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Jim Housel - President and Director, area of interest: Internal Affairs & Operations Development

James Housel, President, is an Administrative Patent Judge with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Jim joined FPA with his son in 2004, and is certified in all areas of television production.  He has volunteered on a number of television programs, including both taped and live.  He was appointed to the Board in 2005, and served two years as a Director, the last of which he served also as the Secretary.  In 2007, Jim was again appointed to the Board and was then elected Vice President serving several terms before being elected President.  Jim is in charge of Internal Affairs, working as liaison between the Board and FPA management.  In addition, Jim chairs FPA’s Operations Committee, which makes monthly equipment purchase decisions to support station operations.  In addition to Jim’s service to FPA, he is Secretary to the Board of the Foundation for the Children of Vietnam, an international children’s charity, where he also served as co-founder and President.  In addition, prior to that service, Jim was the Director of International Relief for the Latin American Parent’s Association.  Jim holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, an MS in Systems Engineering, a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in Virginia.

Georgia Bridgman Graves– Vice President and Director, area of interest: Community Development

Georgia Graves is proud to serve as past President and CEO of Bridgman Communications, Inc. a company which she started and is celebrating its 25th year of business excellence. The firm has consistently delivered superior 24 hour 7 day a week service to the business community in the Washington Metropolitan Area by selling, installing, and maintaining business telephone systems, voice mail systems and related products.
Bridgman Communications delivers the newest IP Technology products that link corporate business centers to remote users and offices seamlessly as though they were all under one roof.

The company has over 2,000 customers with product sales, support and service for Mitel-Inter-Tel, Samsung, and Allworx. Bridgman Communications has successfully supported over the years such products as Avaya, Nortel, NEC, 3Com, and Toshiba. The firm maintains an extensive inventory to support older products in the marketplace and has developed and supplier network to keep customer discontinued systems fully functional.

Over the last 25 years, the company’s community affiliations have included support of many nonprofit organizations by providing community resources, sponsorships, donations, and employee man-hours to groups like: The Council for the Arts of Herndon, Gabriel Homes, Alhambra House, Herndon Community Television-Channel 23, Fairfax Public Access Channel 10, 30 and 37 and projects for the Washington Dulles International Airport Rotary.

Key participation has been provided on many levels to: Committee for Dulles, The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, The Herndon and Dulles Regional Chambers of Commerce, The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Graves, a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, the Class of 1995, has committed her corporate and personal time as well to these organizations and has been proud to have held the key position in several of these organizations over the years including Chairman of The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (1997-98), President Committee for Dulles (1998-2000), President of the Washington Dulles International Airport Rotary (2007-08), and she is honored to serve as the President of Fairfax Public Access (2007-08).

Georgia hobbies include marching with her husband and daughter in one of the finest patriotic organizations in our country, the American Originals Fife & Drum Corps as the group’s Drum Major. She also works a few hours a week with a Junior Fife and Drum Corps at Linton Hall School.

Georgia is married to married to Mike Graves, and her daughter Anneliese is a junior at George Mason University; they live in Herndon.

Steve Mullen – Treasurer and Director, area of interest: Finance Operation Development

As a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Cost Analyst, Mr. Mullen serves the FPA Board of Directors as its Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Steve has a MS in Industrial Management and a BS in Accounting, and is a Senior Systems Analyst for Coleman Research Corporation. He served as an officer in the Air Force Officer for over 22 years, principally in financial management, program management, budget, cost analysis, and audit. Steve previously served on the Board of Directors for a Non-Profit in Illinois, with the last 3 Years as Chairman. His experience with FPA Channel 10 includes contributing to "Sports Scope" (starting in 1997), initially on audio and camera, then as Co-Host and Assistant Producer, Editor, and Occasional Director. He also worked on "Fantasy Football Review" as Director and Editor; "Non-Profit Network" as Editor; and assisted in numerous other Studio and Field Production Shoots at Channel 10 in earlier years. He has worked at radio and television stations in Colorado and Illinois with sportscaster play-by-play experience in football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey at both high school and college level. He also worked as sports director and sportscaster with Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

Ruth Bennett - Secretary and Director, area of interest: Member Development

I am honored to have been appointed to the Board in July of 2014 and then elected by the members in September 2015. I will do my best to be a productive Board member and serve the interests of FPA and our members. I want to contribute to keeping FPA in the top tier of public access stations in the country.

As Director of Membership Development on the Board, I want to hear your comments and suggestions. Here’s how to get in touch with me: Email - or Phone -703-655-4959.

