• Board of Directors Election

  • Welcome to these new members of the Board of Directors.

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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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    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.