Council Members

Jeffrey Ash

Jeffrey Ash

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

TaShara Bailey, PhD, MA

Diversity Fellow

Vanessa Fahie

Vanessa Fahie*

Vice Chair, School of Nursing

Chair, Education and Awareness

Geetha Gopalan

Geetha Gopalan*, LCSW, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Chair, Communication and Marketing Committee

Sheila Greenwood Blackshear

Sheila Blackshear, MS, CAAP

Director, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Office of Accountability and Compliance

Alicia Howard

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Medicine

Courtney J. Jones Carney

Director, Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives

Laura Kozak, MA

Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Matt Lasecki

Matthew Lasecki, SPHR

Associate Vice President,
Human Resource Services

Flavius Lilly

Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH

Associate Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
Senior Associate Dean, Graduate School

Co-Chair, Evaluation and Assessment Committee

Russel McClain

Russell McClain

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Academic Achievement Program
Carey School of Law

Patricia Meehan, DDS

Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment
School of Dentistry

Andrea Morgan

Andrea Morgan*, DDS

Dental Recruitment Coordinator
School of Dentistry

Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan*, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Associate Professor and Chair
School of Pharmacy

Sandra M. Quezada

Sandra Quezada, MD, MS

Assistant Dean for Admissions
Assistant Dean for Academic and Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
School of Medicine

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA

Associate Professor and Chair
School of Pharmacy

Nakiya Schurman

School of Social Work

Diane Marie St. George

Diane Marie St. George*, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director, MPH program
School of Medicine

Co-Chair, Evaluation and Assessment Committee

Elsie M. Stines

Elsie M. Stines

Chair, President's Office

Jennifer Swanberg

Jennifer Swanberg, PhD, MMHS, OTR

School of Social Work

Roger J. Ward

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA

Senior Vice President for Operations and Institutional Effectiveness
Vice Dean, Graduate School

*Liaison Roles and Responsibilities

The UMB president will appoint one Diversity Advisory Council liaison from each of the seven schools. Liaisons are vital partners to the DAC and understand the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Liaisons are responsible for communicating DAC efforts to faculty, staff, and students in their respective schools. Liaisons facilitate DAC initiatives by acting as the information conduit between the council and their respective schools.


  • Increase awareness of the DAC in respective schools.
  • Support DAC initiatives.
  • Assist in promoting and disseminating in a timely manner DAC initiatives in their respective schools.