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 20, 2017. 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 how they got to the top! We will be featuring alumni who are successful in the following careers/areas:
ART & DESIGN ROUNDTABLE
- Karen Nasuti ʼ73 Design & Advertising, Co-owner, Nasuti and Hinkle
- Sam Noto ʼ95 M.F.A. Studio Art, Professional Sculptor
ARTS & CULTURE MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Tuliza Fleming ʼ97 M.A., ʼ07 Ph.D. Art History, Curator, United States Museum of African American History and Culture
- Jeremy Flick ʼ09 M.F.A. Fine Arts, Executive Director, CREATE Arts Center
- Kenneth Lewis ʼ81 Theatre, Production Manager, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
ASSOCIATIONS & ADVOCACY ROUNDTABLE
- Karen Reid ʼ77 M.A. Speech and Dramatic Arts, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Worldwide ERC
- Cheryl Williams ʼ71 English, ʼ76 M.A. Education, CEO, International Society for Technology in Education
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ROUNDTABLE
- Arlet Koseian-Beckham ʼ04 Communication, Owner, Extend Yoga
- Jeffrey Menick ʼ68 American Studies, Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch & Company
- Catherine "Kip" Young ʼ89 English, Director, Arcode
DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE
- Rosanna Haddad ʼ04 Communication, Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications, Dovel Technologies
- Veronica Segovia de Bedon ʼ04 Communication, Project Coordinator, AARP Social Media Studio
- Keith Scroggins ʼ79 English, Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
- Brendan Shea ʼ05 English, Chair of the Department of English, Saint John's College High School
- Abigail Shantzis ʼ14 English, ʼ16 Higher Education Admin., University of Maryland, Graduate Assistant Advisor and Writing Tutor
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
- John Carlson ʼ85 English, Chief of Staff of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC)
- Eileen Kessler ʼ75 English, President, Omnistudio, Inc.
- John Prevar ʼ68 English, Director (Retired), Communications and Community Support for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY ROUNDTABLE
- Erin Hromada ʼ04 History, Director, United States House of Representatives
- Kerry O'Brien ʼ09 Spanish/Government and Politics, Legislative Director for Congressman William Keating (D-MA)
- Kyna Powell ʼ99 English, Systems Analyst, Social Security Administration
- Carlos Acosta ʼ85, ʼ91 M.A. English, Inspector General, Prince George's Police Department
- Halima Adenegan ʼ11 Economics/Philosphy, Legal Advisor, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education
- Andrew Cantor ʼ80 Communication, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos
- Kevin Davis ʼ02, ʼ07 M.A. English, Associate Attorney, Caplin & Drysdale
- Charles Hirsch ʼ83 History, Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP
- Kenneth Minesinger ʼ87, English, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Energy & Natural Resources Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Erich Schwartz ʼ80 History, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
- Jonathan Wilan ʼ94 History, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
MARKETING AND SALES ROUNDTABLE
- Tracey Davis ʼ90 Communication, Senior Account Manager, CBS
- Nancy Hubacher ʼ84 Radio/TV/Film, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, The Washington Redskins
- Doug Schulkin ʼ06 Communication, CEO, Partner and Editor, LacrossePlayground.com
- Dennis Strzegowski ʼ01 Communication, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, NewDay USA
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Bob Mondello ʼ71 English, Arts Critic, National Public Radio
- Michael Olmert ʼ62, ʼ80 Ph.D. English, Professor/Playwright/Author/Screenwriter
- Valentin Sapcariu ʼ79 Radio/TV/Film, President, SJV Media
NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Johanna Berkson ʼ01 Communication, President and Board Chair, Our Time
- Alicia Levi ʼ91 History, President and CEO, Reading is Fundamental
- Susan Schaefer ʼ94 English, Principal, Resource Partners
PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATION ROUNDTABLE
- Aldo Bello ʼ95 M.A. Radio/TV/Film, EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Mind & Media, Inc.
