Volume 15

Reena Bhatia

Reena Bhatia, Founder and President of ProposalHelper, writes proposals for the thrill of it “It’s the thrill of winning for our clients,” she says, “and mak...

Brett Coffee

The room is filled with parents, siblings, and supporters of the young men receiving a significant award. The code and law are recited, as the American flag sta...

Ann Dolin

Ann Dolin had always been drawn to teaching. But, during her first year as a young teacher with Fairfax County Schools, she began to have doubts about her capab...

Ed Grenier

Growing up, Ed Grenier thought all families spent time together collating and binding braille books. His older sister, Victoria, was born blind, and it was a co...

Kathy Hall

The summer before she left for college, Kathy Hall got some bad news about her part-time job. For several years, she’d worked as a dispatcher at a local refrige...

Karen Herson

"I actually never thought I’d be an entrepreneur,” Karen Herson says, laughing. The founder and president of Concepts, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland–based provider...

Susan Kerr

The experience of watching her parents and grandparents enacting solid Midwestern values of resolve, hard work, perseverance, and loyalty to family and friends ...

Nikki Le

Nikki Le had a lot on her plate when she began to consider buying a salon. For ten years, she’d cultivated an expertise in cosmetology and hair, and at the age ...

Suzie Mills

The young women in the pictures welcome veterans and others into the yoga studio entrance. One woman, in a black and white photograph stands smiling, even thoug...

Trevor Parry-Giles

Toward the end of his freshman year of high school, a classmate in Trevor Parry-Giles’ German class asked him a question that would change the course of his lif...

David Pijor

"At a certain point in your life, you make a turn,” David Pijor says, “and then you realize that’s exactly where you’re supposed to be.” David’s turn came af...

Rob Quartel

There is a sense of familial significance as Rob Quartel traces the outline of the large Huguenot Bible from the 1600s with its worn sheepskin cover, and he is ...

Elaine Rogers

When she went to work as program director at USO Metropolitan Washington–Baltimore (USO-Metro) at age 24, barely a year out of college, Elaine Rogers had no ide...

Bob Stasio

Bob Stasio didn’t come from a military background, but as he was finishing high school and looking toward college, something about military service appealed to ...