Sheree Lopez

Nurse Manager of the Year

Advance for Nurses magazine has named Inova Fairfax Hospital nurse Sheree Lopez its Best Nurse Manager of the Year.

Lopez, patient care director of the hospital's ambulatory surgery services, surgical business office and surgical posting, was selected from among 50 nominees in the Washington-Baltimore region. Lopez was featured on the magazine's October cover.

She began her career at Inova Fairfax 16 years ago in an operating room fellowship program, earned a graduate degree in education and now is in charge of 100 people.

Friends of the W & OD Trail

National Recognition for Volunteers

The Friends of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Trail has been honored with the 2002 voluntary service award from the National Recreation and Park Association.

The Friends of the W & OD trail is a nonprofit citizens organization that works to preserve and promote the 45-mile, multiuse historic trail, which runs from Arlington County through Fairfax County to Purcellville in Loudoun County.

The award recognized such contributions as the creation of an informational Web site, print sponsorship of trail safety brochures, installation of both plant and butterfly gardens, and planting of seedling trees. The group also has paid for such amenities as restrooms, benches and water fountains and a trail safety patrol.

David B. Lavery

Among the 'Best and Brightest'

David B. Lavery of Herndon has been honored as one of the nation's "Best and Brightest" by Esquire magazine for his contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars exploration program.

While serving as NASA's program executive for solar system exploration, Lavery has been responsible for a number of technological advances, including the construction of new robotic rovers that will enable scientists to further explore the Martian landscape when the rovers land in 2004 after an early summer 2003 launch.

In addition to his professional duties, Lavery works with the Herndon High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team. FIRST sponsors teams from schools across the country that compete annually to solve an engineering problem through robotics technology.

The Esquire "Best and Brightest List" is compiled annually to include a who's who of individuals deserving recognition for their contributions to society, business, science and culture.

Ronald J. Dandeneau

And Grover G. Heiman

Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Ronald J. Dandeneau of Springfield, a retired chief master sergeant, and Grover G. Heiman of Fairfax, a retired Air Force colonel, recently were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The Air Force gives the honor to airmen for acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in flight.

Dandeneau's medal recognized his performance during a search and rescue mission flown over Cambodia in 1970.

Under intense antiaircraft fire from the Khmer Rouge, Dandeneau's mission was to rescue a downed two-man crew of another plane during poor weather. At the same time, he coordinated a contingency search and rescue plan for a plane with a damaged engine and additional assistance for yet another, battle-damaged plane. The then-classified Operation Rustic provided assistance to friendly Cambodian troops against the hostile Khmer Rouge.

Heiman's medal was given in recognition of his performance during a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union in 1952.

The 14-hour mission, flown over the Franz Josef Land archipelago, was to determine whether the Soviets had established airfields on the island capable of acting as bases for long-range bombers. The electronic data Heiman and his crew collected enabled the Strategic Air Command to determine that there was no military activity on the island, allowing the United States to adjust its Cold War strategy. The other 11 members of Heiman's crew also received the honor, eight of them posthumously.

Christine Lamb

Administrator of the Year

Christine Lamb, principal at Groveton Elementary School, was named administrator of the year for 2002-03 by the Greater Washington Reading Council.

Lamb, who has worked for the county school system for more than 20 years, was honored for initiatives stressing reading throughout the curriculum and for encouraging literacy in the community.

Groveton students participate in a literacy festival and open reading nights, and they earn free meals at Old Country Buffet when they meet reading goals.

57 County Youths

Honored for Volunteer Service

The county Department of Community and Recreation Services has recognized 57 young people for their volunteer service at community centers.

The students are:

Dranesville District/Attic Teen Center -- Isaiah Brown, Mika Eubanks, Chris Marshall, Glenn Anthony "Tony" Reyes.

Mason District/Baileys Community Center -- Ryon Faison, Kelly Malloy, Shakala Reid, Ashley Simpson, Andrey White.

