2019 March – Poverty

Speakers: Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson
March 28th, 2018, 7:00-9:00

Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West  Vienna, VA 22180

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Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest communities in America.  However, poverty is a real and growing issue facing many members of our community.  Fortunately, both the County and local nonprofit organizations are working hard to help lower-income residents and families meet the challenges they face.  What does poverty look like in the County today, and what are we doing to provide support and opportunity for those in need?

Join us on November 28 as Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Cornerstones, discuss driving poverty in Fairfax County, and how the County and organizations like Cornerstones are partnering to address the issue. They’ll also respond to your questions.

Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Payment can be made by credit card in advance — or at the event with check or cash.

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Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

About the speakers

Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1999.  She represents one of the largest Magisterial Districts in the County with a growing diverse population and changing land use development.  She serves as the Chair of the Board’s Human Services and Housing Committees and member of Governing Board for the Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness.  Supervisor Hudgins finds her greatest satisfaction in assisting constituents obtain services critical to maintaining more sustainable lives.

The Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens of Northern Virginia honored Supervisor Hudgins with the Distinguished Leadership Award for “outstanding dedication and pioneering initiatives to foster and build inclusive, quality communities for all”.  The Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers (HAND) recognized her outstanding commitment to affordable housing.

Supervisor Hudgins serves on several regional and state boards.  She was appointed to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo)’s Education Steering Committee in 2014.  From 2011 to 2013, she served as Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board (WMATA/Metro).  In 2012, she was Chairman of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).  She was the 2010 Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Vice Chair of WMATA.  She served as 2007 Chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and continues as a current member.  Supervisor Hudgins also served two terms on the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and was a member of the Commonwealth Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.

Supervisor Hudgins holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and a BS in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She and her late husband Willie have been residents and active community members of Reston, Virginia since 1969, and raised two Fairfax County Public School graduates.

Kerrie Wilson has been CEO of Cornerstons (formerly Reston Interfaith, Inc.) since February 2001, and has 20 years of experience in health and human services advocacy, public health policy, and nonprofit management. She worked previously as the National Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy for the American Cancer Society. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Intercultural Cancer Council, and was active in organizations specializing in issues relating to women, minorities and the medically underserved.

Ms. Wilson has served as chair of the Human Services Coalition of Northern Virginia and as a member of the 211 Regional Planning Task Force appointed by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. She was appointed by then-Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly to serve on the Affordable Housing Preservation Action Committee which established the Penny for Housing trust fund that has preserved over 1300 homes to date, and is working on implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. She is also active in the Greater Reston and Dulles Regional chambers on the board and policy committees. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Ms. Wilson received her degree in Sociology (Criminal Justice) and Political Science from Clemson University. She is a 30+ year resident of Herndon, VA, married and active in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Herndon Swim League, and other activities that allow her to spend time with her husband and three children.

Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. For nearly 50 years, Cornerstones has been helping neighbors in need overcome tough economic times in an already high cost-of-living region. The service area of Cornerstones has grown to include most of northwestern Fairfax County, continuing their history of helping people build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance.


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