Seminole Club of Greater Washington, DC

About

Formed in 1965, The Florida State University Seminole Club of Greater Washington, D.C., Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, and better known as DC Noles, was created to support Florida State University and connect all FSU alumni and fans in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Leadership

Michael Perkins

Board of Directors

Michael is from Sarasota, FL. After graduating from Florida State, he moved to Washington D.C. as an unpaid intern in January of 2017. Since then, he has been promoted four times, all on the Judiciary Committee for the Chairman. He was also a Young Trustee at the Florida House, is a current member of the Florida State Society, and is interested in getting more involved with the Florida State Foundation. This is Michael’s first term on the DC Noles Board as he helps the club increase it’s membership. 

Lessie Longstreet

Board of Directors

Lessie is the Chief of Staff at a boutique start-up and is also a part-time trapeze artist. During her undergraduate years, Lessie was heavily involved with the FSU Flying High Circus. She graduated from Florida State University in 2015 as a chemistry major then moved to DC. Since graduating, she has been an active member of FSU Alumni Association and most recently, DC Noles. This is Lessie’s 2nd term on the board and she’s been very instrumental in helping us launch the inaugural Legacy Gala on October 5th of this year.

Maggie Helmus

Director, Haunted Pub Crawl

Throughout her time at FSU, Maggie was always very involved. She was the Vice-President and then President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her leadership made the organization more than just another honors society. She worked hard to build meaningful relationships with her members. She was also heavily involved in Relay for Life. She participated every year and served as the Marketing Chair her senior year. Whatever she did, she gave it her all. In addition to her extracurricular activities and campus involvement, she interned at the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. She also interned at the Florida Democratic Party. Maggie recently graduated with a Master’s degree from George Washington University. Maggie’s passion for service is unparalleled and her love for FSU shines through. This is Maggie’s first term on the DC Noles Board and she currently chairs the “DC Noles Haunted Pub Crawl,” raising funds for our scholarship fund every Halloween. 

Jaamal Jennings

Board of Directors

Jaamal grew up all over the country spending a majority of his life between Hartford, CT and Miramar, FL. His transient upbringing fostered his empathetic and charismatic personality which served him well once he arrived in Tallahassee. After graduating from Florida State University, he went on to North Carolina Central University School of Law, which help him start his career in Contracts and Acquisitions. This is Jaamal’s second term on the DC Noles board and he continues to contribute to the success of many of the clubs events.

Kelly Burton

Board of Directors

Kelly graduated from Florida State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in English. She worked in Tallahassee for three years after graduating, doing public affairs at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She now works at National Parks Conservation Association as a grant writer. She is also a part-time graduate student working on her master’s in PR and Communications. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, running, exploring DC and cheering on FSU football. This is Kelly’s second term on the DC Noles Board and we are excited to have her back as she lends her expertise toward launching our Legacy Gala on October 5th. 

Rachel Crabtree

Director, Special Olympics

In her four years at FSU, Rachel was in student government, held multiple internships in state government, Pan-Hellenic, and in support of the Air Force Detachment.  In 2010, She graduated with a double major in Economics and International Affairs. In 2012, she began her master’s program at Seton Hall University where she graduated in 2014 with a Master of Art in Diplomacy and International Relations.  While at Seton Hall, she worked part-time, coordinated the offering of a specialized law class that is now a staple of the curriculum, and revived a student organization.  She also interned for the U.S. Department of Commerce where she was able to connect directly with senior members of Government, including former President Obama. 
After graduate school, she started her career at Deutsche Bank in their financial crimes investigation unit.  Currently, she is a Consultant in financial crimes advisory at Alvarez and Marsal where she has the opportunity to travel the world. She is passionate about making a difference and contributing to her firm and team, but also to her community and FSU. She is one of the biggest FSU sports fans we know. This is Rachel’s first term on the DC Noles Board but she’s been a long-time volunteer. We are excited to have Rachel on board as she leads our efforts with Special Olympics.

Jared Blue

Director, Noles at the Park

Jared is a recent Alumni of FSU who graduated with a degree in Management. He has held positions with Raymond James, Olive Garden while in school and now currently with the Washington @Nationals. He is a big outdoors person, someone that loves to travel to new places, loves to white water raft and explore new things. He loves being in large crowds and loves spending time with his wife. He has a huge interest in WW2 history and constantly tries to learn more about the war and how it affected today's society. He played sports growing up, most notably baseball and football. This is Jared’s first term on the DC Noles board and he chairs our inaugural “Noles At The Park” event benefiting our scholarship fund on August 17. 

