Agriculture and Natural Resources
Guy L. Moore '80 and Lynn Moore '77
Family Farm Owners, Larriland Farm

For over 30 years, Guy and Lynn Moore have been committed AGNR alumni while operating Larriland Farm, a direct-market, pick-your-own farm in Woodbine, Howard County, Md.
Guy has served as president of the Maryland Vegetable Growers Association for over 20 years. Lynn has earned a spot on the Maryland Horticultural Society’s executive committee and serves as its secretary.
Together, they have hosted countless University of Maryland Extension (UME) programs on topics ranging from food safety to designing petting farms.
Lynn has been a supporter of regional UME educational programs serving longstanding advisory committees to funnel growers’ needs to U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and Kearneysville, W.V. These have resulted in collaborative efforts between AGNR and Penn State University.
Guy has served as AGNR’s citizen representative on the Council for Agriculture Research Extension and Teaching. He is a frequent visitor to Capitol Hill.

 


Architecture, Planning and Preservation
William J. Bonstra '83, FAIA, LEED AP 
Managing Partner, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

After distinguishing himself at several notable Washington firms, William Bonstra founded Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS in 2000, designing award-winning contemporary landmarks in the nation’s capital such as Q14, SoLo Piazza, The Tapies Condominium and the Studio Theatre.  Bonstra is a recognized expert on adaptive reuse, historic preservation, contemporary design, and zoning and building code analysis, and his work has been featured in national and international publications.
At Maryland, Bonstra is a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s architecture program and on the Board of Advisors for the real estate concentration. 
He frequently participates in lectures and juries at leading institutions such as UMD, the Catholic University of America (CUA) and Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. He is a senior visiting critic at CUA, where he teaches a design studio. At UMD, he established an endowed TerpStart scholarship for deserving architecture undergraduates.
 


 

Arts and Humanities
Dr. Pamela O. Long '65, M.A. '69, Ph.D. '79
Independent Historian 

Pamela O. Long is a historian of early modern European cultural history and the history of science and technology. As an undergraduate, she was a founding member of the College Park Congress of Racial Equality. After seven years working as a social worker, she returned to history and received her Ph.D. in pre-modern European history.
She has written extensively on communication between artisans and learned individuals in 16th-century Europe and the influence of such relationships on the development of the “new sciences.” She has also written on the history of early technology and material culture, and is at work on a book about engineering in late 16th-century Rome.
Long’s awards include book and article prizes and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Academy in Rome. She is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow (2015–20).
 


Athletics
Renaldo Nehemiah '81
President, Athletics Promotion, Ltd. 

Renaldo Nehemiah is not only a former world record holder in the 110-meter high hurdles, but also a former NFL player who earned a Super Bowl ring.
Nehemiah is widely considered the best high hurdler of all time, dominating the sport for years and running a world-record 12.93 in 1981.
In 1982, Nehemiah relinquished his amateur status and entered the world of pro football. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1982–86, including on its 1984 Super Bowl-winning team.
In 1986, Nehemiah became the first professional football athlete to be reinstated as an amateur to run track and field. Today, in what is called “the Nehemiah Rule,” other pro athletes can do the same.
Nehemiah has supported Maryland Athletics for many years, including serving on the Terrapin Club managing board and on the university’s Athletic Capital Campaign Cabinet.
As president of a global athletes’ representation and sports marketing firm, Nehemiah manages the careers of top track and field stars.
Renaldo two oldest daughters Ariel ‘12 and Samara ’15 are also Terps. Additionally, he has two younger children Kyla (18) and August (15) Matthews through his recent marriage to Dr. Lynn Locklear Nehemiah in 2015.
 


