Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

MEET THE STAFF

 

Myles Alexander (he/him/his) is the Coordinator for the Maryland LEAD program and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. He works with MLEAD Student Facilitation Team to provide leadership development programs for students across campus. Myles earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of North Texas and a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. Myles enjoys traveling to new places, drinking tea, reading, and watching random TED-Ed videos. You can reach Myles at 301-314-2895 or malexan3@umd.edu  

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Shakia Asamoah is a first-year PhD student in Education Policy at the University of Maryland's College of Education. Shakia is the Graduate Coordinator for the Maryland LEAD Conferences Program and has had over 6 years of experience in education, youth development, and advising. Her current research focuses on student retention and success in Higher Education. You can reach Shakia at sasamoah@umd.edu

 

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Ali Barlow is the Coordinator for America Reads*America Counts. She oversees AR*AC’s programs, America Reads, America Counts, Partners in Print, and Terp Tracks. Ali received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.  She has worked in K-12 education, community relations and outreach, and career development and internships prior to arriving at the University of Maryland. In her spare time, Ali enjoys watching hockey and baseball, reading about history, and playing with her miniature dachshund, Lila. You can reach Ali at 301-314-7321or abarlow@umd.edu 

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Hannah Bress is one of the Graduate Coordinators for the Alternative Breaks program. She supports interns, experience leaders, and staff advisers in coordinating service-learning immersion experiences. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health, with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health. She's specifically interested in programs that increase access to care in minorities and low income populations. Hannah graduated with a BS in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland in 2019. You can reach Hannah at hbress@umd.edu

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Elizabeth Colin is a Graduate Coordinator for the Terps for Change program, supporting students and the programmatic team throughout their service learning experience. At the University of Maryland,  Elizabeth is also a joint Bachelor's / Master's student studying public policy. Her interests are emphasized in education policy. She was a participant in Work for Change program in Spring 2018. You can reach Elizabeth at ecolin@terpmail.umd.edu

 

Antonio Amaro Diaz (He/Him/His) is one of the Graduate Coordinators for the Alternative Breaks Program. For AB, he supports interns, experience leaders, and staff advisers in the coordination of short-term service-learning experiences. Originally from Dorchester in Boston, Massachusetts, Antonio received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Suffolk University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education at the University of Maryland. Being a first-generation college student of Puerto Rican descent, Antonio's research interests include how college access initiatives improve the education attainment of underrepresented students (first-generation, low-income, minority), and how that impacts the achievement gap. He can be reached at aamaro4@umd.edu.

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Amy Engineer is the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member for Terps for Change and Services24/7.  Her project focuses on increasing the capacity of local nonprofits, increasing capacity building services offered by S24/7's partner organization, Nonprofit Prince George's County, and increasing the amount of UMD volunteers in the local community.  Amy earned her B.A. in Anthropology and minors in business administration and health disparities from the University of Florida in May 2019.  In her spare time, she enjoys growing her own food and baking.  You can reach Amy at 301-405-0741 or amyeng19@umd.edu.

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Pamela Gouws is the Program Management Specialist responsible for logistics and operations in the office. Pamela also supervises the Student Assistants who provide logistical and operational support to LCSL. Pamela has a B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa. She has lived and worked at the University of South Africa's elite business school and has worked as a recruiter for the University of Maryland Global College. You can reach Pamela at 301-314-8494 or pgouws@umd.edu

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Genevieve Hiltebrand is a Graduate Coordinator and Instructor for the Leadership Studies Program and a doctoral student in the International Education Policy program. In her role, Genevieve assists in designing curriculum and serves as an instructor for HESI courses. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Genevieve taught math and science in Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Spain and the UK. She has also spent time volunteering on organic farms as part of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms organization. Genevieve earned her B.A. in Math and Biology from Duke University, and her M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of William and Mary. You can reach Genevieve at ghiltebr@umd.edu

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Ashley Hixson (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) is a second year doctoral student in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program with a concentration in Student Affairs. Hixson attended Georgia Southern University for her undergraduate studies, University of South Carolina for her MSW, University of Michigan (UM-Flint) for her MBA. Hixson currently serves as graduate coordinator and core faculty in the Leadership Studies Program. She is also a part-time research assistant in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. Her previous graduate assistantship was with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Office of Career Services. Hixson's professional and scholarly interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, women and leadership, strategic planning, the experiences of Black women in the academy, integrating technology for engagement and retention strategies, and Higher Education Student Affairs career pathways for professionals of color. Hixson worked at UM-Flint in many different functional areas. During her time at UM-Flint, she served as an academic advisor and career counselor, coordinator for a conditional admit program, the program manager for retention and transition where she was responsible for orientation operations and new student programming, oversaw and executed the intercultural center programming, and taught as a lecturer in the Social Work Department. She also worked with TRIO Programs as a retention specialist for TRIO Student Support Services. You can reach Hixson at ahixson@umd.edu   ahixson@umd.edu

