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 9, 2013. Check back often for updates on 2013 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:
- Josh Goldberg - ʼ03, History and Finance; Vice President of Astrum Solar
- Eileen Kessler - ʼ75, English; President, OmniStudios
- Bob Krantz - ʼ02, Communication; CEO & Co-Founder, Mindseye Solutions LLC
- Halima Adenegan - ʼ11, Philosophy; First year law student at Washington and Lee
- Charles Hirsch - ʼ83, History; Partner, Ballard Spahr
- Kristen Perry - ʼ96, English; Partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston
NON-PROFIT/ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz - ʼ89, History; Communications Director, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
- Chanelle Hardy - ʼ99, English; Senior VP & Executive Director of National Urban League Policy Institute
- Patrick Nelson - ʼ91, English; Founder and Executive Director, Todos Sonrisas
- Neil Reichenberg - ʼ73, History; Executive Director, International Public Management Association
- Angela Lagdameo - ʼ02, English; Director of Policy and Planning, Maryland Department of Human Resources
- John Prevar - ʼ68, English; Director, Communications and Community Support for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities
- Kate Slaugh - ʼ93, History; Congressional Relations Specialist, National Archives
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE
- Patty Cousins - ʼ87, English; Vice President, Marriott International, Inc.
- Anna Gavin - ʼ04, Art History; President of Fireline Corporation
- Donald Himelfarb - ʼ67, History; (Retired) President of Dollar Thrifty Car/Corporate Consultant
PERFORMING ARTS ROUNDTABLE
- Bryan Ashby - ʼ85, Theatre; President & CEO, Nine Yards Media
- Ryan Merkel - ʼ10, Communication; Assistant Manager for Major Gifts, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Eric Stewart - ʼ87, Theatre; Owner, Stewart-Llewellyn Realtors, Host of the Eric Stewart Show
- Rebecca Coleman - ʼ07, English; Novelist
- Sally Craig - ʼ69, M.A., English; (Retired), Editor, Library of Congress
- Richie Frieman - ʼ01, Studio Art; Writer, Artist, & Entrepreneur
MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Katy Headman - ʼ97, English; Director, Team Operations, Washington Capitals
- Bryan Nehman - ʼ96, History; Morning News Anchor, WBAL
- Michael Olmert - ʼ62, ʼ80, English; Professor/Playwright/Author/Screenwriter
PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING/COMMUNICATION ROUNDTABLE
- Sean Carton - ʼ90, ʼ92, M.A. English; Chief Strategy Officer, idFive; Founder and Director of the Center for Digital Communication, Commerce, and Culture at the University of Baltimore; Professor of the Practice, Dept. of Marketing & Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore
- Steve Drake - ’83 ,’94, M.A. Journalism (Public Relations); Principal, Steven Drake Associates, LLC
- Ashley Faust - ʼ11, Communication; Regional Sales Manager, Monumental Sports Entertainment
- Tori Hanna - ʼ04, Communication; Director of Digital Sport, Under Armour
- Caitlin McKenna - ʼ06, Communication; Sales Manager, Verizon
- Judy Phair - ʼ73, M.A., American Studies; President, PhairAdvantage Communications
- Keith Scroggins - ʼ79, English; COO, Baltimore County Public Schools
- Stephanie Stevenson - ʼ10, ’15, Ph.D, American Studies; Current doctoral graduate student
- Blair Barrett - ʼ02, English; Deputy Program Manager, FAA Safety Support, SENTEL Corporation
- Teresa Eyet - ʼ92, English; Director of Conference Programming and Educational Development, American Healthcare Association
- Jay Flounlacker - ʼ86, English; Chief Administrative Officer, The Health Management Academy
- Domonique Foxworth - ʼ04, American Studies; Former Baltimore Ravens cornerback, current President of NFL Players Association and Harvard Business School student
- Jeremy Goldman - ʼ00, Theatre; Attorney/Owner, JAG Legal Services
- Doug Schulkin - ʼ06, Communication; CEO and Founder of GuyRilla Marketing
- Mary Wise - ʼ74, Theatre; Senior Development Specialist, FannieMae
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Josh Goldberg is one of the founders of Astrum Solar and serves as vice president of policy and business development. He also heads the Solar Renewable Energy Credit trading business. Prior to Astrum Solar, Josh was an attorney at Ballard Spahr, LLP where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital transactions. He also cofounded a private equity fund dedicated to real estate investment and management, and served as a policy advisor to U.S. Congressman and Maryland elected officials. Josh earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law where he served as an editor of the Maryland Law Review. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center.
