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Three Alexandrians have been appointed to Virginia boards and commissions by Gov. Mark Warner. Michael L. Bowman, senior vice president of Washington Operations for DRS Technologies Inc., has been appointed to the Virginia Advanced Shipbuilding and Carrier Integration Center Board; Michael A. Conner Sr., chief fire marshal for the Alexandria Fire Department, has been reappointed to the State Building Code Technical Review Board; and Randy J. Kozuch, national director of state and local government relations for the National Rifle Association, has been appointed to the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Air Force Airman Monique Ladson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. She is the daughter of Mary and Derek Ladson of Alexandria.

Renata Varmall, chairman and CEO of accounting firm The Varmall Group has been selected as a member of the Leadership Alexandria class of 2005, a program that helps community leaders learn to serve, unify and lead the community. Over the next nine months, Varmall and other community leaders will attend monthly sessions that give them an understanding of the critical issues that impact the region and the leadership capabilities required to address these issues. Varmall was chosen because she met the criteria of already being active in business and community organizations and being committed to using her leadership skills and knowledge for the long-term benefit of the community.

Two Alexandria women were among recent graduates from the Up & Running program for startups at The National Women's Business Center Inc., a nonprofit organization serving women business owners at all stages of business development. The program, offered six times a year, is a 13-week course preparing. Entrepreneurs to succeed as business owners. The Alexandria graduates were Kathryn Brown of EndPoint Creative LLC, providing communications services targeted to science, medical and technology corporations and Jennifer Schutzendorf of Frog Happy and Gallery G, offering selected prominent artists' works, community artist studio and custom decorative painting services that focus on creating unique environments for children.