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Noel Kuriakos (pronouns he/him/his) is a Graduate Coordinator for the Leadership Studies Program and a doctoral student in Technology Learning & Leadership program. In his role as Graduate Coordinator, Noel assists in designing curriculum and developing content for student leadership in groups and organizations, in addition to being an instructor for the Leadership Studies Program.  His research interests are , social change & leadership identity developing in middle school, data science education and computational thinking using game-based learning for the middle school ,  and gender and STEM education. Noel is a former middle school teacher in math and computer science, a former software product management professional, holds a masters in teaching from Emmanuel College, Boston, an MBA from  University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in Economics, and BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. When he is not collecting educational credentials, Noel likes to pretend he is a foodie and practices hakuna matata! You can reach Noel at nkuriako@umd.edu

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Monica Maldonado is the Graduate Coordinator for Partners in Print, a bilingual family literacy program held at 15 Title I elementary schools in Prince George's County Public Schools. Currently, she is also a second-year master's student in the Higher Education program at UMD. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College. As a first-generation college student and child of Mexican immigrants, Monica sees the power that education can play in advancing life opportunities. Therefore her research interests include the role of state and federal policy in facilitating the college access and completion of underrepresented students (minority, low-income, first-generation), especially in relation to financial aid funding. She hopes that her career will serve to empower the educational advancement of the Latinx community and other historically underrepresented students. She may be reached at 301-314-7322 or monicam@umd.edu.

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Liz Middleton is the Graduate Coordinator for Terps for Change, where she supports student leaders in leading semester-long community service-learning programs with local community partner organizations. Liz received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Franklin & Marshall College and is working toward a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, focusing on higher education policy. You can reach Liz at 301-405-7938 or emiddle1@umd.edu.

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Sara Palczynski is the Graduate Coordinator for America Reads. She supports those in Team Leader positions, as they help set up mentors for success in PGCPS. Sara received her undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Minority and Urban Education. Her current research interests include anti-racist sex education and supporting LGBTQ+ youth of color. In her free time, Sara enjoys watching sports, playing with her dog and two cats, and catching up on TV shows on Netflix. You can reach her at 301-314-1298 or spalczyn@umd.edu.

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William Post (He/Him/His) is the Coordinator for Alternative Breaks. He works with Experience Leaders, interns, staff advisors and campus partners to create community service-learning experiences during the university's winter, spring, and summer breaks. William earned his undergraduate degree in business management and his master’s degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. You can reach William at 301-314-5323 or at postwr@umd.edu.

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Melissa L. Rocco, PhD is Program Manager for Leadership Studies & Development and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in the College of Education. Dr. Rocco's research, teaching, and practice focuses on the influence of human development and identity on leadership understanding and practice. Her work helps educators design transformative leadership learning experiences for students, staff, and faculty. Over the course of her career, Dr. Rocco has worked in curriculum design, teaching, facilitation, organizational consulting, and program development roles at a variety of higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and companies. She also serves as a Co-Lead facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc. and as a national representative to the Inter-Association Leadership Education Collaborative. Dr. Rocco’s publications include pieces on leadership identity development, critical perspectives of leadership, developmental sequencing and scaffolding in curriculum design, and transformative learning. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. You can reach Dr. Rocco at mlrocco@umd.edu or 301-314-1347.

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Craig Slack, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director, Adele H. Stamp Student Union and directs the Leadership and Community Service-Learning unit. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor and Director of the Leadership Studies Program; Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in the College of Education.  Dr. Slack earned his doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, his masters degree in Higher Education Administration/CSP at Ohio University and his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in Elementary Education.. He has spent the past 30 years weaving themes of leadership education, through both the student development and academic realms, into community service-learning, civic engagement and student involvement experiences in partnership with students, community partners, faculty, staff and alumni.

As the Director of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), Dr. Slack collaborates with approximately 400 leadership educators from around the country and internationally to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of leadership for college students. He is one of the editors of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development Komives, S. R., Dugan, J. P., Owen, J. E., Wagner, W., Slack, C., & Associates (2011). Handbook for student leadership development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. For the past 16 years he has served as managing editor of Concepts and Connections, a publication for leadership educators, published 3 times per year. He is one of the contributing editors for the Student Leadership Programs CAS Standards and Guidelines and ILA Guiding Questions: Guidelines for Leadership Education Programs. He serves on the planning teams for the National Leadership Symposium and Leadership Educator Institute. He is a Board Director for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. He served as one of the founding members of the Interassoication Leadership Education Collaborative. The ILEC is made up of 8 national organization charged with advancing agenda for action by 2020 target at the fields of leadership education, training and development.   He serves a member of the Senior Advisory Group(SAGE) of the Maryland/DC Campus Compact. His institution and professional associations have recognized his outstanding work on behalf of leadership education and student development. You can reach Craig at 301-314-7164 or cslack@umd.edu.

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