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Alumni Participants

The Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board works hard to ensure a diverse, exciting group of participants for each roundtable. You can meet board members and other high-achieving alumni at the roundtables at Access2Alumni on April 17, 2018. Some familiar faces from this line-up are back this year as well as new alumni participants.

Here’s your chance to ask successful alumni about their career paths and seek their advice on how you can achieve your goals! We will be featuring alumni who are successful in the following careers/areas:

ART & DESIGN 
Katie Coogan

Kelsey Marotta

Sam Noto

ARTS & CULTURE MANAGEMENT 

William Allman

BRAND MANAGEMENT

Katherine Friedgen

John B. Lee

Karen Nasuti

CORPORATE & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Justin Bakewell

John Bertinatti

Anne Fink

Eileen Kessler

Frank Mason

Catherine "Kip" Young

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA 

John Dvorak

Veronica Segovia

Brett Wein

EDUCATION

Kristina Friedgen

Keith Scroggins

Brendan Shea

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SMALL BUSINESS

Arlet Beckham

Brian Dunn

Bob Krantz

EVENT MANAGEMENT

Felicia Barlow Clar

Rosanna Haddad

FEDERAL and LOCAL GOVERNMENT 

Johanna Berkson

Erin Hromada

Kate Slaugh

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY

Adam Goldberg

Chanelle Hardy

Joel Hinzman

Brooks Tucker

LEGAL AND LAW

Halima Adenegan

Andrew Cantor

Charles Hirsch

Kenneth Minesinger

Jon (Sasan) Najmi

Richard Rubin

Erich Schwartz

Jonathan Wilan

MARKETING & SALES

Courtney Geduldig

Doug Schulkin

Dennis Strzegowski

MEDIA & JOURNALISM 

Bryan Nehman

Micahel Olmert

Michelle Singletary

NON-PROFIT & ASSOCIATIONS 

John Carlson

Mark Laufe

Don Waters

PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATION

Cynthia Alfaro

Steve Drake

Nancy Hubacher

Michelle Miranda

Pattie Yu

WRITING, EDITING & PUBLISHING

John Kelly

Patrick Nelson

Kelsey Shields

ALUMNI HOSTS

Carlos Acosta

Tchad "Tish" Bruce

Kevin Davis

Artis Hicks

Kyna Powell

Christian Videla

Taelor Wilson

For interested Arts and Humanities alumni:

Do you:

  • Want to enjoy a pleasant afternoon encouraging the next generation of Terrapin professionals?
  • Have general questions or want more information about the event?

Please contact Greg Schofer, Associate Director of Development, or call 301-405-6661.

 

Alumni Bios


Karen NasutiKaren Nasuti, Co-Owner, Nasuti and Hinkle, has been in creative as well as management and client service for her entire career. She's personally involved in all parts of her business. Part of the reason she and her husband started their agency was so they could do the work, not just manage the people who do the work. They have a staff of senior talent, all loaded with hospitality experience. Karen says, "If big-name clients matter, we've worked with Marriott, Hershey Resorts, The Madison in Washington, D.C., the Harbor Court in Baltimore, the Pier House in Key West and Sunset at the Palms in Negril. And lots of others. And if awards matter, we've won a lot."
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William Allman served in the Office of the Curator of the White House for 41 years, the last 15 years as the Curator until his retirement in June 2017.  The White House, while serving as home and office, also operates as an ever-evolving historic site with an important museum collection of the fine and decorative arts.  The Curator’s Office is responsible for the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of that collection, as well as assembling photographs and historical information about the house and its occupants. Bill, a native and resident of Bethesda, received his B.A. in history from the University of Maryland in 1974 and an M.A. in American studies with museum concentration from The George Washington University in 1982.

