Celebrating Every Chapter:Buthaina Shukri, M.S. ’00

Buthaina Shukri


  • M.S., University of Baltimore
  • Career counselor and alumni relations
    and development professional
  • Assistant to the President, Community
    Action Council of Howard County
  • Former director of UB’s Career Center and manager of publications for the School of Law

In January Buthaina Shukri, M.S. ’00 retired from a 20-plus year career in higher education. “I had planned a family trip to the Galapagos Islands,” she says. “But, pandemic.”

Cancelling the trip was disappointing but Shukri is looking forward to her “third act” as assistant to the president at the Community Action Council of Howard County.

“It’s the best of all possible worlds, meaningful part time work at a nonprofit in my community,”  she says.

Shukri has successfully navigated a variety of transitions, from coming to the United States at age 5 to living internationally. Her Iraqi father and British mother met when her father attended university in London. Shukri was born in Germany while her father was in medical school, and the family moved to Austria where he continued his studies. “My socially activist father was nearing graduation and did not want to return to the increasingly oppressive atmosphere in Iraq,” she says. “My parents had become good friends with a couple from Newton, Massachusetts, who offered to sponsor our family to emigrate. We became U.S. citizens in 1972.”

Shukri attended college in New York and lived in California before moving to Berlin, then part of West Germany, where her first husband was stationed with the U.S. Army. “We saw the Wall come down,” she recalls. The couple moved to Seoul, South Korea where Shukri began her career as a job assistance counselor. “I worked with U.S. military personnel when the armed services were being downsized,” she explains. “From the beginning I enjoyed the relationship building.”

Upon returning to the States, Shukri took a position as UB’s assistant director of Career Development and Cooperative Education. The area evolved into The Career Center, and she eventually became its director and also completed her UB master’s degree.

“I was always in awe of the drive and resilience of UB students,” Shukri recalls. “I remember a mentee who would bring her 3-year-old to our meetings after she’d worked all day and before her finance class. One employer said to me, ‘I know your students aren’t going to grow up on my time and money—they know who they are and are going to be successful.’”

“I met so many donors who came from unusual or humble beginnings, who were determined to prevail no matter what. Often they would credit an institution or professor who started them on a path. It’s great when you can share those stories.”

After what she calls “nine wonderful, fulfilling, stimulating, and growth-filled years,” Shukri opened a private practice in career counseling, which allowed her to be more available to her daughter Jessica, then in high school.
She returned to UB as publications manager for the School of Law and several years later moved on to work in alumni relations and development at The George Washington University.

“I met so many donors who came from unusual or humble beginnings, who were determined to prevail no matter what,” she says. “Often they would credit an institution or professor who started them on a path. It’s great when you can share those stories.”

Recently Shukri and her husband Jeffrey Boutwell trained as contact tracers, helping health departments find and inform people who have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 status. Shukri also looks forward to making a difference in her newest role at the Community Action Council, which provides food and housing assistance, including help with energy and weatherization needs, as well as early childhood education resources, to lower-income residents of Howard County.

Shukri became a grandmother in September 2019. “I come from a tiny nuclear family and now I want to gather memories for my grandson Jack,” she explains. Besides recording family history, a longtime interest, she’s writing letters and postcards to Jack: “It’s a way to capture the experience of his family living in this extraordinary time.”

Paula Novash is managing editor of the magazine.


Verlando Brown
Verlando Brown on UB’s campus.


  • M.S., University of Baltimore
  • Operations Assistant at Baltimore Mayor’s
    Office of Children and Family Success
  • Founder of First-Gen Baltimore
  • Thought Partner, Michelle Obama’s
    Reach Higher Initiative

Sometimes all it takes is one person to encourage you to go for your goals. Verlando Brown, M.S. ’15, had several people supporting him during key moments in his life, including a high school guidance counselor, a UB admissions director and former First Lady Michelle Obama. And now, he’s become that encouraging person for other first-generation college students.

Growing up in West Baltimore in a single-parent household, Brown credits his mom for keeping him in school. “My mother was a big proponent for education,” he says. “I was not out in the street, selling drugs or going to jail.”

Brown attended Frederick Douglass High School. “It was rough,” he says, but it was also where his guidance counselor sparked his interest in higher education. “She said, ‘I believe in you, you are smart enough. I know for sure you can make it through college,’” he recalls. “Those were some really powerful words.”

Brown was accepted to Towson University in 2006. It was his first time living on his own, and like many students in his situation, he struggled at first. Statistics show that one-third of first-generation college students drop out within three years. Common issues include “impostor syndrome,” or feeling like you don’t belong, and balancing work and school, since many of these students must work one or more jobs outside of class.

“The university really wants you to learn, and really wants you to make a difference in people’s lives, in the city, the state and this country.”

Brown advises first-generation college students to join at least one organization or club to get involved, even if they’re shy. “Trust me, I know how it feels. But just try to introduce yourself. People will help you and be there for you,” he says.

In fact, he adds, he came close to dropping out his first year at Towson. “What stopped me was the support system that I was able to find and create. Those people said, ‘We’re not going to let you give up on yourself.’” Brown would like to see better mental health support for first-generation college students, to help them avoid struggling as much as he did.

Seeking better job opportunities after attending Towson, Brown found himself on UB’s website. “When I read about the Human Services Administration program,
I loved it. And UB as an institution, something grabbed me about how the school would help you apply what you learned in the classroom to the real world,” he says. A meeting with the graduate admissions director, who encouraged him and even waived the application fee, sealed the deal. “At UB, I felt like I mattered,” says Brown.

