Biographies

Amanda DiMartini has been the Social Media Manager for the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association for three years. An alumna of Denison University, where she earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa, she majored in Theatre and Communications before moving to DC in 2013 complete a year-long fellowship at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She has previously worked as Ticketing and Marketing Coordinator at Washington Performing Arts, a nationally recognized arts organization, and currently works as the Social Media and Communications Specialist at The Phi Beta Kappa Society national office.

Andrew L. Steigman, advisory member of the D.C. Area PBK Association, from Bethesda, Maryland, recently retired as Associate Dean at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, where he worked with the undergraduate program and taught a course on international negotiation.  His previous career in the Foreign Service included overseas posts in the Congo, Libya, France, and Nigeria, and as Ambassador to Gabon and to Sao Tome and Principe.   Andy, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics, has published a book and several articles on diplomacy and has lectured widely on history and international relations in the United States, Africa, and Eastern Europe, and continues to lecture two or three times a year on leading cruise ships.

Carol Bontempo graduated "with highest honors" from the University of Connecticut in 1962, with a double major in English and History.  She was a University Scholar, and was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi (Mortar Board) in 1961.  She went on to graduate school at the Ohio State University and Penn State University, earning a Masters Degree in Linguistics (as related to literature) in 1971.  She and her family also moved to Washington in 1971, where she pursued a number of career paths, eventually becoming a catalog marketing manager for several organizations and businesses. She retired in 2005, shortly after becoming active in the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, and has served as Executive Board Member/Newsletter Editor for the past several years.  In addition, Carol loves to travel, is very active in her church, and enjoys her three children, their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Christel G. McDonald is former European Civil Servant and a Historical Researcher in conflict resolution. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the D.C. Area PBK Association. McDonald has been deeply involved in Phi Beta Kappa matters for the past 25 years and has held several positions in the D.C. Area Association, including several times President and attended seven PBK Triennials. She has served on the Senate Committee for Associations (2007-2009) and is a member of the PBK South Atlantic District Committee (2009-2015). She is the contributing author of the Bits of History series.

Christin Arthur, Membership & Outreach Coordinator, graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University in 2016 with a double major in Global Affairs (with a concentration in media, communications, and culture) and Chinese Language. She has spent the past 15 years working as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer, currently dancing for the National Portrait Gallery’s resident dance company, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. She is also a certified Gyrotonic and Pilates instructor.

Dan Rosenberg is the secretary of the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 at the George Washington University where he received a Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology and spent his semester abroad in Beijing, China. Currently, Dan is pursuing his JD at the Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, Dan worked at Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, for three years and held several positions across the organization.

David MacDonald, Executive Committee Member, has held several positions at the D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, including President, First Vice President and Chair of the High School Awards Program. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2009 from the University of Chicago, he received his Master's degree in International Affairs with concentrations in China Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a Fulbright Research Fellow in China and now works on international science and technology issues at the U.S. Department of State with a focus on East Asia and South Asia.

Deirdre LaPin, Ph.D, MPH, serves as an advisor to the Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Washington DC area.  She was elected to PBK as an alumna member by Agnes Scott College in recognition of her post-graduate scholarly achievement.  Dr. LaPin is a scholar and international development specialist with longstanding experience across academia, government, multilateral agencies, and the private sector.  She has served as a diplomat for UNICEF in Benin and Somalia, for USAID's Global Health Bureau, and as Community Development Manager for Shell in Nigeria. She is currently a Senior Fellow in the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a consultant for the private sector and international development agencies on best practice social policy and investment.

Erica Hwang is an instructional coach for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In this role, she designs and implements professional development for teachers. Prior to joining the DCPS, she worked at non-profit, legal and educational organizations in Hawaii, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Kate Hannon graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2010 as a History and Political Science double major. In 2016 she earned a Masters Degree in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University and received the Seidman Award for superior technical and political policy analysis demonstrated in her final Capstone project. She works at INTEGRITYOne Partners as a federal IT systems project manager and has served as DC PBK Book Club Coordinator since June 2015.

Liz Marshall Anderson is an associate at Morvillo LLP where she advises clients on complex and sensitive government investigations and related white collar matters. She graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University in 2009 with a degree in Classics and a minor in Philosophy and went on to receive her J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Nina M. Kuo, President of the D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 2012, with a double major in International Comparative Studies and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She currently works at Capital One Retail Bank as a process manager. In her spare time, Nina enjoys traveling, photography, and trying out new cuisines.

Pat Gaylord Cascio, Treasurer of the D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, graduated summa cum laude from Denison University in 1969 with a major in French. She joined IBM in New York City, working in sales and education for eighteen years. Since then, she has served on the boards of various small, local non-profit organizations. She lives in Bethesda with her husband and enjoys the cultural offerings in the Washington area.

Quentin Fisher is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University. His research is at the intersection of the philosophy of action, language, and law. Outside of Georgetown, Quentin has worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of Wooster in 2013. 

Paul Lubliner, past president of the D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association, now serves as a member of its Executive Committee. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006 with a degree in Spanish.

Sallie Dehler, 2nd Vice President/Program Coordinator, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2011 from the University of Florida, and she received her Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology from Mississippi State University in 2014. Sallie is currently a fundraising program specialist at The Nature Conservancy.

Samantha Witte, Fundraising Coordinator for the D.C. Area PBK Association, from Munich, Germany, is a consultant with the World Bank's Energy & Extractives Global Practice while pursuing her PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick. Having graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with First Class Honors, she completed her Masters degree in International Relations and Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in 2015, during which she joined the Bank to work on energy economics before moving into her current role in power sector reform in developing countries. She was inducted as a Phi Beta Kappa member in 2015, and has previously served in leadership and fundraising positions for development projects including Global Brigades SOAS and the Greenheart Project.