Committees and Liaisons

The Staff Senate has a number of subcommittees that work on issues that affect UMB staff.

Senate Committees

Board of Regents Staff Awards

This committee works with the President's office to facilitate the nomination process and review all nominations for the Board of Regents Staff Awards from UMB.

Chair: Kiscia Cannon

Members: Steven Boggs, Janet Nance-Richardson, Colette Beaulieu


The Communications Committee creates and maintains communications for the Staff Senate — our presence and involvement on-campus and opportunities for staff. We work to establish and increase awareness of the Staff Senate's role to speak out for and impact staff-related concerns and issues. The channels we have established include: producing materials with the Staff Senate, tabling at fairs, maintaining a social media presence, and contributing to The Elm and the Common Calendar.

Chair: Riham Keryakos

Members: Danielle Ward, Monica Martinez, Susan Holt

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Committee contributes to and coordinates events related to improving the welfare of individuals in the local Baltimore community, including fundraising for local charities or volunteer work. We liaise with the UMB Community Engagement Center for events, actitivies, and important information. Our outreach efforts include collecting school supplies for local schools and toiletries and toys for homeless shelters.

Chair: Lois Warner

Members: Yan Sun, Carl Jackson, Sharese Essien, Mikki Coleman





Council of University System Staff

The mission of the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) is to provide a voice for staff and employee concerns in reference to basic decisions that affect the welfare of the University System of Maryland (USM), its constituent institutions, and its employees. CUSS functions in an informed advisory role in administrative areas and in the functional support aspects of academic matters.

Representatives: Angela Hall (2016-2017), Colette Beaulieu, Executive Committee (2017-2019), Susan Holt (2017-2019)

Alternates: Nicole Miskimon (2017-2018), Janet Nance-Richardson (2017-2018), Sharese Essien (2017-2018)


The Policy/Legislation Committee oversees the review of Staff Senate bylaws to make sure they are consistent to Robert's Rules of Order and serve the best needs of the Staff Senate as an organization. Responsible for tracking all bills, proposals within the state or federal goverment that may impact staff of UMB. Serve or liaise with UMB CUSS representatives and align priorities across USM and UMB specifically. Organize and manage Staff Senate elections with Executive Committee (March-May).

Chair: Nicole Miskimon

Members: Bill Crockett, Kevin Watson, Angela Hall

University Life

Address issues that affect staff and their day-to-day life at UMB, such as affordable day care, leave donation, professional development, timekeeping and staff recognition. Participate in Universitywide committees as representatives of the Staff Senate and all staff. Assess and recommend opportunitites for advancement with Campus Climate Survey and others. Plan, execute, and promote Staff Senate activities across campus, including meet-and-greets, network activities, and professional development opportunities.

Chair: Kaya Smith

Members: Jessica Rowe, Malinda Hughes, Kent Buckingham, Amanda Azuma

Campus Committee Liaisons

Members of the Staff Senate have been appointed by the Senate to act as liaisons to the following Universitywide committees:

Child Care

This committee works on enhancing child care options on and off campus. Currently this committee is not meeting, but the Staff Senate will continue to monitor changes in child care opportunities on campus.

Office of Community Engagement Advisory Network (OCEAN)

Liaison: Lois Warner

Faculty Senate

Liaison: Colette Beaulieu


This appointment serves as a communication channel between the Parking Committee and the Staff Senate.

Liaison: Susan Holt

President's Diversity Council

Liaison: Amanda Azuma

Safety Awareness

This liasion acts as the voice of the UMB staff, contributing recommendations or comments.

Liaison: Steve Boggs


This senator voices staff concerns and acts as the communications conduit between the sustainability committee and the Staff Senate.

Liaison: Angela Hall

University Events

An appointed senator participates as a liaison to the Special Events Committee to assist in the planning and promotion of campus events.

Liaisons: Kiscia Cannon, Riham Keryakos