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, please contact Jenny Kilberg, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, jkilberg [at] umd [dot] edu.
GVPT'12, Account Executive, Salesforce
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Vice President, Alumni Programs
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!
(GVPT & ENSP)'15, Finance Associate, Andrew Cuomo for New York
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Vice President, Finance
Ryan Belcher is a Director for Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign. He has worked on numerous political campaigns 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.
(GVPT & ECON)'18, Analyst, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Vice President, Administration
Adwoa Boateng is an analyst at the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. government’s independent oversight agency for Afghanistan reconstruction. 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.
Ilana Cohen, Esq. '00 (PSYC)
Health Insurance Policy, HHS/CMS
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board Immediate Past President
Ilana Cohen currently works at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) where she is the Opioid Policy lead and also works as a Project Officer for an Integrated Care for Kids Model in Medicaid and CHIP. Previously she worked at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) within CMS where she worked on policy and regulatory matters with regard to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Ilana began working on national healthcare policy changes with the Obama transition team and congressional offices to assist with the drafting of the Medicaid provisions of the Affordable Care Act (known as "Obamacare"). 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 13 year old girl. They both enjoy playing and watching sports, and attending Terp athletic events. Go Terps!
Brandon Cole '01 (GEOG)
Principal Cyber Security Analyst - U.S. Army Product Manager Information Warfare
BSOS Alumni Chapter Board President
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.
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.
Gideon Kaplan'10 (GVPT & CCJS)
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.
Jessie Latter'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.
Paul 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.
Shaba Nassar '10 (ECON & Finance)
Community Affairs Strategist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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.
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)
Attorney, Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP
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.
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.