 

Courtney Geduldig Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, S&P Global. She is responsible for worldwide marketing, communications, government affairs and corporate responsibility. Geduldig joined the company in 2013 and previously served as Managing Director, Global Government and Public Policy. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Geduldig was Managing Director and Head of Federal Government Relations at the Financial Services Forum. From 2008 to 2011, she served as Chief Financial Counsel to Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), handling a wide range of issues and played a key role in advising Senator Corker on the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” Geduldig also spent two years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Banking and Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department and co-authored the book “Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy.” Ms. Geduldig holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Brian Dunn, CEO, Completely Dunn, came to the University of Maryland in the fall of ‘92 on a partial baseball scholarship. He soon established himself as a key component of the Terps bullpen, and in his sophomore season, he set a team record for most saves in a year. A record that stood until recently.  Dunn lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Michelle and their 2 children, Brianna and Aiden. He owns his own signage consulting business called CompletelyDunn and his active in the community. For the past 7 years, he volunteered his time on The Kings Contrivance Village Board and The Columbia Association Board of Directors.


Arlet Koseian-BeckhamArlet Koseian-Beckham, Owner and Founder of extendYoga; a thriving business which employs over 20 people and maintains a calendar with more than 30 wellness classes per week, a variety of workshops and training's. As owner, Arlet oversees scheduling, program development, partner relationships, marketing campaigns, accounting, daily operations and more.  Arlet first discovered yoga in the hustle and bustle of New York City, where she was working a fast-paced corporate job.  When she could manage to put down her blackberry, she would de-stress by taking yoga classes. It soon became apparent that this was a lifestyle she wanted to lead for more than just an hour a day, and the idea of opening her own yoga studio became inevitable. Arlet graduated from the University of Maryland ('04) with a bachelor's degree in Communication and a citation in Studio Art.  She spent lots of time playing and traveling with the club field hockey team and was also involved in various PR clubs through the Department of Communication.  She currently lives in Rockville, MD.

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Rosanna HaddadRosanna Haddad, Director of Marketing & Proposals, NIKA, manages the strategic direction of the company in terms of sales and marketing and growing the company nationally. She also provides event planning coordination for weddings and other events. Rosanna previously served as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Dovel Technologies, LLC where she managed the marketing and communications plan for the strategic initiatives of the company as well as  the external branding. Rosanna also spent almost a decade in the commercial construction industry working at Forrester Construction holding various positions in the Marketing department, where she utilized her proposal skills and contributed to various marketing efforts including promotions, advertising, client events, and branding. During her time at Forrester, Rosanna was active and involved in the community, most notably participating and serving as Team Leader and event committee member of the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Real Estate Games. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park from 2000-2004 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. While at UMD, Rosanna served two consecutive terms as President of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and was inducted into the Kalegathos Society, a society that recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to the quality of life in their chapter and the Greek community at large. Rosanna was born, raised, and currently resides in Montgomery County, MD. Go TERPS!

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Veronica Segovia de Bedon, Senior Advisor Multicultral Leadership DepartmentAARP, integrating multicultural into the design, work, and communication across the organization. Her focus is on the U.S. Hispanic audience. She has been working in digital and social media marketing since 2008 and has experience working with audiences for non-profit, consumer package goods, corporate, entertainment and employment branding. Prior to joining AARP, she established and managed the employment brand for Vocus. Veronica grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a degree in Communications and a concentration of Public Relations. While at Maryland, she was an active member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Keith ScrogginsKeith Scroggins, Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools.  He is responsible for overseeing the Departments of Facility Planning, Facility Design and School Construction, Facility Maintenance and Operations, Health and Safety, and Pupil Transportation.  His office has a total budget of 61 million dollars and 375 employees. Mr. Scroggins began employment with BCPSS in June of 2006, after serving twenty-four years with the City of Baltimore.  In his career with the City of Baltimore, Mr. Scroggins served in a variety of administrative positions including Chief of Human Resources, Head of the Bureau of Transportation, and most recently Head of the Bureau of General Services, all in the Department of Public Works. Mr. Scroggins has a Masters Degree in Management from the College of Notre Dame and a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Maryland at College Park.  His high school diploma is from The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.

