Meet the Board

MJ Mayassi
CLAS 2010, Economics
Though it’s been nearly a decade since I’ve worn the honors of Honor and graduated from Mr. Jefferson’s University, I still get to work and interact with some of the most passionate Wahoos around. Since my time on grounds, I have served on the Boards of the Richmond Hoos, as well as my hometown DCHoos, by developing unique networking opportunities and planning marquis events like the Jefferson Ball and Bicentennial Celebration. It is now my distinct honor to lead The University of Virginia Club of Washington, DC as its next president. My goal is to empower our Board in continuing to program unique events for our members and helping you stay connected to Dear Old UVa. I look forward to continuing my service on this Board and meeting you!
Employer: Freddie Mac

Tamira Roberson
President Emeritus & Scholarship Committee Chair | uvascholarship@dchoos.org
CLAS 2009, Foreign Affairs & Sociology
UVA is such a special place – one of academic excellence and self-discovery. I am so grateful for the memories, the friendships formed, and the mentors gained at UVA because it made me a better person. After graduation, I served on the UVAClub of Washington, DC Board until 2015, holding the positions of Young Alumni Committee Co-Chair, Vice President and President. I rejoined the board in 2017 as Interim President and now will remain engaged as the Scholarship Chair for the UVA Club of DC Scholarship Fund.
Employer: DC Superior Court

Casey Firth
CLAS 2015, Religious Studies and Bioethics
GSAS 2016, Master of Public Health
During my time at UVA, I competed on the sailing team, worked as a bioethics intern at the medical center, and helped establish the Virginia Journal of Bioethics. After spending nearly six years on Grounds, I knew upon moving to DC that I needed to find a way to connect with fellow Wahoos. One of my favorite aspects of UVA was the people, so getting involved with the UVA Club of DC Board was a no-brainer! I love interacting with fellow alums on a weekly basis in my role as Club Secretary.
Employer: Accenture Federal Services

Tatevik Markaryan
SEAS 2017, Civil Engineering
While a student at UVA, I was involved in the UVA Flute Ensemble, American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering Student Council, and Madison House. I loved my time on grounds, from eating Take It Away on the lawn, cheering on the Hoos at basketball and football games, and meeting up with friends on the corner. I am excited to contribute to the great events that the UVA Club of Washington organizes and help bring alumni of different years together. Wahoowa!
Employer: Booz Allen Hamilton

Meg Gardner
Marketing & Communications Chair | uvamarketingandtech@dchoos.org
CLAS 2016, Economics and Foreign Affairs
Born and raised a Wahoo! I loved UVA for the football game sunburns, for snowy days on the Lawn, for endless people watching in the lobby of Clark, for Bodo’s (of course), and so much more. While at UVA, I spent my time as a member of the CMB, writing for the Cavalier Daily, and volunteering for Madison House. I’m excited to serve the UVA Alumni DC community as a member of the Board and I look forward to meeting new DCHoos.

David Aramony
Social Committee Co-Chair | uvasocial@dchoos.org
CLAS 2013, Government & Media Studies
“I wish I slept more in college,” said no one ever. While my tenure flew by an amazing thing happened: my college friends became family and UVA traditions became staples of my daily life. Throughout my time at The University, I was heavily involved in a smorgasbord of CIOs from Madison House to Student Government. With those final steps down the lawn as a student in the rearview, I want to provide Hoos an excuse to chant Wahoowa once again by fostering camaraderie among our family. From boat cruises to happy hours, holiday parties to networking events, my goal is to ensure our DC alums always have a reason to call Charlottesville home.
Employer: TIBCO Software Inc.

Victoria Nguyen
Social Committee Co-Chair | uvasocial@dchoos.org
CLAS 2016, Psychology
This is only but a stepping stone for me to become DC’s youngest socialite by running the Social Chair for the UVaClub of DC… just kidding! I’ve had the pleasure of serving as chairs for numerous UVA organizations- the Asian Student Union, Vietnamese Student Association, and HerCampus at UVA to name a few. Upon leaving the University I couldn’t imagine moving forward without being involved in any sort of organization and not have event planning to balance out work. I hope to learn a lot about the UVA Club of DC and put on fun and fantastic events that will bring new members into the fold, and help current members grow in involvement and our combined passion for the University.
Employer: Kaiser Permanente

Laura Peterson
Networking Committee Co-Chair | uvanetworking@dchoos.org
CLAS 2011, Art History
I owe so much of who I am personally and professionally to my time at UVA, and I feel truly lucky to call myself an alum. As networking co-chair, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play a role in events that will bring the UVA community together beyond Charlottesville in a fun and professional setting. Because the DC-area is host to the largest UVA alumni base in the country, we are particularly well-positioned to draw fellow Wahoos of all ages and backgrounds to our UVA Club events.
Employer: Avison Young

EllenEllen Falci
Schools Committee Co-Chair | uvaschools@dchoos.org
CLAS 2012, Cognitive Science & Spanish Linguistics
I fell in love with UVA early in my college search process and haven’t looked back since! The grounds, community, academics, athletics and proximity to Northern Virginia made UVA a no-brainer for me. While at UVA, I was involved with the Club Ultimate Frisbee team, Relay For Life, Monroe Society and other groups. I find great passion in showing others all that UVA has to offer and I could often be found dragging my friends to sporting events, lectures, films, philanthropy events, etc. during college. Being away from Charlottesville makes this hobby a bit more difficult but working with the Schools Committee gives me the opportunity to fill this void. I thoroughly enjoy being able to more formally engage with incoming, current and former students and help them fall in love with Hoo-ville as much as I did. When I’m not cheering on the Hoos, I spend my time running, playing Ultimate, traveling, cooking, volunteering and playing viola. Wahoowa!
Employer: Clarabridge

