Alumni of the College of Arts and Humanities have several exciting volunteer opportunities.
Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board
The board seeks to design, develop and implement alumni programs and services that foster lifelong connections among ARHU graduates and students. The board supports the college’s signature career networking event for students, Access2Alumni, as well as other initiatives.
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.
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 is an Associate Judge for Montgomery County District Court and was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. He has had a long career as both a federal and local prosecutor. Prior to his appointment, he was 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.
Halima Adenegan has a passion for civil rights, education policy, and public school reform. She is the Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, where her work is focused on developing strategies to better inform the condition of education. Halima also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the District of Columbia, where she teaches First Year Seminar and Criminal Procedure. Halima earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and D.C.
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.
Ashley Brown (student representative) is a 2nd year Communication major on the Public Relations track and a Spanish minor. She is a National Collegiate Scholar who loves to serve her community any way she can. As a literacy mentor for 1st and 2nd graders in the Prince George's County School system, she helps kids who are struggling with reading. In addition, as a member of the BSU Community Service Committee, she, along with her peers, works with various organizations in carrying out service projects which directly benefit impoverished communities. As an arts lover, she works as a student usher at the Clarice Performing Arts Center and is proud to represent and serve her Arts and Humanities family as an ARHU Ambassador. Ashley is excited to be a voice for her peers as an undergraduate representative of the ARHU Alumni Association board.
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 son, Reid.
Brian Dunn came to the University of Maryland in the fall of ’92 on a partial baseball scholarship. He soon established himself as a key component of the Terps bullpen, and in his sophomore season, he set a team record for most saves in a year. A record that stood until recently. Dunn lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Michelle and their 2 children, Brianna and Aiden. He owns his own signage consulting business called CompletelyDunn and his active in the community. For the past 7 years, he volunteered his time on The Kings Contrivance Village Board and The Columbia Association Board of Directors.
Ashkon Eslami is a Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman in Washington, DC. In his eight years at Edelman, Ashkon has become a trusted digital strategist, leading a team that providing corporate communication and public affairs support to Fortune 100 companies across the automotive, energy, technology, and entertainment sectors. He has experience helping brands navigate reputational threats, product launches and legislative battles, primarily on social media and other digital-first platforms. Ashkon’s work has received several accolades, most recently in 2016, where his team won a DC Addy Award for its visual identity work on a voter registration campaign on behalf of a client in the association space. Ashkon graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009, where he received his degree in Communication.
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.
Artis Hicks is Program Director at the American Society Engineering Education. He manages two of the Office of Naval Research’s premier internship programs, the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP). Artis graduation from University of Maryland in 2003 with a BA in Communication. While at Maryland, Artis was very active in Resident Life, serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Elkton Hall, Vice President of the Residence Hall Association and as a Community Assistant in the Ellicott Community. After graduation, he pursued a career in government public affairs, which lead him to the nonprofit sector where he has worked as a government contractor for the past 12 years. Artis is an avid cyclist and in his free time he teaches cycling and spin classes in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
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."
Kyna Powell graduated from the College of Arts and Humanities with a degree in English Language and Literature, in 1999. Kyna currently works for the federal government as a management analyst. Over the past 17 years, Kyna has also served as a systems analyst, technical leader, and team leader. Kyna is an avid butterfly collector/gardener, gift package designer, fitness enthusiast, and Maryland Terrapins basketball fan .
Autumn Thompson is a senior American Studies Major & Global Poverty Minor, from Annapolis, MD. She is Secretary of the American Indian Student Association and an member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. She is a Tzedek Social Justice Fellow at Hillel, a member of her living & learning program - Beyond the Classroom, and President of OxfamUMD. She founded OxfamUMD in fall of 2016 and led them to the semi-finals of the Do Good Challenge this past spring where they focused on the World Refugee Crisis. This past summer, she served as a Development Intern for the University Relations Department on campus and this is her fourth year working as an Undergraduate Assistant for the Department of Anthropology. If that isn’t enough, she just began a position as Maryland Hillel’s Development Student Coordinator. After graduation, she plans on attaining her J.D. to study human rights law.