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.
For questions related to the BSOS Alumni Network, please contact Jenny Kilberg, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, jkilberg [at] umd [dot] edu.
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.
Ilana Cohen, Esq.
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. Ilana is a single mom of a 10 year old girl. They both enjoy playing and watching sports, and attending Terp athletic events. Go Terps!
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. ’87 (ECON), Assistant Special Agent in Charge, US Drug Enforcement Administration
Don is a US Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge, overseeing global narcotic, transnational organized criminal and narco-terrorism investigations. He also teaches financial investigations, anti-money laundering, and counter-threat finance.
Don graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Economics in 1987 and was commissioned as a US Army Military Intelligence Officer. He was activated and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 where as the Chief of Threat Finance, he created the Afghan Threat Finance Cell. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years in the US Army Reserves.
Don grew up in Maryland and currently, has a daughter attending the University of Maryland.
B.A. ’18 (GVPT), Associate, Alliance to Save Energy
Kevin Johnson grew up in Clarksville, Maryland, and will be graduating from the University of Maryland in May of 2018 where he will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Government and Politics. Kevin has held multiple internships that have helped him gain valuable experience in the public policy and government affairs fields. In Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2017, he interned for Maryland State Delegate Herb McMillan, who represents Annapolis, Maryland. Since then he has interned for Congressman Pat Meehan, the National Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of Manufacturers, and K&L Gates International Law firm, focusing on financial services and tax policy.
B.A. (GVPT & CCJS) '10, Commercial Counsel, KLDiscovery
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.
B.A.’17 (CCJS & GVPT), Associate, Lafayette Group
Jessie Latter holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Criminology and Criminal Justice and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park (2017).During her time as an undergraduate student she served both as the CCJS Representative and Vice Chair of Programming for the BSOS Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC) and as a BSOS Ambassador. She was also a member of UMD's chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma. After graduation Jessie joined Lafayette Group as an Associate where she supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in strategic planning efforts related to public safety communications.
B.A. ’08 (SOCY), Cybersecurity Strategist, Department of Defense
Linh is a proud 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Sociology and also an academic citation from the CIVICUS program. She received her Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Cyber Security in 2016 followed by a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security in 2017 from Loyola University Maryland. She currently works as a Cybersecurity Strategist for the Department of Defense. In her spare time, she serves as a member of the Terrapin Club Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Terrapin Club New Generation Committee and on both the Pastoral Council and Haiti Committee at St. Louis Catholic Church. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to sporting events, and traveling the world..
Sharon S. Palmer, Au.D.
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.
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board 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.
Jeremy 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 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 was recently elected Treasurer 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. Jeremy previously served as the Vice President of the Honors College Alumni Network and is thrilled to join 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 7-year-old daughter to love the Terps!
Bishop Sakyi ’11 (CCJS)
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Vice President, Alumni Programs
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture
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.
Staci D. Schweizer
B.A. (PSYC) '02, Senior Manager & General Counsel, 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.
Brian Vincent ’03 (ECON)
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Vice President, Administration
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.