Mary Frase

Present: Divorced, one adopted son, Mark Williams, who graduated from George Mason in 2002, is still single and is currently working in Alabama. I’ve lived in the City of Falls Church in Broadmont since 1996. I retired in 2012 and now spend much of my time volunteering in a number of capacities as a Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist, building with Habitat for Humanity, playing bridge with residents at an assisted living facility, serving meals to the homeless, and in many ways with my church, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean. One of the best things about retirement is being able to take a nap whenever I need or want to. Also great is the opportunity to travel: Amazon river cruise in 2014, Netherlands and Belgium boat trip in tulip season in 2015 and in early 2016. I am looking forward to a hiking/kayaking trip in the Galapagos. Other leisure activities include reading (and listening to audio books), watching/attending/participating in sports, rooting for Washington area sports teams (sigh), genealogy, gardening in my own yard (rather than as a volunteer in other gardens) and almost anything outdoors. Volunteering at the Arlington County Fair as a Master Gardener
Past: I attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate and went to grad school at Yale where I earned master degrees in economics and political science and a Ph.D. in political science. My professional career was varied as I worked in the education, government and private sectors. After grad school, I taught at Teachers College Columbia University in the graduate program in Politics and Education for ten years and lived in Connecticut. When my husband took a job with SAIC, we moved to Purcellville. After we separated, I went to work for the Federal Government and moved to Herndon. I worked for the Federal Government for nearly thirty years, mostly in management/executive positions in statistical agencies at the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. I also worked as a self-employed consultant (both full and part-time) on topics involving economics and/or political science primarily for governments (at all levels) and non-profit organizations.

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