The Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board seeks to design, develop, and implement alumni programs and services that foster lifelong connections among graduates and students of the university. Members include:
Carlos Acosta ’85, ’91 M.A. English
Douglas Schulkin ’06 Communication (Public Relations Track)
Board of Governors Representative
Michael Olmert ’62, ’80 Ph.D. English
Courtney Cook ’08 English/Women's Studies, ’18 Ph.D. Women's Studies
Graduate Student Representative
Meredith Guerinot ’17 Communication
Undergraduate Student Representative
Aldo Bello ’95 M.A. Radio/TV/Film
Ellen Coren ’76 Communication
Kevin Davis ’02, ’07 M.A. English
Lauren Faulkner ’11 Communication
Rosanna Haddad ’04 Communication
Josh Laredo ’12 Communication
Jamie Lee, ’13 English/Journalism
Karen Nasuti ’73 Design & Advertising
Veronica Segovia de Bedon, ’04 Communication
Kelsey Shields, ’13 English/Economics
The board supports the College’s signature career networking event for students, Access2Alumni, as well as other initiatives.
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. While at Maryland, he was heavily involved in the student judicial systems (traffic appeals board, judicial board) and was the Campus Advocate prosecuting academic dishonesty. Carlos’ wife, Ann-Marie, also graduated from Maryland and they have three kids.
Douglas 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.
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.
Courtney Cook is a PhD student in the Department of Women's Studies. Her research interests include black girlhood and issues around privilege, leadership and mentoring. Currently, she acts as the Women's Studies Graduate Student Government's Historian, Dean's Representative and GSG Representative. As an undergraduate at Maryland, she was the Vice President and Historian for her sorority and a Peer Educator with S.H.A.R.E. After graduating she worked in the nonprofit sector and earned her M.S. from The New School in Nonprofit Management. Now that she has returned to the University of Maryland, she looks forward to helping undergraduates find their paths.
Meredith Guerinot is a senior Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. Last year she served as the Undergraduate Communication Association's President. Meredith is an ARHU Ambassador, a group of student leaders who assist with recruitment events and foster connections to help first-year student’s transition to academic and campus life. She works as a Community Assistant in Prince Frederick Hall and is a CIVICUS alumna, a two-year living-learning program built on five themes of civil society: citizenship, leadership, community-service, diversity, and scholarship. Meredith is a proud third generation Terp.
Aldo Bello formed Mind & Media, Inc., a full-service communication and media agency based in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Marilyn Finnemore in 1994. They envisioned a place where they could offer clients excellent communication products and services that make a measurable change in organizations, communities, and our world. In 2012, Bello received the "Humanitarian Award" from Americans for Immigrant Justice. His documentary film, "What Happened", about the DotCom 1.0 era (1995-2000 market crash), won multiple awards and received industry-wide recognition. His most recent film, DREAM: An American Story, uses the story of Juan Gomez as a lens with which to view the young immigrant activists known as "Dreamers." The film won two Regional Emmy Awards. He earned his Master's degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s in English from Virginia Tech.
Ellen Coren 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. She graduated from Maryland in 1976 with a BA in Communications. She is a huge Terps basketball fan and has a love/hate relationship with the Redskins. Ellen has served in leadership positions for a number of nonprofits and currently with Ryan Kerrigan Foundation, Sulam education nonprofit and Committee for Montgomery. She is the proud mom of two 22 year-old sons who are both gainfully employed in their chosen careers.
Kevin Davis is a litigation attorney at the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He represents individual and corporate clients in a diverse range of matters in state and federal courts across the country. In particular, Mr. Davis has substantial experience representing and advising exempt organizations, including charities, labor organizations, and trade associations in complex litigation, bankruptcy, and regulatory matters. Kevin is a double Terrapin with a BA (2002) and MA (2007) in English. He is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Kevin lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of DC with his wife, Jane, who is also a double Terrapin ('03 and '04) and 17 month-old son, Reid.
Lauren Faulkner is the University Relations Recruiter at General Dynamics and is PHR certified. Prior to this, she was a Corporate Recruiter at Centric Business Systems, recruiting and hiring professionals for the B2B consultative outside sales. As a 2011 Communication major and Leadership minor, she has been able to grow her career in HR and Sales for companies with outstanding awards and growth. At Maryland, she was a tour guide, Equestrian Team President, and ARHU Ambassador on the Dean’s Advisory Board. Lauren embodies the principals of rhetoric in the business world. In 2014 she recorded a record number of hires for Centric. Her three years with the company made a major impact to the company’s growth and success by identifying driven and competitive individuals motivated by success, as well as coaching young professionals through the interview process and their career development. Her hometown is Cockeysville, MD, but she now lives with her husband, Preston (’09), in Columbia, MD.
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 marketing and communications plans as well as the external branding of Dovel. Prior to this position, Rosanna served as the Proposal Manager, 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. While at Forrester, Rosanna served as Team Leader and event committee member of the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Real Estate Games. She has a degree in Communications from Maryland and served two consecutive terms as President of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. She was inducted into the Kalegathos Society, a society that recognizes individuals for their contributions to the quality of life in their chapter and the Greek community. Rosanna was born, raised, and currently resides in Montgomery County.
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. 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.
Jamie Lee is a consultant at Deloitte, where she focuses on change management, organizational strategy, and strategic communications initiatives for Fortune 500 clients. She was previously a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where her work included projects in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The education and experiences she had as an English major 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 passionate about Arts and Humanities alumni representation in her field.
Karen Nasuti has been in creative as well as management and client service for her entire career. She's personally involved in all parts of her business. Part of the reason she and her husband started their agency was so they could do the work, not just manage the people who do the work. They have a staff of senior talent, all loaded with hospitality experience. Karen says, "If big-name clients matter, we've worked with Marriott, Hershey Resorts, The Madison in Washington, D.C., the Harbor Court in Baltimore, the Pier House in Key West and Sunset at the Palms in Negril. And lots of others. And if awards matter, we've won a lot."
Veronica Segovia de Bedon is an advisor at AARP on their newly organized Multicultural Leadership team, integrating multicultural into the design, work, and communication across the organization. Her focus is on the U.S. Hispanic audience. She has been working in digital and social media marketing since 2008 and has experience working with audiences for non-profit, consumer package goods, corporate, entertainment and employment branding. Prior to joining AARP, she established and managed the employment brand for Vocus. Veronica grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a degree in Communications and a concentration of Public Relations. While at Maryland, she was an active member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. She lives in Washington, DC.
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.