FPAC - Facilities Planning Advisory Council

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School Board Liaison

Laura Jane Cohen

Staff Liaison 

Jeffrey Platenberg, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Transportation Services
Jessica Gillis, Special Projects Administrator 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.

2020-21 Council Charge

Continue to work with staff and build on our work to: continue to develop the long-range vision for FCPS school facilities; provide support to facilitate implementation of the accepted FPAC major maintenance and asset management recommendations; develop recommendations on facility resiliency, to include accessibility, sustainability, and design justice; advise and assist with the development and implementation of updated boundary policies and processes; and, assess and evaluate how facility design and construction can be adjusted to accommodate social distancing and a safe environment.

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 4050/51, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.  Regular meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m.  Work Session meetings will fall between 6-9 p.m.  See meeting agenda for specifics.

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings virtually at https://www.fcps.edu/streamingmeeting. If you would like to observe and/or speak during Community Time at May 4, 2021, Regular Meeting, please send your name and email address to Sara Wade at slwade@fcps.edu by 4:30 p.m., May 3, 2021, to receive a link to join the virtual meeting.

FPAC SY 2020-21 Meeting Schedule
Meeting Date Location and Time Agenda Approved Minutes
September 8, 2020

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 6, 2020

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
October 20, 2020
(Work Session)

Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.

November 10, 2020

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
November 24, 2020
(Work Session)

Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.

December 1, 2020

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2020
(Work Session)
Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.
January 5, 2021 Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m. Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2021
(Work Session)


February 2, 2021

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2021
(Work Session)
Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.    
February 27, 2021
9 a.m.-noon Retreat Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2021

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda  
March 16, 2021
(Work Session)
Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.    
April 6, 2021

Electronic Regular Meeting 7-9 p.m.

Meeting Agenda  
April 20, 2021
(Work Session)
Electronic Work Session 6-9 p.m.
FPAC Members will participate electronically due to the COVID-19 emergency.  Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings virtually at https://www.fcps.edu/streamingmeeting.  
May 4, 2021 7-9 p.m.    
May 18, 2021 7-9 p.m.    
June 8, 2021

7-9 p.m.


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 eminent;
  • 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 to 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

Charles Hookey,
Braddock District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2022

Charles Hookey was in the cable television industry before transitioning to stay-at-home dad. He managed the franchising, construction, and operation of cable TV systems in South Florida and Prince Georges County, MD. As an industry consultant, he conducted the due diligence required for the buying and selling of US cable TV systems and was involved with the formative cable TV systems in Norway and Hong Kong.

His two sons collectively attended Wakefield Forest ES, Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS, Annandale HS, and TJHSST. He served as an Elementary and High School PTSA treasurer, and Athletic Boosters president. He is an active volunteer in his neighborhood civic association and faith community.

He is a native of Front Royal, VA, and a graduate of American University in Washington, DC (Broadcast Journalism) and The College of William & Mary (MBA). He lives in Annandale with his wife Megan, a Langley HS graduate who attended Churchill Road ES and Cooper MS.

Appointed in August 2011, he served as FPAC Secretary for seven years and recently as Vice Chairman.

Jayant Reddy        
Dranesville District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Jayant A. "Jay" Reddy, an attorney, has lived in Northern Virginia since 2008, in McLean for the first 6 years before living in Falls Church the past 2 years.  Jay has a 10-year old daughter entering 5th grade in fall 2016 in Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, an 8-year old son entering 3rd grade in the Advanced Academics program at Haycock Elementary School in McLean, and a 4-year son who will enroll in kindergarten in fall 2017.  Jay currently is the President of the Franklin Sherman PTA, and in the past was Treasurer of the Franklin Sherman PTA.  Jay serves also on the Fairfax County schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, and on the Fairfax County Alcohol Safety Action Program Local Policy Board.  Jay is a native of Ames and Marshalltown, Iowa.  He is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Duke University School of Law.

Jay is enthusiastic about serving as a partner to the schools on FPAC, helping guide the schools to address the demographic and financial challenges that have been shaping the county for several years.

Lauren Magee
Hunter Mill District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Lauren Magee is a licensed architect and is registered in VA, MD, DC, NY, and NJ. Lauren is the Director of Architecture and Environmental Design for Guidecraft and leads an international team in the design of schools, classrooms, and learning environments around the world. She also owns her own architecture firm, L K Magee Architecture & Design, PLLC. Lauren served as the Vice President of the Vernon Township, New Jersey, Board of Education prior to relocating with her husband and three children to Vienna, Virginia. In her role on the Vernon Township Board of Education, she chaired several committees including Buildings and Grounds which involved facilities and maintenance planning oversight and guidance.

Lauren has a B. S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia (class of 2000) and a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (class of 2003) and is a former university-level architecture and design instructor (Drexel University and Illinois Institute of Technology). Lauren has done extensive research into the psychology of places and spaces, specifically in the ways people of all ages engage with the built environment and natural surroundings, and looks forward to serving on the Fairfax County Public Schools Facilities Planning Advisory Council.

Troy Thompson
Lee District

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
Mason District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Daniel H. Aminoff, CMB, AMP, a Branch Manager for Union Home Mortgage Corp., has over 38 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 22 Years.

Mr. Aminoff joined Citizens One Home Loans in July of 2018. Prior to Citizens One Home Loans, he was an Area Manager for Union Home Mortgage Corp.  Prior to Union Home Mortgage, he was a Lending Manager with EverBank for 3 years.  Prior to EverBank, Mr. Aminoff was with Washington Mutual then JPMorgan Chase for 7 years.

Mr. Aminoff is a subject matter expert in the field of residential lending and serves 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 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 travel.  Mr. Aminoff resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children that attend high school in the Fairfax County Public School division.

Catherine Hosek
Mount Vernon District

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 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.

Kate Howarth
Providence District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021


Kate Howarth has worked in the commercial real estate industry in the Washington, DC area for the past 18 years.  She is currently the Managing Director of the Investment Sales Group of H&R Retail, a real estate brokerage firm in Bethesda, Maryland where she oversees the team's sales, underwriting, and marketing operations.  Prior to working in brokerage, Kate worked in real estate consulting with a focus on military housing privatization and affordable housing. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, and her Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Kate, her husband, and their two children live in Vienna and where one child attends Cunningham Park Elementary and the other attends Louise Archer Elementary.  Kate is an active volunteer in the schools, particularly in the areas of reading and Maker Space initiatives.

Kevin Cahill
Springfield District

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Kevin Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP is a Principal and Senior Mechanical Engineer at Interface Engineering. With more than 25-years’ 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.

Sully District




Carmen Clipper

FPAC Appointment
Through 2023

Carmen and her family have lived in Falls Church for 16 years. She has one child at Pine Spring Elementary and another at Luther Jackson Middle School. She served many years on the PTA Board for Pine Spring, including a year as President.

Carmen works as Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning, for Sentara Healthcare, Virginia’s largest hospital system. Her professional experience includes work with service line planning, master facility planning, market development, certificate of need preparation, physician succession planning, and community needs assessments. Throughout her career, Carmen has maintained a focus on strategic analytics and data-driven planning processes.

Carmen holds a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/MCV and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Daniel Hogan

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

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, is 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.

Angela Smalls
Vice Chairman

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 have 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, Secretary
City of Fairfax

FPAC Appointment
Through 2021

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