Behavioral and Social Sciences
Joel J. Feller, Esq. '90
Founding Partner, Ross Feller Casey, LLP

Joel J. Feller has devoted his career to representing the catastrophically injured and their families, and has obtained remarkable results in cases involving medical malpractice, defective products, and brain and spinal cord injuries.
Feller’s verdicts and settlements include some of the largest awards of their kind in Pennsylvania. His work has resulted in the recovery of more than $100 million for families of children who suffer from cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries, as well as for women who were seriously injured during labor and delivery.
He has earned a reputation as a skilled litigator responsible for not only record-setting recoveries but also major policy changes in the delivery of medicine and to public safety.
Feller also gained national attention for successfully representing seven sexual assault victims of former football coach Jerry Sandusky in civil litigation against Penn State University.
Originally from Hazleton, Pa., Feller earned his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.
 


Business
Mark J. Manoff '78
Americas Vice Chair, EY

Mark Manoff has been with EY for over 35 years and now has responsibilities across the Americas, including leading the EY Center for Board Matters and serving as executive sponsor for Leadership Agenda, EY’s program for up-and coming senior leaders. Manoff is also responsible for EY’s worldwide relationship with IBM. In addition, he serves as senior advisory partner on key strategic various clients.
A certified public accountant, Manoff was previously EY’s Americas Vice Chair-accounts as well as Managing Partner of the Northeast region and of the New York City office. He has served for many years as a member of the Americas Executive Board and on the Americas Operations Committee.
Manoff is a David Rockefeller Fellow, a board member of the Roundabout Theatre, a member of the board of directors of The First Tee-Metropolitan New York and the immediate past chair of the Smith School’s advisory board.
Manoff and his wife and two children live in Manhattan.
 


Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Brendan Iribe
Co-Founder and CEO, Oculus

Brendan Iribe is the CEO and co-founder of Oculus, the virtual reality company that allows people to enter a completely immersive environment, such as a game, movie scene or exotic destination. Oculus Rift and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR provide the most immersive VR experiences available. Founded in 2012, Oculus was acquired by Facebook in 2014.
Before Oculus, Iribe served as chief product officer of Gaikai, a video game streaming platform acquired by Sony in 2012 that utilized cloud-based gaming technology to enable people to play games instantly. Iribe spent a decade before that as co-founder and CEO of Scaleform, the No. 1 user interface technology provider in the video game market, which Autodesk acquired in 2011.
Earlier in his career, Iribe worked as a game programmer and helped the Firaxis team develop the user interface for the computer game Civilization IV. Iribe was inducted into the Computer Science Hall of Fame in 2016.

Michael Antonov '03
Co-Founder and Chief Software Architect, Oculus

Michael Antonov with fellow Terp Brendan Iribe co-founded Scaleform, a user interface (UI) technology company for video games. As its chief technology officer, Antonov led software development by working on GPU-accelerated vector graphics and integrating them into 3D engines. By the time Scaleform was sold to Autodesk in 2011, it was the leading game UI solution, shipping hundreds of titles.
Since joining Oculus in 2012, he put together the company’s software team, led development of the DK1/DK2 software stack, and focused on the challenge of stable, low-cost positional tracking, as well as interaction between tracking, sensor fusion and optimized rendering to achieve lowest latency and the greatest feeling of presence. Today, Antonov continues work on the Oculus SDK and other VR projects.
Antonov was inducted into the Computer Science Hall of Fame in 2016.  
 

 


Education
Jeanne Branthover '78
Partner, DHR International, Inc. 

Jeanne Eslinger Branthover is one of the world’s top headhunters and an advocate for women and diversity in the workplace.
She and her team joined DHR International in March after 10 years at Boyden Global Executive Search, where she served as managing director of New York, head of the Global Financial Services Practice and a leader in the Global Technology Practice. Previously, she founded and ran a New York-based executive search firm, Branthover Associates, for more than 20 years.                        
Branthover appears frequently on Bloomberg and CNBC to offer insight on trends and issues such as CEO and human resources strategy, management and compensation.
Branthover was recently featured as a panelist at the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit. She served as the first female president of the United Way’s Community Fund and sits on the UMD College of Education’s Board of Visitors as well as several not-for-profit boards. Branthover is a supporter and mentor to young women in the financial services and technology sectors and is a regular speaker at universities and corporations.
 


