Mount Vernon-Lee Conference Center Renamed for Verdia L. Haywood
Jan. 7, 2010
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The Mount Vernon-Lee Conference Center located at the South County Center was renamed the Verdia L. Haywood Conference Center at the Route One Human Services Task Force meeting on Jan. 5. After more than 30 years with Fairfax County, Haywood is retiring on Jan. 19.
“Thousands of people in need have been helped and their lives bettered by Verdia's untiring, dedicated and loving efforts to provide for human services in Fairfax County,” said Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland.
Verdia L. Haywood, a resident of Oakton, joined Fairfax County Government in 1978 as executive assistant to the county executive. In this capacity, he began to develop the county’s human services system, working with state, local and nonprofit partners. In 1981, he was appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as a deputy county executive.In this position he has overseen and directed all county human services agencies. He also is the immediate past president of the Virginia Association of Local Human Services Officials.
“Verdia’s solid groundwork in establishing partnerships to develop a streamlined human service delivery system will be invaluable for years to come,” said Lee District Supervisor Jeffrey C. McKay. “He will be missed, but his work will continue.”
Over the years, Haywood’s accomplishments have been recognized both locally and nationally. Among others, he has been honored with:
- Above and Beyond Award – Best of Reston Honoree.
- Arnold B. Kassabian Memorial Award for the Impact on the Lives of Children and Families.
- Good Neighbor Award from New Hope Housing.
- Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Leadership Award from Leadership Fairfax, Inc.
- Les Dorson Award from the Lee District Association of Civic Organizations.
- Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.
In lieu of any gifts for his retirement, Haywood has requested donations to be made to the Verdia Haywood Long Term Care Services Fund online or by check made payable to CareFaxLTC/Verdia Haywood Fund and mailed to 4031 University Drive, Box 323, Fairfax, VA 22030.
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