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Top left - GSH's new Executive Director Genee Hayes (Credit: LinkedIn/Genee Hayes); top right/bottom left - inauguration ceremony for Supv. Rodney Lusk and Supv. Dan Storck (Credit: Fairfax County); bottom right - Huntington Metro station

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services’ (GSH) board of directors announced Dec. 15 that Genee Hayes has been named the Lorton-based nonprofit’s new executive director. Hayes comes to GSH from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development where she spent more than four years as the division director for affordable housing asset management and led the multi-family affordable housing portfolio and single-family foreclosure prevention programs. Prior to that, she worked for over a decade in other public service roles involving city management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and economics and a Master of Public Administration in city management and urban policy. According to GSH, what sets Hayes apart is her personal experience having grown up in affordable housing as it contributes to her “profound empathy and a lived understanding of the power of community support.”

Virginia Delegates Paul Krizek and Mark Sickles held their annual Holiday Cookie Party and Toy Drive Dec. 17 at Kappa Alpha Psi in Penn Daw. This was their eighth year holding the event, said Krizek, and all toy donations are going to Communities of Trust, an organization run by Shirley Ginwright. According to Gum Springs Homeowners Organization (GSHO) lead advisor Queenie Cox, Kappa Alpha Psi, St. John Baptist Church and GSHO helped support the event, which will benefit underprivileged children from the Janna Lee, Colchester, Audubon and Gum Springs communities.

Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck and Franconia District Supervisor Rodney Lusk were sworn in Dec. 13 for their third and second terms, respectively, on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Their terms of office run from Jan. 1, 2024 to Dec. 31, 2027. The inauguration ceremony can be viewed on YouTube.

Huntington Metro station celebrated its 40th anniversary Dec. 17, according to the December Update from Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck. On that date back in 1983, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority opened the 4.2-mile stretch of the Yellow Line between National Airport and Huntington. The Huntington Station was Fairfax County's first Metro station and the first station beyond the Capital Beltway.

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