I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our three new Board members. Mrs. Tyna Gaylor was elected to the Board at our November 2011 meeting. Mrs. Michelle Ringle Clay and Mr. Rob Hartwell were appointed At-Large Directors in 2011 by the Executive Committee. Each of them wrote a short bio that will give you an idea of their background and association with the watershed. We are fortunate to have these three join us.
Tyna Gaylor is a relative newcomer to Fairfax County and has resided in Lakewood Estates with her husband for five years. She is a past President of Lakewood Estates Civic Association and has been involved with several community organizations, most notably as a National Delegate and Association Chair of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, as the board Treasurer and Executive Director of Suited for Change, member of various Leadership Arlington committees and Director-elect of the American Society of Women Accountants. She currently is employed as the Director of Finance at The SkillSource Group, which matches employers to job-seekers in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and four adjacent cities. Tyna is a CPA and has focused her talents to benefit local and regional nonprofit organizations. She is pleased to give her time to the Occoquan Watershed Coalition. Tyna has a son and daughter-in-law who reside in Arlington, Virginia and a daughter and son-in-law in Boston, Massachusetts.
Michelle (Ringle) Clay, I grew up in Fairfax Station, as the daughter of the developer, John D. Ringle, who developed 14 of its 5 Acre Planned Communities, which make up what is known as Dominion Valley. Having grown up watching this area grow and be created, it gave me many advantages. I have ridden its bridle trails, and traveled its roads, and as my father, came to know it as Paradise. I became a realtor twelve years ago, following in my father’s footsteps. I have always been very active in Fairfax Station, from Pony Club, 4-H, to my current volunteer positions in local clubs, as well as on the Board of Stafford County Crime Solvers. I have own and operated my business, Clay Reporting Service for the past 20 years, as well as Mi Lady’s Designs for the past 4 years, a craft vendor locally. I have always had a strong interest in wildlife and conservation. I pledge my heart always as being a part of Fairfax Station, continuing to be one of the many Guardians of the Occoquan.
Rob Hartwell was born in Alexandria and has lived in Fairfax County for nearly all if his 55 years. Rob graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Political Science and then started a 13 year Capitol Hill career where he was a Chief of Staff to three members of Congress. Afterwards, he became a trade association executive and started his own company in 2000, Hartwell Capitol Consulting, where he specializes in domestic and international business development and lobbying, mostly on technology, energy and environment and defense and security issues. Rob is currently a Virginia Commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin; Chairman of the Elizabeth Hartwell Environmental Education Fund (www.HartwellFund.org) and past President of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Foundation. He currently resides within one mile of the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife refuge named for his mother.