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Twelve District Residents Have Qualified to Run for Seats on McLean Community Center’s Governing Board
Three Adult, Two Teen Positions Available

McLean Community Center (MCC) has certified 12 Dranesville Small District 1A residents, three adults and nine teens, to run for seats on the McLean Community Center Governing Board. The board sets policy and provides general oversight for all facilities and programs of the Center, including the Robert Ames Alden Theatre and the Old Firehouse Teen Center. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Residents of Dranesville Small District 1A are eligible to vote through absentee voting, which is taking place beginning Wednesday, March 18, through Wednesday, May 13. Due to Governor Northam's Stay-at Home order, which is in effect until June 10, MCC will not have in-person voting this year. Residents may request absentee ballots for themselves and their immediate household by mail, or by e-mail request to: elections@mcleancenter.org, or by phone: 703-744-9348, TTY: 711.

Three adult positions and two youth positions are open this year. The adult candidates who receive the three-highest vote counts will serve three-year (3) terms. Youth candidates, one from the McLean High School boundary area and one from the Langley High School boundary area, will serve one-year (1) terms. Youth candidates do not have to attend these schools to serve on the board.

Adult Candidates' Personal Statements

 Bill Glikbarg web

Bill Glikbarg

I have been active for more than 20 years in various community theater groups at the fabulous MCC Alden Theatre. I would like to see that The Alden Theatre continues to support shows from community and professional groups for the McLean audiences. Currently, I am Treasurer of a not-for-profit active community theater group at The Alden. I am also a past president of a homeowners’ association in the MCC tax district. Hence, I believe I understand the need to balance the financial constraints of the MCC with the need to provide great services to the McLean community.

You can reach me at: bglikbarg@aol.com.

Melanie Sletten web

Melanie Sletten

I wish to run for the Board of the McLean Community Center. As a volunteer at many local theaters, including The Alden; at the Arlington Food Assistance Center; at special events for the MCC; and as a Master Gardener, I would like to contribute to the well-being of others, both those living today and those yet unborn. As a Methodist, I’m taught to do all the good I can do wherever, whenever, for whomever, and however I can. I have some ideas I would like to propose which might better support the center and perhaps more residents within the jurisdiction.

You can reach me at: mel_sletten@hotmail.com.

 Barbara Appel web

Barbara Zamora-Appel

I am a three-year McLean resident with two children attending Churchill Road Elementary. My family and I love the sense of community and particularly enjoy the programs the MCC offers. I believe that my skills and professional work experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors would benefit the MCC. I’ve held numerous volunteer leadership roles with nonprofits to increase stakeholder interests and participation and to help achieve their mission and goals. I can use this experience to advance the goals of the MCC to drive rewarding experiences and a supportive learning environment for people of all ages and abilities.

You can reach me at: bgzamora@gmail.com.

Youth Candidates'
Personal Statements

Langley High School boundary area
 Selina alShihabi web

Selina Al-Shihabi

My name is Selina Al-Shihabi and I’m a student at Langley High School. McLean Community Center has given me countless opportunities. Now, it is my turn to give back to my community. I’m best suited to be your representative because I hold various leadership roles at Langley. Some of my priorities once on the board are: communicating regularly with students; planning exciting new events and trips; and making sure all residents feel part of the McLean community. I would also like to increase student leadership and volunteer opportunities. Allow me to represent you, and I will not let you down.

You can reach me at: selina22101@gmail.com.

Ivy Chen web

Ivy Chen

I want to run for the Governing Board because I am profoundly interested in setting policies for the community. I am passionate about overseeing and participating in meetings related to the various programs and discussions that will affect our lives. In other words, I want to give back to our society. Beyond my academic life, I enjoy running and participate in a multitude of extracurricular activities. I want to be involved in beneficially changing our community, so therefore, I am also a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee that focuses on protecting our community and making schools a safer environment.

You can reach me at: ivychen2004@gmail.com.

 Maria Kim web

Maria Kim

My name is Maria Kim and I am delighted to be a candidate. I have lived in McLean for most of my life now, and it is time to give back to what this community has given to me. I am currently a freshman at Langley and am a part of the robotics club, business and finance, Model UN and the Wind Ensemble. Joining Model UN has undoubtedly improved my public speaking skills, creating solutions for complex issues and working collaboratively with others. With this, I will put my best foot forward on improving and innovating the McLean community!

