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Alumni Participants

The Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board works hard to ensure a diverse, exciting group of participants for each roundtable. You can meet board members and other high-achieving alumni at the roundtables at Access2Alumni on April 17, 2018. Some familiar faces from this line-up are back this year as well as new alumni participants.

Here’s your chance to ask successful alumni about their career paths and seek their advice on how you can achieve your goals! We will be featuring alumni who are successful in the following careers/areas:

ART & DESIGN ROUNDTABLE
John B. Lee

Kelsey Marotta

Karen Nasuti 

ARTS & CULTURE MANAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE

Tuliza Fleming

Jennifer Schwed

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ROUNDTABLE

Justin Bakewell

Arlet Beckham

John Bertinatti

Brian Dunn

Anne Fink

Bob Krantz

Frank Mason

Christian Videla

Catherine Young

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE

John Dvorak

Veronica Segovia

EDUCATION

Keith Scroggins

Brendan Shea

EVENT MANAGEMENT

Felicia Barlow Clar

Rosanna Haddad

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY ROUNDTABLE

Carlos Acosta

Johanna Berkson

Adam Goldberg

Chanelle Hardy

Joel Hinzman

Erin Hromada

Brooks Tucker

LAW ROUNDTABLE

Halima Adenegan

Andrew Cantor

Patty Cousins

Kevin Davis

Charles Hirsch

Kenneth Minesinger

Jon (Sasan) Najmi

Erich Schwartz

Jonathan Wilan

MARKETING & SALES ROUNDTABLE

Courtney Geduldig

Nancy Hubacher

Doug Schulkin

Dennis Strzegowski

MEDIA & JOURNALISM ROUNDTABLE

Micahel Olmert

Michelle Singletary

NON-PROFIT & ASSOCIATIONS ROUNDTABLE

John Carlson

Mark Laufe

Don Waters

PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATION

Ellen Coren

Steve Drake

Jamie Lee

Pattie Yu

WRITING, EDITING & PUBLISHING

Michelle Miranda

Kelsey Shields

ALUMNI HOSTS

Blair Berrett

Tchad "Tish" Bruce

Brooke Cabrera

Artis Hicks

Patrick Nelson

Kyna Powell

Kate Slaugh

Taelor Wilson

For interested Arts and Humanities alumni:

Do you:

  • Want to enjoy a pleasant afternoon encouraging the next generation of Terrapin professionals?
  • Have general questions or want more information about the event?

Please contact Greg Schofer, Associate Director of Development, or call 301-405-6661.

 

Alumni Bios


Karen NasutiKaren Nasuti has been in creative as well as management and client service for her entire career. She's personally involved in all parts of her business. Part of the reason she and her husband started their agency was so they could do the work, not just manage the people who do the work. They have a staff of senior talent, all loaded with hospitality experience. Karen says, "If big-name clients matter, we've worked with Marriott, Hershey Resorts, The Madison in Washington, D.C., the Harbor Court in Baltimore, the Pier House in Key West and Sunset at the Palms in Negril. And lots of others. And if awards matter, we've won a lot."



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Brooke Cabrera graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.A in Communication. She works in commercial real estate in New York City and is a Senior Director at Colliers International with a focus on office leasing. Brooke played field hockey for the Terps where she won two National Championships (2010, 2011) & two ACC Championships (2010, 2013). She currently serves as the President of the New York Terps alumni association and Chairs the annual Terps field hockey golf outing held every September in College Park.



Courtney Geduldig Executive Vice President, Public Affairs,S&P Global. She is responsible for worldwide marketing, communications, government affairs and corporate responsibility. Geduldig joined the company in 2013 and previously served as Managing Director, Global Government and Public Policy. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Geduldig was Managing Director and Head of Federal Government Relations at the Financial Services Forum. From 2008 to 2011, she served as Chief Financial Counsel to Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), handling a wide range of issues and played a key role in advising Senator Corker on the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.” Geduldig also spent two years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Banking and Finance at the U.S. Treasury Department and co-authored the book “Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy.” Ms. Geduldig holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Brian Dunn came to the University of Maryland in the fall of ‘92 on a partial baseball scholarship. He soon established himself as a key component of the Terps bullpen, and in his sophomore season, he set a team record for most saves in a year. A record that stood until recently.  Dunn lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Michelle and their 2 children, Brianna and Aiden. He owns his own signage consulting business called CompletelyDunn and his active in the community. For the past 7 years, he volunteered his time on The Kings Contrivance Village Board and The Columbia Association Board of Directors.


