Join DC Noles for our very own SUPER TUESDAY for drinks and the election of the 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors! This year’s elections will be held on Tuesday, June 30th at 6:30 pm in the side room at Union Pub, located on 201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. Take a look at the slate below!
Officers (*Denotes incumbent)
*Howard Shores has been a member of the DC Noles since arriving in DC in the spring of 2008. He joined the DC Noles board in December of 2010, and spent his first year assisting the club in running its online social network presence. In 2012, he was elected Vice President of the club, and served in that capacity under Sam Sanchez for two terms. As Vice President, his responsibilities included chairing the Gamewatching Committee, working with the Merchandising and Marketing Committee, and liaising with University officials. Elected to President in July 2014, Howard and his board have overseen a remarkable year for the club. In the last year, the DC Noles have celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary, capped with the 50th Anniversary Gala, which helped raise $10,000 for Florida State’s Raise the Torch Capital Campaign. This year, the club was awarded “Best Gamewatch” by the Florida State Alumni Association. The club opened an additional gamewatching location in Northern Virginia, and continued our great relationship with our official gamewatch location in Washington, D.C., Union Pub. The club participated in community service events ranging from the Northern Virginia Special Olympics to the DC Central Kitchen to Seminole Service Day. Financially, the club has strengthened its scholarship endowment, and continues to be in a strong financial position. He looks forward to continuing to build the DC Noles into one of the best Seminole Clubs in the nation.
*Peri Farbstein is the Vice President of DC Noles and has been an active member of the Board for the past three years. Peri served as the Chair of the Host Committee for the DC Noles 50th Anniversary Gala in 2015 which helped to raise $10,000 for the Raise the Torch Capital Campaign, the Gold Cup Chair in 2013 and 2014, the Merchandising and Marketing Chair from 2013-2015, has been an active participant in club activities including Seminole Service Day, Gamewatching Parties, and Seminole Sendoff Scholarship Receptions, as well as liaising with University officials and assisting with all University sponsored events in D.C. She would be honored to serve a second term as DC Noles Vice President. Peri attended FSU from 2007-2011, during which time she earned her B.S. International Affairs, B.A. Anthropology, and Minor in Public Administration. She went on to earn a M.A. International Communication from American University’s School of International Service. Peri works for the U.S. Department of State. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale.
*Brian Anweiler is a 1997 graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Media Communication. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Education (Sport Administration) from FSU in 2000. Currently, he is the Director of College-Wide Student Activities & Athletics at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to moving to the DC Metro area in January 2009, he was the Director of Athletics at Tallahassee Community College. Brian has been on the DC Noles Board since 2009. He has served in the role of Secretary (2010-11) and Treasurer (2012-present).
*Emily Grossman is a Northern Virginia native who graduated from Florida State in 2010 with a BA in Psychology. She joined DC Noles immediately upon returning to the area three years ago, contributing to events as a member for the first year, serving on the DC Noles board as a director for two years, and as the club’s Secretary for the past year. While on the board, she has been the sports chair (successfully running five seasons of flag football, including one championship), assisted with multiple volunteer events and nearly all gamewatching parties, and served on the scholarship committee in 2012 and the election committee in 2013.
Alexi Thomas is a proud graduate of FSU’s School of Social Work with a BSW and MSW in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after graduating she moved to the DC area and became active with the DC Noles. In 2006, she joined the DC Noles as a Director and helped secure a new game watching location as well as other exciting events. Alexi continued to join the DC Noles at game watching parties and community events and joined the Board once again in 2014 as a Director. Alexi has been very active as a Director, greeting other DC Noles at the majority of game watching parties, helping out with the raffle and shirt/koozie donations, attending community service events such as “Seminole Service Day” and the Special Olympics, attending and assisting with the marketing efforts for the DC Noles Gala, and helping to send off our DC Noles scholarship winners. Alexi continues to bring her creative ideas and Seminole spirit to DC and looks forward to another exciting year on the DC Noles Board. Alexi resides in Arlington, VA with her awesome dog named Bowdy (for Bobby Bowden) and works as an Executive Assistant at Production Solutions in Tysons, VA.
