Featured Alumna: Colonel Carla D. Bass
Col. Carla D. Bass, a Fairfax Christian School alumna, is the author of the book, Writing to Influence! Personal Appraisals, Resumes, Awards, Grants, Scholarships, Internships, Reports, Bid Proposals, Web Pages, Marketing, and More. Her book has received high praise and was recently recognized by the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Career category as a finalist. Mrs. Bass was kind enough to autograph copies of her book for all of our graduating class of 2017. She is in development of a new version of her book geared to middle–school–age children to teach them to be clear, concise and compelling with their use of the written word.
Col. Bass graduated from the Fairfax Christian School in 1973. She has fond memories of her time with us, ones she wouldn’t trade for the world. By her senior year, she had met all of her academic requirements in the previous years, which enabled her to take five languages; Spanish, French, Latin, German and Russian. Her heavy exposure to foreign languages in high school fostered an ability that lead her to study Russian in college and to later teach herself Turkish and Bulgarian. To this day, her mastery of many languages brings her great joy. Carla fondly remembersher seventh–grade English teacher, Mrs. Kathleen Gelwicks at the Fairfax Christian School, who instilled in her a deep appreciation and love of the English language and grammar in particular.
Carla is the president of the Orlean Community Trail System and a board member of the National Military Intelligence Foundation. She and her husband, Lynn Reeves, enjoy life in the Virginia countryside with their cocker spaniel, Cash. They have two grown children, Sarah and Eric.
Fun facts: While in high school, Carla was 1st runner–up at the national level in a sewing contest. She adores baking (especially the desserts featured on the cover of Southern Living magazine) and revels in throwing crazy, elegant dinner parties. She describes riding a horse as “pure bliss.” Carla once took six months of polo lessons, which she describes as, “Croquet on a horse, doesn’t get any better!” Her passions – writing and teaching others to write, of course!