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People, Feb. 11-17

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged.

Army Reserve Spec. Anthony P. Brown of Potomac Falls has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Brown is the son of Norman Brown of Silo Mill Court, Sterling.

CNOCM David A. Orso, USN, retired, of Loudoun County, has been appointed as the executive assistant in the Office of Policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs of the Veteran Services Foundation.

The Loudoun Free Clinic in Leesburg named Loudoun residents, Sharon R. Meyers and John H. Cook III, M.D., to its 15-member board of directors. Meyers, director of catering for the National Conference Center at Lansdowne, brings extensive experience in management, marketing and new business development to the board. Cook, founder of Loudoun Internal Medical Associates, is a specialist in geriatric care.

Luz Cofresí-Howe was named budget officer for Loudoun County. Cofresí-Howe was first hired as the county’s capital budget manager, a position she has held since July 2007. Prior to joining the county, Cofresí-Howe was deputy director of finance and administration for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.

Seneca Ridge Middle School students Annie Franks, grade seven, and Carolyn Deroster, grade eight, were selected as finalists for the Flute Society of Washington Flute Master Class. The Flute Fair will be in Reston Feb. 21. Annie will perform a Telemann Fantasias and Carolyn will perform "The Pearl of Siberia." Flutists from across the Washington, D.C., region entered and competed in this event. Three finalists were selected.

Jessica L. Niepokoj and Todd D. Lancaster II of Sterling and Alysa R. Heilmann of Potomac Falls were named to the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University for the 2008 fall semester.

Dan J. Schardein has been hired as Loudoun County’s zoning administrator, effective Feb. 19.

Schardein comes to the county with more than 22 years of zoning experience. He has worked for Stafford County since 1986, most recently as business retention and development manager in the Department of Economic Development. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Schardein was a founding member and first president of the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials. He is a certified zoning administrator and a graduate of the Virginia Certified Board of Zoning Appeals.