Story by Liesel Schmidt | Photography Jonathan Thorpe
In her role as Director of Operations at VIP Alexandria Magazine, Crystal Mosser Anderson keeps a lot of metaphorical "balls in the air," which the military spouse and mother of three does with incredible grace (and sometimes very, very little sleep). In addition to her work and managing a family, Anderson supports the community she now calls home as well as the larger world around her, serving on the board of the local Ten Thousand Villages to address economic injustice in developing countries and working with local and national charities including the American Heart Association. “My mother passed away unexpectedly from heart disease last year,” says Anderson, who was nominated as a Red Lady because of her personal desire to further the message of heart health awareness.
As focused as she could be on her own life (with community events, military events and her kids’ extracurriculars keeping her calendar packed), Anderson dedicates herself to connecting with others and supporting the community of Alexandria. A classically trained—and exceptionally talented, yet humble to a fault—singer and performer, she commits a great deal of her spare time with the Metropolitan School of the Arts, coaching children and building their skills and confidence to perform.
“My hope for this GO RED issue is to reach new readers and illuminate for them what our local DC Chapter of the American Heart Association does, highlighting preventative measures and signs to look for. Heart health is such an important subject that needs to be addressed and I am honored to be among these powerhouse women to help raise awareness for GO RED." -Crystal Mosser Anderson
The first VIP team member to be featured in any issue, Anderson’s personality and strength in connecting to people make her a natural choice and a dynamic member of the team. “Connecting with people is a passion of mine,” she says. “I hope and strive to make my mark in the world by bringing people together and always taking an opportunity to make a friend. I’m a believer in dreaming big and I want to live that lesson out loud daily so it becomes a core belief for my little ones.”
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