Welcome to Student Life! Click below to "meet" our professional and student staff!
Jen spends a great deal of time immersed in all the fun stuff that UMBC has to offer! She comes to us from her undergraduate experience at Heidelberg College and her graduate work at The University of Charleston. As a graduate student, Jen worked as an intern in the Student Life Office and was hooked. She started off her career at UMBC with The Commons and moved over to Student Life for a chance to work directly with the student programming board. Jen has a hand in a variety of the major events that happen on campus and is always willing to help make new ideas come to life. In her free time, she enjoys playing with friends and family, working in the yard, all things sports, and any activity that happens at the beach!
Lisa has worked in student affairs, diversity and social justice education, and training for over 15 years. She is originally from "Richmond, VA by way of Chicago, IL", spending over half her life in both areas. In July 2006, she joined the Office of Student Life as an Assistant Director. Lisa works with the events, resources, staff and off-campus partners connected to the Office of Student Life's Mosaic: Center for Culture and Diversity and Interfaith Center. In her work, she also partners and collaborates with UMBC students, staff, and faculty on diversity initiatives and events in the on and off-campus community. Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Richmond. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a founding member of the Maryland Black Family Alliance, a group of straight, black allies from diverse backgrounds who believe in justice for all Maryland families - including those headed by same-sex households. She also volunteers as a Diversity Consultant for My Sister's Circle, Inc. a Baltimore based academic and cultural enrichment mentoring program for inner city girls. Lisa loves dancing, traveling, reading, going to the movies/theatre, and spending time with family and friends - new and not-so-new. Come by the Mosaic Center to connect, collaborate, create a more inclusive world, or just chat and exhale with her.
David helps students develop the confidence, skill, and courage to make meaningful contributions to their communities and democracy. He guides Student Life’s leadership and engagement team and UMBC’s BreakingGround initiative, and represents UMBC in national partnerships and research projects focused on civic engagement. David got involved in student leadership as a UCLA undergraduate, serving as Student Body President and as the student member of the University of California Board of Regents. Prior to joining the UMBC community in 2003, David practiced law in California and worked as a community organizer and nonprofit manager in California, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He is an alum of UCLA (BA), the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP), the Harvard Law School (JD) and UMBC (Ph.D.). Stop by his office on The Commons' 3rd floor to talk about baseball, politics, the pros and cons of going to law school, and how to change the world.
Craig serves as the full-time advisor to the Student Government Association, is an author of Co-Create UMBC, and works with other civic engagement initiatives at UMBC. Prior to arriving at UMBC, Craig completed his master's of science in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH and worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Craig's professional interests include civic engagement, dialogue and deliberation, student government, social media in higher education, and blogging. In his free time, Craig enjoys reading, following news and politics, listening to music, drinking coffee, following his favorite college and professional sports teams, and good conversations with students. Craig is originally from Salem, Ohio.
Cory is originally a native of the Illinois side of St. Louis, Missouri where he completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After graduating, Cory worked as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Sigma Pi Fraternity, International. This role allowed him to visit over 30 campuses to work with chapters on a variety of topics and issues. Cory received his master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University, where he held his graduate internship in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. Cory has lived in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan Tennessee, and New Jersey but is excited to finally be in Maryland. Cory enjoys ice hockey, music, books, and video games. Stop by his office to talk Greek Life or just stop by and say hi!
Originally from Germany, Romy discovered her passion for student leadership and engagement during her undergraduate studies at Anne Arundel Community College. A triple UMBC alumna (B.A., Modern Languages and Linguistics; M.A., Intercultural Communication; Ph.D., Language, Literacy & Culture), she continued to pursue this passion through scholarship, professional activities, campus involvement, and volunteer positions at UMBC and beyond. They include working as Community Liaison in UMBC’s Office of Graduate Student Life and serving as a Fellow with Imagining America: Artist and Scholars in Public Life and Campus Compact. In her role as Coordinator for Student Organizations and Involvement, Romy supports students in developing into leaders who are able to contribute in meaningful ways to their communities and works with colleagues to create strong programs, relationships, communities, and learning environments. In her free time, Romy enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and yoga. Stop in any time to say hello!
