Mason Spirit Profiles

  • February 23, 2024
    Rachel Wernicke has worked as an Army officer, psychologist, therapist, and coach. In 2019, she moved into her current role: associate dean and chief mental health officer at George Mason University.
  • January 12, 2024
    Doug McKenna is university registrar at George Mason University. Many things change over the years at a college or university, but the university registrar serves as the guardian of something permanent. “I’m responsible for maintaining the student record in perpetuity,” said McKenna.
  • November 8, 2023
    Mason alum Eman Pahlavani talks about his experience as an experienced entrepreneur.
  • November 7, 2023
    Arion Lillard-Green, already a Mason alum, returned to complete her PhD in health services research.
  • November 7, 2023
    In her new book, Sue Slocum, an associate professor in Mason’s School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management, features experts who provide examples of overcoming discrimination within the field of tourism.
  • October 20, 2023
    Will Gautney started working at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts as a part-time stagehand in 2013. The job involved lots of lifting, building, and prep work for shows. In 2018, he was hired full-time as assistant master electrician, his current role. He is also chair of Mason's Staff Senate.
  • September 15, 2023
    Olga O’Brien started her journey at George Mason University as an international student from Prague on a volleyball scholarship. As a student, she started working as a part-time volleyball instructor at the Freedom Center in 1999—the year the center first opened. And she has been there ever since.
  • July 20, 2023
    John Tyree, one of Mason’s University Business Consulting (UBC) consultants, started working at Mason in 2019, but his connection to the Mason Nation dates back to 2010.
  • June 21, 2023
    Hank Jones' writing credits that include shows such as Motown Magic, Family Reunion, The Neighborhood, Grown-ish, Bel-Air, Truth Be Told, The Game, Black-ish, The New Edition Story, and Dear White People. He is currently a writer and producer on ABC’s Will Trent.
  • June 8, 2023
    Ashanti Mumin joined George Mason University Police and Public Safety in February 2022. He worked for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for four years and has a background in responding to mental health crises.
  • June 7, 2023
    Liza Burrell-Aldana, MEd Education Leadership ’13, joins a legacy of Mason alumni honored for their exceptional leadership in school administration.
  • April 24, 2023
    Mason PhD student Dinesh Karri has been working with the student teams competing in the annual Defend the Republic LTA robotics competition, held this year at EagleBank Arena.