The National Council for Education and Human Development

Created in February 2000, the National Council for Education and Human Development supports the Dean, faculty, students, staff, and mission of GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) by fostering positive relationships with GSEHD alumni, engaging with and advising on programs/policies, and assisting with fundraising efforts. Council members choose their area(s) of interest and participate on sub-committees chaired by a council member.

Meet the Council

V. Carolyn G. Barker

Vivian Carolyn Gilbert Barker (“Carolyn”) received her B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1990. Upon graduation, Ms. Barker moved to Hong Kong and worked as an Account Executive for an international advertising firm before returning to work for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the George H.W. Bush administration. From 1993 to 1998, Ms. Barker was the Director of Conference Programs for the Sigur Center for East Asian Studies at The George Washington University, where she planned and implemented multilateral conferences in Washington, D.C., and a number of major cities across East Asia, and coordinated the Visiting Scholars Program and the Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, among other responsibilities. She earned her M.A. in International Education from GWU in 1998. She has since held a variety of teaching, education consulting and tutoring positions, and is active in local charitable and community work in Alexandria, Virginia. Ms. Barker has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa and Europe, and her interests include international education policy with a focus on fostering international communication, cooperation and understanding. Ms. Barker is married to husband Jim, a partner in a global law firm, and has six children.

Dr. Sheila Barry-Oliver

Dr. Barry-Oliver retired in 2012, having most recently been on the faculty at the University of Maryland University College and Trinity Washington University, where she taught graduate management courses. She was previously an associate professional lecturer in management science at GW from 1999 to 2006.

Dr. Barry-Oliver worked in the information technology and change management fields for 28 years. She served in several positions at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1987 to 1997, including as director of career advancement from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Barry-Oliver was a senior manager at Price Waterhouse Management Consultants from 1983 to 1987, managing information technology projects. She worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) from 1973 to 1983, managing information technology projects and business units. Dr. Barry-Oliver was on the technical staff at MITRE from 1969 to 1973. She is the author of Women’s Professional Organizations: Their Potential Role in Women’s Careers (GWU, 1999), and a contributor to Managing Impressions with Information Technology (2004). Dr. Barry-Oliver received a BA in mathematics from Emmanuel College in 1969 and an MBA from the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management in 1973. Dr. Barry-Oliver graduated from GSEHD with an EdD in human resource development in 1999.

Laura Taddeucci Downs

Ms. Downs is chair of the GW Council of Chairs. In this capacity, she advises the GW Board of Trustees on volunteer leadership matters and serves as a resource to the volunteer philanthropic leaders from the individual schools and units. Ms. Downs is a past president of the GW Alumni Association, serving from 2009 to 2011. Additional roles with the GWAA include serving as president-elect from 2008 to 2009, vice president for student-alumni initiatives from 2006 to 2008, and member-at-large from 2005 to 2006. Ms. Downs is a former member of the Luther Rice Society Advisory Council and former chair of the council’s Events Committee. She was previously a member of the Marvin Center Governing Board from 2001 to 2004. In 2010, Ms. Downs was appointed to the committee tasked by the Board of Trustees with developing an Athletics Strategic Plan. She is also a member of GW’s Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee.

In addition to her volunteer leadership, Ms. Downs has served GW in a variety of capacities since her time as a student. In 2010, she represented GSEHD and the GWAA at Dean Michael Feuer’s welcome celebration, where she led the toast and the official welcome to the GW community. Ms. Downs worked at GW for over ten years in various capacities including Executive Director of Student Activities, Director of Colonial Inauguration and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. She also served as Director of New Student Orientation at George Mason University.

Ms. Downs earned her BA in journalism from the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in 1992. She attended GW as an undergraduate on a full athletic scholarship for swimming. She went on to earn an MA in higher education administration from GSEHD in 1995.

Dr. Brian Hamluk

Dr. Hamluk is currently the Director of Admissions at The University of Pittsburg. Prior to working at University of Pittsburg, Dr. Hamluk worked at GW for over 10 years. He most recently served as a VP in the Athletics Department. He also worked as Director of Student and Academic Support Services and Director of Off-Campus Student Affairs. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University in the Higher Education Administration program.

