FPAC - Facilities Planning Advisory Council

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School Board Liaison

Elaine Tholen

Staff Liaison 

Jessica Gillis, Executive Director for Facilities and Transportation Services

Committee Purpose

The Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) shall provide accurate, timely, and relevant advice to the Fairfax County School Board with regard to the development of strategic, comprehensive, and long-term plans for educational and educational support facilities within Fairfax County for Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) students. The FPAC is intended to enhance community outreach and input into the facilities planning process.

2022-23 Council Charge

Continue to work with staff and build on our work to develop the long-range vision for FCPS school facilities; provide input to the proposed renovation queue assessment criteria and assist with the evaluation of the assessment to determine the updated renovation queue; provide further support to facilitate implementation of the accepted FPAC major maintenance and asset management recommendations and to monitor the Falls Church High School renovation; advise and assist with the development and implementation of updated boundary policies; and assess how FCPS can incorporate and evaluate the Joint Environmental Taskforce (JET) goals and achieve greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability throughout its facilities.

Meeting Schedule

The following is the upcoming FPAC meeting schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all FPAC meetings will be held at the Gatehouse Administration Center, room 3050/51, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.  Regular meetings will be held from 7-9:30 p.m.  Work Session meetings will fall between 6-9 p.m.  See meeting agenda for specifics.

FPAC SY 2022-23 Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Location and Time Agenda Approved Minutes
September 13, 2022

Regular Meeting

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2022

Regular Meeting

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 18, 2022

Committee Work Time Reserved

November 1, 2022

Regular Meeting

Meeting Agenda  
November 15, 2022

Committee Work Time Reserved

December 6, 2022

Regular Meeting

Meeting Agenda  
December 13, 2022

Committee Work Time Reserved


January 10, 2023

Regular Meeting    
January 17, 2023

Committee Work Time Reserved

February 7, 2023

Regular Meeting


February 21, 2023

Committee Work Time Reserved    
February 25, 2023
Retreat (Off-Site)    
March 7, 2023

Regular Meeting


March 21, 2023

Committee Work Time Reserved    
April 11, 2023

Regular Meeting


April 18, 2023

Committee Work Time Reserved    
May 2, 2023

Regular Meeting

May 16, 2023

Regular Meeting


June 6, 2023

Regular Meeting    

FPAC Background

On September 23, 2010, the School Board approved the formation of a Facilities Planning Advisory Council (FPAC) as a new advisory council of the Board. The mission of the advisory council is to advise and inform the staff and School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans for facilities needs in the most effective and efficient way.  FPAC is made up of 13 citizens – one from each Fairfax County magisterial district, one from the City of Fairfax, and three at-large members.

Facilities-related issues that may be considered by the advisory council may include, but are not limited to:

  • school program capacity
  • enrollment and projections
  • transportation and operating efficiencies related to facilities planning
  • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) prioritization
  • creative financing and construction strategies
  • scope of renovations
  • school closures and new schools
  • student accommodation planning (building additions/modular relocations/ review of school boundaries)

The creation of FPAC is the result of a recommendation by the School Board’s Comprehensive Plan Development Committee (CPDC), which is charged with designing a recommendation for a comprehensive facilities planning process in order to address:

  • A need for increased public awareness when a school boundary study was imminent;
  • A need for increased public validation that facilities issues existed which could require a boundary study;
  • A need for a more regional, long-range approach to facilities planning that is not provided in the current Capital Improvement Program (CIP) development process.

CPDC’s research led to the decision to create and establish an “umbrella planning group” to interact with staff, the community, and the School Board, by providing district-wide comprehensive planning oversight and guidance. The establishment of a Facilities Planning Advisory Council will serve to further the intent of School Board Policy 8120, Facilities Planning, School Planning, which directs the preparation of a Capital Improvement Plan, program based school capacities, size and location of schools, periodic boundary adjustments, and most importantly, community involvement.

FPAC Appointees

The following members were appointed by the School Board to the Facilities Planning Advisory Council:

Member Biography

Chuck Fanshaw,
Braddock District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

Charles W. “Chuck” Fanshaw is a senior executive with over 39 years of military and civilian experience as a facilities construction, engineering, planning, and operations professional. Chuck retired from the federal Senior Executive Service in 2021, last serving as the Management Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. He has extensive K-12 and higher education experience with past positions as Director of Construction for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, and Director of Facilities Project Management and Design at George Mason University, successfully leading and managing multi-year, billion-dollar educational facilities programs at both locations. He was also
Director of Administrative Services for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in Alexandria, VA, and Director of Support Services at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Chuck was commissioned as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps (Seabee) officer serving 12 years on active duty and 14 years in the reserves, retiring as a Navy Captain.

Chuck attended the Virginia Military Institute and received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. He also graduated from the University of Florida and received a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia.

