The University of Maryland Alumni Association Board of Governors evaluates the mission, strategic direction and future programming of the Alumni Association—an independent 501(c)(3) organization—and monitors the organization’s leadership, service and financial results. Elected members serve two consecutive two-year terms.

At-large board members are expected to:

  • Be graduates of the University of Maryland, College Park;
  • Be dues-paying members of the Alumni Association throughout their board service with goals of upgrading to life membership;
  • Contribute annually through the Maryland Fund for Excellence, and consider major and planned gifts to the association, the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center or the university overall (as applicable);
  • Actively participate by serving on a board committee and attending three full-board meetings a year;
  • Attend at least one signature university or Alumni Association event a year, such as Homecoming, the Awards Gala or Maryland Day;
  • Serve as ambassadors to the greater community and beyond, promoting the university, Alumni Association and the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center to prospective students and their parents, fellow alumni and the general public;
  • Actively recruit new members and donors to the Alumni Association, preferably at the lifetime membership or major gift level, and encourage further participation in their alma mater through volunteerism.

"Read here for a full description of board member roles and expectations."


Officers: Executive Council

Jeffrey Rivest ‘75
Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Rivest '75
Retired Health Care Executive

James G. Spencer ’90
Immediate Past President
James "Jim" G. Spencer ’90
Executive Vice President
Health Pro-Heritage

Laurie De Armond
Laurie A. De Armond '94
Partner & National Co-Leader

Kirk D. Bell 88
Past President
Kirk D. Bell '88
Director of Application Quality Assurance
Fannie Mae

Theodore Offit
Finance Committee, Chair
Theodore "Ted" A. Offit '77
Offit / Kurman Attorneys at Law

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Amy F. Eichhorst
Associate Vice President, Alumni & Donor Relations
Executive Director, University of Maryland Alumni Association

Ex Officio Officers

Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines
University of Maryland

VP for University Relations
Brodie Remington
Vice President for University Relations
President, UMCPF
University of Maryland

At-Large Members

Carlos Acosta ’85, ’91
The Honorable Carlos F. Acosta '85, M.A. '91
Associate Judge
District Court of Maryland
Montgomery County

Marguerita "Rita" M. Cheng '91, M.S. '93
Marguerita "Rita" M. Cheng '91, M.S. '93
Blue Ocean Global Wealth

Marina Cooper '03
Marina H. Cooper '03
Assistant Vice President
Integrated Marketing and Brand Management

Patricia G. Cousins '87
Patricia "Patty" G. Cousins '87
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Marriott International, Inc.

Jason Feinstein
Jason M. Feinstein '91
Axon Health Associates

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Ajay K. Gupta '95, M.S. '98
Health Solutions Research

The Honorable Jazz M. Lewis '11
The Honorable Jazz M. Lewis '11
District 24, Maryland House of Delegates


Catherine Luzio '97
Catherine "Cate" Luzio '97
Founder & CEO

Nefretiti Nassar
Nefretiti N. Nassar '10, M.S. '12
Senior Technical Advisor
Axiologic Solutions

Wilson Wang '03
Wilson Wang '03
Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
The MITRE Corporation

Bert Williams
Bert D. Williams '96
Security Manager
Fannie Mae

Susan A. Wood '84
Susan A. Wood '84
President and Chief Executive Officer
VIDA Diagnostics, Inc. 

Derrin A. Woodhouse, '95
Derrin A. Woodhouse '95
Head of Influencer, PR & Consumer Engagement

Shayan G. Zadeh '02
Shayan G. Zadeh '02
Founder & CEO
Leap Rail, Inc.


Tom Mullineaux '68
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Thomas "Tom" P. Mullineaux '68

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School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Matthew "Matt" J. Jones '15
Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning

Kevin M. Davis '02, M.A. '07
College of Arts and Humanities
Kevin M. Davis '02, M.A. '07
Of Counsel
Caplin & Drysdale, Chtd.

Brandon Cole
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Brandon S. Cole '01
Managing Partner
Choice Clinical Services

Jitin Ahuja '97
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Jitin "Miki" Ahuja '97
SpaceJet Media

Elizabeth "Maddie" L. Read-Connole '00
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Elizabeth "Betsy" L. Read-Connole '00
University of Maryland College Park

Barbara D. Friedlander '85
College of Education
Barbara D. Friedlander '85
Learning & Achievement Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools

Eileen Sien
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Eileen T. Sien ‘95
Project Manager
Airport Design Consultants, Inc.

