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Katie Fedora
An MCC Staffer in the Spotlight

Katie Mara Fedora

When you come to MCC’s Registration Office to sign up for a class or activity, the smiling face most likely to greet you will be that of Registrar Katie Fedora. Katie replaced Barbara Smoot in this high-profile position in September 2016, so you may think she is a relatively new employee. You would be wrong.

“My MCC career began at the age of 16!” says Fedora. I started out as a Counselor in Training at Camp McLean and worked my way up to Assistant Director. In addition to my summer positions, I also worked in the Youth Activities department for about eight years.” In 2011, she became a Recreation Aide, working at the Center’s front desk in the evenings. “During my years at MCC, I have worked in almost all the departments,” she adds.

Fedora grew up in McLean and attended McLean High School, where she was a competitive cheerleader. She also cheered while enrolled as a student at Bridgewater College. When she returned to the area, she coached the JV and Varsity cheerleading team at McLean High School with her best friend, Sarah Krawchuk.

In addition to her job, Katie is busy raising her two children, 16-year-old daughter, Madison, and 14-year-old son, Griffin. A third “child,” this one with four furry paws, named Moxie, also takes up some of her time.

In her current position, her biggest responsibility is to register customers for MCC-sponsored classes and activities, as well as entering, updating and maintaining the information in the Center’s online registration system, Active.net. If a class must be canceled, she is the person responsible for notifying patrons. “Ultimately, I am the one who will call with the bad news.” 

Fedora says, “The best part of my job is getting to know our customers every day as they come and go. I love the interaction I have with the public, and the kids that come in for our children’s classes are the best! I enjoy the fact that I never know what the day will hold. Every day is different, and I never know what I am in store for from day to day.”

While MCC is in its temporary location, Fedora can be found at the front desk of the programming space in McLean Square Shopping Center, 6645 Old Dominion Dr. She can be contacted at registrar@mcleancenter.org or by calling 703-744-9365.

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McLean Community Center Seeks Community Service-Minded Candidates to Run for Seats on its 2014-2015 Governing Board

Nominating Petitions Will Be Available Tuesday, Feb. 18

McLean, VA, 02/03/13—The McLean Community Center (MCC), an agency of Fairfax County Government, is seeking candidates to run for open seats on its 2014-2015 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (The Alden) and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

In order to become eligible to run for a seat on the 11-member board, a candidate must reside in the Center’s tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville). Additionally, candidates are required to obtain the signatures of 10 McLean tax district residents in their respective categories (either adult or youth), to have their names placed on the ballot.

Nominating petition forms will be available at the Center’s reception desk beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The deadline for filing completed petitions is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Voting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the annual McLean Day festival on Saturday, May 17. The festival will be held at Lewinsville Park, which is located at 1659 Chain Bridge Road.

Absentee Voting also is permitted from Monday, April 14, to Wednesday, May 14. Absentee ballot packages are available upon request at the Center’s reception desk, or residents may call or send a message to elections@mcleancenter.org to have a package mailed to their home addresses.

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The three adult candidates who receive the three highest vote counts will serve three-year terms. Youth members will serve one-year terms. Adult candidates must be at least 18 years of age as of McLean Day. Youth candidates must be 15-17 years of age as of McLean Day. One youth member will be elected from the McLean High School boundary area and one will be elected from the Langley High School boundary area. Youth candidates are not required to attend either of the two schools, but they must reside in the boundary areas served by the schools as defined by Fairfax County Public Schools.

For more information on the MCC Governing Board Election, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

Three Adults and Two Teens Win Seats on MCC’s 2015-2016 Governing Board

05/20/15, McLean, VA—Five McLean tax district residents have won (or have been re-elected) to seats on the McLean Community Center’s 2015-2016 Governing Board. The election was held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the McLean Day 2015 festival at Lewinsville Park. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.


Total Ballots Cast: 822


Individual Votes for Adult Candidates:






Susan Bourgeois



Merrily Pierce



Jennifer Rossman



Laurelie Wallace






Individual Votes for Youth Candidates:


Langley High School Area Representative

Quentin Levin 



Tarun Kamath

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McLean High School Area Representative

Jenna Lebowitz



Rahul Mani






The MCC Election and Nominations Committee certified the winners as:


Adults, three-year terms: Jennifer Rossman, Merrily Pierce and Laurelie Wallace (re-elected).

Youth, one-year term – Langley High School area: Quentin Levin.

Youth, one-year term – McLean High School area: Jenna Lebowitz.

The League of Women Voters acted as tellers. MCC Governing Board Elections & Nominations Committee Chair Paul Kohlenberger certified the results to Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust, who has been asked to present the successful candidates’ names to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on Tuesday, June 2. Successful candidates will take their seats on the MCC Governing Board at its meeting on Wednesday, June 3.

For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

McLean Community Center Governing Board Invites District Residents to "Milestones" Meetings on Ingleside Facility Renovation Options



10/19/12, McLean, Va—The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center is inviting residents to three "milestones" meetings it will hold in October and December to evaluate the feasibility of renovating MCC's main facility, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.


The board has asked Shaffer, Wilson, Sarver and Grey (SWSG), a local professional engineering, architecture and construction management corporation, to explore renovation options for the building.


The first of the three meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Center. SWSG will present three concept floor plans and provide explanations and background on the plans. MCC Governing Board and staff members, along with Dranesville Small District 1A residents, will have an opportunity to provide SWSG with feedback on the three plans.


At the second milestones meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, SWSG will present 3-D models, based on the concept floor plans presented at the first meeting. The company also will present cost estimates and feasibility reports on each option. At the conclusion of that meeting, members of the Governing Board, in conjunction with staff and public input, will determine which option or options will be presented to the full board at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec 12.