Hamluk earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration at George Washington in 2014. He also earned an MA in Education and Human Development (from George Washington in 2003) and an MS in Cultural Foundations of Education (from Syracuse University in 2000). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education from St. Bonaventure. Hamluk is a member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Kathy Manatt

Mrs. Manatt is the widow of the late GW Emeritus Chairman Charles T. Manatt, LAW JD’62, HON’08. The late Ambassador Manatt, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was a member of the GW board of trustees from 1980 to 2007, and served as its chairman from 2001 to 2007. In 1982, he was awarded GW’s Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Law School. In 2008, GW conferred on him an honorary degree.

Mr. and Mrs. Manatt established the Phelps-Manatt Lectureship in Political Science at Iowa State University in 2002, alongside Mr. Manatt’s law partner, Thomas Phelps and his wife. This lectureship is associated with the Manatt-Phelps Endowed Chair in International Political Economy. In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Manatt established the Charles and Kathleen Manatt Fellowship at the International Foundation for Election Systems. The fellowship is open to students of Midwestern colleges and universities.

In September 2012, GW hosted a reception celebrating the opening of the Manatt/Fahrenkopf exhibit. As a part of Ambassador Manatt’s commitment and legacy with the university, his papers were on display in the main exhibit case in the School of Media and Public Affairs building for a period of time. Mrs. Manatt continues to be an active member of GW’s community.

Mrs. Manatt received a BA in home economics from Iowa State College (now University) in 1958, and is a lifetime member of its Alumni Association.

Barbara W. Mark

Currently, Ms. Mark is the Account Manager for EMC Publishing and covers Washington DC, Maryland, DE and Southeastern PA. Her primary responsibility is to help school districts adopt up to date, research based solutions for World Language and Secondary English Language Arts programs.

Ms. Mark was an educational consultant with McGraw Hill Education Group. She traveled the east coast training teachers in reading and language arts as well as career and college prep. Ms. Mark was also director of events and an educational planner for the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society, the local affiliate of The American Geriatrics Society. Previously, Ms. Mark was an executive director and partner of Alden Geriatrics Educational Services in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an educational consultant for Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers. Her career began as a special education learning support teacher in the public school districts of Prince George’s County, Maryland and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and as a counselor for Learning Disabled Adults in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Mark received her BA in elementary education at GSEHD in 1975, and her MS in counseling and human relations at Villanova University in 1988.

Dr. Dorothy Moore

Dr. Moore is a professor emerita of education and international affairs at GSEHD and GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA). Dr. Moore’s areas of specialization are international and comparative education and higher education. She has been a frequent lecturer for the US Department of State’s International Visitors Program, where she has spoken on topics concerning American education and issues in higher education. Dr. Moore is the founder and former director of the Master’s Degree Program in International Education at ESIA. She is also one of the founders and developers of the International Development Studies Program at ESIA. At GSEHD, Dr. Moore founded and directed the Office of International Activities and the Advanced Studies Program for Visiting Scholars. She previously served as the elected chair of the executive committee, as director of doctoral degree programs, and as director of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. Early in her career, Dr. Moore was a public school teacher and was elected president of the Falls Church Education Association and served on the board of the Virginia Education Association. She also taught for US Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Tokya, Japan.

Dr. Moore received her BA at the University of Maryland in 1954, her MA and EdD degrees from American University in 1959 and 1970, respectfully.

Jocelyn J. Pickford

Ms. Pickford is an education policy and communications consultant with an expansive career in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She now executes strategic policy research initiatives, analysis, and communications for various clients. Previously, she served as the Education Director of Hope Street Group, a public policy non-profit organization where she developed the strategic plan for the group’s education platform. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Pickford worked as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the US Department of Education, where she designed, launched, and implemented the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship to integrate teachers into the national education policy conversation. In 2006, she was selected for the White House Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service, and spent a year studying government, policy, and leadership in the executive branch. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Pickford served as a secondary English teacher at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she led action research, presented instructional materials, and participated in national conferences and workshops. Before teaching, Ms. Pickford worked as a professional writer and editor.

Ms. Pickford received a BA in history from Trinity College in 1999. She obtained her MEd in secondary education from GSEHD in 2004.

Eugene H. Rotberg, Esq.

Mr. Rotberg has been an independent advisor to international development and financial institutions since 1990. He advises on reserve management, and interest and exchange rate volatility. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Rotberg was executive vice president and a member of the executive committee at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. From 1969 to 1987, he was vice president and treasurer of the World Bank.

Mr. Rotberg earned a BA from Temple University, an LLB from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Susan Soza

Dr. Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr.

