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BSOS Alumni

BSOS alumni from every department and discipline develop lasting relationships with one another—and with students, faculty, administrators and staff—that enrich their lives and their careers.

The Board of Visitors of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences advises the dean and other College leadership on a broad range of topics, and also serves the student and alumni communities.

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Karen Albert, M.A. SOCY '96
Vice President and Head of Internal Audit and Internal Control, Constellium

Karen Albert serves as the Vice President and Head of Internal Audit and Internal Control at Constellium. Constellium, headquartered in Paris, France, is a global leader in the manufacturing of high value-added aluminum products and solutions.

She also serves as Chair of the Marian House board of directors since July 1, 2021. Karen has been involved with Marian House since 2008, when she joined the board and the advancement committee.

Karen is a member of Executive Alliance, a Maryland-based organization focused on accelerating the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education, and mentorship. She was recognized as a Daily Record Top 100 Woman in 2020. 
 

Brandon Cole

Brandon Cole
Principal Cyber Security Analyst, U.S. Army

Brandon Cole is a Principal Cyber Security Analyst with the U.S. Army and is an 18-year member of the Intelligence Community. He previously served in engineering roles with Boeing and the U.S. Department of State. He and his wife also own and operate Choice Clinical Services, a group mental health practice with offices in College Park and Greenbelt serving the UMD community.

The Coles established an endowed scholarship supporting the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2018. The Taylor and Brandon Cole Student Experience Scholarship supports undergraduate student stipends for experiential learning opportunities.

Mr. Cole is a life member of the UMD Alumni Association, serves as the current President of the BSOS Alumni Chapter Board and as the BSOS College Representative on the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors. He and his wife are both graduates of BSOS, The University of Maryland and have great passion for all things UMD. Go Terps!

   

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Steve Cooker
B.A. GVPT ’77
Executive Vice President, Monster Government Solutions

Steve Cooker recently served as the executive vice president of Monster Worldwide’s Monster Government Solutions. In that role, he was responsible for Monster Worldwide’s global government business, and oversaw Monster Government Solutions as well as the Public Sector and Education programs. Additionally, Mr. Cooker manages Military.com, the largest online military and veteran resource with 10 million members. He also is an active member of key technology organizations including TechAmerica and the Information Technology Industry Council.

Prior to joining Monster Worldwide, Mr. Cooker was vice president and general manager of IBM/ISS, a network security company. He held executive positions at Nortel and AT&T, and also served as president of ATT/NCR’s government business. Mr. Cooker served as chair of the BSOS Board of Visitors from 2017 to 2021.

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Dr. Yamalis Diaz, PSYC M.A. '05, Ph.D. '09
NYU Child Study Center, NYU Langone
 

Dr. Yamalis Diaz is a Clinical Child Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center at NYU Langone.

She joined NYU in 2011, after receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009, and completing a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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Greg Feldman, GVPT '90
President, Three Wire Systems

Greg Feldman serves as the President of Three Wire Systems and has 25+ years of experience in technology and telecom in the federal and commercial sectors. He leads with great vision and insight in developing market trends and builds opportunities that drive value for the organization, joint win scenarios with strategic partnerships, and most importantly solve key customer priorities.

Founded in 2006, Three Wire Systems is the leader in innovative and efficient technology solutions for government agencies and large enterprise corporations. Their foundation has been built upon solid program management and process improvement principles. With those principles in mind, Three Wire Systems designs solutions to support business goals and deliver superior results in a cost-efficient manner.

Greg’s son Wesley is a current student in BSOS. In March 2021, Greg created the Feldman Family Maryland Promise Scholarship supporting undergraduate students in BSOS.

   

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Felecia Love Greer, B.A. PSYC ’79
Vice President, Large Customer Strategic Solutions and Customer Advocacy,
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Felecia Love Greer recently served as the Vice President for Large Customer Strategic Solutions and Customer Advocacy with Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 2 million customers. In this role, she interacted directly with customers as well as governmental and regulatory officials on a variety of energy issues with the goal of ensuring customer satisfaction. Prior to that, Ms. Greer was a group manager in PHI’s Regulatory Affairs Division, where she directed managers responsible for regulatory relationships, case filings, compliance and reporting.

