The CHSS Alumni Chapter was established in 2014 by the CHSS Dean's Advisory Board to support the goals and objectives of the university, the college, and Mason's Alumni Association. The CHSS Alumni Chapter and its members represent the college within the Mason Alumni Association.
The chapter mission is to enhance the interests and reputation of the college and to achieve a closer fellowship between alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community. The chapter also encourages support for scholarship, promotes professional development of students and alumni, and fosters a sense of pride and commitment to the university and college.
The chapter is looking for alumni who are willing to devote time and imagination in order to realize the chapter's mission.
If you are interested in joining the board, please contact our CHSS Alumni Relations team at email@example.com.
CHSS Chapter President
Dan is a partner at VLP Financial Advisors and has been active in the profession since 1996 and joined VLP in 1998. In that time Dan has developed a unique ability to talk honestly and directly to his clients, helping guide them past their short-term worries and encouraging them to focus on their bigger financial picture. Dan is a passionate advocate for the financial planning profession and served on the FPA National Capital Area Chapter board for 8 years and was chapter president in 2016. Dan currently serves on the advisory board of the School of Business Financial Planning and Wealth management program. He is also the current president of the CHSS alumni board and current board member of the George Mason University Alumni Association. A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia, Dan resides in Fairfax with his wife, their two kids, two cats and one dog.
Meet the 2021-2022 Alumni Chapter Board
Amber Scott, BA Psychology ‘05
Amber Scott graduated from George Mason University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Although she went on to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Maryland, she is a proud Patriot and attributes her outstanding training and background in the area of psychology to the university. Since graduating, Amber has worked in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation and has spent the last 11 years serving as a professional school counselor for Prince George’s County Public Schools and most recently the District of Columbia Public Schools. With a passion for the school counseling profession, Amber has served in various leadership positions within the school district helping to improve the professional school counseling practice and close the educational gaps existing within the urban school system. She has been a strong advocate for building the bridge between the school and broader community, helping students find, strengthen, and forge interests outside of school. Outside of her professional experience, Amber has a one-year-old daughter who lovingly consumes most of her free time. However, as free moments arise, Amber also enjoys reading, writing short stories, being a football fanatic, and the occasional Netflix binge.
Brandi Fannell has spent over 15 years in mid-to-large size companies and startups overseeing and leading the employee experience. She has led and managed several areas within the HR function including talent acquisition/recruiting, employee engagement, employee recognition, learning + development, performance management, and internal communications. In every position she has held, she purposed to do HR differently by focusing more on behavior and culture, rather than policy and procedure. Eventually, Brandi started to leverage her academic prowess in I/O psychology and her extensive training in leadership development to help colleagues and friends analyze their own work cultures and create action plans to help make their organizations healthy and profitable. One friend told her “you should do this full-time and work for yourself. There are a lot of companies that need you.” Brandi took that advice to heart, and in 2019 brandidHR was born. A firm believer in a company grows only as its people grow, Brandi considers herself a lifelong learner and professional student. She is a certified facilitator and coach, and when not cultivating leaders, she serves as board vice president of the JMF Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that was created in memory of her late brother. The foundation supports community programs that help develop youth with creative talent and grant scholarships to students with passion and skill for the performing arts.
Cheryl Rice is partner at Egerton, McAfee, in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she enjoys representing businesses and business owners in commercial disputes of all types. She obtained a BA in English literature from Mason in 1988 and is a 1991 Scalia Law graduate. Cheryl prioritizes service to her community and the legal profession, as seen by her current role as president of the Knoxville Bar Association, and her past service as president of the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women and on the Tennessee Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which she chaired for two consecutive terms. During college, Cheryl was a four-year player and captain of Mason’s women’s tennis team, and she has continued to support the sport she loves by serving on the steering committee for the Knoxville Challenger Tennis Tournament for the past 10 years. In her free time, she can be found hiking or boating with friends and family.
A passionate George Mason Patriot, David graduated from Mason in 2015 with a BA in History. While at Mason, he served as class president, garnered donations as a supervisor at the Mason Messengers Phonathon, and hosted a classical music show on WGMU Radio. After Mason, David built best-in-class conferencing experiences for Fortune 500 executives at the DC-based boutique event planning firm, Consero. After five years with the company, David is following his great loves of history and sharing knowledge by pursuing a masters in social studies education at Rutgers University with the intentions to teach. However, he considers himself first and foremost a devoted Mason and CHSS alum. Go Mason!
