• Board of Directors Election

  • A strong group of business leaders is running for election to the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber Board of Directors. The election will be held November 12 to November 19 with five of these candidates elected to serve on the Board.

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    Anila Angjeli, ALine Architecture

    Anila Angjeli is the principal founder of ALine Architecture a full-service architecture and interior design firm based in Alexandria, VA.  Founded in 2009, the firm’s experience spans across multifaceted architecture, interior design, art, and building science. ALine Architecture has been a member of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce since 2010. ALine has been nominated among small businesses as a “Distinguished Business 2014” from the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber. ALine is known for a keen eye for detail, design excellence, creative solutions, artistic flair, and outstanding client service.

    Anila has 25 years of experience in architecture and building industry.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, and a professional degree from Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania. Anila is a registered Architect in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a LEED AP.
     
    Anila takes a holistic approach to all projects.  Her passion, talent and extensive experience in architectural drawings have led to the construction of many creative designs. She strives for excellence and integration of multi-sensory, sustainable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective solutions.

    Anila and her firm have been active supporters of our community and are proud of various contributions, such as assisting local businesses with architectural services, helping local schools and non-profits, donating time through pro-bono work, donating art, supporting local artists and mentoring young architects. 

     “I would like to serve on the board and give my contribution to the community. I hope to be able to help with my professional expertise and translate those capacities to serve the greater good.  I believe this participation is mutual for the improvement, and well-being of our communities as well as for individuals like myself on their journey for leadership growth.”

     

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    Travis Clarke, Burke & Herbert Bank

    I came to work for Burke & Herbert Bank in 2013, helping to start the Wealth Management Group.  As a Certified Financial Planner™ professional I work with many of our client’s on financial planning and investing for retirement.  During my time with Burke & Herbert Bank I have gotten to know and work with a number of small business owners in the Northern Virginia area and understand how important they are to their local community.  
     
    For the past two years I have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for the Chamber’s Education Partnership and believe that building the next generation of small business owners is a great way for the chamber to fulfill its mission.  
     
    I was born and raised in Virginia Beach where my favorite activities where surfing and playing soccer.  At Frank W. Cox High School, I was a member of the National Honor Society and was involved in many different functions and activities to support our school community.  I went to the University of Virginia and graduated in 2004 with a degree in economics and moved up to the Northern Virginia area shortly after.  I currently am married with three boys who keep me busy as I also coach their soccer teams.  Before joining Burke & Herbert Bank I worked for Cambridge Associates and UBS Wealth Management.

    I would like to serve on the board to help promote and further the interests of the local business in our area.  I enjoy supporting local business as they are what truly makes up the fabric of our communities and make the areas we live in a better environment.    

     

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    Michael Drobnis, OptfinITy LLC

    Michael H. Drobnis is the CEO of OptfinITy, LLC, a technology solutions firm which has received numerous industry awards including a ranking of the top 250 small technology businesses worldwide.   Mr. Drobnis has over 22 years of technology experience across many different industries and disciplines, including but not limited to records management, disaster recovery and business continuance planning, system security, web design and development, project management, technology and infrastructure design  As an accomplished technology executive and project manager, his vision and expertise have helped hundred's of organizations work smarter and more efficiently through the use and development of proper technology solutions and collaboration tools. 

    In addition to the 22 years in the technology field, Mr. Drobnis has worked in numerous teaching positions, teaching a wide array of courses ranging from Marketing on the Internet and computer technologies to civil courses on Prejudice and Diversity and Comparative Religions.
     
    Mr. Drobnis received his MBA with a concentration in technology from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University in Massachusetts. He has served on the Fairfax County Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee, the ITT Technical Institute Curriculum Advisory Board, as the President and on the board of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Drobnis is an alumni of Leadership Fairfax and The FBI Citizens Academy and is the proud father of 3 girls in West Springfield.

