2022 UMBrella Award Winners

UMBrella Person of the Year — On the Rise

Carin Morrell bioCarin Morrell, MA, participated in the UMBrella Coaching Program (Cohort 3), and she has embraced the importance of coaching and mentoring relationships for women. Recognizing the value of coaching and professional development for women, she strives to champion other women at UMB, and she works to develop collaborative relationships with UMB women leaders. Even during departmental transitions and COVID-19 challenges, Morrell has continued to go above and beyond to support her colleagues.

UMBrella Person of the Year — Leading the Way

Thelma Wright bioThelma Wright, MD, JD, works actively to mentor women, particularly medical students, residents, and fellows, as the Pain Management Fellowship Program director. She takes extra time to meet individually with countless numbers of mentees to encourage them and help foster their development. Wright serves in leadership roles on several committees in her department and around the University, including her work as president-elect of the Medical Executive Committee for the UM Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute and on the UMBrella Advisory Board. For many years, Wright has inspired and elevated women through her service as mentor and coach. Through these professional roles and her active participation at UMB, she plays a critical role in motivating and mentoring women of color.

UMBrella Champion of the Year

Patty Alvarez bioPatty Alvarez, PhD, MS, is recognized for her commitment to the support, development, and success of students. In her role as assistant vice president of student affairs, Alvarez has consistently provided unwavering support to students, and her commitment only expanded as UMB navigated changing circumstances due to COVID-19. Her exemplary leadership and mentorship extend to people across the University, and she is lauded for her commitment and support of her colleagues during the pandemic. Alvarez inspires both students and colleagues and serves as a role model as she leads by example. Alvarez serves on numerous committees at UMB and is a member of the UMBrella Advisory Board. She's also an active and dedicated coach for women in the UMBrella Coaching Program.