Senator Favola and her husband, Doug Weik, have lived in Northern Virginia for nearly 30 years. Their son Donald Patrick (DP) is a senior at George Mason University. He attended and graduated from Virginia public schools, where Barbara volunteered and was active in the PTA.
Prior to her election in 2011, the Senator served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years and chaired that body three times. During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board’s leading advocate for children, youth and families. She supported the creation of teen lounges for young people, established mental health services in the public schools, provided a permanent home for the Head Start program and forged a community Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.
She has been a vigorous supporter of human rights and environmental stewardship, including protecting the Chesapeake. Senator Favola is Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay Committee. The Committee, established in 1998, tracks developments under the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program for implications to local governments and recommends Bay-related policies to COG’s Board of Directors.
In 2012, Senator Favola was appointed to the Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network of NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) as the Democratic Representative for the Southern Region. She was given a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for her efforts during the legislative session to support the environment and women’s rights, respectively. She also received the Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend of the Year Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).
Dean’s research is recognized worldwide. He has published more than 160 articles and he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has recently served on the publications board for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has received extramural funding to support his research since 1975, including awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Office of Naval Research. Dean received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and was a pre-doctoral National Institutes Trainee at Purdue University where he earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and began his independent scientific career at the Kettering laboratory.
Dean is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a University Distinguished Professor, and Stroobants Professor of Biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from Wabash College.
Ms Schnurr has been active in mentoring college students at Virginia Tech by speaking and attending formally conducted leadership events and mentoring Women's Volleyball players one on one who are looking for careers in Intelligence, Information Technology and Law Enforcement. She recently became a Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs Board Member.