You can reach me at: myk0382@gmail.com.

 Aidan Nguyen web

Aidan Nguyen

I remember watching a speech during the 2016 election, and it awoke an interest in politics inside of me. I continued this throughout higher schooling by doing activities like Model UN and joining political discussion clubs. When I learned about the election I’m running for, I turned my attention to McLean. McLean has always been part of my life, ever since I could remember. From the various local events, to the sports teams, McLean has provided me with many experiences, opportunities and friends. I am running because I want to repay this gift and give it back to many others.

You can reach me at: ninjackhinjack@gmail.com.

 Fay Shuai web

Fay Shuai

My name is Fay Shuai. I’m a junior at Langley High School and I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to run for the youth board position. Since I could remember, I’ve loved public speaking and ambitiously supporting good causes, and I have an insatiable passion for helping my community. I regularly perform chamber music at senior homes. I’ve spent over 200 hours helping underprivileged kids in Oklahoma and I raised over $1,000 in less than a week to support Wuhan hospitals in combatting the coronavirus. If I’m elected, I’ll do everything in my power to better our wonderful district!

You can reach me at: faithcrossok@hotmail.com.

 Emily Siryani web

Emily Siryani

I may not be the most well-known person running for the Governing Board, but I promise to listen to each and every one of you. You matter. Your opinions matter. I have been in the SGA position before and I am committed to improve the quality of my community. I am responsible, organized, confident to make decisions and willing to support local students. I have the skill to incorporate the consensus needs and priorities of my community into strong policies. I am dedicated to work towards improving the access to clean drinking water, housing, poverty issues and health disparities.

You can reach me at: emily.siryani@gmail.com.

Youth Candidates'
Personal Statements

McLean High School boundary area
 tyler jensen web

Tyler Jensen

I am running for the McLean Community Center Governing Board because I believe I can best represent the interests of my community and will offer potential to the board. I’m qualified for this position because I serve on the Youth Advisory Council that operates under the Safe Community Coalition, and I was elected by my peers to serve on the Committee on Raising Student Voices at McLean High School. I am deeply invested in leadership roles, such as this one, and I strive to give back to the community in any way that I might. Thank you for your consideration.

You can reach me at: tylair16@gmail.com.

 Nyla Marcott web

Nyla Marcott

I am a student at McLean High School, running for the Board to support the community and serve you. I feel fortunate to live in a diverse city with a vibrant community center. I will listen and make your voice heard. I participate in the Girls’ Leadership Committee to strengthen my leadership skills and make positive contributions. As a reporter for The Highlander, I research and write about issues of concern to students and our community. I better McLean by ensuring people are included, have a place in the community, and know they are valued. I’d greatly appreciate your vote.

You can reach me at: nkmarcott@gmail.com.

 Sophia Powell web

Sophia Powell

I am seeking a youth seat on the MCC Board because I am passionate about amplifying youth voices. This year, I have been fortunate to be selected for Youth Leadership Greater Washington, a program designed to train future leaders. Additionally, for the last four years, I’ve been a Leadership Ambassador for She Rocks the World, a local nonprofit focused on empowering girls to use their voices fearlessly. Participation in these programs has inspired me to take a more active role in my community. If elected, I would work hard to represent the concerns of my peers.

You can reach me at: spcoburn803@gmail.com.

Write-in Candidates are allowed.
Write-in candidates must receive at least 10 votes from 10 residents of the Center’s tax district in order to have their votes counted. For youth write-in candidates, the 10 votes must come from teens who live within the same high school boundary area as the candidate.

Updated Procedures for Absentee Ballots. A resident may request an absentee ballot package by mail, phone (703-744-9348, TTY: 711) or email (elections@mcleancenter.org). Please indicate how many adult or youth ballots are needed. Due to the center's closure, all absentee ballots will be mailed to homes. The package will include a preaddressed return envelope for each ballot. A signed affidavit must accompany each completed ballot. Please mail your ballot in. Completed absentee voting affidavits and ballots must be received at MCC by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Due to Governor Northam's Stay-at Home order, which is in effect until June 10, MCC will not have in-person voting this year.

For more information, call the Center at 703-744-9348, TTY: 711, or email: elections@mcleancenter.org.

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