Meet Our Coaches

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Meghan Bojo

Meghan has been working at UMB for over 10 years. She is currently a Program Manager for the Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School. She has her BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology and earned her MSW from the School of Social Work here at UMB. Meghan has been an academic coach since 2014 and really enjoys connecting with the students. In her spare time Meghan enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Areas of Interest:  Time Management, Study Planning, School/Life Balance

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Greg Brightbill (Pronouns: He/His/Him)

Greg serves as the Associate Director for Student Leadership and Involvement in the Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center at UMB. Greg is a lifelong academic and holds a bachelor’s of psychology, a master’s of education in student affairs, a master’s of business administration, and is pursuing a doctorate of educational leadership. Greg joined the academic coaching program in 2017 and is passionate about providing students with the resources and support needed to achieve their academic goals. Outside of UMB, Greg has dedicated his free time to supporting the LGBTQ+ rights movement and being an advocate for gender and sexual minorities.

Rosemary Ferreira

Rosemary Ferreira is the Associate Director of the Intercultural Center. Driven by her own experiences as a first-generation low-income student of color, Rosemary has served in higher education institutions in the state of Maryland and in educational non-profit organizations in her hometown of New York City and her parent's homeland of the Dominican Republic. Rosemary earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland, College Park and her B.A. in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College. A proud New Yorker, Rosemary loves to take walks and explore new neighborhoods, support immigrant businesses, and try new recipes.

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Deborah Levi

Deborah began working at UMB in September 2011 and is the Director of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). Deborah’s work experience combines higher education, disability services, academic coaching, and wellness. She holds a Bachelors of Psychology degree from Emory University and Master Degrees in both Social Work and Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. Additionally, Deborah completed an executive coaching certification program through Columbia Business School and Teachers College in October 2009. She finds working with individual students on the issues that matter most to them one of the best parts of her job.  

Areas of Interest:  Students with Disabilities, Non-Traditional Students, Time Management, Study Planning

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Heather Moore

Heather Moore is originally from Illinois and moved to Maryland in 2019. She is the Educational Access Coordinator with Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). Heather has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Eastern Illinois University and is working on her Masters in Applied Sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has higher education experience with student mentoring, academic advising, student advocacy, and facilitation. Heather can typically be found gardening, trying new recipes, reading a new book or hiking.  

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Christine Nissly

Christine came to the Office of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS) as a Fall 2021 field work intern in her second semester of the Master’s program with the UMB School of Social Work. Christine has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Towson University, completed post-graduate coursework in African American History and Clinical Psychology, and is a registered yoga teacher. She self-identifies as neurodiverse and advocates for others with disabilities. A prolific self-directed learner, when not studying, she may be researching new topics of interest, uncovering new recipes and discovering new cuisines, or settling into a good independent film.

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Michelle Pearce

Michelle Pearce, PhD, is a Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a clinical psychologist, and a nationally certified health and wellness coach. She teaches graduate students, conducts research, and directs the Integrative Health and Wellness online graduate certificate program. Dr. Pearce is committed to her personal mission of empowering people to prosper — body, mind, and spirit. She is passionate about helping people achieve their health- and professionally-related goals and live balanced, thriving lives. Her most recent book is called “Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity.” She also has expertise in spirituality and health. She nurtures her own wellness by spending time outside, hiking, dancing, and curled up with a good book.

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Jole' Ruff

Jole’ Ruff joined the office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives in the summer of 2015 and is now the Program Coordinator for the Intercultural Center. She organizes diversity and intercultural programming and supports students in school-wide student organizations. Jole' holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Morgan State University. Jole’ is excited to be a part of the Academic Coaching team and looks forward to supporting students at UMB to be their whole self.