Chuck is excited to be able to use his experiences to serve the community as a member of FPAC. He and his wife have resided in Fairfax since 2004 and their three children have graduated from or attend
school in the WT Woodson HS pyramid.

Dianna Bo
Dranesville District  [email protected]

FPAC Appointment Through 2023

Dianna Bo, PE, PMP, serves as the facilities capital planning team lead for the United States Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Civil Engineering, where she oversees capital planning for the Coast Guard’s nation-wide shore infrastructure portfolio.  Prior to this role, Dianna retired from the Coast Guard after 22 years of active duty service, where she gained specialized experience in directing university facilities operations, managing major systems acquisition programs, and completing capital construction project planning & execution.

Dianna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.  She also holds a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, and a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  She is passionate about public service and being involved in the community.  She previously co-led a local Girl Scout troop, and currently volunteers at Share of McLean and with the McLean High School Athletic Boosters.

Dianna, her husband, two high school children, and dog live in McLean, VA.  Their children go to McLean High School and their rescue dog is totally spoiled.

Jim Riddle
Hunter Mill District  [email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

James T. “Jim” Riddle currently works for the Prince William County Department of Development Services, Building Development Division serving as the Principal Engineer and Supervisor for Special Inspections. In this role, Jim leads the County’s effort in the review and inspection of the structural systems for most buildings constructed in the County. This includes all construction conducted by the Prince William County Public School system. Overall, Jim has 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry focusing on design, construction management, and code enforcement.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering from the University of Virginia. Jim is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Jim and his wife, Gwen, have lived in Vienna, Virginia since 2000. Their two children have attended schools in the James Madison pyramid. Jim also volunteers as an assistant coach for the Vienna Girls High School Rugby team.

Troy Thompson
Franconia District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

Troy Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, is a Managing Partner at SmithGroup; one of the largest integrated design firms in the U.S.  Troy leads the firm’s efforts on design excellence, delivery of services to clients, technology, and talent development.  As the historic preservation leader for the firm, his recent projects include the modernization of the mid-century modern US Embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay, earthquake repairs to the Smithsonian Castle, the White House Visitor Center, and Harvard University’s Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Turkey.

He currently serves on the national committee of the American Institute of Architects-Associated General Contractors Joint Committee, the board of directors for the Center for Innovation in the Design and Construction Industries, and is very active in the Design Futures Council.  These organizations all share a focus on improving the design and construction of our built world.  Troy is a licensed architect in Indiana where he graduated from Ball State University with degrees in architecture and philosophy.  He has a graduate degree in American history from George Mason University.

In 2003, the Thompsons moved to Springfield from Indianapolis, Indiana.  He and Shelly still live in Springfield.  She volunteers at ECHO.  Their son, Max, graduated from Lee H.S. in 2019 after being a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team.  He is studying business and political science at the University of Mary Washington.

Daniel Aminoff, CMB, AMP
Vice Chair
Mason District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Daniel H. Aminoff, CMB, AMP, a Supervising Mortgage Loan Officer (NMLS 205764) for PNC, has over 40 years of experience in the mortgage finance business. He started his career in California in retail residential lending and over the years has managed production in all channels of the business, including Multi-Family, Wholesale, and Correspondent Lending. He has been lending in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area for 24 Years.

Mr. Aminoff joined PNC in September of 2022. Prior to PNC, he was a Producing Sales Manager for Citizens Bank. Prior to Citizens Bank, he was an Area Manager with Union Home Mortgage Corporation for 3 years. 

Mr. Aminoff is a subject matter expert in the field of residential lending and previously served on the Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. He holds the distinguished Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB ®) and Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designations from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Mr. Aminoff is also a member of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Mr. Aminoff is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a BA in Economics and International Relations. He is a former college football official and enjoys traveling. Mr. Aminoff resides in Alexandria, Virginia. His children have and currently attend high school within the division.

Catherine Hosek, Secretary
Mount Vernon District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

Cathy Hosek has been an education advocate for almost 20 years. She left her web page development job to focus on raising her 4 children full time. Cathy served for 2 years as PTA President of Stratford Landing ES and is the School Outreach Manager for GrandInvolve, an organization that connects Seniors to local Title I Schools through mentoring and teaching to the students. Last year she was the School Action Team Leader at Mount Vernon Woods and this year she is at Washington Mill. Cathy graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture/Horticulture from Murray State University and is currently employed part-time at the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Cathy has been attending FPAC meetings for over 3 years and also attends the VDOT and EMBARK meetings on the Richmond Highway Corridor. She is also her neighborhood member who attends the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Association Education meetings.

Cathy, her husband, and 4 children all live near Mount Vernon in Alexandria. Her children attend Stratford Landing, Mount Vernon, West Potomac, and George Mason University.