Grace Perez

Director, Networking Noles

Grace is a Northern Virginia transplant born in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and is now a real estate expert with Keller Williams Realty in the DMV area. She is licensed in all three jurisdictions: DC, VA, and MD and is bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish. 
Grace has excelled in her real estate career with her creative mind and her resilient attitude, winning Rookie of The Year her first year in real estate, consistently ranking in the top 10% among the agents in her brokerage, selected as a leader at Keller Williams as the Productivity Coach, winning awards with Northern Virginia’s Realtors Association (NVAR) Top Producer Club - Platinum Member, and currently serving as NVAR’s Co-Chair of the New Member Committee. 
Prior to real estate, Grace worked as an IT professional in both the private and public sectors, holding positions as a Software Tester, Software Head Trainer, Project Implementation Manager, and Business System Analyst. 
Grace adores animals and volunteers with local animal organizations. You can find Grace in her spare time participating in social sports, networking, cheering on her Seminoles, and taking classes at OrangeTheory Fitness. This is Grace’s first term on the DC Noles Board and she is already adding tremendous value as she leads our “Neighborhood Networking Noles” events this year. 

Chris Sanders

Director, 2nd Saturday Service Projects

Chris is a first-generation college student from the graduating class of 2013 at Florida State University and proudly wears the garnet and gold. He is seasoned professional with experience rooted in non-profit management, process improvement, and business development. Through 10 plus years experience in customer service delivery and organizational management, he refined the ability to build relationships and focus on mission advancement. His breadth of leadership experience started as a Student Director for FSU Campus Recreation which helped him develop key strengths from his exposure to unique arenas and diverse platforms. This is Chris’s first term on the DC Noles Board of Directors and he leads our efforts in encouraging more @FSUAlumni in the DMV area to give back by leading our 2nd Saturday Seminole Service Projects as well as increasing our endowment. 

Tisa Sinclair

Director, DC Noles Holiday Social

Tisa received both her BA in English Literature and her Masters in Media & Communication studies from Florida State University. Her work experience has given her the opportunity to engage in several areas of communications—from public relations to digital marketing. She also has expansive social media marketing experience working with Fortune 100 companies like Delta and CBS. She is a hard working, travel-loving, book nerdin', FSU Alumna from Miami, FL who currently leads a D.C. based team that forges the ongoing social care strategies, processes, and official responses to members and non-members as they interact with AARP's digital content. She is also a part of the planning committee for @themomference, a conference in DC for millennial moms of color. This is Tisa‘s second consecutive term on the DC Noles Board and she leads our highly anticipated annual DC Noles Holiday social. 

Brian Valentine

Director, Wreaths Across America

Brian graduated from Florida State University in 2007 then went on to pursue his Master of Education from UWF. Brian was born in Ohio, raised in Newport News then moved to Orlando prior to heading to Tallahassee to start school. Brian knew that FSU was the place for him from the moment he stepped on campus. He was certain even after surviving pre-season training for the Marching Chiefs. Service is at the center of everything Brian does. He credits his time at FSU for introducing him to the concept of service to others by being a part of something bigger than himself. In addition to his dedication to the Marching Chiefs, he served on the Campus Recreation Board and as a site supervisor and referee in intramural sports. He currently serves the Annandale School District as a highly-skilled Assistant Principal. Brian was honored as Orange County Public School Systems Science Teacher of the Year in 2011. Brian is the current US MONOPOLY Champion and ranked 3rd in the world. This is Brian’s first term on the DC Noles Board and he leads our annual “Wreaths Across America” event on December 14. 