Arlet Koseian-BeckhamArlet Koseian-Beckham is the owner and founder of extendYoga; a thriving business which employs over 20 people and maintains a calendar with more than 30 wellness classes per week, a variety of workshops and training's. As owner, Arlet oversees scheduling, program development, partner relationships, marketing campaigns, accounting, daily operations and more.  Arlet first discovered yoga in the hustle and bustle of New York City, where she was working a fast-paced corporate job.  When she could manage to put down her blackberry, she would de-stress by taking yoga classes. It soon became apparent that this was a lifestyle she wanted to lead for more than just an hour a day, and the idea of opening her own yoga studio became inevitable. Arlet graduated from the University of Maryland ('04) with a bachelor's degree in Communication and a citation in Studio Art.  She spent lots of time playing and traveling with the club field hockey team and was also involved in various PR clubs through the Department of Communication.  She currently lives in Rockville, MD.

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Rosanna HaddadRosanna Haddad is the Director of Business Development for Exclusively Entertainment, a premiere entertainment vendor for weddings, corporate, and private events in the Washington, DC area. Rosanna manages the strategic direction of the company in terms of sales and marketing and growing the company nationally. She also provides event planning coordination for weddings and other events. Rosanna previously served as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications at Dovel Technologies, LLC where she managed the marketing and communications plan for the strategic initiatives of the company as well as  the external branding. Rosanna also spent almost a decade in the commercial construction industry working at Forrester Construction holding various positions in the Marketing department, where she utilized her proposal skills and contributed to various marketing efforts including promotions, advertising, client events, and branding. During her time at Forrester, Rosanna was active and involved in the community, most notably participating and serving as Team Leader and event committee member of the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Real Estate Games. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park from 2000-2004 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. While at UMD, Rosanna served two consecutive terms as President of Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority and was inducted into the Kalegathos Society, a society that recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to the quality of life in their chapter and the Greek community at large. Rosanna was born, raised, and currently resides in Montgomery County, MD. Go TERPS!

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Veronica SegoviaVeronica Segovia de Bedon is an advisor at AARP on their newly organized Multicultural Leadership team, integrating multicultural into the design, work, and communication across the organization. Her focus is on the U.S. Hispanic audience. She has been working in digital and social media marketing since 2008 and has experience working with audiences for non-profit, consumer package goods, corporate, entertainment and employment branding. Prior to joining AARP, she established and managed the employment brand for Vocus. Veronica grew up in Prince George's County and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a degree in Communications and a concentration of Public Relations. While at Maryland, she was an active member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. She lives in Washington, DC.

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Keith ScrogginsKeith Scroggins is the Chief Operating Officer for the Baltimore City Public Schools.  He is responsible for overseeing the Departments of Facility Planning, Facility Design and School Construction, Facility Maintenance and Operations, Health and Safety, and Pupil Transportation.  His office has a total budget of 61 million dollars and 375 employees. Mr. Scroggins began employment with BCPSS in June of 2006, after serving twenty-four years with the City of Baltimore.  In his career with the City of Baltimore, Mr. Scroggins served in a variety of administrative positions including Chief of Human Resources, Head of the Bureau of Transportation, and most recently Head of the Bureau of General Services, all in the Department of Public Works. Mr. Scroggins has a Masters Degree in Management from the College of Notre Dame and a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Maryland at College Park.  His high school diploma is from The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.

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Brendan SheaBrendan Shea is a proud UMD alumnus, graduating with a BA in English. For the last thirteen years, he has taught at high schools in Boston and the Washington area. He is currently the English department chair at St. John's College High School, where he teaches British Literature and Advanced Placement Literature.

