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OGSL Staff

Jenness E. Hall, Ph.D., ORSCC, Executive Director
Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Indiana University in Bloomington.
M.A. from Bowling Green State University in Student Personnel.
B.A. in English and History from Berry College, Rome, Georgia.
Background: Jenness Hall is an Executive & Leadership Coach. Her business, Ateri LLC, provides leadership coaching and strategic counsel to individuals and organizations focused on maximizing their potential.




Inte’a DeShields, Travel & Research Grants Coordinator
Program: Ph. D. Language Literacy and Culture
Hometown: Baltimore “Charm City”, Maryland
Previous Degree:Why UMBC?: UMBC’s reputation for student support was a major influence in my decision to enroll.
Words I Live by: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor, is the mind of the oppressed.” -Steve Bantu Binko


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Erin Berry, Administrative Coordinator
Program: Ph.D. Language Literacy and Culture
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Previous Degree:
M.A. in Organizational Communications, Bowie State University
Why UMBC?: I chose UMBC because of its focus on interdisciplinary research
Words I Live by: To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality. -bell hooks


Stephanie Ward, Community Liaison
Program: M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Hometown: Easton, Maryland
Previous Degrees: B.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies, UMBC
Why UMBC?:  I had the most amazing undergraduate experience and could not wait to come back!
Words I Live by: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not. -Dr. Seuss
Sean pic11111Sean Astrakhan, Writing Advisor
Program:  M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI
Previous Degree:  B.A in Spanish, Psychology and Education, Eastern Michigan University
Why UMBC?:  A rare place where student support is only matched by community outreach.
Words I Live by:
Comfort with failure is the only guarantee of success. – Nicholas Bertolas