Doug is an alumnus of George Mason University with a bachelor of science in Economics and a master’s in international commerce and policy. As an undergraduate, he was an active member of the Greek community on campus, planning and overseeing multiple social, community, and philanthropic events. Doug currently works as a senior consultant/program manager providing innovative strategic and technological solutions across multiple federal agencies. He believes joining the CHSS Alumni Board of Directors is an excellent opportunity to engage with other alumni and apply his ideas and perspectives in order to help grow and strengthen the alumni community. Doug enjoys volunteering as a youth sports coach in his community, outdoor recreation, as well as enjoying downtime with family and friends.
Edward Chalkley graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor of arts in global affairs in 2012 and received a commission as an engineer officer in the United States Army through the Mason Army ROTC program. Edward served for seven years in the Army and transitioned into reserve status in 2019. During his time in the army, Edward earned a master of arts in diplomacy from Norwich University and a master of science in geological engineering from Missouri S&T. After a brief time in the consulting industry, Edward joined the foreign service in the U.S. Department of State. Edward is married with four small children, two boys and two girls.
Erica Noel Simonitis is currently the senior director of guest and protection services at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where she oversees the strategy and operations for onsite guest experiences and art protection. She previously served a variety of roles in visitor experience, membership, and IT at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Erica holds a master of arts degree in medieval studies from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, winning the Robert L. Thomson Prize for best overall performance in her MA course. During her time at George Mason, Erica was the recipient of the Robert K. Hedrick, Jr. Scholarship and an active member of the Mason Players.
Jason Reis earned a bachelor of arts in economics in 1993 and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems in 2017 from George Mason University. He received a master of science in information management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1998 and is currently finishing his capstone project in the program of study in data science at the University of Missouri. Jason is currently a forensic data analyst with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Jason is a PMI-certified program manager and has worked as a senior consultant with Leidos, Inc. formerly the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Centurum Inc., and Compass, Inc. Jason has more than 25 years of analytical experience of which the last seven have been spent using data analytics for fraud detection. Jason started his professional career with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an operations analyst where he developed and executed automated test plans for the new Federal Reserve System, which was an automated treasury room automated processing system that supported open market Operations. He has remained active in the Mason community, as inaugural president of the College of Humanities and Social Science Alumni Chapter from 2014 to 2016, and as a member of the George Mason University Alumni Affairs scholarship selection committee in 2017 and 2018 . Jason has studied abroad in Italy, Spain, Guatemala, and England and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, Central America, and Asia. Jason resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife, Cathy, and they are big Mason basketball fans.
Josh Young graduated from Mason in May of 2017 and his first job out of college was working for a large bank. He has since transitioned to working in local government as the assistant voter registrar for Roanoke City in Roanoke, Virginia. His hobbies include spending time with friends, blogging, and podcasting. Josh excited to be a part of the alumni board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Kelly Lucero, BA Integrative Studies ‘02
Kelly Lucero is realtor in Virginia with Stone Properties. A native of Northern Virginia, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in integrative studies with a concentration in communication and leadership in 2002. After graduation, Kelly worked in human resources and project management before moving into residential real estate in 2012. Kelly lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband, Joe, and 3 daughters.
Kerri Chapman, BA History ‘98
Kerri is originally from Virginia Beach, VA, and graduated from Mason in 1998 with a BA in History. She obtained a master’s in education from Georgia Southern University in 2002, and has dedicated her entire career to working in higher education. Kerri is currently the director of enterprise systems and integration services in information technology services at Washington and Lee University, where she manages an extremely talented team of technologists who keep the trains running smoothly. Kerri is married to Mason alumnus, Jim Chapman (BA International Studies ‘98), and they have seven-year-old twins (Jack and Lillian). Kerri lives just north of Lexington, VA.
Kevin McLaughlin started his career working for the navy as a financial analyst in foreign military sales. He spent the first years of his career at the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, and the Office of Naval Research. During this period of his career, he earned a MS in business technologies from Marymount University in 2001, and two master’s certificates in information technology. After working for the Navy, he transferred to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a consultant. Having spent more than a dozen years as a consultant/contractor, he transitioned to the civil service working for the Department of Defense as a financial manager. In 2020, he was promoted to a branch chief. Kevin is a native washingtonian, growing up in Arlington, and Falls Church. He currently resides in Chantilly, VA. Kevin is the parent of two special needs daughters, and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities. In his free time, Kevin spends time with his partner, Nicole, travelling both locally and internationally, and enjoying live music. Music is one of his passions, along with classic cars. He is also a car collector, and has an extensive collection of BMWs.
