Advisory Councils

National Council of Arts & Sciences

The National Council of Arts and Sciences serves as a volunteer advisory board to the dean of the Columbian College. Comprised of distinguished national and international alumni, parents and friends of the college, the National Council works to address issues impacting the college’s growth and development.

National Council members chatting at round tables

Current Members

  • Beth Craig, Chair; MPA ’83 – Director (Retired), Climate Protection Partnerships Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Anthony W. Arias, BA ’11 – Managing Director & Founder, Sada Capital
  • Colleen C. Asada, BA ’00 – VP, Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America
  • Regina Banks, BA ’95 – Director of Ministry Affairs, Open Bible Ministries
  • Hale Behzadi, P ’23* – Managing Director, Citi Private Bank
  • Mariela Cabanillas, BA ’21 – Grants Coordinator, La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Yuvetta Cash, BA ’99 – Director, FLOW Church
  • Andrew L. Dixon, III, Esq., BA ’92 – Vice Chair, NCAS – Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration
  • Richard T. Ernsberger, Esq., BS ’02 – Partner, Behrend & Ernsberger, P.C.
  • Jennifer Garcia, BA ’22 – Political Associate, Swing Left
  • Sheryl A. Jacobs, BA ’91, MA ’93 – VP, Global Development Operations, AmGen Foundation
  • Randall K. Packer, PhD ’71 – Professor Emeritus of Biology, The George Washington University
  • James J. Quinlan, BA ’00 – Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Patrick Q. Sheridan, BFA ’99 – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Modus Create Inc.
  • Julianne H. Thomas, M.D., BA ’67 – Pediatrician (Retired)
  • Sandra Tropper, MA ’86 – Fine Art Appraiser, Artemis Inc.
  • Henry Veguilla, BS & BA ’90, P ’22* – Lead Transformation Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Sandra J. Weiss, Esq., BA ’80, JD ’83 – Chair, Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Group, Norris McLaughlin

* "P" denotes parent; the year that follows denotes graduation year of the child.