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 12, 2016. Some familiar faces from this line-up are back this year as well as new alumni participants. Check back often for updates on 2016 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
- Katherine Friedgen ʼ10 Studio Art, Front End Developer, Anthropologie
- Francie Hester ʼ94 M.F.A. Studio Art, Artist
- Karen Nasuti ʼ73 Design & Advertising, Co-owner, Nasuti and Hinkle
ARTS & CULTURE MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Carolyn Bain ʼ07 Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies, Owner and President, Bain Pugh & Associates
- Debbie Ellinghaus ʼ96 Speech Communication, Managing Director, Olney Theater
- Jeremy Flick ʼ09 M.F.A. Fine Arts, Membership Director, Washington Project for the Arts
- Kenneth Lewis ʼ81 Theatre, Production Manager, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
- Ryan Merkel ʼ10 Communication, Manager of Individual Giving, Newseum
- Adam Shapiro ʼ02 Theatre, Actor and Director -KEYNOTE SPEAKER-
ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- BJ Corriveau ʼ81 Radio/TV/Film, Vice President, Radio Operations, National Association of Broadcasters
- Teresa Eyet ʼ92 English, Senior Director, Conference Programming & Educational Development, American Health Care Association
- Karen Reid ʼ77 M.A. Speech and Dramatic Arts, Executive Vice President of Product Development, Worldwide ERC
- Lucinda Schofer ʼ91 Communication, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Chemical Distributors
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ROUNDTABLE
- Arlet Koseian-Beckham ʼ04 Communication, Owner, Extend Yoga
- Barry Toser ʼ80 Radio/TV/Film, President, TNT Advisory Group
- Pattie Yu ʼ82 M.A. Communication, Principal, The Yu Crew, LLC
DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA
- Rosanna Haddad ʼ04 Communication, Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications, Dovel Technologies
- Veronica Segovia ʼ04 Communication, Project Coordinator, AARP Social Media Studio
- Grace Wahlbrink ʼ11 Communication, Executive Director for Marketing and Communication, Nivek Events
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)
- Patty Cousins ʼ87 English, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Marriott International, Inc.
- Jim Gianiny ʼ89 Journalism, President, Democracy Data and Communication
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ROUNDTABLE
- Carlos Acosta ʼ85, ʼ91 M.A. English, Inspector General, Prince George's Police Department
- Matthew Wasniewski ʼ04 Ph.D. History, Historian, US House of Representatives
- Halima Adenegan ʼ11 Economics/Philosphy, Legal Advisor, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education
- Tom Antisdel ʼ94 Chinese Language and Literature, Managing Director, AlixPartners
- Abigail Bortnick Kopstein ʼ03 Theatre, Counsel, King & Spalding
- Charles Hirsch ʼ83 History, Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP
- Kenneth Minesinger ʼ87, English, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Energy & Natural Resources Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Carl Settlemyer ʼ86 English/Philosophy, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
MARKETING AND SALES ROUNDTABLE
- Danielle Daly ʼ06 Communication, Senior Manager, Global Communications and Entertainement, Under Armour
- 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
- John Kelly ʼ84 English, Columnist, The Washington Post
- Bryan Nehman ʼ96 History, Morning News Anchor, WBAL
- Michael Olmert ʼ62, ʼ80 Ph.D. English, Professor/Playwright/Author/Screenwriter
NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE
- Shara Boonshaft ʼ98 Women's Studies, Director of Development and Stewardship, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
- Robin Chiddo ʼ06 Communication, Founder and President, Love Blanket Project
- Susan Schaefer ʼ94 English, Principal, Resource Partners
PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATION ROUNDTABLE
- Ellen Bogage ʼ76 Speech Communication, President and CEO, Chesapeake Public Strategies
- Jamie Lee ʼ13 English/Journalism, Consultant, Deloitte
- John Beckham ʼ04 Philosophy, Senior Account Executive, Dataprise
- Eirik Cooper ʼ09 Musicology, Program Manager, CyberData Technologies, Inc.
- John Dvorak ʼ94 English, Chief Technology Officer, Information Innovators, Inc.
- Bob Krantz ʼ02 Communication, CEO and Co-founder, Mindseye Solutions, Inc.
