Contact LCSL

1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742



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- 7321 or


Nancy Camarillo is a Graduate Coordinator for the Leadership Studies Program and a doctoral student in the Student Affairs Concentration program. In her role, Nancy assists in designing curriculum, serves as an instructor for HESI courses, and advises students in the Leadership Studies minor. She is from Los Angeles, California. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Nancy served as a Retention Coordinator, in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, at Iowa State University. Her professional experiences are in the areas of multicultural programming, scholarship programming, and supporting students with minoritized identities. Her research interests include graduate education, the Latinx educational pipeline, and the persistence of first generation college students. Nancy earned her B.A. in Political Science, minor in Sociology from California Lutheran University and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from California State University, Fullerton. You can reach Nancy at 


Rosemary Ferreira is the Graduate Coordinator 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 the Student Affairs program, and is particularly interested in the well-being and success of low-income, first-generation students of color in college. Prior to attending the University of Maryland, Rosemary served as an educator and mentor for non-profits in both her hometown of New York City and in her parents' native country of the Dominican Republic. In 2014, she graduated from Bard College with a degree in Environmental and Urban Studies. You can reach Rosemary at 301-405-0741 or at


Courtney Holder is the Coordinator for the Maryland LEAD Program and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. She works with the MLEAD Facilitation team to provide leadership development programs for students across campus. Courtney earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and her masters degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee. Courtney is also an instructor for the Leadership Studies program and serves as a Board of Directors member for Break Away. You can reach Courtney  at 301-314-2895 or


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 teacher bias in students' writing abilities and how community planning impacts student success. 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





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



Melissa L. Rocco, PhD is Coordinator for the Leadership Studies Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education in the College of Education. Her research, teaching, and practice focuses on the influence of identity development processes on leadership understanding, learning, and development. Dr. Rocco’s work helps educators design high impact practices for developing inclusive and socially-responsible leadership approaches with students, staff, and faculty. Over the course of her career, Dr. Rocco has worked in curriculum design, teaching, facilitation, organizational change, and program development roles at the University of Maryland, University of Southern Maine, Ohio State University, Deloitte Consulting, and Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Foundation. 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 or 301-314-1347.



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


Deborah Slosberg is the Coordinator for Local Community Service-Learning. She is originally from Michigan and received her Bachelor’s of General Studies from the University of Michigan where she also spent two years working for the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. She organized college students for a year on Oberlin College’s campus with the State PIRGs before going back to get her Master’s in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. While in graduate school, she worked as the Assistant Director for Curricular Programs and Faculty Development in their Office of Service-Learning. Deborah enjoys working with students and the local community to foster positive social change through meaningful community engagement. You can reach Deborah at 301-314-0068 or


Anne Spear is a Graduate Coordinator for the Leadership Studies Program and a doctoral student in the International Education Policy program. In her role as Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Spear assists in designing curriculum and developing international components in addition to being an instructor for the Leadership Studies Program.  Her research interests are literacy curriculum development, social change, gender and education.  Ms. Spear is a certified teacher and holds a M.S.ED in Education and Social Change at the University of Miami.  Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Ms. Spear taught remedial reading in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Adult Education courses at Prince George’s Community College.  She completed an US Peace Corps assignment as a Girls’ Education and Empowerment Volunteer in Burkina Faso as part of a Master’s Degree in International Studies at the University of Wyoming. You can reach Anne Spear at


Madi Michael is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. She was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Washington D.C., surrounded by a thriving immigrant community. She currently serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the LCSL Office and CASA de Maryland to connect families from Prince George's County's two International High Schools to local community resources.