Andres Bascumbe: Although I wasn’t born a Seminole, my love for Florida State came from the enormous opportunities and experiences the University afforded to me. Specifically, as an out-of-state resident, I would not have been able to attend without the scholarships FSU granted me under the First Year Abroad program. Of all the schools I applied to, FSU made the college experience a financial possibility and for that I am eternally grateful. Upon my arrival to Tallahassee, I was anxious to engage in the community and contribute back a little of what had been afforded to me. I served as Senator for College of Communications, Director of Public Relations for Hispanic Latino Student Union, and as a member of the Student Alumni Association’s Leadership Council. My favorite experience by far was my terms with the SAA. The organization created a vital connection between the current students and alumni. It was inspiring to hear the stories of Seminole alumni and the reach that FSU has cultivated across the globe. The DC Noles are an exceptional part of the alumni network and it would be an honor to serve on the 2015-2016 Board. Go Noles!
Anne M. Nevel is currently the Manager of Education Programs for the Helicopter Association International in Alexandria, VA. She graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Criminology and was very involved in this program, to include interning and volunteering with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). For her service, she received the 1999 Volunteer of the Year and the Intern of the Year for the state of Florida. Upon graduation, Anne was hired on with FDOC to oversee betterment programs for inmates, to include federal grant-funded programs that received national attention. In 2006, she moved with her husband to the DC area and furthered her program management career in the association space. Anne has worked for stand-alone associations and an association management company providing management of professional education and certification programs. In these positions she supervises staff and volunteers and works on varying teams to coordinate educational activities and events. Anne’s passion for her alma mater, combined with her program management, marketing and communication skills, would be an asset to the DC Noles Board of Directors.
Ashley Hickman is a 2011 graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelors in International Affairs and Italian. After completing her Masters from the University of Virginia, she relocated to the DC area in the fall of 2014. She immediately got involved with the DC Noles, played on their the flag football team and attended as many game watchings at Union Pub as possible. During her time at FSU, she was an active member of the Lady Spirithunters and participated in many community volunteer events. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and now works in the technology sector. Immediately feeling welcomed by the DC Noles community, she is excited to get involved and meet many more Noles in DC!
*Christina Mazzoli grew up in Miami, Florida, and spent holiday breaks in Louisville, Kentucky. I was always very involved in extracurricular activities; drama club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), varsity water polo, varsity cross country, varsity soccer, varsity track one of the captains senior year), and Vice President of Student Counsel (senior year). I was also a recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship. I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance in 2010. While at FSU, I was selected to be a Seminole Torchbearer, received a Department of Management Scholarship, worked for Union Productions/Club Downunder, was a member of Women in Business, and a member of Lady Spirithunters. As a Lady Spirithunter, I participated in intramural sports, various community service activities (Dance Marathon and Relay for Life), and various homecoming activities. Homecoming 2009, a friend and I were one of the finalists for Big Fan on Campus which helped Lady Spirithunters win 1st place in their category. I’ve been living in Virginia since January 2011 and have been an active member of DC Noles since. I have volunteered at the DC Central Kitchen, the wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery, joined the DC Noles flag football team, participated in Seminole Service Day, and of course enjoyed the game watching parties. I am extremely hardworking and passionate (some say too passionate) about FSU. My passion coupled with my desire to help the local community is a great fit for DC Noles. Being surrounded by likeminded (and passionate) individuals is inspiring. I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve on the DC Noles Board for another year.
*Daryl R. Levine is a 2002 graduate of FSU and Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association. Daryl moved to Washington, DC in 2005. He has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and a higher education professional association manager. Daryl served as a Special Assistant to the Mayor of the District of Columbia. His service to the Seminole Club of Greater Washington, DC since 2006 includes a term as secretary, two terms as vice-president, and service as a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for coordination of all FSU at Maryland Weekend events since 2008.