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Brendan Shea

Brendan Shea is a proud UMD alumnus, graduating with a BA in English. For the last thirteen years, he has taught at high schools in Boston and the Washington area. He is currently the English department chair at St. John's College High School, where he teaches British Literature and Advanced Placement Literature.

 

 

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John CarlsonJohn W. Carlson is chief of staff of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the vice chairman of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC).  The FS-ISAC is a non-profit corporation formed in 1999 and is funded by its more than 6,800 member organizations.  The FS-ISAC’s mission is to help assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts that could significantly impact the sector’s ability to provide services critical to the orderly function of the global economy.  The FS-ISAC shares threat and vulnerability information, conducts coordinated contingency planning exercises, manages rapid response communications for both cyber and physical events, conducts education and training programs, and fosters collaborations with other key sectors and governments.  Prior to joining the FS-ISAC, Carlson served as the Executive Vice President of BITS, the technology and policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable.  At BITS, Carlson led cybersecurity, technology risk and collaboration programs for 12 years. Carlson served in a variety of leadership roles as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Operational Risk Department in (2010-11), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (1993-2002), U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1990-93), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1988-90), and United Nations Center for Human Settlements (1986). Carlson holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1988) and a B.A. from the University of Maryland (1985), where he served on the Board of Regents. While at College Park, John lived in Easton dorm for two years, represented the Denton community in the SGA, served as a Legal Aid advisor, participated in ODK, studied in the English honors program, played intramural basketball, and enjoyed the diversity of people and broad range of cultural opportunities.  

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Artis Hicks, Program Director, American Society for Engineering Education, he manages two of the Office of Naval Research’s premier internship programs, the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP).   Artis graduation from University of Maryland in 2003 with a BA in Communication.  While at Maryland, Artis was very active in Resident Life, serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Elkton Hall, Vice President of the Residence Hall Association and as a Community Assistant in the Ellicott Community.  After graduation, he pursued a career in government public affairs, which lead him to the nonprofit sector where he has worked as a government contractor for the past 12 years.  Artis is an avid cyclist and in his free time he teaches cycling and spin classes in the District of Columbia and Maryland.


Erin HromadaErin Hromada, Director for the Office of Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. The Historian’s Office services as the House’s institutional memory and a resource for Members, staff, and the general public. Erin manages the day to day operations of the office and oversees the office’s website and social media as well providing research assistance to Congressional staff, members of the media, and the general public. Since 2000, she has been one of the primary editors of the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress in both the print and online editions. Erin began working for the Office of the Clerk in 1999.  She earned an MA in History and an MLS in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 and a BA in History from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1998.

 

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Kyna Powell graduated from the College of Arts and Humanities with a degree in English Language and Literature, in 1999.  Kyna currently works for the  federal government as a management analyst.  Over the past 17 years, Kyna has also served as a systems analyst, technical leader, and team leader. Kyna is an avid butterfly collector/gardener, gift package designer, fitness enthusiast, and Maryland Terrapins basketball fan.

 

 

 

 

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Halima AdeneganHalima Adenegan has a passion for civil rights, education policy, and public school reform. She is the Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, where her work is focused on better informing the condition of education. Halima is the Founder and Executive Director of Imara Roose Inc.—a 501(c)(3) after-school mentoring program at her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School. This program caters to young ladies of color, helping them to excel personally, academically, and professionally.  She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at UDC Community College. Halima earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from UMD. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland and D.C.

 

 

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Kevin DavisKevin Davis, Litigation Attorney at the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He represents individual and corporate clients in a diverse range of matters in state and federal courts across the country.  In particular, Mr. Davis has substantial experience representing and advising exempt organizations, including charities, labor organizations, and trade associations in complex litigation, bankruptcy, and regulatory matters. Kevin is a double Terrapin with a BA (2002) and MA (2007) in English. He is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Kevin lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of DC with his wife, Jane, who is also a double Terrapin ('03 and '04) and 17 month-old son, Reid.

