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Meet Our Coaches
Greg Brightbill works at UMB as an Academic Coordinator for Leadership Education, managing the President’s Student Leadership Institute in the Office of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University, a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Greg is extremely excited to be a part of the Academic Coaching team and looks forward to helping students at UMB be able to live their true potential.
Zanne began working at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2018 and is currently the Testing Center Coordinator in Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). Zanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and has experience with student mentoring, academic advising, and youth advocacy. Zanne is passionate about supporting students through challenges to maximize growth and progress. In their free time, Zanne enjoys spending time with friends, lounging with their dog, listening to podcasts, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Deborah began working at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in September 2011 and is currently the Director of Educational Support and Disability Services (ESDS). Deborah’s work experience combines higher education, counseling, coaching, and health/mental health fields. She holds a Bachelors of Psychology degree from Emory University and masters degrees in 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 is the best part of her job.
Michelle Pearce, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. She also works with the Wellness Hub providing student coaching and wellness programming. 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-related goals and live balanced, peaceful lives. Her background is in clinical psychology and spirituality and health. She nurtures her own wellness by spending time outside, hiking, cooking, and curled up with a good book.
Michelle Peralta is the newest member of the Wellness Hub. Prior to her position as the Health and Wellness Educator, Michelle worked with the Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the UM School of Medicine, and in various nonprofits in Philadelphia providing education on health, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. She has a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Temple University and is a certifiied 200-hour Yoga Teacher. Currently, Michelle is working on her Master's in Public Health at UMB. She is typically seen walking her dog, chowing on a donut, and hiking the locals trails. Michelle enjoys working with students on stress management, yoga, meditation, and school-life balance.