Meet the Staff

Courtney J. Jones Carney, Director


Courtney J. Jones Carney began her career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as the Assistant Director of Student Services in January 2011. She became the Director of Interprofessional Student Learning and Service Initiatives when the department was created in December 2011. In her current role, Courtney serves on the Campus Life Services Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for Student Leadership and Development. She is charged with developing, implementing, and sustaining comprehensive interprofessional programs and initiatives that relate to leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and career development.

Before joining UMB, Courtney worked at Towson University as a Career Advisor (2006-2010) and Morgan State University as an Assistant Academic Coordinator for Student Athletes (2003-2009).

Ebony Nicholson seated outside the School of Social Work

Ebony Nicholson, Academic Coordinator - Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives


Ebony Nicholson joined ISLSI in the fall of 2014 as a Diversity Fellow. At that time, she was pursuing her Master's in Social Work at UMB. Upon graduation in May 2016, Ebony decided to stay with the department to assist in planning and developing some of the diversity and cultural enrichment programming of the department. 

Ebony worked as a Research Assistant Scholar in the School of Social Work, where she focused on women’s professional advancement in higher education as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Before working for ISLSI, she was the Youth and Community Engagement Program Coordinator at Children's National Medical Center and served two years in Zambia as a Community Health Improvement Project Peace Corps Volunteer.

Gregory Brightbill

Gregory Brightbill, Academic Coordinator


Greg Brightbill joined the ISLSI team in 2016 as an Academic Coordinator. In his current role, Greg manages the daily programming and administration of the President’s Student Leadership Institute, the Safe Space program, and the American Sign Language initiative.

Before UMB, Greg worked at the Maryland Institute College of Art for three years and James Madison University for two years, where he earned his master's degree in Education.

Jole' Ruff, Coordinator


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' is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Morgan State University.

Vanessa Gonzalez, Diversity Fellow

Vanessa Gonzalez joined the ISLSI team in 2016 as a Diversity Fellow and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at UMB. She assists in the planning of diversity and inclusion programs of the department. She is a senator for the University Student Government Association and a member of the student group Latinx Unidos for Community Healing and Awareness.

Vanessa is a Los Angeles native. Before joining ISLSI, she was the Site Coordinator for the UCLA Afterschool Program that served children of immigrant families in Los Angeles' Koreatown community.