 

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Charles HirschCharles Hirsch is a Partner at Ballard Spahr, practicing general commercial litigation. He has considerable trial experience in both state and federal courts and has handled numerous arbitrations and appeals and has successfully litigated cases involving real estate, contract, antitrust, employment, civil rights, products liability, consumer lending, lender liability, commercial construction, ERISA, copyright, and securities law. Charles earned Phi Beta Kappa honors at Maryland and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987.

 

 

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Kenneth MinesingerKenneth M. Minesinger represents a wide range of clients in the natural gas, oil and electricity industries on regulatory issues, including energy regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, and on related antitrust, litigation and transactional matters. Ken also spends a significant amount of time representing sovereigns in the development of their oil and gas resources. Ken has represented clients in commercial negotiations; complex ratemaking and restructuring proceedings; certificate/licensing proceedings and related project development matters; and complaint proceedings and investigations into allegations of market manipulation, the exercise of market power, and alleged violations of agency rules and policy.


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Erich SchwartzErich Schwartz joined Skadden in 2001 after serving as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mr. Schwartz concentrates his practice in the defense of securities enforcement matters and compliance counseling. He represents public companies; public accounting firms; broker-dealers and investment advisers; and their officers, directors and employees in investigations by the SEC and other regulatory authorities. Mr. Schwartz handles high-profile internal investigations of conduct that raise potential regulatory issues. He counsels his clients on strategies for avoiding such issues, including preventative and remedial measures. Before joining Skadden, Mr. Schwartz practiced for 15 years at the SEC, including as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement from 1994 through 2001. In that capacity, Mr. Schwartz directed securities enforcement investigations, civil litigation of securities claims and parallel investigations with criminal prosecutors. Mr. Schwartz repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. He serves on the advisory committee of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

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Jonathan WilanJonathan Wilan is a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, with a B.A., magna cum laude, in History.  Following graduation, Mr. Wilan attended Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 1997.  Mr. Wilan is currently a Partner at Baker McKenzie in Washington, D.C.  Baker McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the world with over 4,000 attorneys working in 77 offices in 47 countries.  Mr. Wilan’s practice focuses on cybersecurity, digital investigations and information governance.  He advises large corporate clients on legal obligations and risks associated with data, providing both proactive counseling and incident-based advice.  Mr. Wilan resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and two sons.




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Nancy HubacherNancy Hubacher since 2000 has served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Washington Redskins. She holds primary account responsibility of the Team’s marquis partnerships (including USAA, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev), Bank of America, Comcast & Comcast SportsNet, Gatorade, Microsoft, Papa John’s and REMAX to name a few) and additional responsibilities include new business development. Starting in 1987, Nancy previously held several positions with AMC Theaters wholly owned subsidiary, National Cinema Network (Now National Cinemedia), her last role as Executive Vice President of Sales and Corporate Relations. Nancy worked for AMC for 13 years and spent 1995 - 1998 in Kansas City, MO (Corp. Headquarters). Prior to her time at AMC, she started her career at ABC-O&O WRQX-FM in Washington, DC working in both the Promotions and Sales Departments. Nancy, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelors in Communication. She resides in Northern Virginia and has a son Brandon (23) and daughter Bailey (19).

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Doug SchulkinDoug Schulkin (Communication / Public Relations, '06) Partner and Editor of Lacrosse Playground and WomenLPG, websites respectively focused on lacrosse gear for men and women. From 2011 to 2013, he served on the College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board and led the board as president in 2014. Since 2015, Doug represents the College of Arts and Humanities on the Alumni Association Board of Governors. While at the University of Maryland, he served as president of the club lacrosse team at Maryland; played in two national title games and earned an undefeated national championship season.