Mikhail Sinanan

Secretary

Mikhail is a 2010 graduate of Florida State University, with a BS focused on Computer Science and Business. He was born in Trinidad & Tobago and grew up in Miami, Florida. 
After graduation, he started his career in mobile app development at SAS, in North Carolina. There he learned about how to build applications for the iPhone and iPad platforms. Since SAS, he’s built apps for leading brands, including NPR, The Atlantic Magazine, Government Executive, National Journal, and Capital One. During Mikhail’s time at NPR, he lead the development for the NPR News app and NPR One, where he won a Material Design Award from Google. He’s partnered with Google and Apple to be launch partners for Apple Watch, Chromecast, Apple CarPlay, Android Wear, and many other products.
Currently, Mikhail is leading multiple engineering teams for one of the largest business segments at Capital One. He loves to lead and empower his teams to deliver highly polished user focused experiences. The Capital One application has won back to back J.D. Power and Associates Awards for being the Best Banking App in 2017 and 2018.
Mikhail is also an avid traveler and amateur food photographer. In 2018, he traveled to 11 countries and dined at some of the top restaurants in the world. You can follow his travels and food adventures here: @the_mikhail This is Mikhail‘s second term on the DC Noles Board and his first on the Executive Board. In his current role as Secretary, he has revolutionize the way the board communicates and interacts by introducing applications and technologies that improve our processes.

Gerald Johnson II

Treasurer

Gerald is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership Policy Studies at Howard University. He received his first publication opportunity as the author of Chapter 7: “How I Found my Voice”: A Black Man’s Journey Towards Self-Discovery, Campus Activism, and Academic Success” in the newly released book “Personal Narratives of Black Educational Leaders.” Gerald also serves as the Graduate Assistant (GA) in the Office of the President at Howard University where he is dedicated to cultivating and innovating the HBCU Leadership Caucus Initiative launched in October 2017 by Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick and President Walter Kimbrough of Dillard University. Prior to joining Howard, Gerald was the Program Execution Coordinator at NASPA, where he worked collaboratively with staff and community partners on coordinating elements of conferences, leadership and volunteer opportunities, and group management within Higher Education. Prior to joining the NASPA Staff, Gerald worked at Florida International University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant within campus life creating and coordinating workshops and professional development programs for his students to engage in more civic, social, and cultural learning experiences. A firm believer of life-long learning, Gerald continuously participates in various professional developmental opportunities including the Circle of Change Leadership Conference, which hosts a variety of transformational leadership development programs for a diverse group of student leaders through the nation, and grant work with HumanitiesDC. This is Gerald’s second term on the DC Noles Board and his first as an Officer. He serves the board as Treasurer and has already introduced new concepts that helped streamline, update and improve our systems of accounting.

Ecclesiaste Guerrier

Director, Game Watching Events

Ecclesiaste (known as Clee) has always had a passion for leadership. As an undergrad at FSU (from 2006-2009), he served on the Executive Boards for the Black Student Union, NAACP, PBM, Haitian Cultural Club, Alternative Break Corps, College Democrats, and as an SGA Senator. As a grad student, he served as President of Poetic Lyricism, President of REP Media, Founded Noles for Haiti, and was honored as a 2012 inductee of the Seminole Torchbearers. After graduating, he held multiple positions in management in both public and private sectors, having managed 200+ employees. His passion for service, led him to serve his hometown of Miami, FL as an Executive Committee Member of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and later, to serve his country by joining the United States Army, where he still serves as a member of the DC National Guard. No matter where life takes him, he will always carry with him the lessons forged through his experiences and relationships at his alma mater Florida State University. He bleeds garnet and gold, and is proud to call himself a Seminole. Ecclesiaste understands and is driven by service, leadership, and people; and hopes to one day serve his country and represent his beloved Noles as a United States Senator. Clee is serving his first term on the DC Noles board, is an avid volunteer and oversees our Game Watching events.

Joe Paul

President

Joe is the founder and CEO of Campus 2 Careers Strategies, a talent-development and training organization. Joe recently accepted an offer to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for The Stafford Foundation. He is the author of “Morning Cup of Joe” and a devoted philanthropist. Prior to starting his own business, Joe worked with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and served as Human Resources Officer for the district government.
Joe is a first-generation college student and the first of his 10 siblings to graduate from college. Prior to graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Science and Linguistics (Russian and Spanish), Joe was inducted into FSU’s Hall of Fame. Joe was very involved on campus and served as a Senator, the Student Body Vice-President, Homecoming Chief and won Greek Man of the Year among many other honors. He also participated in and led dozens of student organizations. Joe was the recipient of the coveted “Outstanding Brother of the Year” award which is the highest honor Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. bestows on its over 185,000 members worldwide. Most recently, Joe was recognized as the 2018 "Alumni of the Year" by the FSU Black Alumni Association and the recipient of the 2019 “Unconquered Spirit” Award from FSU Alumni Association. Joe is also one of seven new Board Members selected from several hundred applicants to serve on the national board for FSU Alumni Association.  In addition to his service to DC Noles, Joe serves on the following boards: United Way Emerging Leaders, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hope for Haiti and Central Union Mission. Joe enjoys volunteering, writing, traveling internationally, weight training, being a vegan and is an avid cyclist. This is Joe’s second term as President of DC Noles and he has taken the club to new heights. He introduced innovative concepts to link Seminoles in the DMV like “Neighborhood Networking Noles” and “2nd Saturday Seminole Service Projects”. He also designs all of the graphics for DC Noles and manages our social media marketing. Joe‘s love for FSU and DC Noles is unparalleled. 