 

 


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John CarlsonJohn W. Carlson is chief of staff of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the vice chairman of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC).  The FS-ISAC is a non-profit corporation formed in 1999 and is funded by its more than 6,800 member organizations.  The FS-ISAC’s mission is to help assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts that could significantly impact the sector’s ability to provide services critical to the orderly function of the global economy.  The FS-ISAC shares threat and vulnerability information, conducts coordinated contingency planning exercises, manages rapid response communications for both cyber and physical events, conducts education and training programs, and fosters collaborations with other key sectors and governments.  Prior to joining the FS-ISAC, Carlson served as the Executive Vice President of BITS, the technology and policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable.  At BITS, Carlson led cybersecurity, technology risk and collaboration programs for 12 years. Carlson served in a variety of leadership roles as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Operational Risk Department in (2010-11), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (1993-2002), U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1990-93), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1988-90), and United Nations Center for Human Settlements (1986). Carlson holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1988) and a B.A. from the University of Maryland (1985), where he served on the Board of Regents. While at College Park, John lived in Easton dorm for two years, represented the Denton community in the SGA, served as a Legal Aid advisor, participated in ODK, studied in the English honors program, played intramural basketball, and enjoyed the diversity of people and broad range of cultural opportunities.  

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Artist Hicks is a Program Director at the American Society for Engineering Education.  He manages two of the Office of Naval Research’s premier internship programs, the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP).   Artis graduation from University of Maryland in 2003 with a BA in Communication.  While at Maryland, Artis was very active in Resident Life, serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Elkton Hall, Vice President of the Residence Hall Association and as a Community Assistant in the Ellicott Community.  After graduation, he pursued a career in government public affairs, which lead him to the nonprofit sector where he has worked as a government contractor for the past 12 years.  Artis is an avid cyclist and in his free time he teaches cycling and spin classes in the District of Columbia and Maryland.


Erin HromadaErin Hromada is the director for the Office of Historian, U.S. House of Representatives. The Historian’s Office services as the House’s institutional memory and a resource for Members, staff, and the general public. Erin manages the day to day operations of the office and oversees the office’s website and social media as well providing research assistance to Congressional staff, members of the media, and the general public. Since 2000, she has been one of the primary editors of the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress in both the print and online editions. Erin began working for the Office of the Clerk in 1999.  She earned an MA in History and an MLS in Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 and a BA in History from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1998.

 

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Kyna PowellKyna Powell graduated from the College of Arts and Humanities with a degree in English Language and Literature, in 1999.  Kyna currently works for the  federal government as a management analyst.  Over the past 17 years, Kyna has also served as a systems analyst, technical leader, and team leader. Kyna is an avid butterfly collector/gardener, gift package designer, fitness enthusiast, and Maryland Terrapins basketball fan.

 

 

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Halima AdeneganHalima Adenegan has a passion for civil rights, education policy, and public school reform. She is the Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, where her work is focused on better informing the condition of education. Halima is the Founder and Executive Director of Imara Roose Inc.—a 501(c)(3) after-school mentoring program at her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School. This program caters to young ladies of color, helping them to excel personally, academically, and professionally.  She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at UDC Community College. Halima earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from UMD. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland and D.C.

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Kevin DavisKevin Davis is a litigation attorney at the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He represents individual and corporate clients in a diverse range of matters in state and federal courts across the country.  In particular, Mr. Davis has substantial experience representing and advising exempt organizations, including charities, labor organizations, and trade associations in complex litigation, bankruptcy, and regulatory matters. Kevin is a double Terrapin with a BA (2002) and MA (2007) in English. He is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. Kevin lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of DC with his wife, Jane, who is also a double Terrapin ('03 and '04) and 17 month-old son, Reid.


 

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Charles HirschCharles Hirsch is a Partner at Ballard Spahr, practicing general commercial litigation. He has considerable trial experience in both state and federal courts and has handled numerous arbitrations and appeals and has successfully litigated cases involving real estate, contract, antitrust, employment, civil rights, products liability, consumer lending, lender liability, commercial construction, ERISA, copyright, and securities law. Charles earned Phi Beta Kappa honors at Maryland and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987.