WRITING, EDITING & PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE
- Crystal Brumme Kimball ʼ86 English, Owner and Publisher, The Equiery
- Rebecca Coleman ʼ07 English, Novelist
- Abigail Shantzis ʼ14 English, ʼ16 Higher Education Admin., University of Maryland, Graduate Assistant Advisor and Writing Tutor
- Kelsey Shields ʼ13 English/Economics, Top 5 Program Coordinator, Federal Aviation Administration
- Blair Barrett ʼ02 English, Deputy Program Manager, FAA Safety Support, SENTEL Corporation
- Juliette Ebert ʼ12 Theatre, Performer, Disney Cruise Line
- 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
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.
Katharine Friedgen: web designer and developer by day, photographer and artist by night. While helping shape the front-end of the ecommerce site Anthropologie.com, Katharine also freelance designs and develops websites and brand identities for small companies, private businesses, and entrepreneurs. When she's not working, you can find her training for her next run or ride, working on her blog, or out with friends exploring a myriad of entertainments in Philadelphia. While a student at the University of Maryland, Katharine was a member of the all-female a cappella group The Treblemakers as well as Omicron Delta Kappa. She studied abroad for a semester in her junior year at Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy where she studied Italian Language, Art History, Photography, and Advanced Drawing. Her senior year she was selected to be a part of the Honors Program and when she wasn't working with her advisor Dawn Gavin, she could usually be found in the Graphic Design department trying to perfect the latest assignment from ABC (Audra Buck-Coleman) - an impossible feat as any UMD Design student knows.
Francie Hester has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including the World Bank, Freddie Mac, Capital One, KPMG, and the International Monetary Fund. She has received honorary grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, Maryland. Hester’s commissioned works include a 1996 piece for the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International and an 18-foot atrium piece for the Chicago Kent College of Law. In addition, she has created large-scale sculptural aluminum paintings for ASHA, Booz Allen Hamilton and National Endowment for the Arts Member Benefits. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her family.
Carolyn Bain, Ph.D. is president of award-winning media and creative services firm, Bain Pugh & Associates, Inc. of Bethesda, MD. Her firm produces high-impact stories for information technology clients and the U.S. military. Her signature work maximizes graphic design, talent direction, and cinematic lighting. Before starting a career in media, Carolyn served as Associate Professor with tenure and Head of Theatre at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In 2007, Carolyn completed her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a fellow of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and the Clara and Robert Vambery Foundation. Her academic work uses media as both research tool and scholarly product. Her research focuses on the eventification of celebrity and the commodification of identity. Currently, she is co-producing a series of master classes on media producing for the organization, Women in Film and Video (WIFV). She speaks at UMD on non-academic career paths for graduate students.
Debbie Ellinghaus '96 (Speech Communication) joined Olney Theatre Center as Managing Director in August 2014. At Olney, she partners with Artistic Director Jason Loewith to lead the staff and execute the mission and vision of the Theatre. She is also the primary liaison to Olney Theatre's Board of Directors, of which she is a member. Olney Theatre, now in its 78th season, is an award-winning, year-round, professional arts organization that produces new and contemporary work, musicals and plays, classics from the national and international canon, and well-known, family-friendly titles. Prior to her appointment at Olney, she was Director of Development at the University of Maryland, College of Arts and Humanities, where she helped to raise major gifts to help advance student scholarship and academic programming. From 2005-2011, she was the Senior Associate Director of Development at Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT. At Yale, she was part of a university-wide campaign that raised more than $3.8 billion and included transformational gifts for Yale Rep from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Robina Foundation, which established the Binger Center for New Theatre. Additionally, she raised funds for scholarship, theatrical productions and facilities. Other professional credits include Director of Development at Jean Cocteau Repertory and positions at the Guggenheim Museum, the Cathedral School, the Epiphany School, and the International Management Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Maryland (College Park) and is a graduate of the New Actors Workshop, where she studied with George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills. Since 2013, Ms. Ellinghaus has served as Chair of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, a not-for-profit organization that helps to preserve the cultural significance of Merriweather Post Pavilion and provides support to other arts and culture organizations in Columbia, MD. Past volunteer work includes board positions on the Inner Arbor Trust and the Howard County Board of Health.
