*Class notes featured were received from June 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022. 

Congratulations to the following alumnae who were included in The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland:
Amy E. Askew, J.D. ’01
Jill P. Carter, J.D. ’92
Ginger R. Robinson, J.D. ’06
Stacy L. Rodgers, M.P.A. ’99
Keiva G. Rodriques, MBA ’10
Lucy A. Rutishauser, MBA ’87

They were recognized in May as high-achieving individuals who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring.


Joe Monfre as Soccer RefereeJoe Manfre, B.S. ’69, marked 50 years of refereeing soccer on July 19, 2021. A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Manfre has refereed for NCAA finals, professional matches, the Major Indoor Soccer League, as well as for high schools and at the collegiate level. He is also a member of The University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame.


Augustus Freeborn Brown, J.D. ’74, was included in Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry for 2021.

Janet Coupland, B.A. ’78, joined the board of trustees for the Cape May (New Jersey) MAC (Museum+Arts+Culture) as recording secretary in June 2021. 

Myrna Dunnam, J.D. ’78, received the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from Lamar University in March, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and served on the College of Business’s advisory board.

Alan J. Hyatt, J.D. ’78, received the Dream Keepers Award at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Program in Anne Arundel County in March, in recognition of his work to establish civil rights memorials throughout Maryland.

Audrey S. Cimino, B.A. ’79, J.D. ’80, was honored on October 17, 2021, for her 25 years of service to the Community Foundation of Carroll County (Maryland). She retired as executive director in 2020.


After serving for almost two decades, Donald C. Fry, J.D. ’80, stepped down from his position as the Greater Baltimore Committee’s president and chief executive officer in June. Fry was also inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame on June 2. 

Brian Darmody, J.D. ’81, assumed the role of chief strategy officer in April at the Association of University Research Parks, a nonprofit organization representing research and science parks.

Gunnip & Company CPAs in Delaware promoted Lynn Ritter, B.S. ’82, to senior manager in its tax department in October 2021.

Carole Boston Weatherford, M.A. ’82, published a children’s picture book titled Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. The book was longlisted for the National Book Award and is a finalist for the prestigious Kirkus Prize, both of which will be awarded in late 2022. Her book also won a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor in 2021.

The Philadelphia Business Journal honored Julius C. Green, B.S. ’83, MBA ’89, with its CFO of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021. In addition to his numerous professional achievements, Green was recognized as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion in the financial fields. 

Audrey J.S. Carrion, J.D. ’84, circuit administrative judge and chief judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, was named one of The Daily Record’s Most Influential Marylanders for 2021. 

Mark Welsh, B.S. ’85, joined the Salisbury (Maryland) office of UHY LLP as a managing director in early 2022.

Freedom Federal Credit Union, which serves Harford and Baltimore County (Maryland) residents, elected Lisa Ermatinger, B.S. ’86, as chair of its board of directors in July 2021. She has served on the board since 2004, including as secretary and treasurer.

Claudia A. Barber, J.D. ’87, received the Drum Major Award at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Program in Anne Arundel County (Maryland) in March in recognition of her work in the legal and political fields.

Tarra Deshields, J.D. ’87, was appointed in January as deputy chief of the civil division for the United States Attorney’s Office for Maryland.

Lucy Rutishauser, MBA ’87, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., was recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Finance” by the 2021 edition of Cablefax Magazine’s Most Powerful Women.

The United States Senate confirmed Karen A. Stout, MBA ’88, on May 19 as a member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring in January 2026.

Daniel Bendler, B.S. ’89, was selected in February as a corporate officer with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Mr. Bendler’s new role is deputy to the acting chairman and chief operating officer. He will continue to serve in his existing role of director of the division of administration.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Wendy Anne Zerwitz Schenker Epstein, J.D. ’89, in August 2021, to serve on the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

The New York office of BakerHostetler welcomed Carlos Ortiz, LL.M. ’89, as a partner and member of the litigation practice group and white collar, investigations and securities enforcement and litigation team in February.