 


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Kenneth MinesingerKenneth M. Minesinger represents a wide range of clients in the natural gas, oil and electricity industries on regulatory issues, including energy regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), state regulatory commissions, and on related antitrust, litigation and transactional matters. Ken also spends a significant amount of time representing sovereigns in the development of their oil and gas resources. Ken has represented clients in commercial negotiations; complex ratemaking and restructuring proceedings; certificate/licensing proceedings and related project development matters; and complaint proceedings and investigations into allegations of market manipulation, the exercise of market power, and alleged violations of agency rules and policy.


 

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Erich SchwartzErich Schwartz joined Skadden in 2001 after serving as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mr. Schwartz concentrates his practice in the defense of securities enforcement matters and compliance counseling. He represents public companies; public accounting firms; broker-dealers and investment advisers; and their officers, directors and employees in investigations by the SEC and other regulatory authorities. Mr. Schwartz handles high-profile internal investigations of conduct that raise potential regulatory issues. He counsels his clients on strategies for avoiding such issues, including preventative and remedial measures. Before joining Skadden, Mr. Schwartz practiced for 15 years at the SEC, including as assistant director of the Division of Enforcement from 1994 through 2001. In that capacity, Mr. Schwartz directed securities enforcement investigations, civil litigation of securities claims and parallel investigations with criminal prosecutors. Mr. Schwartz repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. He serves on the advisory committee of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

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Jonathan WilanJonathan Wilan is a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, with a B.A., magna cum laude, in History.  Following graduation, Mr. Wilan attended Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 1997.  Mr. Wilan is currently a Partner at Baker McKenzie in Washington, D.C.  Baker McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the world with over 4,000 attorneys working in 77 offices in 47 countries.  Mr. Wilan’s practice focuses on cybersecurity, digital investigations and information governance.  He advises large corporate clients on legal obligations and risks associated with data, providing both proactive counseling and incident-based advice.  Mr. Wilan resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife and two sons.




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Nancy HubacherNancy Hubacher since 2000 has served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Washington Redskins. She holds primary account responsibility of the Team’s marquis partnerships (including USAA, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev), Bank of America, Comcast & Comcast SportsNet, Gatorade, Microsoft, Papa John’s and REMAX to name a few) and additional responsibilities include new business development. Starting in 1987, Nancy previously held several positions with AMC Theaters wholly owned subsidiary, National Cinema Network (Now National Cinemedia), her last role as Executive Vice President of Sales and Corporate Relations. Nancy worked for AMC for 13 years and spent 1995 - 1998 in Kansas City, MO (Corp. Headquarters). Prior to her time at AMC, she started her career at ABC-O&O WRQX-FM in Washington, DC working in both the Promotions and Sales Departments. Nancy, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelors in Communication. She resides in Northern Virginia and has a son Brandon (23) and daughter Bailey (19).

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Doug SchulkinDoug Schulkin (Communication / Public Relations, '06) is a partner and editor of Lacrosse Playground and WomenLPG, websites respectively focused on lacrosse gear for men and women. From 2011 to 2013, he served on the College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Association Chapter Board and led the board as president in 2014. Since 2015, Doug represents the College of Arts and Humanities on the Alumni Association Board of Governors. While at the University of Maryland, he served as president of the club lacrosse team at Maryland; played in two national title games and earned an undefeated national championship season.

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Dennis StrzegowskiDennis Strzegowski graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. With over a decade of experience in mortgage banking as a loan officer and branch manager, he was extremely impressed with the analytics and information technology approach to mortgage lending at NewDay USA.  Mr. Strzegowski's career started at NewDay USA as an Account Executive in January, 2011. He is now the Vice President of Talent Acquisition.  As Vice President of Talent Acquisition at NewDay USA, Mr. Strzegowski is tasked with finding top level talent that have high levels of intelligence, work ethic and professional charisma. NewDay is actively hiring college graduates, please reach out to Dennis for more information, dstrzegowski@NewDayUSA.com.


