UMBrella Awards

UMB Awards

Beginning in 2021, as an ongoing effort to shine light on talented and dedicated University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) employees, UMBrella is sponsoring awards to recognize the contributions made by individuals. Check out the winners of the inaugural awards for each category.

UMBrella Person of the Year — On the Rise

A member of the UMB community who has achieved growth in their career or overcome personal/professional challenges with the utilization of mentorship, coaching and/or professional development opportunities sponsored by UMBrella. Nominees for this award can be at any stage of their career.

Ondra WHM Awards

Michele Ondra, MBA, MS
Director, Administration, and Operations, Francis King Carey School of Law

Michele completed the inaugural cohort of the UMBrella Coaching Program in 2017. She is a member of the President's Council for Women, where she serves on both the Gender Bias and Discrimination and Gender Equity and Access committees.

Michele exemplifies the highest ideals of professionalism and support for all of the employees at the School of Law. She actively promotes and supports professional development opportunities for staff, and her commitment is tireless and her work extraordinary.

UMBrella Person of the Year — Leading the Way

A member of the UMB community who has demonstrated leadership as a role model, coach and/or mentor to assist others in reaching their personal/professional goals in alignment with the mission and programs offered by UMBrella. Nominees for this award should be mid-to senior career professionals.

Rambob WHM AwardsIsabel Rambob, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Isabel mentored dental students from 2012 - 2018 on interviewing skills, career planning, networking, and professionalism, and, since she became a part-time faculty member, she has been informally mentoring/coaching female dental students on goal-setting, communication skills, professional presence, assertiveness, and self-care.

Isabel has been the director of the Domestic Violence Survivor Clerkship at the School of Dentistry since 2010. Each year, she selects a group of fourth-year students to provide free dental care to female victims of domestic violence. As part of the program, an annual holiday dinner is served in December to the residents of Marian House.

2021 UMBrella Champion of the Year

A member of the UMB community who serves as a role model in their commitment to championing the role of women in academia and/or administration. Nominees for this award should be senior career professionals who have a broad scope of influence to support the mission and programs of UMBrella.

Adams WHM AwardsCherita Adams, MBA, MS
Assistant Dean for Administration and Strategic Initiatives, School of Social Work

Cherita created the UMBrella Group Coaching Program, which continues to help women all across the University grow. Before joining the School of Social Work, she was known as THE go-to person for career development advice at UMB. She has been recognized for her work in creating career advancement programs for lower-paid positions on campus. She continues to serve as a coach in the UMBrella COaching Program, and she steps up whenever a need arises.

Cherita believes in "inclusive excellence and improving the human condition." She is involved in many areas at the University, including the UMBrella Advisory Board, the Diversity Advisory Council's Anti-Racism Action Committee, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, the Core Values Awards Selection Committee, and the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Logistics Committee.