Before joining PHI, Ms. Greer worked for the Maryland Public Service Commission, where she held a number of executive and legal positions. In addition, she clerked for the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland; the Office of the Attorney General and the Honorable Clifton J. Gordy, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Ms. Greer also held various management positions with Shawmut Bank, National Bank of Washington and Maryland National Bank.

Ms. Greer currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Calverton School; the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Food Bank and the Washington Performing Arts.

   

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Matthew J. Haas
B.A. (GVPT) '93
Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle

Matthew J. Haas is senior vice president of tenant representation for Jones Lang LaSalle. He has more than 17 years of commercial real estate experience. Previously, he was a principal with the Baltimore office of Colliers International.

Among numerous awards and points of recognition, Mr. Haas has been named CoStar’s Power Broker of the Year, has been listed among the Baltimore Business Journal’s list of “Heavy Hitters,” and has also been named one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 25 Real Estate Brokers in Baltimore
 

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Aja Hill, ECON '07

Modern Work Federal Civilian Customer Success Leader, Microsoft

 

Aja Hill is the Modern Work Federal Civilian Customer Success Leader at Microsoft, supporting premier federal civilian government entities across the United States. 

Aja is responsible for Microsoft Teams adoption and support at all federal civilian agencies. Through her team, Aja works to help customers transition value from the Office of the CIO to the broader organization. Customers that Aja’s team supports include United States House of Representatives, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and many others.  

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Sorabh Maheshwari
B.A. ECON, B.S. Finance ’01
Founding Partner, Churchill Real Estate Holdings

Sorabh Maheshwari is a founding partner of Churchill Real Estate Holdings. Most recently prior to Churchill, he was a principal at Onex Real Estate, a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm located in New York. At Onex, Sorabh had complete responsibility for acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management of Onex’s rent-regulated housing portfolio starting in 2010. Sorabh has been involved in over $500 million of transactions in the New York multifamily sector including equity investments, recapitalization, and distressed debt purchases. While at Onex, Sorabh ran Onex Real Estate High Yield Debt Fund which invested in distressed debt opportunities and was one of Onex Real Estate’s top performing investment vehicles.

Prior to Onex, Sorabh worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse and DLJ in the real estate investment banking group. Sorabh received an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School. Sorabh completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Finance.

   

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Michael Mann
B.A. GVPT '02
Partner, Sidley

Michael Mann is a partner in Sidley’s White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations practice, where he strategically counsels and defends companies, financial institutions and related individuals in internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and litigations. He is a trusted advisor to senior management and boards of directors faced with some of their most complex and sensitive enforcement and investigation-related issues, including matters concerning alleged bribery and corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial and ethical misconduct.

Michael was recently recognized as one of five white collar “Rising Stars” by Law360. He was also recognized with the “Best in white collar crime” award at both the inaugural and second annual Euromoney LMG Americas Rising Star Awards.

   

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Joseph H. Meltzer
B.A. GVPT '93
Founding Partner, Kessler Topaz Meltzer Check, LLP

Joseph H. Meltzer is a founding partner at the firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer Check, LLP and leads the firm’s Fiduciary, Consumer Protection and Antitrust groups.

A pioneer in prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty cases, Joe has been lead or co-lead counsel in numerous nationwide class actions brought under fiduciary laws including ERISA.  Joe represents institutional investor clients in a variety of breach of fiduciary duty cases and has some of the largest settlements in fiduciary breach actions including several recoveries in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

The firm also has a robust Consumer Protection department which represents individuals, businesses, and governmental entities that have sustained losses as a result of defective products or improper business practices.  

In his antitrust work, Joe represents clients injured by anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including overcharges related to prescription drugs, health care expenditures and commodities. Joe has also represented various states in pharmaceutical pricing litigation as a Special Assistant Attorney General.

Joe graduated, with honors, from the University of Maryland in 1993 with a degree in Government and Politics and he received his J.D., with honors, from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1997.

   

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Dwayne Middleton
B.A. ECON '90
Global Head of Fixed Income Trading,
T. Rowe Price

Dwayne is Global Head of Fixed Income Trading at T Rowe Price. Dwayne has responsibilities for the trading of FX, interest rate, investment-grade, high-yield, emerging market, municipal, mortgage, and structured product securities. Prior to joining T Rowe, Dwayne spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley Investment Management as Global Head of Fixed Income Trading and as a senior investor on the global credit team. Prior to MSIM, Dwayne was with JPMorgan Asset Management in various roles, most notably as Head of U.S. Investment Grade Credit leading portfolio construction, strategy implementation, sector allocation, and trading. Dwayne received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.B.A from Northeastern University in Boston. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts.
   

