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Council Members

Patricia Alvarez

Patty Alvarez, PHD, MS

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

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Sheryl Arambula, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine

Jeffrey Ash

Jeffrey Ash, EdD

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

TaShara Bailey, PhD, MA

Director of  STEM Curriculum and Director of Programs, CURE Scholars Program
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School

Aaron Betsinge

Aaron Betsinger, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Sheila Greenwood Blackshear

Sheila Blackshear, MS, MSL, Sr. CAAP

Diversity, ADA, and Affirmative Action Administrator, Human Resource Services

Shara Boonshaft

Shara Boonshaft, JD '02

Senior Director of Philanthropy, Carey School of Law

Gregory A. Brightbill

Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd

Associate Director, Student Leadership and Involvement, Intercultural Leadership and Engagement

Staff Senate Representative

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Neijma Celestine-Donnor, MSW ’09

Assistant Dean for Diversity Equity, and Inclusion, School of Social Work

Juliet Dickerson

Juliet Dickerson

Interim Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Ex-Officio

Vanessa Fahie

Vanessa Fahie, PhD, RN

Co-Chair, Diversity Advisory Council
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Shani Fleming, MSHS, MPH, PA-C

Shani Fleming, MSHS, MPH, PA-C

Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy, Graduate School

Paulette Harris-Gross

Paulette Harris-Gross, MS

Program Management Specialist,
Office of the President, Ex-Officio

Alicia Howard, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition, School of Medicine

Courtney J. Jones Carney, MBA

Executive Director, Intercultural Leadership and Engagement, and Director, Intercultural Center

Jazmin Jones

Jazmin Jones

Student Representative

Laura Kozak, MA

Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Kyla Ligget

Kyla Liggett-Creel, PHD, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work 

Flavius Lilly

Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH

Vice Dean, Graduate School
Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs


Jennifer Llewellyn

Jennifer Llewelyn, MED

Academic Support Coordinator, School of Medicine 

Russel McClain

Russell McClain, JD

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

Andrea Morgan

Andrea Morgan, DDS

Director, Student Advocacy and Cultural Affairs, School of Dentistry

Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, School of Pharmacy

Sandra M. Quezada

Sandra Quezada, MD, MS

Associate Dean, Admissions
Assistant Dean, Academic and Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

Isabelita Rambob

Isabel Rambob, DDS

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry, Faculty Senate Representative

Gabrielle Ricks

Gabrielle Ricks

Academic Program Coordinator, Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy, Graduate School

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner

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

Associate Dean, Clinical Services and Practice Transformation 
School of Pharmacy

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Lashonda Shepherd

Student Representative

Elsie M. Stines

Elsie M. Stines, DNP, CRNP

Chair, Diversity Advisory Council
Assistant Vice President, Special Projects and Initiatives, Office of the President
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Maryland Children's Hospital

Roger Ward

Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MLS, MPA

Interim Provost,
Executive Vice President,
and Dean, Graduate School

Member Roles and Responsibilities

Members-at-Large of the DAC shall consist of designated representatives from constituent schools, shared governance bodies, and central administration of UMB. Each of the seven schools may designate up to two (2) employees (at least one (1) faculty member and one (1) staff member) to serve as members of the DAC.  

In addition to the 14 faculty and staff members representing each school, membership will include: at least seven (7) staff members, including central administration; one (1) postdoctoral fellow; based on funds, one (1) Diversity fellow; two (2) members from shared governance bodies (Faculty Senate and Staff Senate); and two (2) students.  

Member Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in activities and programs of the DAC
  • Attend at least eight monthly meetings per academic year (which includes no more than two attendances via teleconference and no more than two absences)  
  • Serve on at least one standing committee  
  • Maintain visibility of the work of the DAC among employees of their respective school or organization and the community  
  • Serve as their school, governance bodies, or central administration liaison
  • Serve as advocates for and champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their respective schools, shared governance, and central administration.  
  • Serve as a channel for communicating diversity-related news and information to faculty, staff, and students in their respective school, shared governance, and central administration.  
  • Maintain meaningful dialogues with respective schools, shared governance, or central administration and report concerns at DAC meetings.