People, Aug. 20-26

People, Aug. 20-26

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The following area Virginia Tech students were among those honored at the university's spring commencement ceremony held May 9: Shari Baloch, Samuel Beneck, Matthew Brubaker, Elizabeth Dye, Paul Geiger, Warren Glismann. Lisa Gunderman, Nasser Hamidi, Safia Jamil, Margaret Pruden, Vladimir Smirnov, Zachary Williams, Zachary Williams, Christian Zoeller, Andrew Augustin, Monica Bass, Albert Bjork, Caroline Black, Douglas Brenner, Michael Diaz, Margaret Feldman, Amanda Halsey, Ashley Hartle, Kristin Hendershot, Kimberly Hollmann, Lisa Kaiser, Taylor Lugar, Erik Reeves, Morgan Rezac, Katherine Runco, Nicole Shaffer, Christopher Jones and Emily Williams.

Army Reserve Capt. RC Chao, Sterling High School class of 1993, has been mobilized and activated for an overseas deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chao, who graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1997, will be aiding in the security, stabilization and rebuilding of Iraq and its infrastructure.

The Loudoun affiliate of Habitat International recently

elected its new board members, increasing the board from 18 to 20 members, and electing a new executive board. The newly elected president, Alta Jones, previously served as board's vice president and also currently heads

the finance committee. Jones has held executive positions in the financial services industry and is currently a business consultant partner with Hilltop Advisors. She also serves on the Virginia state Habitat board.

Joining Jones on the executive committee are Tom Grannas, vice president and a partner with Charron Consulting; George Rose, treasurer and founder of Land Design Financials; Dave Boyd, secretary, member of the Loudoun's Housing Advisory Board and director of BNI Northern Virginia; Pamela McGraw, family selection chair, nonprofit representative for Loudoun's Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board and employed by IDI Group Companies and Bud Green, head of construction and past LHFH president.