Corinne helps facilitate enriching educational experiences with students that promote self-discovery and the skills to create positive changes in their communities. Prior to joining the Student Life team at UMBC, Corinne received her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from University of Maryland, College Park. While in College Park, Corinne was the Graduate Coordinator for the Maryland LEAD Program, creating workshops and conferences to promote students' development of the skills necessary to practice socially responsible leadership. She also worked at University of Maryland Hillel building programs for Jewish students in Greek Life and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, PA. Corinne is a proud alumna of Northwestern University (Go ‘Cats!) with a dual degree in Middle East Studies and International Security. When she's not at work, Corinne loves cooking her way through her grandma's recipes, soaking in the sunshine, listening to Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family.
Hallie is the full-time staff advisor for (seb), overseeing the amazing events the organization provides for campus. During her career in student affairs, she has worked in various areas of student life at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Texas State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hallie completed her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, and went on to earn a M.Ed. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is originally from Canton, OH. Outside of work, Hallie enjoys cooking, reading, playing all different kinds of sports, watching college sports, and trying out new restaurants. Come visit (seb) and stop by her office to share your favorite restaurant suggestions and find out about the exciting events happening on campus!
Janae strives to support the transition and retention of students through helping them find ways to engage in student life at UMBC through Welcome Week, Involvement Fest, Student Organizations, Social Media, and more. Before joining us at UMBC, Janae received her B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park in Broadcast Journalism and her M.A. in Higher Education Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Janae worked as a Graduate Coordinator building community with two themed living-learning communities and leading social justice and diversity workshops for the Multicultural Center. In her free time, Janae loves reading, listening to music, cooking, watching Grey's Anatomy, and exploring new places. Stop by her office anytime to say hello or chat.
Jan arrived at UMBC five years ago, and was new to working in higher education. She spent most of her working life as an Administrative Assistant in large law firms in Chicago, Illinois, commuting by train every day from a northwest suburb. She got married, moved to Maryland, and continued to work in a small law office in Westminster until the downturn of the economy eliminated her position at the law office. Because she had been interested in the energy of the school environment ever since her kids attended elementary through high school, and she decided to gamble on a new direction in her life after working in the area of law for over 30 years. Jan is thrilled that she took the chance and loves her life at UMBC, watching students at the point in their lives where everything is possible in their future. She enjoys spending her non-work hours with her husband, John, sons, Cory & Sam, her German Shepherd, Greta, and Pete, her cat. She loves reading, gardening, watching her boys play Lacrosse and living in the Carroll County countryside. Stop in any time to say hi to Jan!
Carlos was born in Virginia but has been a Marylander for most of his life. Carlos has been part of the UMBC community for a long time. As an undergraduate, Carlos completed two Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology, along with two minors in French and Gender and Women’s Studies. During his undergraduate career, he became an active student in the LGBTQ groups on campus and was president of Freedom Alliance for almost two years. During this time, he focused primarily on human rights activism and research, specifically with the transgender community. As a graduate student, he earned his certificate in Management in the Non-Profit Sector. Carlos continued to be active with student organizations in grad school and has been a past President of the Sociology Graduate Student Organization. After completing his thesis, Carlos will receive his Master's in Applied Sociology from UMBC in May 2017. When he's not working or spending time with family and friends, ?Carlos enjoys swimming, dancing, kayaking, camping, watching documentaries, and gaming.
Becky joins us as as a Peaceworker Fellow through the Shriver Center. She is studying Management of Aging Services and Nonprofit Management. She is happy to be a resource for students who desire to make a difference through service!
Becky was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She attended Notre Dame de Namur University in the San Francisco Bay. While there, she earned a degree in Sociology with a focus on Cultural Studies and also minored in Biology. Beyond her studies, she was involved with Residence Life, the Study Abroad Office and the University’s volleyball team. Becky substitute taught in the Philadelphia area before moving on to Peace Corps. From 2009 to 2011, Becky served as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Volunteer in the People’s Republic of China. She then worked in Peace Corps Volunteer Recruitment and Selection from 2011 to 2015 in NYC, Philadelphia and DC before joining us here at UMBC. Becky enjoys exploring the city’s charms, live music, and spending time with her family and dog.