Our Members


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 Patricia “Pat” Addison, Ed.D., was appointed to the Commission for Women in November 2014. She is a native of Washington DC and has lived in the City of Fairfax with her husband, George Addison, since 2002. Pat retired from Fairfax County Public Schools as Director of Special Education and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She is also an educational consultant and a published author with a focus on leadership development. Pat earned degrees in speech pathology from the District of Columbia Teachers College and George Washington University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. As a member of the Commission, Pat’s special interests are helping to address the impact of poverty on women and helping all Fairfax City women to be knowledgeable about the resources and services that may help meet their specific needs.

Debbie Bermudez was appointed to the Commission for Women in December 2010. She currently works as a Spanish language staff interpreter at the Fairfax County Courthouse. She has been a resident of the City of Fairfax since 2007. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Inter American University of Puerto Rico; a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law; and a certification as a Spanish language interpreter from the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is admitted to practice law in Puerto Rico and in the District of Columbia. She volunteers with the Fairfax County JDRDC Volunteer Interpreter Program. She loves to cook and spend time with her family.

Brenda Kuhlman was appointed to the Commission for Women in February 2013. She has worked for the Virginia Department of Social Services since 1999. Previous community involvement includes twelve years as director of Main Street Child Development Center, a child care center serving low- moderate income families in the City of Fairfax; and as a board member on the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children. She is additionally a member of the Writers of Chantilly and a regular contributor to the Country Register newspapers. She’s also an avid organic gardener; a self-proclaimed expert on road food; and forever working on the Great American Novel.

Huilan Larson has degrees in education and Spanish Literature, having studied for a doctorate at the University of North Carolina. She is able to use her educational background in her job with the federal prison system. She likes the outdoors and books. Huilan and Steve have been married since 1981. Both Huilan and Steve like to travel and see the world. Huilan is very interested in conservation efforts. She was appointed to the Commission in 2001.  

Teresa Presson was appointed to the Commission for Women in October 2016.  She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts and Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.  She is currently employed as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools and has enjoyed volunteering for various Fairfax City community events as well as doing local community outreach with her church. Teresa relocated to Fairfax City in 2013 after living in New England for many years.  While living there, she was a very active school volunteer where she served on various committees and on the PTA Board. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoys exploring new interests and places.  

Janet Sievert was appointed to the Commission for Women in 2015. She is a twenty year resident of the City of Fairfax and has been an active volunteer with the high school booster programs and her homeowner’s association. Ms. Sievert is a strong advocate for full accessibility for persons with disabilities and has a long time interest in women’s issues. Ms. Sievert is an attorney with the federal government.

Jeanie Bell Winslow was appointed to the Commission for Women in February 2011. She is a native Washingtonian living in the City of Fairfax for seventeen years. Mrs. Winslow recently retired from the Department of Defense where she was the Deputy Public Affairs Officer for a major Army command. Following retirement she was a Conference Management Consultant. She has volunteered with Spotlight on the Arts, at Main Street Child Development Center as a teacher’s assistant, is a member of George Mason University’s “Friends of Music” and a member of the Architectural Standards Committee for her homeowner’s association. Her interests include music, gardening, outdoor activities, good wine and traveling. She is married to Colonel WW Winslow, USA, Retired.

Stephanie Yost was appointed to the Commission for Women in December 2010. She has lived in Fairfax City since 2008 but is originally from Southwestern Virginia. Stephanie has a degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Certificate of Professional Development in Women, Policy and Political Leadership from American University. She is a 2007 graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law, where she held multiple leadership positions with the Women Law Students Organization and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She is currently an attorney in private practice.

Staff Liaisons 

Louise Armitage, the City's Human Services Coordinator since 1989, provides information and advocacy for city residents seeking human service assistance. She manages the city's contracts with county and regional agencies, staffs the Human Services Committee and Commission for Women, and is designated Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer. Louise holds a Master's in Social Services Administration from Bryn Mawr College and a B.A. in Political Science from Agnes Scott College. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Sharon Justinian joined the City of Fairfax staff as a Human Services Coordinator in 2012.