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Council Members

Patricia Alvarez

Patty Alvarez, PHD, MS

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Jeffrey Ash

Jeffrey Ash, EdD

Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

TaShara Bailey, PhD, MA

Assistant Director of STEM Curricular Engagement, UMB CURE Scholars Program
Adjunct Faculty, UMB 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

Gregory A. Brightbill

Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd

Leadership Education & Involvement Program Specialist, Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives

Vanessa Fahie

Vanessa Fahie*, PhD, RN

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

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Michele Hayes, JD, LLM

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Francis King Carey School of Law

Alicia Howard, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Maryland School of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrution

Courtney J. Jones Carney, MBA

Executive Director, Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center

Laura Kozak, MA

Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Matt Lasecki

Matthew Lasecki, SPHR

Associate Vice President,
Human Resource Services

Kyla Ligget

Kyla Liggett-Creel, PHD, MSW

School of Social Work Representative

Flavius Lilly

Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH

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


Jennifer Llewellyn

Jennifer Llewelyn, MED

School of Medicine Representative

Russel McClain

Russell McClain, JD

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

Patricia Meehan, DDS, BSN, FACD, FICD

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Dentistry

Andrea Morgan

Andrea Morgan*, DDS

Dental Recruitment Coordinator
School of Dentistry

Jill Morgan

Jill Morgan*, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS

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

Sandra M. Quezada

Sandra Quezada, MD, MS

Associate Dean, Admissions
Assistant Dean, Academic and Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Isabelita Rambob

Isabel Rambob, DDS

Faculty Senate Representative

Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner

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

Associate Professor and Chair
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 of the 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.