Meet the Staff

Courtney J. Jones Carney (she, her, hers)

Executive Director, Intercultural Leadership & Engagement
Director, Intercultural Center
Program Director, Intercultural Leadership Post-baccalaureate certificate

Courtney J. Jones Carney serves as the inaugural executive director of Intercultural Leadership and Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs and director of the newly created Intercultural Center. In these roles, Courtney provides vision and implementation of comprehensive intercultural engagement and training to impact the development of cultural competencies and inform the professional practice of students, faculty, and staff.

Courtney also serves as the Program Director and faculty for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Intercultural Leadership which she created and launched in 2019. This certificate program challenges students to critically examine themselves and the ideals that they hold about others while understanding the legacy of white supremacy in the formation of policy and practice in this country. The program aims to reframe the lens for understanding complex issues while connecting students with the causes and current context ultimately resulting in culturally responsive leadership practices.

Courtney is a proud alumna of Morgan State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in public administration at the University of Baltimore. Courtney’s research interests include impacts of microaggressions, climate for diversity, intercultural development, and employee engagement. Her dissertation examines the relationship between exposure to racial and ethnic microaggressions and employee engagement.

Cyndi Rice (she, her, hers)


With more than 25 years of experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Cyndi has worked here since graduating from the School of Medicine’s Radiologic Technology program. Cyndi loves advising student organizations and helping students develop into well-rounded, holistic, and professional student leaders.

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Gregory Brightbill (he, him, his)

Associate Director, Student Leadership & Involvement

Greg joined the ISLSI team in the spring of 2016 as an Academic Coordinator. Before UMB, Greg worked for several years at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Greg currently has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Frostburg State University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership (EdD) from Frostburg State University.

Greg's responsibilities include the daily operation and coordination of the President's Student Leadership Institute, assisting the UMB President's Fellows in their White Paper Project, and developing LGBT+ and Safe Space programming for the UMB campus. Outside of his role in ISLSI, Greg serves as a senator and secretary in the UMB Staff Senate and liaison for the Diversity Advisory Council. 

Jole' Ruff (she, her, hers)

Coordinator, Intercultural Leadership & Engagement

Jole' Ruff joined ISLSI in the summer of 2015. She provides management for the various self-defense programs offered through ISLSI and has recently taken on some of the diversity and cultural enrichment programming of the department. Before working for ISLSI, Jole' worked in URecFit (University Recreation & Fitness) at UMB.

Jole' received her Master of Social Work degree from Morgan State University in 2017.

Mark Dixon (he, him, his)

Assistant Director, Youth Programs and Student Engagement 

Mark is originally from Thomasville, Ala., and joined UMB and URecFit in January 2018. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Business Management and a master's degree from Texas State University in Recreation and Leisure Administration. Growing up all over the world, he got the opportunity to experience recreation throughout several different cultures. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. 

Rosemary Ferreira (she, her, hers)

Program Coordinator, Intercultural Center

As the Program Coordinator for the Intercultural Center, she supports initiatives that propel the Center's mission to provide resources for historically underrepresented students and to develop campus-wide programming that is grounded in equity and social justice.

Prior to joining UMB, Rosemary served as the College and Career Readiness Program Coordinator at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C. Driven by her own experiences as a first-generation low-income student of color, Rosemary has also served in educational non-profit organizations in her hometown of New York City and in the Dominican Republic. She utilizes her skills in facilitation and curriculum development to curate spaces for critical dialogue and for identity and leadership development. 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. 

Katie Nenortas (she, her, hers)

Food Insecurity Intern, Intercultural Center

Katie is a current UMB student in the School of Social Work (SSW). She joined the Intercultural Leadership & Engagement team in September 2020 for her SSW field placement. In this role, Katie has been charged with creating strategies that address student food insecurities through establishing a food pantry. Katie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2019. She has experience with developing, maintaining, and operating food pantries in addition to supporting parents of historically underserved youth.