VisitorsThomas M. Davis, Rector
The Honorable Thomas M. Davis was first elected to office in 1979, winning a hard-fought campaign to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This would be the first of 12 straight victories, a winning streak spanning three decades.
In 1991, after spending 12 years as the Mason District supervisor, Mr. Davis defeated the incumbent chairman of the county board, taking the top elected office in Fairfax County, Virginia. Despite a severe economic downturn and a county budget deep in the red, he was able to implement a number of reforms that resulted in Fairfax being named the best-managed county in the country by Governing Magazine.
In 1994, Mr. Davis successfully took on another incumbent, this time winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He was the first freshman in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia.
Mr. Davis also served as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of PRC, Inc. and Advanced Technology, Inc.
He earned national recognition as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2000-02, when was instrumental in maintaining his party’s majority in the House of Representatives. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of political minutia, often teaching members of Congress on the electoral history of their own districts. He has also twice won the Political Trivial Pursuit challenge sponsored by the Hotline and National Journal.
After the 2002 election, he was named chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, gaining national prominence once again by chairing hearings on the use of performance enhancing substances in professional sports. Other notable accomplishments include his hard-hitting but objective report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; his sponsorship of legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco; and passage of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorizes needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system.
Mr. Davis now serves as a Director for Deloitte & Touche in which he continues his effort to bring effective, common sense solutions to government.
Mr. Davis is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia Law School. He is married to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and has two step daughters, Nicole, and Ashley who are George Mason Graduates.
James W. Hazel, Vice Rector
Jimmy Hazel, named Board of Visitors development committee chair in 2016, is a 1984 graduate of the George Mason University School of Law. Upon graduation, he clerked for United States District Court Judge, Albert V. Bryan, Jr. and then joined the Hazel/Peterson Companies. In 1989 he moved to Richmond to help start a new lobbying firm in the state capitol, The Vectre Corporation. He was later recognized by the Richmond Times Dispatch as one of the top ten lobbyists in Virginia. He joined Williams Mullen Government Affairs as its CEO and had an office in Tyson’s Corner where he represented many Northern Virginia interests with a focus on technology issues. In 2002, he joined the administration of Governor Mark R. Warner as an advisor on economic development and technology and served as the Governor’s lobbyist. After his time with the Governor’s office he left his lobbying career behind and helped to start several family businesses.
Mr. Hazel has been actively involved at George Mason University since his graduation from law school. He previously served on the Board of Visitors from 1994 to 2002 and is a past president of the Mason Alumni Association. Mr. Hazel established the Hazel History and New Media Endowment in 2001, the Virginia E. Hazel and Art History Junior Faculty Award in 2004, and the Hazel Scholars Endowment in 2011. He served on the George Mason Foundation Board of Trustees for 12 years and is the immediate past Chair of the Foundation. He continues to serve as the chair of the Faster Farther Campaign, Mason’s comprehensive $500 million campaign to support students, faculty, and research, and to continue building the Mason community.
Mr. Hazel has served on many statewide boards and chaired several of them. These include the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries where he served for 10 years and chaired the Agency for three years. Other boards include the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, The Virginia Historical Society, The Virginia Public Safety Foundation, Virginia Free, The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia, Virginia 21 and the Potomac Science Center.
Shawn Purvis, Secretary
Shawn Purvis is corporate vice president and president, Enterprise Services for Northrop Grumman Corporation and is a member of the Corporate Policy Council. Ms. Purvis leads the company’s Enterprise Services organization – an integrated shared service that provides operationally focused and high-quality services across Northrop Grumman.
Ms. Purvis most recently served as vice president and chief information officer (CIO) for Northrop Grumman. She led and executed all aspects of Northrop Grumman’s internal information technology (IT) strategy and related responsibilities, and provided direction as the IT organization partnered with customers and suppliers on innovative solutions that contributed to value delivery, user experience, and risk management.
Ms. Purvis has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence, information systems and defense industries. Prior to serving as CIO, she served as sector vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman’s former Information Systems’ cyber division, and was responsible for delivering global full-spectrum cyber and security solutions to intelligence, defense and civilian customers.
Ms. Purvis joined Northrop Grumman in 2012 as vice president of the integrated intelligence systems (IIS) business unit in the Information Systems’ intelligence systems division. In this role, Ms. Purvis was responsible for all aspects of the IIS business, including strategy, growth, customer relationships and program execution. The division had broad capabilities centered on delivering information technology solutions to solve key customer processing, exploitation and dissemination requirements.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Purvis held management positions at SAIC including serving as senior vice president of the Intelligence Systems business unit responsible for managing all aspects of the business, including software and systems programs, and network operations.
Ms. Purvis earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in information systems from George Mason University. She is also Northrop Grumman’s executive sponsor of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She was appointed to the George Mason University Board of Visitors in 2015 and is an active member of the George Mason Executive Leadership Council.