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Dennis StrzegowskiDennis Strzegowski, Vice President of Talent Acquistion, NewDay USA, graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. With over a decade of experience in mortgage banking as a loan officer and branch manager, he was extremely impressed with the analytics and information technology approach to mortgage lending at NewDay USA.  Mr. Strzegowski's career started at NewDay USA as an Account Executive in January, 2011. He is now the Vice President of Talent Acquisition.  Mr. Strzegowski is tasked with finding top level talent that have high levels of intelligence, work ethic and professional charisma. NewDay is actively hiring college graduates, please reach out to Dennis for more information, dstrzegowski@NewDayUSA.com.


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Mike OlmertMichael Olmert holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in medieval English literature and for 25 years has taught at the university.  He is also a very active television, print, and film writer, with five books, five plays, two feature films, an IMAX film, more than 90 TV documentaries, three Emmys, and some 200 magazine articles, reviews, and essays to his credit. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.
    

 


Felicia M. Barlow Clar has been in love with entertainment industry since early childhood. She began her career in music in middle school and continued on for nearly ten years of voice lessons and theatrical performance.  Gradually she moved backstage into event and film production, earning a Masters degree in Communication: Producing for Film, and has come full circle in event and entertainment programming. Felicia has a wealth of experience in entertainment, events, trade shows, production, marketing and budgeting, and is an award-winning video producer. Her background in voice and musical performance combined with solid event and management experience provide her the rare combination of business acumen and creativity. She uses both — along with keen intuition — to master the ability of giving audiences what they want; she works in various markets, including corporate.



Bob Krantz, CEO & Co-Founder, Mindseye Solutions, Bob Krantz is the founder and CEO of Mindseye Solutions an Arlington, Virginia based technology company. With over ten years of experience in electronic evidence and discovery solutions, Mr. Krantz specializes in delivering simplified solutions for complex business problems through consulting and delivery of next generation technologies to corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Krantz has assisted numerous organizations with cost reduction strategies, identification of efficient technologies, data minimization techniques, and electronic discovery workflow best practices. His relevant experience covers practice areas in Anti-trust, Insider Trading, SEC Investigations, Insurance Fraud, Second Requests, Intellectual Property Litigation, Freedom of Information Act requests, and many other areas.  In addition to Mindseye Solutions, Bob is co-founder of EDD Blog Online on of the electronic discovery industry's premier resources for news and related content with over 4000 articles to date.


Kelsey ShieldsKelsey Shields graduated from UMD in 2013 with a double degree in English and Economics.  She leveraged her education to begin working as a technical editor on a contract that supported the development of safety policy for the Federal Aviation Administration.  Recently, she has moved into a position as a federal employee with the FAA managing a program that identifies and takes action on the top hazards in the National Airspace System.  In her role, Kelsey collects and analyzes aviation safety data, facilitates panels to develop corrective action plans, and oversees the implementation of the developed plans.  As a student at UMD, Kelsey spent four years as an active member of the fencing club. She also studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain.

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Carlos AcostaCarlos Acosta is an Associate Judge for Montgomery County District Court and was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. He has had a long career as both a federal and local prosecutor. Prior to his appointment, he was Inspector General for the Prince George’s County Police Department.  Previously, he served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Gang Squad. As a federal prosecutor, he also served as program manager for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training program for the Mérida Initiative. He received both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Maryland.  In 1991, he received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas.  He is licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Carlos was always interested in law as an undergraduate and graduate student. While at UMD he was on the Student Traffic Appeals Board, the Judicial Board, and served as the Campus Advocate.

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Andrew Cantor is an attorney with the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C. in Baltimore, MD.  The office employs over 60 attorneys in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and is involved in various aspects of environmental law, toxic tort litigation, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical ligation and other matters.  Mr. Cantor has tried numerous cases involving exposures to toxic materials and water contamination in Maryland and other states. Mr. Cantor began employment with the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C. in 1983. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park from 1976 to 1980, and received his J.D. degree from University of Maryland School of Law in 1983.  Mr. Cantor is a proud Terp, who is regularly in attendance for Maryland basketball and football games.