Eileen Kessler is the founder and CEO of OmniStudios Inc. For more than 30 years, she has led an expert creative and technical team to produce publications, brand identities, marketing communications and informational materials that build constituencies, inform, educate, and inspire advocacy for positive change in our society. OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions. Omni shares the goals and passions of its clients, especially in the areas of education, health care, the environment, and human rights. Under Eileen's direction, OmniStudio has won several awards for its brand and publication design work and has appeared on the Washington Business Journal’s list of top 25 Graphic Design firms in Washington. In 2007, University of Maryland University College selected Eileen to receive the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Award. In 2012, Eileen received the Washington Literacy Center’s Lifetime Champion of Literacy award.
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. Prior to founding Mindseye Solutions, Mr. Krantz worked with OnSite a premier litigation support services company in several roles. During his tenure at OnSite Mr. Krantz generated over $18m in sales over a five year timeframe and was consistently a member of the company’s President’s Club for top sales performers. Mr. Krantz has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and lettered in Football during his time at Maryland.
Halima Adenegan entered law school last fall with an interest in education law. She is one of only two first-year students to compete on Washington and Lee's Black Law Student Association Mock Trial Team and has also completed extensive research on voter suppression and "stand your ground" gun laws as a Legislative Policy Intern for the National Urban League. She is founder and president of Imara Roose, a mentoring program for female students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School as well as Co-Founder of "Studies in Contemporary Philosophy: Africana Philosophy," UMD Philosophy Department's first Africana Philosophy course. Additionally, Halima is a Judicial Intern for Judge David W. Young of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.
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.
Kristen Perry is a partner at Whiteford Taylor & Preston (WTP) and a member of the firm’s bankruptcy section. She is the co-chair of the firm’s Inclusion Committee, co-chair of WTP’s Women’s Initiative Network and chair of WTP’s Associate Mentoring Program. Her practice areas focus on chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, creditor and trustee representation, and bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. A lifelong Howard County resident, Kristen serves on the five-member Howard County Ethics Commission, a position appointed by the County Executive. After graduating from UMCP, Kristen attended University of Baltimore Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2000. She resides in Elkridge, MD, with her husband, Brian Perry ’97 (Government and Politics), son Kyle, and daughter, Kate.
Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz is Communications Director at the Association of the Baltimore Area Grantmakers, a membership association of 145 foundations and corporate giving programs. Previously, Buffy served as the Director of the Baltimore Giving Project where she managed the development, implementation and growth of a $1.2 million project to increase philanthropy in the region. Buffy is part of a team that published groundbreaking national research on giving circles resulting in numerous publications that have informed the field, and she assisted in the creation of the national online Giving Circle Knowledge Center. She currently serves as the national spokesperson on giving circles for the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and she has been quoted in local, regional, national and international media. Buffy is the author of dozens of published articles on philanthropy, women’s giving, and giving circles. She is a former columnist on women’s philanthropy for SmartWoman Magazine, and is the co-author of: A Plan of One's Own: A Woman's Guide to Philanthropy; as well as Growing Philanthropy Through Giving Circles; and a chapter in The Transformative Power of Women's Philanthropy. Her most recent publication which she co-authored with women’s philanthropy pioneers Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha Taylor entitled Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, was published by Jossey-Bass in September 2010 and was awarded the prestigious CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy & Published Scholarship. Buffy has helped inspire donors through her hands-on work, leadership, public speaking and writing, and was chosen as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2003, 2008 and 2010 by The Daily Record, an "Innovator of the Year" in 2004 by The Daily Record for her work in philanthropy, one of "40 Under 40" 2004 by the Baltimore Business Journal, and an Impact Award Winner 2012 by The Columbia Mall and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. She is a founder and past Chair of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, a founding donor of the B'MORE Fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation, and a member of the next generation giving circle TwentyFiveFortyFive. She is an active community volunteer and currently serves as a Trustee of the Columbia Foundation, Howard County’s community foundation. Buffy has a BA in Russian History from the University of Maryland, lives in Howard County, MD, and is married with four children ranging in age from 20 – 6.
