2009 Honorees

Karen Hatcher Russell & Paul Ziluca

Karen Hatcher Russell


While working at the Loudoun County Department of Social Services in the 1970’s Karen Russell was first introduced to the men and women being served by Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO).

Almost immediately, Karen felt the need to be a part of the organization. ECHO hired Karen in July of 1977 and she has worked there tirelessly ever since, not just for the organization, but for the people ECHO seeks to serve.

Karen’s determination has allowed ECHO to offer immeasurable enrichment for disabled individuals while adding quantifiable value to organizations that utilize its participants. Over the past thirty-three years, she has helped bring greater meaning to the lives of many of Loudoun’s disabled citizens and helped them find roles as active members of the community.

Schools Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick was quoted in the Loudoun Business Journal as saying that Karen is “herself an institution” and is responsible for making sure ECHO has the “highest regard in the community.”

Karen was born at Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg, Virginia and grew up in Lovettsville. She graduated from Loudoun Valley High School in 1967 and married her high school sweetheart, John. She has two children, Jack and Jennifer, and one grandchild, Nicolas.

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Paul Ziluca


Paul was born in 1928 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was educated at Culver Military Academy before going on to receive degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. His military career included fourteen years overseas as a US Air Force logistician, airbase commander in Athens, Greece, and service at the Pentagon before retiring in 1979.

Upon completion of his military career, Paul and his wife, Louise, moved to Loudoun County where he became passionately involved with conservation and Civil War battlefield preservation.

Paul currently serves as chair of the Citizens Committee led by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors for the preservation of the 1863 cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville.

Paul was instrumental in creating an historic district in Unison and furthering the efforts of the Loudoun County Heritage Preservation Plan to identify, preserve and promote the county’s heritage resources. In 1994, he began an eight-year tenure as chair of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, the largest holder of conservation easements in the nation, and increased the number of acres under easement from 80,000 to 250,000. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Mosby Heritage Area, and led the restoration efforts of the Aldie Mill.

Paul and Louise have four children and eight grandchildren.

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