Committees and Liaisons

The Staff Senate has a number of subcommittees that work on issues that affect UMB staff.

Senate Committees

Board of Regents Staff Awards

This committee works with the President's office to facilitate the nomination process and review all nominations for the Board of Regents Staff Awards from UMB.

Chair: Riham Keryakos and Jenn Volberding

Members: Colette Beaulieu, Steven Boggs, Susan Holt


The Communications Committee creates and maintains communications for the Staff Senate — our presence and involvement on-campus and opportunities for staff. We work to establish and increase awareness of the Staff Senate's role to speak out for and impact staff-related concerns and issues. The channels we have established include: producing materials with the Staff Senate, tabling at fairs, maintaining a social media presence, and contributing to The Elm and the Common Calendar.

Chair: Hillary Edwards

Members: Mary Phelan

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Committee contributes to and coordinates events related to improving the welfare of individuals in the local Baltimore community, including fundraising for local charities or volunteer work. We liaise with the UMB Community Engagement Center for events, activities, and important information. Our outreach efforts include collecting school supplies for local schools and toiletries and toys for homeless shelters.

Co-Chairs: Jill Hamilton and Sarah Hokenmaier

Members: Michael Azen, Sharese Essien, Kecia Hitch

Council of University System Staff

The mission of the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) is to provide a voice for staff and employee concerns in reference to basic decisions that affect the welfare of the University System of Maryland (USM), its constituent institutions, and its employees. CUSS functions in an informed advisory role in administrative areas and in the functional support aspects of academic matters.

Terms begin in August.

Representatives: Colette Beaulieu, (2019-2021), Susan Holt (2017-2019), Jenn Volberding (2019-2021)

Ayamba Ayuk-Brown (2019-2020), Casey Jackson (2019-2021), LaToya Lewis (2019-2020)



The Policy/Legislation Committee oversees the review of Staff Senate bylaws to make sure they are consistent to Robert's Rules of Order and serve the best needs of the Staff Senate as an organization. Responsible for tracking all bills, proposals within the state or federal government that may impact staff of UMB. Serve or liaise with UMB CUSS representatives and align priorities across USM and UMB specifically.

Chair: LaToya Lewis

Members: Ayamba Ayuk-Brown, Allison Deitz, Priti Wakefield, Lakeisha Wilson, Lei Zhang

University Life

Address issues that affect staff and their day-to-day life at UMB, such as affordable day care, leave donation, professional development, timekeeping, and staff recognition. Participate in Universitywide committees as representatives of the Staff Senate and all staff. Assess and recommend opportunities for advancement with Campus Climate Survey and others. Plan, execute, and promote Staff Senate activities across campus, including meet-and-greets, network activities, and professional development opportunities.

Chair: Mary Beth Gallico

Members: Gregory Brightbill, Christina Fenwick, Casey Jackson, Kent Buckingham

Campus Committee Liaisons

Members of the Staff Senate have been appointed by the Senate to act as liaisons to the following Universitywide committees:

Arts and Culture Council

Liaison: Colette Beaulieu

Campus Sustainability Steering Committee

Liaison: Casey Jackson

Communications Council

Liaison: Hillary Edwards

Faculty Senate

Liaison: Kristy Novak

Funding Model Working Group

Liaison: Sharese Essien

HR Learning and Development Advisory Board

Liaison: Sarah Hokenmaier

HR Working Group

Liaison: Mary Beth Gallico

Office of Community Engagement Advisory Network (OCEAN)

Liaison: Sarah Hokenmaier 

Parking and Transportation

Liaison: Ayamba Ayuk-Brown

President's Diversity Advisory Council

Liaison: Gregory Brighbill

President's Task Force on Sexual Harassment

Liaison: Gregory Brightbill

President's Council for Women

Liaison: LaKeisha Wilson

Safety Awareness

Liaison: Michael Azen