|Name||Joseph G. "Joe" Bury|
Springfield, Virginia , United States
Oct 23, 2009 04:15am
|Info||Joe Bury for Delegate is a campaign for Change; yet the word "change", is not a new word in Joe’s vocabulary. Joe has been a Community Activist since 1997, having served on numerous Boards and Commissions in the Northern Virginia area, including his Homeowners’ Association. |
Joe met his wife, Carla Menares Bury, in Alexandria in January of 1994. The couple was married in April 1996. Joe often quips, as he reminds his son Joseph and daughter Gabriela, that the most important decision he ever made was marrying his wife. After getting that right, everything else, followed.
After working in the mortgage lending and title insurance and underwriting fields in the ‘80s, Joe changed career paths in the mid-‘90s and began working for technology companies, non-profits and in publications in various Marketing and Communications-related capacities. Shortly after securing a Department of Defense ‘Secret’ Security Clearance in the fall of 2007, Joe began working for a major Government Contractor on a Joint Forces Systems Engineering Project; moving over to a U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves Program where he has worked since last fall.
Joe was born to first-generation Slovak and Polish-American parents and raised in the rural community of Roscoe; a former steel-and-coal town located approximately 40-miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Educated at the University of Notre Dame, George Washington University, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Capital University Law School, and Northern Virginia Community College/ICTS (NOVA/ICTS), Joe holds an English degree from Notre Dame, an MBA in Management Systems & Cybernetics from George Washington, and a Certification as an Internet Webmaster [having earned technology designations in I-Net+ (Networking), Web Site Design, and e-Commerce from NOVA/ICTS].
Joe served on the City of Alexandria’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities and Community Services Board during the mid and late ‘90s. After moving to Springfield with his wife, two weeks after "9-11", Joe became active in the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) and began serving as Garfield Precinct Captain in Lee District, a position he still holds. Joe also became involved in his Homeowners’ Association (HOA) and later served as Board President. Over the past six years Joe has been appointed by both Republicans and Democrats alike, to numerous committees and boards associated with the Fairfax County Public Schools System:
•Adult & Community Education Committee;
•Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee;
•Superintendent’s Business & Community Advisory Council; and
•The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee.
Joe’s wife Carla was born to Chilean-American parents in Nassau, Bahamas. Carla and her parents immigrated to the United States in the mid ‘70s, and settled in Colorado. Carla earned her BA in International Studies and French from the University of Denver and has worked for the U.S. Department of State for the past 19 years. Carla currently serves as the Multilateral Affairs Coordinator for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the State Department.
Carla and Joe were blest with two children born of the heavens of Lang Son, Vietnam; a tiny Province located approximately 100-miles north of Hanoi, near the China border. The Burys enjoy camping and social events regularly-held in conjunction with Vietnamese Scout Troop 904, of which their son is a Cub Scout member. The Burys especially enjoy any opportunity to sample homemade, Vietnamese food, and interact with friends and families in the Vietnamese Community.
The Burys belong to St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, where Joe has been a Lector/Reader for the past several years.