He was previously a Partner at IBM, leading digital strategies and solutions for IBM’s Federal and State clients. Prior to this role, he led a $135M, 150-person multi-year program at a U.S. federal client. In the past 10 years, his clients have included Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Navy, and Accenture.
Mr. Bansal was part of IBM’s highly selective global program for grooming its best leaders. He was one of IBM Americas’ top consultants and was also inducted in their delivery excellence circle. Over years he has been honored with numerous awards for outstanding business performance and exceptional client service. Outside of work, he was involved in an eclectic collection of giveback activities. Among others, he was an officer of the Executive Committee of Metropolitan Washington Mensa, canvasser for IBM employee charitable contributions campaign and a guest speaker at business schools.
Mr. Bansal is passionate about early identification of disruptive market forces and emerging technologies. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with dual-major in Finance and Strategy
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.
Mike Cullen is a Senior Manager with Baker Tilly, a national accounting and advisory firm. Mike is a cybersecurity and IT leader in the firm’s risk, internal audit, and cybersecurity consulting team. For over 15 years, he has worked with clients in many industries, including higher education, government contracting, healthcare, technology, financial services, and not-for-profit organizations. Mike has presented to a variety of audiences, including executives, technologists, and auditors, at local, regional, and national conferences hosted by organizations such as, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Federal Publications Seminars, and the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (GWSCPA). Additionally, Cullen has presented numerous webinars and at multiple universities. He has lived in Fairfax for over 20 years. He attended middle school and high school in Centreville and graduated from Virginia Tech. In addition to being a supporter of the Foundation, he and his wife are also patrons of the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Wolf Trap, National Park Foundation, The Kennedy Center, and Virginia Tech. Additionally, his wife and brother are both librarians. And now with a young son who loves library programs such as ArtsPlay and Baby and Me Story Time, this opportunity is a great way for him to give back.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Mary Jo Patterson lives in Reston, Virginia and has been a resident of Fairfax County since 1986. She believes in the value of leadership and service and has spent her professional career fostering these qualities in young people. She strives to practice what she preaches and has served on boards and councils to advance their goals of creating opportunities for members. She currently serves as a Fairfax County election official.
“I am a mom and know firsthand the huge influence programming opportunities at the Reston Regional Library had on our young daughter. We signed up for every available reading program and checked out books on a weekly basis. It is largely because of this library that our daughter developed a lifelong love for reading. Even as a young adult she seeks out the library for focus and quiet that only a library can provide.
Five years ago, I started the monthly book club in my neighborhood and also began monthly participation in a second book club. Reading is an important part of my life. My husband, daughter and I are all readers and big fans of the annual Library of Congress Book Festival.
Thank you for the good work you have done and continue to do to enhance the quality of life for Fairfax County residents.”
Michael Reyes is a native Washingtonian and grew up in Springfield VA. He currently lives in the Kingstowne area with his wife Janis and their two kids, Xavier and Catalina. Currently Xavier and Catalina are enrolled at Hayfield Elementary school.
Reyes is currently employed at Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor and Janis is an attorney at the Small Business Administration.
“I would welcome the opportunity to be on the Library’s Foundation as a small way of giving back to my local community. Our family are avid readers and enjoy the resources of the public library. We visit the Kingstowne Library on a regular basis. I think that my background and experience could be of value to the board. I’d like to see how we can expand the resources available to all residents of Fairfax County thru more digital outreach.”
After a 34-year career with the Internal Revenue Service, Sara Wachsppress retired in 2012. Wachspress started as a tax auditor and then moved into administration, holding management jobs in both finance and human resources. Her last position was a member of the SES, as Director of Finance, IT Division. She held that position for 10 years, managing a 2-billion-dollar budget, and directing a staff of 50. She holds degrees from Tufts University (Bachelor of Science from the College of Engineering) and the University of California, Berkeley (MBA).
After retiring, Wachspress was elected to her condo board, joined two library sponsored book clubs (out of Tysons-Pimmit), and just finished her 5th season as a volunteer AARP tax preparer.
She is also an active member of GMU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Olli), attending classes each semester. Wachspress enjoys reading, especially using the many resources of the library.
Dr. 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.
Jane Young is a native Northern Virginian and was raised in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood in Falls Church. She spent many hours at both the Woodrow Wilson and the Thomas Jefferson library while she was a FCPS student. Ms. Young graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Business Administration. Her first jobs were with two local law firms, positions ranged from legal investigator, paralegal to administrator of a medium size defense law firm.
Ms. Young “retired” when her son was born, family growing to three boys. Her new “job” as stay at home mother and wife created many wonderful opportunities for community service, including room mother more, PTA President, Vice President, chaired multiple fundraising committees (raising a total of $300,000), Cub Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, Booster Club Vice President, Civic Association President and team mother for high school football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse. While raising her the family, she started a crafts business; when she ceased business after 24 years, Ms. Young employed 94 crafters.
My Young worked for a healthcare PR firm for five years serving as a project manager. She was responsible for administrative duties and event planning for large national meetings. She is currently the Director of Operations/Events for the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, a non-profit that provides free services and enrichment programs for local seniors. She has administrative responsibilities, is the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter, attends, organizes and promotes networking and outreach events, obtains both financial and in-kind sponsorships from local businesses and manages event planning for SCOV events. Ms Young has a quote from Winston Churchill taped above her desk at work: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”.
Susan C. Harman is the Executive Director of 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.