Chanelle P. Hardy is the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the National Urban League Policy Institute, the organization’s policy, research and advocacy arm in Washington, DC. Ms. Hardy is charged with directing the League’s public policy strategy and advocacy efforts in the areas of housing, jobs and workforce development, healthcare and education. She also directs the Policy Institute’s research initiatives, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The State of Black America, the League’s signature publication. Prior to joining the Policy Institute, Ms. Hardy served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to former US Representative Artur Davis (D-AL-11), who served on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on House Administration. Before her tenure on the Hill, Ms. Hardy was a staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, a Policy Fellow and Legislative Counsel at Consumers Union, and a member of Teach for America, instructing fifth graders in Washington, DC. Ms. Hardy received her JD from Howard University School of Law, where she finished fifth in her class, and was a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Ms. Hardy is a member of the board of Excel Academy Public Charter School, the first all-girls public school in Washington, DC; the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and a member of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.
Patrick Nelson is an experienced communications and project management specialist. He has over 15 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 shed his corporate past and move into the not-for-profit world. His current endeavor is serving as Founder and Executive Director of Todos Sonrisas (All Smiles; http://www.TodosSonrisas.org), a newly formed nonprofit whose mission is to provide dental care and oral hygiene education to underprivileged children in South America. Work for the foundation includes travel to South America where current international partners are located, specifically Cusco, Peru, and the surrounding Andean villages. He also spends time on his Arbonne (http://patrick.myarbonne.com) business helping clients enrich their lives through safe, pure, and botanical skin care and health & wellness products.
Neil E. Reichenberg is the Executive Director of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). He has worked for IPMA-HR since December 1980, initially as the Director of Government Affairs and since 1996, as the Executive Director. He is the chief staff executive and is responsible for the overall management of the Association. IPMA-HR is a nonprofit membership organization representing public sector human resource managers and professionals. IPMA-HR has close to 8,000 members in 25 countries and offers programs globally. Mr. Reichenberg speaks on human resource and employment issues. He has given presentations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. He has presented papers at international conferences and United Nations meetings. He has testified before the United States Congress. Mr. Reichenberg is a graduate of the University of Maryland and New York Law School. He is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and New York. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), which awarded him with the designation of Certified Association Executive. He worked previously for a law firm specializing in labor and employment law.
John Prevar is Director of Communications and Community Support for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities. As such, he coordinates technical studies and other activities among the 17 organizations comprising the Intelligence Community, oversees an annual Technical Exposition on Capitol Hill, governs his office’s fully functional interactive web site, and works public affairs and legislative affairs issues. Prior to his current assignment, John was Executive Secretary of the Intelligence Science Board. After graduating with honors and honors in English, John earned an M.A. in English from Duke University before being commissioned as a Naval Intelligence Officer during the height of the Vietnam War. Retiring from active duty in 1996, John entered federal service with the National Measurement and Signature Intelligence Committee, which gave him the opportunity to explore and write about several fascinating areas of science, including electro-optics, synthetic aperture radar, and geophysics. As an undergraduate, John lettered in track and cross country, was a sports reporter for the Diamondback, and was elected to the Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries. He and his wife, Pamela, reside in Old Town Alexandria and share a passion for music, theater, opera, and the arts in general.
Kate Slaugh is a Congressional Relations Specialist 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.
