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Three to Run For RCC Board of Governors

Voting in annual Preference Poll begins Sept. 28.

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors announced that three candidates will run its 2012 Preference Poll.

Candidates for the three positions include incumbent Bill Bouie, as well as two new candidates, Lisa Ehrhardt and Gerald Zavala. Each position has a three-year term.

Voting begins Sept. 28. Each property in Small District 5 will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by the counting agent address no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Oct.  12.

There will be a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the CenterStage theatre at RCC Hunters Woods.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the RCC Board of Governors to represent the interests of the residents and businesses of Small District 5 on issues affecting the Community Center. Board appointments are actually made by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors after residents of Small District 5 have made their preferences known in the annual poll.

Board members work together to establish the overall policy for the Center and to oversee its programs and budget. Board members also represent the Community Center at social, recreational, cultural and educational activities throughout the district.

For more information on the 2012 RCC Preference Poll or Board of Governors, please visit our website at www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call (703) 476-4500.

This year’s candidates have provided the statements below:

BILL BOUIE

What previous experience or participation in civic activities would you bring to the RCC Board? 

  • RCC Board Member since 2003.  Chairman 2006-2008.  Current Vice Chairman
  • Chairman, Park Authority Board
  • Wolf Trap Associates Board of Directors
  • Vice Chairman, Initiative for Public Art Reston
  • Washington Business Journal, Minority Business Leader of the Year (2009)
  • Past President, Reston Little League
  • Chairman, Reston Youth Baseball, 11 years
  • Board of Management, Reston YMCA
  • Past Member, Fairfax County Athletic Council
  • First President, Friends of Reston
  • Founding Board Member, PIT Teen Center
  • Member, Project Gold 2000, US Olympic Committee
  • Lord Fairfax, 2003
  • Best of Reston Award, 1993; 2001

How would your leadership enhance RCC’s vision to bring the community together by providing opportunities for enriching leisure experiences and connections that reach out to all and foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging?

An appointment to the RCC Board of Governors presents an opportunity to contribute to my great community and to utilize my talents and skills. I have the experience and qualifications for the position in dealing with RCC activities, working in the business community, working with youth and athletics, and working with various organizations in Reston to help plot our future.

We are a very diverse community.  Our diversity is a strength that is unique, embraced, cherished, and to be celebrated.

I am a strong supporter of the Center, as Board Members should be. I look forward to working with Restonians, to learn about their needs, and wants, and also to address their concerns. I will work with Reston Association, and the County to ensure consistency of programming, and to engage the business community so that they receive the inherent value in working with the Community Center and its programs. 

LISA EHRHARDT

What previous experience or participation in civic activities would you bring to the RCC Board? 

 A 37-year resident of Reston, I bring a multidimensional experience to civic activities offered by the Reston Community Center.

As Reston residents, my family and I have participated in classes, workshops, camps, food drives, and swim lessons. We have attended theatre productions, community forums, and special events. Additionally, as an employee of Reston Community Center I had the unique opportunity to help plan and implement programs geared to enhancing the social, cultural, and educational aspects of Restonians’ lives. I have the unique perspective of experiencing what RCC has to offer from the inside out and from the outside in.

How would your leadership enhance RCC’s vision to bring the community together by providing opportunities for enriching leisure experiences and connections that reach out to all and foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging?

As a professional social worker and diversity trainer I have embraced a philosophy of collaboration and inclusion. My professional and personal goals have included presentations and workshops which educate individuals, organizations, and communities about their strengths and which highlight the power of diversity. Reston is a diverse community where many residents actually “live, work, and play” together.

My skills as an excellent communicator and educator will contribute to the environment provided by RCC which fosters opportunities for people from different social, ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds to come together and enjoy leisure experiences.

My experience as an active, involved community member, who loves her community, will be a welcomed addition to the RCC Board of Governors.

GERALD ZAVALA 

What previous experience or participation in civic activities would you bring to the RCC Board?

I would bring significant experience in civic activities to the RCC Board. As the Director of Development for the Fairfax County Park Foundation, I understand the challenges facing Fairfax County and the community needs of Small District 5.

I am member of a variety of local organizations and I’m an active resident in Reston. I recently graduated from Leadership Fairfax (Class 2012). I’m involved in the Lake Anne Elementary PTA. I am a member of Friends of Reston Regional Library, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and a volunteer for Reston Interfaith. I am a supporter of Rescue Reston.

How would your leadership enhance RCC’s vision to bring the community together by providing opportunities for enriching leisure experiences and connections that reach out to all and foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging?

As a member of the RCC Board of Governors, I would ensure that the organization focuses on maximizing the wealth of diversity within our community. As a former Executive Director of a nonprofit, I understand what a great organization needs from its stakeholders.

My leadership would help bolster the organization’s financial oversight, increase its reach within the community and strengthen its cultural events.

As a five-year Restonian with a young family, I would bring an additional user perspective to the Board of Governors. My wife, Sandra Hanna, and I live with our two daughters, ages seven and five, near Soapstone and South Lakes. I have a BA in economics from Stanford and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown.

 I would help the RCC enhance our quality of life and build the community we want our children to enjoy now and in the future.

Richard Holmquist September 19, 2012 at 03:06 AM
The Fairfax County supervisors don't seem to be listening to the citizens of Reston regarding development. Why should we believe they'll listen to the results of this preference poll?

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