- Ellen Coren ʼ76 Speech Communication, Vice President and CEO, Chesapeake Public Strategies
- Steve Drake ʼ83, ʼ94 M.A. Journalism, Principal, Steven Drake Associates
- Jamie Lee ʼ13 English/Journalism, Consultant, Deloitte
- Judy Phair ʼ73 American Studies, President, PhairAdvantage Communications
WRITING, EDITING & PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE
- Amie Brown ʼ13 English, Technical Editor, Federal Aviation Administration
- Stan Dambroski ʼ82, ʼ87 M.A., ʼ99 Ph.D. English, Technical Writer, National Science Foundation
- Kelsey Shields ʼ13 English/Economics, Program Coordinator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Blair Barrett ʼ02 English, Deputy Program Manager, FAA Safety Support, SENTEL Corporation
- Tchad Bruce ʼ14 English, Human Resources, Liquidity Services
- Lauren Faulkner ʼ11 Communication, Corporate University Relations Recruiter, General Dynamics Mission Systems
- Josh Laredo ʼ12 Communication, Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Patrick Nelson ʼ91 English, Founder and Executive Director, Todas Sonrisas
- Kate Slaugh ʼ93 History, Congressional Relations Specialist, National Archives
- Taelor Wilson ʼ15 English, Human Resources, Federal Team, Deloitte
For interested Arts and Humanities alumni:
- 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 Laura Brown, Assistant Dean of Development, or call 301-405-6339.
Karen Nasuti 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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Sam 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.
Jeremy Flick is a Washington, D.C., based arts administrator, artist, and educator. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati and his MFA from the University of Maryland. He is currently the Executive Director at CREATE Arts Center. CREATE is nonprofit visual arts organization based in Silver Spring, MD whose mission is to inspire creativity to advance personal development and wellbeing through arts education, enrichment, and therapeutic art services. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. His previous roles have included deputy director for Washington Project for the Arts, assistant director at CONNERSMITH, coordinator of the (e)merge art fair, and professional lecturer at George Washington University. As a practicing artist, his works are included in numerous private and academic collections, and he has exhibited extensively with recent exhibitions at Gallery nine5 in New York, Heiner Contemporary Art in Washington, Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, Aqua Art Miami, Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, and the Runnels Art Gallery in Portales, New Mexico among others.
Cheryl Scott Williams has served as executive director of the Learning First Alliance since 2010. She is a nationally recognized leader in education reform and improvement with extensive experience leading nonprofit boards and building successful board/staff relationships. Prior to coming to the Learning First Alliance, she served as a senior consultant at APQC. She was previously Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Teachscape, a San Francisco based company that designs and delivers online, job-embedded professional development for teachers and principals. In addition, she has served as Vice President, Education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and she spent 14 years directing the Education Technology Program at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) before joining CPB. Williams is a past president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), past board chair of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and current board member of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET). She began her career in education as an English Language Arts teacher in Montgomery County, MD, and Fairfax County, VA. She holds a BA and MA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Arlet Koseian-Beckham is the 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.
Rosanna Haddad is the Director of Business Development for Exclusively Entertainment, a premiere entertainment vendor for weddings, corporate, and private events in the Washington, DC area. Rosanna 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!
Veronica Segovia de Bedon is an advisor at AARP on their newly organized Multicultural Leadership team, 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.
Keith Scroggins is the Chief Operating Officer for the 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.
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.
John 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.
John Prevar recently retired from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he was the Director for Communications and Community Support for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities. As such he served as the Executive Secretary for both the Intelligence Science Board and the National Intelligence Science and Technology Committee. Prior to that position, Mr. Prevar was a Senior Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Following his graduation from the University of Maryland Mr. Prevar enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Duke University but enlisted in the Navy at the height of the Vietnam War after completing an M.A. in English. He thus embarked on a career in the Intelligence Community that spanned 45 years, first as a Naval Intelligence Officer and then as a civilian with the Federal Government. As an undergraduate Mr. Prevar lettered in track and cross country, wrote for both the Diamondback and the Terrapin, and participated in the pilot English departmental honors program. Since graduation he has served on the boards of the Arts and Humanities Alumni Network and the Honors College Alumni Network, as well as on the Alumni Association Board of Governors.
