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Dean's Cabinet

Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill is pleased to announce the establishment of the first cabinet for the College of Arts and Humanities.

Established as an advisory board, the cabinet will advocate for arts and humanities scholarship and help spread Thornton Dill’s vision for the college.

Cabinet members represent a vast array of fields and diverse backgrounds, including leadership in business, law and other endeavors in the humanities and arts. Each continues to play an active role with the college.

“The cabinet exemplifies philanthropic leadership. Each of them has demonstrated commitment to and engagement in the mission and goals of the College and its units in very significant ways.  They bring a range of experience and perspectives that will help us promote the college and achieve the best outcomes for arts and humanities students.” -- Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill


College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Cabinet

Kevin AppersonKevin Apperson is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Maxim Healthcare Services. In this role, he supports Maxim’s strategic initiatives, manages business risks from an information technology (IT) standpoint, and oversees Maxim’s Information Services (IS) Department. Kevin, a seasoned veteran of technology, brings to Maxim more than 30 years of proven experience in IT leadership, infrastructure development, strategic planning and process improvement. Prior to joining Maxim, Kevin worked for Allegis Group for 17 years and held a variety of leadership roles. Ten of those years were as CIO. Kevin is very active in his local community and is involved with several organizations. He is currently a member of the Washington D.C. branch of the CIO Executive Board.  In addition, Kevin also serves on the Board of Trustees for Baltimore Clayworks, a non-profit ceramic art center, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), which supports and promotes a diverse and sustainable arts community,  and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the St. Francis Neighborhood Center,  an after school program and community center for the Reservoir Hill neighborhood in Baltimore City. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Robbye and son Andrew.

Nancy ClarvitNancy Clarvit '78 (Design): Nancy is a graphic and interior designer as well as a member of the College Park Foundation Board of Trustees and Campaign Planning Committee. Nancy and her husband Chuck are backers of the graphic design concentration in the Department of Art, which has inspired the Clarvit Design Lecture Series, a program that provides opportunities for aspiring designers to meet and learn from professionals and receive critical portfolio review. They have supported the design studio, equipped with cutting edge technology, and devised the Clarvit Design Scholarships to be used by talented and in-need design students. Nancy has a BS in graphic design and was a business minor.


Patty CousinsPatricia Cousins ’87 (English): Patty is the Alumni Chapter Board representative on the Cabinet. As vice president and assistant general counsel for labor and employment with Marriott International, Patty brings important leadership and experience to the Alumni Board and its signature event, Access2Alumni, the college’s annual program that connects undergraduates to professionals.



Ashley FoxworthAshley Foxworth ’06 (English): As a Teach for America alumna and a Harvard Law School educated lawyer, Ashley has a passion for education. She and her husband, Domonique Foxworth, established the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative, a program to complement existing efforts in the college to apply arts and humanities skills to real-world challenges.




Domonique FoxworthDomonique Foxworth ’04 (American Studies): Dominque played in the National Football League (NFL) from 2005-2012 and also represented the NFL Players Association as a player representative before serving as its president until earlier this year. Domonique is completing a master’s in business administration at Harvard University and was recently named chief operating officer of the National Basketball Players Association. A course in social activism at Maryland helped inspire his philanthropy, including the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative in the college.

Francie HesterFrancie Hester ’94 M.F.A. (Art): has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.  Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, KPMG, and the International Monetary Fund.  She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland.  Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law.  In addition, she has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and National Endowment for the Arts Member Benefits. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.

Don HimelfarbDonald Himelfarb ’67 (History): Don is a past president of the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in Tulsa, Okla. Don played on the men’s lacrosse team, studied American history and became a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity while studying at Maryland. He and his wife, Eileen, ’70 (Education), recently established the Eileen and Donald Himelfarb Scholarship in History.




Charles HirschCharles Hirsch ’83 (History): Charles practices general commercial litigation as a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in Baltimore. He earned Phi Beta Kappa honors at Maryland and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. A frequent participant in Access2Alumni, Charles is a dedicated supporter of the College, in particular the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and a need-based scholarship program in the arts and humanities.



Ellen KoplowEllen Koplow ’80 (Government & Politics): Ellen is the executive vice president and general counsel for TD Ameritrade. She has been instrumental to the launching and success of the Gender, Finance, and Power Lecture Series, a program presented by the Department of Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the TD Ameritrade, Ellen was managing principal of the Columbia, Md. office of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. Ellen was twice selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record  and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2011.

Jeff Menick ’68 (American Studies): After graduating from Maryland in 1968, Jeff went on to get his law degree from GW in 1973. He practiced law until 1981 when he began a career as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch  where he is now a Senior Consultant. He has remained engaged with the University since his graduation. Jeff was the Alumni Advisor to his Fraternity in the late 1960s and he has been a season’s ticket holder for basketball since Lefty Driesell was hired in 1969. He became philanthropically engaged with the Performing Arts when  the Clarice opened and served as a volunteer on the Leadership Council until 2013.