In an effort to support his peers, Brown created an event called First-Gen Baltimore. At First-Gen, Brown made another fateful connection: he enticed Eric Waldo, executive director of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, to be the evening’s keynote speaker. “Eric said he was really impressed and he invited me to the White House to meet the First Lady,” says Brown. Waldo also connected him with Forbes, and Brown has since written several articles for their website.

In Washington, D.C., Brown shared his story with students from around the country. When he was introduced to Mrs. Obama, “she gave me a big hug,” says Brown. “It was absolutely amazing.” And when he graduated from UB with his master’s degree, he received a personalized letter of congratulations from then-President Barack Obama.

Brown has worked at several nonprofits including Thread, Inc., an organization that links Baltimore youth with volunteers to build supportive relationships. Now he is an operations assistant at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success. In this pandemic year, he fields more requests for assistance than ever. “We’re doing the best we can to help people,” says Brown.

Of UB, he says, “The university really wants you to learn, and really wants you to make a difference in people’s lives, in the city, the state and this country.” And Brown, by all measures, is doing just that.

Abigail Green, M.A. ’01, is a writer based in Baltimore.


*Class notes featured were received from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.


William Hughes, LL.B. ’64, penned an article that was published in the April 6 issue of the Baltimore Post Examiner, entitled “The Game of Soccer was a Door Opener for Me.”

William R. Ferguson, B.S. ’69, joined the Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore Board of Directors in September 2019. 


Richard G. Lubinski, B.S. ’70, reports he is semi-retired and living in Aurora, Ohio. He served 37 years on the Silver Lake Estates Board of Trustees with 16 years as board chairman. He most recently served as president of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers in Cleveland and also as vice president of the Association’s Region III, which covers eight states and 14 chapters.

Augustus R. Brown, J.D. ’74, was unanimously chosen as the 2019 Faculty Member of the Year by the Keenan Trial Institute of Atlanta (Georgia).

John G. Peters, B.S. ’75, was appointed executive director of Americans for Effective Law Enforcement in early 2020.

Richard K. Renn, J.D. ’76, retired in January after serving for more than 22 years on the York County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas. He was also approved to serve as a senior judge, which means he can fill in part-time wherever needed in Pennsylvania.

Franzella M. Starkey, B.A. ’77, was awarded the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in October 2019 for supporting clients in a variety of legal issues including bankruptcy, adoption, custody and divorce. She joined MVLS in 1996 and has accepted 91 cases to help Eastern Shore of Maryland clients.

Warner I. Sumpter, B.S. ’77, a retired brigadier general, was unanimously elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education for the 2019-2020 term.

J. William Pitcher, J.D. ’78, a
longtime Annapolis lobbyist, joined the law firm of Bellamy Genn in August 2019.


William C. Martin, B.S. ’81, joined the UHY Advisors Mid-Atlantic Tax Practice as principal in January.

Mark S. Radke, J.D. ’81, was appointed to the board of directors of First Colombia Development Corp. in July 2019.

Diane R. Schwartz Jones, J.D. ’82, assumed the role of council administrator for the Howard County Council (Maryland) in August 2019.

David A. Goldner, M.S. ’83, was interviewed for an article in the May 11 issue of The Daily Record called “Accounting Firms Grapple with Unprecedented Impact of Coronavirus.”

Julius C. Green, B.S. ’83, MBA ’89, was reelected in 2019 for a two-year term to the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Board for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Nancy Grodin, MBA ’83, J.D. ’93, retired on September 30, 2019, as Maryland’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner. She held the position for five years and served ten years with the Maryland Insurance Administration.  

Stephen W. Lafferty, J.D. ’83, was named the first chief sustainability
officer for Baltimore County in August 2019.

Cynthia S. Miraglia, J.D. ’83, retired in September 2019 after 20 years as Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

Brian G. Bailey, B.S. ’84, M.S. ’91, was named the new chief executive officer of Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland, in December 2019.

Audrey J. Carrion, J.D. ’84, a Baltimore City circuit court judge, became chief administrator of the trial court in January.

Steven J. Ochse, B.S. ’85, was promoted to senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Easton Utilities in August 2019.

Kendel S. Ehrlich, J.D. ’87, was appointed as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in August 2019 by President Donald J. Trump. 

Walter E. Wilson, M.P.A. ’87, was named the 2019 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award for his work as associate county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Kevin J. Simmons, B.A. ’88, was named director of the newly created Office of Emergency Management for the City of Annapolis (Maryland) in July 2019.

Donna E. Van Scoy, J.D. ’88, joined Lerch, Early & Brewer in January as a family law attorney.


John J. Biemer, B.S. ’90, is the founder and president of Jerseys of Hope, a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring a sense of community and well-being by donating athletic jerseys to hospital patients so they can use them while rooting for their favorite sports teams. He also published a children’s book, Baby Buckeyes, in 2019.

Scott M. Furniss, B.S. ’90, was named chief financial officer in February for Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

David M. Waltzer, M.S. ’90, joined National Dentex Labs in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as its new chief financial officer in April.

Morrisann M. Wilson, J.D. ’90, was appointed to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in September 2019.