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Gary Lydell Rozier
Chair, Board of Visitors
B.A. ECON '99
Managing Director
Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC

Gary Rozier is a Managing Director at Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC. Mr. Rozier is responsible for investor relations for institutional investors.

Prior to joining Oak Street Real Estate Capital, Mr. Rozier served as Senior Vice President at Ariel Investments for almost 14 years where he was responsible for institutional business development, client services, and consultant relations. Prior to joining Ariel, Mr. Rozier spent more than five years with Rydex Investments. At Rydex, he held multiple positions in shareholder services and financial advisor sales before being promoted to regional vice president where he oversaw product development and distribution across nine states in the Midwest Region.

Mr. Rozier is on the board of directors for City Colleges of Chicago Foundation, American Red Cross Chicago, a trustee for the Francis Xavier Warde School, and serves on the Investment Committee of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Additionally, he is a 2011 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.

In addition to his service to the BSOS Board of Visitors, Mr. Rozier is a member of the college's Economics Leadership Council. 

Mr. Rozier earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland, and was a captain of the rugby team.

   

Sachin Sachdeva

Sachin Sachdeva 
B.A. ECON '97
Head of Global Program Delivery for Digital, Data & Operations, AIG 

Sachin Sachdeva currently serves as the Head of Global Program Delivery for Digital, Data & Operations at AIG, a global insurance and financial services organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to this role, he acted as Managing Director for Client Experience Platform & the Atlanta iHub at BlackRock, where he oversaw the global client experience program to ensure it enhanced the company’s digital capabilities and
processes. 

Sachin’s extensive experience in the financial services sector further encompasses his 10 year term at SSA Company, where he served in the following roles: Associate Director, Director, Senior Director, Vice President, FS Lead, and Managing Director, Financial Services Practice Lead. In these positions, he managed financial services and client engagement while delivering significant results in the form of improved customer
satisfaction and earnings. 

Sachin’s early career set the foundation for his current successes as he worked to develop his financial and customer service experience at Bank of America from 1997 to 2009. While working at Bank of America, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Consumer Leadership Program, Senior Vice President, Deposit Products, and more. 

Sachin earned his BA in economics from UMD in 1997 and subsequently, his MBA from Duke University in 2006. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

   

Ken Ulman

Ken Ulman
President, Margrave Strategies; 
Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development, UMCP Foundation

Ken Ulman is the President of Margrave Strategies, an innovative strategic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and other groups throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic. The firm’s principal initial client is the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where Ulman serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development.

Ulman previously served two terms as Howard County Executive. Ken has won numerous awards, and was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver by Government Technology Magazine and a Regional Visionary by the Greater Baltimore Committee for his leadership to bring broadband technology to Maryland.

Ken served as president of the Maryland Association of Counties and as chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

Ken and his wife, Jaki, established the Ulman Family Maryland Promise Scholarship, which supports need based scholarships for students in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He and his wife—also a proud Terp—live in Columbia, with their daughters Maddie and Lily.

   

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Dr. Jingli Yang

Ph.D. GEOG ’95
Chief Executive Officer, ERT

Dr. Jingli Yang, Chief Executive Officer of ERT, is an accomplished marketer, strategist, and entrepreneur. She cultivates business relationships with partners and customers, while working to develop infrastructure and processes necessary to foster thegrowth of ERT, a high-value science and technology company. Under her leadership, the company has enjoyed continuous growth and expansion of its client base while maintaining a focus on both customer satisfaction and employee welfare. Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Biogeography and Remote Sensing from the Geography Department of University of Maryland in 1995. 

   

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Network is a chartered organization of the Alumni Association, and works in partnership with both the College and the Alumni Association to advance alumni relations.  

The board was established in February 2000 and is guided by the vision and leadership of the College dean and the Office of External Relations. Current members develop and implement plans to improve the involvement of alumni and friends in the life and mission of the College. The board meets quarterly to discuss implementation and coordination of College alumni oriented events, as well as opportunities to increase membership into the UMD Alumni Association and to further the mission of the College. Currently, the efforts of the board are divided among four key initiatives: professional development, student/alumni engagement, philanthropic/service and social.