Michael TwiggMichael Twigg ’83 (History): Michael graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1983. He has been engaged in the mortgage banking industry since 1974 and is currently the Regional Vice President for Academy Mortgage and directs operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Michael is president-elect of the Rotary Club of College Park, a former member of the Board of The Queen Anne School, former Senior Warden of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and the former president of the College Heights Estates Civic Association. His hobbies include tennis, hiking, skiing, cycling, the arts, and the University of Maryland. Michael has been married to Sandra West Twigg for 28 years, and they have two sons: Peter (25) and Jack (23). Michael joined the Board of Visitors for the School of Music in 2012 and was elected Treasurer in 2013.

Sandra Twigg ’83 (General Studies): Sandra and her husband, Mike, have been married for 28 years and they have two children: Peter, age 25 and Jack, age 23. Sandra is a former securities analyst for the NASD and for the last 12 years she has been an active member of the Prince George's County SPCA/Humane society. During that time she was a foster parent for many homeless dogs, served on the board, and for 7 of the 12 years Sandra was the group’s Adoption Coordinator. Her hobbies include tennis, hiking and cycling. Sandra loves to travel and hopes to have time to travel more in the future.


Catherine (Kip) Young '89 (English): Catherine is a director of Arcode, the makers of Inky Mail. She and her husband Dave Baggett support the UMCP Linguistics Department through the creation of the Baggett Fellows program. This program funds undergrad and post-grad opportunities for UMCP Linguistics majors. Catherine has a B.A. in English.

Student Representatives

DeLisa HawkesDeLisa Hawkes ’18 (English)
Graduate Student Representative

DeLisa D. Hawkes is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland.  Her research centers on representations of intraracial discrimination based on skin color in nineteenth-century African American literature.  Taking an interdisciplinary approach that relies on archival and literary sources, DeLisa examines the work of black authors who experimented with forms of racial passing and colorism to critique the liminal condition of African Americans as “second-class citizens.”  She teaches courses in African American literature, black diaspora literature, hemispheric American literature, and composition.  DeLisa has also served on the University Senate and the Black Graduate Students Union executive board.


Rehan StatonRehan Staton ’18 (History)
Undergraduate Student Representative

Rehan is a senior from Bowie, Maryland pursuing a bachelors in History. He transferred from Bowie State University, where he was President of the student organization Black Male Agenda, as well as the Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. He is an active member in the Prince George's County community and loves working with children and ex-convicts. Rehan has dedicated most of his life to boxing and martial arts where he has won multiple national and international titles. Rehan also currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Humanities.


Past Cabinet Members

Donnesha BlakeDonnesha A. Blake ’16 (Women’s Studies)
Graduate Student Representative, 2014 - 2016

Donnesha is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Women’s Studies. Her research addresses how black women’s styles of dress, fashion, and methods of constructing clothing, known as dress culture,” can be a tool for theorizing and historicizing black womanhood and lack girlhood. She argues that black women’s dress and style produces knowledge about their histories, politics, and aesthetics.  Her current work on black female dandyism demonstrates how black women navigate discourses of power and agency as well as race, class, gender and sexuality when wearing suits and tuxedos.

Willa SchneiderhanWilla Schneiderhan ’15 (Finance/Film Studies)
Undergraduate Student Representative, 2014 - 2015

Willa majored in film studies and finance. She is a brother of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and worked part time on campus. She spent a semester studying abroad in Rome and though she misses the pizza, she’s happy to be back home with her fellow Terps. In her free time, Willa goes hiking with friends, watches movies with her dad and reads every book about classic Hollywood she can get her hands on. 


Zac Benson ’17 MFA (Studio Art)
Graduate Student Representative, 2015 - 2016

Benson is an international artist who has shown in Colorado, New York, Virginia, and Tennessee, where he was born.  He has also had public commissions in Australia, Vermont, California, and New York.  He graduated with his B.F.A. in sculpture from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011 and is pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Maryland. Previously, he lived and worked in the arts full time in New York, New York. His gallery work deals with the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society while his public sculptures deal with the relationship of scale and form.

Alexia ThorpeAlexia Thorpe ’17 (Spanish)
Undergraduate Student Representative, 2015 - 2016

Alexia is a senior from Silver Spring, Maryland pursuing a major in Spanish and a minor in U.S. Latino studies.  She loves being involved in her campus community. During her first two years on campus, she was a member of the Official University of Maryland Dance team and although Alexia is no longer dancing on the sidelines at football and basketball games, she has continued her love for dance by becoming a member of the Maryland Latin Dance Team. Alexia currently serves as an ambassador for the College of Arts and Humanities.

In Memoriam

Donna AldridgeDonna Aldridge ’60 (Business)
Cabinet Member, 2014 - 2015

Donna, an alumna of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and The George Washington University Law School, served on the Dean's Cabinet in its first year. After retiring from business she became an accomplished painter and a dedicated and generous supporter of the Department of Art. The college’s 2013 holiday card featured her artwork. She supported the College as an ambassador and advocate of the arts and thanks to her remarkable and magnanimous spirit, Donna's legacy will live on for years to come here in the College. Donna was a wonderful and committed member of the College of Arts and Humanities family and her participation in the Cabinet will be greatly missed.