Engineering
Timothy J. Regan '77
President and CEO, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Timothy J. Regan has spent more than thirty-five years with Baltimore, Md.,-based Whiting-Turner.  In 2014, he was promoted from an Executive Vice President to his current position as President and CEO.  After completing his civil engineering degree at Maryland, he spent three years with the Maryland State Highway Administration in construction inspection. He joined Whiting-Turner as a project engineer and worked on utility, public works and heavy industrial, including water, wastewater, power and waste-to-energy projects. In the early 1990s Regan helped expand Whiting-Turner’s presence in the life sciences industries, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical processing.
Regan serves on the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the University of Maryland Medical Center, the board of visitors for the Clark School and University of Maryland School of Medicine, the board of trustees of Mercy Health Services and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the board of facilities committee for the Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and the board of governors of The Center Club in Baltimore.
 


Information Studies
Dr. Joan Giesecke '73
Dean & Professor Emerita, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Joan Giesecke spent 25 years in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) libraries, where she oversaw renovations to improve the libraries in size and service, enhanced the diversity of libraries’ faculty, and developed relationships to help the colleges advance their teaching and research.
In addition to her UMD degree, she received a doctorate in public administration from George Mason University, a master of arts in management from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY at Buffalo.
She held positions at George Mason University, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System and the American Health Care Association in Washington D.C.
Giesecke joined UNL in 1987 and was associate dean, then dean of libraries from 1996 to 2012. Its endowment tripled under her leadership.
From 2012 to until her retirement in 2014, she served as special assistant to the chancellor and coordinated campuswide accreditation efforts.
In 2011, Giesecke received the American Library Association Equality Award for promoting diversity in the library professions.   
 


Journalism
Adam Ostrow '04
Chief Strategy Officer, Mashable

Adam Ostrow joined Mashable, one of social media’s most recognizable news and entertainment brands, in 2007 as its second employee and serves on its board of directors. He is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives across the organization, which have included spearheading Mashable’s international expansion, leading its business development activities and creating its Mashable Studios group, which produces video content for its owned and operated properties as well as for advertisers, TV networks and OTT platforms.
Before assuming his current position, Ostrow was Mashable’s editor in chief, a role in which he directed day-to-day editorial operations and social strategy. During his tenure, the site’s audience grew more than tenfold.
 

 

 


Public Health
Maria Fernandez '89, M.A. '92, Ph.D. '95
Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
University of Texas

Maria E. Fernandez is a nationally and internationally known expert in the field of health promotion and cancer control.
She has extensive experience in community-based participatory research in cancer control among underserved populations. She has conducted studies ranging from the description of conceptual models of cancer control, to the development and evaluation of interventions to increase cancer control, to the science of understanding and accelerating the use of evidence-based interventions in real-world settings.
She has received over $12 million in funding as principal investigator (PI) over the last five years, is PI on nine and co-PI on four federally and state-funded studies, and collaborates as a co-I on five other studies. Her work is featured in 106 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters.
Fernandez co-authored “Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach” (2011, 2016), considered the go-to reference on health promotion planning.
She recently became director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research.
 


Public Policy
The Honorable Christine E. Wormuth '95
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy,
U.S. Department of Defense

Throughout her career, Christine E. Wormuth has devoted herself to enhancing America's national security.
She stepped down in June after two years serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. As a primary adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, she provided counsel on formulation of national security and defense policy and the integration and oversight of DoD policy and plans to achieve national security objectives.
Before that, Wormuth was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Force Development, and Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security  Council staff.
Wormuth was also Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and a Senior Fellow in the International Security Program with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Prior to joining CSIS, Wormuth was a Principal at DFI Government Services, a defense consulting firm, and she began her public service career in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
 


Undergraduate Studies
Luis Morinigo '03
Director, Practice Lead Advance Analytics,
New Signature

Luis Morinigo describes himself as a technology generalist with a passionate curiosity for predictive analytics. He has been employed with New Signature since 2012 and now leads the Advanced Analytics Practice. Morinigo’s team recently delivered an Internet of Things solution that predicts the product weight for Twizzlers. The solution’s predictive capabilities were based on machine learning algorithms and real-time responses between sensors and the machinery. 
Previously, Morinigo worked at Syteractive Corp. as a business productivity consultant and JP Morgan in London as an equity capital markets analyst.
At UMD, he was a Banneker/Key Scholar, part of the University Honors program, a participant in the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) program and a resident in the Hinman CEOs program.
 