Elizabeth W. Benet, J.D. ’92, was named in February to the newly-created role of global chief underwriting officer by AXA XL, a global commercial insurance and reinsurance company. She assists in managing the company’s worldwide cyber risk portfolio.

David J. Fischetti, B.A. ’92, had his book, Vision to Results: Leadership in Action, recognized by Forbes as a Best Leadership Book of 2019.

Adrian S. Johnson, B.S. ’92, recently completed his term as chairman of the African-American Credit Union Coalition.

David C. Miller, B.A. ’92, published a children’s book, Gabe and His Green Thumb, which BlackNews.com called a “must-read for young black boys” in July 2019.

Chester G. “Chip” Davis Jr., J.D. ’93, was appointed president and chief executive officer in February for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance located in Arlington, Virginia. 

Jonathan L. Gold, J.D. ’93, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC, in their Washington, D.C., office in April.

Timothy J. Longo Sr., J.D. ’93, became the police chief at the University of Virginia in February and serves as associate vice president for safety and security. He is the former police chief for the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Timothy J. Quick, J.D. ’93, was appointed judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2019.

Sean E. Doherty, B.A. ’94, was elected to the Firestone (Colorado) Board of Trustees in April for a four-year term.

Anne Murphy, J.D. ’94, is a lecturer of law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

David J. Shuster, J.D. ’94, was recognized by Benchmark Litigations as a Maryland Litigation Star in October 2019.

Gustava E. Taler, J.D. ’94, was named an Influential Marylander for 2020 for civic leadership by The Daily Record. 

Richard B. Benenson, MBA ’95, began his term in March as managing partner with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck.

Kevin R. Dunbar, MBA ’95, president and chief executive officer of Dunbar Security Solutions and Dunbar Security Products, became the sole owner of both companies in February. 

Sharon Glazer, M.S. ’95, professor and chair of UB’s Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences, was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in April. 

Charles R. Simmons, J.D. ’95, joined the firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston as a partner in April. 

David T. Yang, M.A. ’95, became vice president for digital transformation with ICF, a global consulting company, in February.

Michael G. Campbell, J.D. ’96, served a one-year term as president of the Montgomery County Inn of the American Inns of Court, beginning in August 2019.

Mark O. Engel, M.S. ’97, joined Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountants as a tax manager on the International Tax Team in September 2019.

Paul G. Fipps, B.S. ’97, MBA ’01, was named to the new position of chief experience officer for Under Armour, Inc. in February.

Christopher J. Lambert, J.D.’97, is the vice president for advancement and alumni relations at Bethany College (West Virginia) as of July 2019.

Yolanda F. Sonnier, J.D.’97, became the head of the Howard County (Maryland) Office of Human Rights in June 2019. 

Robert D. Matthews, B.S. ’98, was named vice president for workforce development and chief of staff for Exelon Utilities in March. 

Jessica duHoffman, J.D. ’99, received the Executive Director’s Award from Maryland Legal Aid at the 2nd Annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast in July 2019.

Dorenda R. King, J.D. ’99, began her mission as equal opportunity manager at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in April.


Terri D. Brown, MBA ’00, is the director of the Office of Arbitration Service for the National Mediation Board as of March.

Patricia M. Muhammad, J.D. ’00, published three academic book reviews last year: “The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats” which appeared in 95:3 International Social Science Review Art. 16 (2019), “Accounting for Slavery” which appeared in 52:4 The History Teacher 724 (2019), and “Human Rights and the Care of Self” which appeared in 95:2 International Social Science Review Art. 11 (2018).

Melanie A. Pursel, M.S. ’00, became tourism director of Worcester County (Maryland) in April. She was previously president and chief executive officer of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. 

James B. Smith, M.P.A. ’00, reports he earned a doctorate in public policy and administration from Walden University in October 2019.

Todd R. Chason, J.D. ’01, was elected as managing member and general counsel for Gordon Feinblatt LLC in September 2019.

Carlos Nunes, J.D. ’01, was hired as the code enforcement officer by the Boyce (Virginia) Town Council in October 2019. 

Tiffany P. Robinson, J.D. ’01, was chosen in July 2019 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve as Secretary of Labor for the state of Maryland.

Equilla Savage, B.A. ’01, is a case management specialist with the Maryland Department of Corrections. 

Nicholas E. Kosmas, MBA ’02, J.D. ’13, joined Clear One Advantage, a debt settlement and financial education company, as general counsel in May 2019. He oversees the company’s national legal functions.

Gillian B. Pommerehn, MBA ’02, was promoted to senior vice president by Crosby Marketing Communications in September 2019.

Astrid Schmidt-King, J.D. ’02, executive in residence and director of the international business program at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, was named a Bowe Fellow by the World Trade Center Institute for the 2020 cohort in October 2019. She participated in the Emerging and Developing Global Executives Program to learn more about key global business issues, relationships and more. 

Kendra V. Johnson, J.D. ’03, was appointed community superintendent for the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System in July 2019.

Mary E. Lanham, M.A. ’03, joined UHealth and the University of Miami (Florida) Miller School of Medicine as chief marketing and communications officer in June 2019.

Gelmin A. Portillo, B.S. ’03, and Jimena Portillo, B.S. ’07, opened the second location of their restaurant, Taco Love Grill, in the Cross Street Market in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood in August 2019.

Wennesa B. Snoddy, J.D. ’03, was selected in March by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve as associate judge for the District Court of Maryland, District 5, Prince George’s County. 