Patty Cousins is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment with Marriott International Inc., which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Marriott employs over 150,000 associates globally as a leading lodging company with more than 3,700 hotel properties in 74 countries and territories. Ms. Cousins provides legal advice for both domestic and international hotels on a wide spectrum of human resources issues, including discrimination, wage and hour compliance, class action avoidance and defense, affirmative action, and business ethics. She also provides in-house training to Marriott management on key human resources developments and initiatives. Prior to joining the Marriott, Ms. Cousins served as Associate General Counsel at Amtrak and practiced labor and employment law with the Venable law firm. Before beginning her career as a practicing attorney, she clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Karwacki of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Ms. Cousins received her JD from University of Maryland School of Law, where she served as an editor on the Maryland Law Review. Ms. Cousins is past President of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland, as well as past President of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County. She also served as Chair of the Marriott Law Department’s Diversity Pipeline Program, which encourages local high school students from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in the law. She is the mother of three active teenagers.
Anna Gavin is president of Fireline Corporation, a fire protection firm specializing in the installation and service of commercial fire alarms, sprinklers, and extinguishers. Anna took over as a third generation owner after the sudden passing of her father in 2009. By overseeing day-to-day operations in addition to paving a clear roadmap to Fireline’s next generation of success, Anna has led the company through a great deal of transition during a turbulent economic climate. Using technology and implementing new initiatives while sticking to the company’s core values, Anna has worked with her team to help Fireline grow and develop to prepare for a strong future.
Don Himelfarb serves as a board member and senior advisor for ML Holdings, a firm that offers construction equipment sales and rentals, including industrial crane rentals. He is a past president of the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He held a series of executive-level positions with Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group from 1991-2006, including president of Thrifty Canada, president of Thrifty Rent a Car System, and chief administrative and marketing officer. He began his more than 30-plus-year career in car rental when he became vice president of car rental and leasing for Marks Rentals, the Thrifty Car Rental franchise owner in Maryland, in 1973. He was the City of Tulsa’s first director of economic development and is now a board member for Sinai Hospital and The ARC Baltimore.
Bryan Ashby, a scholarship student in Communication Arts and Theater at the University of Maryland (1982 – 1985), he supplemented his education and income by working professionally as an actor, director, singer/dancer and music director. While acting on the sets of commercials and feature films, Mr. Ashby developed an interest in video production and began working part-time as a production assistant, then audio engineer, camera operator and editor. After graduating cum laude, he brought his practical experience to a position as associate producer for a small production company (1986 – 1990). In four years he advanced to senior producer/director. Mr. Ashby has presided over Nine Yards Media, a full-service integrated media company, since its founding as Ashby & Associates in 1991. Nine Yards Media provides video, multimedia and marketing communications services to an extensive list of Government, corporate and trade association clients. As President & CEO, Mr. Ashby oversees all creative, technical and administrative issues. Under Mr. Ashby’s leadership, Nine Yards Media is consistently ranked in the top twenty AV companies in the Washington, DC. Mr. Ashby has received numerous national and international awards for his work as a television director and is recognized as an expert on casting issues and working with actors. He frequently coaches executives in their on-camera performances and often teaches seminars and classes in “Acting for the Camera.” Mr. Ashby still performs and is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. He is the on-camera host for the numerous corporations and Government agencies. He performs regularly as a voice over artist and was recently seen as host of HGTV’s “Building Character” television series.
Ryan E. Merkel currently works as the Assistant Manager for Major Gifts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Ryan’s work includes stewarding individuals who provide significant support to the Kennedy Center’s programming, special event coordination, and researching potential institutional partners. Ryan also coordinates the Center’s Building the Future Capital Campaign, which aims to raise $125 million by 2017 to finance the expansion of the facility. Ryan holds a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Maryland, where his research focused on the intersection of public relations theory and major giving, alumni relations, and young alumni philanthropy. He was also an instructor at the University of Maryland and worked as an alumni relations coordinator for the Department of Communication. Ryan earned an undergraduate degree in business marketing at the University of Florida with minors in Art History, Mass Communication and History.