The Graduate School
Dr. Ashok V. Kulkarni '76
Founder & President, The Kulkarni Foundation
Senior Director, KLA-Tencor

Ashok V. Kulkarni has 30 years of experience leading algorithm development teams for high-precision diagnostic and inspection equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Products developed include printed circuit board, photomask and patterned wafer inspection systems.
Prior to KLA-Tencor, he led a team that developed a blood cell analyzer at Coulter Electronics.
Kulkarni has published over a dozen papers in technical journals and received 28 patents covering semiconductor inspection, classification and yield analysis. He earned a B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay and a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Kulkarni Foundation, a private family foundation, has helped build two schools for underserved youth in rural India and supported vocational training for physically challenged children. It supports several scholarship programs in the U.S. and in India, including a summer research fellowship for UMD doctoral students who are graduates of IIT.
 


Tyser Gottwals Award
Robert "Bob" Bedingfield '70
Retired Senior Partner, EY

Until his retirement in 2013, Bob Bedingfield was one of EY most senior global lead partners with over 40 years of experience, including 32 as partner. He led EY’s services for several major global corporations and was a key adviser to some of EY’s largest Fortune 500 clients, including Lockheed Martin and Marriott International. Bedingfield also served as EY’s aerospace and defense practice leader for over 15 years.
Since 2000, Bedingfield has been a trustee and an executive committee member of the University of Maryland, College Park Foundation. He has held the same roles on the board of the University System of Maryland Foundation.      
At a national level, Bedingfield has served on the National Executive Board and the National Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Prior to that, he was president of the Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council. In recognition of his service to his community and the Boy Scouts of America, he was their 2010 Citizen of the Year. He received the Silver Buffalo Award, the Boy Scouts’ highest national award recognizing volunteer service. Bedingfield has been married for over 45 years to his wife, Margie ’72, whom he met on campus. They have two children (including son Ken ’94) and seven grandchildren (including granddaughter Kimberly ’19).
 


International Award
Dr. Balaji Sampath Ph.D. '97
CEO, Association for India's Development

As a graduate student at UMD, Balaji Sampath mobilized volunteers for the Association for India’s Development (AID) in College Park and started 25 chapters in various U.S. cities.
After completing his degree, he returned to India to start AID INDIA to educate village children and to improve the quality of health of children and women. He has since built a team of 800 fulltime people working in 2,000 villages and 10,000 schools in 12 districts of Tamilnadu.   AID INDIA’s programs have cumulatively impacted over 2 million children and rehabilitated nearly 200,000 families.    
Sampath also led major relief and rehabilitation work immediately after the 2004 tsunami and the 2015 Tamilnadu floods.
For more than 15 years, he has also been developing innovative science experiments, alternate ways to explain physics concepts and teaching high school students. His experiments aired on popular TV channels as 175 weekly episodes
In 2011, Sampath founded AhaGuru, an innovative ed-tech startup that aims to transform the science and math learning of millions of children across the world.
 