Jeremy Flick is a Washington, DC based Arts Administrator, Artist, and Educator. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) and his MFA from the University of Maryland (College Park, MD). He is currently the Membership Director of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), the largest visual arts-based membership organization in the Washington, DC region where he serves as the lead marketing and membership strategist. He is responsible for the administrative management and oversight of WPA’s membership database and services as well as overseeing strategic planning and execution of all membership initiatives, programming, communications, and marketing. 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 (New York City), Heiner Contemporary Art (Washington, DC), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Aqua Art Miami (Miami, FL), Conner Contemporary Art (Washington, DC), and the Runnels Art Gallery (Portales, NM) among others. Additionally, he currently serves as Adjunct Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Montgomery College (Takoma Park, MD). His previous roles have included Assistant Director at CONNERSMITH (Washington, DC), Coordinator of the (e)merge art fair (Washington, DC), and Professional Lecturer at George Washington University (Washington, DC).
Ryan E. Merkel is currently the Manager for Individual Giving at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. Ryan’s work includes cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of midrange and major donors, we well as special event coordination and identification of potential institutional partners. Previously, Ryan was a major gift officer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has worked for the National Symphony Orchestra. 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 for COMM107, Principles of Oral Communication, 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.
Adam Shapiro is an actor and director who recently appeared in Universal’s Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle. He can also be seen in the movies Now You See Me (2013) and A Single Man (2009). Adam co-founded the IAMA Theatre Company in 2007, one of LA’s top intimate theaters. “Shappy” as he’s known to his friends, grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA and studied Theatre at the University of Maryland. At UMD, he was greatly influenced by his involvement with Sketchup, a sketch comedy group. Adam describes the experience as being as close to the Hollywood process as it gets: making something out of nothing and doing it on time and on budget (which for Sketchup was zero dollars, zero cents). Adam’s first professional job was a steakhouse commercial in Baltimore while a student at UMD. The job paid $800 and $600 went to SAG to join the union. After college, he moved to LA with nothing but a Toyota Corolla, a loaf of mandel bread, and a dream. Adam worked every odd job under the sun—production assistant for Survivor and Amazing Race, headshot filer at a film casting office, Hebrew school teacher, caterer, office mover, Andy Dick’s assistant, and more. Adam finally booked a national T-Mobile commercial which turned into an 8-year run of over 75 national commercials. He has had a wide variety of guest appearances on shows such as Bones, CSI Cyber, and The Mindy Project. He also played Dr. Metzger in the Netflix series Sense8 directed by the Wachowskis. This year, Adam will be seen on the upcoming seasons of Kingdom (DirecTV) and Grace & Frankie (Netflix). Adam is married to Katie Lowes known for her role in ABC’s Scandal (2012-present) as Quinn Perkins.
By way of the Garden State, BJ Corriveau came to the Washington area to attend college at the University of Maryland, College Park. Armed with a BA and her programming and on-air experience at campus radio station WMUC, she parlayed her love of music into working on-air and behind the scenes at MD, VA and DC area radio stations (WRQX, WLMD, WETT, WWTR, WWDC and WJFK). BJ then served the radio industry by working in membership sales and services for the National Association of Broadcasters which she rejoined in June of 2011 as the Vice President of Radio Operations. During the 13 years BJ was away from the National Association of Broadcasters, she operated a small sports-focused event business, managed the business operations for Broadcasters Child Development Center and led the community relations department and charitable foundation for the Washington Redskins. BJ has been recognized by Radio Ink magazine the past three years as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio. She was featured as a “change agent” in Pam Erickson’s book You First, Me Second: Getting to the Heart of Social Responsibility. BJ sits on the board of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now, Greater DC. BJ lives with her husband and son in Silver Spring, MD, where they enjoy movies, music, the beach and just hanging out.
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 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. 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. During her time as a University of Maryland undergraduate, Teresa was active in her sorority – Alpha Delta Pi – and the Panhellenic Association. She worked on campus in the Office of Student Affairs, the Campus Parking Office, and at the University Alumni Association. Teresa met her husband at Maryland and they are raising two teenage TERP fans. Her family are season ticket holders for both football and men’s basketball.