Mitchell Segermeister

Board of Directors

Mitch graduated from FSU in ‘79. He has spent the past thirty-nine years as an Aviation Professional and he’s excited about entering retirement soon. Mitch has been married for 37 years to his lovely wife, Tish (also known as Mama Nole), who absolutely loves FSU except for one game; the Miami game. Their service to DC Noles, FSU and the Greater Washington DC area is tremendous. They have two grown children who are not FSU Alumni but they root for the Noles. Mitch grew up in Miami and spent most of his professional career there. He moved to Arlington Virginia in October 2015 and has called it home since. This is Mitch’s 3rd Consecutive Term and he will be leading our Virginia Game Watching events this fall.

Farrah Saint-Surin

Director, Spycher Scholarship

Farrah is a proud Haitian-American Florida State University alumna, who currently serves as the Scholarship Chair for the Seminole Club of Greater Washington DC. Farrah has been an active DC NOLE since 2009 when she first moved to the DC area from Boston where she served as the President of the Greater Boston Seminole Club. Farrah has chaired the Scholarship Committee for the past five years and enjoys community service. When she is not busy bragging about FSU she serves as a Senior Consultant for Deloitte.
Farrah holds her B.A. in History, 2004 from the College of Arts and Sciences at FSU and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, 2008. She has over 10 years in Corporate, Federal, State, and City government experience. During her time at FSU, she was very involved in Student Government, served as the Secretary of Women’s Concerns, Black Student Union executive board, HLSU executive board and various student led organizations including interning for Representative Bob Henriquez. Her vast knowledge of policy planning and implementation and a passion for civic engagement was fostered on the campus of FSU registering students to vote in local elections beginning her freshman year.
Farrah has a passion for philanthropy and service. She developed and coordinated the Heroes Walk, a memorial honoring fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters. She also spends a great deal of time mentoring youth, working with the Salesian Brothers Mission in Haiti, volunteering with the American Heart Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. In addition to diligently serving on the DC Noles Board for the past decade, she also serves on the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board.

Kara Richetti

Vice President

Kara was born near beautiful turquoise water and white sand beaches. She grew up loving the Sunshine State right through graduating from Florida State University in 2000. Kara is the Founder of Red Key at KW Metro Center. Having a life-long passion for real estate, and after a fulfilling career as an Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Kara traded in her security clearance for a lockbox key and launched Red Key.
She and her husband, Ryan, decided to leave Florida and expand Red Key to Northern Virginia because they were spending almost every vacation day visiting friends and family in Virginia. One of the first things she did once she arrived to the DMV was get involved with DC Noles. 
Whenever Kara is not busy finding her clients' dream homes or negotiating the best possible deals for Red Key Listings, she is likely working out, playing tennis, hiking, cheering on the Noles or pretty much anything outdoors with Ryan and their adorable Shar-Pei, Rio. 
Kara is licensed to sell real estate in Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Florida. Kara is also an active board member of the Florida State Society. This is Kara’s third consecutive term on the DC Noles Board and her first time as an Officer. She diligently serves as Vice-President.

Daryl Levine

Board of Directors

Daryl 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 and now serves as the Public Affairs Specialist with DC Fire and EMS after serving for two years as an IT Compliance Officer/Program Analyst. His service to the Seminole Club of Greater Washington, DC since 2006 includes three terms as secretary, two terms as vice-president, and service as a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for coordination of all past FSU at Maryland Weekend events since 2008. Daryl is the longest serving board member in DC Noles history. His service to his community, his love for FSU and his dedication to DC Noles are undeniable.