Eric Stewart has been helping clients buy and sell real estate since 1987. He has been the #1 agent at Llewellyn Realtors® since 2001, and Eric’s track record of over 2,100 homes sold has established him in the top 1% in all DC Metro area. As a native of Montgomery County, Eric’s knowledge of the local market is unsurpassed. Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Eric Stewart grew up in Potomac, Maryland. He played soccer and ice hockey all around the Beltway from Alexandria, Annandale, and Washington D.C. to Landover, and he graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville. Since graduating from the University of Maryland, he has lived in Kensington, Gaithersburg and now resides in his childhood home in Potomac. Eric also hosts The Eric Stewart Show, which airs on Sundays at 7:00am on 105.9 FM WMAL where he discusses issues surrounding real estate, senior housing options, and mortgages. He uses the show to educate the public on important real estate topics every week.
Rebecca Coleman is the author of HEAVEN SHOULD FALL and THE KINGDOM OF CHILDHOOD, a Library Journal "Best Books of 2011" selection and an ABNA 2010 semifinalist. A New Yorker by birth, she grew up in the close suburbs of Washington, D.C., in an academic family. A year spent in Germany, at the age of eight, would later provide the basis for the protagonist's background in "The Kingdom of Childhood." She first learned about the Waldorf School movement at age 14 and quickly developed a fascination with its culture and philosophies. After studying elementary education for several years at the University of Maryland, she graduated with a degree in English, awarded with honors. She lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at www. RebeccaColeman.net.
Sally Craig served as an editor (1977-2005) for the Congressional Research Service, which provides policy and legal analysis for the U.S. Congress. Her duties entailed reading manuscripts from the various research divisions in CRS to check for errors in grammar and spelling as well as for bias, accuracy, and clarity of legislative history. Sally has also worked as a volunteer docent at the Library of Congress and volunteers extensively, including at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University and the Smith College annual book sale in Baltimore.
Richie Frieman, a Modern Day Renaissance Man, hiscareer has stretched all the way from the world of art, to business and even to professional wrestling. The 33 year old Baltimore native, is an award winning children's book author and illustrator of his own original series, "Terple". Frieman is also the founder of Charm City Babies, a rock n' roll, vintage inspired baby and toddler clothing company, where the company donates one item for every one purchased off their online store, to a child in need, via a different charity every month. As well, Frieman is a world renowned manners and etiquette columnist known as Modern Manners Guy, currently working a book for St. Martin's Press. Frieman is also the founder of The Pen's Eye View (www.PensEyeView.com), an online magazine that features an interview with a new musician/artist every 48 hours, having featured nearly 2,000 artists (consecutively) since 2007. Along with Frieman's work in the arts and as an entrepreneur Frieman was a professional wrestler for 8+ years, known as "The Thrill From Israel" Buster Maccabi, having won over a dozen titles in various organizations.
Katy Headman is currently in her 13th season with the Washington Capitals and 11th as director of team operations. Headman is primarily responsible for all immigration and workers compensation concerns for the Club and coordinates the travel, correspondence, and schedule of the Capitals’ general manager, George McPhee. She currently is an advising member of the National Hockey League’s immigration committee. In addition, she serves as a liaison for players’ families during the season, including overseeing the family lounge and all related services on game nights. A former English and social studies teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools, Headman recently received a TEFL certificate from Georgetown University and offers English tutoring as a service to players and their families. Formerly a Terrapin swimmer, she is currently the president-elect of the M Club. A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in English, Headman also has a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in secondary education with certification in English and social studies.