Lucinda Schofer currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). She was promoted to this position in January 2014 from Vice President, Marketing and Member Programs. NACD is a Washington, DC-based trade association with over 420 member companies that are committed to product stewardship and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal through compliance with the NACD Responsible Distribution® program. As COO, Lucinda has responsibility for the internal operations of NACD. She ensures integrity of the financial, IT, and HR systems and adherence to business processes customarily accepted in the 501(c)(6) environments. She serves as Deputy Secretary of the NACD Board of Directors. She is also responsible for the marketing and member programs and communications divisions including membership, strategic partnerships, and the association’s educational and conference offerings. Prior to NACD, Lucinda worked for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) as Director of Marketing supervising the development and management of major conferences, network meetings, workshops, and sponsorship programs. In addition, she directed ACC’s product sales through an online store to members and other audiences, specifically in the areas of economics, industry statistics, training, Responsible Care®, community outreach, emergency response, and compliance assistance. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Maryland. While at Maryland she was a campus tour guide with Maryland Images, worked in the Office of General Counsel, and was a member Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
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.
A nationally recognized PR veteran, Pattie is passionate about programs with purpose. After building health, travel and diversity practices as Porter/Novelli’s youngest VP, she was recruited to Fleishman Hillard, became partner, launched their social marketing/health and association practices. She later co-founded and grew GYMR to a top ten independent PR agency. She launched theYucrew five years ago, working with a virtual team on the AIDS Quilt, the first Children’s National Race for Every Child, and World Thrombosis Day. 2015 was a record winning year for theYucrew including PRSA’s Silver Anvil, (Oscar in the industry), four ASAE awards including Overall Gold Circle Award, PRSA’s Best in Maryland Public Service and Best of Show. A past WWPR Woman of the Year and Inside PR’s “Top 10 Minority Agency Leaders Nationwide,” Pattie speaks and writes on PR topics and judges communications competitions. Pattie holds a B.S. in journalism, M.A. in communications and returns to her alma mater to critique undergrad portfolios. She won an AEJ scholarship at Redbook, was nominated as one of UMCP’s outstanding graduate students, and worked at University Relations. Giving back is in her DNA. She volunteers at Mt. Pediatric Washington Hospital and Bright Beginnings, combining her passions of photography and cooking.
Rosanna Haddad is the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Dovel Technologies, a technology firm that empowers customer missions with innovative technology solutions. Rosanna manages the marketing and communications plan for the strategic initiatives of the company as well as manages the external branding of Dovel in various industry trade associations through sponsorships and utilizing subject matter experts for speaking engagements. Prior to this position, Rosanna served as the Proposal Manager at Dovel, where she managed, wrote, and coordinated proposals for various government agencies. Before joining the Dovel team, Rosanna worked in the commercial construction industry for nine years 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. Go TERPS!
Veronica Segovia is a project coordinator at AARP on their newly organized Studios team, focusing on social media and video. She has been managing social media channels 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 attended the University of Maryland, College Park from 2000-2004. She lives in Washington, DC.
Grace Wahlbrink is executive director of marketing and communication for Nivek Events, an event management startup. As employee number three in a rapidly growing business, Grace's responsibilities range from social advertising, community management, digital project management and event logistics. Prior to Nivek Events, Grace worked at Edelman as an account supervisor, where she developed and executed on digital strategy for clients in the health space. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in communications, where she was president of the local chapter of the Public Relations Students Society of America. Grace was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and had a one-semester stint playing ultimate frisbee.
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.
Patty Cousins is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Labor & Employment with Marriott International Inc., which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Marriott employs nearly 200,000 associates globally as a leading lodging company with more than 4,400 hotel properties in 87 countries and territories. Ms. Cousins oversee three employment law attorneys. Her team 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’s senior leaders on key human resources developments and initiatives. Prior to joining 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.
Jim Gianiny serves as President of DDC and oversees all business operations. Under his 20 years of leadership, DDC has been celebrated as one of the fastest-growing public affairs firms in the country and was recently acquired by Omnicom. With a career dedicated to issue advocacy, Jim has been recognized as an innovator in designing and implementing some of the most sophisticated advocacy campaigns in existence today. Prior to launching DDC, Jim was a founding member of The Direct Impact Company—today the grassroots arm of Burson-Marsteller. He graduated from the University of Maryland and lives with his wife and son in Alexandria, Virginia.