Marc Shach, MBA/J.D. ’89, was elected to the board of directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in December 2021.


OptimizeRX Corp., a provider of point-of-care technology solutions, appointed Edward Stelmakh, MBA ’90, as chief financial officer and chief operating officer in October 2021.

DeLisa Alexander, MBA ’92, joined Qlik’s board of directors in January as its first outside director. Qlik is a privately held data analytics platform that focuses user-driven business intelligence.

Michael E. Malone, J.D. ’92, was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. 

Shaun Gabbidon, M.S. ’93, professor of criminal justice in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Book Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in February for his book Shopping While Black: Consumer Racial Profiling in America.

Harmoni Towers, a portfolio company of Melody Investment Advisors LP, announced the promotion of Lawrence Gleason, J.D. ’93, from president to chief executive officer in March.

Gov. Larry Hogan named Rachel McGuckian, J.D. ’93, former member of The University of Baltimore Foundation board, to the Montgomery County Circuit Court in November 2021. 

Brett R. Wilson, J.D. ’93, was named to the Circuit Court of Washington County, Maryland, in August 2021.

Ilene Glickman, J.D. ’94, joined The Law Office of Julie Ellen Landau, a Baltimore-based family law firm, as an associate in February. 

Srinivas Sadu, MBA ’94, was reappointed in March as managing director and chief executive officer of Gland Pharma Limited.

Eric N. Schloss, J.D. ’94, of Saltzberg & Schloss, became the 68th President of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ) in June 2021. With 1,200 members, the MAJ is the largest specialty bar association in the state.

Christopher Body, MBA ’95, became the vice president and senior business development director mobility operations for WSP USA, an engineering professional services firm.

A1.9 Strategies LLC, a boutique lobbying and consulting firm, welcomed Scott Nance, M.P.A. ’95, as vice president in October 2021.

Johnny Rice III, B.S. ’95, M.S. ’98, became the chair of the department of criminal justice at Coppin State University in Baltimore in September 2021.

Tamika Tremaglio, MBA ’95, was hired as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association in September 2021. 

Christopher Chick, M.S. ’96, was promoted to chief operating officer of CFG Bank in February.

Gov. Larry Hogan named Garret Peter Glennon, J.D. ’96, as a judicial appointee for the Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Gene Ransom III, J.D. ’96, was named chair of the Queen Anne’s County (Maryland) Liquor Board in May 2020. 

Gov. Larry Hogan named Jeffrey S. Armiger, B.S. ’97, to the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors in July 2021. He is also the chairman of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center’s board of directors and a senior vice president with Truist.

Samuel Bjelac, MBA ’97, was promoted to executive vice president of Sprout Mortgage in February and leads the company’s national third-party originator sales channel.

Leading maritime attorney, Alexander M. Giles, J.D. ’97, joined the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore in August 2021.

William R. Hall, J.D. ’97, was named to the Super Lawyers 2022 Maryland Super Lawyers list for the fourth consecutive year.

Tracey Johns Delp, J.D. ’98, joined the operations department of the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings as the deputy director of operations in January.

Delaware Today included Heidi J.A. Gilmore, J.D. ’98, on their 2021 list of Delaware’s Top Attorneys. 

Lateefah Hughes, M.S. ’98, joined NORC at the University of Chicago as a vice president in the Health Care Research Department where she works in policy, evaluation and program design related to health care.

William H. “Bill” Jones Sr., J.D. ’98, was appointed a circuit judge for Dorchester County, Maryland, in January. He previously served as a state’s attorney in the county since 2009. 

Craig Miles, B.S. ’98, became the vice president for national sales, OSB marketing and planning, for LP Building Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee, in November 2021. 

Ellen K. Tannor, MBA ’98, was named the executive director of the Overseas Security Council in September 2021. She is a longtime employee of the United States Department of State and most recently served as the security advisor to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Malcolm Brisker, J.D. ’99, a partner at Goodell DeVries, was elected to the role of charter fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CSLA), an invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society, in March.

