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Citizen of the Year

At the 16 May Membership meeting, the membership elected the 2019–2020 officers from a slate advanced by the Nominating Committee and as a result of nominations from the floor at the meeting.

Per the Federation's bylaws, the nominating committee has as its members a past president, two district council representatives and representatives from two member communities. The members of the nominating committee for 2019–2020 were past president Tim Thompson, District Representative Pete Sitnik (Mount Vernon), and community representatives John Hanley and Nancy Trainer.

The following people were elected as the 2019–20 officer slate by the Federation Membership. The newly-elected officers provided these brief biographies for our consideration.

    Bill Barfield
    President: Bill Barfield
  • Bill is willing to stand for re-election as Treasurer for the Fairfax Federation.
    • As President, Bill will continue contributing to the improvement, safety, and well–being of our Fairfax communities. He has lived in Northern Virginia since 1982 and has worked with multinational, senior and youth residents as well as with elected officials representing Fairfax Magisterial, State and Congressional Districts. Bill will ensure continued Federation liaison with these county and state officials.
    • In the last 15 years, he has been President of Edsall Park Community Pool Association (2003–2006), President of Country Club View Civic Association (2006–2007), Chairman of the Braddock District Council of Community Associations (2009–2013), founding member and vice–chair of the Braddock District Land Use and Environment Committee advising Supervisor John Cook (2012–2017), 2nd Vice President of the Federation (2013–2018) and President (2018–19).
    • As President, Bill will enthusiastically pursue recruitment and retention of Federation membership as well as actively encourage citizens and businesses to participate in monthly Federation board and membership meetings. The refinement and presentation of community issues will be researched for both the annual Legislative package and for specific resolutions. Participation in the Citizen of the Year celebration will be encouraged and Bill will ensure delivery of periodic reports to membership from the Federation's sixteen Committees, seven Districts representatives, and twelve County liaison advisory groups.
    • Bill proposes a renewed mission of the Federation will be to better represent and guide member communities in their operations and leadership. Bill believes the teamwork of the membership and the Board of Directors is the foundation for continued Federation representation into its 80th year.

    John Pinkman
    First Vice President: John Pinkman
  • John Pinkman has led a life of contribution. Starting in high school and continuing until today he has created, organized, and provided leadership in the community. After a career in marketing and sales he directed his efforts to teach amateur athletes. That effort has become a nationally recognized brand. After 37 years as a volunteer coach and professional instructor he turned his career toward player safety. Through his company Safety 1st, Inc., Mr. Pinkman conducts safety audits of fields to prevent injury to all participants. John is also a content expert and strategic analyst in legal cases involving catastrophic injury to players throughout the nation.
    • During high school created an organization to conduct social events for students.
    • In college created the campus' first inter–fraternity council. Assisted in the creation of community free breakfast programs. Assisted in the inaugural year of the Special Olympic Games.
    • Moving to Reston, led the movement to allow women to participate in the Optimist Club, which was until then an–all male organization.
    • In the early 80's created and for five years held the position of Director of Training for Reston Youth Baseball. 1986 – Created a Television series of instructional shows to improve baseball skills
    • In the early 90's created the 1st Travel Baseball team in Northern VA. That team won a National title within two years of operation. Every player on the team during the four years of operation was presented with the opportunity to play collegiate baseball or sign a professional contract.
    • 1992 – Created Pinkman Baseball, which now is the longest operational baseball academy in northern VA. The Academy has sent over 300 high school students on to play in college.
    • 1995 – As Herndon Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing, assisted in the creation of "Friday Nite Live", a community concert series that exists today.
    • Beginning in the mid 90's and for twenty years was published nationally. Articles were focused on safe baseball throwing techniques, athletic leadership, and ethics.
    • 2008 – Created the Project for Athletic Leadership (PAL). PAL is a non–profit effort to advocate and teach life and leadership skills through participation in sports.
    • 2014 – Co-Founded Rescue Reston, an organization to prevent development of protected open space.
    • 2016 – Through PAL, coordinated County Police to visit and lecture summer baseball camps.
    • 2016 – Rescue Reston received Congressional Recognition for Community Service
    • 2016 – Rescue Reston received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Reston Citizens Association
    • 2018 – Was asked by the Reston Association to organize a Sports Council comprising all sport groups in Reston.
    • 2018 – As a Director of Rescue Reston, joined other community groups in providing leadership to successfully prevent the Reston Planned Residential Community (PRC) population cap from increasing to dangerous levels and unplanned growth.
    • 2019 – As a Director of Rescue Reston, currently leading the effort to organize an effort to amalgamate several Reston citizen activist groups into the Reston Citizen Association, to create a larger and more effective organization.

    Pete Sitnik
    Second Vice President: Pete Sitnik

    Leslie Braun
    Treasurer: Leslie Braun
    • Leslie is willing to stand for re-election as Treasurer for the Fairfax Federation.
      • She has lived in Fairfax County since 1981 and currently resides in the Sully district, in the Foxfield subdivision.
      • She has served as Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Section of the American Society of Quality where she has worked extensively with Quickbooks, audit committees and regular reporting from August 2013 until December 2015.
      • She served on the Franklin Farm community association board for 4 years.
      • She served on the Foxfield community association board for 4 years.
      • She is a Quality Assurance Analyst with GDIT supporting an EPA Superfund Mission Support contract.
      • She has been a volunteer with Fairfax County's Adaptive Aquatics program for over 10 years.

      John Birch
      Recording Secretary: John Birch

      Erika Yalowitz
      Corresponding Secretary: Erika Yalowitz
    • Erika Yalowitz is willing to stand for re-election as Corresponding Secretary for the Fairfax Federation.
      • Erika Yalowitz is a community advocate and volunteer. She serves on the board and various committees of the Rotonda Condominium Association in Tysons, which is a self–managed community home to 2,700 residents. She is the current Vice–President of the Providence District Council and a member of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Tysons Partnership, where she works collaboratively with businesses, government and residents in the area on place making and the vision of "America's next great city".
      • Erika graduated of International Relations and Political Science & Government from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá Colombia and completed graduate studies in Strategic Governance in a GWU International program. Most recently, she also obtained a Professional certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
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