Meet the Board

Tamira Roberson
Interim President |
CLAS 2009, Foreign Affairs & Sociology
UVA is such a special place – one of academic excellence and self-discovery. 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. It is such an honor to rejoin the board to serve as Interim President.
Employer: DC Superior Court

MJ Mayassi
CLAS 2010, Economics
Though it’s been some time since I graduated from Mr. Jefferson’s University, I still get to work and interact with some of the brightest Wahoos around. I have served on Boards for both the Richmond Hoos as well as my hometown DCHoos, and have worked on marquis events like the Jefferson Capital Ball and the Bicentennial Celebration. I have also had the pleasure of coming back down to grounds to assist with recruiting our students into consulting roles. I look forward to continuing my service on this Board and meeting you!
Employer: Ernst & Young

Kate McCormick
Marketing & Communications Chair |
CLAS 2014, Art History
Whether it was game day on the Corner, late night studying at Alderman, laying out in the sun on Mad Bowl – I was always surrounded by my fellow Hoos! I’ve continued to be enveloped in a similar community of ambitious and passionate alumni through the UVA Club; and even in DC, Blue & Orange will always mean dear old UVA.
Employer: Cambridge Associates

Casey Firth
The UVA Club Secretary dedicates an average of 1 to 3 hours on a weekly basis. As Secretary, Casey prepares the Club’s calendar of events, creates agendas and keeps minutes for Board meetings, files any reports required, maintains membership lists, and handles all official correspondence of the organization.

David Aramony
Social Committee Co-Chair |
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: Oracle

Victoria Nguyen
Social Committee Co-Chair |
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

Tolu Aganga-Williams
Networking Committee Co-Chair |
CLAS 2004, Economics
My time in Charlottesville was special in myriad ways. UVA offered the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and scholar, while communing with a wide variety of super accomplished and insightful fellow students, professors/teachers and alumni. From long nights spent studying in Clemons, or socializing on Rugby road, each semester was filled with adventures and friendships that have stood the test of time. Volunteering with our local alumni chapter has allowed me to maintain that connection to UVA and continue to create/strengthen relationships with my fellow Wahoos.

Charlie Wang
Networking Committee Co-Chair |
COMM 2017
Reflecting on my past 4 years at UVA, I’m deeply appreciative of the community, support, and fellowship that I have experienced. During my time at UVA, I was involved in different CIOs, cultural, and volunteer groups, and am grateful to the leadership skills that I was able to acquire and life-long friendship I was able to forge. As I move to DC after graduation, I’m excited to help build the Wahoo community outside of Charlottesville and continue to strengthen the bond between the school and UVA alum in DC.
Employer: Smithsonian Institution

EllenEllen Falci
Schools Committee Co-Chair |
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

lauraLaura Plattner
Service Committee Co-Chair |
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 |
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.

luke2Luke Holman
Sports Committee Co-Chair |
COMM 2006, Marketing & Management
Dear Old UVA offered the perfect balance of challenging academics, enriching clubs, and entertaining sporting events. As a student, I was a member of the inaugural Hoo Crew, and I enjoyed watching UVA play top ACC teams in football and basketball. I decided to serve on the UVA Club of Washington board to organize fun outings to sporting events, providing our alumni in the Washington DC area with opportunities to see UVA teams when we play locally and see former UVA players who are currently playing in the professional ranks when they visit DC. The goal of these events is to provide UVA alumni with unique experiences, such as meet-and-greets with players & coaches and opportunities to go down onto the field or court.In my free time, I compete nationally in Pentathlon competitions (fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting, and running), and I am actively involved in McLean Bible Church. I also serve as a representative on UVA Young Alumni Council, and I am the Rules & Recruiting Chair for McIntire Young Alumni Council. I enjoy volunteering, outdoor activities, and attending Major League Baseball games (Go Nats & O’s!) and NCAA sporting events (nothing cheers my heart and warms my blood quite like seeing the Hoos beat the Hokies!).

Lauren Cricchi
Sports Committee Co-Chair |
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!

SimaySimay Okyay
Book Club Co-Chair |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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: Balfour Beatty Construction