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 2019-2020 officers will take place at the last official working meeting of the 2019 term and will serve until the end of the 2020 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

Kristy Novak
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 (Acting)

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

Communications Officer 

Hillary Edwards

Chairs the Senate's Communications Committee, contributes to The Elm and serves on the UMB Communications Council.

Secretary

Sarah Hokenmaier

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

Gregory Brightbill

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

Past-President

Colette Beaulieu

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

Ayamba Ayuk-Brown, Office Manager, SON

Email:
ayamba.ayuk@umaryland.edu
Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:
In keeping with the UMB Strategic Plan’s theme of Inclusive Excellence, during my term I want to inspire staff members to advocate for their own career advancement within the University.  In doing this, I would love to work with HR to develop pathways for growth, specific to staff members that clearly identify categories of staff positions on campus, including salary brackets, to better outline opportunities for professional development and to support staff in advocating for this.  This will allow staff members to strategically partake in professional development that will speak to their career aspirations.  

Term Ends: 2021

 

Michael Azen, Equity and Access Investigator, Accountability and Compliance

Alternate

Email:
mazen@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:I would hope that we could improve employee safety. I recognize how important that is, especially with the work that I do. When employees are recognized and rewarded for their hard work, it is more likely that they will be more productive and stay longer. I'd want to help with employee recognition, which could include awards, additional benefits, COLA/merit increases, etc. I also would like to help with outreach events. My wife and I organize an event each year called "Operation Frosty". During December, we hand out backpacks filled with supplies to the homeless. 

Term Ends:
2020

 

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 (Acting Vice-President)




Email: cbeaulie@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:
Council of University System Staff, Executive Committee

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 its 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

Gregory Brightbill, Leadership Education and Involvement Specialist, Campus Life Services, (Member at Large)

Email:Gbrightbill@umaryland.edu
Senate Committees:
Executive Committee

Goals as a Senator:I am very passionate about diversity education and hope to continue the positive growth the University has made in implementing inclusive practices into the institutional culture. This includes creating safe spaces for staff to discuss issues concerning discrimination and disenfranchisement. I also hope to use my skills related to event planning, marketing, and staff development to help the Staff Senate with programming initiatives that align with the overall goals of the group.

Term Ends: 2021

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

Kent Buckingham

Email: kbuckingham@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: 

Goals as a Senator: I would like to continue to improve communications between the staff and senior campus leadership. I have represented the Staff Senate on the hiring of a key campus leadership position and would hope to be able to help in that role again if needed. We have made strides in trying to learn what is important to the staff and to effect changes in those areas. I look forward to continuing that work.

Term ends: 2021

Allison Deitz, Social Worker, School of Medicine

Alternate

Email:
adeitz@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:After graduating from the School of Social Work in December 2018, I desired to continue my connection with the UMB community beyond being an alumna. My goals are to connect with other UMB staff and wider community members, listen to their needs, understand what barriers they encounter, and co-create initiatives that could sustainably help our communities for years to come. For example, even the small gesture of equitably celebrating staff’s birthdays across departments could mean a great deal to many people. Perhaps establishing a process within each UMB setting by which co-workers can nominate each other regarding the accomplishment of difficult endeavors that individuals outside of that setting may neither see nor fully appreciate, could help strengthen team cohesiveness in a setting of fact-based encouragement. I would also love the chance to learn more about how, given UMB’s diversity of disciplines, different schools could work together to better serve the larger community (e.g., working with the School of Dentistry to bring supervisory dentists and dental students to the University of Maryland Drug Treatment Center, where many patients need restorative dental work that their insurance plans will not cover).

Term Ends: 2020

 

Hillary Edwards, Program Manager, School of Pharmacy, (Communications Officer)

Email: hedwards@rx.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, Communications (Chair)

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: 

Goals as a Senator:I have enjoyed serving this past term on the Community Outreach committee, which has been truly rewarding. I would like to continue to work on projects that staff on campus can contribute to make a difference in the lives in the communities that surround the University.
Term Ends: 2021

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

Christina Fenwick

Email: cfenwick@ssw.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: 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 finish. 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: Civility Campaign (Chair)

Goals as a Senator: 
I hope to connect with the 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

Jill Hamilton, Contracts and Grants Specialist, School of Pharmacy

Email:
jill.hamilton@rx.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator: One of my favorite quotes is: “We have a strategic plan, it’s called doing things.” I am not interested in showing up, just to have something to put on LinkedIn. I am interested in being an active participant and learning from others. I look forward to listening and contributing as appropriate. I am happy to help make UMB an even better place to be. I hope to leave the Staff Senate having left a positive and measurable impact on those around me and the University as a whole.

Term Ends: 2021

 

 

Kecia Hitch, Senior Accountant, School of Medicine

Email: khitch@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:
I would like to see reasonable stability that benefits everyone concerning parking and safety issues — especially addressing parking decisions that are equitable to our staff members and crosswalk safety. I want  to promote diversity, inclusion, and morale and to address common issues that I share with so many others on campus.