Sukhneet Kaur '18
College of Information Studies
Sukhneet "Sukhi" Kaur '18
Business & Technology Delivery Senior Analyst
Accenture Federal Services

Catalina Mejia Arenas '18
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Catalina Mejia Arenas '18
Bilingual Journalist, Multiplatform Storyteller and Communications Strategist

Jameson E. Roth '17
School of Public Health
Jameson E. Roth '17
Digital Content Specialist
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Jessica E. Messier '19
School of Public Policy

Jessica "Jessie" E. Messier M.P.P. '19
Energy Program Specialist
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC)

Ex Officio Members

Jordan A. Goodman ’73, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’78
Faculty Representative
Jordan A. Goodman ’73, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’78
Department of Physics
University of Maryland

Laura Chiriaco
M Club Representative
Laura E. Chiriaco '08
Program Director


Charles Rosenfield
Terrapin Club Representative
Charles "Chuck" L. Rosenfield '81

Kislay Parashar
Student Government Representative
Kislay Parashar '22

Tamara Allard

Graduate Student Government Representative
Tamara L. Allard '20

Gabriela Winter
Student Alumni Leadership Council Representative
Gabriela "Gavi" E. Winter '22

James "Jim" Giangrande '90
Advisory Position
James "Jim" L. Giangrande '90

Veronica Segovia de Bedon '04
Advisory Position
Veronica Segovia de Bedon '04

Past Presidents

Wanda A. Alexander
Wanda A. Alexander '87

Nicole Pollard
Nicole R. Pollard '91

Timmy Ruppersberger, Esq.
Timmy F. Ruppersberger, Esq. '77

Steve Rotter
Steven "Steve" M. Rotter '82

Chip Sollins
Chip Sollins



2021-2023 Board of Governors Committees

Executive Council

Jeff Rivest, President
Laurie De Armond, President-Elect
Jim Spencer, Immediate Past President
Kirk Bell, Past President
Ted Offit, Chair, Finance Committee

Governance Committee

Laurie De Armond, Chair
Carlos Acosta
Amy Eichhorst
Bert Williams
Patty Cousins
Nefretiti Nassar
Jessica Roberts, Staff
Angela Dimopoulos, Staff
Jeff Williams, Staff

Finance Committee

Ted Offit, Chair
Jitin "Miki" Ahuja
Philip Bass **
Rita Cheng 
Kevin Davis
Jason Feinstein
Cate Luzio
Eileen Sein
Wilson Wang 
Peter Canine, Staff
Trevor Rickford, Staff

Scholarship Committee

Rita Cheng, Chair
Kirk Bell
John Carlson **
Brandon Cole
Jason Feinstein
Barbara Friedlander
Jessie Messier
Tom Mullineaux
Betsy Read-Connole
Jameson Roth
Susan Wood
Derrin Woodhouse
ChristieLyn Diller, Staff
Jessica Lee, Staff

Awards and Recognition Committee

Carlos Acosta, Chair
Tita Brett (Ponce) **
Marina Cooper
Dan Cronin **
Ajay Gupta
Jazz Lewis
Catalina Mejia Arenas
Ashley Miller **
Shayan Zadeh
ChristieLyn Diller, Staff
Natalie Ross, Staff

Revenue Strategies Committee

Ajay Gupta, Chair
Marina Cooper
Jeremy Goldman **
Cate Luzio
Jessica Roberts, Staff
Peter Canine, Staff

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Nefretiti Nassar, Chair
Wanda Alexander **
Patty Cousins
Matt Jones
Sukhneet "Sukhi" Kaur
Kislay Parashar
Betsy Read-Connole
Veronica Segovia de Bedon **
Wilson Wang
Jeff Williams, Staff
Erica Lane, Staff

Strategic Planning

Bert Williams, Chair
Tita Brett (Ponce) **
James "Jim" L. Giangrande **
Jazz Lewis
Jim Spencer
Susan Wood
Shayan Zadeh
Jessica Roberts, Staff
Jeff Williams, Staff