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.
Matt Wasniewski is the Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to his appointment as Historian by House leadership in 2010, Matt served nearly a decade as a historical editor and manager in the House Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation. He is the editor of a series of congressionally mandated volumes on women, African Americans, and Hispanics who have served in Congress, and he helped create the House’s oral history program. Matt is a past president of the Society for History in the Federal Government (2011–2012). He earned a BA in history and journalism and a MA in history from James Madison University; he holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Halima Adenegan is the Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. She will earn her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in May 2016. With a passion for education reform and civil rights, Halima interned with organizations such as, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, NAACP, D.C. Public Schools, and the National Urban League. Halima graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in May 2015 and is now licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. Halima is also the Founder and Executive Director of Imara Roose Inc., a 501(c)(3) after-school mentoring program, operating at her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. She established this program during her senior year at the University of Maryland—where she graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy in December 2011. During her time at UMD, Halima was actively engaged in campus life and participated in Access2Alumni; where she met her now mentor.
Tom Antisdel is a Managing Director in AlixPartners' Information Management Systems practice, where he provides consulting and technical services for Litigation & Investigation matters. He joined the Washington, DC office in 2010 and has advised many of the world's largest law firms and companies in connection with a wide variety of high-stakes engagements. Throughout his 15 years providing litigation and investigation consulting services, Tom has assisted with a wide variety of litiigation and arbitration matters, as well as various criminal, civil, regulatory, legislative and internal investigations. Tom holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was selected to become a member of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He also has a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Tom is a published author, and he presents regularly on topics covering electronic discovery, Technology Assisted Review, data analytics, data privacy, information lifecycle governance, cybersecurity and China. He also is a regular Meals on Wheels volunteer, competitive endurance athlete and dual citizen of the United States and the European Union (Ireland).
Abigail Bortnick Kopstein is an attorney at King & Spalding, where she has practiced white collar criminal defense for almost 10 years (or 9 years when she accounts for 2 maternity leaves!). Her practice focuses on white collar criminal litigation, government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. She has subject matter experience in a number of areas including anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, e-discovery, banking fraud, drug and medical device regulation, and civil and criminal fraud. She also actively participates in firm life by recruiting, mentoring junior associates, and completing the prestigious year-long Women’s Leadership Forum. While at UMD, Abigail earned her B.A. in theatre performance, was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, was a proud Imager (tour guide), and was involved with Legal Aid, Senior Council, and ODK. She recently completed four years of service on the Alumni Association Board of Governors. She currently resides in Potomac, MD with her husband Greg, and their two children, Kelyn (3) and Brody (6 months).
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.
Carl Settlemyer is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Advertising Practices. Since joining the FTC in 2006, Carl has focused primarily on online advertising practices and issues involving digital goods and services, privacy, online reputation management, and native advertising. He started his legal career in private practice in 1994, specializing in copyright and trademark matters, after earning his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served for several years as President of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Carl earned B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1986, and received his M.A. in English from UMCP in 1993. While at UMCP, he sang with a local rock band, plastered the campus with fliers, worked at a video club, commuted to campus from Rockville after living in Belair dorm in his freshman year, read too much Beckett and Heidegger, spent many nights at the 9:30 Club, spent many afternoons reading the City Paper, and received numerous parking tickets.
Danielle Daly is the Senior Manager of Global Communications and entertainment at Under Armour, Inc. A New Jersey-native, she has over 10 years of experience in the communications field, nine of which have been spent at Under Armour. In her role, Danielle is responsible for amplifying Under Armour‘s brand awareness by strategizing, developing and communicating consistent and disruptive messaging through external and internal channels. She focuses on elevating key brand stories around global campaigns, product innovation, and sport-specific categories such as football, basketball, Olympics, collegiate athletics, golf, tennis, training and entertainment. Danielle holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland (2006). During her time as a Terp, Danielle participated in the Sports and Society Living and Learning Program, served on Senior Council, held an executive position with Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Additionally, she channeled her love of sports and her major in communications into an internship with the UMD Athletic Department Media Relations, acting as one of the student SID’s for Football and Basketball. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, Eric and in her free time, can often be found on the sidelines of UMD football games, wildly cheering on her Terps… Let’s GOOO, Maryland!