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Mike OlmertMichael Olmert holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in medieval English literature and for 25 years has taught at the university.  He is also a very active television, print, and film writer, with five books, five plays, two feature films, an IMAX film, more than 90 TV documentaries, three Emmys, and some 200 magazine articles, reviews, and essays to his credit. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.


 

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Michelle SingletaryMichelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her column, "The Color of Money" is an award-winning column carried in about 100 newspapers across the country.

She is the author of three books:

“The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free”

“Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have”

“Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich”

Singletary was the financial expert for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. For two years, she was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One.   She is a frequent contributor to various NPR programs and has appeared on national talk shows and television networks, including CNN, "Oprah,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and “The Early Show” on CBS. Singletary is the director of “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG). Through the ministry she teaches on various financial topics every month, and women and men, who handle their money well, mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part this ministry, she and her husband also volunteer to teach financial literacy to prison inmates. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in business and management.

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Johanna BerksonJohanna Berkson is a seasoned professional political operative with over 15 years of management experience in non-profits, on Capitol Hill, and on national campaigns for elective office working both on individual campaigns as well as for a national political party. Most recently, Johanna was president and chair of the Board of OurTime.org, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations committed to increasing the voter participation of young Americans. Between 2011-2016 OurTime registered hundreds of thousands of young voters by organizing education campaigns, forming strategic partnerships with heavily trafficked online brands, dozens of A-list and YouTube celebrities, and by utilizing state-of-the-art voter registration technology. In the 2016 election cycle, Johanna also served as a senior advisor to former Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in his successful campaign to become the next Senator from Maryland. Prior to joining OurTime, Johanna spent a decade working for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, first as a fundraiser on his successful 2002 congressional campaign, then on Capitol Hill managing operations, and then in various positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) while he was serving as the Chair of the House arm for the Democratic Party. Johanna completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2001 and received an Executive MBA in Leadership and Management from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in 2007. She is an active alumna of the University of Maryland and can most often be spotted at all Terps football and men’s and women’s basketball games. She also cofounded the Capitol Terps alumni club, served on the Alumni Association Board of Governors, and is now on the board of the University’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC).

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Ellen CorenEllen Coren, named 2013 Maryland Most Admired CEO and three times named “Top 100 Woman of Maryland” by The Daily Record, is the President and CEO of Chesapeake Public Strategies, a full-service government and public affairs consulting firm. Coren has more than 25 years of experience in state and local government affairs, corporate and nonprofit public relations and association management and has built a solid reputation as an effective and well-respected government and public affairs professional. She is known for her strong advocacy, grassroots outreach, organizational, relationship-building and communications skills, which she uses to effectively represent the interests of her clients.

 

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Jamie LeeJamie Lee is a consultant at Deloitte, based in Washington, DC, within their Organization Transformation and Talent service line. Her work focuses on aligning corporate culture, organization, and change with business strategy for commercial clients. She was previously a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where her work centered around strategic communications and organizational strategy for clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The education and experiences she had as an English student at Maryland provide a strong foundation for her work. While at Maryland, she was the editor of both The Paper Shell Review and Stylus, two on-campus publications, and was the English Department's keynote commencement speaker in 2013. Jamie is a true Terp, passionate about her field and involved in the alumni community.

 

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Kelsey ShieldsKelsey Shields graduated from UMD in 2013 with a double degree in English and Economics.  She leveraged her education to begin working as a technical editor on a contract that supported the development of safety policy for the Federal Aviation Administration.  Recently, she has moved into a position as a federal employee with the FAA managing a program that identifies and takes action on the top hazards in the National Airspace System.  In her role, Kelsey collects and analyzes aviation safety data, facilitates panels to develop corrective action plans, and oversees the implementation of the developed plans.  As a student at UMD, Kelsey spent four years as an active member of the fencing club. She also studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain.