Laurie Gibson
Schools Committee Co-Chair | uvaschools@dchoos.org
COMM 1987
I graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce in 1987 and worked in retail finance until my first child was born. I spent 21 years volunteering as PTA treasurer, Room Parent, Soccer Team Parent, Book Fair Chairperson and High School Athletic Booster Board member. Having navigated the college selection and application process, as well as the overall college experience with my two children, I am excited about the opportunity to dedicate my time, experiences and lessons learned as co-chair on the schools committee of the UVA Club of DC.

lauraLaura Plattner
Service Committee Co-Chair | uvaservice@dchoos.org
CLAS 2004, English
I loved my time at UVA thanks in large part to the spirit, camaraderie, and sense of community I found there. I’m thrilled to help support continued Wahoo connections while also helping our local Washington, DC community through meaningful and fun service activities.
Employer: American Cancer Society

Katrina Foelsche
Service Committee Co-Chair | uvaservice@dchoos.org
CLAS 1999, Government
While a student, I was involved in University Union, now the UPC, where I enjoyed planning numerous events for the UVA community, including UVA’s first visiting performing arts series. After graduating, I worked for a couple of marketing companies before going back to school to earn a Masters of Education, and started a career in higher education advancement. My years in alumni relations gave me a lot of great experience working with alumni clubs, and I’m excited to be part of the UVA Club of DC and contribute specifically to helping plan service-oriented events, as it’s been a joy to introduce my young daughters to giving back and volunteering in our community.

Lauren Cricchi
Sports Committee Co-Chair | uvasports@dchoos.org
Batten 2014, Public Policy & Leadership
When you’re in the 5th generation of your family to attend UVA, you really don’t have a choice but to bleed orange and blue. Growing up as a Wahoo fan, I made countless trips to Charlottesville for football, basketball, and lacrosse games, and my love for UVA sports only grew during my four years there. If you couldn’t find me at JPJ or Scott Stadium (or tailgating in the parking lot…), I was organizing intramurals for my first year dorm and sorority, volunteering through Madison House and the White Ribbon Campaign, or serving as the first-ever undergraduate student council president for my other UVA passion, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Now that I have integrated myself into the basketball-kickball-football DC co-rec sports life, I look forward to bringing exciting sports-related initiatives to the Club’s members this year, including game watches, group outings to Wizards, Capitals, and Nationals games, and other exciting events #FortheHoos!

Gavin Taylor
Sports Committee Co-Chair | uvasports@dchoos.org
CLAS 2015

From the time that I was old enough to yell “Wahoowa,” I have been cheering on the Hoos in just about every sports endeavor. Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent at Scott Stadium with an orange and blue pompom in one hand and a “Wahoo” flavored snow cone in the other. Naturally, it makes sense then that I am joining the DCHoos Board as a co-chair of the sports committee. I am looking forward to a fun DC/UVA sports-filled year! Go Hoos!


SimaySimay Okyay
Book Club Co-Chair | uvabookclub@dchoos.org
CLAS 2014, Biochemistry & Women, Gender and Sexuality
There is so much to love about UVA but my favorite moments were my favorite moments because of the people. I served in several executive boards at UVA. I had the best experiences when I served as social chair for my sorority and HooCrew. I am now serving on our board because I love meeting and engaging with alumni who share my love for the ‘Hoos. I hope to be involved in fostering relationships amongst alumni through our events. Wahoowa!
Employer: Walk in Medical Care

Jessica Roberts
Book Club Co-Chair | uvabookclub@dchoos.org
CLAS 2014, Biochemistry
While at UVA, I loved the sense of community and camaraderie found on Grounds. I spent much of my time with the first year community as a Resident Advisor and Senior Resident, and enjoyed watching them join and grow in the UVA community. As an alumna, I hope to continue to foster a sense of camaraderie for the alumni in the DC area through the Book Club.
Employer: American Chemical Society

Brian Scanlon
Arts & Culture Committee Co-Chair | uvaarts@dchoos.org
COMM 2015
If one word had to describe my time at UVA it would be amazing. Experiencing the Hoos’ school spirit at ACC rivalry games, meeting wonderful people inside and outside of the classroom, and accessing the many resources on Grounds that got me to where I am today are just a few of the many reasons why I owe a ton to UVA. As co-chair of the Arts & Culture Committee, I hope to give back to my community and university, especially to those in the DC area, through organizing exciting events to facilitate relationships among alumni, students, future students, and friends. Our ideal location in the capital gives us many opportunities to find interesting activities to participate in. I look forward to being a part of the UVaClub of DC’s board. Wahoowa!
Employer: Height Securities

ian gottheimIan Gottheim
Arts & Culture Committee Co-Chair | uvaarts@dchoos.org
SEAS 2015, Civil Engineering
I’m incredibly grateful for my four years down in Charlottesville as a Wahoo. UVA shaped who I am today, challenging me to be my best and explore new ideas and interests. Although I can only get back down to Charlottesville intermittently, Washington DC is a home away from home for the Cavalier faithful. As a co-chair for the Arts & Culture Committee, I look forward to creating events to bring alumni, students, and future Wahoos together to take in all that the DC area has to offer, and continue to develop relationships outside of Charlottesville.
Employer: Bohler Engineering