Mark A. Aitken, B.A. ’04, joined DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, as director of U.S. Legislative Affairs in May 2019. 

Kelly Beckham-Madigan, J.D. ’04, was appointed the first executive director for the Baltimore County Office of Ethics and Accountability in December 2019. The office was formed in early 2019 to provide increased oversight of county government by working to identify fraud, abuse or illegal acts. 

Christopher P. Dean, J.D. ’04, is a health care lawyer who joined Miles and Stockbridge in December 2019 as a principal in its health care practice.

Jason Downs, B.A. ’04, was appointed chief deputy attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia in March.

Georgette D. Kiser, MBA ’04, operating executive with the Carlyle Group, was named to the NCR Corporation Board of Directors. NCR Corporation is a software- and services-led enterprise provider for the financial, retail and hospitality industries. 

Andrew S. Rappaport, J.D. ’04, was selected by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in October 2019 to serve as judicial appointee for the Calvert County Circuit Court.

Aaron W. Anderson, M.A. ’05, was appointed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in September 2019 to serve on the state’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board.

Monique Y. Cox, M.A. ’05, was appointed in November 2019 as executive director for the Baltimore region of the Urban Alliance. She leads its strategy, development and operations. 

Jennifer L. McNulty, J.D. ’05, was confirmed as associate justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court in August 2019.

Jason R. Potter, J.D. ’05, became the assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland in January.

Kevin A. Wisniewski, M.A. ’05, became the director of book history and digital initiatives at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, in July 2019. 

Duncan S. Keir, J.D. ’06, joined Albers & Associates in March.

Snehal P. Massey, B.S. ’06, J.D. ’15, joined the family law practice at Turnbull Nicholson & Sanders as an associate in February.

Kelly A. Powers, J.D. ’06, was awarded the 2019 Federal Bench Exceptional Service Award in November 2019 for her work with children and parents. Particularly noted was her dedication, experience and service to the Court in handling cases under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention. 

Daniel A. Blank, B.A. ’07, started a new position at Kohl’s in Lutherville, Maryland, in September 2019.

Scarlett M. Corso, B.A. ’07, J.D. ’10, rejoined the liability team in the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in March. She previously held positions with The Travelers Indemnity Company and Gilman & Bedigian, LLC. 

Kimberly H. Neal, J.D. ’07, general counsel for The Children’s Guild Alliance, was elected in January as secretary of the board of directors for the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Erich M. Bean, J.D. ’08, was selected by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in November 2019 to serve as a judge for the Allegany County District Court.

Lauren D. Benjamin, J.D. ’08, an attorney at the firm of Gildea & Schmitt, LLC, was reappointed to the alumnae board of Roland Park Country School in Baltimore in 2019.

Bridgette M. Harwood Stumpf, J.D. ’08, won an Excel Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in October 2019. Stumpf’s recognition came from her work as the executive director of the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a nonprofit she co-founded in 2012.

Mikhel A. Kushner, J.D. ’08, joined the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in April as the Title IX coordinator.

Kevin D. Hebbel, MBA ’09, was promoted to a director at the SC&H Group, leading organizations in the execution of business strategies and deployment of innovative solutions.

Thomas E. Miller, J.D. ’09, joined Nixon Law Group, PLLC, a leading health law firm in Richmond, Virginia, as senior counsel in July 2019.


Kathleen W. Hurd, J.D. ’11, was elected to the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Bank and Trust in November 2019.

Theresa J. Kallman, J.D. ’11, became the director of patient safety and risk management for Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, in January. She also presented a workshop at the October 2019 American Society for Health Care Risk Management National Conference in Baltimore, titled “Ethical Decision-Making: A Four-Topics Approach with Complex Case Study.”

John P. Malone, J.D. ’11, joined Shryne Group in Los Angeles, California, as general counsel in September 2019. He is experienced in helping cannabis startups with strategic planning and navigating complex regulatory environments.

Jessica L. Phillips, J.D. ’11, joined Maho Prentice, LLP, in Santa Barbara, California, in September 2019. She specializes in personal injury, including automobile accidents, product liability, wrongful death, toxic tort, and sudden and catastrophic injuries. 

Dytonia L. Reed, M.A. ’11, J.D. ’18, was named assistant director of government relations for the Maryland Insurance Administration in January.

Takia R. Ross, B.A. ’11, was named one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch for 2019.

Matthew J. Rudo, J.D. ’11, joined the Baltimore office of Cordell & Cordell in August 2019 as a senior litigation attorney.

Lauren B. Ziegler, J.D. ’11, was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in December 2019 to serve on the Maryland Park Advisory Commission. 

Matthew P. Burkett, MBA ’12, is the chief financial officer at FUN.com in North Mankato, Minnesota, which is the largest online retailer of Halloween costumes and novelty collectible goods. He joined the company in June 2019. 

Robin Holmes, B.A. ’12, founder of Deddle’s Donuts, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from SCORE Greater Baltimore in September 2019. SCORE is a nonprofit that supports the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

James R. Jeffcoat, J.D. ’12, joined the Baltimore office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in April as counsel.

Aditya S. Raval, MBA ’12, joined ClearOne Advantage in November 2019 as marketing director. He is responsible for marketing initiatives, digital engagement and new customer growth.

Michael Sapperstein, M.S. ’12, was promoted to assurance manager in February for Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC, a business consulting and accounting firm.