     

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    Cory Evans, Jefferson Funeral Chapel

    Hello, my name is Cory Evans and I have been a homeowner and resident of Old Town Alexandria for the past 6.5 years. I’m married to my wonderful wife, Erica, who is a registered dietitian and we have a 5 year-old French bulldog named Ruffles. I was born and raised around the DMV. I lived in Annapolis, MD as a child and attended Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD. I earned my bachelor of science degrees in marketing and management at Regis University in Denver, CO and furthered my education at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, earning a diploma in mortuary science. 

    I’ve been a licensed funeral director for 8 years and I am currently the manager at my family’s funeral home in Kingstowne, Jefferson Funeral Chapel. Jefferson Funeral Chapel is an independently owned and operated firm which is becoming more and more rare in funeral service. Typically, large conglomerates purchase these small businesses and leave the name untouched so that no one is the wiser.


     Other things to note about myself are that I truly enjoy the outdoors, love adventure and consider myself a family man. One of my fondest memories was with my wife, prior to getting married— we took a 3-month road trip across the U.S. and visited over 26 states and 12 national parks. I have 4 nieces under the age of 6 and hope to expand my own family in the near future. 

    I would be honored to serve on the board for the Chamber of Commerce. I believe it is important to have diverse business backgrounds for future developments. Knowledge of good, hard working, committed leaders in our neighborhood is key for future growth and sustainability. I hope to help be a part of the team.

     

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    Laura Feinschil, Springfield Town Center

    Laura Feinschil, Springfield Town Center’s Marketing Director, takes a vision and makes it reality through marketing strategy and consumer statistics to develop one of the area’s leading retail destinations. Laura has experience managing at three of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust’s (PREIT) premier centers within the past three years. Her current responsibilities as Marketing Director include but are not limited to; digital media, public relations, sales and consumer strategy, event planning, visual merchandising and preserving a positive guest experience. Laura was the first recipient of PREIT’s Above and Beyond Award for her dedication to PREIT’s vision and core values.


    While off the clock, Laura serves as a Financial Management Technician for the United States Army Reserves in her home town of Philadelphia. She has served for over five years within a Military Police Detainee Operations Unit. Laura has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal as well as two Army Achievement Medals for managing her Unit’s defense travel, financial documents and accounts, and detainee operation biometrics system. 


    As a history enthusiast she enjoys visiting Northern Virginia’s historical parks, hiking trails, and learning more about Virginia’s great outdoors. Laura’s recent relocation to Virginia drives her to take on new roles and responsibilities to become more involved in the community. If elected to the board Laura would like to focus on community outreach and digital strategy.  Thank you for your consideration 

     

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    Michael Gailliot, Realtor

    Michael is a Realtor with Century 21 New Millennium where he specializes in residential sales, and real estate investment and development. He is a 4th generation family businessman, a land developer, a geologist with a Masters in Business Administration, a dedicated community leader, and a devoted husband and father.

    He has devoted more than 20 years of work at Hilltop Sand & Gravel Co., a family owned business.  Michael is the fourth generation in this business with a 101-year history on the family property since 1917. He developed Hilltop Golf Club in 1997, a secondary use on the landfill, and then developed Hilltop Village Center, which is now home to Wegmans, and a thriving retail center. He has been involved in every aspect of this successful family business for more than 20 years.

    Michael has served Mount Vernon Lee Chamber as Treasurer, a Board Member, and Chairman where he was known for focusing on and achieving goals important to the organization. He chaired the golf committee for several years and successfully increased the amount of scholarship monies raised and given to local students. 

    He currently serves as Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Co-Chair and had a past leadership role with the Northern Virginia Apartment Association. He was President of the Mount Vernon High School Boosters Club where he was instrumental in bringing turf fields to Mount Vernon High School. 

    As a business owner, developer, Realtor, and citizen having worked and lived in both Mount Vernon and Lee Districts, Michael would bring a multifaceted perspective to the Chamber Board of Directors. Michael is interested in serving on the Chamber Board to promote the interests of the business community and the Education Partnership fundraising.

