On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the request of Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors: Beverly Cosham, Laurie Dodd and Paul Thomas.
All three candidates were appointed for three-year terms. Cosham and Thomas are both incumbents; Dodd will be a newcomer to the Board.
The appointments were made based upon the official results of the 2019 RCC Preference Poll. Vote tallies for the five candidates were as follows:
- Paul Thomas, 1,637 votes
- Laurie Dodd, 1,384 votes
- Beverly Cosham, 1,337 votes
- Michelle Moyer, 1,219 votes
- Robert Petrine, 1,143 votes
The three-year terms for Cosham, Dodd and Thomas will begin on November 4, 2019. Leaving the board is Michelle Moyer, who served on the RCC Board for two three-year terms.
Beverly Cosham is the current Chair of the RCC Board of Governors. She has served on RCC’s Board for six terms. She has been a resident of Reston since the 1960s and is active in many other civic and arts organizations, including the Reston Community Orchestra, the Reston Chorale and the Reston Community Players. She has served three terms on the Advisory Board of ARTSFAIRFAX.
Laurie Dodd has lived in Reston for more than 20 years. She is an attorney in private practice. She has served on the boards of Reston Swim Team Association, Reston Children’s Center and her church. Dodd has been an active volunteer with Coalition for a Planned Reston, Rescue Reston, Reston Runners and the Embry Rucker Shelter, among others.
Paul Thomas will serve his second term on the RCC Board of Governors. He grew up in Reston and has served many community organizations, including Reston Association, the Reston Swim Team Association and the Reston Historic Trust. He also served on the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force, and is currently president of the South Lakes High School PTSA.
About Reston Community Center
Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment and life-long learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.
Pictured at top (L to R): Beverly Cosham, Laurie Dodd, Paul Thomas