Ms. Purvis also serves on the board for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. In 2014, she received the Managerial Leadership award at the 19th annual Women of Color STEM Conference. She previously served on the boards of other service organizations, including the Northern Virginia Family Services Council and the Boys and Girls Club of Prince William County, Virginia.
Karen Alcalde is a sole practitioner providing legal consultant services in Arlington, VA. She is also co-owner and counsel for Takaro Farm, a breeding and farming operation in Middleburg, VA.
Ms. Alcalde serves on the boards of Life With Cancer-Inova Health System, the Galapagos Foundation, Museum of the Americas Foundation, Hispanic Designer Foundation, Ivy Inter-American Foundation, and Evening in Old Saratoga Foundation. She also provides pro bono legal services and volunteer work for these organizations.
As a member, Ms. Alcalde provides pro bono and legal services to National Center for Therapeutic Riding, the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, the National Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Wolf Trap Foundation, and the Capital Speakers Club.
She previously worked as a marketing manager for Savin Corporation and as a sales and marketing analyst for American Can Corporation.
Ms. Alcalde is an alumnus, having received both her undergraduate degree and her juris doctorate from George Mason University.
Horace Blackman is Vice President of Healthcare at Cognizant – a Fortune 200 global Information and Technology Services company. In this role he is responsibility for the strategy development and delivery of digital business, digital operations and digital systems and technology to commercial healthcare payers, government and public health programs.
Prior to joining Cognizant in April 2018, Mr. Blackman served as the Senior Vice President of Leidos Veterans Health Line of Business subsequent to the merger of Lockheed Martin’s Information System and Global Solution business with Leidos. In this role, he was responsible for leading the Program Area with a focus on securing and extending core federal business in the health arena — offering development through Operations and Sustainment (O&S) to our customers across the globe. And provide mission-critical advanced technology systems and services for federal government customers within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At Lockheed Martin, Mr. Blackman served as the Vice President of the Health & Life Sciences (H&LS) organization within Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business. He led a team of 2,500 employees who engineer solutions that enable federal healthcare agencies to be more secure and efficient. The team supported the important missions of customers such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Social Security Administration; the Food and Drug Administration; and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in March 2014, Mr. Blackman served as the VA Central Office (VACO) chief information officer (CIO) and director of VACO Information Technology (IT) Support Service, as well as a senior advisor to the VA Assistant Secretary for IT and the Undersecretary for Benefits. In this role, he managed the delivery of customer-facing IT services across the National Capital Region. He also supported the Deputy CIO for Service Delivery and Engineering on matters pertaining to capital planning, program management and infrastructure analysis.
Before joining the VA in 2008, Mr. Blackman spent 20 years in IT strategy planning in the private sector. Positions previously held by Mr. Blackman include serving as a director of Healthcare Services for High Performance Technologies Inc.; management consultant in the Communications Media and Technologies Practice at Booz Allen Hamilton; and program manager for Interactive Marketing at America Online.
Federal Computer Week named Mr. Blackman a 2014 Federal 100 Award winner, which honors government, industry and academic leaders in information technology for the federal government. Other recognitions include ComputerWorld magazine’s 100 IT leaders in 2013, the Project Management Award for Green IT from the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and the Project Management Award for Green IT from the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC).
Mr. Blackman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University, double majoring in American studies and English. He earned a Master of Business Administration in management from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Anjan Chimaladinne is the Vice President of Consulting Services for UDYOGA LLC (DBA ANSHULTECH), which is an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) started by Mrs. Shri Chimaladinne. Anjan has more than 20 years of experience in providing management consulting services to the government and private sectors through organizations like Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI, SAIC, and others.
Anjan came to the US from India 26 years ago to attend graduate school with the dream of building a better life. After graduating from University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in environmental engineering, Anjan moved to the Washington, DC metro area in 1993. Anjan earned his second master’s degree in Technology Management from George Mason University in June, 2010. Anjan attended the Political Leadership Program at Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, University of Virginia and also earned several professional certifications.
In his continued commitment and dedication towards public service, Anjan served as the Director of the Technology Committee in Governor-elect McAuliffe’s transition team, managing a team of 40 industry experts to make key policy recommendations. Anjan served as a Board Member on Governor McAuliffe’s Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), advising the Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer on planning, budgeting, acquiring, managing, and administering IT in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Anjan ran for local office in Loudoun County for the School Board and the Board of Supervisors.
Anjan lives in South Riding, VA with his wife, Shri and son, Sudhish.
Stephen M. Cumbie
Mr. Cumbie is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of NVCommercial Incorporated, NVRetail and Metro Realty Group, commercial real estate investment, development and service companies which projects exceed $1 billion completed or in-process in the Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia and Denver, Colorado metropolitan areas. NVCommercial and NVRetail projects include office, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties. Metro Realty Group provides asset management, property management and development management services for NVCommercial and NVRetail, along with third-party clients.