For questions related to the BSOS Alumni Network and Board, please contact Jenny Kilberg, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, jkilberg@umd.edu.

 

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Joe Azzarello
GVPT '08
Director of Development, Thread, Inc.

Joe Azzarello is currently the Director of Development for the Baltimore non-profit Thread. As the first head of development for the 18-year-old organization, Joe is building a fundraising apparatus from the ground up to support an already robust grant funding system. Joe previously worked as the Assistant Director of Development for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and prior to that as a District Director with the Boy Scouts of America in Baltimore, MD.

Joe earned his B.A. in Government and Politics with a Minor in History from the University of Maryland as well as a M.S. in Public Relations from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Joe is also a life member of the UMD Alumni Association, President of the Broad Creek Alumni Association and a member of the Baltimore Area Council’s Strategic Plan Committee. He currently lives in Laurel with his wife Melissa, a Howard County Public Schools teacher. 

   

Maria Ball
Maria Ball
GVPT'12
Account Executive, Salesforce
Vice President - BSOS Alumni Chapter Board

Maria Louzon Ball is an account executive at Salesforce in Orange County, CA. She is a devoted volunteer, previously serving as the President of the Seattle Terp Alumni Network, and is currently a member of the Junior League of Seattle. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics in 2012.

On the Alumni Chapter Board, Maria will serve as the Vice President of Alumni Programming and will assist the Board with its social media presence. She will also serve on the Social Committee and is thrilled to empower BSOS alumni around the globe to get more involved! 

   

Ryan Belcher
Ryan Belcher
(GVPT & ENSP)'15
Treasurer - BSOS Alumni Chapter Board

Ryan Belcher is a Real Estate Development Associate at the Moinian Group. Previously, he worked in political fundraising in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Ryan graduated in 2015 with dual degrees in Government and Politics and Environmental Science.

At Maryland, he served on the BSOS DSAC as Vice Chair of Student Services. He also held a variety of leadership roles in the Student Government Association. In his senior year, Ryan represented BSOS undergraduates in the University Senate and represented the entire undergraduate population on the Senate's Executive Committee.

On the Alumni Chapter Board, Ryan will serve as the Vice President of Finance and on the Professional Development Committee. He is excited to advance BSOS' mission and build relationships between students and alumni.

   

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Adwoa Boateng
'18 GVPT & ECON
Analyst, SIGAR

Adwoa Boateng is an analyst at SIGAR. Adwoa graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Government/Politics in 2018. She was a BSOS Ambassador, an at-large representative on the Deans Student Advisory Council, and later served as the Chair of DSAC. She was also involved in Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Student Alumni Leadership Council.

On the Alumni Chapter Board, Adwoa will serve as the Vice President of Administration and on the Professional Development Committee.

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Brandon Cole
'01 GEOG
Principal Cyber Security Analyst - U.S. Army - Information Warfare
Immediate Past President - BSOS Alumni Chapter Board

Brandon Cole is currently a Principal Cyber Security Analyst with the U.S. Army and an 18 year member of the Intelligence Community. He previously served in engineering roles with Boeing and the U.S. Department of State. He and his wife also own and operate Choice Clinical Services, a group mental health practice with offices in College Park and Greenbelt serving the UMD community.

The Coles established an endowed scholarship supporting the Department of
Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2018. The Taylor and Brandon Cole Student Experience Scholarship supports undergraduate student stipends for experiential learning opportunities.

Mr. Cole is a life member of the UMD Alumni Association, serves as the current President of the BSOS Alumni Chapter Board and as the BSOS College Representative on the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors. He and his wife are both graduates of BSOS, The University of Maryland and have great passion for all things UMD. Go Terps!

   

SaintClair Edmunds
SaintClair Edmunds III
'15 PSYC & Philosophy
Consultant, Duty First Consulting

SaintClair Edmunds III is a consultant at Duty First Consulting (DFC). He is primarily staffed on the Integrated Public Housing Database Business Support Services Contract for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) He provides data alignment solutions and develops methods to analyze risks found in HUD’s public housing data.