Mason District/Culmore Teen Center -- Elisa Duarte, Hector Lopez, Sandra Melgar, Chauncy Yargo.

Sully District/Basement Teen Center -- Dallas Bryant, Alex Canales, Elena Duffy, Sierra "Cece" Greene, Liz Ruegsegger.

Lee District/Cave Teen Center -- Antonio Bolden, Stephanie Cardozo, Davis Lewis, Donovan Lewis, Falis Roble Mohamed.

Providence District/Chill Spot Teen Center -- Brittany Smith.

Providence District/James Lee Community Center -- Daisha Grayson, Jennifer Harris, Nadiyah Sanchez-Goffney, Christopher Jerro, Jessica Marshall.

Springfield District/Mott Community Center -- Latoria Bailey, Warren Reed, Alena Marie Mathis, Amber Williams, Ashten Williams.

Braddock District/Project Success at David R. Pinn and Mott Community Centers -- Megan Beatty, Wyatt Murchison, Julie Wolf, Ashley Wood, Dan Lee.

Braddock District/David R. Pinn Community Center -- Jason Bonderant, Sarah Burka, Ashley Izadpanah, Annie Jacobi, Meghan O'Malley, Dan Lee.

Hunter Mill District/Reston Teen Center -- Raymond Bell, Chris Schramm, Victoria Smith, Mario Vines.

Mount Vernon District/Gum Springs Community Center -- Tiera Coby, Reyna Gilbert, Micari Green, Brittany Woods, Michael Young.

Mount Vernon District/Hideaway Teen Center -- Gilberto Ortiz.

Mount Vernon District/Huntington Community Center -- Bruce E. Black II, Kelvin Bussie, Darryl Hylton Jr., Jonathan Pentz.

Maria Demaree Hutchinson

Named Heroine in Technology

Maria Demaree Hutchinson, a manager with Lockheed Martin Management and Data Systems in Fairfax, has been named a Heroine in Technology by Women in Technology and the March of Dimes.

The award honors women in the field of technology who volunteer in their communities. Hutchinson has a long history of service to many nonprofit organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Northern Virginia shelters.

Now chairman for her company's network of volunteer associates, Hutchinson also was presented with the lifetime achievement award for 2002.

Five County Business Leaders

Win Leadership Fairfax Awards

Leadership Fairfax has handed out awards to five individuals and organizations honoring people who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision and innovation.

Individuals honored were James W. Dyke, Dave Guernsey, Supervisor Elaine N. McConnell (R-Springfield), Holly Mattocks and Earle Williams.

Organizations that won were Fairfax County Department of Family Services and Childhelp USA, Freddie Mac, the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area.

Thomas F. Thoma

Presidential Award Winner

Thomas F. Thoma of Springfield has been awarded the Distinguished Executive Presidential Award. Thoma retired from the Senior Executive Service last April after 33 years of civil service.

The award recognizes Thoma's work as the director of acquisitions, logistics and facilities for the Defense Information Systems Agency. Thoma's leadership on the defense satellite telecommunication services contract with the Department of Defense is providing global satellite communications for warplanes deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom at a low cost.

Each year, the president recognizes a small group of career senior executives with the award for their long-term accomplishments.

South County

Government Center

Named Best Building

The new South County Government Center has received a top award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. The center on Route 1 won in the category of best building.

Tom Bisacquino, association president, said, "The judges commented that the building is a good basic urban design solution for strip redevelopment. The brick and cast concrete deviates from the traditional governmental functionality and sets a new standard for the buildings on Route 1."

In addition, the building has received the 2002 Community Appearance Award from the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia.

The center, which opened last year, houses about 240 employees in 24 agencies serving approximately 1,000 visitors a day.

Monica Perz-Waddington

Honored for Improving Park

The county Board of Supervisors recently recognized Monica Perz-Waddington of Springfield for raising more than $34,000 to improve the landscape, upgrade the entrance signs and install new playground equipment at Springfield Forest Park.

-- C. Woodrow Irvin

and Diane Mattingly

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