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Jonathan Conrad, son of Tracy Conrad of Fairfax, sang with the Randolph-Macon Academy Chorus at the Air Force Association (AFA) National Convention in Washington on Sept. 15. Jonathan is a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. He and the rest of the R-MA chorus members had only 19 days to rehearse before the performance celebrating 100 years of the power of flight.

Fairfax businesswoman Cory A. Marsan was recently unanimously elected to a three-year term as chairman of the Board of Childhelp USA/Virginia. Childhelp, founded in 1959, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Marsan is the president and COO for Soundpath Legal Conferencing, an audio and Web conferencing company.

Patrick Mason, MD, founder and director of the International Adoption Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital, has been named one of this year’s “Angels of Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institution. Mason is one of 165 “angels” selected this year by members of Congress from around the nation. Each recipient has made a significant impact on the lives of children around the world and on families hoping to welcome those children into their homes.

Mason is also being honored for his research to further knowledge about children adopted internationally. Mason is currently involved in a study on the effects of stress on growth and puberty of children who are internationally adopted.

The National Federation of Independent Business Legal Foundation recently added Mark F. Grady to its advisory board. Grady is dean of the George Mason University School of Law. He has an extensive background in tort, antitrust and intellectual-property law and has led George Mason into U.S. News and World Report's tier one category of law schools since he was named dean in 1997. Grady's appointment to the advisory board coincides with a new partnership between the NFIB Legal Foundation and the George Mason University School of Law.

Prior to serving as dean of George Mason University School of Law, Grady taught at UCLA, Duke, Northwestern and the Universities of San Diego and Iowa law schools. He served on the Task Force on Regulatory Relief in 1981 and was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979. He was also a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission from 1981-85 and held various positions with the agency from 1974-78.

Gov. Mark R. Warner recently reappointed Frederick B. Cooke Jr. of Fairfax to the Commercial Space Flight Authority. Cooke is the vice president of public policy and government relations for Verizon Online.