Who We Are

Core Values Staff

Stacey Rose, EdD, MEd, MSW

Core Values Program Director

Core Values Implementation Steering Committee

In the November 2021 President's Message, Dr. Bruce E Jarrell, MD, FACS wrote:

Throughout our history, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has worked to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large. We meet that mission through education, research, clinical care, and service. It takes our individual and collective actions to get there.

When we look at how to move UMB forward, one thing is very clear: Our values matter. Through our strategic planning process in 2011, UMB identified seven values core to our institution. Core values help define and shape culture at an organization — and just like UMB has evolved from our founding, our core values need to evolve as well.

Values live in the present. The 2022-2026 strategic planning process included an in-depth look at the existing core values and solicited and received feedback from the entire UMB community. The overwhelming response was that our existing values should be updated.

The core values of Accountability, Civility, Diversity, Excellence, Knowledge, and Collaboration evolved into the current four core value sets of Respect and Integrity, Well-Being and Sustainability, Equity and Justice, and Innovation and Discovery.

In 2022, a committee was established to facilitate the implementation of these new core values.

The Committee’s Charge

  1. Develop and implement a clearly articulated group of behavioral expectations related to each core value set, to which faculty, staff, students, and UMB leaders are held accountable.
  2. Provide guidance to schools and units on quantitative and qualitative data that could be used to provide transparent metrics that demonstrate and document the University community’s efforts at aligning behavior with the expectations inherent in our core values.
  3. Provide tools and options so that each school and administrative unit operationalizes the core values to encompass talent management, employee development and empowerment, and enhancements to student learning and experiences.
  4. Ensure that leaders, broadly defined, in each school and unit understand the importance of their demonstrated core values-related behaviors.

Core Values Implementation Steering Committee Members 

Jon Kucskar, JD (co-chair)
Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management, UMB

Dawn M. Rhodes, DBA, MBA (co-chair)
Senior Vice President and Chief Business and Finance Officer, Office of Administration and Finance, UMB

Sydney Ashton
PhD Candidate, School of Medicine, and President, Graduate Student Association

Hadley Bryan
PhD Candidate, School of Medicine, and Senator, University Student Government Association

Vanessa Carroll, MS
Special Assistant to the Dean, School of Dentistry

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW, LCSW-C
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Social Work

Peter Danchin, JD
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Director, International and Comparative Law Program, Francis King Carey School of Law

Taylor DeBoer, MA
Marketing and Operations Specialist, The Grid, Graduate School

Kevin Enright
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, School of Medicine

Jill Hamilton, MSW

Contracts and Grants Specialist, School of Pharmacy

Sunday Jones, SPHR, MBA
Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Human Resource Services, UMB

Bill Joyner, JD, MSW
Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UMB

James Kaper, PhD
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair ,Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Gerald Kayingo, PhD, MMSC, PA-C
Assistant Dean of Research and Executive Director, Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy, Graduate School

Ann Kim, JD
Director of Student Affairs, Francis King Carey School of Law

Laura Kozak, MA
Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, UMB

LaVern Laury
Director, Network and Communications Services, Center for Information Technology Services

Mark Macek, DDS, DrPH
Assistant Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Scholarship, School of Dentistry

Monica Maggiano
Director, Leadership Communications, Office of the President, UMB

Karen Park, MA, MBA
Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Projects, Office of Administration and Finance, UMB

Anjana Solaiman, DNP, NNP-BC, IBCLC
Assistant Professor, Universities at Shady Grove, School of Nursing

James Trovato, PharmD, MBA, BCOP, FASHP
Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, School of Pharmacy

Alison Watkins, JD MS
Assistant Vice President, Office of Policy and Procedures, and Conflict of Interest Officer, UMB