Humanitarian Award
CAPT Jamal K. Gwathney, M.D., M.P.H. '94
Clinical Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons,
United States Public Health Service

Dr. Jamal K. Gwathney has spent his career providing primary care and disaster medical relief to the under- or uninsured patients of the United States and the world.                
He has served as a medical director caring for inner-city patients in Washington, D.C.; provided disaster and humanitarian response in countries all over the world, including most recently fighting Ebola in West Africa and providing public health interventions in Flint, Mich.; and currently serving as a medical director within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Gwathney earned his medical degree from the University of Washington and his Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University. He is a board-certified family physician, a fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a captain in the United States Public Health Service.
Gwathney’s favorite quote is from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
 


Young Alumnus Award
Ali von Paris '12
CEO & Founder, Route One Apparel

At just 26 years old, Ali von Paris is one of the youngest and fastest-rising entrepreneurs in the Baltimore area.
In 2010, while a UMD undergraduate, von Paris designed a T-shirt for her friends to commemorate the closing of a popular local watering hole. When demand spread through social media, von Paris began selling them online and soon had a budding business.
Today, her company, Route One Apparel, is a popular source for trendy and affordable Maryland pride apparel and accessories. It has accumulated more than 100,000 unique orders and now offers more than 1,500 items online and through retailers.
Route One Apparel is also socially responsible, as von Paris regularly partners with local charitable organizations. From her “Hogan Strong” items supporting the American Lymphoma Society to products that have supported families of fallen law enforcement officers and the #BeMore line that benefitted organizations providing emergency relief to Baltimore City residents after the 2015 unrest, Route One Apparel has raised more than $30,000 in the past year for various charitable organizations that give back to Maryland communities.
 


Spirit of Maryland Award
Michael S. '81 and Mary M. Dana
CEO & President, Onex Real Estate Partners,
and Four-Time Terp Parents

Michael and Mary Dana have raised four daughters who are all Terps: three graduates and one freshman.
Michael Dana runs Onex Real Estate Partners in New York City; it is a developer and investor in all classes of commercial and residential real estate. He earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation. He began in 2000 and is serving his second term as an elected trustee. He is also member of the chair committee of the Baltimore Incentive Program, a member of the Terrapin Club and an active supporter of UMD’s athletics program. 
Mary Dana, who attended the Ohio State University, is active with several charities and causes in the Montclair, N.J., area, including the Montclair Art Museum and the Montclair School District.
 


President’s Award
Kevin Plank '96
Founder & CEO, Under Armour

In the sweltering summer heat of 1995, Kevin Plank helped lead his teammates through grueling two-a-day workouts as member of the Terps football program. Tired of changing his sweat-soaked cotton T-shirts over and over again throughout the day, he was inspired to create a better T-shirt. Upon graduation, Plank started to turn his idea into a reality and, as a result, began redefining the way athletes dress.
After 20 years of outfitting athletes with the world’s most innovative performance apparel, footwear and equipment, Plank now oversees a global company of 14,000 employees with total revenues just shy of $4 billion. Under Armour athletic performance products are sold globally and are worn by athletes at all levels on playing fields all over the world.
Plank and Under Armour are committed to empowering athletes everywhere—and they are just getting started.
 

 


Honorary Alumni Award
David H. and Suzanne D. Hillman
Chairman & CEO, Southern Management Corp. 
Principal, Hillman & Glorioso, PLLC

David and Suzanne Hillman, both from working-class backgrounds, are longtime business leaders who have supported the education of more than 1,000 economically disadvantaged students in the community.
David Hillman became a certified public accountant at age 21. He started his own public accounting firm at age 23 and hired Suzanne about 10 years later; she became his business partner and took over the firm in 1980 when David committed full-time to Southern Management Corp., a real estate acquisition, development and management company.
Suzanne Hillman is a certified public accountant and has been a partner in Hillman & Glorioso and its predecessor firms for more than 30 years. She is also chief financial officer for Southern Management.
Today, Southern Management, with its affiliates, is one of the 50 largest owners of market-rate apartments in the United States counting more than 25,000 apartments in the Baltimore-Washington region.            
The Hillmans and Southern Management have endowed or funded scholarship programs at the University of Maryland campuses in Baltimore City and College Park, including the Hillman Entrepreneurs program, as well as at American University and Prince George’s and Montgomery community colleges. In 2009, the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center opened in Baltimore.                           
Suzanne is a trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and David is a trustee of the University of Maryland Baltimore. Three members of their youngest generation are Maryland students.