Who We Are

The Staff Senate is made up of an elected executive committee and representatives from around the University who advocate for the staff of the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The Staff Senate officers are elected by the Senate membership for a term of one (1) year by written or voice nomination during the last regular scheduled meeting of each year. Elections for the 2018-2019 officers will take place at the last official working meeting of the 2018 term and will serve until the end of the 2019 term.

Staff Senate Representatives

Executive Committee

The executive committee meets a minimum of five times during each term year to:

  • Set the agenda for Staff Senate meetings
  • Prepare and submit reports on the work of the Staff Senate to the UMB President, CUSS, and the UMB community
  • Be a point of contact with the UMB President
  • Recommend to the Staff Senate the establishment, composition, and responsibilities of standing and/or special committees; fill irregular vacancies on committees; and recommend participation in campus committees
  • Manage the Staff Senate's annual operating budget as provided for the costs of duplicating, printing, mailing, supplies, etc.
  • Perform such functions as given by the Staff Senate
President

Hillary Anne Edwards
Presides at all meetings of the Senate, finalizes the agenda of each Senate meeting, serves as chief liaison with the UMB President, and performs other duties as assigned by the Senate.

Vice-President

Riham Keryakos
Serves in the absence of the President, serves as Senate parliamentarian, and performs other duties as assigned by the Senate.

Communications Officer

Colette Beaulieu
Chairs the Senates Communications Committee, contributes to The Elm and serves on the UMB Communications Council

 

Secretary

Kaya Smith

Responsible for recording and distributing minutes, maintains all records of the Senate, monitors the Senate’s budget and reports on its fiscal status to the Executive Committee/Senate, and performs other duties as assigned by the Senate.

Member-At-Large

Susan Holt

Serves on the Executive Committee and performs duties as assigned by the Senate.

Past-President (Vacant)

Serves as an advisor to the Executive Committee to provide continuity and performs other duties as assigned by the Senate.

Steven Boggs, Director of Law Registration, School of Law

 

Steven Boggs

 

Email: sboggs@law.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Policy/Legislation

Goals as a Senator: Work to increase morale of staff by advocating on their behalf and identifying needs and concerns of staff members. Gain a better understanding of system opportunities and services available to staff members. Work collaboratively with Staff Senators, University officials, and other stakeholders regarding issues impacting University staff members.

Term ends: 2020

Colette Beaulieu, Office Manager, HS/HSL, Academic Affairs (Communications Officer)




Email: cbeaulie@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, Communications, Council of University System Staff (Member at Large)

Goals as a Senator: One of the main things I would like to see accomplished during my term as Staff Senator is to make sure the Staff Senate stays focus on it’s main purpose: representing the employees who elected us by taking on causes that make everyday work life for employees on the UMB campus better.

Term ends: 2020

Rachel Beaudry, Senior Program Specialist, School of Social Work

Rachel Beaudry

Email: rbeaudry@ssw.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach

Goals as a Senator: hope to create more access to affordable child care for UMB staff. I also want to assist with campus life and ensuring that all departments/affiliations feel included anda part of UMB. I am focused on supporting other Staff Senate members to achieve their goals.

Term Ends: 2019

Kent Buckingham, Executive Director, CITS Operations, School of Dentistry

Kent Buckingham

Email: kbuckingham@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Board of Regents Staff Awards

Goals as a Senator: I would like to continue to improve communications between the staff and senior campus leadership. I believe working together, we can make the campus the best it can be.

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy riding my motorcycle, restoring old cars, and working with youth as a wrestling coach. I am proud to say I coached Kyle Snyder, Olympic gold medalist, when he was a young boy. 

Term ends: 2019

Mikki Coleman, Assistant Director, Clinical Placements, SON (Member-At-Large)

Mikki Coleman

Email: mcoleman@son.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Board of Regents Staff Awards

Goals as a Senator: I would like to help plan and participate in community engagement and professional development activities that the Staff Senate is an integral part of creating and managing. I also would like to increase the visibility of staff accomplishments and needs on campus and continue to contribute to the success of UMB. 

Term ends: 2019

Hillary Anne Edwards, Program Manager, School of Pharmacy, (President)

Email: hedwards@rx.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, Board of Regents Staff Awards

Goals as a Senator: Work to increase morale of staff by advocating on their behalf and identifying needs and concerns of staff members. Gain a better understanding of system opportunities and services available to staff members. Work collaboratively with Staff Senators, University officials, and other stakeholders regarding issues impacting University staff members.

Term ends: 2020

Sharese Essien, Program Manager, School of Pharmacy

Email: seissien@rx.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach

Goals as a Senator: I would like to have an active role in putting into place policies and procedures that enhance the morale of staff members to ensure that all staff members can contribute to the campus work environment.

Hobbies/interests: My husband and I serve in different capacities with our church family. And my biggest interest is assisting my college-age children in balancing their studies while adjusting as young adults.