Mr. Cumbie also serves as the President of NVCapital Advisors, which manages the NVCommercial Real Estate Fund I, a $30 million opportunistic real estate investment fund focused on the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Since its initial closing in November, 2011, the Fund has made nine investments totaling over $33 million.
From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Cumbie served as the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Development at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and also as an adjunct professor. He co-taught the real estate development course in the MBA Program.
Prior to founding NVCommercial, NVRetail and Metro Realty Group, Mr. Cumbie was President, from 1977 to 1983, of Elm Street Development (formerly NVLand Incorporated), a residential land development company. He is a founder of all of the
NV companies, including NVR, a publicly-traded home building company that operates through the Ryan Homes and NVHomes trade names (2013 revenues of $4.2 billion). From 1973 through 1977, Mr. Cumbie was Vice President and Project Manager for Venture Management Incorporated, a resort development firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina, in 1970, and received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1973.
Mr. Cumbie serves in leadership roles in numerous community, business and charitable organizations in the Washington. D.C. area, including the immediate past board Chair and a current board member of INOVA Health System. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School Foundation, Tysons Partnership, SonoMedica, Inc. and the Unity School of Christianity.
Mr. Cumbie previously served on the Board of Directors for NVR, Inc., NVR Savings Bank, Potomac Bank of Virginia and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (
NAIOP) in 1991 and served as a member of the national NAIOP Board from 1999-2004. Mr. Cumbie was appointed to the Virginia Public Buildings Board by Governor Mark Warner and the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners by Governor Tim Kaine.
J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez is the President and co-founder of the Onyx Media Group, a film production company and President Emeritus of EVS Communications, a social marketing company which focuses primarily on the Latino community. In 2013, she released her first film, HARVEST OF EMPIRE, which opened to great reviews in major newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post and was the winner of the prestigious International Documentary Association award, Golden Eagle Cine Awards and the IMAGEN Awards. She is currently working on her second documentary, Music Got Me Here, which illustrates the power of music to transform, inspire and enrich lives — and the tremendous impact of music therapy. Prior to founding the Onyx Media Group, she was the Vice President and General Manager of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, a broadcasting company where she supervised the daily operations and advertising sales of eleven Telemundo network affiliates. Ms. Thompson-Marquez has been featured in several newspapers such the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal. In 2013, in recognition for her work in the Latino community, she was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 100 Women Strong and the George Mason University Board of Visitors.
Ignacia S. Moreno
The Honorable Ignacia S. Moreno is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding Principal of The iMoreno Group, PLC, a law firm that offers legal services and strategic counseling on environmental and natural resources, corporate, criminal defense, and immigration matters. Ms. Moreno is recognized as one of the nation’s leading environmental and natural resources lawyers. During her 28-year career, she has served as the top environmental lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, been corporate environmental counsel at a Fortune 10 company, practiced environmental law and litigation at prominent national law firms, and been an adjunct professor of law.
In 2009, President Obama nominated Ms. Moreno to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (Division). The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her (93 to 0) and she served as head of the Division from 2009-2013. During her tenure she managed the budget and operations of a 650-person (430-lawyer) litigation division ranked as one of the top five “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She oversaw a nationwide docket of approximately 7,000 civil, criminal, defensive, and appellate cases and policy matters on behalf of numerous executive branch agencies. Ms. Moreno was recognized for her outstanding service, including her leadership of the Division’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ms. Moreno also served in the Division from 1994 to 2001 as an appointee in the Clinton Administration where she focused on environmental enforcement policy matters and litigation.
Before her appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Moreno was Counsel for the Northeast/Midwest Regions and International in Corporate Environmental Programs at the General Electric Company. At GE, she handled a wide range of environmental matters under federal and state laws in connection with sites in a twelve-state region and abroad, and managed complex environmental litigation. Ms. Moreno also has more than a decade of experience in private practice, having previously practiced law at two prominent Washington, D.C. law firms, including as a partner.
In 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Ms. Moreno to serve a four-year term on the State Air Pollution Control Board. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and serves on the Council of the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Ms. Moreno also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land; the Advisory Board of the New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity; and the Board of Directors of Green 2.0. She has served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and as General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Ms. Moreno was awarded the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell in 2016. She received the Edmund J. Randolph Award in recognition of outstanding service to the U.S. Department of Justice and the nation in 2013. Ms. Moreno also received the Meritorious Public Service Award and Medal from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—U.S. Coast Guard for her outstanding service in initiating and conducting litigation in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and protecting human health and the environment. In 2009 and 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.
Ms. Moreno received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. She was born in Cartagena, Colombia and is a naturalized citizen. She lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and son.