He is a Co-Chair for DFC’s GIVE (Get Involved for Veterans) program. It is DFC’s community involvement program that affords them the opportunity to volunteer together to support military and Veteran-related causes. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Philosophy. While at the University of Maryland he was a member of the CIVICUS Living and Learning program and a member of the University Student Judiciary, Student Honor Council.

On the Alumni Chapter Board, SaintClair will serve on the Professional Development Committee.

   

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Jeremy Katz
'90 GVPT
Partner, Audit Services US, LLC

Jeremy Katz has over 30 years’ experience in government related marketing and sales of business process outsource, information technology management and auditing related services to federal, state and municipal government entities. Jeremy is presently part owner of Audit Services US, LLC (ASUS) based in New York City, where he oversees all aspects of state government business development, as well as client service delivery to its 45 state government clients. Prior to joining ASUS in 2016, Jeremy worked for PRA Government Services (now called Avenue Insights an Analytics) and with the Xerox Corporation for 20 years (by way of several acquisitions including that of Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) and the National Abandoned Property Processing Corporation (NAPPCO) where he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Xerox State Business Solutions.

Jeremy actively participates as a corporate affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and is now serving a second term on the NAST Corporate Affiliate Board. Jeremy previously served two terms on the NAST Foundation Board and served as the lead faculty advisor for the National Institute of Public Finance Treasury Management Program at Pepperdine University. Lastly, Jeremy served as an observer to the Uniform Law Commission with respect to its revision of the 1995 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act and frequently provides input to the states’ unclaimed property programs with respect to matters of legislation and litigation. Jeremy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and has focused his continuing professional education in the areas of business and marketing management at Johns Hopkins University.

   

Paul MavrikesPaul Mavrikes
'18 GVPT
Director of Business Operations, the Bush School of Government and Public Service

Paul G. Mavrikes is the Director of Business Services at the Bush School of Government and Public Service in Washington, DC. Under the banner of Texas A&M University, the Bush School’s new DC center opened in the summer of 2020. In his current role, Paul oversees all aspects of the Bush School DC’s business operations, managing Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities, Operations and Administrative Service Departments as well as the business office. A member of the Bush School DC Leadership Team, Paul works with the executive leadership in both Washington, DC and College Station, Texas to craft the long-term strategic goals of the institution.

A graduate of Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, Paul is a member of the School’s Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the School’s Alumni Board. He also serves on the Young Professionals Council of The First Tee of Greater Washington and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Board at the
University of Maryland, College Park. Paul is an avid golfer and active with numerous local and national charitable organizations. He also is an avid enthusiast of golf course architecture.

Paul earned a B.A. in Government and Politics with a Minor in History from the University of Maryland, College Park. While at Maryland, Paul served on the University Senate’s Committee on Student Conduct, and the Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society.

   

MellorMike Mellor
'00 SOCY
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Pryor Cashman

Mike Mellor is the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for Pryor Cashman, where he works to identify, develop, and execute strategies to both drive new business for the firm and increase brand awareness. In addition to providing strategic and marketing direction for the firm, Mike also oversees the firm's marketing department, which is responsible for planning, public relations and communications, client development, digital and social media, and events. Mike's nearly 20-year career has spanned various roles, working at such firms as Paul Weiss, Katten, and KPMG. His passion is creating clarity and game plans for attorneys around the firm by implementing rigor and process to drive efficiencies and encourage collaboration. By serving as the "voice of the client" and listening to both internal and external stakeholders, he seeks to connect dots within the firm's ecosystem to help Pryor Cashman's clients to achieve their business goals.

A self-defined process junkie, Mike is also heavily involved in developing internal methodologies and processes, preparing attorneys for pitches, and directly assisting the firm's clients to help align them with the optimal resources and attorneys at Pryor Cashman. He is a big believer in using data and employs numerous individual, practice, and industry KPIs to constantly tweak and refine his approaches. A frequent author and speaker around the country, he loves live music, sports, and exploring different cultures. Mike is also a lifetime member of the University Maryland Alumni Association and previously served on the Alumni Associations’ Board of Governors.  

   

Shaba Nassar
Shaba Nassar
'10 ECON & Finance
Community Affairs Strategist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Secretary - BSOS Alumni Chapter Board

Shaba Nassar is a Public Engagement Strategist at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) where she manages the Director’s engagement with community stakeholders to inform the Bureau’s regulation of the financial market.