Brian C. Thompson, J.D. ’12, was promoted in April to associate general counsel at Merkle in Columbia, Maryland.

LaFontaine E. Oliver, MBA ’13, became president and general manager of WYPR-FM 88.1, the National Public Radio station serving Baltimore and the state of Maryland, in July 2019.

Barbara E. Payne-Maddalena, J.D. ’13, joined Berenzweig Leonard, LLP in December 2019 as a senior associate attorney.

Tiffany F. Boykin, J.D. ’14, received the 2020 Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals last winter for her contributions to student success, outstanding leadership and service. 

John J. Leppler Jr., J.D. ’14, a civil litigation attorney, joined the firm of Albers & Associates as a senior attorney in January.

Anthony W. Moll, M.F.A. ’14, won a Lambda Literary Award in June 2019 for his 2018 book, Out of Step: A Memoir. The collection of essays, set toward the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” years, won in the category of Bisexual Nonfiction.

Anna S. Sholl, J.D. ’14, was promoted in October 2019 to deputy executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Stephanie Weaver, M.P.A. ’14, was appointed deputy administrator by California Governor Gavin Newsome for the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in October 2019.

Verlando C. Brown, M.S. ’15, authored an article that appeared online in Forbes in February entitled “Overcoming The Challenges Of Getting Through College.”

Tyler M. Corrado, B.S. ’15, joined BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, in January. He was hired for the newly created role of manager of social media and fan engagement.

Jermaine D. Haughton, J.D. ’15, authored an article in October 2019 called “A letter to my 10-year-old self, who wanted to be a lawyer” which appeared in Generation J.D., The Daily Record’s blog for young lawyers, by young lawyers.

Kelly M. Savoca, MBA ’15, was appointed vice president and chief financial officer for Sheppard Pratt Health System in August 2019.

Momen Abukhdeir, J.D. ’16, was hired as the first chief data and performance officer for Baltimore County in February.

Richard L. Adams, J.D. ’16, CERT ’20, joined O’Byrne Law LLC as an associate attorney in November 2019.

Sonia M. Almonte, CERT ’16, was named new community engagement representative for Baltimore County, District 1, by County Executive Johnny Olszewski in August 2019.

Kara Brogden, B.S. ’16, joined Continental Realty Corporation as an asset management associate in October 2019. 

Vernon D. Brownlee, J.D. ’16, joined the liability team in the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in February.

Michael March, J.D. ’16, an associate with Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, was elected in February to the board of directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Bryan Upshur, J.D. ’16, became the assistant solicitor for Baltimore City in February. 

David A. Fraser, J.D, ’17, joined the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik as a liability associate in September 2019.

Kara K. Parker, J.D, ’17, joined the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in November 2019 as an associate focusing on workers’ compensation and employers’ liability.

Benjamin H. Seider, J.D. ’17, joined the workers’ compensation group of Goldberg Segalla in September 2019.

Brianna Billups, B.S. ’18, received the 2020 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business in March. She was honored for her participation in the Merrick School of Business’ Ratcliffe Entrepreneurship Fellows Program and for her business venture, Fully Grown, an organic line of fruit snacks whose profits support the nutritional health of children, families and communities. 

David Chiodaroli, B.A. ’18, writes for Screen Rant, an online entertainment news site that features news and commentary on television, films, video games and film theories. 

Marleigh A. Davis, J.D. ’18, joined the workers’ compensation group at Franklin & Prokopik in February as an associate.

Janet E. Franklin, J.D. ’18, joined Hawley Troxell in its Pocatello (Idaho) office as a litigation associate in January.

Horton J. McCormick, J.D. ’18, joined Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC in October 2019 focusing on general litigation and insurance defense.

John F. Simanski III, J.D. ’18, joined the liability team of Franklin & Prokopik in September 2019 and focuses on liability defense. 

Matthew T. West, J.D. ’18, joined Franklin & Prokopik in September 2019 as a workers’ compensation associate.

Lindsey Eldridge, M.P.A. ’19, became the community outreach coordinator for the Baltimore Police Department in August 2019. She has also been serving as the department’s acting director of public affairs and community outreach since January.

Alexis L. Holiday, J.D. ’19, joined Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A. in January as an associate in the family law practice.

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Baby Bees

Leo Heid, B.S. ’59, welcomed great-granddaughter, Caroline Panzer, on November 15, 2019.



Olukemi Fasehun, B.S. ’11 welcomed son Jeremiah Fasehun.




Ashley Thomas, B.S. ’11, and Nicolas Banack, B.A. ’14, married in June 2019. They welcomed their first child, Hunter Banack, in April.



Christopher M. Craig, B.A. ’06, M.A. ’11, and Courtney L. Craig, B.S. ’12, welcomed twin boys, Matthew Jacob and Brian Andrew, on February 6.

Caron A. Brace, M.P.A. ’09, J.D. ’14, and D. Watkins, B.A ’09, M.F.A. ’14, welcomed a daughter, Cross, on January 15.

Roy C. Brewington Jr., M.P.A. ’12, welcomed a son, Parker Ian, in September 2019.

Christopher Pineda, B.A. ’17, MBA ’20, became the head of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance in July 2019. He previously managed the Main Street Program in Dundalk, Maryland. He and his wife, Brittany Thompson Pineda, B.S. ’18, also welcomed their daughter, Abigail Grace, on February 18.

Adrianna Vargas, M.P.A. ’19, welcomed a son, Amir Macias Lee Beard, in November 2019.

