Youth Council Selected
Members of the D.C. Youth Advisory Council, a group set up to advise the city on issues, legislation and policies affecting young people, have been selected for 2004-2005.
The council is made up of young people who serve as either council members, alternates or ward advisers. Council members are the main leaders who vote on issues; alternates become council members if a member cannot complete a term; ward advisers act as liaisons between the council and the city's youth, helping to engage them in civic activities.
Neither an alternate nor ward advisers have been named for Ward 2. Ward 6 also lacks ward advisers.
The following individuals were selected from 115 applicants:
Ward 1 -- council members: Robert Ashe, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Donny Gonzales, University of the District of Columbia (UDC); Andrea Urena, Bell Multicultural High School. Alternate: Karla Rivera, Bell Multicultural High School. Ward adviser: Anadaris Coplin, Bell Multicultural High School.
Ward 2 -- council members: Jamaal Morgan, Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School; Naimah Muhammad, the Potomac School; John Muller, employed full-time.
Ward 3 -- council members: Douglas Groat, Maret School; Mary Sandifer, Good Counsel High School; Joseph Shapiro, Wilson Senior High School. Alternate: Thomas Jordan, Wilson Senior High School. Ward advisers: Samuel Ribnick, Wilson Senior High School, and Andrew Sharp, St. Albans School.
Ward 4 -- council members: Leslie Byford, School Without Walls; Donald Despertt, employed full-time; Chrissy Whatley, Georgetown Day High School. Alternate: Michelle Orr, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Ward advisers: Alexandra Davis, Wilson Senior High School; Jamie Lynn Harris, Banneker Senior High School; Antar Tichavakunda, Banneker Academic High School.
Ward 5 -- council members: Nathaniel Cole, School Without Walls; Nicole Johnson, Georgetown University; Joshua Maye, Hyde Leadership Public Charter School. Alternate: Paige Hoffman, Maret School. Ward advisers: Chanell Autrey, School Without Walls; Akosua Brown, Georgetown Visitation Prep School; Patience Merritt, Georgetown Day High School.
Ward 6 -- council members: Victoria Murphy, St. John's College High School; Aaron Thompson, Wilson Senior High School; Jazzy Wright, School Without Walls. Alternate: James Lewis, Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Ward 7 -- council members: Bringier Moore, employed full-time; Toussaint Tingling-Clemmons, UDC; Kaleem Washington, St. Albans School. Alternate: Lauren Gaston-Hawkins, Sidwell Friends School. Ward advisers: Jasmine Boyd, Banneker Academic High School, and Timothy Taylor, American University.
Ward 8 -- council members: Tiye Kinlow, School Without Walls; Nzinga Lawrence, Anacostia Senior High School; Danielle Simmons, Anacostia Senior High School. Alternate: Fanchon Hall, Ballou Sr. High School. Ward adviser: Cofield Williams, employed full-time.
At-large -- council members: Brittish Bostic, Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter School; Michael Hall, UDC; Tiara Howard, Center for Life Enrichment Academy; Joshua Lopez, UDC; Gbeye Nyahn, Friendship-Edison Public Charter School.
Ex-officio: Tyrell Holcomb, Archbishop Carroll High School, D.C. youth mayor.
Mobile Doctor Honored
Gloria Wilder Brathwaite, a physician and medical director of the Children's Health Project of D.C., has been honored for her work in providing comprehensive pediatric and dental care, via a mobile unit, to about 200 children a month in poor neighborhoods of Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Brathwaite, who lacked medical care as a child, was honored by Redbook Magazine with a Mothers and Shakers award. Sen. John F. Kerry was keynote speaker at the award ceremony in New York. Celebrity honorees included Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Daisy Fuentes, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Uma Thurman.
Grad Bound for Germany
Alexander Buchner, a 2004 graduate of School Without Walls and a resident of Chevy Chase in Northwest, won a Congress-Bundestag scholarship from the AFS-USA (formerly American Field Service) foreign exchange program to attend school for a year in Germany. He was chosen for academic excellence, commitment and motivation, as well as for his volunteering with his local AFS-USA club.
Since the program was established in 1983, some 15,000 young people have participated. Buchner was one of 280 students nationwide to receive the grant.
Buchner had an A average during his senior year and was president of the National Honor Society. To be eligible for a Congress-Bundestag scholarship, students must have a 3.0 average or better and be 15 to 18 years old.
In addition to the 280 home-stay scholarships, the program awards other scholarships to vocational students and young professionals 18 to 24.
For information on applying for a Congress-Bundestag scholarship, call 800-237-4636.
Eagle Scout Honored
Neil Flanagan, a resident of Northwest Washington who made a Rock Creek Park trail accessible to the blind as an Eagle Scout project, was one of two individuals to receive a Take Pride in America award from the Department of the Interior. Flanagan and Irene DeLaby of Homosassa Springs, Fla., were honored by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. Several organizations were also honored. The annual award recognizes outstanding volunteer projects to improve public lands.
