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2024 Board of Governors

2024 Board of Governors

Board of Governors

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.  All schools and colleges have one representative on the board.  

Officers: Executive Council

Laurie A. DeArmond '94

Laurie A. DeArmond '94

President

Partner and National Co-Leader

BDO USA, LLP

Formal portrait of Rivest Jeff in a dark suit and red tie.

Jeffrey "Jeff" A. Rivest '75

Immediate Past President

Retired Health Care Executive

Formal portrait of Jim Spencer in a dark suit, red tie, and testudo turtle lapel pin

James "Jim" G. Spencer ’90

Past President

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Medical Guardian

A professional headshot of Bert Williams.

Bert D. Williams '96

President-Elect

Wilson Wang '03

Wilson Wang '03

Chair, Finance Committee

SVP, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

The MITRE Corporation

Jessica Roberts Headshot

Jessica Roberts ' 02

Secretary

Senior Executive Director, Alumni Association

University of Maryland

Ex Officio Officers

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Darryll J. Pines

President

University of Maryland

Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Vice President for University Relations

President, UMCPF

University of Maryland

At-Large Members

Maria Ball '12

Maria Ball '12

Account Executive

Salesforce

Marina H. Cooper '03

Marina H. Cooper '03

AVP, Integrated Marketing & Brand Management

The Johns Hopkins University

Patricia "Patty" G. Cousins '87

Patricia "Patty" G. Cousins '87

Global Officer, HR Operations and Partnerships

Marriott International, Inc.

Laura A. R. Crandon '91

Laura A. R. Crandon '91

President & Founder

Touch4Life

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The Honorable Jazz M. Lewis '11, MPP '14

Delegate

District 24, Maryland House of Delegates

Rocky Lopes '80

Rocky Lopes '80

Retired Emergency Manager

Retired

Catherine "Cate" Luzio '97

Catherine "Cate" Luzio '97

Founder and CEO

Luminary

Alethia Nancoo '90, M.Ed. '92

Alethia Nancoo '90, M.Ed. '92

Partner

Squire Patton Boggs, LLC

Peter Polow '95

Peter Polow '95

President

P&G Equities, Inc.

Susan Wood

Susan A. Wood '84

President and Chief Executive Officer

VIDA Diagnostics, Inc.

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Derrin A. Woodhouse '95

Vice President of Entertainment & Influencer Marketing

Tommy Hilfiger

Amy Yip '04

Amy Yip '04

Founder

Amy Yip Coaching

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Shayan G. Zadeh '02

Founder and CEO

Leap Rail, Inc.

Representatives

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Elizabeth "Betsy" L. Read-Connole '00

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Section Chief Cancer Etiology

NIH/NCI Division of Cancer Biology

Jeff Karceski

Jeffrey "Jeff" D. Karceski, Esq. '88

A. James Clark School of Engineering

Patent Attorney

Karceski IP Law, PLLC

Jameson E. Roth '16, '17

Jameson E. Roth '16, '17

School of Public Health

Senior Account Manager

McCabe Message Partners

Kate E. Pfetsch '05

Kate E. Pfetsch '05

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Bishop Sakyi '11

Bishop Sakyi '11

College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Jonathan Garcia '20

Jonathan Garcia '20

School of Public Policy

Research Associate

National Academy of Public Administration

Elizabeth "Liz" O'Keefe Markham '17

Elizabeth "Liz" O'Keefe Markham '17

School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

GIS Analyst

Straughan Environmental Services

Denise Sughrue, MBA '94

Denise Sughrue, MBA '94

Robert H. Smith School of Business

Self-Employed/Owner

Linda Beck Pieplow '72, '78

Linda Beck Pieplow '72, '78

College of Education

Retired Teacher

Howard County Public Schools

Da'Veda "Veda" N. Johnson '11

Da'Veda "Veda" N. Johnson '11

College of Arts & Humanities

Representative

U.S. Department of Commerce

Ex Officio Members

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Jordan A. Goodman '73, M.S. '75, Ph.D. '78

Faculty Representative

Department of Physics

University of Maryland

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Laura E. Chiriaco '08

M Club Representative

Program Director

Kaitlyn Zhou '24

Kaitlyn Zhou '24

Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC)

President

Alexandra "Alex" M. DeBus '24

Alexandra "Alex" M. DeBus '24

Student Government Association (SGA)

President

Autumn Perkey '24

Autumn Perkey '24

Graduate Student Government (GSG)

President

Dr. Stephanie H. Chang '18

Dr. Stephanie H. Chang '18

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Representative

Advisory

Mark N. Rabinowitz '05

Mark N. Rabinowitz '05

Assurance Partner

Ernst & Young

Juan Sempertegui '98

Juan Sempertegui '98

Deputy General Counsel

Silvy Song '06

Silvy Song '06

Senior Conference Manager

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Past Presidents

Kirk Bell, a past president of the UMD Alumni Association

Kirk D. Bell '88

2017-19

A professional Wanda Alexander.

Wanda A. Alexander '87

2015-17

Nicole Pollard

Nicole R. Pollard '91

2013-15

Timmy F. Ruppersberger, Esq. '77

2011-13

Steve Rotter

Steven "Steve" M. Rotter '82

2009-11

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Chip Sollins

2007-09

Committees

  • Laurie De Armond, President
  • Jeff Rivest, Immediate Past President
  • Jim Spencer, Past President
  • Bert Williams, President Elect
  • Wilson Wang, Chair, Finance Committee
  • Amy Eichhorst, Secretary/Executive Director
  • Jessica Roberts, Staff
  • Bert Williams, Chair
  • Maria Ball, Liaison for DEI
  • Patty Cousins
  • Jazz Lewis
  • Susan Wood
  • Angela Dimopoulos, Staff
  • Jessica Roberts, Staff
  • Wilson Wang, Chair
  • Laura Crandon
  • Matthew Miller **
  • Alethia Nancoo
  • Peter Polow
  • Mark Rabinowitz
  • Juan Sempertegui
  • Jim Spencer
  • Peter Canine, Staff
  • Trevor Rickford, Staff
  • Cindy Allen, Staff

**Volunteer

  • Marina Cooper, Chair
  • Jonathan Garcia
  • Veda Johnson
  • Betsy Read-Connole
  • Bishop Sakyi
  • Silvy Song
  • Derrin Woodhouse
  • Amy Yip, Liaison for DEI
  • ChristieLyn Diller, Staff
  • Jessica Lee, Staff

**Volunteer

  • Shayan Zadeh, Chair
  • Rocky Lopes, Liaison for DEI
  • Liz O'Keefe-Markham
  • Kate Pfetsch
  • Linda Pieplow
  • Jameson Roth
  • Angela Dimopoulos, Staff
  • Natalie Ross, Staff

**Volunteer

  • Cate Luzio, Chair
  • Maria Ball
  • Jeff Karceski
  • Rocky Lopes
  • Denise Sughrue
  • Amy Yip
  • Ellie Geraghty, Staff

**Volunteer