Let us know when your little one arrives, and we’ll send you a Baby Bee bib. Share the buzz at 410.837.6131 or alumni@ubalt.edu.

In Memoriam

William G. Woods Jr., A.A. ’43

George J. Connor, A.A. ’47

Santo J. Salvaggio, B.S. ’51

William Tamburrino, B.S. ’51

George F. Wohlgemuth, B.S. ’51

Albert G. Kramer, A.A. ’52

Edward B. Rybczynski, J.D. ’52

Leon I. Snyder, B.S. ’52

Dorothy J. Tamburrino, A.A. ’52

John R. Cannon, LL.B. ’53

Raymond A. Richards, J.D. ’53

Stanley M. Sody, B.S. ’53

James J. Dembeck, J.D. ’54

Harold E. Hicks Jr., CERT ’54

David E. Monath, B.S. ’55

Jerry M. Covey, B.S. ’56

Francis J. Dabkowski, B.S. ’56

J. Max Millstone Sr., LL.B. ’56

Raymond B. Ellis, B.S. ’57

Herman F. Timme, A.A. ’57

Robert H. Bates, LL.B. ’58

Bernard Brager, LL.B. ’58

Dominic D. Ferrarini, LL.B. ’58

Richard G. McQuay, B.S. ’58

George W. Tyrie Jr., B.S. ’58

Donald V. Conelius, B.S. ’59

Wayne B. Morris, B.S. ’59, MBA ’90

Martin I. Moylan, B.S. ’59

Edward J. Swietkoski, B.S. ’59

Robert L. Metzger, B.S. ’60

Charles E. Huckins, B.S. ’61

John D. Malone, B.S. ’62

Richard D. Rosenblatt, B.S.’62

Robert G. Durnal, J.D. ’63

Barry J. Kanefsky, B.S. ’63

David G. Lavin, B.S. ’63

Frederick W. Meise Jr., B.S. ’63

Richard J. Pozecki, J.D. ’63

Thomas B. Shettle, J.D. ’63

Wallace C. Ammon, B.S. ’64

William C. Bausman, J.D. ’64

Robert M. Colston, B.S. ’64

Walter D. Dell, B.S. ’64

Thomas J. Doud Jr., LL.B. ’64

Donald J. May, J.D. ’64

Jerome P. Mead, B.S. ’64

Jack B. Rubin, J.D. ’64

Robert H. Bommer Jr., J.D. ’65

Charles A. Crawford, B.S. ’65

Terry R. Crossfield, B.S. ’65

Louis J. Martucci, LL.B. ’65

Frederick J. Alsruhe, LL.B. ’66

Joseph H. Barthelmes, B.S. ’66

Marvin M. Fribush, B.A. ’66

Milton W. Lee, J.D. ’66

Ronald J. Levasseur, J.D. ’66

George A. Sheehan, LL.B. ’66

David M. Williams, LL.B. ’66

Richard C. Brooke, J.D. ’67

Joan B. Burrier, LL.B. ’67, M.P.A. ’82

Patrick Cavanaugh, B.S. ’67, J.D. ’74

Thomas C. Getner, J.D. ’67

Jack W. Harris, CERT ’67

Roger B. Hayden, B.S. ’67

Ronald K. Macken, B.A. ’67

Wadsworth Robinson, LL.B. ’67

Robert J. Smith, B.S. ’67

Lewis G. von Lossberg, B.S. ’67

Ronald B. Zimmerman, B.S. ’67

William L. Bramman Jr., B.S. ’68

Ronald L. Hayden, B.S. ’68

John F. McClellan, LL.B. ’68

John S. Munsell, B.S. ’68

James O. Myer Jr., B.S. ’68

Patrick J. Barrett, B.S. ’69

Guy R. Ayres III, J.D. ’70

George A. Breschi, J.D. ’70

St. George I.B. Crosse III, J.D. ’70

Worthington E. Hubbard, B.S. ’70

Joseph G. Johns Jr., B.S. ’70

Frank R. Kanour, B.S. ’70

Frank B. Proctor, J.D. ’70

Frederick E. Spence, B.S. ’70

Leonard H. Wilmore Jr., B.S. ’70

Alan M. Wolf Jr., J.D. ’70

John W. Bryant, J.D. ’71

George K. Fluharty, B.S. ’71

Andrew T. Grau, B.S. ’71

James D. Medwin, B.S. ’71

Carol A. White, B.A. ’71

Louis C. Bricca, J.D. ’72

Ralph A. Costello, B.S. ’72

Richard A. Furst, B.S. ’72

Emile A. Henault, J.D. ’72

Robert L. Kreuger, B.S. ’72

James F. Schneider, J.D. ’72

Thomas F. Taylor, B.S. ’72

Ronald B. Annesly, B.S. ’73

Joe R. Carney, J.D. ’73

Harry B. Classon, B.S. ’73

Anthony G. Dibenedetto, J.D. ’73

Karl V. Hetherington Jr., J.D. ’73

Sherrie Kavalsky, B.S. ’73

Edward C. Grapski, B.S. ’74

Benjamin J. Rome, B.S. ’74

Mary L. Smith, J.D. ’74

WG Speicher Jr., J.D. ’74

Joseph C. Baranauskas, B.S. ’75

M. Lorraine Hebrank, B.S. ’75

Roger L. Pickens, J.D. ’75

Marijane K. Prichard, B.A. ’75

Murray H. Seidel, B.S. ’75, M.S. ’83

Thomas P. Barbera, J.D. ’76

James L. Carlsen, B.S. ’76

Barbara T. Durr, B.S. ’76

Laura H. Foster, J.D. ’76

Otis K. Hurd, B.S. ’76

Charles J. Kollar, J.D. ’76

Thomas M. McDonald, B.S. ’76

William M. Rudd, J.D. ’76

Raymond S. J. Sprague Jr., M.S. ’76

Kenneth D. Thomas, B.S. ’76

Anthony J. Waytekunas Jr., B.A. ’76

Neil S. Alpern, J.D. ’78

Kirk L. Hurley, J.D. ’78

J. Frank Nayden, J.D. ’78

Arthur I. Messinger, J.D. ’79