     

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    Alison Ross Tompkins, The Fairfax Retirement Community

    Alison Ross Tompkins has been working with Seniors for the last 14 years.  As a Seniors Advocate she supports Sunrise Senior Living bringing The Fairfax Retirement Community to 55+ clientele.   At The Fairfax Alison is able to utilize her knowledge of the Seniors market, the Fairfax LifeCare program and her Staging skills to assist with a stress-free move to retirement.   

    She is also a seasoned Real Estate Agent, licensed in VA, MD and DC and specializing with Seniors, Alison guides and assists those over 50, through the "Right-sizing" process, as they begin to enter their next stage of life.   She brings to her clients high integrity, attention to detail and a keen knowledge of all aspects of “Right-sizing”.  Continued referrals from friends and former clients is the highest complement of all. 
     
    Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, VA.  She is a former Commissioned US Army Officer.   Her outside interests include Tennis, pickle ball, Dance, Golf.   She is currently a Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Board member and is a Committee Chair for the Military and Community Affairs committee.  She is also a member of MOAA and AUSA.

     

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    Dr. Joseph Stoltz, George Washington's Mount Vernon

    Dr. Joseph Stoltz is the Deputy Director of Leadership Programs at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where he manages history-based leadership and management training for corporate, military, and government clients. He received his Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University and was a member of the United States Military Academy’s Department of History prior to moving to northern Virginia in January of 2015. His first book, A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory, explored the effects of political polarization on historical commemoration and its affecting result on the tourism industry. He is currently researching a book exploring the collaboration between the American and the French armies during the Revolutionary War.
     
    Joe is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where he grew up observing how community organizations like chambers of commerce bettered the lives of their region’s citizens. While working on his master’s degree at the University of New Orleans, Joe witnessed the struggles of small business entrepreneurship first hand while helping start a small tour guide company.
     
    In 2013, Joe moved to West Point, New York to become an instructor at the United States Military Academy and help rewrite the academy’s flagship military history course. This move serendipitously allowed him to meet his wife, Julie, and the two of them moved to Virginia in 2015 when he took his position at Mount Vernon.
     
    Both Joe and Julie have fallen in love with Virginia, and the Mount Vernon-Lee area in particular. When married in 2017, they held a northern Virginia-themed wedding using vendors from the surrounding community exclusively.
     
    Community is important to Joe, and he believes that serving the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce would be a good way to give back to the many people that have so wonderfully welcomed him and his wife into their neighborhood.

     

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    Peter Sitnik, SITCO Inc.

    Mr. Sitnik serves on the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee and would like the opportunity to serve the Chamber as a member of the Board. He believes his business, labor, and community experience will serve the Chamber and community well. 


    Mr. Sitnik is the Chairman and Treasurer of SITCO INC, a family owned and operated Land Acquisition and Management Company in Alexandria, Virginia. Ongoing projects include the re-zoning, revitalization, and development of acreage in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County and the management and sale of waterfront properties in Lancaster County, Virginia. 


    Mr. Sitnik currently serves on the following: Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA) Board, MVCCA Transportation Chair, MVCCA Representative to the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations (Federation), Federation Board; Woodlawn Manor Community Association President, and Friends of Dogue Creek Inc. Board.


    Mr. Sitnik’s former 39 year career at Xerox Corporation included most aspects of the Corporation including labor negotiations. One memorable event was the resupply restoration of essential services at the Pentagon during the 911 attacks. Mr. Sitnik then put his management and negotiation skills and sense of fair play to work by consulting full time for Labor Unions, corporations, and universities. He negotiated labor contracts, resolved labor disputes, and managed shops in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. After 10 years, he then decided to concentrate on the family business. 


    He was graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Business Administration and Political Science and studied at University of Virginia, Blacksburg, University of the District of Columbia, and the George Meany Labor Institute.