Term ends: 2019

Christina Fenwick, Dean's Office Specialist, School of Social Work

Christina Fenwick

Email: cfenwick@ssw.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach, Council of University System Staff (Alternate)

Goals as a Senator: I hope to actually present issues, provide solutions, and get them implemented before my term is over. I also hope to accomplish the great things others before me started and didn't have the opportunity to finsh. I want to really make a difference serving in this role.

Term Ends: 2020

Mary Beth Gallico, Division Manager, SOM

Email: mgallico@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: University Life, Communications

Goals as a Senator: 
I hope to connect with community to support the UMB mission of serving the community. I hope to spread the word regarding affordable educational opportunities for staff. I hope to campaign for all the initiatives that UMB supports.  I hope to bring the voices of staff to leadership for awareness and best practices.

Term ends: 2020

Sarah Hokenmaier, Program Director, School of Nursing

Sarah Hokenmaier

Email: shokenmaier@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach, Council of University System Staff (Alternate)

Goals as a Senator: 

I am interested in creating and expanding opportunities for staff to become more involved at UMB, and to engage with the surrounding community. Within the School of Nursing, I have worked on the Staff Council to establish a community engagement committee and have planned regular opportunities for both staff and faculty to volunteer in the community. I hope to continue and expand this work at the campus level.

In addition, during my time at UMB I have been continuously impressed with all that staff members here have to offer; I would like to help create pathways and opportunities for staff to continue their professional growth as well as increase the visibility of staff expertise and accomplishments.

Term Ends: 2019

Susan Holt, Administrative Coordinator, SOM/Dept. of Epidemiology



Email: sholt@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:  Council of University System Staff, Policy/Legislation

Goals as a Senator: I have worked on campus since 2000 and feel I have gained a lot of insight and experience.  For example, I feel that I know who does what and where to go for almost every question that comes up in my office. What I envision for the University administrative staff are clearer, more centralized answers (that aren't several pages long) to those questions without having to experience 14 years of trial and error. This year, thanks to the Staff Senate, we finally have a centralized website to identify and reserve rooms for meetings. Such a simple thing makes work life a little easier! What do you envision for your work life? What is important to you? Send me an email — I'd love to hear from you!

Interests/hobbies: I have  a son who recently graduated from UMBC and twin daughters. I am treasurer for the Mother's Club at Seton Keough High School. I enjoy gardening, reading, and running.

Term ends: 2019

Malinda Hughes, Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs and the Graduate School

Email: mhughes@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: University Life

Goals as a Senator: I am an attentive listener and am committed to learning about the issues staff face and taking a hands-on approach to finding realistic and workable solutions. Additionally, I want to foster camaraderie by creating new opportunities for staff to be involved at UMB.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy traveling, especially to our country’s beautiful national parks, attending the theater, and spending time with my family and our 16-year-old dog. I also serve on my church’s Mission and Community Outreach Council and through it have been privileged to fundraise for the Manna House Soup Kitchen and wait tables at Our Daily Bread.

Term ends: 2019

Carl Jackson, Administrative Analyst, Office of the Dean, School of Social Work

Carl Jackson

Email:
cwjackson@ssw.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: University Life

Goals as a Senator: One of the main things I would like to see accomplished during my term as Staff Senator is to make sure the Staff Senate stays focus on it’s main purpose: representing the employees who elected us by taking on causes that make everyday work life for employees on the UMB campus better.

Term ends: 2020

Riham Keryakos, Office Manager, Institute for Genome Sciences/SOM (Vice-President)

Email: Rkeryakos@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, Communications

Goals as a Senator: 
I would like to continue working to achieve our set of goals, in regards to shared governance across campus, ongoing communications with Staff, and be able to address & discuss all staff’ concerns with senior leadership, particularly in matters that affects their daily life, from childcare, safety, benefits, compensation to more staff recognition.

Term ends: 2020

Nicole Miskimon, Associate Director, Facilities Management

Nicole Miskimon

Email:
nmiskimon@umaryland.edu


Senate Committees: Policy/Legislation (Chair), Council of University System Staff

Goals as a Senator: My overall goal as a Staff Senator is to help make UMB a great place to work.  I will do my best to ensure that University staff have a voice to properly advise campus leaders, have a safe place to work and have a legacy we can be proud of.  In my role as the chair of the Staff Senate Policy and Legislation committee, I will continue work on initiatives in this area and to increase Staff Senate’s involvement in policy decisions.  I will continue to promote and support programs that assist employees in achieving a healthy work/life balance and programs to acknowledge the achievements of UMB staff who dedicate themselves to serving the University.

Term ends: 2020

Janet Nance-Richardson, Coordinator, Clinical Law Program, SOL


Email: jnance-richardson@law.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Council of University System Staff (Alternate), Board of Regents Staff Awards

Goals as a Senator: I would like to play an intregal part in improving the lives of employees. As I stated when I last ran, my ultimate goal is to see the University of Maryland, Baltimore named as a Best Place for Work in the areas of career development opportunities, culture for caring, fun, life-work balance, intellectually rewarding, workspace, and overall work satisfaction.