She has served in numerous roles within the CFPB, including developing supervisory guidance for financial institutions, counseling leadership on regulatory proposals, and investigating financial institutions’ noncompliance with the CFPB’s laws and regulations. She also founded the CFPB Women’s Employee Resource Group to promote workplace inclusion and increase professional development opportunities for 1500 staff members.

Previously, Shaba Nassar was a Policy Advisor at the Department of the Treasury where she managed President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Shaba Nassar received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center where she litigated landlord-tenant cases; worked as a law clerk at Pepco Holdings, Inc.; and authored a publication in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Critical Race Perspectives. She received her Bachelor of Science in finance and economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

On the Alumni Chapter Board, Shaba will serve on the Philanthropic and Service Committee.

   

ObletonJordan Obleton
'19 ECON
Forecasting Analyst, Insider Intelligence

Jordan graduated with a BS in Economics in May 2019. He currently works as a Forecasting Analyst Insider Intelligence, where he researches digital market trends and predicts how those markets will grow in the coming years. While at UMD, Jordan tutored local middle and high school students in Mathematics and SAT/ACT prep through various programs.

 

Previously, Jordan worked as a data analyst at an education specific insurance company, where he analyzed claims and policy data to help reduce risk on school campuses. Jordan is passionate about data storytelling and using insights to solve real world problems.  

   

Jeremy RachlinJeremy Rachlin
’02 PSYC
Partner, Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd.

Jeremy is a Partner at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Chtd., where his legal practice focuses on estate and trust planning/administration, as well as civil and estate litigation.  Following graduation from the University of Maryland in 2002, Jeremy earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Jeremy has been in the private practice of law since 2007.  He has served multiple terms as an elected officer of the Montgomery County Bar Association, serves on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery County Inn of Court, and participates in many professional mentor-mentee organizations.  Jeremy was recognized with the prestigious Leadership in Law award from the Maryland Daily Record in 2016 and 2019. His proudest Maryland moment (aside from being at the Georgia Dome on April 1, 2002) was receiving the Tyser-Gottwals Award from the University of Maryland Alumni Association in 2022.  Jeremy previously served as the Vice President of the Honors College Alumni Network, Vice President of the Gemstone College Alumni Board, and is excited to enter his third and final term as a member of the BSOS Alumni Board.  Jeremy and his wife Emily (a fellow BSOS grad, class of 2003) live in Brookeville, Maryland, and their pride and joy is raising their daughter to love the Terps!

   

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Bishop Sakyi
’11 CCJS
Attorney, Prince George's County Office of Law
President - BSOS Alumni Chapter Board

I am a first-generation Ghanaian, born here in the United States. I enjoy travelling as much as possible. Recently, I have travelled to Ghana, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, Paris and Amsterdam. I graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in May 2011, with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. While at the University of Maryland, I served as President of the African Student Association and I was able to volunteer with an organization called Justice for D.C. Youth. After graduating from University of Maryland, I attended the Charlotte School of Law and graduated in December 2015. I was voted as the Class Speaker during the graduation ceremony and was honored to deliver a well-received speech during the commencement.
While in law school, I was a Student Ambassador, held the Social Chair position of the Black Law Student Association, and Secretary of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association. I am a recent member of the Maryland State Bar Association. Currently, I am an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture's Office of Civil Rights. Additionally, I recently joined the D.C. Volunteer Lawyer's Program, allowing me to handle family law cases for underprivileged residents of D.C. Recently I became an active participant of a nonprofit organization called Distant Relatives to transport and provide basic essential items to the citizens of Ghana, each season of the year. Within the next 3-5 years, I plan to open my own law firm.

   

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Brian Vincent
’03 ECON
Partner, Economics Partners, LLC.

Brian graduated with a BA in Economics (Departmental Honors) in May of 2003, writing a senior thesis describing a model which analyzed a revenue-neutral corporate tax reform policy. He was twice an Economics Department Distinguished Scholar and received the Dudley Dillard Prize for Most Outstanding Economics undergraduate student. Brian served on the Education committee of the University Senate, in multiple leadership roles within Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, on the University of Maryland Interfraternal Council Executive Board and as President of the Order of Omega Greek honor society. Brian was a member of the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Professionally, Brian is a Partner with a transfer pricing and valuation consulting firm called Economics Partners, LLC based in Washington, DC.
He received an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business in 2011 and is currently working on a second Master's, a Masters of Studies in Taxation Law from New York University School of Law. Brian is a frequent speaker at transfer pricing and international tax conferences and a member of the International Fiscal Association, American Economic Association and the National Association for Business Economics. Brian is the current Alumni Corporation Board President for Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at Maryland, serves as a National Foundation Ambassador for the National Delta Sigma Phi Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee.

