Seminole Club of Greater Washington, DC

Candidates for 2016-2017 DC Noles Executive Board

Meet the candidates for the 2016-2017 DC Noles Executive Board. This year’s elections will be held during the evening on Tuesday, July 26th at the 201 Bar on Capitol Hill.

President: 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 Springfield, 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). In April, he was selected by the FSU Alumni Association for the Unconquered Spirit Society Award.

Vice President: Leighton Yates (2011 B.S. International Affairs) is a current member of the DC Noles Board of Directors and has served since 2014. 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 Chairman. Other organizations of involvement include Seminole Student Boosters and the Alumni Association.  Since graduating, Leighton has worked in the political advocacy world; working for a member of the Texas House of Representatives, helping run congressional campaigns, and engaging in state and federal lobbying. Leighton currently serves as the Manager of State Government Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association representing the automotive manufacturing industry. When the Orange Park, FL native is not working, Leighton enjoys watching and attending any and all Wizards games, exercising, cooking, collecting socks, travelling, and of course – cheering year-round for FSU sports. Go Noles!

Treasurer: Christina Mazzoli
is a 2010 graduate with a B.S. in Finance. While at FSU she worked for Union Productions/Club Downunder and was an active member of Lady Spirthunters.  After graduating she moved to the DMV and has been a member of DC Noles ever since; joining the DC Noles board in 2014. Christina has been an active participant in DC Noles activities including Seminole Service Day, Gamewatching Parties, Seminole Sendoff Scholarship Receptions, and other DC Noles sponsored volunteering events. She currently works for the federal government in acquisition and procurement. She would be honored to serve a first term as the DC Noles Treasurer.

Secretary: 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.  As an active member of DC Noles Board of Directors for the past 4 years, 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.


Veronica L. Anderson
is a two-time Florida State University graduate, obtaining a Bachelors in Communications in 2007 and a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communication in 2010. She is also a Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association. A military child, Veronica attended high school in California, and immediately fell in love with FSU while on a college tour. One of the things she loved most about FSU was the welcoming feeling on campus and in the Tallahassee community. During her time at FSU, Veronica served as an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Mock Interview Mentor with the Career Center, was a Peer Leader for the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Veronica moved to Maryland shortly after completing graduate school, and has worked in public relations in Washington, DC and Baltimore. She currently works at the United States Mint in DC as a Marketing Specialist. It would be an honor to serve on the 2016-2017 Board, and she is excited to get involved and share her love and passion of FSU with Noles in DC! Go Noles!

Andres Bascumbe: Although he wasn’t born a Seminole, his love for Florida State came from the enormous opportunities and experiences the University afforded to him. Specifically, as an out-of-state resident, he would not have been able to attend without the scholarships FSU granted him under the First Year Abroad program. Of all the schools he applied to, FSU made the college experience a financial possibility and for that he is eternally grateful. Upon his arrival to Tallahassee, he was anxious to engage in the community and contribute back a little of what had been afforded to him.  He 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. His favorite experience by far was his 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. Having just finished his first year on the DC Noles Board, he’s eager to come back next year and work with this awesome team. The DC Noles are an exceptional part of the alumni network and it would be an honor to continue to serve on the 2016-2017 Board. Go Noles!

Allison Behuniak is from Saint Petersburg, Florida and graduated with her Master in Business Administration from Florida State University (FSU) in 2014. Prior to attending FSU, she received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Central Florida. While at FSU, she served as philanthropy chair for the MBA Association and representative for the Congress of Graduate Students. After moving to DC in 2015, she joined the DC Noles and has volunteered for DC Kitchen, Seminole Service Day and the Northern Virginia Special Olympics. She looks forward to becoming more involved in the DC Noles community and helping local charities.