Dave Petersen was a senior executive in Accenture’s Washington, DC Metro office. Mr. Petersen started with the company in 1985 out of Chicago. However, one of his first assignments was with a project for the IRS in Washington, DC and he moved to the DC area in 1987. Over his 26+ year career with Accenture, Mr. Petersen held several different leadership positions within Accenture. Since his retirement, Mr. Petersen has been a committee and/or board member at several non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association, the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund, Grinnell College and his country club.
Mr. Petersen’s last leadership role at Accenture before retiring was as the Marriott Global Account Lead for Accenture. In this role Mr. Petersen was responsible for all work performed by Accenture for Marriott and for Marriott’s overall client satisfaction. Mr. Petersen’s responsibilities also included managing the overall account economics, the engagement and satisfaction of the Accenture employees supporting the various Marriott projects, and identifying potential new opportunities where Accenture could assist Marriott in improving its overall efficiency and growing its business. The range of projects that Accenture performed for Marriott included maintaining Marriott’s web site, maintaining Marriott’s financial applications and actually performing financial transactions, and identifying potential business process improvements in such areas as revenue management and property management. In his role, Mr. Petersen had monthly meetings with various Marriott executives including the Marriott CEO, COO, CFO and CIO.
Before moving over to the Marriott account, Mr. Petersen led the sales team for Accenture’s North America Public Service practice. In this role, Mr. Petersen had ultimate responsibility for the sales growth within Accenture’s US Federal, State and Local, and Canada government practices. Mr. Petersen and his team helped deliver sales totaling over $1.6B and helped the practice achieve a 9% growth in year-on-year sales. In this role Mr. Petersen also worked with the Accenture client account teams on responding to various project support requests ranging from long-term strategy task orders to multi-year, $300M+ outsourcing programs.
Prior to his Public Service Sales team role, Mr. Petersen was the lead for Accenture’s US Federal – Civilian agencies practice. Mr. Petersen was responsible for the client satisfaction and implementation projects Accenture completed at various Civilian agencies ranging from the Department of Commerce, to USDA, to the Department of Justice. During this time Mr. Petersen was also the client account lead at one of the largest accounts within Accenture – the Department of the Treasury. While serving as the client account lead, Mr. Petersen was responsible for several different projects Accenture was performing simultaneously at the US Mint, the IRS, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and DC Pensions. During this time the Treasury account had over 250 Accenture personnel working on these various projects and generated approximately $100M in net revenue in a given year.
In 2002, Mr. Petersen was selected as the Managing Director for Accenture’s Washington, DC Metro office and led an office-wide
city council which consisted of DC-based senior executives from various operating practices. Mr. Petersen held this position for three years until he decided it was time to allow someone else to lead and bring new ideas to the office city council. His primary responsibilities were helping to grow Accenture’s business within the DC metro area, increase employee satisfaction through civic and office-wide events, and serve as Accenture’s external voice to the Washington business community. As the office Managing Director, Mr. Petersen served on several local business and charity boards including the Greater Washington DC Board of Trade, Federal City Council and the Kidney Foundation. During his tenure as the Managing Director, the Washington, DC Metro office grew to over 3,000 professionals, employee satisfaction increased, and the office was either first or second every year in terms of annual sales. Mr. Petersen continued to serve as a member of the office City Council once he stepped down as Managing Director until his retirement.
Dave obtained his B.A. in political science in 1985 from Grinnell College. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and watching his children’s athletic teams. He also enjoys tennis, golf and skiing.
Nancy Gibson Prowitt
In January 2015 Nancy became President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcalde & Fay, located in Arlington, Virginia after serving as the firm’s Managing Partner since 1995. Alcalde & Fay is one of the oldest and largest government and public affairs firms in Virginia.
During the course of her 32 years at the firm she has had the opportunity to lead or work on every type of client — private and public sector. Education issues have been of particular interest, and Nancy leads the firm’s higher education practice focusing especially on community college workforce development programs. Nancy’s network of contacts on Capitol Hill and throughout the Executive Branch is extensive. She has been especially involved throughout her career in Virginia interests having represented the City of Virginia Beach and Fairfax County in Washington for 25, and 9 years respectively. Nancy’s advocacy on behalf of clients has afforded her opportunities to serve as a media spokesperson in grassroots campaigns around the country. While originally from Chicago, Virginia has been Nancy’s home for 34 years. She started her career in Washington as a legislative aide for a Virginia Congressman spending 4 years handling his appropriations committee work. Following this, she spent two years in Chicago serving as the Midwest Regional Communications Manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a B.A. in Psychology.
Nancy has been actively involved in volunteer activities her entire adult life. While raising 2 sons in Arlington Nancy was very involved in the PTA, and as the manager of both boys’ youth basketball teams. Her older son Peter graduated from, and played basketball for Stanford University, and her younger son Tim graduated from, and played basketball for Amherst College. She has been actively involved in the Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance, a community service organization for 20 years, and recently served a 2 year term as President. She also served on the Board of the Congressional Award Foundation in the 90s. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and travel in her spare time.