Term Ends:
2021

Sarah Hokenmaier, Program Director, School of Nursing (Secretary/Treasurer)

Sarah Hokenmaier

Email: shokenmaier@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee, 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. I have worked on the School of Nursing Staff Council to establish a community engagement committee and have planned regular opportunities for both staff and faculty to volunteer in the community. In my short time on the UMB Staff Senate, I have worked as a member of the Community Outreach Committee and 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: 2021

Susan Holt, Administrative Coordinator, SOM/Department of Epidemiology



Email: sholt@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Council of University System Staff

Goals as a Senator: This past spring, there was a shooting outside my building. Some of my colleagues were caught in the middle of it. I had the privilege to take their concerns to the Staff Senate and later meet with those in charge of our public safety. As a result, we were able to better secure our building and help people feel a little more secure in their workplace. I want to continue to be an advocate for my colleagues. They know that they can call me, and I'll make sure their concerns are heard. I take that responsibility very seriously.

Term ends: 2021

Casey Jackson, Regulatory Research Specialist, School of Medicine

Alternate

Email:
cjackson14@umm.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:I would like to accomplish the following goals:

  • Serve as a communicator between staff and leadership, especially in the areas of merit recognition, campus safety, benefits and child care, and wellness initiatives on campus and the surrounding community
  • Promote a greater understanding and use of campus sustainability practices and green initiatives
  • Improve staff morale through campus advocacy and community engagement 

Term Ends: 2020

 

 

Riham Keryakos, Office Manager, Institute for Genome Sciences/SOM

Email: Rkeryakos@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

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

Term ends: 2020

LaToya Lewis, Compliance Specialist, Accountability and Compliance



Email:
latoya.lewis@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator: I hope that during this term I will serve as a means of communication and liaison among staff, faculty, students, and administration, promoting policies and practices that foster equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect as well as provide career advancement opportunities at all levels at UMB. I also look forward to serving in program initiatives that promote long-term stability, wellness, and work opportunities in the Baltimore's neighborhoods.
Term Ends: 2021

 

 

Kristy Novak, Assistant Director, Graduate Clinical Placements, School of Nursing, (President)

Kristy Novak

Email:
knovak@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees: Executive Committee

Goals as a Senator: I'll continue to work toward promoting professional development opportunities, acknowledging staff for their many accomplishments, enhancing communication across campus, and advocating for initiatives that positively impact staff. I also believe that it's important for each school to have a staff council and shared governance, and I will continue working with interested school leaders to get staff councils off the ground.

Term Ends: 2021

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

Mary Phelan

Alternate

Email:
MaryPhelan@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:To help the Senate meet and exceed its communications goals and to participate in the Senate's outreach projects and to encourage more staff members to do the same.

Term Ends: 2020

 

Jenn Volberding, Assistant Director, Student Financial Planner, School of Nursing

Email:
jvolberding@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator: During my term I would like to serve on the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) to continue my serving time while I was at University of Maryland University College. I really enjoyed serving on the council and visiting other campuses.

I also would like to start a campuswide initiative of “Bringing Your Daughters and Sons to Work” at UMB. I used to assist with UMUC’s annual event and found it to be a very positive and fun event to bring children to our campus for one day. We would plan on a craft, physical activity, financial literacy session, career interest session, or another planned themed event for that particular year.

Term Ends: 2020

 

Priti Wakefield, Environmental Service Manager, Administration and Finance

Email:
pwakefield@umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator: Being a part of the University and Environmental Service Department for more than nine months, I have noticed so many challenges that one must go through as a new member of the University. I want to change that culture, so everyone feels welcome when they come to the University.

With my degree and experience in the hotel industry where your first priority is your customers, I would like to see the University lean toward providing that kind of service toward its staff, faculty, and researchers.

Term Ends: 2021

 

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 committee. If re-elected, I also will 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

Email:
kwatson@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

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: 2020

Lakeisha Wilson, Program Administrator, School of Medicine

Email:
lwilson@som.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:During my term it would be my goal to represent staff members and their concerns around systematic changes, change in leadership, new polices and procedures, and overall morale of staff. I think this is a good opportunity to engage staff for input on a number of growing challenges for the university. I think the Staff Senate has done a good job with disseminating information to staff. It is my goal to continue to share information but also create more collaborative groups across departments for staff engagement.

Term Ends: 2021

 

 

Lei Zhang, Lab Specialist, School of Medicine

Email:
lei.zhang@ihv.umaryland.edu

Senate Committees:

Goals as a Senator:
I am eager to learn about how the Staff Senate runs in terms of helping staff members, and I would like to be part of it besides my daily lab work.

Term Ends: 2021