John E. Ames Jr., M.S. ’80

Mark R. Hagner, B.S. ’80

Susan H. Murphy, MBA ’80

Vincent J. Sabatino, CERT ’80, M.S. ’80

John E. Carter, MBA ’81

Terri A. Davis, J.D. ’81

Martin A. Hayes, B.S. ’81

Larry L. Smith, M.S. ’81

Barton L. Stringham, J.D. ’81

Michael Zaruba, B.S. ’81

Harry L. Adler, J.D. ’82

Don E. Ansell, J.D. ’82

Edward R. Jeunette Jr., J.D. ’82

Kathleen E. Mensache, M.P.A. ’82

Thomas J. Ward, J.D. ’82

Ronald D. Bledsoe, B.S. ’83

James W. Gracie, M.S. ’83

Charles P. Hastings, B.S. ’83

Claudia H. Stewart, J.D. ’83

Timothy K. Michels, J.D. ’84

Donald R. Newhouse, M.S. ’84

Otilla M. Van der Veken, B.A. ’84

Joseph W. Majcher, MBA ’85

David E. Deinlein, B.S. ’86

Beverly D. Hague, B.S. ’86

Francis G. Martin, J.D. ’86

Carol M. McGowan, J.D. ’87

Robert J. Morrissey, J.D. ‘87

James J. Conrad Jr., M.P.A. ’88

Frederick A. Gantz, B.A. ’88

John M. Lis, J.D. ’88

Leslie H. Varga, B.A. ’88, M.A. ’95

Jean L. Buettner, B.S. ’89, M.S. ’92

Richard M. Terry, B.A. ’89, M.A. ’91

Mark W. Conforti, J.D. ’91

Joseph R. Barnes, B.S. ’92

Donald D. Lochary, M.A. ’92

Kim W. Chong, B.S. ’94

Sandra L. Sadler, B.A. ’95

Susan E. Bare, J.D. ’97

Todd M. Fannin, B.S. ’99

Matthew D. Wiley, MBA ’99

Amy Elizabeth Clemens, B.A. ’04

Eric K. Johnson, B.S. ’07

Marguerite C. Underdue, B.S. ’07

Jeanne S. Ten Broeck, M.S. ’11

Yolanda L. Thomas, M.S. ’11

Lekquan D. Young, B.S. ’19

Bert P. Smith, M.A. ’85 
Smith, a former Marine, award-winning graphic designer and postcard collector, died on October 24, 2019. He was a graduate of UB’s publications design program, and joined the program as faculty in 1985. He taught at UB for 27 years until his retirement in 2012.

Katrina J. Dennis, J.D. ’04 
A trial attorney, University System of Maryland regent, mentor and activist, Dennis died on August 31, 2019. She was a passionate client advocate, known for her work in higher education and labor and employment. After her death, her friends and colleagues Sean R. Malone, J.D. ’97, and his wife, Lisa Harris Jones, established the Katrina J. Dennis Memorial Scholarship for law students focusing on litigation. 



Marjorie Boafo Appiah
Marjorie Boafo Appiah at her Spartanburg, South Carolina home.


  • MBA, University of Baltimore
  • Author of The Shimmigrant and Same Elephants
  • Education and literacy advocate
  • Founder of nonprofit Girls for STEAM and creator of MarjyTV

Author Marjorie Boafo Appiah, MBA ’07, publishes her novels under the name Marjy Marj. It’s an upbeat moniker that accurately reflects her enthusiasm for her many ventures. In addition to writing a series of novels based on the immigrant experience, Boafo Appiah is the founder of the nonprofit Girls for STEAM. She’s also a management consultant who works with local businesses and host of a video streaming channel, Marjy TV.

Boafo Appiah was born in Ghana and moved to the United States in her early twenties. “I am as Ghanaian as jollof rice and as American as apple pie,” she says. “Home is wherever you become part of your community.”

Boafo Appiah initially lived with an uncle in New York and then moved to Baltimore to attend UB. “I have fond memories of my MBA studies,” she says. “When my son Adom attended a camp at The John Hopkins University, we visited the UB campus.  I took my Dad as well, when he visited from Ghana.”

Boafo Appiah and her physician husband lived in Arkansas before relocating to their current city of Spartanburg, South Carolina. There she founded Girls for STEAM (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) with friends from high school. The organization promotes educational activities for youth ages 6 to 18 in the United States and Ghana.

“I am passionate about representation, that kids see themselves in stories. And for children who often do not own books, there is a special feeling when they can say ‘this book is mine.’”

