Dean's Advisory Board

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board serves to advise the dean by connecting the university with the world beyond our campuses and providing the college with specialized knowledge and expertise. Board members support the programs and activities of the college and foster continuing relationships among students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

The college is grateful for the service and contributions of our former advisory board members

Meet our Dean's Advisory Board:

Firas Al-Barzinji

Firas Al-Barzinji

Barzinji serves as general counsel to Sterling Management Group, Inc., a small private equity management firm in Herndon, Virginia.

Edmund Bedsworth

Edmund Bedsworth

Bedsworth is a senior program manager at Serco, Inc.

BS in Economics, 1988

Alexandra Sims Corley, MD, MPH, FAAP

Alexandra Sims Corley, MD, MPH, FAAP

Corley is an attending physician within the division of general and community pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She is also an assistant professor in the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. 

BA in Anthropology, 2009

Monica Davy

Monica Davy

As the Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Vizient, Inc., Monica Davy guides overarching strategy, program implementation and ongoing support for the company’s culture, DEI, engagement, community impact and corporate responsibility initiatives.

BA in English, 1991

Steve Gladis

Steve Gladis

A leadership speaker and executive coach, Gladis is an authority on the topic of leadership. CEO of Steve Gladis Leadership Partners—a leadership development company—he is also the author of 28 books on leadership and communication and two novels.

Roberta Gosling

Roberta Gosling

More than 30 years as a business leader with demonstrated experience building impactful, client-facing teams for nearly every agency in the federal government.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

CHSS Dean's Advisory Board - Chair

Johnson is a consultant specializing in digital transformation and has led digital teams and programs at a variety of public- and private-sector organizations

MA in English, 2005

Nicole Livas

Nicole Livas

Livas is an evening anchor/special projects reporter for WVEC-13NewsNow in Norfolk, Virginia.

BA in Communication

Allen Lomax

Allen Lomax

Lomax spent his career in public service with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In 2006 he founded the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.

M. Yaqub Mirza

M. Yaqub Mirza

Mirza is President and CEO of Sterling Management Group. He is parent to two Mason alums and a longtime supporter and friend of the university.

Mika'il Petin

Mika'il Petin

Petin is an impassioned professional with more than 20 years of experience in solving problems within private and public organizations.

PhD in Cultural Studies, 2016

Faisal Rashid

Faisal Rashid

Rashid is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank.

BA in Economics, 1988

Julie Sandler

Julie Sandler

Sandler is an award-winning marketing, brand, and engagement expert and four-time business builder and operator.

BA in English, 2006

Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend

Townsend is director of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Washington office.

PhD in History, 2009

Dvon Williams

Dvon Williams

Williams brings 20 years of experience in public relations, media, strategic brand positioning, thought leadership and executive visibility to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Chief Communications Officer.

BA in Communication, 2006

The college is grateful for the service and contributions of our former advisory board members.