The DC Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its annual awards for the current year, to be presented at a gala on Oct. 30. Business of the Year goes to Comcast of the District. Karen M. Hardwick of Hogan & Hartson LLP has been named Business Leader of the Year. HGM Management and Technologies Inc. is Small Business of the Year, and the Emerging Business of the Year Award goes to CGH Technologies Inc.
The Community Service Award goes to Linda Lee, former owner of Hunan Chinatown Restaurant. Lee recently retired to become more involved with the community, working as an advocate for an Asian Liaison Unit in Chinatown and for economic projects such as the new convention center and the Gallery Place project. She has served on panels at workshops for small minority businesses, entrepreneurships, women, education and the economy.
Business Hall of Famers
Three business leaders from the District will be inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony in November. Junior Achievement, Washingtonian magazine and the Greater Washington Board of Trade chose John M. Derrick Jr., retired chairman of Pepco Holdings Inc.; Marie C. Johns, former president and chief executive of Verizon, Washington, D.C.; and Robert P. Pincus, chairman of Milestone Merchant Partners and former president and chief executive of BB&T's D.C. Metro Region.
Two Northern Virginia residents also were named to the Hall of Fame: Stephen M. Case, former chairman and chief executive of AOL-Time Warner, and P. Wesley Foster, chairman and chief executive of Long & Foster Inc.
The five were chosen based on a lifelong achievement of having a positive impact on the greater Washington region through the private sector. Inductees must consistently demonstrate business excellence, visionary leadership and community involvement.
Black Bishop Remembered
Fifteen years after his death, John Thomas Walker, the first black bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, was honored at the Washington National Cathedral during John Walker Day on Sept. 26. Robert Harrison signed copies of his new biography, "John Walker: A Man for the 21st Century." The bishop's widow, Maria Walker, was also present at the cathedral's open house that day.
Walker, a son of a sharecropper, helped found the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, served as the chairman of Africare and other organizations, and invited Martin Luther King Jr. to preach at the cathedral. He was an advocate for church involvement to end urban poverty.
Three D.C. companies made Working Mother magazine's list of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers: Arnold & Porter LLP, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Marriott International Inc.
Arnold & Porter, the only law firm on the list, was cited for being the first American law firm to create a full-time, on-site child-care facility. It also received the Bar Association of the District of Columbia's Quality of Life Award because of its benefits and workplace policies and was ranked by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. New mothers receive 12 weeks of paid leave, and new fathers get six. Adoptive parents receive six to eight weeks.
Fannie Mae has made the list for 11 years. Its benefits include public transportation subsidies, a minimum of three weeks of vacation for all employees, flexible work hours and 10 paid hours a month to pursue volunteering. It provides on-site child care and offers employees a $5,000 bonus for referring new employees and up to $38,000 in home loans, forgivable after five years of service. New mothers receive 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and 16 weeks of job-guaranteed leave. New fathers and adoptive parents get four weeks of paid leave.
Marriott, which has shown up on the list 14 times, offers discounts at child-care facilities and sponsors two full-time facilities. Flexible hours are available to employees, and a new diversity incentive is advancing women's roles there.
Pro Bono Work Recognized
Volunteers with the Archdiocesan Legal Network, a Catholic charity providing free legal assistance to those with low incomes in the District and Maryland, received Pro Bono Legal Service awards from the John Carroll Society. This year's awards were given to three individuals and two law firms.
James A. Treanor III, with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson PLLC, has accepted pro bono cases, conducted in-person intake and assisted with client intake regularly. He has been a member of the Legal Network's Advisory Council since it began in 1989 and lives in Northwest Washington.
Kathleen M. Dumais, of Paley Rothman in Bethesda, has been accepting pro bono family law cases from the Legal Network since 1999. She lives in Rockville.
Steven M. Wellner, a Northwest resident and partner at Kirkland & Ellis, recruits attorneys to provide pro bono services and established a client intake site at the Perry School Community Services Center in 2003. Seventy-five people have received assistance through his efforts and the efforts of people he has coordinated.
Dow, Lohnes & Albertson won an award for conducting telephone client intake on a weekly basis for five years, supporting the Legal Network financially, and accepting pro bono cases from the network since 1989.
Winston & Strawn LLP has been a strong financial supporter of the network and has offered the services of several of its lawyers in pro bono legal cases. The firm has conducted in-person client intake at the Legal Network's office semi-monthly since 2001.
Seven individuals and two organizations were given Regional Leadership Awards by Leadership Washington. The honorees were chosen for their contributions to fostering regional collaboration to making the Washington region more vibrant.
The winners were Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.); Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D); Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille (D); Fairfax County Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D); Washington Business Journal publisher Alex Orfinger; Abe Pollin, chairman of Washington Sports and Entertainment; Julie Rogers, president of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; the Potomac Conference; and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Orfinger is the only Washington resident. He lives in Palisades.