TFAS Says “Thank You” to Volunteers at 2009 Holiday Party

On December 1, TFAS hosted its Holiday Volunteer Open House. Beyond the merry music and festive food, this holiday party was particularly special because it was held in honor of the hundreds of Washingtonians who volunteered with us in 2009.

Every summer and semester, TFAS students are immersed in a growing network of volunteers who sign on to help students meet their personal, professional and academic goals in Washington, D.C. These “inside-the-beltway” professionals host interns, provide one-on-one mentorship, lead professional development seminars or provide expert analysis of current events. Here are just a few examples of volunteers who celebrated with us last week:

  • Brian Lopina is an attorney at Patton Boggs, LLP, a Washington law firm and lobbying office. This past summer, he invited a small group of IBGA students to his office for lunch, where he shared how he discussed the professional advantages of law school.
  • Nancy Barnet works in the Washington, D.C. office of the Peace Corps, where she hosted a TFAS student for their internship.
  • Danika Ciano is immersed in the non-profit world through her work at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Last summer, she passed her expertise along by serving as a mentor to a student.
  • Stew Magnuson, Managing Editor at National Defense Magazine hosted a journalism intern in his office in 2009.


Our volunteers make the TFAS experience unique and provide our students with the foundations of success. We wish them all a happy holidays.

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