The Kleinfelder Group, a leading engineering, design, and construction firm based in San Diego, California, welcomed Scott Hillman, J.D. ’99, as senior vice president and general counsel in February. 

Elizabeth Massing, M.S. ’99, was promoted to chief human resources officer in March, at 14 W, a Baltimore-based business consulting and services firm. 


Aaron C. Blight, M.P.A. ’00, an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging and healthcare, serves as an honorary board member with the Well Spouse Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled partner.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Charles M. Blomquist, J.D. ’00, to the Circuit Court of Baltimore City as a judge in October 2021. 

Stephanie Picard Porter, J.D. ’00, was named a circuit court judge in Howard County, Maryland. She previously served as a magistrate in the Howard County Circuit Court. 

Wendi Redfern-Curtis, B.A. ’00, became the senior vice president of single-family programs for the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency in February.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, announced in January that Jason St. John, MBA ’00, was elected managing partner for the firm.

Ralph Bailey Jr., J.D. ’01, was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to serve on the Henry County State Court in December 2021.

Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) welcomed Regina Brzozowsky, J.D. ’01, as its first corporate relations manager in December 2021. She works with MACo exhibitors, sponsors and partners 

to forge partnerships with county governments and services throughout the state.

Courtney Geduldig, J.D. ’01, joined Micron Technology, Inc. in April as the corporate vice president of public affairs.

Joyette Holmes, J.D. ’01, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia’s board of economic development in July 2021.

Information Analysis Incorporated announced the appointment of Jamie Benoit, J.D. ’02, as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. His appointment to the Virginia-based information technology and services company was effective August 26, 2021.

Melissa Fannin, MBA ’02, was named chief strategy officer in July 2021 for AM LLC, a public health firm in Washington, D.C. that supports state and local health departments to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Victoria J. Lobley, J.D. ’02, to the Washington County District Court in August 2021.

Tadgh Prendeville, MBA ’02, became the president and chief executive officer of Regis Technologies, Inc., a contract development and manufacturing company that specializes in small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient development, in March. 

Constantine “Gus” Themelis, J.D. ’02, joined Baker Donelson’s Baltimore office as counsel in December 2021.

Alvin Vincent Jr., M.P.A. ’02, was named the executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, a labor union that represents over 50,000 actors and stage managers nationwide. He is the first Black executive director of the union and the 12th executive director overall. 

Ramona Watts-Sutton, MBA ’02, became the new director of the Army’s Mission and Installation Contracting Command office in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in February.

Tonia Awoniyi, M.S. ’03, joined the National Institutes of Health in January as the new director of the Ethics Office, where she and oversees the NIH Ethics Program.

Maryland House Delegate Benjamin S. Barnes, J.D. ’03, was appointed chair of the House Appropriations Committee in April. 

Howard University in Washington, D.C. appointed Olga Osaghae, M.S. ’03, as interim chief information officer and head of Enterprise Technology Services in July 2021. Osaghae most recently served as the director of enterprise applications and deputy project manager for the Workday Human Capital Management system at the university.

Thomas Ransom, MBA ’03, became the Virginia regional vice president for Truist Financial Corp. in November 2021.

Alana M. Alsop, M.A. ’04, joined David M. Schwarz Architects in Washington, D.C. in July 2021 as the director of marketing and business development. She develops and stewards new and current client relationships, monitors markets and emerging trends, and executes marketing strategies and initiatives. 

Betsy Diamant-Cohen, D.C.D. ’05, received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Library Service to Children in March. She is the creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose program series, which promotes early childhood literacy and family engagement.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston announced in January that Emily K. Lashley, J.D. ’05, was named a partner of the firm.

Gregory P. Care, J.D. ’06, was included on the Super Lawyers 2022 Maryland Super Lawyers list, and was named to the 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Gordon Feinblatt LLC welcomed Kimberly McLean, J.D. ’06, in April as counsel in the technology & intellectual property practice. 