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 brands such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev), Bank of America, CSN, Gatorade, Microsoft, Papa John’s and REMAX to name a few) and additional responsibilities incude new business development. Starting in 1987, Nancy has previously held several positions with AMC Theaters wholly owned subsidiary, National Cinema Network (Now National Cinemedia), her last of which was her position 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 is a graduate of the University of Maryland and earned her Bachelors in Communication. She resides in Northern Virginia and has a son Brandon (22) and daughter Bailey (18).
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.
"John Kelly’s Washington,” since 2004, has been shining the light on Washington's less-famous side. The author of this eponymous column in the Washington Post, alumnus John Kelly ’84, began his career began in the publications department of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. After two years as a freelance writer, he joined the Post full time in 1989, when he was hired as deputy editor of the Weekend section. In 2000, he founded KidsPost, a daily page that explains world events to 8- to 12-year-olds. Three years later, he joined the Metro section as a general assignment reporter. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. In 2012, Kelly’s Monkees cover band, the Stepping Stones, placed first in Journopalooza, a battle of media musical groups in D.C. Kelly received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Humanities—an experience he touched on in one of his columns with his trademark wit. He gave props to the university, the College and his major (“there’s no better preparation for a life spent writing than four years spent reading”) and ended with this salvo: “As Jean-Paul Sarte said, ‘Words are loaded pistols.’ Thank you to the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities for providing me with plenty of ammunition.”
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.
Shara Boonshaft is the Director of Development & Stewardship for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), a nonprofit whose mission is to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults (15 to 39), and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. In that role, she serves as the chief fundraising officer for the organization and has responsibility for major gifts, sustaining gift programs, grant writing, strategic partnerships, and donor relations, among others. Prior to joining UCF, Shara practiced law for 10 years in Washington, D.C., most recently at Covington & Burling LLP where she represented corporate policyholders against insurance companies and maintained an active pro bono practice. After graduating from UMCP summa cum laude with a degree in Women’s Studies in 1998, she attended University of Maryland School of Law and graduated Order of the Coif in 2002. She remains active with the law school and currently serves on its Alumni Board. Shara resides in Baltimore City, loves watching MD basketball, and is a proud Double Terp.
Robin Chiddo ’06, University of Maryland graduate in Communication Studies. Robin currently is the Associate Director of Business Development for the University of Maryland Alumni Association. She is an experienced professional able to develop and manage productive long term relationships and has a successful track record in business development, fundraising, event management, strategic planning and execution. Additionally, Robin founded The Love Blanket Project, www.loveblanketproject.org, which is a charitable organization that accepts T-shirt and monetary donations, partners with the Deaf Initiatives, an organization that creates blankets using the T-shirts, and donates the blankets to hospitals to help children and adults living with illness. Once created, the blankets are then donated to hospitals and organizations such as the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Children's National Health System. In this way, the Love Blanket Project helps to support employment opportunities for members of the Deaf community as well as providing blankets to those that need them most. Robin is a Lifetime member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association, a building donor of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, member of the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund and a basketball season ticket holder for the past 20 years.
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.
Ellen Coren Bogage, 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. Bogage 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.
John Beckham is a Senior Account Executive at Dataprise, an IT solutions and consulting firm located in Rockville, Maryland. John works with small and mid-sized business owners throughout the mid-Atlantic to strategically use technology to grow their businesses. Over the past 4 years, he has generated over $5,000,000 in new business revenue, has won the Excellence in Service award, Business Development award, and is a repeat Presidents Club member. He also produced a CMJ College Radio charting album. He is an avid basketball fan and enjoys spending time with his wife Arlet, who is also a Terp alumnus. John grew up in Berwyn Heights and spent his childhood running around College Park before graduating in 2004 with a degree in Philosophy.