Daniel Hogan
Providence District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2024

Dan Hogan is an engineering and construction professional with more than 30 years of industry experience.  Dan retired from the Senior Foreign Service at the State Department in 2014 and is currently the Vice President for Design at BL Harbert International.  Dan has worked in both the public and private sectors leading major (mostly international) design and construction programs and projects.

Dan’s professional credentials include a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.  Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York, a Designated Design Build Professional by the Design Build Institute of America, and a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America.

Dan is a strong believer in voluntary service, currently serving on his community association’s Board of Directors as well as having served in the Peace Corps from 1991-93.

Dan graduated from Oakton High School in 1982, has a daughter who graduated from Marshall High School in 2019, and a son who plans to graduate from Marshall High School in 2022.

Kevin Cahill
Springfield District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2024

Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP is a Principal and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Interface Engineering. With more than 25 years of experience - Kevin has extensive experience in commercial, mixed-use developments, hotels, government projects, academic buildings, and international high-rise towers. As a LEED AP and advocate of sustainability, Kevin is dedicated to designing smarter systems, higher-performing buildings, and greener infrastructure that is efficient, environmentally sensitive, and financially sound. Kevin currently leads his project teams on a variety of Net Zero Energy projects in the Washington, DC metro area and abroad, including the new George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA.

Kevin graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2004 he moved to Burke, VA from Norwood, Massachusetts. Kevin and his wife Ann have two children – Madelyn and Andrew both attending Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Erica Carter
Sully District
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2024

Erica Carter is an environmental planner, currently serving as the Fairfax County Recycling Coordinator. Before that, she was a volunteer, PTA president, and a busy mom of two.  As FCPS graduates, her kids were well-prepared to take on the world – one even served as a Peace
Corps volunteer in Tanzania.

Erica went to high school in Reston (yay South Lakes) and graduated from George Mason University with a degree in public administration and the University of Virginia, with a master’s in urban and environmental planning.  Her husband Ted is also a graduate of SLHS, but no, they
were not high school sweethearts.

Most relevant to this appointment, Erica is a LEED Green Associate, with additional certification in green classrooms. When kids have safe, sustainable spaces to engage all their senses, they have the potential to do amazing things.

Phil Gardner
At-Large    [email protected]

FPAC Appointment Through 2025

Phil Gardner currently works as an Environmental Engineer for the US Navy, researching emerging technologies and providing in-service support for naval shipboard environmental waste handling systems. He has worked with the Dept. of Defense for over 11 years in various engineering, business financial management, and project management roles. Before his current role, he worked as a Design and Construction Project Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers in Wiesbaden, Germany where he oversaw the design and construction/renovation of 21st Century concept school facilities for the Dept. of Defense Education Activity, family housing developments, simulation training facilities, and other military facility projects throughout Europe East District. He has experience in adhering to international building regulations and negotiating solutions across cultural boundaries. His academic background includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and a Project Management Certificate from Penn State University. 

Phil currently resides in McLean with his wife and 3 children who attend Chesterbrook Elementary School. He is looking forward to using his international and interdisciplinary experience to help the community provide facility solutions to enhance the educational experience of Fairfax County students.



Angela Smalls
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

My name is Angela Smalls and I have lived in the DMV area since 2001 and have been a Fairfax County resident since 2006.  I have one child who is a 7th grader at South County Middle School.  I have a degree in engineering and after college, I worked in the aircraft industry for many years as a structural designer.  I worked in several states across the country for various aircraft companies before coming to the DC area.  I came to DC for a career change and went to law school in the area while working full time.  After law school, I worked for several consulting firms in Federal grants and policy.  I currently work for the District of Columbia handling much of their Federal grant reimbursement and other Federal interactions for many of the DC agencies.  I served on a previous FCPS Advisory Committee, the Human Resources Advisory Committee, two years ago.  My experience was positive, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the interesting issues presented by the Facilities Planning Advisory Council.

Katie Hermann, Chair
City of Fairfax
[email protected]

FPAC Appointment
Through 2024

Katie Hermann, CFM, GISP, serves as a senior environmental planner and project manager in Fairfax County’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and conducts land use and environmental analysis for development proposals to determine conformance with County environmental policies.  She also evaluates zoning pre-application research with partnering County agencies, environmental/land use impact assessments, coordination of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and inter-jurisdictional review, planning implementation support, GIS/geodatabase management, and comprehensive plan amendments.  Prior to her role at Fairfax County, Ms. Hermann worked in environmental consulting for state and local entities on the east coast.  Katie specialized in school safety initiatives, school risk management planning, GIS analytics, floodplain management planning, hazard mitigation planning, and strategic planning for various clients.  She has experience working with school districts to implement school risk management plans and helped capture critical emergency response asset information for over 1,000 schools.  She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Geography.

Katie lives in the City of Fairfax with her husband and daughter, who attends a City of Fairfax elementary school.

Resource Documents

View the annual report to the School Board, along with the advisory council guidelines and bylaws.

FCPS Capital Improvement Program