Erin Hromada is the 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.
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.
Carlos Acosta has had a long career as both a federal and local prosecutor. He currently serves as 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.
Halima 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.
Kevin Davis is a 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.
Charles 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.
Kenneth 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.
Erich 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.
Jonathan 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 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).
Doug Schulkin (Communication / Public Relations, '06) is a 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.
Dennis Strzegowski 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. As Vice President of Talent Acquisition at NewDay USA, 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.
Michael 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.
Johanna Berkson is a seasoned professional political operative with over 15 years of management experience in non-profits, on Capitol Hill, and on national campaigns for elective office working both on individual campaigns as well as for a national political party. Most recently, Johanna was president and chair of the Board of OurTime.org, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations committed to increasing the voter participation of young Americans. Between 2011-2016 OurTime registered hundreds of thousands of young voters by organizing education campaigns, forming strategic partnerships with heavily trafficked online brands, dozens of A-list and YouTube celebrities, and by utilizing state-of-the-art voter registration technology. In the 2016 election cycle, Johanna also served as a senior advisor to former Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in his successful campaign to become the next Senator from Maryland. Prior to joining OurTime, Johanna spent a decade working for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, first as a fundraiser on his successful 2002 congressional campaign, then on Capitol Hill managing operations, and then in various positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) while he was serving as the Chair of the House arm for the Democratic Party. Johanna completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2001 and received an Executive MBA in Leadership and Management from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in 2007. She is an active alumna of the University of Maryland and can most often be spotted at all Terps football and men’s and women’s basketball games. She also cofounded the Capitol Terps alumni club, served on the Alumni Association Board of Governors, and is now on the board of the University’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC).
Susan Schaefer is a consultant, writer, and speaker whose approach to fundraising and board development has made her a frequent presenter at conferences and in classrooms. Through Resource Partners LLC, the firm she founded, Susan works with staff and boards to achieve their resource development goals within their human and financial constraints. Prior to founding her consulting firm, Susan helped lead the design and implementation of the historic $1 billion Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Susan has written extensively about nonprofit issues, including The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook, YOU and Your Nonprofit Board and Nonprofit Board Service for the GENIUS. Susan is an active volunteer, having served as president, development chair, and multiple other leadership positions on nonprofit boards. She also teaches a graduate course in fundraising at Johns Hopkins University. Susan’s career in fundraising began while she was a student at Maryland, having spent four years at what was then called the University’s Annual Fund.
Aldo Bello formed Mind & Media, Inc., a full-service communication and media agency based in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Marilyn Finnemore in 1994. They envisioned a place where they could offer clients excellent communication products and services that make a measurable change in organizations, communities, and our world. In 2012, Bello received the "Humanitarian Award" from Americans for Immigrant Justice. His documentary film, "What Happened", about the DotCom 1.0 era (1995-2000 market crash), won multiple awards and received industry-wide recognition. His most recent film, DREAM: An American Story, uses the story of Juan Gomez as a lens with which to view the young immigrant activists known as "Dreamers." The film won two Regional Emmy Awards. He earned his Master's degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s in English from Virginia Tech.
Ellen Coren, named 2013 Maryland Most Admired CEO and three times named “Top 100 Woman of Maryland” by The Daily Record, is the President and CEO of Chesapeake Public Strategies, a full-service government and public affairs consulting firm. Coren has more than 25 years of experience in state and local government affairs, corporate and nonprofit public relations and association management and has built a solid reputation as an effective and well-respected government and public affairs professional. She is known for her strong advocacy, grassroots outreach, organizational, relationship-building and communications skills, which she uses to effectively represent the interests of her clients.
