A HUGE Thank YOU!!
to all of our WHSers who donated, attended and supported the 2011 Spirit of Giving Fundraiser for the Fairfax County International Search & Rescue Team!

We raised over $38,000 & more than DOUBLED our total over last year!

Thanks to Sarah Shell of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and her incredible team; all of our volunteers;  Mark Gilbert, Firehouse Subs Fairfax and the Firehouse Subs Foundation (we got the $10,000 grant!!);  Platinum sponsor: PriceWaterhouseCoopers;  Gold Sponsor: CRGT, Silver Sponsors: CACI, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Harris Corporation, SiloSmashers, Integrity Management and Patriot: The Chertoff Group and Individual Sponsors: Peter Higgins, 1SecureAudit; Sandy Mestre, EES; Michelle Mrdeza, MXM Consulting; Jon Ostrowski, USCG; Nancy Peters; Mary Beth Romani, Integrity Management;  Linda Keene Solomon, Deloitte; Kimberly Purlia, Purlia | Parris; Linda Stocker, CenturyLink and everyone who donated an item or made a purchase!


Because of everyone's time and donations, we're buying a tele handler for the team!  
Stay tuned for details on our event to present the equipment to the team at their training facility
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See the fun at the WHS Family album
Mary Beth Romani, Rachel Jenkins and Event Chair, Sarah Shell
Anne Petera, WHS Board Member & Co-Chair for Auction 2012!
Board Member Mary Souther, CGI, her husband and other luminaries
Silver Sponsor Dondi McNickle, CRGT; Mrs Claus; Sue Crow, GTSC; Santa & WHS Board Member Kimberly Purlia, Purlia | Parris
January 20  Brenda Heck & Kara Sidener, FBI
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Brenda Heck
Special Agent-in-Charge, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of InvestigationFBI
Kara Sidener
Infragard Coordinator, Washington Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation


January 20, 2012

11:30 am - 1:30 pm




Join us to learn about the role of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, hear some incredible achievements of SAC Heck and Special Agent Sidener, and find out about the FBI's foremost program of cooperation and outreach to the private sector, Infragard.


About Brenda

Ms Heck serves as special agent in charge of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division of the Washington Field Office. Ms. Heck most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters and has more than 23 years of service to the FBI.


Prior to her career with the FBI, she was a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service from 1985-88. In 1988, Ms. Heck completed new agent training at the FBI Academy and began her career at the New York Field Office.

While in the New York Field Office, she spent 14 years working extensively on investigations involving fugitives, crimes against children, and civil rights. She was a member of the New York Field Office Scuba Team and was awarded the medal of merit.  In 2002, Ms. Heck was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Section, at FBI Headquarters. After working in the Criminal Investigative Division, she transferred to the Counterterrorism Division and served as a supervisory special agent, unit chief, and assistant section chief and section chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section.


Ms. Heck completed the Leadership in Counterterrorism program in 2006, a program sponsored by the Australian Federal Police in conjunction with the FBI. In October 2009, she received the Director's Award for Excellence in intelligence analysis for her work on the Strategic Execution Team initiative, a two-year project to realign FBI intelligence functions.


Ms. Heck graduated from James Madison University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in homeland security and defense studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.


About Kara

Kara D. Sidener is a Special Agent with the FBI and is currently serving as the InfraGard Coordinator for the Washington Field Office (WFO). Her 13+ years with the FBI have all been in the Washington, DC area, having had assignments at the WFO, FBI Headquarters, and the FBI Academy. Kara has experience in a number of areas to include counterintelligence, cyber, evidence response, instruction and training, and private sector outreach. She has co-authored two articles, "Proactive Human Source Development" and "Office Paper DeCopier," which appeared in the Law Enforcement Bulletin and Journal of Forensic Sciences, respectively. Kara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Forensic Science degree, both from The George Washington University. 




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January 28  WHS Fashion Show 2012!

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WHS Fashion show 2012 
Join members, family and friends to celebrate the new year with some fresh looks for work and weekend! 
January 28, 2012
Lord & Taylor, Fair Oaks Mall
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Want to model?  We'd love to have you!  Sign up here.
Want to attend and cheer on your fellow WHSers?  Register so we can have enough mimosas!
Want to sponsor?  All proceeds go to the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation.
Last year over 100 members joined us to freshen their professional look, network with friends, and model the beauty and sophistication that makes up our WHS membership! 
Join us this year -- to model (children welcome!, or just to watch -- with your family and friends as we ring in the New Year with a new attitude!!
Lord & Taylor will host us with special prizes and discounts, and have brought in partner Clinique for a Social Media Clinique Makeover event after the fashion show.
See you there! 
(All proceeds and donations to the Fashion Show event will be given to WHS' 2012 Charity, the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation to build a memorial to fallen enlisted Coast Guard heroes that died in the line of duty.)

See the fabulous photos & fun from last year!
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CALIFORNIA MEMBERS:  Meet & Greet in March

 California Here We Come!



WHS is planning a Meet & Greet around Los Angeles/Long Beach/San Diego in late March.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending, and a location that would work for you.  We can easily meet in San Diego, Long Beach or Los Angeles (or more than one location based on interest).


Email us today if you'd like to attend!


January's Book Club Pick:  Hunting the American Terrorist
January book club pick

Hunting the American Terrorist:  The FBI's War on Homegrown Terror

by Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett


The FBI's head agent in charge of the Unabomber Task Force and one of the FBI's top behavioral analyst combine to write a fascinating book on the homegrown terrorists that have plagued our country in recent memory. 
The criminal cases of Theodore Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph are the primary focus of the book. I can only imagine the monotony that might come from spending thousands of man hours tracking down false leads and suspects; but you won't find any of that here. Author Terry Turchie keeps the events fast paced and interesting.  

WHS University:  GAO Report on FBI Headquarters


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GAO Report:  FBI  Actions Needed to Document Security Decisions and Address Issues with Condition of Headquarters Buildings


According to FBI and GSA assessments, the FBI's headquarters facilities -- the Hoover Building and the headquarters annexes -- do not fully support the FBI's long-term security, space and building condition requirements.  Learn more about the recommendations of GAO for the FBI's headquarters here.



Happy New Year!


 Cheers to 2012! 

Happy New Year!


In the New Year,  

may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. 

-Irish Saying