Paul J. Reagan
Paul J. Reagan is a Senior Vice President and Director of Federal Public Affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, where he assists clients with matters before Congress and executive branch agencies. Prior to rejoining McGuireWoods Consulting, Mr. Reagan served as Chief of Staff to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. He also led the Governor’s Transition Team following Governor McAuliffe’s election in 2013.
A 35-year veteran of Virginia politics and government, Mr. Reagan served more than 25 years on Capitol Hill, including as the Chief of Staff to former Senator Jim Webb (2007-2013); Communications Director to Governor Mark Warner (2002-2005); Chief of Staff to Rep. Jim Moran (1996-2002); and in the offices of Virginia Representatives Owen Pickett, L.F. Payne and Rick Boucher. From 1993-1994, he was the Counsel to the Subcommittee on Research of the House Science and Technology Committee.
In 2006, Governor Warner appointed Mr. Reagan to serve on the State Board for Community Colleges. His other public service has included membership on the boards of the Thomas Jefferson Program at the College of William and Mary, the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Commission, and the Northern Virginia Health Education Center.
Mr. Reagan holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary (1982) and a J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University (1991). In 2017, he received the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
A native of Norfolk, Mr. Reagan resides in Springfield with his wife, Margaret. The couple has two adult children, Paul of Richmond, and Rebecca of Arlington.
Edward H. Rice
Edward Rice is a computer scientist by training, having studied at The Johns Hopkins University from 1966-1971. He later obtained a Master of Science in Computer Science from The American University (1982). He worked with hospital and medical systems at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; was involved in the competitive sourcing of computers to the Federal government for Honeywell Information Systems; support of the largest computer system in the Pentagon for the US Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense; and development of extensions to database management and operating system software for CACI, Inc.-Federal and the US Geological Survey (USGS). He designed and developed ultra-large database management facilities for the USGS Topographic Division, analyzed financial information flow for the USGS Water Resources Division, and created a real-time performance monitoring tool for Honeywell software. For Information Systems Consultants, he designed major operating system modifications to allow for high-performance transaction processing. Working for Honeywell and afterward, he started and directed the activities of a BSA Explorer Post that guided high school students in studying computer science, the leading group of its kind in Virginia (and possibly the United States).
Starting in 1984, Mr. Rice worked for the Linguistic Society of America, developing management systems for a network of Macintosh computers to allow their employees to manage membership, produce complex documents for print and online, and automated the distribution of their publications through US and numerous foreign postal systems. During the period 1984-1987 he volunteered time to various non-profit organizations that needed his specialized skills.
From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Rice was East Coast Coordinator for a large (2000+ members) grassroots organization called the Earthstewards Network which worked on “Track II diplomacy”: citizen efforts to encourage peaceful and productive relations between country-pairs or interest-pairs such as Irish Catholics and Protestants; Indian and Pakistani people of various faiths; and the United States and the Soviet Union. This required travel to other countries to establish relationships and plan for citizen exchanges, support of hosting for large numbers of foreigners when they came to the United States, and arranging their activities and logistical support while they were in the US. This included the Washington, DC-regional support for Soviet “youth” (late high-school and college students) who stayed in American homes during their visits to Northern Virginia, an historic first. While he was working on these projects, he became involved in the Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU (later ICAR and then S-CAR).
In 1991, starting with the birth of his first child, Mr. Rice stepped back from high-intensity, travel-oriented activities and became a full-time father to his two children. He did volunteer computer work for the Green Hedges School and supported each of their secondary and college careers. During this period, Mr. Rice and his brother-in-law assumed responsibility for real estate investments and planning that resulted from his late father’s business activities in New York City, Dallas, Phoenix, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and other locations. He remains an active and involved parent, but is now also an experienced investor in commercial real estate.
Mr. Rice was appointed to the Board of Visitors of James Madison University in 2014, and served a four-year term on that Board. He declined a reappointment to James Madison’s Board and was then appointed to serve on the George Mason University Board of Visitors, starting in July, 2018. He remains on excellent terms and in close contact with James Madison University, with Radford University (where his son is an undergraduate), and has ongoing interests at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Yale, the University of Virginia, and other institutions of higher education.
Mr. Rice is a member of the Board of Directors of WETA and the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, and is on the Advisory Board of the GMU School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has held Board positions for several homeowners associations and volunteer groups. He is involved through the Rice Family Foundation (of which he is co-President and a member of the Board) with many educational and other non-profits throughout the United States. He works with grassroots political organizations and with community organizers. He has been a member and officer of the culinary society “Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs” for 26 years.
Denise Turner Roth
As chief development officer of WSP USA, Denise Turner Roth is responsible for creating and implementing strategic and long-range planning for one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firms.