   

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Amanda Woodson
'20 GVPT
Government Relations Specialist, Amputee Coalition

Amanda Woodson is the Government Relations Specialist for the Amputee Coalition. The Amputee Coalition is the only national nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. representing the limb loss and limb difference community. In her role, she works with her colleagues in the Government Relations Department to maintain and grow the grassroots program. and develops organizational policy positions on issues impacting the limb loss and limb difference community. She also sits on a number of national multi member coalitions as a representative of the Amputee Coalition.

Amanda graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in a dual major of Government & Politics and Public Policy with concentrations in International Relations and Foreign Policy. During her time at Maryland, she was a member of the University of Maryland Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. She served as co-president of the University of Maryland Chapter of the Roosevelt Network. She is a proud alumna of the University of Maryland Global Communities living-learning program. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as a member of the Junior League of Annapolis, experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, and spending time with family and friends. 

   

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Ryan Zelinsky
'18 ECON
Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Ryan graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. Professionally, Ryan started Northwestern Mutual’s internship program the day after graduation and later that summer transitioned to full time as a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual. Ever since becoming full time Ryan has continued to grow and learn so he can be a better resource for his clients. He provides comprehensive financial planning to a diverse set of clients and their families. Personally, Ryan grew up in Burlington, NJ. On the weekends Ryan enjoys hanging out with friends, exercising at the gym, traveling back home to NJ, and cheering on his Philadelphia sports teams! Since Ryan isn't from the Maryland area, he loves exploring DC and Baltimore. Whether it be a nice restaurant in DC or an Orioles game at the infamous Camden Yards, Ryan loves to explore these vibrant cities.

   

Giving

Find out more about how your support shapes the present and future of the College through gifts of your resources, time and talents. The BSOS community is grateful to all our alumni, donors and friends for the many ways they contribute to our success today and in the future.

Donors may choose among many ways to make gifts to the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences throughout their lives. In addition to making an online gift, please consider the following gifting methods and opportunities. To discuss these options and other ways to give, please contact Interim Chief Development Officer for External Relations Kenny Beaver at beaver@umd.edu or 301.405.8607.

Outright Gifts

Cash Gifts

This method of giving is simple and flexible. Make out a personal check to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, or use your credit card to make a gift online.

Checks made out to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation may be mailed to:

University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc.
4603 Calvert Rd.
College Park, MD 20740

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of publicly traded stock are a convenient way to make a gift to the College. Such charitable transfers of readily marketable securities can be conducted by you directly or through a licensed financial advisor. A gift such as this has many benefits that are determined by each donor’s portfolio.

Gifts of Real Property 

Gifts of real estate to benefit the College may be made after prior approval from the University’s Gift Acceptance Committee. A third party appraisal of the property is necessary.

Deferred Gifts

Bequests

This estate gift is the oldest method of charitable giving. One may designate the College in their will, providing a gift by specific dollar amount, a specific percentage of the estate, or the remainder interest, choosing a designation of either a general or specific purpose.

Life Income Gifts

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Make a deferred gift to the College and provide yourself and/or others an income for life or a term of years by contributing assets of cash, securities or other property to a trust designed by you in concert with your financial advisors. Charitable Remainder Unitrust permits additional gifts to be made to the trust over one’s lifetime.

Charitable Gift Annuity
In return for your gift to the College, receive an annual income for one’s life and the life of another. Often funded with cash or appreciated securities, this one page agreement is simple to execute.

The Office of External Relations supports the mission and operations of the BSOS community through alumni relations, development and gift coordination, communications and marketing, media outreach, alumni events, and other services. Please contact us or visit our offices in 0145 Tydings Hall for more information.

