Adrienne Whyte of Falls Church and Sudhakar Shenoy of Great Falls have been named Lord and Lady Fairfax for Dranesville District.
They were appointed to the honorary posts last week by Supervisor Stuart Mendelsohn (R-Dranesville) “for their spirit of volunteerism and commitment to their community.”
“They are most worthy of this recognition as Lord and Lady Fairfax and I commend them for their accomplishments and it is my honor to recognize and thank them for their service to our community,” Mendelsohn said.
Whyte, a native of McLean, is second vice president of the McLean Citizens Association and chairman of its planning and zoning committee, which reviews development proposals that affect McLean and meets with many of the applicants.
As one of Mendelsohn’s appointed representatives to Dranesville District’s area plan review task force in 2001, she sponsored several amendments that were adopted into Fairfax County’s comprehensive plan.
She is a founding member and president of the McLean Land Conservancy, Inc., a land trust formed to promote land and cultural preservation and conservation.
Whyte is a member of the board of directors of McLean and Great Falls Celebrate Virginia’s 400th, a pilot group chartered by the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation to plan and sponsor celebrations of local history and the founding of Jamestown in 1607.
She was president of her neighborhood association, the Ellison Heights - Mt. Daniel Civic Association, from 1998-2002 and represents that body on the MCA’s board of directors.
An avid aficionado of day lilies, Whyte has been a garden judge, exhibition judge, and judging instructor.
She has served as a first vice president, member of the board, and regional vice president of the American Hemerocallis Society. Whyte has held leadership positions in several plant societies and garden clubs locally.
She earned three degrees in psychology: a BA from Mary Washington College and MA and PhD degrees from American University.
She attended Chesterbrook and St. John’s Elementary Schools and Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School.
Whyte is president of QUEST Resources, a small company that provides facilitation, business and systems consulting, project management, and training services.
Sudhakar Shenoy is a native of Mangalore, India, who emigrated to the United States to obtain an education.
He acquired that at the University of Connecticut, where he became an intensely loyal UConn basketball fan.
Shenoy is the founder and CEO of Information Management Consultants, Inc. (IMC), an internationally recognized systems and software development firm in Tysons Corner that serves clients in both the private and public sectors.
He and his wife, Bina, have lived in Great Falls for 15 years, and have two daughters: Sushma, who graduated from McLean High School and George Mason University and Divya, who graduated from Madeira School and the University of Colorado.
Shenoy frequently speaks about information technology and business process re-engineering, and has been a university lecturer. He was named the Washington Area Minority and Small Business Person of the Year in 1995 and the 1997 Greater Washington High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year
Shenoy chairs the Northern Virginia Technology Council, is a commissioner for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, and was appointed by Va. Gov. Mark Warner to the Biotech Initiative Board.
Shenoy serves on the boards of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation and INOVA Hospital, and both the Board of Visitors and Information Technology advisory board at George Mason University.
He served on the executive committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation Gala and chaired the 2000 Fairfax-Falls Church United Way campaign.
He is co-chair of the AT Cancer Research fund-raiser and is a sponsor for Catholic Charities. He serves as a mentor at Kent Garden Elementary School.
Shenoy serves on the board of directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation and co-chairs their capital campaign in the Washington area.