Throughout her career, Ms. Turner Roth has held leadership positions in federal and local governments, where she specialized in driving economic development and administrative change. Known as a creative, solutions-oriented leader, her legacy is highlighted by key process and system advances. She is frequently called on by national and international organizations to share her expertise on leading change in large operations as well as in economic and urban redesign.
Prior to joining WSP, Ms. Turner Roth was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate as the chief executive in charge of the General Services Administration (GSA). In that role she led a workforce of 12,000 full-time employees with responsibility for a $27 billion budget and more than $80 billion in federal contracting activity. The GSA provides federal building, acquisition and technology services to federal agencies.
Ms. Turner Roth is passionate about supporting strong operations in public and private organizations to achieve better results and create thriving communities.
Ms. Turner Roth is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Bob Witeck is President of Washington, DC-based Witeck Communications, Inc., for over 25 years a pioneering communications expert helping design strategies that respect and reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities around the world. He is a seasoned communicator, counselor, public affairs professional, speechwriter and crisis communications expert. In this role, he consults with corporations, nonprofits, associations and leaders.
On their 25th anniversary, American Demographics magazine selected Bob Witeck as one of 25 global leaders ’who have made significant contributions to the worlds of demographics, market research, media and trend spotting for his early work on America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. In 2006, he authored the first book on LGBT marketing, Business Inside Out. He was the first LGBT consultant retained by the U.S. Census to help inspire participation in the 2010 Census.
Mr. Witeck is a graduate with distinction of the University of Virginia, named an Echols Scholar with major studies in Economics and Philosophy. Following his undergraduate degree, he served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. On Capitol Hill for over a decade, Witeck also served as communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as well as a Senate press secretary and legislative assistant. Before opening his firm in 1993, he was senior vice president for Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs.
A frequent speaker and writer, in addition to his book, “Business Inside Out” (Kaplan 2006) he has contributed a diverse range of opinion columns, professional articles and contributing chapters to journals. He has served on a variety of voluntary and professional boards including the NEA Foundation, and currently serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Council. In 2015, he was named to Virginia Governor McAuliffe’s first-ever LGBT Tourism Task Force.
Bob Witeck is a lifelong Virginian, and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his spouse, Bob Connelly, Jr.
Lisa Zuccari, an Alumna of George Mason University, is a philanthropist focused on women in film and education.
Ms. Zuccari has produced short films, served on film advisory boards, and committees including Chesapeake Film Festival and George Mason University Film School Advisory Board (FAVS 2012- 2016).
She has served on the West Virginia University Student Affair Capital Campaign Committee. She is currently serving on the Development Committee of Women of West Virginia University Leadership council, a program that supports women programs in education.
Zuccari’s personal philanthropic focus has been children with learning disabilities. She has served on the committee for the Blind & Dyslexic (2010). Having earned a degree in designing programs for children, she has gravitated to programs that enrich children’s lives in education and positive outlook.
Ms. Zuccari currently lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Alan. They have three grown children.
Faculty RepresentativeKeith D. Renshaw
Keith D. Renshaw is an Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. Dr. Renshaw’s research focuses on anxiety, stress, trauma, and relationships, with an emphasis on how adults’ response to trauma interacts with their interpersonal relationships. In particular, he has conducted several studies of military service members/veterans and their spouses. Dr. Renshaw has authored over 50 publications and given 100 conference presentations. His recent research on the experiences of service members who were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and their spouses/partners has been supported by two federal grants from the Department of Defense.
Dr. Renshaw also focuses heavily on teaching and student mentorship. Three of his students have served as PI on their own federally-funded grants under his supervision, and his students have published and presented their research extensively. He also devotes significant efforts to teaching in the classroom. In Spring 2015, his dedication to teaching was recognized last year with the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. Renshaw has engaged in significant service in his time at George Mason University. He has served as the Associate Director of the clinical psychology program since 2014, and he has served on the Faculty Senate since 2013. In Spring 2015, he began serving on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. In Fall 2015, he joined the University’s Online Partner Negotiation Advisory Team, and he also began in his role as co-chair of the Faculty Engagement Committee for the Campaign for George Mason University. Dr. Renshaw received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied under the mentorship of Dr. Dianne Chambless. He was an adjunct faculty member at University of North Carolina for 2 years and an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah from 2005-2009, before joining the faculty at George Mason University in the fall of 2009.
Student RepresentativesRebecca Keatinge
Becca Keatinge is in her third year as a graduate student at Mason and is currently working on her Masters in Strategic Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She is also the Graduate Professional Assistant for the Patriot Experience. She has loved the opportunity to help develop this program, and it has ignited a passion for helping students succeed in all aspects of their higher education journey. Prior to coming to Mason in the fall of 2016, she worked for James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She also received her B.A. in Global Justice and Policy Studies from JMU in 2015. Becca’s long-term goal is to work with companies in developing their communication strategies in order to affect social change. When she isn’t at Mason, Becca takes any opportunity to travel, sit down with a good book, or explore the DC area with friends.