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Carlos AcostaCarlos Acosta is an Associate Judge for Montgomery County District Court and was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. He has had a long career as both a federal and local prosecutor. Prior to his appointment, he was Inspector General for the Prince George’s County Police Department.  Previously, he served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Gang Squad. As a federal prosecutor, he also served as program manager for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training program for the Mérida Initiative. He received both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English (Rhetoric) from the University of Maryland.  In 1991, he received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas.  He is licensed in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Carlos was always interested in law as an undergraduate and graduate student. While at UMD he was on the Student Traffic Appeals Board, the Judicial Board, and served as the Campus Advocate.

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Blair Barrett graduated from Maryland with a BA in English in 2002.  With the economy in recession, Blair struggled at first to find work but eventually secured a position as a copy editor for a small non-profit scientific journal.  He was later hired as a technical editor by an engineering firm, SENTEL Corporation working with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety initiatives.  Over the past 10 years, Blair has gradually moved away from technical writing and toward system testing, policy development, and project management.  Still with SENTEL, Blair now manages a multi-disciplinary group of analysts, editors, engineers, and air traffic controllers responsible for evaluating the safety of air traffic control systems and procedures and crafting FAA safety policy.  Blair also authors proposals for SENTEL. Blair still utilizes the writing skills and analytical abilities that he acquired at Maryland on a daily basis at work.  In his spare time, he earned his MA in English from Georgetown University and remains a rabid Terps basketball fan.

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Patrick NelsonPatrick Nelson is an experienced writer, editor, and communications and project management specialist. He has 20 years of experience in financial and technical writing and editing; communications planning and support; policy and procedure development and review; and managing large projects and programs. His work has included creating communications plans for national software rollouts to VA Medical Centers; serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for the Chief Risk Officer at Fannie Mae which included managing policy development, speech writing, communication planning, and creating reports for the Board of Directors; and managing, writing, and editing projects that include simple newsletters and technical documentation to bilingual manuals designed to put satellites into space. Patrick is an avid traveler in South America which has led him to create a non-profit organization, where he serves as Founder and Executive Director of Todas Sonrisas (All Smiles; http://www.TodasSonrisas.org). The mission of Todas Sonrisas is to provide dental care and oral hygiene education to underprivileged children in the Cusco region of Peru and the surrounding Andean villages. This year and next, Patrick is also teaching in the English Department as part of the  Professional Writing Program. Each semester he teaches two sections of ENGL393: Technical Writing.

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Kate SlaughKate Slaugh is a Legislative Management Officer in the Congressional Affairs office of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  In this capacity, Kate ensures a mutual effective relationship between the United States Congress and the Archives.  This includes keeping key Members and staffs of the Congress fully and currently informed of NARA’s programs and ensuring that congressional inquiries are responded to promptly and effectively.  She tracks legislation of interest and importance to the National Archives and offers the views of the agency on key issues effecting management, preservation, and access to Federal records and information.  She has been with the National Archives since 1999, where she started in the Office of Information Resources.  Prior to that, Kate worked in radio broadcasting in a variety of on-air and production roles. She inherited a love of baseball from her father and is a season ticketholder to the Washington Nationals. While at Maryland, Kate was an American history major and particularly enjoyed her women’s history courses with Dr. Robin Muncy. She was involved in the French Club and cheered for the Terps at many basketball, football, and baseball games.

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Donald J. Waters is the Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997). In 1973, Waters graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in American Studies and participated in the Honors Program under the guidance of his favorite teacher, Jim Herbert. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information.  In 2005-2008, Waters served on the Library of Congress Copyright Law Section 108 Study Group.  He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Justin Bakewell is the Executive Director and Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, Bakewell and his team provide individuals, families, public and private foundations, and endowments in the region with comprehensive wealth management strategies, ongoing guidance, and customized plans to address their balance sheet needs. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Bakewell served as a Client Advisor at Brown Advisory where he led a number of client relationships and had a leadership role on the firm’s business development team. Prior to this, he was a Client Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Bakewell serves on the Board of Advisors and as Chairman of the Finance Committee for Teach for America (D.C.) and on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Rocketship Education (D.C.). He also spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in a variety of roles. Mr. Bakewell earned his MBA from George Washington University School of Business, where he also sits on the Board of Advisors. He has a graduate certificate in tax from the Kogod School of Business at American University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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