The final milestones meeting will be held in conjunction with the Governing Board's regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12. SWSG, along with MCC Executive Director George Sachs, will present the 3-D models, feasibility reports and cost estimates to the board, discussing their findings and answering related questions. The Governing Board will make a final decision on renovation options at its Wednesday, Jan. 23, meeting.


For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.mcleancenter.org.




Eight Dranesville Small District 1A Residents Qualify to Run for a Seat on McLean Community Center’s 2013-2014 Governing Board

Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Open 

McLean, VA, 03/27/13—Eight McLean tax district residents have qualified to run for seats on the McLean Community Center’s 2013–2014 Governing Board. The board sets policy and provides general oversight for facilities and programs of the Center, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue. 


Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A are eligible to vote during the election.  Voting for Governing Board members will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the McLean Day festival at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd. Residents also may vote by absentee ballot from Monday, April 8, through Wednesday, May 15. 


Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates who receive the three-highest vote counts will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board. 


Write-in Candidates are allowed. Write-in candidates must have at least 10 votes from 10 residents of the Center’s tax district in order to have their votes counted. For youth write-in candidates, the 10 votes must come from teens who live within the same high school boundary area as the candidate.


Adult Candidate Personal Statements:

Mark A. Behrens 
My experience in McLean bridges generations. I was raised in McLean (Langley ’83) and returned with my wife to raise our two girls. Professionally, I co-chair a practice group for a national law firm in DC and would bring my legal experience to the Board. If elected, I will listen to the community to shape programming for diverse ages and interests. I will also ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and I will be fiscally responsible. In addition, I will support exploring efforts to revitalize downtown McLean to help our teens and small businesses while preserving our culture. 

Cathlin A. Bowman-Young 
I possess a unique blend of knowledge, skills and attitudes that I believe would be beneficial to the board. I offer a solid business acumen with depth of experience in team leadership and organizational development, revenue growth, partnership development, not-for-profit and for-profit board management, and grant development. I’m also a lifetime resident of McLean, Virginia, who appreciates the arts having grown up in an artistic family. I have enjoyed watching the community evolve and am now looking forward to the opportunity to donate my time and talents to such a wonderful organization that is a focal point within the community. 

Kevin Dent
I’ve been a member of MCC’s Governing Board since May 2007. During that time, I’ve spearheaded efforts to reduce the tax rate paid by the community in support of MCC. In the last five years, we’ve reduced this tax rate by almost 22%. I actively worked to provide the McLean community with greater transparency to Governing Board activities. If re-elected, I intend to focus on four issues: assure MCC provides high-quality programs; assure the ongoing fiscal integrity of MCC; the renovation of MCC’s facility on Ingleside; and continue to explore opportunities for MCC to expand its presence in downtown McLean. 

Dennis Findley
I’m a 24-year resident of McLean, an architect and widowed father of twin, 17-year-old boys. I’ve been an instructor, a class participant and enthusiastic supporter of MCC for years and I now seek your support in joining the board to offer my time and talent to help it thrive into its bright future. I hold a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University.  As a special needs parent, I was appointed by former Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities in 2009 and re-appointed by Governor McDonnell in 2012. 

Jay Howell
I’m excited to be a candidate for re-election. My wife Betsy and I have been actively involved in the community since 1985, our three boys attended Fairfax County schools and participated in McLean Youth Sports. I’m self-employed, having formed a government relations consulting firm after 30 years in the public and private sectors. I’ll continue to work in a fiscally responsible manner to improve MCC activities and programs. As Program Committee Chair, I’ve supported programs for seniors and adults with lifelong disabilities. I’ll continue to pursue options for a new downtown facility as well as improvements to our existing facility. 

Marshal J. Hyman
I began working in McLean in 1975 and have lived, worked and/or played here since. I am currently active in several organizations around McLean; service officer and board member of the McLean American Legion, treasurer and board member of Chesterbrook Residences, Inc., board member of the McLean Orchestra and member of the Rotary Club of Tysons. I enjoy the programs currently available at the community center but feel they can be improved, especially for active seniors. My legal and accounting background can be put to good use with the expansion and remodeling of the facility. Your vote will be appreciated. 

Paul Kohlenberger
A resident since 1986 and president of the McLean Historical Society, I care deeply about McLean and am actively involved in the community. I’m a local small business owner and happily serve on the boards of Friends of Pleasant Grove, McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia, and the alumni association of The Potomac School. MCC is a catalyst for engagement within McLean, one from which I have personally benefited for 25 years. I would be honored to have the opportunity to protect and extend the wonderful legacy of the MCC in a fair-minded manner. I respectfully ask for your support. 

Youth Candidate Personal Statements:

McLean High School area 

Steven Pardo
I’m a freshman at McLean High and am running for the student position on the board. I was born and raised in McLean and MCC has played a significant role in my life. As a child, I took computer, cooking and art classes and participated in summer camps. In middle school, I went to the Old Firehouse and participated in school break trips. For four years, I’ve been a cast member in Alden Theatre’s productions. MCC plays a valuable role for youth in our community and I’m interested in serving on the board to maintain and broaden its quality programs.

Langley High School area
No petitions were submitted for the Langley High School Boundary Area. 


Absentee ballots will be available beginning Monday, April 8. A resident may request an absentee ballot package by phone (703-790-0123, TTY: 711) or email (elections@mcleancenter.org), or may pick one up at the Center. Completed ballot packages must be received at the Center by close of business (11 p.m.) on Wednesday, May 15.


For more information call the Center at 703-790-0123, or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

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