Patricia “Pat” Addison, Ed.D., Chair of the Commission for Women, was appointed to the Commission in November 2014. She is a native of Washington, D.C. and has lived in the City of Fairfax with her husband, George Addison, since 2002. Pat retired from Fairfax County Public Schools as Director of Special Education and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She is also an educational consultant and a published author with a focus on leadership development. Pat earned degrees in speech pathology from the District of Columbia Teachers College and George Washington University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. As a member of the Commission, Pat’s special interests are helping to address the impact of poverty on women and helping all Fairfax City women to be knowledgeable about the resources and services that may help meet their specific needs.
Stacey Hardy-Chandler, PhD, JD, LCSW was appointed to the Commission for Women in May 2017. She combines her background in social work, clinical psychology and law to promote transformative learning, cultural humility, social justice/equity, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Prior to coming to Virginia, she served as the Director of Field Education and as Assistant Director of the School of Social Work for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2011, she joined the faculty at George Mason University’s Social Work Department, later transitioned to Fairfax County Government and is now the Director of the Center for Children and Families for the City of Alexandria. She is also the president of a small woman-owned, minority owned human service consultancy practice in the City. Active in her professional community, she is past-president of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and currently serves on the NOFSW Executive Board. She has also served on various other community and human service boards. A blended family, she and husband Mark Chandler live with their two shelter rescue dogs, Rusty and Justice.
Brenda Kuhlman was appointed to the Commission for Women in February 2013. She has worked for the Virginia Department of Social Services since 1999. Previous community involvement includes twelve years as director of Main Street Child Development Center, a child care center serving low- moderate income families in the City of Fairfax; and as a board member on the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children. She is additionally a member of the Writers of Chantilly and a regular contributor to the Country Register newspapers. She’s also an avid organic gardener; a self-proclaimed expert on road food; and forever working on the Great American Novel.
Huilan Larson has degrees in education and Spanish Literature, having studied for a doctorate at the University of North Carolina. She is able to use her educational background in her job with the federal prison system. She likes the outdoors and books. Huilan and Steve have been married since 1981. Both Huilan and Steve like to travel and see the world. Huilan is very interested in conservation efforts. She was appointed to the Commission in 2001.
Teresa Presson was appointed to the Commission for Women in October 2016. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts and Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is currently employed as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools and has enjoyed volunteering for various Fairfax City community events as well as doing local community outreach with her church. Teresa relocated to Fairfax City in 2013 after living in New England for many years. While living there, she was a very active school volunteer where she served on various committees and on the PTA Board. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys exploring new interests and places.
Roxann Morgan Rowley was appointed to the Commission for Women beginning July 2017. She has lived in Fairfax City with her husband since 2002 and is raising two really awesome boys here now. She earned her BA from George Washington University and her MFA in dance from George Mason University. A dance artist and educator in the Northern VA and DC area, she is Artistic Director for Next Reflex Dance Collective and teaches for George Mason University, University of Mary Washington and Northern VA Community College.
Anita Selwyn joined the Commission for Women in February 2018. Anita grew up in Palayamkottai, India and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University. She has been living with her husband and two sons in the Fairfax area for about 20 years and recently moved to the City of Fairfax. She is a software engineer and a successful businesswoman with a passion for social justice and the empowerment of women. She oversees the business operations and manages the products division of her company. She is an active member of a local church and serves in the Staff Parish Relations Committee. She is a member of the PTSA in Fairfax High School and volunteers for various events in the schools and the church. She likes to spend time with her family and friends and loves to read historical fiction and non-fiction books.
Stephanie Yost was appointed to the Commission for Women in December 2010. She has lived in Fairfax City since 2008 but is originally from Southwestern Virginia. Stephanie has a degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Professional Development in Women, Policy and Political Leadership from American University. She is a 2007 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, where she held multiple leadership positions with the Women Law Students Organization and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She is currently an attorney in private practice.
Beth Young, Ph.D., was appointed to the Commission for Women in May 2017. She owns an education consulting firm specializing in federal education data collection and use. Originally from Connecticut, Beth has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1996 where she has lived with her husband and daughter in the Fairchester neighborhood. She earned a BA in policy studies from Syracuse University, a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a PhD in education policy from George Mason University. She has volunteered for several different athletic organizations in Fairfax for both girls and women and spends her free time traveling with her family and playing women’s soccer.
Lesley Abashian is the City's new Director of Human Services. She provides information and advocacy for city residents seeking human service assistance. She manages the city's contracts with county and regional agencies, staffs the Human Services Committee and Commission for Women, and is designated Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer. Lesley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Public Manager.