Karen L. Bune of Arlington has been selected to appear in the 2005 edition of Great Minds of the 21st Century, published by the American Biographical Institute. This volume documents the leadership achievements of a select group of international great minds. In April, Bune will be a speaker at the national conference of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists in Dallas, Texas.

Bune is employed as a victim specialist/legal assistant in the State's Attorney's Office for Prince George's County, Md. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Marymount and George Mason universities. She is also a national consultant and speaker on victim issues.

Trinidad Coopman del Rio, an Arlington artist born in Santiago, Chile, has an exhibit opening at Bar Rouge, 1315 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C., as part of its "Art Attack" program. The opening reception will be held at Bar Rouge Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. Call 202-939-6422.

Charles S. Brown of Arlington, was named field representative of the National Federation for the Blind by Gov. Mark Warner.

The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families is pleased to announce the following Connect With Kids Champions. These are people in the community who make it a priority in their daily lives to connect, spend time and build relationships with children and teens. Champions come from all walks of life.

Joy Rambert was nominated by one of the teens in her after-school program. Rambert connects with youths through tutoring programs and workshops at Harvey Hall.

Sara Fiorini Rouse was nominated by a Washington-Lee High School parent and student. Fiorini is a teacher and a coach at Washington-Lee High School with a rare ability to communicate with all her students in a caring and sensitive manner.

Marji Jepperson was nominated by a young actress. Jepperson volunteers with Encore Stage and Studio. Among many other tasks, she directs young people in their "for children, by children" theatrical productions.

Paula Endo was nominated by another community activist and volunteer. Endo empowers other adults to make a positive difference in the lives of Arlington teens, matching caring adults with kids who need more adults in their lives. Paula is also the founder and director of the Columbia Heights West Teen Photo Project.

Linda Anderson was nominated by a Kenmore Middle School staff member. Anderson connects with youths as a volunteer, a neighbor and a mother of five who works before, during and after school to support and empower Arlington children and teens.

For more information or for a Connect with Kids Champion nomination form, please visit