Bryan Nehman, host of Maryland’s Morning News on WBAL Radio, was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Crofton, MD, attended Arundel High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1996, majoring in History. Bryan gets to the studios in Baltimore at 3 a.m., and is on the air reporting the news in Maryland and the world by 5 a.m. Throw in weather, traffic, sports, and several newsmaker interviews every morning, and 5 hours on the radio goes by in the blink of an eye. Born in Washington, D.C., Bryan grew up in Crofton, MD, attended Arundel High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1996, majoring in History. Bryan wiggled his way into the radio businesses through his internship with the Bowie Baysox. He got his first full-time radio job doing the news (and other side jobs) at WNAV in Annapolis. Because, WNAV was the flagship station for the Naval Academy, Bryan worked closely with the Academy, including serving as the public address announcer for Navy Basketball, and sideline reporter for Navy Football. In 2000, Bryan landed a job in Washington, D.C., on WMAL Radio as a news reporter and soon was promoted to morning drive anchor. While at WMAL, Bryan reported live from the Pentagon on 9/11, was on the scene of the sniper shootings, and traveled to Atlanta to report on the University of Maryland’s national championship in basketball. Bryan has won numerous awards for reporting/anchoring, and was part of a news team that brought home 2 Edward R. Murrow awards in 2002. Bryan was a panelist at the 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial debate, and helped raise millions of dollars for the Fisher House Foundation. In 2010, Bryan was named co-host of Mornings of the Mall on WMAL which soon turned into the Brian and Bryan Show, with former FOX TV anchor, Brian Wilson. Currently, Bryan lives in Odenton with his wife and 3 sons.
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.
Sean Carton is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of id five, one of Baltimore's first Web development firms in 1995, the founding dean of the School of Design and Media at Philadelphia University, and the co-author of one of the first books about the Web (The Mosaic Quick Tour series) in 1993. Sean has over 12 years experience designing, developing, planning, and executing interactive media for a wide range of clients, including Rubbermaid, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, iRobot, the Discovery Travel Channel, and the American Institute of Architects. Sean has published 8 books about the Internet, technology, business, and video games and writes regular columns for ClickZ.com and Publish.com as well as contributing to magazines such as Wired, Revolution, Stim, and POV. Sean is a sought-after public speaker on issues of marketing, technology, and the Internet and has delivered keynote addresses to organizations such as EduWeb, EDUCAUSE, the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association, and the American Marketing Association in the U.S. as well as to organizations in Italy. Sean has undergraduate degrees in English and psychology from UMBC, an MA in English literature from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore. He is a Professor of Practice in the Merrick School of Business at University of Baltimore, as well as Director of the University of Baltimore’s Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture.
Steve Drake is Principal with Steven Drake Associates, LLC, a corporate communications consultancy, and RFP Associates, a public relations and communications agency search firm. Previously, Steve held senior executive positions in the corporate and public relations agency sectors. As vice president, communications with Laureate Education, Inc., formerly Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., Steve built and managed the first comprehensive corporate communications function for the $1 billion, then-publicly traded global provider of education services. Before that, Steve held positions of increasing responsibility with Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. In the mid- to late-1990s, he launched and managed the firm’s presence in China, opening offices and serving clients in Beijing, Shanghai, and throughout Asia. Upon his return to Washington, DC, Drake directed Fleishman-Hillard’s international practice. Steve 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 and in the executive MBA program at University of Maryland University College. He teaches, speaks and writes on a range of communications topics, including public relations in China, international public relations, and strategic thinking.
Ashley Faust is a Regional Sales Manager at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, where she handles accounts for the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, and Georgetown Men’s Basketball. Prior to this position, Ashley worked as an Inside Sales Consultant for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, a position she achieved after working as an intern for Maryland Sports Marketing and the Washington Wizards. A highlight of her undergraduate experience was the semester she spent abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Ashley now resides in Laurel, MD.
Tori Hanna, recently promoted to Director of Digital Sport, first joined Under Armour in 2001 as the company’s first intern. She has held progressively more responsible positions, including assistant manager of sports marketing, manager of sports marketing, director of women’s sports marketing, and director of global sports marketing. She also managed a task force that created and executed the company’s brand platform for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games. Tori earned an MBA in marketing from Regis University in 2007 and was a member of the UMCP’s four-time NCAA national championship lacrosse team (1998-2001).