Christa D’Amico
is a native of Tampa, FL and graduated with a Bachelors in Marketing and Management from Florida State University in 2008. While at FSU, Christa served on the Executive Board of Phi Mu Fraternity as Recruitment Chair, was an active member of the American Marketing Association, Seminole Student Boosters and served as a Morale Captain for Dance Marathon. After graduation, Christa worked for Phi Mu’s National Headquarters in Atlanta as a Leadership Consultant and Director of New Chapter Development. While living in Atlanta, Christa was a member of the Atlanta Seminole Club, Atlanta Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter, volunteered as the New Member Educator Advisor for Phi Mu at Georgia Tech and served on Atlanta Dance Marathon’s Executive Board. Christa moved to DC 2 years ago after taking a job opportunity with Deloitte and is currently pursuing a part-time Master’s in Human Resource Management at Georgetown Univeristy. During her time in DC, Christa has enjoyed attending game watch parties at Union Pub, participating in Seminole Day of Service and laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. In her free time, Christa enjoys volunteering with Reading Partners, serving as a National Officer for Phi Mu, traveling the world, cheering on the Noles and going to brunch with friends!

Chris Fallon is a proud alumn of The Florida State University College of Business (’98) and College of Law (’13).  As an undergrad, he witnessed a three-year undefeated streak at Doak Campbell Stadium and participated in every intramural sport except co-ed inner tube water polo.  Chris then served on active duty as a United States Army infantry officer for seven years, then three years as a missionary with the Catholic Church working with the homeless, addicted, and mentally ill in various countries.  He returned to Tallahassee to earn a law degree, and now works for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and serves as a judge advocate in the United States Army Reserve.  Chris would thoroughly enjoy getting involved with the DC Noles.

Peri Farbstein has been the DC Noles Vice President for the past two years.  Prior to that she was a Director for two years. She served as the Chair for Gold Cup for two years, the Merchandising and Marketing Chair for two years, and has been an active participant in club activities including Seminole Service Day, Game-watching Parties, and Seminole Sendoff Scholarship Receptions.  Peri was also the Chair of the Host Committee for the DC Noles 50th Anniversary Gala in 2015. 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 earned her 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.

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, serving on the DC Noles board as a director for two years and as the club’s Secretary for the past two years. While on the board, she has been the sports chair (successfully running six 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. Outside of FSU, Emily plays defensive line and is the punter for the DC Divas, a women’s semi-professional tackle football team.

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. During her time at FSU, she was an active member of Lady Spirithunters and participated in many community volunteer events. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and now works in the technology consulting. Immediately feeling welcomed by the DC Noles community, she is excited to meet many more Noles as they come DC!

Daryl R. Levine
is a 2002 Bachelor of Arts 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 a Program Analyst with the DC Fire & EMS Department. 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.

Melissa Luke has been an active member of the DC Noles since moving to the area in 2013. Melissa is from Sebring, Florida and a graduate of Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University. While at FSU, Melissa was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and served as the intramural chair. Prior to moving to the District, she worked as a staffer in the Florida Senate and at the Associated Industries of Florida. Currently, she works in federal relations at the Association of American Universities, an association of the nation’s leading research universities. Outside of work, Melissa volunteers at Rural Dog Rescue where she conducts home visits for potential adopters. She enjoys the outdoors and playing just about any sport while drinking just about any beer. A lifelong Seminole, she supports all athletic teams but is particularly passionate for FSU football and women’s softball.

Laura McDonald
, a native of Tampa, graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Political Science in 2010 followed by the Masters in Applied American Politics and Policy graduate program. 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. After several years of working as a media consultant with Democratic candidates in southern swing states, she transitioned to the startup world, now working for a rapidly expanding e-commerce gifting company. Laura currently serves as the Communications Director for DC Noles. Laura enjoys hiking, single malt scotch, and professing her love for Publix to anyone who will listen.

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 2016-2017 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 five years and enjoys community service. When she is not busy bragging about FSU she is serves as the Program Manager for the Policy, Research and Planning Branch of the Contracting and Procurement Division for the District of Columbia’s Department of General Services.

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.