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 Shoppes of Culpeper
  • Anthony W. Arias, BA ’11 – Managing Director & Founder, Sada Capital
  • Colleen C. Asada, BA ’00 – VP, Senior Relationship Manager, Bank of America
  • Jason B. Blank, BA ’02 – Chair, NCAS – Founding Partner, Haber Blank LLP
  • Steffanie H. Burgevin, BA ’68 – Investment Officer, Managing Director (Retired), Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Elizabeth Craig, MPA ’83 – Vice Chair, NCAS – Director (Retired), Climate Protection Partnerships Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Eric J. Darnell, BA ’16 – Assistant to Head of Productions, AGBO Films
  • Andrew L. Dixon, III, Esq., BA ’92 – Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration
  • Farahnaz Forozan, PhD ’00 – Associate Director, Translation Science, Atara Biotherapeutics
  • Sheryl A. Jacobs, BA ’91, MA ’93 – VP, Global Development Operations, AmGen Foundation 
  • Richard D. Legon, BA ’70, MA ’73 – President (Retired), Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Cecelia McCloy, BS ’76 – CEO, Integrated Sciences Solutions, Inc.
  • Gregory V. Nelson, BA ’78 – Partner, Officer Chair, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Randall K. Packer, PhD ’71 – Professor Emeritus of Biology, The George Washington University
  • James J. Quinlan, BA ’00 – Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Marsha Y. Reeves, BA ’91 – Executive Director, KIPP Baltimore
  • Patrick Q. Sheridan, BFA ’99 – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Modus Create Inc.
  • Christopher H. Sterling, PhD ’69 – Professor Emeritus of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University 
  • Julianne H. Thomas, MD, 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
  • Yonni M. Wattenmaker, BA ’93 – Executive Director, Breast Cancer Alliance
  • Elissa G. Wernick, PhD, BA ’85 – Interior Designer

 


Emeriti Members

  • Mahmoud M. Abdallah, P ’04, P ’10 – Founder and Managing Partner, MMA Global Investments LLC
  • Marc E. Albert, Esq., BA ’70, JD ’73 – Partner, Stinson LLP
  • Jerry R. Bloom, BA ’74, MA ’76 – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Greg A. Blue, BA ’90, JD ’95 – Of Counsel, Lachtman Cohen P.C.
  • Yawen L. Chiang, PhD ’83 – Director, Strategic Planning and Scientific Collaboration, Genentech, Inc. 
  • 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 – Executive Chairman & CEO, General Cannabis, Managing Member, Infinity Capital LLC 
  • 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
  • Benjamin B. Klubes, Esq., BA ’87 – Partner, Buckley LLP
  • Bennett L. Lavenstein, MD, BS ’66, P ’03 – Physician, Neurologist, Children's National Medical Center
  • Pamela L. Lawrence, BA ’76 – Senior Vice President (Retired), North Shore Medical Center
  • Richard Marmaro, Esq., BA ’73, P ’08 – Partner (Retired), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Melissa H. Maxman, Esq., BA ’84, P ’10 – Managing Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP
  • John D. McGurl, MD, BS ’84 – Internal Medicine, Virginia Hospital
  • Alan S. Nadel, Esq., BA ’71, JD ’76 – Partner (Retired), Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP 
  • Sheldon J. Rapoport, BA ’70 – Foreign Service Officer (Retired)
  • Michael W. Thacher, BA ’70 – General Manager, Public Relations & Communications (Retired), Unocal Corporation
  • William Warren, BA ’67 – Foreign Service Officer (Retired)
  • Kevin A. Werner, Esq., BA ’82 – Founder and President, Abalone Capital Advisors LLC

 


Affiliated Advisory Councils