Board of Supervisors - Mount Vernon District

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, TH 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., 2nd SAT (each month except August) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
703-780-7518 TTY 711
Mount Vernon Governmental Center
2511 Parkers Lane, Mt. Vernon, VA 22306
Dan Storck
Board of Supervisor

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.

Shirley Short Lady Fairfax 2023 

Shirley Short, or as we call her – our Volunteer Extraordinaire – is an amazing Shirley Shortasset to Team MVD and Mount Vernon residents. Shirley is a retired Fairfax County firefighter and played an integral role helping residents during the 2006 Huntington flood. Since then she has worked tirelessly assisting with the many community events, ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and public meetings we host each year, volunteering thousands of hours.

Shirley is often the first bright, smiling face you see at these events as she runs our information table and greets everyone as they arrive. In 2015, Shirley helped lead the first ever Ides of Bark Dog Festival that continues to be a barking success today, bringing together hundreds of our furry friends and their owners for a day of fun. In addition to leading Ides of Bark again this year, Shirley also single-handedly organized a new addition to our Town Meeting – Taste of Mount Vernon – providing free lunch from local restaurants to the hundreds of attendees at the Town Meeting. Next, she took on the challenge to provide 200 school supply filled backpacks at our first ever Back-to-School event. She is a dynamo!

Shirley also manages an extensive community information station at our office, as well as at the Lorton Community Center. She travels far and wide to gather materials she thinks our residents will want to see and keeps it stocked for everyone, in multiple languages. And, if she wasn’t busy enough with our office, Shirley also volunteers many hours with the Mount Vernon Springfield Chamber and the Mount Vernon Citizens Advisory Committee.

In short, Shirley’s dedication to our community helps us and residents. Her willingness to jump in at all times and her can-do attitude makes a difference for all of us!

Ron Fitzsimmons Lord Fairfax 2023

Ron Fitzsimmons and his sister Laura Fitzsimmons Peters created Alice’s Ron FitzsimmonsKids to anonymously help children in need in our community, and across the country. Named in memory of their mother, Ron and Laura understand firsthand how children receiving charity can feel shame and wanted their support to be different. Alice's Kids provides gift cards to teachers and counselors who have identified a child's needs, like soccer cleats, prom tickets or camps. The teacher then gives the gift card to a parent or caregiver who takes the child to buy the needed item, or is able to purchase it and surprise the child.

Alice’s Kids receives the majority of their funding from individual donations and very little comes from grants and corporations. Through recent recognitions and articles, Alice's Kids has received over $1.25 million in donations to continue spreading happiness to children and their families.

Through Alice’s Kids, Ron has helped put smiles on the faces of thousands of children in our community and throughout the country. We have seen firsthand how Ron’s efforts have an impact. This spring we received an urgent plea from a mother trying to pay for her daughter’s summer school classes. We contacted Ron, who worked through his network and within a week the daughter’s tuition payment was made and she was able to stay in school. It is efforts like this and make Ron deserving of this recognition.


Former Mount Vernon District
Lords and Ladies Fairfax 


Lord Fairfax

Lady Fairfax

2022 Jeff Gauger Maria Severa Pangelinan
2021 Keary Kincannon Lisa Sales
2019 Bill Vaughan Jan Vaughan
2018 Barney Barnwell Cathy Ledec
2017 Dale Rumberger Mattie Palmore
2016 Larry Clark Marcia Hanson
2015 Martin Tillet Elisabeth Lardner
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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