Rebekah Pettine is a fourth year undergraduate student at Mason and is currently working on two degrees: one in Government and International Politics and the other in Communications with a Concentration in Journalism. Currently serving as Student Body President, she oversees the Executive Branch of Student Government, is a member of several administrative committees, and works to further student interests on campus. In addition, she serves as the Vice President of the Panhellenic Council, facilitating risk management, academic programming, and the mediation processes for all of Mason’s sororities. With this position, she is also the advisor of the Junior Panhellenic Council. Since being at Mason, she has participated in a variety of fellowships, working with TedX, several Congressional campaigns and the Schar School of Policy and Government. Above all, she endeavors to better her college community by creating resources and opportunities for fellow students to forward their own academic and future careers.
Following graduation, Bekah plans to apply to the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason in pursuit of a Public Interest Litigation and Advocacy degree. An avid biker, she is currently training for the Ulman Cancer Fund Bike Marathon, where she will be biking over 6,000 miles next summer from Annapolis, MD to Portland, OR in hopes of raising awareness and support for young adult cancer.
Faculty Committee RepresentativesAlan J. Abramson
Alan J. Abramson is a Professor of Government and Politics in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, and Founding Director of Mason’s Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. Alan is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute. In these several positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic issues. For more than a decade, Alan directed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit and philanthropy program, overseeing initiatives that helped strengthen nonprofit and foundation leaders, deepen the understanding of policymakers about nonprofit activities, and build the nonprofit research field in the U.S. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Alan Abramson was on the research staff of the Urban Institute, where he worked on a variety of domestic public policy issues. Alan has served on many national and local nonprofit boards and advisory committees. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington Universities. Alan Abramson received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and papers, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan has also been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. In 2015-2016, Alan is serving as President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the nation’s leading association for nonprofit researchers. Knowledgeable about a broad range of nonprofit issues, Alan’s major, current interests are: nonprofit-government relations; foundation policy and practice; social enterprise and social entrepreneurship; and shared governance, the engagement of all three sectors—nonprofit, government, and business—in addressing social problems.
Dr. Dalal joined George Mason University in August 2007. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, following which he spent 4 years as faculty at Purdue University. Dr. Dalal has obtained over 4 million dollars in external funding as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator, primarily from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. His research has been published in top-tier journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Research Methods, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He has also co-edited two books, one on judgment and decision-making in organizational settings and the other on organizational science approaches to cybersecurity. His major programs of research are: (1) employee performance (primarily counterproductive/deviant and citizenship behavior), (2) job attitudes and mood/emotions, (3) the impact of situations (both directly and in conjunction with personality) on performance, and (4) decision-making (primarily advice-taking processes and individual decision-making skill and style). Dr. Dalal is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He serves, and has previously served, on the editorial boards of several journals. He also previously served (2013-17) as the Chair of the Psychology Department at George Mason University.
David R. Gallay
David R. Gallay has more than 35 years of experience as an engineering manager and engineering economist. Currently, he is a term assistant professor of finance in the business school at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in managerial economics and finance. Before joining George Mason University, he was the vice president of infrastructure analytics at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI), where he led a management consulting practice that advised and assisted clients involved in public works policy and management. He was also a professorial lecturer in engineering at George Washington University, where he taught various courses in engineering economics, finance, and decision analysis. Before his management consulting career at LMI and teaching experience at George Washington University, he was a career Army officer who served in military engineer and operations research positions.
Bijan Jabbari is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and an affiliated faculty with ENST- Paris, France. He has held industrial positions with major communications service providers and networking equipment organizations developing data communications products. He has founded innovative laboratories for Internet and wireless communications research and is conducting research through funding provided by National Science Foundation and other funding organizations. Dr. Jabbari was an International Division Editor for Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was on the editorial board of Proceedings of the IEEE and several other journals. He is a coeditor of recent books on Multiaccess, Mobility and Teletraffic (Kluwer Publishing, Volume I and IV-VI) and continues research on multiaccess and wireless communications, mobility and traffic theory, and packet networks. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Communications Society technical committee on Communications Switching and Routing. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IEE, is a recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Engineer of the Year Award, in 2003. Dr. Jabbari has been a technical advisor to the industry and government on issues ranging from transport to switching and routing. He helped industry adoption of MPLS by service providers and large corporations in their networks. He received the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, California, in electrical engineering.