Hobbies/interests: I am very active in my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Rho Xi Omega chapter. I am the Anti-Grammateus (Recording Secretary) and serve on the membership committees, sisterly relations, chair of our women football lovers group, “Pearls and Pigskins," and as a mentor to a newly initiated and reactivated sorority sisters. I am also the founding member of Baltimore-Metro Greeks Unite, an organization composed of the Divine Nine Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, coming together to raise funds for charitable organizations. My other interests include reading and traveling.

Term ends: 2019

Kristy Novak, Asst. Director, Graduate Clinical Placements, School of Nursing

Kristy Novak

Email: knovak@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator: One of my main goals would be to break down as many silos as possible. Unfortunately this campus is very divided not only by school, but by department, office, and so on and so forth. Same goal, just a million different ways to get there. Through programs such as Emerging Leaders, we're able to network and learn from our colleagues around the campus, and I see Staff Senate as a similar opportunity. By joining Staff Senate, I envision the chance to connect the rest of the SON staff to others around campus who they can collaborate with on various projects to better the school and our surrounding community.

Term Ends: 2019

Mary Phelan, Senior Media Relations Specialist, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Mary Phelan

Alternate

Email: maryphelan@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Communications

Goals as a Senator:  

- To increase the visibility of the work and mission of the Staff Senate, particularly through the senate's social media channels, which have not been updated in a while.
- To serve as a liaison between my communications colleagues and senior leadership.
- To gain a broader insight into the workings of various departments and administrative units across campus.
- To help increase and raise awareness of UMB’s sustainability efforts and environmentally sound practices.To help increase and raise awareness of UMB’s sustainability efforts and environmentally sound practices.
- To contribute to the Staff Senate in such a way that it fully benefits from my communication skills, commitment, pride, and loyalty to UMB.

Term Ends: 2019

Emma Schmidt, Res Specialist, School of Medicine

Amelia Schmidt

Alternate

Email: aschmidt@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Communications

Goals as a Senator: During my term I would like to make an impact not only on campus but also within the community. I will be passionate and instrumental in lobbying for initiatives within the UMB campus as well as the community. With a Masters in Health Administration and an interest in Public Health, I think it is extremely important to educate the community we serve and provide a place of trust and friendship. Serving on the Staff Senate will provide me with the opportunity to learn more about UMB, help to create initiatives, and make impacts within our community and workplace.

Term Ends: 2019

Kayatana "Kaya" Smith, Sr. Systems Administrator, CITS (Secretary)


Email: kaya@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, Campus Life (Chair)

Goals as a Senator: To represent my department and the concerns of the University’s staff with a voice that is strong, innovative, and inquisitive. Also, I hope that my unique perspective will bring about change or improvement for issues on diversity, project management, and technological advancements.

Hobbies/interests: My hobbies include mentoring high school students, horseback riding, crocheting, gardening, and gadget engineering and programming.

Term ends: 2019

Yan Sun, Program Administrator, SOM

Email: YanSun@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach

Goals as a Senator: As stated in the USM policies and procedures, shared governance is always a priority at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. There are more than 2,200 staff members in our community, and we need to be part of this shared governance! The Staff Senate plays an important role in building channels of communication between staff members and University leaders. If I am selected as the Staff Senator, I would like to strengthen our communications across all parties. I would like to speak out for the event that impact staff-related concern and issues, bring up culture and diversity awareness issues, and so forth. By using my financial expertise, I also would like to review the business transactions of the Staff Senate to ensure an accountable and transparent business transaction.

Term ends: 2019

Janet Thomas, Program Specialist, Administration and Finance

Janet Thomas

Alternate

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:  My interest in serving on the Staff Senate is to fulfill the side of my work interest that involve support and community involvement. I enjoy being an advocate for issues that matter and result in the overall benefit of others. I am new to UMB and have fresh eyes and perspective on things that I have experienced since joining the UMB team in 2016. I started off in Public Safety and am currently in Transportation. Both roles have a significant presence to the student body, faculty, and staff. I feel I would be very instrumental because of my keen insight and ability to share new ideas without bias. Actually, I've often thought of being a Lobbyist because I believe people should be heard, not ignored and I believe in being part of the solution/concerns. I don't want my mindset to become stagnant, but to always be exploring new opportunities for development and growth. I am a voice with purpose.

Please strongly consider me for this great opportunity.

Term Ends: 2019

Lois Warner, Program Coordinator, Office of Philanthropy

Lois Warner

Email: lwarn002@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Community Outreach (Chair), Senate Liaison to Office of Community Engagement Advisory Network (OCEAN)

Goals as a Senator: During the next two years, I hope to continue serving as chair of the Staff Senate Policy and Legislation comittee. If reelected, I will also continue to promote and support programs that assist employees in achieving a healthy work/life balance as well as programs to acknowledge/reward the achievements of UMB staff who dedicate themselves to serving the University.

Term ends: 2020

Kevin Watson, Manager, Technical Operations, SOM

Kevin Watson

Alternate


Email: kwatson@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Policy/Legislation

Goals as a Senator: I would like to continue to be a part of the momentum of improvements already in place, as well as the further development and future growth of those initiatives, as well as new ones initiated for the overall betterment of the Staff here at UMB.

Term ends: 2019