Top Honors: UMBC Alumnae Make The Daily Record’s Top 100

In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to give a special shout-out to the eight UMBC alumnae who made The Daily Record’s 2017 “Top 100 Women” list. These women are leaders in both their professional fields and their communities, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements.

  • Debra Reznick Attman ’74, American studies
    • Realtor, Long & Foster Real Estate
  • Dr. Mary Way Bolt ’88, nursing
    • President, Cecil College
  • Julie Gaver, M.A. ’11, instructional systems development
    • Owner, Julie Gaver Training and Development
  • Susan Hahn ’79, sociology
    • Founder and President, HobbleJog Foundation and Swan Consulting Group, Inc.
  • The Hon. Wanda Keyes Heard ’79, political science
    • Associate Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
  • MaryBeth Hyland ’06, social work
    • Founder and Chief Visionary, SparkVision
  • Alicia Wilson ’04, political science
    • Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor, Sagamore Development Company
  • Michelle Wright ’86, mathematics
    • Senior Vice President of Human Resources, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

To purchase tickets to the awards ceremony on Monday, April 24, at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, click here.

Two by Two

Looks like good things happen in pairs for Retrievers! Four members of our community have been recognized in the media for their hard work. Rachel Hirsch and Miguel Palmeiro were featured on The Daily Record’s list of successful professionals under 40, and alum Jim Bailey and current student Seamus Ertel have been featured in two Baltimore Sun articles recognizing their dedication to Baltimore’s historic Fort McHenry.

Rachel Hirsch ’03, political science, and Miguel Palmeiro ’06, biological sciences, are on The Daily Record’s 2015 VIP Successful Before 40 list. Hirsch is currently a senior attorney at Ifrah Law, and Palmeiro also works as an attorney in private practice.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

Jim BaileyJim Bailey ’03, history, M.A. ’08 history, and current student Seamus Ertel ’17, describe their work at Fort McHenry. Bailey works as the coordinator of volunteers and oversees between 400-600 volunteers each summer as they work together to provide re-enactments for those visiting the fort.

Courtesy of Getty Images and The Washington Post
Courtesy of Getty Images and The Washington Post

Ertel’s involvement with Fort McHenry started at a very early age, when his father began working as a volunteer and then an employee. Seamus has followed in his footsteps, and currently works as a park ranger and in the fife and drum corps.

Find out more about Bailey and Ertel.

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Alums in the News: Newhouse, Burnett, Chinn

Robin NewhouseDr. Robin Newhouse ’87, nursing, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing. Newhouse is nationally known for her research methods to improve the quality of care for patients. She was inducted into the International Research Hall of Fame in 2014, which recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved national or international recognition for their work.

To read more, click here.


Kris BurnettKristerfer Burnett ’11 M.P.P., public policy, is honored on The Daily Record’s “20 in their Twenties” list. “20 in their Twenties” honors those who have had promising starts to their careers while in their twenties.

Click here for the full list of honorees.


McKenzie ChinnMcKenzie Chinn ’06, acting, has won a fellowship from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. It provides $50,000 for up to two years for talented artists on the cusp on a professional breakthrough. She has appeared at the Goodman Theater and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She plans on using her stipend to write, co-produce, and star in an original, ultra-low budget feature-length movie currently titled “Instruction Manual for How Things Work.”

For more information, click here.

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The Daily Record names alumni to 2015 Influential Marylanders list

Two weeks ago, The Daily Record released its 2015 Influential Marylanders honorees list, and we are proud to announce that five UMBC alumni were named.

Congratulations to Stephanie Hill ’86, computer science and economics; Laura Howell ’86, political science; Lily Bengfort ’93, English; Rob Deford ’93, geography; and Greg Cangialosi ’96, English.

A reception for the honorees will take place on March 26 at The Grand Lodge in Cockeysville. For more information on the event, click here.

 

UMBC Alumnae in Maryland’s Top 100 Women

Each year since 1996, The Daily Record takes the time to find and recognize the accomplishments of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. These women are selected based upon their roles as leaders, their involvement in the community and their personal achievements. Receiving this award is an immense honor, one that brings its recipients great satisfaction.

Our alums never cease to amaze us with their successes. UMBC celebrates the fact that three of our alumnae, Kaliope Parthemos ‘93, psychology and Debora Fajer-Smith ’81, political science, were given the Maryland’s Top 100 Women award. Their influential roles as women leaders in their environment has led them to receive this honorable award, and for their contributions to society, we are truly grateful and extremely proud.

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Photo via The Daily Record

Learn more about Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

Alums in the News: Copeland, Friedman, Bachore and Bell-McKoy

We are proud of our alums and their constant achievements. Recently, four of UMBC’s alumni, in particular, have made it in the news and we thought you should know!

Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced the appointment of 23 judges who will serve across Maryland. We’re proud to share that two of our UMBC alumnae, Judge Melissa Kaye Copeland ’91, sociology, and Judge Karen Friedman ’94, political science, were appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore.

Copeland has served on the District Court for Baltimore City since 2012. Prior to that appointment, she worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. She spent her last seven years in that office serving as Deputy Division Chief of the Narcotics Division and received numerous awards from federal and local law enforcement agencies. Judge Copeland is a former secretary of the Monumental Bar Association, and she began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Bonita Dancy of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

Friedman has served on the District Court for Baltimore City since 2010. Prior to that appointment, she spent nine years as a Judge on the Orphans’ Court of Baltimore City and several years at Willner and Associates practicing family law. Judge Friedman has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Baltimore City Bench/Bar Committee, the Simon Sobeloff Law Society, and the National Association of Women Judges. Read the full announcement.

Photo via Cabrini College
Photo via Cabrini College

Dr. Zelalem Bachore ’05, information systems management, M.S. ’07, information systems management, Ph.D. ’12, information systems management, recently began teaching at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania.

Previously, Bachore worked with the Baltimore police and fire departments as a systems programmer and a faculty member of Virginia International University and ECPI University.

She said this of her new position: “I love working at Cabrini,” Bachore said. “I love the fact that people actually acknowledge each other and take the time to greet each other. There is also a sense of serenity and peace.” Learn more about Bachore’s journey.

bellmckoyAssociated Black Charities CEO Diane Bell-McKoy ’73, sociology, was recently named to the Daily Record’s 2014 Influential Marylanders list.

Influential Marylanders was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by The Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. – See more at: http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/#sthash.EnsxdwQZ.dpuf
Influential Marylanders was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by The Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. – See more at: http://thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/#sthash.EnsxdwQZ.dpuf

According to the website of the Daily Record, the list was created in 2006 to honor people who have each made truly significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. These individuals are selected by the Daily Record’s editors. Winners are selected in the following categories: Civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

The honorees were recognized at an event on March 27, 2014, at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville, MD. Learn more at the Daily Record’s website.

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