Dancer to Compete in Switzerland

Leslie Braverman, 17, a senior at the North Carolina School of the Arts, is one of six Americans selected to attend the Prix de Laussanne International Ballet Competition this year.

Braverman, whose parents Lawrence and Adrienne are Reston residents, has studied in recent summers with the schools of the Joffrey Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet.

The Prix, to be held Jan. 26 through 31 in Laussanne, Switzerland, is the only worldwide ballet competition open exclusively to student dancers.

The six dancers selected from the 116 who auditioned received air fare and hotel expense money provided by an American organization for the international competition.

Arlington Resident Appointed

The White House recently announced the appointment of Mary McGeein Schnepper of Arlington as special assistant to the president for public liaison. Schnepper, who joined the Public Liaison staff in 1983, graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo and from Marymount University in Arlington. She will serve as liaison with commerce and professional associations.

Affirmative Action Appointment

Alexandria City Manager Vola Lawson has appointed Judy J. Rutherford as the city's affirmative action officer. Rutherford moved to Alexandria from Columbus, Ga., where she had been an affirmative action officer since 1976.

Fairfax Dispatcher on COG Panel

City of Fairfax police dispatcher Karen L. Davis was recently elected vice chairman of the Washington Council of Governments Public Safety Communications Committee. Davis will serve a one-year term on the committee, which represents more than 25 police and fire jurisdictions in the metropolitan area.

GMU Student Wins Fellowship

Katherine A. Zakhem of Stephens City has received a $25,000 Commonwealth Fund Executive Nurse Fellowship. Zakhem, one of 15 nurses nationwide to receive the fellowship, is working toward an MBA degree at George Mason University.

The New York-based foundation awards the fellowships yearly to candidates with advanced clinical training who are pursuing degrees in management or administration.

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