BSOS Alumni Network Board Members
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 and also serve as liaisons to academic departments to advance alumni engagement.
For questions related to the BSOS Alumni Network, please contact Jenny Kilberg, Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.A. (GVPT) '88,
Stephanie Ambrose recently served as executive vice president of Digital Managment Inc (DMI). Prior to that role, she served as vice president of Global Field Marketing and leads marketing strategy development and the deployment of integrated multi-channel communications programs. She is responsible for leading and working with diverse teams to define strategies and tactics to enhance Unisys’ presence and brand reputation, support client communications and outreach, and position Unisys’ portfolio and thought leadership in the federal market.
She joined the company in August 2011. Prior to Unisys, Ms. Ambrose was Vice President of Federal Civilian Business Development for Serco, North America. Prior to joining Serco, Ms. Ambrose was Vice President of Marketing and Communications for CGI Federal, a leading IT and business process services provider in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. Ambrose also served as a Senior Vice President with EDS (now HP Enterprise Services) in their U.S. Government Solutions.
M.A.A (ANTH) '13, Assistant Adminstrator, Maryland Heritage Areas Program, Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning
Ennis Barbery Smith currently serves as Assistant Administrator at the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning. She relocated to the DC-Metropolitan area in 2016. Over the past several years, she has served as the Assistant Director for the Greenbelt Museum, Executive Director for the Museum of Chincoteague Island, a barrier island located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. She holds a Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) degree and a Graduate Certificate of Museum Scholarship, both awarded by University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. She has experience in cultural heritage research, museum administration, and museum education. Her main research interests center on questions about how people give meaning to landscapes and how they share their experiences through oral history traditions.
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board President
B.A. (PSYC) ’00, Public Health Analyst, HHS/HRSA
Ilana Cohen currently works at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). Prior to joining HRSA Ilana worked at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) where she worked on policy and regulatory matters with regard to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In 1998 she received a citation from the College Park Scholars Program in Science, Technology, and Society and in 2000 she graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Psychology. She earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003. In 2014 she was appointed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to the Montgomery County Commission on Health.
B.S. (GEOG) '01, Principal Cyber Security Analyst - U.S. Army Product Manager Information Warfare
Brandon Cole is a Principal Cyber Security Analyst with the U.S. Army. He is responsible for executing all principal level duties as Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) for the Product Manager Information Warfare. Mr. Cole is also provides technical expertise for the areas of analysis, coordination, and implementation of Army, DoD and other Intelligence Community Information Assurance (IA) / Cyber Security (CS) policies. Previous Brandon was the Deputy Chief of Current Engineering Operations at The Boeing Company in the Defense, Space, and Security division. Mr. Cole also is a life member of the UMD Alumni.
B.S. (GEOG) '01, Data Integrity Group Manager, Pure Technologies
Rob Hayward is the Data Integrity Group Manager for Pure Technologies; a worldwide leader in pipeline inspection technologies and management programs. Mr. Hayward oversees the pipeline mapping and data management program that enables utilities to locate and repair pipeline defects. Over his career he has applied his expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in various applications, such as environmental services, emergency management and water/waste water utilities. He received his M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College in 2009.
B.A. (PSYC & CCJS) '16, Undergraduate Program Manager,
Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland
Amy Johnson graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a double B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice and a minor in Russian Studies. Since the summer of 2013, Amy has been working in the Department of Psychology’s Advising Office as an Undergraduate Program Manager, and is currently a graduate student in UMD’s Department of Education, working towards receiving a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). As an undergraduate student, Amy worked in the PSYC office; She was President of Active Minds at Maryland, a mental health advocacy student group on campus; She was involved in Psi Chi, the Psychology International Honor Society; Amy helped out during Parents’ Weekend activities, as her parents both served as Chairs and have been members of the UMD Parents’ Association for the past seven years. She am passionate about the University of Maryland and its students, and hopes to remain involved on campus for many years to come, both as a graduate student now and as an alumna forever!
