People Notes

People Notes

<i> Send announcements to The Reston Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. Call Jean Card at 703-917-6437, with questions. </i>

Patrick O'Connor, CEO, recently announced that William B. Moffitt is one of three senior members of the firm elected to serve on Cozen O'Connor's executive committee. Based out of the firm's Washington, D.C., office, Moffitt concentrates his practice in complex criminal defense. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and named one of the "Top Black Lawyers in the Country" by Black Enterprise Magazine, Moffitt has served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and faculty member for the National Criminal Defense College. He is a member of the International and Virginia Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Alexandria Bar Association. A regular lecturer throughout the country on a wide variety of criminal justice topics, he is also frequently an expert on race and the criminal justice system for the U.S. Senate and the United Nations, as well as the nation's leading media, from the Today Show to CNN.

A resident of Reston, Moffitt earned his undergraduate degree from University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1971) and his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University (J.D., 1975). He is licensed to practice in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl. Ryan M. Bemish, son

of Deborah Sherman of Marietta, Ohio, and Nicholas Bemish of Reston, and a member of the reserve Marines of Company A, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, home-based in Charleston, W.Va., recently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bemish's unit's primary mission is to provide close combat engineer support to the 4th Marine Division, in the area of mobility, counter mobility, survivability and general engineering. Bemish is a 2001 graduate of Warren Local High School of Vincent, Ohio, and joined the Marine Corps Reserve in January 2002.

The Wayne M. Kidwell American Legion, Post 184 will be holding its annual Installation of new officers in a ceremony June 15, at the Herndon Moose Lodge, rear entrance, 779 Center St., Herndon. The ceremony will follow the monthly meeting beginning at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A buffet will be served after the ceremony.

The newly elected offers are: commander, David Kirby; first vice commander, Doug Swisher; second vice commander, Bob Thompson; adjutant, John Rogosky; finance, Dan Gillespie; chaplain, Dmytro Andriuk; service officer, Dmytro Andriuk; sergeant at arms, Ron Sanders; historian, Bob Thompson; national security, Herb Nunnenkamp; Americanism, Herb Nunnenkamp; public relations, Doug Swisher.

The Fairfax Alcohol Safety Action Program and the Northern Virginia Mothers Against Drunk Driving presented their Fourteenth Annual Awards for Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. The ceremony was held at the Tysons Westpark Hotel. The awards ceremony recognizes the dedicated work of law enforcement personnel from the Northern Virginia area who have been diligent in their efforts to combat drinking and driving in the past year. Fairfax County police officers who made the highest number of DWI arrests during 2004 were honored. PFC Elizabeth Melendez of the Reston District Station, with 31 DWI arrests, was among those honored.


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<sh>Whitley, Schleiden Marry

<bt>Mr. and Mrs. Grant Whitley of Reston announce the marriage of their daughter, Christine Rachelle Whitley, to Jeremy Donald Schleiden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schleiden of Sterling, on Nov. 6, 2004. Pastor Scott Priest officiated the ceremony at Providence Baptist Church in McLean. The reception was held at the River Creek Club in Leesburg. Sarah St. Andre served as the matron of honor and Peyton Burnett served as the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Rebecca Eagan and Lauren Whitley, sister of the bride. Kira Petrie, cousin of the groom, served as the flower girl. Craig Schleiden, brother of the groom, served as the best man. The groomsmen were David Ross, Brian St. Andre, Rob Soule, and David Eagan.

The bride is a graduate of South Lakes High School in Reston and George Mason University in Fairfax where she received her M.Ed. in special education. She is currently a teacher in Reston. The groom is a graduate of Park View High School in Sterling. He is currently the creative director for a software company in Chantilly. The couple resides in Ashburn.