“We provide mentors and resources,” she explains. “It’s wonderful to see children get so excited about whatever they are doing—coding, dance, spelling, math, debate—and help the future generation to dream and aspire to achieve great heights.”

One initiative of Girls for STEAM, Giving Book Day, regularly distributes books by authors of color. The project began when Boafo Appiah noticed that her local Barnes and Noble had boxes of unsold books to donate. The initiative also partners with Project Lit Ghana, which provides books by authors of African descent to children and young adults in that country. “Every day is Giving
Book Day!” she says. “I am passionate about representation, that kids see themselves in stories. And for children who often do not own books, there is a special feeling when they can say ‘this book is mine.’”

Boafo Appiah created Marjy TV, which streams via YouTube and Facebook, as a vehicle to provide inspirational content and discuss “everyday issues impacting the human race,” she says. Recent interviewees have addressed topics such as how to have difficult conversations and how to support frontline workers through music. She also hosted a series focusing on youth called “Everyday Heroes.”

Boafo Appiah’s first novel, The Shimmigrant, tells the story of Obaa Yaa Sasha, a young woman who emigrates to the United States and becomes a maidservant. “If you are bold enough to relocate to America and pledge allegiance to the flag, you are American, and yet immigrants are judged,” Boafo Appiah says. “We need to share stories of those who persevere against the odds, to inspire, motivate and encourage.” Her latest novel, Same Elephants, continues Sasha’s story as four friends from diverse backgrounds come together to educate their community about the dangers of stereotyping.

Her new book is set in both the United States and Ghana. “There is a lot about culture people will appreciate, and it deals with some sensitive issues,” she continues. “I think my American, African, international and diverse readers will be quite pleased.”

With her full, and fun, schedule, Boafo Appiah says she finds time to write wherever she can. “Early in the morning, after work, before my kid’s games, in the car—I write whenever the opportunity presents itself.”

A Legacy of Giving

Historic image of Dave Huge leaping down steps
Photo by one of Hugel’s television colleagues: “I was scrambling down the station steps to cover the 1968 Baltimore riots,” he recalls.

For David Hugel, J.D. ’73, M.S. ’77, a Vietnam War veteran and nationally recognized legal authority on public and highway safety, service to country and community has always been important. Like many UB students, Hugel worked while he attended school, first as a news reporter for WBAL and WJZ Baltimore where he covered the unrest in 1968 for the station. Then, while pursuing his law degree, he worked in public relations for the Baltimore office of the American Red Cross. He went on to teach as an adjunct professor in UB’s criminal justice program from 1974-77 before joining Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. There he taught constitutional law, evidence and police civil liability to law enforcement officials from across the country.

David Hugel Speaking
Hugel today.

His passion for service and helping others is reflected in the legacy he is leaving for UB students and the community. In 2018, Hugel established the David H. Hugel Papers held in the Special Collections Department of UB’s Robert L. Bogomolny Library. The collection, open for research to UB students, faculty, staff and the community, contains publications, articles, photographs and other ephemera related to his professional career, electioneering and community activism.

Most recently Hugel worked with the College of Public Affairs and the Office of Institutional Advancement to create the David H. Hugel Future Leaders Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship supports future UB undergraduate students who are passionate about making their communities a better place for all. To fund the scholarship, Hugel has generously included a bequest for UB in his will.

Including UB in estate plans is a way alumni and friends can pass down opportunities to the next generation. When these gifts create an endowment, as Hugel’s will, they grow and prosper indefinitely, benefiting UB students, faculty and programs. And it gives donors like Hugel the satisfaction of knowing their gifts will impact lives for generations to come.

UB’s Office of Institutional Advancement provides gift planning information and assistance to alumni and friends who are considering how they may want to help UB students. Most of the more than $1 million in bequests UB has received in the last two years will eventually provide direct support to our students.

Through his bequest, Hugel is ensuring that his legacy of service lives on.

For more information about gift planning with the University of Baltimore, please contact:

Leslie Joyce
Senior Director of Development
University of Baltimore

For additional information visit: http://ub.myplannedgift.org/

Rainbow Connection

A rainbow painting on the sidewalk In many cultures, rainbows are a symbol of hope. And a newly-painted rainbow crosswalk on UB’s campus conjures thoughts of positive change as well, as it celebrates the university’s support of the LGBTQ+ community. Conceived and executed by the university’s Student Government Association (SGA), the Philadelphia Rainbow Flag street mural is located in the alley between the Thumel Business Center and the Liberal Arts and Policy Building. Students painting the rainbow“This project is a way to raise awareness, promote diversity and safe spaces, and highlight the struggles of underrepresented communities to achieve social equality,” says Daniel Khoshkepazi, President of the SGA. The SGA passed a resolution in support of the project in June, Pride Month, and presented a proposal to UB’s administration. “Everyone was 100 percent supportive, and that felt very empowering,” Khoshkepazi adds. University System of Maryland guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic restricted the number of people doing the actual painting. Those involved include Khoshkepazi, SGA Senators Emily Kamp and Joseph Ha, Anthony Butler, M.A. ’02, SGA Advisor and director of UB’s Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement, and Sara Golden, a Baltimore community artist. The team spent more than 20 hours over several days creating the mural. The rainbow crosswalk is the first of its kind on a Maryland university campus. “We’re proud to have a new campus and city landmark that people can visit and enjoy,” says Khoshkepazi. “With projects like this one, the SGA is engaging in cultural change that benefits UB and the community for years to come.”