*Farrah Saint-Surin is currently serving as the Scholarship Chair for the DC Noles. She is seeking a position as a DC NOLES board member on 2015-2016 board. Farrah has been an active DC NOLE since 2009 when she first moved to the DC area from the Boston where she served as the President of the Greater Boston Seminole Club. Farrah has chaired the Scholarship Committee for the past four years and enjoys community service. When she is not busy bragging about FSU she is serves as the Policy Coordinator/Measurement and Planning Analyst for the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement.
*Frank Hauer joined the DC Noles when he moved to DC in 2005 and served on it’s Board of Directors last year. He served as a Gold Cup Chair and Nominating Committee member. He attended The Florida State University from 1998-2002 and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. He valued his experience so much that he went back for a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing graduating again in 2003; Magna Cum Laude. Frank is very proud of his community service activities with a number of area charities including the Washington Area Rescue League, The DC Center, and The Kingman Boys and Girls Club to name a few. He hails from the Central Florida town of Winter Park and spends a lot of his vacation time going “home” nowadays to Hallandale Beach. He is an avid kickball and bocce player.
Laura McDonald, a native of Tampa, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Political Science in 2010 and a Masters in American Politics and Policy in 2012. During her time in Tallahassee, she rowed for the FSU crew team and was actively involved in Campus Rec. She moved to DC in 2011 and immediately joined DC Noles. She currently works as a political communications consultant with an emphasis on swing state candidates. Laura enjoys hiking, single malt scotch, and professing her love for Publix to anyone who will listen.
*Leighton Yates graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with a B.S. in International Affairs. While at FSU, he was an active member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, serving in multiple leadership positions. In addition to Greek life, Leighton was very active in volunteering and community service. Of the 700+ hours of community service completed during his time at FSU, many were gained through Dance Marathon at FSU, serving as Recruitment Chair. Other organizations of involvement include Seminole Student Boosters and the Alumni Association. Upon graduation, Leighton moved to San Antonio to become the Assistant District Director for the Honorable John V. Garza, a State Representative, and the Outreach Director for David Rosa, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been in the DMV area nearly 3 years and currently serves as the Legislative Analyst for the American Society of Landscape Architects, lobbying Capitol Hill and state legislatures on behalf of the Society’s 16,000 members. When he is not working, Leighton enjoys watching and attending any and all local sporting events he can get in front of, exercising, and enjoying various patios and rooftops where cold adult beverages are sold with friends. Throughout the year Leighton represents the Noles whenever it is possible, from garnet socks at work, to an FSU shirt at the gym. Most days are game day for him since he follows FSU sports year round for both men and women. During the football season, Leighton makes it a point to attend 3 games per year – One in Doak, One away, and a postseason game and is glued to any digital device that will allow him to watch games when he is not in attendance. He is one of the biggest FSU fans in the area and carries the unconquered torch that will forever burn inside all Florida State University Alum.
*Philip Villeneuve is from Sandbridge Beach, Virginia and is a graduate of Florida State University and Florida Coastal School of Law. At FSU, Philip was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the President of Scalphunters. Philip works as an attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has been a member of the DC Noles Board of Directors since 2013. As a Board Member, Philip has served as the chair of the community service committee, organizing and coordinating many the club’s community service and outreach events. Before moving to DC from Jacksonville in December 2012, Philip worked for the Wounded Warrior Project and served as a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville Discovery Circle, was a charter member and Vice President of Rotaract Jacksonville, and served as a fundraising participant for the Dreams Come True Horizon Board.
*William Higgins, a native of Winter Park, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in American Politics and Policy. Following several years of working in Tallahassee at the Florida Legislature, he moved to D.C. in 2012 and works as the Public Policy Manager for the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. Active in the club since his arrival in D.C., he has assisted in planning many DC Noles activities as External Group Relations Director, including serving as the club’s co-chair and steering committee member for the University Row at Virginia Gold Cup. When he’s not cheering on the Noles, William enjoys boating, live music, and snowboarding.
We hope to see you at the 2015-2016 DC Noles Board Elections!
In Seminole Spirt,