Jamie Lee is a consultant at Deloitte, based in Washington, DC, within their Organization Transformation and Talent service line. Her work focuses on aligning corporate culture, organization, and change with business strategy for commercial clients. She was previously a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where her work centered around strategic communications and organizational strategy for clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The education and experiences she had as an English student at Maryland provide a strong foundation for her work. While at Maryland, she was the editor of both The Paper Shell Review and Stylus, two on-campus publications, and was the English Department's keynote commencement speaker in 2013. Jamie is a true Terp, passionate about her field and involved in the alumni community.
Judy Phair is president of PhairAdvantage Communications, LLC, a global public relations and marketing consultancy, as well as senior advisor, communications, Council of Independent Colleges. Judy’s public relations career has included senior executive positions at colleges, universities and associations. She was 2005 President and CEO of PRSA and received PRSA’s highest individual award, the Gold Anvil, in 2010. She was inducted into the PRSA National Capital Chapter’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Judy received her master’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park and has been actively involved with the University as president, Alumni Chapter Board, College of Arts and Humanities; member, Alumni Association Board of Governors; co-chair, Awards Committee; and member, Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Abigail Shantzis is currently working as a Graduate Assistant Advisor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering while pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at UMD. She has presented at a regional conference of the National Academic Advising Association and she currently serves on both UMD’s Prehealth Committee and the College of Arts and Humanities’ Alumni Board. She recently completed her B.A. in English (also at UMD!) with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While in her undergrad, she served as the president of the English Undergraduate Association, a section leader for HONR100, and a tutor at the UMD Writing Center, as well as presented at multiple Writing Center conferences. Upon graduation, she received two awards: the College of Arts & Humanities 2014 Undergraduate Student Service Award and the Joyce Tayloe Horrell award.
Kelsey 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.
Blair Barrett graduated from Maryland with a BA in English in 2002. With the economy in recession, Blair struggled at first to find work but eventually secured a position as a copy editor for a small non-profit scientific journal. He was later hired as a technical editor by an engineering firm, SENTEL Corporation working with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety initiatives. Over the past 10 years, Blair has gradually moved away from technical writing and toward system testing, policy development, and project management. Still with SENTEL, Blair now manages a multi-disciplinary group of analysts, editors, engineers, and air traffic controllers responsible for evaluating the safety of air traffic control systems and procedures and crafting FAA safety policy. Blair also authors proposals for SENTEL. Blair still utilizes the writing skills and analytical abilities that he acquired at Maryland on a daily basis at work. In his spare time, he earned his MA in English from Georgetown University and remains a rabid Terps basketball fan.
Lauren Faulkner is a Corporate University Relations Recruiter at General Dynamics Mission Systems, a leading government defense contractor. As a 2011 Communication major and Leadership minor, she has been able to grow her career in HR for leading companies such as Centric Business Systems, ADP, and now General Dynamics. Lauren is a PHR certified HR professional. Lauren embodies the principals of rhetoric and communication in the business world. Her career started by having a focus in sales, which has been the backbone to success in corporate recruiting and Human Resources. Her hometown is Cockeysville, MD, but she now lives with her husband, Preston ('09), in Columbia, MD. Lauren was involved with many groups on campus as an undergrad serving as Committee Head for Maryland Images, President for the UMD Equestrian Team, ARHU Ambassador, as well as providing representation on the Dean's Advisory Board and the President's Selection Panel for VP of Research. She also remains an active Terps basketball and lacrosse fan.
Josh Laredo is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. In his first three years at Booz Allen, Josh provided cyber security-related strategic communications expertise to one of the largest U.S. federal agencies. On that team, he rose to become the Deputy Project Manager and led the creation of several large-scale communications campaigns on behalf of the agency. In early 2015, Josh moved into Booz Allen’s commercial practice. He has since worked primarily within the automotive industry, helping some of the world’s largest automakers and automotive suppliers collaborate to improve cyber security around the connected vehicle. Though his current role is centered on organizational strategy and program management, Josh uses the writing and critical thinking skills he developed as a student and communications consultant on a daily basis. Josh has many fond memories from his time at Maryland, including studying abroad in Florence, hosting a weekly sports radio show, and participating in Greek life. He still loves returning to College Park for Terps games.
Patrick 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.
Kate 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.