As president of the Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA) from 2006 to 2009, I developed and implemented a community revitalization program that became a model for other communities in Fairfax County. Under my leadership, KPCA membership increased from 380 of 1160 homes to over 600. Volunteerism increased significantly. We expanded the community block captain program from covering 35 of 79 blocks to covering 71. We did significant work cleaning up our community entrance signs. I initiated a community potluck dinner that continues to draw hundreds of attendees each year.
In 2008 then-Supervisor Sharon Bulova selected me to receive the 2008 Braddock District “Community Champion” award from Volunteer Fairfax for my work on the KPCA revitalization program. It was especially gratifying when the Kings Park Civic Association was awarded the 2008 “Best of Braddock” award for “Community Enhancement and Beautification” by the Braddock District Council, which is an organization of over 100 civic and homeowners’ associations in Braddock District. I learned that the true value of community service is to see your neighbors and your neighborhood prosper through the efforts of many people, and to know that, perhaps, something in your own effort inspired in some way this great community success.
I served as a vice president of the Kings Park/Kings Glen Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for two years and served for three years as a member of the Fairfax County School Board’s Advisory Committee on Adult and Community Education. I am a member of Burke United Methodist Church, where I have served on the Building, Personnel, and Preschool Committees, and I led a subcommittee that oversaw construction of the church’s latest building expansion.
I especially enjoyed coaching girls’ “coach pitch” softball through the Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) and I previously served as an assistant coach for Catholic Youth Organization’s (CYO) girls’ basketball. I understand that sports and recreation programs are among the most important assets we have in Fairfax County.