Alumni are also encouraged to share their news and programming ideas by contacting bsosalumni@umd.edu. Please send us a brief description of your idea or of your news such as births, marriages, promotions, and other professional and educational accomplishments, making sure to include your full name, former last name (if applicable), city/state, e-mail address, phone number, year of graduation and degree/major.

 

External Relations

Kenny Beaver
Chief Development Officer
Office: 301-405-8607
beaver@umd.edu

Ana Starr
Program Manager, External Relations
Office: 301-405-3475
astarr@umd.edu

Donor Relations and Stewardship

Susie Leong
Program Manager, Donor Relations and Stewardship
301-405-3887
sleong12@umd.edu

Communications and Marketing

Laura Ours
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
301-405-5722
lours@umd.edu

Tom Bacho
Director of Creative Services
301-405-2171
tbacho@umd.edu

Rachael Grahame
Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations
301-405-1733
rkg@umd.edu 

Kevin Roach
Multimedia Coordinator, Creative Services
301-405-5889
kroach9@umd.edu

Development

Sameen Saeed
Director of Development
Office: 301.405.5334
dsaeed@umd.edu

Elyse Dillinger
Associate Director of Development
Office: 301.405.0464
edilling@umd.edu 

Jennifer Kilberg
Assistant Director of Development
0145 Tydings Hall
Office: 301.405.2998
jkilberg@umd.edu

Support

Daria Powell
Graduate Assistant
dpowell@umd.edu

Launch UMD is a crowdfunding platform to help Maryland community members raise money so that their ideas and passions can take flight. Launch UMD projects advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university – including those focused on student groups, student experience, athletics, library or faculty-specific initiatives – and allow us to showcase fearless ideas from across campus.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences can help BSOS student groups or faculty/staff members apply for Launch UMD projects. When you partner with our office, we’ll walk you through the official application process, assist you in setting up a fund for donations (if one doesn’t already exist), work with you to develop a short video to advertise the project, and help coordinate your plan for solicitations.

If you have an idea for a Launch UMD project within BSOS, please fill out Launch UMD Application  or contact Jenny Kilberg, Assistant Director of Development and Annual Giving for BSOS at jkilberg@umd.edu.

Check out past BSOS Launch Projects:

 

General Launch FAQ

How do groups access the funds they raise?

All projects will keep any funds raised even if the goal isn’t achieved. Funds will only be deposited in University of Maryland College Park Foundation accounts. Launch UMD staff will work with project team leaders and, where appropriate, establish appropriate accounts and to make sure a proper University disbursement authority is in place.

Who is eligible to use Launch UMD?

Launch UMD is open to all students, faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, College Park who are raising money for University-based and affiliated initiatives and projects. Launch cannot be used to fund independent business or charity ventures, regardless of whether or not the people leading those ventures are members of the UMD community.

Who decides that a project will be added to UMD Launch?

A Launch UMD panel, comprised of University Relations marketing and fundraising staff, will review UMD Launch applications and approve them based on project essentials: team commitment, project appeal and goal achievement potential.

How much information do I need to provide on the application?

Provide as much as possible. It is easier to assess project potential if you answer each question specifically and explain why you possess the tools to run a successful crowdfunding project. Projects must be able to appeal to a broader audience and have the potential to become viral on social media. In your application, explain how your group is unique and what you would do with the funds that you raise.

What is an appropriate funding goal for projects?

Launch UMD recommends a fundraising goal of between $2,500 and $10,000. We will consider each project's goal on a case-by-case basis.

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

Anyone on campus can apply to Launch UMD, provided that they are either officially affiliated with an academic unit or recognized as a student group by Student Affairs. Launch welcomes applications from faculty, staff and student teams with at least six members. The best crowdfunding projects have a specific deadline that creates a sense of urgency to encourage donations during the 30 day period during which a project is live. If you are unsure about whether or not your project is suitable for Launch, please email launchumd@umd.edu.

Is my payment secure?

Absolutely. LaunchUMD utilizes a technology called Cybersource that is PCI Level 1-compliant. When making a gift on Launch you will be redirected to cybersource.com with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts all of the information you inupt to securely process payments.

Will my LaunchUMD project gift be tax-deductible?

Contributions to Launch projects support specific areas of the University of Maryland and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Can I send a gift by mail or phone?

No. All gifts to LaunchUMD projects should be submitted online, unless you are able to make arrangements with the project leaders.