Lord and Lady Fairfax

The Lord and Lady Fairfax Awards Program yearly honors two volunteer leaders from each Magisterial District. The honorees are selected for their outstanding volunteer service in their home districts or for an act of heroism. This year's Lord and Lady are introduced below, and at the bottom of this page is a list of all the honorees from Mount Vernon.

Elisabeth Lardner, Lady Fairfax 2015

Elisabeth is Mount Vernon’s longest serving Redevelopment Housing Authority Representative (RHA) having served for over twelve years in that capacity as well as Chairman of the RHA. Elisabeth’s brilliance is only outshone by her dedication to provide for others by giving families a community to call home where they can grow and thrive.  One of her many incredible abilities is to lead a group of individuals through difficult issues and find achievable solutions.  Although she stepped down from the RHA this year, she remains active in the community serving as chair of a community advisory task force to develop the North Hill property for affordable and workforce housing in the Mount Vernon District.  Previously, Elisabeth served as the Housing and Community Development Chair of the Mount Vernon Visioning Committee and served on every Area Plan Review Task Force for the last decade.  She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Urban Design Department and the University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture Program.  The Mount Vernon District and Fairfax County is a better, more hospitable place, because of her service.

Martin Tillet, Lord Fairfax 2015

Martin Tillet has been a leader in his Springbank Community and a crusader for the natural environment.  He has advocated for the protection and preservation of our natural spaces and educated the Mount Vernon Community on the critical functions they provide for our health and well-being.  Martin is the author of a series of articles in the Mount Vernon Gazette on the “Origin of Mount Vernon Watersheds”.  Martin traces a line through history on the importance they have had to wildlife, commerce and why their restoration is vital to our future.  Martin is a strong voice whose vision is one of a sustainable future and encourages the Board of Supervisors to continue to seek better methods and policies that foster Smart Growth and a lighter ecological footprint so our children may inherit a better earth. 


Former Mount Vernon District
Lords and Ladies Fairfax 


Lord Fairfax

Lady Fairfax

2014 COL Gregory Gadson Mary Porter
2013 Jeff Todd Becky Todd
2012 Jim Rees Diana York
2011 Dale Johnson Barbara Sullivan
2010 Linwood Gorham Glenda Booth
2009 Gil McCutcheon Christine Morin
2008 Frank Cohn Susan Fremit
2007 Marvin Miller Elizabeth I. Promen
2006 Mack Rhoades Susan Aheron Magill
2005 Tim Sargeant Louise Cleveland
2004 Joe Chudzik Harriet Piper
2003 Neal F. McBride Diane Donley
2002 Charlie Creighton Beryl A. Harman
2001 John F. "Jack" Knowles Irma A. Clifton
2000 Sy Berdux Mary Jo Tandy
1999 Earl Flanagan Queenie Cox
1998 Phil Downs Betty McManus
1997 John Byers Joyce D. Andrews
1996 Warren Cikins Henley Gibble
1995 Eugene L. Krizek Adeline R. Krizek
1994 Thomas W. Chadwick Louise L. Meade
1993 Henry B. Norton, Jr. Christa H. Hellberg-Cook
1992 Raymond W. Philipps Gertrude L. Wright
1991 Colonel David Bolte Ruth R. Freaney
1990 Arthur W. Friedberg Anne A. Andrews
1989 Colonel Robert Hardiman Virginia A. Weber
1988 Albert J. Perry Emily Myatt
1987 Joseph T. Adinaro A. Virginia Dupart
1986 Curtis Shufflebarger, Jr. Virginia Shufflebarger
1985 Brigadier General Lyon Helen Lyon
1984 Joseph Flakne Eleanor Kennedy


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