 
 

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Sam NotoSam Noto started his undergraduate work in fine art in 1982 at the University of Maryland, completing his degree in 1987. He began his graduate work in 1992 completing his MFA in 1995. Sam had the good fortune to teach at various Colleges and Universities in the Washington DC area, finally settling down with an assistant professor position at the Maryland College of Art and Design.  Along the way in 1999 he established the “Landsculpture Studio” a coop style sculpture studio housing eight sculptures, still in operation today.  Sam retired from his associate professor position from Montgomery College in 2005 and assumed his full time career goal as a professional sculptor.


Brooks D. Tucker, Assistant Secretary for VA’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCLA), oversees and coordinates the Department’s activities with Members of Congress and committees of jurisdiction, maintaining responsive and effective communications with Congress. Mr. Tucker leads a team that provides professional advice and assistance to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries in the Washington D.C. headquarters, conducts strategic outreach to Veterans Service Organizations, directs coordination with the Government Accountability Office, and directly supports the Congress in the areas of oversight, policy, and legislative proposals and activity.  Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Tucker served on the Presidential Transition Team working on Veterans’ policy development. From 2010-2015, he served as the Senior Policy Adviser – National Security and Veterans’ Affairs for United States Senator Richard Burr and as Deputy Staff Director for the Republican Staff – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In 2008, he was selected as one of five U.S. Marine Corps Officers assigned to the United States Senate for duty as a Defense Congressional Fellow in 2009. Mr. Tucker is a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel with over twenty years of Active and Reserve service, including deployments to the Western Pacific, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and training team missions to Mali and Republic of Georgia. After his initial period of Active service, he was employed by Merrill Lynch in Washington DC before a decade with Deutsche Bank’s private wealth management division in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mr. Tucker is a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland, a 2006 graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College and received a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University in 2010.


Patrick NelsonPatrick Nelson is an experienced writer, editor, and communications and project management specialist. He has 20 years of experience in financial and technical writing and editing; communications planning and support; policy and procedure development and review; and managing large projects and programs. His work has included creating communications plans for national software rollouts to VA Medical Centers; serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for the Chief Risk Officer at Fannie Mae which included managing policy development, speech writing, communication planning, and creating reports for the Board of Directors; and managing, writing, and editing projects that include simple newsletters and technical documentation to bilingual manuals designed to put satellites into space. Patrick is an avid traveler in South America which has led him to create a non-profit organization, where he serves as Founder and Executive Director of Todas Sonrisas (All Smiles; http://www.TodasSonrisas.org). The mission of Todas Sonrisas is to provide dental care and oral hygiene education to underprivileged children in the Cusco region of Peru and the surrounding Andean villages. This year and next, Patrick is also teaching in the English Department as part of the  Professional Writing Program. Each semester he teaches two sections of ENGL393: Technical Writing.

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Kate SlaughKate Slaugh is a Legislative Management Officer in the Congressional Affairs office of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  In this capacity, Kate ensures a mutual effective relationship between the United States Congress and the Archives.  This includes keeping key Members and staffs of the Congress fully and currently informed of NARA’s programs and ensuring that congressional inquiries are responded to promptly and effectively.  She tracks legislation of interest and importance to the National Archives and offers the views of the agency on key issues effecting management, preservation, and access to Federal records and information.  She has been with the National Archives since 1999, where she started in the Office of Information Resources.  Prior to that, Kate worked in radio broadcasting in a variety of on-air and production roles. She inherited a love of baseball from her father and is a season ticketholder to the Washington Nationals. While at Maryland, Kate was an American history major and particularly enjoyed her women’s history courses with Dr. Robin Muncy. She was involved in the French Club and cheered for the Terps at many basketball, football, and baseball games.