Judy Phair is a seasoned public relations executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, branding, global public relations and marketing, media relations, fund-raising, and legislative relations. She has held executive-level positions with the Graduate Management Admission Council, the Council on Competitiveness, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Goucher College and began her career as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago area. Judy served as 2005 president and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America and is a past president of the PRSA Foundation, received the 2010 Gold Anvil Award from PRSA, among many other honors, and frequently writes and speaks on public relations and marketing issues.
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.
Stephanie Stevenson is currently a third-year Ph.D. student and enrolled in the Women's Studies Certificate Program at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). Additionally, Stephanie is in her second-year as a graduate instructor in the American Studies department at UMCP, the same program where she received her B.A. (with Honors) in 2010. As a doctoral student she has directed and facilitated a three-year longitudinal ethnographic study (2010-2013) and in-school mentoring program with black middle school girls in Southwest Baltimore City, MD. Here she collaborates with the students to help them develop practical and sustainable strategies to foster their healthy social, academic, and sexual development. Stephanie has presented her work at UCLA, Brunel Univeristy (UK), and in Baltimore at the 2011 American Studies Association Conference. She is a proud alumna of UMCP’s Women’s Studies Study Abroad Program in Trinidad & Tobago (Winter 2010), the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Federal Semester Program. In the spring 2009 semester, she interned on Capitol Hill and was selected to introduce President Obama at a televised White House press conference advocating for increased Pell Grants for college students from low to middle socio-economic statuses.
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.
Teresa Eyet is a seasoned professional with a broad skill set. She has worked in the retail, computer software, human resources, and television production fields. Prior to joining AHCA in June of 2005, Teresa enjoyed a long career as a television producer and researcher specializing in programs that both educate and entertain. Her programs have aired on Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel & Living, and Discovery Wings as well as numerous non-broadcast credits. Since joining AHCA in 2005, Teresa has strived to continually research and develop professional development programming that is forward thinking and engaging. Teresa facilitated the development of the curriculum for the Quality Symposium; the newest national professional development offering from AHCA. Teresa has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s Degree in producing for Film and Television from the American University in Washington, DC. Teresa achieved her IOM (Institute for Organizational Management) credentials from the US Chamber of Commerce and is a candidate for the CAE (Certified Association Executive) offered through the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In addition to her career in association management, Teresa satisfies her entrepreneurial and health and wellness interests by building a personal franchise with Arbonne International. She is a District Manager with Arbonne and enjoys the opportunity to help her clients lighten their toxic load by choosing health and wellness products that are pure, safe, beneficial, vegan-certified and cruelty-free.
Jay Flounlacker is Chief Administrative Officer at The Health Management Academy where he is responsible for ongoing Academy research, information technology, member services and member collaborative projects. He has spent his 25 year health care career working with organizations that support both the payer and the provider markets. Prior to joining The Health Management Academy, he was Delivery Lead for IBM’s Healthcare Strategy and Transformation consulting practice. IBM’s healthcare consulting practice works with 18 of the top 20 US health systems, 12 of the top 13 US health plans, and 18 of the top 20 biotechnology companies. His work at IBM focused on large business and system transformation projects, as well as assessment and planning for the ICD-10 implementation and conversion. Before joining IBM, Mr. Flounlacker was Senior Vice President for Administration at ReGen Biologics, a tissue-engineering company that designs, develops and manufactures minimally invasive implants and medical devices for the repair and regeneration of damaged or degenerating cartilage, where he was responsible for manufacturing, operations and ReGen’s international subsidiary, ReGen AG in Lucerne, Switzerland. Before joining ReGen, he was Vice President of Service Delivery for DST Health Solutions, a business process outsourcing (BPO) and application services provider (ASP) to the healthcare industry, where he had responsibility for solution consulting, implementation, call center support, and the corporate Program Management Office (PMO). His diverse background also includes leadership and executive positions with consulting and software companies, including First Consulting Group, APACHE Medical Systems, SoftMed Systems, and EDS. He earned his M.B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, where he served in 2011as the Alumni Board Representative for the College of Arts & Humanities.
