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
Lauren Faulkner, ’11 Communication
Jamie Lee, ’13 English/Journalism
Bob Krantz, ’02, Communication
Veronica Segovia, ’04 Communication
Abigail Shantzis, ’14 English
Kelsey Shields, ’13 English/Economics
Gabriel Thoumi, ’95 Art History/Studio Art
Grace Wahlbrink, ’11 Communication
The board supports the College’s signature career networking event for students, Access2Alumni, as well as other initiatives.
For more information, please contact Laura Brown, Assistant Dean of Development, at 301-405-6339.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Faulkner is 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 a company with outstanding awards and growth. Lauren is PHR certified. 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 have 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.
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.
Jamie Lee is a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Jamie works in the commercial practice unit and has already worked on a variety of important initiatives as a strategic communications and organizational strategy consultant. Her critical thinking and writing skills come into play each day as she helps others capture attention and raise awareness in today’s complex world. The education, experience, and career counseling she gained as an English student at Maryland provide a strong foundation for the work she does each day. Jamie excelled as a Maryland student and was involved in a number of extracurricular activities. 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. Prior to joining the Booz Allen commercial team, she worked for a Cabinet-level federal agency helping manage an IT implementation. Jamie is a true Terp, passionate about her field and already establishing a strong track record of professional success.
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.
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 has been an associate technical editor for SENTEL Corporation since graduating from UMD with a double degree in English and economics in 2013. She works on a contract with SENTEL that supports the development of safety policy for the Federal Aviation Administration. As the lead technical editor on the contract, Kelsey is responsible for ensuring the editorial integrity of all deliverables, including orders, safety guidance documents, briefings, and memos. When reviewing documents, she edits for grammatical accuracy, formatting consistency, and content clarity. Recently, Kelsey has begun serving the role of a program analyst for the contract, as well. She supports the management of a program that identifies and fixes the top hazards in the National Airspace System each fiscal year.
Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Certified Ecologist, LEED AP; works on the Environment, Water, and Climate Change Team integrating financial analysis with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. At Calvert, he engages corporations on the financial materiality of their sustainability practices including emissions reductions, greening supply chains, and sustainable land-use. Gabriel is appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative Investment Commission Board 2015-2017. He is also an Expert Reviewer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He represents Calvert as an Advisor to The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance where he is designing the Agriculture Supply Chain Adaptation Facility with Inter-American Development Bank. For the Natural Capital Declaration, he is Global Chair, Financial Instruments integration with natural capital work stream. He is a member of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative Model Guidance Advisory Group and part of the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Natural Capital working group. Finally, Gabriel engages with financial exchanges on natural capital reporting of member companies. He graduated with a BA in Art History and Archaeology and a BA in Studio Art from University of Maryland, College Park.
Grace Wahlbrink is a senior account executive at Edelman. She works on the digital team to support health clients in government and the pharmaceutical industry. At Edelman, Grace manages online communities, develops multimedia content, facilitates website builds and optimizations, and executes on paid digital campaigns. Prior to starting work at Edelman, Grace worked at Environics Communications, a small public relations firm in DC. 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.