National Council for Arts & Sciences

CCAS National Council for Arts and Sciences

 

The National Council for 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.

 


Elissa Wernick Columbian College

Elissa Wernick

BA '85, Psychology
Member, National Council for Arts and Sciences

"My time at GW was one of the most pleasurable and formative periods of my life. Not only did I immensely enjoy living in D.C., but the campus' diversity and surrounding city exposed me to a variety of cultures and people who I otherwise would have never met. I made my closest and most enduring friendships at GW."


Current Members

In the lists below, "P" denotes parent; the year that follows denotes graduation year of the child.

  • Lois F. Alperstein, BA '77, P '12 – Proprietor, Country Shoppers of Culpeper
  • Anthony W. Arias, BA '11 – Managing Director & Founder, Sada Capital
  • Marc D. Bianchi, Esq., BA '83, P '10, '12 – Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Jason B. Blank, BA '02 – Vice Chair, NCAS – Partner, Haber Blank, LLP
  • Elizabeth Craig, MPA '83 – Retired Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Farahnaz Forozan, PhD '00 – Scientific Program Director, LabCorp Clinical Trials Scientific Affairs
  • Benjamin B. Klubes, Esq., BA '87 – Chair, NCAS – Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP
  • Richard D. Legon, BA '70, MA '73 – President, Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities
  • Cecelia McCloy, BS ’70 – CEO, Integrated Sciences Solutions, Inc.
  • Gregory V. Nelson, BA '78 – Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Randall K. Packer, BS '67, PhD '71 – Professor Emeritus of Biology, George Washington University
  • Marsha Reeves, BA '91 – Chief Growth & Operations Officer, KIPP Baltimore
  • Julianne H. Thomas, BA ’67 – Pediatrician
  • Yonni M. Wattenmaker, BA '93 – Executive Director, Breast Cancer Alliance
  • Elissa G. Wernick, BA '85 – Interior Designer

 


Emeriti Members

  • Mahmoud Abdallah, P '04, P '10 – Managing Partner, MMA Global Investments LLC
  • Marc Albert, Esq., BA '70, JD '73 – Partner, Stinson Morrison & Hecker, LLP
  • Jerry R. Bloom, BA '74, MA '76 – Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Greg A. Blue, BA '90, JD '95 – Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti
  • Yawen Chiang, PhD '83 – Director, Strategic Planning and Scientific Collaboration, Genentech Process Research & Development
  • The Hon. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., BA '94 – U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA 39th District)
  • Bert H. Deixler, Esq., BA '73 – Partner, Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP
  • Michael R. Feinsod, BA '93 – Chairman & CEO, Ameritrans Capital Corporation, Executive Chairman, General Cannabis
  • Axel I. Freudmann, BA '68 – Chairman and CEO, A.I.F. Consultants LLC
  • John T. Gaffney, Esq., BA '82, P '10, '13, '14 – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Candace G. Kaplan, CFP, BA '70 – CEO and President, Kaplan Financial Group
  • Bennett L. Lavenstein, MD, BS '66, P '03 – Physician, Neurologist - Children's National Medical Center
  • Pamela L. Lawrence, BA '76 – Senior Vice President, North Shore Medical Center
  • Richard Marmaro, Esq., BA '73, P '08 – Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
  • Melissa H. Maxman, Esq., BA '84, JD '88, P '10 – Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP
  • John D. McGurl, M.D., BA '84 – Internal Medicine, McGuire Hospital
  • Alan S. Nadel, Esq., BA '71, JD '76 – Retired Partner, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
  • Sheldon J. Rapoport, BA '70 – Retired Foreign Service Officer
  • Michael W. Thacher, BA '70 – Retired General Manager, Public Relations & Communications, Unocal Corporation
  • William Warren, BA '67 – Retired Foreign Service Officer
  • Kevin A. Werner, BA '82 – Vice President, Corporate Development

 


Affiliated Advisory Councils