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Donald J. Waters, Senior Program Officer, Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997). In 1973, Waters graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in American Studies and participated in the Honors Program under the guidance of his favorite teacher, Jim Herbert. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information.  In 2005-2008, Waters served on the Library of Congress Copyright Law Section 108 Study Group.  He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Justin Bakewell, Executive Director and Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, Mr. Bakewell and his team provide individuals, families, public and private foundations, and endowments with comprehensive wealth management strategies, ongoing guidance, and customized plans to address their balance sheet needs.  Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Bakewell served as a Client Advisor at Brown Advisory where he led a number of client relationships and had a leadership role on the firm’s business development team. Prior to this, he was a Client Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in a variety of roles.  Mr. Bakewell serves on the Board of Advisors and as Chairman of the Finance Committee for Teach for America (D.C.), on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Rocketship Education (D.C.), and on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business. Mr. Bakewell was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a top 40 Under 40 for both his professional and philanthropic leadership in the Washington, D.C. area.  He holds an MBA from the George Washington University, a Graduate Certificate in Taxation from the Kogod School of Business at American University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park.



Eileen Kessler, Founder and President Omnistudio, Inc. recently turned over the ownership of OmniStudio to Drew Mitchell, President of Fathom Creative.  OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions for more than 35 years.  It’s been fortunate to lead talented creative and technical teams in producing communications tools that build constituencies, educate, inspire, and advocate for a wide variety of non-profit and public service initiatives.  OmniStudio was named one of the area’s "Top 25"​ graphic design companies in past four years by the city’s leading business publication, the Washington Business Journal. She has served in the local community in various volunteer roles.  Currently serves as a Trustee for the Historical Society of Washington DC. Also, served as an advisory board member and mentor for Empowered Women International and for Companies for Causes. In 2007, honored to receive the University of Maryland University College Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award, which is awarded by the University College, the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs), and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, received the Washington Literacy Center's Champion of Literacy Lifetime Award.

 

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Kelsey Marotta,Senior Graphic Designer at Eleven Peppers Studios. She currently spends her days in the world of UI and UX for Department of Defense projects. Before joining 11P, she was a print designer and illustrator for the University of Maryland. Aside from design, she enjoys running long distance, is currently training for an Ironman and in turn, enjoys a fair amount of ice cream (The Dairy is her favorite).

 

 

 

 

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Steve Drake provides corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies with targeted, expert and cost-effective communications, marketing and business development strategy and implementation.  Drawing on his more than 30 years of experience developing and leading strategic, global communications programs for some of the world’s most recognizable and influential organizations, Steve Drake offers services designed to help clients effectively communicate with audiences most important to their success, influence or reinforce perceptions and opinions, and achieve their organizational objectives in the United States and China.  His clients have included organizations representing a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, technology, security, consumer products, local government, financial services and professional services. Since launching Steven Drake Associates, LLC in 2003, and since co-founding in 2012 RFP Associates, LLC, a public relations agency search consultancy, Drake has developed and managed communications programs for clients in education (e.g., Johns Hopkins University/Carey Business School; Corinthian Colleges, American Public University System, Education Industry Association, International Baccalaureate); government (Montgomery County, MD and the State of Maryland); healthcare (e.g., International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Health HIV, American Healthcare Lawyers Association); and professional and trade associations (e.g., Auto Care Association, International Coach Federation; Optical Society, American Public Works Association).  Before launching Steven Drake Associates, LLC, Steve Drake held senior, international executive positions in the corporate and public relations agency sectors with a number of high-profile organizations. He serves as vice chair of the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, and vice president of the Maryland-China Business Council. He holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication. He teaches, speaks and writes on a range of communications topics, including public relations in China, international public relations, and strategic thinking.

