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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Mr. Steve Cooker Chair, Board of Visitors B.A. (GVPT) ’77 Executive Vice President, Monster Government Solutions

Steve Cooker is executive vice president of Monster Worldwide’s Monster Government Solutions. He is responsible for Monster Worldwide’s global government business and oversees Monster Government Solutions as well as the Public Sector and Education programs. Additionally, Mr. Cooker manages, 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 became chair of the BSOS Board of Visitors in 2017.

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Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, M.D.
B.S. (PSYC) ’80
Medical Director,
Allergy and Asthma Care of New York

Clifford Bassett is the medical director and founder of the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and is on the staff of NYU Langone Medical Center and NY Prebyterian Hospital in Manhattan. He is on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine and of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine. Dr. Bassett also is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and otolaryngology at the State University of New York’s Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn. Dr. Bassett appears frequently on national television and in national print media to offer advice on allergy and asthma treatment. These appearances include The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz and NBC Nightly News, among others.

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Dr. Katherine Pedro Beardsley
Former Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Katherine Beardsley served BSOS for many years as the associate dean of undergraduate studies, and in 2013 was awarded the Dean’s Medal for her extraordinary service and commitment. Dr. Beardsley joined the College in 1986, serving as assistant and associate dean for undergraduate education, overseeing undergraduate programs and advising, mentoring scores of students and providing campus leadership on many initiatives, including the Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Dr. Beardsley and her husband, Robert, generously founded the Katherine and Robert Beardsley BSOS Scholarship for Outstanding Student Leaders, and are parents of a BSOS Graduate. The BSOS Student Leadership fund was established in Dr. Beardsley’s honor to support student leadership programming in the College.

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Steven T. Begleiter
President and CEO, KBL Group International

Steven Begleiter is the founder, president and CEO of KBL Group International, a premier global supplier with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, as well as manufacturing facilities in China whose clients include L.L. Bean, Kohl’s and Dillard's. Mr. Begleiter’s family has been in the garment business for three generations.A former Terps baseball player, Mr. Begleiter is involved with numerous UMD and BSOS alumni engagement efforts, including serving as a member of the Maryland in Manhattan Awards Gala Executive Committee.He also has played a key role in establishing the BSOS Be the Solution Business Model Competition and the BSOS Solutions Lab as a pilot sponsor and a class mentor.

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Felecia Love Greer

B.A. (PSYC) ’79
Director and Customer Advocate
Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Felecia Love Greer is a director and customer advocate with Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to approximately 2 million customers. In this role, she interacts directly with customers as well as governmental and regulatory officials on a variety of energy issues with the goal of ensuring customer satisfaction. Previously, 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


Mr. 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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Mr. Paul S. Mandell, Esq.
B.A. (GVPT) ’95
CEO, Consero Group LLC

Paul Mandell is a founder and the CEO of Consero Group LLC, an international events company that provides industry leaders with opportunities to learn, network and collaborate. In this role, Mr. Mandell oversees the core functions of Consero, including program development, event planning, sales and operations. In 2003, Mr. Mandell received the BSOS Distinguished Alumnus Award. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and has taught on an adjunct basis in BSOS’s Department of Government and Politics. An entrepreneur himself, he has played an instrumental role in establishing the BSOS Be the Solution Business Model Competition and the BSOS Solutions Lab course series. Mr. Mandell and his wife also generously founded BSOS’s Paul S. and Lisa M. Mandell Endowed Scholarship. He served as Chair of the BSOS Board of Visitors for six years, from 2011 to 2017.



Michael Mann

B.A. (GVPT) '02

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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Roy McGrath
B.A. (GVPT, ECON) ’93

Roy McGrath was the Director/CEO and chairman for the board of directors for the Maryland Environmental Service. His life post-graduation has consisted of many different roles within both the Maryland state government and the federal government. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Larry Hogan, as a Senior Advisor to the Governor and as a Liaison to the Maryland Board of Public Works. Throughout his time working in state government, he has served many departments, agencies and Governor’s offices that focus on business and public safety. Before working with Governor Hogan, Mr. McGrath was Vice President of Business Development for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and served in the federal government as a member of former Maryland Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest’s staff. Mr. McGrath has been a Maryland resident his entire life.


Mr. Joseph H. Meltzer

B.A. (GVPT) ‘97

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 & Politics and he received his J.D., with honors, from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1997.


Dwayne Middleton

B.A. (ECON) '90

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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Singleton B. McAllister, Esq.
B.A. (AASD, GVPT) ’75
Partner, Husch Blackwell

Singleton McAllister is a partner in the Washington Office of Husch Blackwell, in the technology, manufacturing and transportation practice. She has been practicing government relations and public policy law for more than 20 years. Ms. McAllister has held several senior positions with the U.S. House of Representatives, including senior counsel to the House Committee on the Budget. She also served on the African Development Foundation’s Advisory Board. President Clinton appointed her as general counsel of the United States Agency for International Development from 1996 to 2001. Ms. McAllister was also chair of the National Women’s Business Center and a former past president of Women in Government Relations, Inc. In 2012, she was named by On Being a Black Lawyer magazine as one of the Nation’s “Top Black Lawyers with Influence”. Ms. McAllister also serves her alma mater by representing BSOS on the UMD College Park Foundation Board of Trustees and by co-chairing BSOS’s Department of African American Studies’ 40th anniversary celebration.


Gary Lydell Rozier

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.

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Todd D. Snyder, Esq., CPA

Managing Member, SK Research, RCS Capital Corporation

Todd Snyder has more than 30 years of legal, financial and due diligence experience. Prior to joining Snyder Kearney, he was a co-president of SK Research, LLC from March 2014 until January 2016, and the founding partner of Snyder Kearney Law Firm LLC (formerly Snyder Kearney LLC) from 2004 until March 2014.  Before founding Snyder Kearney, Todd’s experience includes practicing corporate and securities law, and acting as the Vice President of Due Diligence for a registered broker-dealer. Todd is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland. Todd holds a J.D., a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business.

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The Hon. Eric R. Swalwell
B.A. (GVPT) ’03
U.S. Congressman

Congressman Eric Swalwell represents California’s 15th Congressional District, which includes a large portion of the East Bay, where he grew up, attended public schools and served his community. In November 2012, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Swalwell serves on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and is the ranking member of its Subcommittee on Energy. He also serves on the Committee on Homeland Security. At UMD, he created the position of student liaison on the College Park City Council. After college, he graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.



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Joseph Trocino
B.A. (GEOG) '67
Consultant and Lecturer,
University of Maryland

Joseph Trocino is a lecturer in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. His premier course is a short-term study abroad program, GEOG328B: Geography of the Southern Caribbean. Mr. Trocino is part of an extended Maryland family and is a big Terps fan, holding football season tickets for decades. He runs his own consulting business in Puerto Rico and South America, mostly dealing with international trade and shipping. He commutes from Athens, Ga., just to stay connected to the university. He is a supporter of the Department of Geographical Sciences and of the BSOS Office of the Dean, and is particularly interested in the student experience and study abroad opportunities. Mr. Trocino is a former planning and zoning director for Loudoun County, Va., is a former member and chair of Loudoun County's Economic Development Committee, and was twice elected to the Leesburg, Virginia Council.

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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.