B.A. (GVPT & CCJS) '10, Corporate Contracts Associate, Witt O’Brien’s, LLC
Gideon Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Government and Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland – College Park (2010) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, School of Law (2013). During his junior year at the University of Maryland, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Smith Business School for Professor Mark in the field of Logistics, Business and Public Policy. During his senior year, he helped as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Ziv for a course on International Negotiations for the School of Government. While in law school, he served as a staff member on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation as well as serving on the Attorney General’s Staff on the UNC Graduate Honor Council. He also assisted with various pro bono projects, logging over 100 hours of pro bono work with the Public Defender’s Office of New Orleans, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and with the State of North Carolina for indigent clients. He began his legal career working various internships at Quintiles Transnational Corporation, where he served as a Regulatory Compliance Legal Intern and a Senior Legal Specialist Intern working on international healthcare regulatory law as well as anti-bribery anti-corruption law. Upon graduating from law school, he continued his career at Quintiles working on tax credits and grants, before moving back to the DC area to pursue a career at Witt O’Brien’s, LLC, where he currently serves as a Corporate Contracts Associate.
Vice President, Alumni Programs
B.A. (Psychology) '09, Law Clerk, Department of Justice
Erinn D. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Philosophy from the University of Maryland (2009), Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (2012) and a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law (2013). During her Junior and Senior year at the University of Maryland, she worked as a Research Associate for Haskins Laboratories’ Adolescent Reading Project. While in law school, she was selected as a Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Scholar, was a student advocate in the Brennan Center for Justice Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, and interned at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, the Education Law Center and the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration. Upon graduating from law school, she began her legal career as a Fellow at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York, NY, where she focused on civil rights and poverty law. Ms. Martin currently practices in the United States Department of Justice Consumer Protection Branch, which she joined in February 2015.
B.A. (HESP) '80, M.A. (HESP) '80 Clinical Assistant Professor, UMD
Dr. Sharon Palmer received her Bachelor and Master degrees at the University of Maryland and her Doctor of Audiology degree at the University of Florida. She was employed at The Kennedy Krieger Institute before joining the faculty at UMD’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a clinical instructor in audiology in 1987. She worked continuously at both the University of Maryland College Park campus and the University of Maryland Baltimore campus, with interests in hearing aids, tinnitus and pediatric audiology.
Vice President, Finance
B.A. (CCJS) '76 Founder and Principal, Law Resources, Inc
Lisa Parzow is a Founder and Principal of Law Resources, Inc. She has been a member of the BSOS Alumni Chapter Board since 2004 and served several terms as President. Ms. Parzow is a frequent volunteer at the UMD Career Center serving as an advisor, reviewing resumes and conducting mock interviews. She is also a member of the MCPS Educational Foundation, serves on the board of Operation Embrace and is an active participant in a variety of community-based organizations. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega national fraternity and is a Lifetime member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association.
B.A. (PSYC) '02, Contracts and Compliance Manager, SEGURA Consulting LLCA
Staci Schweizer is a native of suburban Maryland and an '02 graduate of BSOS and the University of Maryland, with B.A. degrees in psychology and sociology. After leaving Maryland, Staci obtained her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law before returning to the area to live and work in DC as an attorney. She currently serves as Senior Manager and General Counsel for SEGURA Consulting, a small international consulting firm specializing in advisory services to public and private sector clients in emerging markets. Staci remains an avid Terps fan and attends several football and basketball games a year.
Vice President, Administration
B.A. (CCJS) '10, Assistant State’s Attorney, Montgomery County
Rexanah P. Wyse is an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. She serves as a Program Manager for the Truancy Prevention Program. This Program takes an early intervention approach to identify the root causes of truancy for middle school children and work with students and families to problem-solve. Rexanah oversees the Program at more than 1/3 of Montgomery County’s middle schools, which serves over 200 families in a given school year. In 2010, she earned The Pavela Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the University of Maryland Academic Integrity and Student Ethical Development Program. She graduated from the University of Maryland with her Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Minor in Human Development. In 2013, she earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a concentration in Public Service. In 2016, she was reappointed to serve on the State Advisory Board to the Department of Juvenile Services by Governor Larry Hogan. In 2017, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for CARECEN DC.