Richard RubinRichard Rubin, Principal with Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A., chairs the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Group. Richard has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing, His practice includes representation of clients in the development, sale and purchase of multifamily apartment complexes, industrial projects, mixed-use and office buildings across the country.  Working closely with real estate owners, developers, investors and lenders, Richard has successfully negotiated and closed deals ranging from several million dollars to several hundred million dollars, many of which involved complex layered financing, mezzanine loans, preferred equity and ground lease structures. His development projects encompass office and retail projects as well as single-family and multifamily townhouse, apartment and condominium projects, including the mixed-use Ritz Carlton condominium development in Baltimore City. Richard has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2005 in the area of Real Estate law, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Baltimore Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year." He has also been featured in Maryland Super Lawyers since 2007.  In 2006, Richard was honored with the Home Builder Association of Maryland’s “Consultant of the Year" award. Active in the community, he serves on the Maryland Building Industry Association – Baltimore City Chapter’s board of directors and chairs its political action committee. Richard has lectured on condominium law, contracts and other aspects of real property law.  He earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was awarded the Order of the Coif. During law school he was a member of the Moot Court Board and served as Notes and Comments editor on the University of Maryland Law Review. After law school he clerked for Judge John C. Eldridge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society.

 

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Anne Fink, CFP®, Vice President, Financial Planning Specialist, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Ms. Fink started her career with Bache, Halsey, Stuart & Shields in 1982 and came to Legg Mason in 1986. Ms. Fink completed her CFP®® designation in 1987 and has subsequently lectured to gatherings of public, private and non-profit groups throughout Maryland. Ms. Fink was brought into The Bell Broseker Wohl Group at Morgan Stanley for her experience in financial planning, retirement planning, wealth accumulation and retirement distribution. She also brings insights into women’s financial issues and divorce financial planning. Ms. Fink and her three children are avid horse enthusiasts. Ms. Fink is the announcer at horseshows in MD, VA & NY. Her children compete in horseshows locally, for their college teams, and throughout the east coast.  

Anne H. Fink

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®

Vice President - Wealth Management

Financial Advisor

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

 

Click here for Baltimore Business Journal's "Battling the old-boy network" featuring Ms. Fink.

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John B. Lee, Visual and UX Designer, Sparkfund, an energy startup in DC. Sparkfund’s mission is to provide every business with a means to access clean energy technology in an easy way through a subscription basis. John also has experience in the tech industry and has a plethora of knowledge in UX and how it affects a company’s products and processes.  All technical stuff aside, John is passionate about everything art and design. He takes every opportunity in his life to apply his experiences to the artwork he creates outside of work. These works include illustrations and more recently, screen prints. If you’re looking to apply concepts to your work, and talk ideas, John is the guy to talk to.

 


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Pattie Yu, Principal, the Yucrew, A journalist by training with a master's in organizational communications, Pattie credits her career in communications to her then professor Bill Novelli who recruited her to Porter Novelli for NIH’s high blood and cholesterol education campaigns, today considered the models in social marketing. As the firm’s youngest VP and later SVP, Pattie was known for building alliances and her diversity work. Later recruited to Fleishman Hillard International, she built the DC social marketing/health and association practices from the ground. Pattie launched theYucrew after a 13-year run as co-founder of GYMR PR, catapulting it to a top 10 independent health and social issues focused agency.  In recent years, the Yu crew earned two back-to-back national Silver Anvils, considered the Oscar of the PR industry, best of show for both ASAE and Maryland PRSA, and top award for small independent firms for PRSA National Capital Chapter media relations/campaigns. Giving back is in her DNA. Pattie volunteers as a “rocker” at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital and recently was on WWPR’s Emerging PR Leaders Task Force. As an undergrad and grad Terp, her articles on corporate and social marketing have appeared in several social marketing textbooks and in an international journal. She is no stranger to her alma mater where each semester she returns to critique students’ presentations in their job search.

 
 

John Dvorak, the Chief Information Officer, Salient CRGT, a leading technology company providing solutions for Government and commercial clients worldwide. He is a former Federal Government Senior Executive, having divided his time between the NIH and FBI. He was an early pioneer in Web digital media starting in the 1990s and, throughout his career, has led development teams building advanced thin-client (browser-based) applications with a heavy emphasis on user experience. Outside of his day job, he is an active angel investor focused on web-enabled software-as-a-service companies and works in the film industry as an Executive Producer. He enjoys being the link between tech and creative teams, and is especially fond of those who regularly live in both worlds.