I retired recently, having worked almost 29 years as a Federal employee, first in a one-stop shop customer service office as a computer specialist and then as a computer trainer for a variety of software programs. Later in my career I became a program manager responsible for my Agency’s leadership programs and writing and presentation training.

I’ve been a member of FPA since 1991 and am an active producer of a monthly show On the Go with AAUW that a friend and I started in 1991. Besides FPA I’m active in the Alexandria Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) where I’ve held a number of leadership positions, Daughters of the American Revolution where I’m currently recording secretary for the John Alexander Chapter, and the School of Living, a small non-profit land trust, where I serve as corresponding secretary.

I have a B.A. from Pasadena College and two M.A.s - one from the University of California at Riverside and one from George Washington University.

Jim Southworth - Director, area of interest: Technology Development

James B. Southworth – CTO, East by North Inc, Jim has been the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of East by North working many diverse and worldwide consulting projects for private industry, government agencies, including the law enforcement/security sectors, VC, and the broadband industry with “Hands-On” technical experience not just management. 

In his almost forty years in the all forms of the telecommunications and computing industries, Jim has held technology management and technologist positions with such key established industry players as Concentric Network/XO Communications where he held the formal title of Sr. Director Advanced Networks Services and Technologies. His professional experience spans everything from operating system software and computer security to high-speed digital transmission facilities for the telephony network, digital video and the data world.

Jim is recognized internationally as an industry expert in various Internet access technologies such as TVoIP, VoIP, DSL, two-way satellite and wireless, as well as in leading edge security and enterprise applications. He has also been in several senior high security consultative roles including to US federal law-enforcement in the Washington, DC area as well as for Interpol in Lyon, France, both involving Internet security and anti-terrorist technologies and the Virtual Private Networks that support them.

Jim advises some of the most innovative and leading-edge entrepreneurial ventures in the industry today, serving on various Board of Directors and Advisory Boards interfacing with management and Venture Capital firms.  He is also active in International not-for-profit industry standards setting including serving on the Board of Directors of the DSL Forum for four years.  He is a frequent chairman, speaker or moderator at tradeshows, conferences, and summits.  A respected Internet technologist in all the emerging technologies such as VoIP (Voice and Video over IP), he is known for his visionary technology leadership and strategy and has been recognized in EE Times as one of the twenty-one key “architects of the next generation of the Internet” in the world at that time.

Jim has also served on the board of directors and as an officer of numerous community and civic associations and corporations. His strong visionary leadership, management, and diverse cutting edge creative technical skills have won him several awards and honors locally and nation-wide. He was the very first recipient of the Broadband Forum “Circle of Excellence” award for his international work in deploying “High-Speed” internet world-wide.

Kevin McFarland - Director, area of interest: Financial Management

Kevin McFarland is a financial advisor with Edward Jones whose office is in Falls Church, VA.  He has been involved in the financial services industry for 20 years. 

His educational background includes the College for Financial Planning, Georgetown University, Greenville College and Kaskaskia College.  He maintains the AAMS and CRPC certifications. 

While originally from Illinios, he has been in Washington, DC and the Northern Virginia area since the mid-1990s and is a resident of Falls Church. 

When not in the office or aiding his clients, Kevin enjoys snow skiing, scuba diving, and international travel.  He is also an ardent supporter of the arts.  During his international travels, Kevin's love of scuba diving has inspired him on his journeys to many locations, both domesic and international, in order to dive, and in the process he has become passionate about the preservation of coral reefs for others to enjoy. 

Ingrid Parris-Hicklin - Director, area of interest: Promotional Development

Ingrid Parris-Hicklin has been a member of Fairfax Public Access since 2012.  Since becoming a member she has produced and hosted 53 television episodes of Ingrid's World and 5 episodes of Take Charge.  Ingrid retired from Fairfax County Government as the Deputy Director for the Office of Public Private Partnerships.   As a Fairfax County employee she was the recipient of numerous awards.  Most notably she received the A. Heath Onthank Award for merit which is the highest honor that Fairfax County Government awards to its employees. Ingrid serves on the United Way Fairfax-Falls Church Regional Council.  She is past president of the Rotary Club of Tysons Corner, National Capital Region Society of Certified Public Managers, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Prince William County Chapter.  She is currently serving as Chaplin of the Old Dominion (VA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated.  Ingrid is a graduate of City College of New York, Bachelor of Arts in Education.  She received her certification as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from the Institute for Regional Excellence, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and George Washington University.