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A Loudoun Icon: Mary Waters [Loudoun magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Loudoun magazine
Summer 2004

MARY WATERS MASTERED THE FINE art of networking long before it became vital for every savvy career-minded professional. This dynamic woman’s forte lies in building relationships—whether linking a young job seeker with a prospective employer or lobbying on behalf of Washington Dulles International Airport. She is the powerhouse behind the Committee for Dulles, a coalition of businesses, organizations, and individuals dedicated to the effective and orderly development of Dulles Airport and its environs. The Ashburn resident also founded the Potomac Society, an organization that brings together female journalists for networking and social functions. Years ago, Waters led the formation of the Fairfax Heritage Society, which worked to preserve Sully Plantation on Route 28 south of Dulles Airport. “Mary is not just a cheerleader,” says Keith Meurlin, the manager of Dulles Airport. “As airports continue to grow, they are often not able to sustain relationships with the community. Because of Mary Waters, we’ve been able to maintain those relationships at Dulles.”

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Framing that is Picture Perfect [Loudoun magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Loudoun magazine
November 2003, page 15

When Bill Waller started his framing career in Leesburg in the late 1960s, he had no idea that someday he’d be framing artwork for Loudoun County’s most notable residents. No, the owner of Waller Picture Framing in downtown Middleburg won’t name names, but hints that most of his clients—or at least their companies—are household names. “They trust and confide in me,” says the 56-year-old Bethesda, MD native, who was a painting major at American University in the late 1960s. “It’s as if I’m their psychologist or hair-dresser. I’d never do anything to jeopardize that relationship.”

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Historical Research Finds a Few Skeletons [Loudoun magazine]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
Loudoun magazine
December 2003, page 15

Mary Fishback has a passion for genealogy. Just ask her about her husband John’s family. “Oh this is a good one,” says the woman who for most of her career worked as a nurse and phlebotomist. She sits back in an overstuffed chair in the with Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library, where she has worked on and off more than 30 years, and smiles wryly as she begins to tell the tale.

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"I get by with a little help from my friends," says Hope, who gives special thanks to:

• MICHAEL GIBBS, website illustration and design: www.michaelgibbs.com
• MAX KUKOY, website development: www.maxwebworks.com
• STEVE BARRETT, portrait of Hope on Bio page: www.stevebarrettphotography.com

Contact HOPE KATZ GIBBS by phone [703-346-6975] or email.

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