Kirenjeet Bansal (Kiren) brings 19 years of nonprofit management experience in strategy development, revenue generation, digital & technology solutions, employee & volunteer engagement, branding and external relations for arts, environmental, communications, human rights, and other purpose driven organizations and nonprofits. As a first-generation college graduate and immigrant, Kiren is passionate about creating a more equitable and just society where BIPOC communities are fully embraced and can thrive safely. Kiren believes in paying it forward through volunteerism and philanthropy and spends her “spare” time doing so. She has volunteered as a judge for the annual USC Wrigley Institute’s Environmental Sustainability Competition, a shark tank-like incubator for student pitch’s for saving the planet. She also serves on the Trojan Entertainment Network alumni board. Kiren helped launch the Mason alumni chapter in Greater Los Angeles and looks forward to the new role on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Board. She hopes that sharing her experience as a part-time graduate student, who balanced studies with full time work, will inspire others to do the same - it can be done! Kiren earned her MA in global affairs from George Mason University in 2012, participated in the Oxford Honors Program and holds a BA in environmental studies from the University of Southern California. Kiren has held senior leadership roles in performing arts, social impact entertainment and other global nonprofit organizations. Most recently Kiren was AVP of Development at Population Media Center, a social impact entertainment organization that envisions a sustainable planet with equal rights for all. Currently, Kiren works freelance beachside as a social impact consultant based in Santa Monica, California.
After spending many years assisting clients, both personal and business, with their financial needs, Mike thought it was time to look at the next generation of leaders and help them shape the future—their own and the world's. As a high school teacher at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, Mike does just that. He is thrilled to be working with students to help them prepare for post-high school life, whatever that may be.
Randy Revercomb, BA History ‘97
Randy Revercomb is one of a dwindling number in the Washington D.C. area—an actual native. He was born in D.C. and raised in Arlington, Virginia, becoming a product of Arlington County Schools, where his mother was a teacher and his dad, a veteran of World War II, worked for the Department of Agriculture. He graduated from Mason in 1987 with a BA in History and in 2009 with an MEd in Special Education. He also attended NVCC and UVA. He currently works as a teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools, lives in Falls Church, and spends many weekends in Rappahannock County on his family’s property. He has a sister, brother-in-law, and two fine nephews who live in Maryland. He is honored to be considered as a board member of the Alumni Chapter of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University.
Ryan Arnold, BA Global Affairs ‘11
In 2006, Ryan Arnold graduated high school and lived in Djibouti for a month, volunteering with a non-profit. There, he was exposed for the first time to slums, and refugees, and extreme poverty. Motivated to have a better understanding of the world and how positive change can be made, Ryan went on to study at Mason and graduated in 2011 with a BA in global affairs with a focus on international development. From there he went on to serve in Cameroon as a youth development peace corps volunteer from 2011-2013, and as the operations director for an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya from 2014 to 2018. He now works as a project manager for an dconomic development organization in the Chicago area and is finishing a master’s in political science with a focus on community and economic development.
Shawn Brann, BA English ’95, BA Communication ’95, MA Education ’99, CERT Educational Leadership ‘06
Shawn L. Brann is excited to serve his alma mater on the CHSS Alumni Board. Brann, a native of Village, VA in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck, resides in Bristow, VA and is employed in the defense community. He is married to a fellow Mason graduate, the former Julie Wunderly, and has two children. The couple met at Mason in the fall of 1992 and will celebrate their 23rd anniversary in June 2021. Brann, a former Prince William County Schools (PWCS) teacher, has also served his local community as an active parent volunteer in PWCS for over a decade. From 2016-17, he served as an acting school board member in PWCS representing the Brentsville District. In his free time, he enjoys watching Mason basketball, and watching his own children play field hockey and soccer.
Tiffany Taylor, BA Criminology, Law and Society ‘20
Retired Army vet, Tiffany Taylor is a 2020 graduate of George Mason University. Shortly after earning her degree in Criminology and a minor in legal studies she began working and interning for Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. Her current work in the public defender’s office in collaboration with her multiple study abroad facilitated by George Mason, Tiffany has a strong interest in social justice and is in pursuit of a law degree. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her children, traveling, and giving back to her church and community.
Whitney Ward, BA Communication ‘08
Whitney Ward is the founder and president of Intuitive Management Partners, a multifamily investing and investment management company. She leads and defines company growth initiatives and expansion opportunities. Whitney's role includes overseeing acquisitions & service contracts, capital markets, brokerage engagements and collaborating with strategic business partners for growth.
2018 - 2020: Ashley Phayme, BA Communication, '08
2016 - 2018: Gleason Rowe, BA Global Affairs '11
2014 - 2016: Jason Reis, BA Economics '93, GIS '17
In 2017 the chapter began an award for students who offer acts of service to the CHSS community. This award is generously funded by the CHSS Chapter and its members.
2019 Recipients: Reagan Emmerling, BA Integrative Studies '22 and Natalie Schultz, BA Environmental and Sustainability Studies '19
2018 Recipients: Isaiah Cruz and Brandon Lock
2017 Recipient: Margo Zuchristian