Eirik Cooper, CISSP, CISA is a Program Manager for CyberData Technologies, a woman IT services company supporting Federal and State government agencies. His primary duties is managing IT Security, Networking, Web, and Database teams on their largest contract supporting the National Centers for Environmental Prediction Central Operations - a part of NOAA's National Weather Service located at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction facility at the M-Square research park in College Park, MD. Eirik and his wife, Brenda (also an ARHU alum '96 - B.A. English) met as members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band and were married in the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel. Eirik and Brenda continue their relationship with the University of Maryland as active alumni. They are life members of the Alumni Association, subscribers at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Terrapin Club members, season ticket holders and avid supporters for Football, Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, and others. Eirik and Brenda have established a scholarship supporting wind, brass, and percussion students of the school of music in the hopes that students will have the opportunity to have similar life-changing experiences they had while they participated in the various band programs. Eirik is an active volunteer at several areas across campus. He serves as vice-chairperson on the Board of Visitors of the School of Music and also serves on the board for the Corporate Partners in Computing at the School of Computer Science. He also represents the University of Maryland Band Alumni Organization at the University of Maryland Alumni Association leadership council.
John Dvorak (ʾ94 English), who has 20 years of experience as a technology executive and innovator, enjoys blending private-industry best practice with his public sector experience. He is the chief technology officer for Triple-I, a provider of IT services to the federal government. Prior to joining Triple-i, he served in diverse roles at the FBI, including oversight of enterprise data management, analytic software development, IT service management, and enterprise engineering. He also served as the branch chief for network and engineering services at the National Institutes of Health, where he had primary oversight for the engineering, operations, and security of the NIH’s enterprise and datacenter networks. Before he joined the government, he was a CTO with a pioneering Internet service provider. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government program.
Bob Krantz is the founder and CEO of Mindseye Solutions an Arlington, Virginia based technology company. Bob is an innovative problem solver and, as CEO of Mindseye, is responsible for the vision and leadership of the company. Over the past 12 years, he has played a key role in helping organizations address their growing concerns related to information. Bob has experience in all aspects of information discovery and, serving in both sales and consulting roles, he has assisted companies in cases ranging from bet-the-company antitrust litigation and SEC investigations to internal and employment suits. He provides clients with innovative ways of establishing workflows, maximizing technology investments, and minimizing data volume by focusing on finding the key information that drives decisions that matter. In 2008, Bob co-founded Mindseye with two colleagues to create a technology company that provides companies with solutions to address growing data volumes by connecting the people who have knowledge with the information needed to make effective decisions. Under Bob’s leadership, Mindseye has seen steady growth and is poised to change how companies view and manage their information. Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he started on the offensive line for the University of Maryland Terrapins, an amazing experience that he credits with teaching him a lot about the importance of team goals, hard work, and competitiveness.
Crystal Brumme Kimball founded and publishes The Equiery, Maryland’s only all-breed, all-horse sport multi-media publication. She graduated from UMCP in 1986 with a B.A. in English, and experience on stage and behind the scenes in the Theatre department. Living in the Centreville dorm, watching the sunrise over the campus stables, she finally decided it was time to stop watching horses and start riding them, and thus she ended up joining University of Maryland Equestrian Team, which – thanks to Title 9 – had become a varsity sport. After graduation, she entered the Master’s program, during which she was a student teacher for UMCP’s Special Education Development Program, and worked in the theater department’s costume shop and in her family’s businesses. After the UMCP Equestrian Team, Crystal’s frustrating search for a new stable led her and a fellow Terp to launch The Equiery in 1990. Crystal serves on numerous ag-related state boards and advisory committees, and has helped to shape legislation and regulation that affects the horse industry. While at UMCP, she was also an occasional groupie for a local rock band, danced at the 9:30 club, read too much Beckett (but avoided Heidegger), spent many afternoons reading the City Paper and helping a classmate find his car in the parking lot, so he could avoid yet another parking ticket…
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.
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.
Juliette Ebert is a performer who has spent most of her career singing and dancing on a stage in the middle of the ocean with Disney Cruise Line. Over the last four years she has completed three contracts on board, serving for two contracts as dance captain. While with the cruise industry, she has visited 18 countries throughout the Baltic, the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, and Northern Europe. In between spending time at sea, she is a Zumba instructor and youth dance teacher, and can be found running the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with November Project DC on Wednesday mornings. As a student at UMD she was a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar, a SETA scholar, a board member of UTAS and Weekday Players, and a member of Unbound Dance Team. Upon graduating, she received the Charles B. Mchale Award for Excellence in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
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.