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<lst>Mr. and Mrs. Philip and Kathleen Ferguson of Springfield are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Teresa, to Christopher Molino, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Eileen Molino, also of Springfield.

The bride is a 1996 graduate of Paul VI High School in Fairfax, and is finishing work on her master’s degree in special education and autism at the University of Kansas. The groom is a 1997 graduate of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, received his B.A.in government and history from the College of William & Mary, and is currently stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas, as an infantry lieutenant in the United States Army. A December 2003 wedding date has been set.

Burke resident Jerry Reynolds, president of the Speak Out at SAIC Toastmasters club in Tyson's Corner, earned a first-place title with his award-winning humorous speech titled "Signs of Our Time," at the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Area Competition on Oct. 17.

Alex Vu, 8, was awarded a Third Place Bronze Medal by judges of the 2002 National Set A Good Example Contest. He also received a Moral Leadership Certificate. Alex attends the Chesapeake Academy of Northern Virginia in Springfield.

Bud Mayo was recently appointed as a Braddock District representative on the Fairfax History Commission by Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock). Mayo is a former Lake Braddock Secondary teacher and coach. He is currently serving as a school administrator at Pimmit Hills High School. Mayo resides with his wife Sue in the Dunleigh section of Burke.

Thomas F. Thoma of Springfield has been awarded the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award by President Bush. He retired from the Senior Executive Service in April 2002 after completing 33 years in the civil service, climbing through the ranks from GS-5 to SES-4. Most recently, he was the director for acquisition, logistics, and facilities at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

During his career, Thoma has been program manager of a major weapon system, the Commander of DOD's Center for Standards, and he assisted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff develop national military strategy and evaluate command and control systems.

Thoma was previously awarded Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Award, the DOD Superior Accomplishment Award, the DOD Civilian Service Award, and the Senior Executive Service Performance Award for Superior Achievement for the last five years in a row. In addition, he was twice selected to the FCW Top 100 Federal Executives.

Thoma is currently the principal for defense and intelligence programs at Acquisition Solutions, Inc.

Richard W. Hausler of Fairfax was appointed to the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development by Gov. Mark R. Warner. Hausler is president of KSI Services, Inc.