Dr. Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr., was appointed by President Obama on December 14, 2009, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Diversity Integration, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Manpower and Reserve Affair. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service, and is responsible for the policy, guidance, direction, and oversight of all plans and programs affecting diversity integration for Air Force military and civilian personnel. He provides leadership, strategic direction, and oversight to all levels of the Air Force to ensure a diverse and inclusive total force. Additionally, he is an Advisor to the Executive Resources Board.

Dr. Taylor retired from the United States Air Force on May 1, 2005 after 20 years of distinguished service to the nation. Upon retirement he immediately pursued his career goal of working in academia. He served as an adjunct professor at Regent University in the Organizational Leadership & Management Undergrad program and at Norfolk State University in the School of Education, Secondary Education & School Leadership program. In 2006, he returned to his alma mater, Hampton University, as the Associate Director for the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute and Honors College. He served as an administrator and held a faculty rank of assistant professor.

Dr. Taylor is a servant leader committed and dedicated to community service and served in the following leadership positions: Chairman for the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service (2007-2010); Virginia Service Foundation (2008-2010); Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Taxation Advisory Group (2007-2009); First Congressional District Education Advisory Board (2009); President of the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (2008-2009); National Collegiate Honors Council, Assessment & Evaluation Committee (2008-2009); National Collegiate Honors Council, Professional Development Committee (2008-2009), National Visionary Leadership Project Advisory Board (2009); President of the Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (2008-2009); Zeta Lambda Education Foundation (2006-present); Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, Board of Directors (2009); President of the Yorkshire Downs Master Association (2006-2009); Regional Director, Veterans and Military Families for Obama, Obama Presidential Campaign 2008.

Dr. Taylor earned his AA (1992) from Ball State University, AS (1994) from Community College of the Air Force, BA (1995) from Hampton University, MA (1997) and EdD (2005) from GSEHD. In 2011, he was elected into the Baltimore City College Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

Dr. Edward Vest

Dr. Vest was a test center administrator with Prometric, a computerized testing vendor in Fairfax, Virginia, from 2003 to 2007. He also worked on the 2010 US Census. Dr. Vest retired in 1989 after 30 years of service in the Prince George’s County public school system; first as a French teacher and later as vice principal at Crossland High School, and vice principal at Friendly High School. He also worked as assistant principal of the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia from 1991 to 2002. Though semi-retired now, Dr. Vest serves as treasurer of the Prince George’s Public Schools Retirees Association, a position he has held for many years. Likewise, he has been an election judge in Prince George’s County, Maryland for a number of years.

Dr. Vest received a BA in 1959, an MA in administration in 1965, and an EdD in secondary administration in 1972, all from GSEHD. Dr. Vest received the GW Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1997.


Council members serve for a term of 3 years, which is renewable. Strong candidates typically bring special skills/experience, independent judgment, and an external perspective to the table; however, expert knowledge in the field of education is not required. While GSEHD maintains a strong representation of alumni on the Council, consideration is open to people without formal GW affiliations as well. Parents, emeritus faculty, friends, as well as leaders in education, business and the community are also able to join.

If you’re interested in joining the Council or know someone who is, please submit the NCEHD Nomination Form today or contact Laura Taddeucci Downs, NCEHD Chairperson, for more information. Formal invitations to join the Council are contingent upon approval by the Dean, in consultation with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Meetings & Engagement

The full Council meets twice a year. During these general meetings, sub-committee chairs report on their activities. Time is also allotted during these meetings for the sub-committees to convene. Members are expected to attend at least one of the two general body meetings each year. Additionally, members are encouraged to attend the university-wide Leadership Retreat.

Financial Support

As leaders in personal philanthropy and fundraising efforts, an annual gift of at least $1,000 is requested, which will be designated to the member’s GSEHD fund of choice. Members are also encouraged to consider a major gift commitment, and may take advantage of a variety giving options available, including planned giving and gifts of real estate.

Roles & Responsibilities

Council Member Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work to enhance the image, standards, and resources of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Stay informed on issues relating to the advancement of the school
  • Provide constructive feedback to school leadership on issues such as advancement objectives, strategic planning, curriculum/program development, student recruitment strategies, and career development for graduates
  • Assist in developing new partnerships between the school and external constituencies
  • Identify and recruit new board members, as appropriate
  • Identify and open doors to new sources of financial support
  • Support the school financially through personal or corporate resources—a suggested annual gift of at least $1,000 is requested from each Council member, which will be designated to the member’s GSEHD fund of choice
  • Attend at least one of the two board meetings annually

The Council does not have executive, administrative or fiduciary responsibilities.