The World Trade Center Institute welcomed Jeremey Rosendale, B.A. ’06, as its first vice president of membership and business development in March.

Robert D. Anderson, J.D. ’07, was promoted to partner at the firm of Armstrong, Donohue, Ceppos, Vaughan & Rhoades, Chtd. in Rockville, Maryland, in December 2021.

Steven Dashiell, B.A. ’07, who completed his Ph.D. in language, literacy and culture at UMBC in 2020, was appointed to a postdoctoral fellowship at American University in Washington, D.C., dually assigned to the department of Sociology and the Game Center. 

Joseph S. Johnston, J.D. ’07, was elected partner at Goodell DeVries in January.

New Jersey Law Journal recognized Jack Losinger, J.D. ’07, as a New Leader of the Bar in October 2021.

Pete Ball, J.D. ’08, became the technology licensing leader in December 2021 for Calyxt, Inc., a plant-based biotechnology company in Roseville, Minnesota.

Frederick County (Maryland) Public Schools named Chantress Baptist, MBA ’08, as director of human resources in December 2021.

Tanyka Barber, J.D. ’08, was promoted to partner with TNG Consulting LLC, effective October 1, 2021.

Waranch & Brown managing partner, Christina N. Billiet, J.D. ’08, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in February. ABOTA is an invitation-only national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges. 

Solomon Cadle, J.D. ’08, became a shareholder with Greenberg Taurig LLP’s Washington, D.C. office in July 2021. He works in both the public finance and infrastructure, and the tax practices. 

Erinn Maguire, J.D. ’08, joined Lawrence Law LLC in March as partner in the practice areas of business and corporate litigation, and trade secrets and copyright litigation. 

Jay Nwachu, M.S. ’08, was named to The Daily Record’s 2021 Most Influential Marylanders. 

Nick Copper, J.D. ’09, joined Annapolis-based government relations firm Evans & Associates as lobbyist in December 2021.

Osasu Dorsey, J.D. ’09, former ethics counsel for the White House, is a 2022 White House Leadership Development Program fellow and senior advisor at the Office of the National Cyber Director in the Executive Office of the President.

Kimberly Kile, M.S. ’09, became Access Holdings first-ever head of investor relations and communications in February 2021. She sources and cultivates new relationships with potential investors and oversees the firm’s fundraising, communications and marketing initiatives.

Mitchell Sandler welcomed Oyinade Koya, J.D. ’09, as counsel in the regulatory compliance group in January.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot named Andrew Schaufele, MBA ’09, as deputy comptroller, effective January 3. 

Ryan R. Supler, B.A. ’09, joined the 2022 Alumni Advisory Council for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math at American Public University. 


Franklin & Prokopik, a regional law firm serving Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware and West Virginia, recently named two School of Law graduates as principals:
Scarlett Corso, B.A. ’07, J.D. ’10
Jennifer Hare, J.D. ’05

Michael Bennett, J.D. ’13, was also promoted to counsel. Additionally, these four graduates recently joined the firm:
J. Ethan Clasing, J.D. ’18 (liability)
Francis J. Falatko III, J.D. ’17 (liability defense)
Matthew LaFontaine, J.D. ’15 (workers’ compensation)
Samantha Schilling, LL.M. ’21 (workers’ compensation)

Jeremy R. Bedford, J.D. ’10, published an article titled Other Than Honorable Discharges: Unfair and Unjust Life Sentences of Decreased Earning Capacity in the 2021 issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs. 

Justin Ginsburg, MBA ’10, joined McNamee Hosea in April as an associate attorney with the estates and trust and the tax practice groups.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston announced in January that Jordan M. Halle, B.A. ’10, J.D. ’14, LL.M. ’17, was named a partner of the firm.

Abigail S. Knauff, J.D. ’10, was appointed in January to the role of special counsel at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where she will serve as deputy of the CFTC’s Climate Risk Unit. 

Jon Singer, J.D. ’10, joined Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in March as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. He represents publicly-traded and privately-held international, national, and local businesses in trials and in state and federal courts across the United States.