Dr. Christianne Esposito-Smythers received a B.A. from Lafayette College in 1995 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and English. She received her M.S. in 1997 and her Ph.D. in 2000 in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) from Virginia Tech. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2000-2001. She completed a T32 NIAAA funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in alcohol intervention research at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies from 2001-2003. After completing this fellowship, she joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She left Brown Medical School to join the Clinical Psychology faculty at George Mason University in 2008. Dr. Esposito-Smythers is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at George Mason University as well as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Esposito-Smythers’ research interests include the study of social cognitive processes associated with the development of adolescent suicidality, depression, and substance abuse. She is also interested in the design and application of cognitive behavioral treatment and prevention protocols for adolescent mental health problems and high risk behaviors. Dr. Esposito-Smythers’ research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS. Her papers have appeared in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, American Journal on Addictions, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and others. Dr. Esposito-Smythers is on the editorial board for Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Christy Pichichero is Associate Professor of French and History at George Mason University. She earned her A.B. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, a bachelor’s of music in opera singing from the Eastman School of Music, and a Ph.D. in French Studies from Stanford University. She has held fellowships at Cambridge University (King’s College), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), West Point Military Academy, and the Society of the Cincinnati. While holding a postdoctoral fellowship in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities Program, Dr. Pichichero was a faculty member and Associate Director of the Middlebury French School. Dr. Pichichero’s research explores the dialectic between war and culture, tracing how cultural values and practices influence ways of war and conversely how warfare generates cultural change or stagnation. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies of war and military institutions in relation to ethics, law, cross-cultural encounters, and the arts. Dr. Pichichero has developed deep expertise in multiple fields (history [military, political, social, gender, racial], literary studies, fine arts) that she brings to both her research and teaching. She is the author of The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell University Press, 2017), which is a finalist for the Kenshur Prize. She has been invited around the world to speak on her work, including plenaries, lectures, and presentations in England, France, Japan, and at the Frick Collection.
Dr. Pichichero has more than twenty years of experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work and has held multiple leadership positions at Stanford, GMU, and in the profession. At Mason, she is currently developing and implementing DEI strategy as the University Faculty Fellow in Diversity Equity and Inclusion as well as the Coordinator of College Diversity and Global Education in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also serves on the Governing Council of the Western Society for French History, the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and the Presidential Advisory Committee of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
June Tangney is Professor of Psychology and University Professor at George Mason University. Since arriving at Mason in 1988, Dr. Tangney has conducted research on the development and implications of moral emotions, with funding from NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders.
Dr. Tangney is author of over 100 articles, books, and book chapters. She is co-author of Shame and Guilt, co-editor of The Self-Conscious Emotions: Theory and Research, and co-editor of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist. She is Fellow of American Psychological Association’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology and the American Psychological Society.
Dr. Tangney has been active in university service for the past 24 years. She has been elected to multiple terms on the Faculty Senate (1997-98, 2003-present), in the past serving on the Senate’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Budget and Resources Committee, the Committee on External Relations, the Committee on Organization and Operations, and the Committee on Salaries. She is also past president of Mason’s AAUP chapter. Last year, she served on the Presidential Search Committee. Dr. Tangney has also sought to strengthen the research and teaching missions of the university in her many years of service on Human Subjects Review Board, as past member of the Learning Subcommittee as part of Mason’s Accreditation Self-Study, and in developing and initially administrating the Provost’s Faculty-Student Research Apprenticeship Program for Undergraduates. She enjoys contributing to graduate and commencement each year as a Faculty Marshall.
Professor Tangney received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. After teaching for two years at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Psychology Department at George Mason University in 1988. A recipient of Mason’s Teaching Excellence Award, she strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.
Dr. Tangney is Faculty Senate Chair of the Board of Visitors.
James (Jim) Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his PhD from Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Australia, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Radiology at West Virginia University, in Morgantown, WV, and joined the faculty of Mason in 2006. Dr Thompson’s research is focused on the neural basis of social cognition, including a) the brain mechanisms that underlie the perception and understanding of other people; b) the relationship between problems with social cognition and mental illness; and c) social influences on the development of substance use disorders. His research has been published in top-tier psychology and neuroscience journals, such as the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Dr Thompson has obtained more than $12 million in external funding as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator, primarily from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Office of Navy Research. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of the GMU 3T MRI Core Facility, and is a co-Director of the newly formed Center for Adaptive Systems in Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI).
Faculty Committee LiaisonEdward B. Douthett, Jr.
Dr. Edward B. Douthett, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the School of Management and is the Northern Chapter Virginia Society CPA Professor of Public Accounting. He currently teaches managerial and cost accounting in the Executive MBA and Undergraduate Accounting Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University he worked as an Assistant Professor for Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Douthett also worked at Exxon Corporation in various staff and managerial positions, overseeing financial analysis and reporting for operating units in oil and gas production and chemical manufacturing. He is currently a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and consults to various firms on the subjects of cost analysis and operational control.
Dr. Douthett’s research interests focus on the economics of accounting in U.S. and international capital markets. He sits on editorial review boards for several academic journals and has written articles that have appeared in refereed journals such as: Contemporary Accounting Research, The International Journal of Accounting, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.
Dr. Douthett earned a BS from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and PhD from the University of Georgia.