Erin Iacangelo Rogers
Erin Rogers was only a teenager in Chantilly, Virginia, when she organized a reunion for her large, Italian family, and her passion for planning events was born. “I loved seeing the happy faces of my relatives as they enjoyed spending time together.”
Not long after, she was one of the first students in Mason’s event planning degree program, and working part-time special event jobs at several Mason venues. Erin became Events Coordinator on the SciTech Campus in 2015, and currently serves as Vice Chair of Mason’s Staff Senate.
Erin draws from professional experience and her knowledge of vendors and event spaces on campus to help clients have an enjoyable and successful event experience.
Favorite Quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump
Site Coordinator, Potomac Science Center
Deliah “Dee” Arrington loves teamwork, having played soccer at Clemson University (1998–2002) and later professionally. In 2019, she was inducted into the Clemson Ring of Honor, the highest accolade a Tiger student-athlete can receive.
At Clemson, Dee earned her BS degree in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and later managed a large-scale fish hatchery for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, focused on planning and executing daily facility operations at the hatchery.
Dee combines these two loves in her work at as Site Coordinator at the Potomac Science Center, where she manages building operations and helps coordinate events there.
“I enjoy representing the Potomac Science Center and working with scientists who share the same passion as I do. I get the best of both worlds.”
William B. Smith
Event Support and Audio-Visual Supervisor
William Smith got his start in the events industry in college as a DJ, serving wedding receptions and other types of private events. Before William joined the Mason events staff in 2017, he built a wide variety of event experience over more than 10 years in both California and North Carolina, including audiovisual professional roles for the University of San Diego’s football program and Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa.
William has professional certificates in audio engineering, audiovisual graphics, and audiovisual programming; an MBA and BSBA from East Carolina University, and is working on an MS in Applied Information Technology at Mason.
“I enjoy meeting with clients and vendors, and helping create a premier event experience for them.”
Event Department Manager
An avid baker even as a child, Debbie Weitzman-Ward got her start in the hospitality sector as a pastry chef after graduating from culinary school (Pastry Arts Certificate with Distinction). Debbie joined Mason’s SciTech Campus Executive Office in 2006. Today, she manages the Events Department.
Debbie has a certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, and believes in nourishing others through support, guidance, and sometimes food. Her philosophy of teamwork comes from many years of playing, teaching and coaching volleyball.
“In volleyball, a strong team is one in which all players not only do their best, but also set their teammates up to do their best as well.”
Favorite quote: “You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.” -Pema Chödrön