Frank Burch, B.A. ’11, M.S. ’14, was appointed as supervisor in January in the victim-witness assistance unit for the United States Attorney’s Office for Maryland. 

Kevin A. Fields, M.P.A. ’11, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, was appointed parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Rockville, Maryland, in 2021. He was previously parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, also in Rockville.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston announced in January that Patrick D. McKevitt, J.D. ’11, was named partner of the firm.

Heather L. Price, J.D./M.P.A. ’11, was appointed to the circuit court of Caroline County in January by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine named Sofia Cascio, B.S. ’12, as its first director of student financial wellness in November 2021. 

Peter E. Ciferri, J.D. ’12, became a partner of McMillan Metro, P.C. in Potomac, Maryland, in December 2021. 

Chapman R. Gould, J.D. ’12, was elected principal at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. in January. He advises businesses in middle market mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. Gould also serves as outside general counsel for a range of companies across various industries.

Andrew Murphy, J.D. ’12, CERT ’14, joined the corporate and tax law group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Frederick, Maryland, in December 2021. 

Cassondra Baber, J.D. ’13, was hired in August 2021 as an assistant Commonwealth’s attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Laura L. Chafey, J.D. ’13, was named the legal director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono in Easton, Maryland, in April. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s legal assistance programs that provide free and low-cost access to legal representation. 

Kerianne Kemmerzell, J.D. ’13, joined Tydings & Rosenberg LLP in January as a partner. She practices in the areas of employment law, immigration, estate litigation, general litigation, and family law.

LaFontaine Oliver, MBA ’13, was re-elected in January as the chair of the National Public Radio Board of Directors. He has held the chair position since 2020 and been a member of the board since 2016.

Maryland Hospital Association welcomed Michael Paddy, MBA ’13, J.D. ’16, in February as the director of government affairs.

Brianne Paugh, J.D. ’13, joined Highland Title & Escrow in March as the attorney and branch manager for the firm’s two Maryland locations in Frederick and North Bethesda.

Ebony Thompson, J.D. ’13, became the new deputy solicitor for the Baltimore City Law Department in February.

Nicole Welbourn, J.D. ’13, joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in March as an eData associate. She is a certified e-discovery specialist and aids in strategies around the preservation, collection, processing, review and production of electronically stored information.

Charles Athey, LL.M. ’14, was appointed in January to the Kent County (Maryland) Economic and Tourism Development Commission.

Benjamin Beasley, J.D. ’14, was promoted to partner in January at the firm of Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC. 

Angus Derbyshire, J.D. ’14, was named assistant director of training and pro bono with Maryland Legal Aid in July 2021.

Lenora Henry, M.P.A. ’14, began her term in January as the first female executive director for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.

Alison Schurick, J.D. ’14, was elected a shareholder of Baker Donelson in April. 

Raymond Gambrill, J.D. ’15, was elected in January as treasurer of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, which was established to advance the status of African American lawyers in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The Oakland (California) Police Commission announced that Michelle N. Phillips, M.S. ’15, became the city’s first-ever inspector general in January. She was previously the deputy inspector general of investigations for Baltimore City. 

Troy Pritt, B.S. ’15, MBA ’20, became the director of human resources for the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in February.

Teri K. Simmons, M.S. ’15, was promoted in March to partner at BSC Group, LLC, an accounting firm located in Easton, Maryland.

Frame & Frame Attorneys at Law welcomed Richard “Ricky” Adams III, J.D. ’16, CERT ’20, in November 2021 as an associate attorney. His primary practice areas are estate planning, elder law, and Medicaid planning.

Joel Beller, B.A. ’16, was appointed as acting director of government affairs for Baltimore County in November 2021.

Jon McGowan, J.D. ’16, was promoted to partner at Liff, Walsh & Simmons in Annapolis in March.

Sheila J. Stewart, J.D. ’16, was elected to the board of directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the state’s largest provider of pro bono legal services, in April. MVLS also recognized Ms. Stewart’s firm, Stewart Law & Associates, with the 2021 Law Firm of the Year Award.