Domonique Foxworth, as a sports-loving boy growing up in Randallstown, Md., outside Baltimore, he dreamed of one day making the NFL. He saw that dream realized in 2005 when the Denver Broncos drafted him. He spent three seasons with the team and another with the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. Following a knee injury, he was cut from the Ravens in early 2012. But long before his playing career ended, Foxworth found the full measure of his success lay far beyond the gridiron. He was unanimously elected president of the NFL Players Association in 2012. He was first elected to the NFLPA as a player representative in 2007, when he became one of the youngest vice presidents ever to be voted onto the executive committe and he played a pivotal role in ending the 2011 NFL lockout. Domonique has raised funds to renovate a teen center in honor of a slain Bronco teammate, received the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award from the Denver Broncos, and earned the Tim Wheatley Award from the Baltimore Sun in 2010 for his focus on youth-centered community organizations.
Jeremy Goldman is a father, husband, actor, singer, and attorney. Jeremy grew up in Howard County, MD. He arrived at the University of Maryland in 1996, by way of Centennial High School, as a recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. Jeremy received his B.A. in 2000 with a major in Theater Performance after performing in numerous campus productions, including Once On This Island, Dangerous Liaisons, The World Goes ‘Round, Anything Goes, and The Cave Dwellers. While at UMD, Jeremy was a member of the campus sketch comedy group, Sketchup, and served on the Administering Council for Theatre (A.C.T.). Upon graduating, Jeremy was cast in Round House Theater’s production of The Fantasticks, and then as Alexander in The Kennedy Center’s national touring production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. For next few years, Jeremy worked in several law firms in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, including Clifford Chance, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston; at the same time Jeremy created and sang with the professional acappella group, Staticflow. He eventually made the decision to attend law school at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and received his J.D. in 2009 with areas of concentration in both Business Law and Intellectual Property. In 2010, Jeremy received the Young Attorney Writing Award for his article published in the ABA’s Public Contract Law Journal, “New FAR Rule on Compliance Programs and Ethics.” Today, Jeremy runs a solo law practice in Columbia, MD called JAG Legal Services, works at Northrop Grumman where he specializes in intellectual property licensing, and serves as President of the Board of Directors at Bet Yeladim Preschool in Columbia, MD. But despite all that, Jeremy’s two proudest accomplishments will always be marrying his college sweetheart, Allison ’99 (B.S. Early Childhood Education), and his two children (now ages 7 and 4). They reside in Howard County, MD.
Doug Schulkin founded GuyRilla Marketing Group in 2009. His passion to connect, educate and inspire entrepreneurs is the driving force behind GuyRilla’s success. He also founded and sold Status Flow, a lacrosse-lifestyle clothing company now based in New York, NY. Via Status Flow, he worked directly with a number of lacrosse teams and programs throughout the country, including the national governing body of the sport, U.S. Lacrosse. Status Flow has been featured by nationally recognized publications such as Thrillist, Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Playground, Baltimore Magazine, and Harvard Crimson. Doug graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Communication, where he studied in the public relations track. While there, he was elected president of the club lacrosse team. Under his leadership, the team played two national title games and earned an undefeated national championship season. Doug lives just over the Maryland line in Shrewrsbury, PA, with his wife, Rory, a 2009 alumna (Public Health), and enjoys lacrosse, flag football, swimming, golfing, mountain biking, running, and everything else under the sun.
Mary R. Wise is a Senior Communications Manager at Fannie Mae, where she designs and develops e-learning courses for mortgage professionals. Before moving to her current position, Mary was Senior Manager of Technical Communication at Manugistics, Inc., where she directed the development of documentation for the company’s supply chain management software products. She has over 20 years experience in technical communication and is an accomplished facilitator and speaker. Mary is a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Technical Communication, a worldwide organization of technical writers, editors, web designers, and illustrators. Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Maryland, Mary feels her background as a circus clown prepared her well for both her corporate jobs.