Goodell DeVries in Baltimore welcomed Patrick Toohey, J.D. ’16, as an associate in January.

Ashley Waters, D.P.A. ’16, was hired as the executive director of Woman to Woman Mentoring in Frederick, Maryland, in November 2021. 

Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann, J.D. ’16, serves as an assistant chief administrative officer for Montgomery County, Maryland. He was appointed in September 2021 to oversee economic development and business advancement activities. 

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomed Daniela Beall, MBA ’17, as its university sustainability coordinator, in August 2021. She leads the university’s sustainability initiatives and is guiding the development and implementation of its climate action plan.

Cassandra Buck, M.A. ’17, joined St. John Properties in January as a contract administrator and paralegal.

Mendel Davis, B.S. ’17, joined Kairos Wealth Advisors of Raymond James in Westminster, Maryland, in July 2021, as a financial advisor.

Michael A. DuBey, J.D. ’17, associate attorney with King|Hall LLC, was recognized as a 2022 Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star.

PK Law welcomed Halle Gray, J.D. ’17, as an associate in July 2021. She works in the firm’s labor and employment group.

The Maryland Association of Counties accepted Nicole Harlock, B.S. ’17, as their 2022 Graduate Fellow for the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in global affairs and human security at UBalt.

Matt Scassero, M.P.A. ’17, joined the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland as the director of research, innovation and outreach, in October 2021. 

Ashley Ackerman, MBA ’18, was appointed in August 2021 to the board of directors of Coastal Habitat for Humanity, located in Lakewood, New Jersey. She is also the senior manager of HFA, a Lakewood-based accounting firm.

John Cookman, B.A. ’18, joined Workforce Genetics as a talent consultant in October 2021. He supports the company’s life science business. 

Grinvydas Dainys, B.S. ’18, and his wife, Della, welcomed their second child, Mykolas Alec Dainys, on June 21, 2021.

Ashley Wentz, J.D. ’18, a personal injury attorney, joined Farah & Farah in Savannah, Georgia, in July 2021.

Arao Ameny, M.F.A. ’19, received an Open Door Career Advancement Grant in November 2021. The grant is given to writers who are Black, Indigenous or people of color to assist them in accessing professional opportunities. 

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service elected La’Tika Howard, J.D. ’19, to its board of directors in December 2021.

Saad Malik, J.D. ’19, was elected in February as a new board member at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Nuria Diallo Padro

Nuria A. Diallo Padro, MBA ’19, received the National Service “Make A Difference” Award as part of the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Awards last October. She was recognized for her outreach work with Texas families disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and Winter Storm Uri. Her work included compiling and sharing resources and providing food assistance to those impacted by disaster.

Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, welcomed Madieu Williams, J.D. ’19, as a member of its board of trustees in October 2021.


Kondwani Fidel, M.F.A. ’20, Wallace Lane, M.F.A. ’17, and D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A. ’14, were selected in March as three artists of the inaugural group of The Baltimore Banner’s Creatives in Residence, a program introduced to amplify the work of artists and writers from the Baltimore region. 

The University of Maryland, Baltimore awarded staff member Elyshia Mankin, M.P.A. ’20, with the James T. Hill Scholarship, at the Employee Recognition and Service Awards celebration in April. She received the educational scholarship for demonstrating the same passion for self-improvement and professional development that Hill was known for during his service to the university. 

Layla Thompson-Koch, M.F.A. ’20, and her husband, Kyle Koch, welcomed a daughter, Helena, in March. 

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Karen R. Toles, J.D. ’20, to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Legislative District 25 in Prince George’s County, in January. 

Chevonie Logan Oyegoke, M.S. ’21, became the associate vice president and chief human resources officer at Morgan State University in Baltimore, in May.

Giuliana Valencia-Banks, B.A. ’21, serves as Baltimore County’s first immigration affairs outreach coordinator. She was named to the newly-created position in November 2021.

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