Academic Achievement Programs


Staff Directory and Profiles

Academic Achievement Programs

Dr. Jerry L. Lewis, Executive Director
Office: 2204C Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4736, Email: jleelew@umd.edu
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AAP Director Jerry L. LewisDr. Jerry L. Lewis, Executive Director

Education
B.S. Radiologic Technology, Creighton University
M.A. General Administration, Resource Management, University of Maryland, University College
M.A. Public Administration and Public Law, University of Maryland
J.D. Howard University

Dr. Jerry L. Lewis is Executive Director of Academic Achievement Programs, (AAP) University of Maryland, College Park, MD. As Executive Director of AAP, he supervises two state programs, Summer Transitional Program (STP), Intensive Educational Development Program (IED) and five Federal TRIO programs, the Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) North and Central, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and Student Support Services (SSS). Dr. Lewis directed the Upward Bound at UMD for 17 years and at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska for 2.5 years. He is the original author the UMD's Talent Search, McNair and EOC programs. He has more than 43 years of Higher Education administration experience and more than 40 years of TRIO program administration experience.

Dr. Lewis has played major roles in the development of TRIO presence in the National Policy arena; he is a Founders of MEAEOPP, his regional TRIO professional association, he is also a founder of National Coordinating Council, now, Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). He has testified before the House of Representatives and the US Senate Appropriation and Authorization Committees on several occasions on behalf of TRIO programs. He has served on the COE's Board of Directors in several capacities. Dr. Lewis is a Certified Grant Writer (writing more than $27 million dollars in grants at UMD during his tenure), Public Speaker, and National Consultant (teaching--federal program regulations and legislation, leadership development, program and staff development, documentation and recordkeeping, budgeting, program-to-campus interface assessments, organizational communication and strategic planning). Dr. Lewis teaches Grant writing for several regional, and non-profits organizations. He has also written numerous successful TRIO grants, generating over $10 million dollars as a consultant. Dr. Lewis has received numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership in Education and Community Service, including the Walter P. Mason national award for "his leadership to enhance education in America-COE", the Chancellor's Minority Achieving Award-UMD, Black Faculty and Staff Award of Excellence-UMD, Outstanding Associate Staff Member of the Year Award-UMD (1997), Creighton University's Legacy Award, Drum Major of Excellence Award-Black Ministry Program-UMD and he has been inducted into the Maryland Hall of Fame for his leadership in serving "Low Income and First Generation Students". Dr. Lewis is one of two Trio Professionals to have been granted Life Time Membership status to MEAEOPP. In 2017, Dr. Lewis received the President’s Medal, the highest honor the University of Maryland community can bestow, for his career of commitment and service to the university community.

Dr. Lewis has also held gubernatorial appointed positions in his state, serving on the Maryland Lottery Commission for 17 years and as its Chairman for 7 years. He owns a Law Office and practices Civil Law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Dr. Tilahun Beyene, Director - Intensive Educational Development (IED); Associate Director - Academic Achievement Programs (AAP)
Office: 2204E Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4751, Email: tbeyene@umd.edu
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AAP Director Tilahun BeyeneDr. Tilahun Beyene, Director - Intensive Educational Development (IED); Associate Director - Academic Achievement Programs (AAP)

Education
Ph.D. Educational Planning, Policy Making and Administration, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Beyene is the author of several books and articles dealing with Retention and Graduation. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Gold Peace Medal from the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative in September of 2007 and the Silver Medal from the University of Maryland College of Education in May of 2007. He is a Founder, Chair, and Executive Board member of several civic organizations in the US, including the Peace and Development Center (PDC). He had served as President of the Teachers' Federation and has also recieved Gold Medal for Peace from the Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED) U.S.A in 2008.


Frances Woods-Suku, Assistant Director, Administration (Budget, Event Planning, and Personnel Management)
Office: 2204D Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4738, Email: foods@umd.edu
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UMD BallFrances Woods-Suku, Assistant Director, Administration (Budget, Event Planning, and Personnel Management)

Education: MBA, UMUC 2014
BS, Marketing and International Business CSU, Sacramento 2003

Ms. Woods-Suku joined AAP in October 2014 after eight years at University of Maryland working in Alumni Relations and Development in the Colleges of Education and Behavioral and Social Sciences.


Giselle Denbow, Program Management Specialist
Office: 2204H Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4736, Email: gdenbow@umd.edu
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Intensive Educational Development (IED)

Dr. Tilahun Beyene, Director - Intensive Educational Development (IED); Associate Director - Academic Achievement Programs (AAP)
Office: 2204E Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4751, Email: tbeyene@umd.edu
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AAP Director Tilahun BeyeneDr. Tilahun Beyene, Director - Intensive Educational Development (IED); Associate Director - Academic Achievement Programs (AAP)

Education
Ph.D. Educational Planning, Policy Making and Administration, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Beyene is the author of several books and articles dealing with Retention and Graduation. He has received numerous awards, most recently the Gold Peace Medal from the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative in September of 2007 and the Silver Medal from the University of Maryland College of Education in May of 2007. He is a Founder, Chair, and Executive Board member of several civic organizations in the US, including the Peace and Development Center (PDC). He had severd as President of the Teachers' Federation and has also recieved Gold Medal for Peace from the Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED) in 2008.


Christal Dimas, Tutorial Coordinator
Office: 2204B Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4745, Email: cdimas@umd.edu
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UMD BallChristal Dimas, Tutorial Coordinator

Education B.S. Biology, Brenau University – Women’s College
M.P.P. Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park

Christal Dimas joined the Academic Achievement Programs in July 2016 after working at the University of Maryland for nearly 5 years. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brenau University, her love of higher education and passion for working with college students blossomed. Previously, she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor and within the Honors College as a graduate assistant, both at the University of Maryland. Christal is a Terp alumna, earning her Master’s in Public Policy with an education specialization from the University in December 2015. She is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training tutors for AAP students and for providing structured academic assistance to University of Maryland students enrolled in the campus' most challenging courses through the Academic Success and Tutorial Services (ASTS) initiative.


Jin Sook Kim, Mathematics Coordinator
Office: 2211A Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4746, Email: jkim1221@umd.edu
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UMD BallJin Sook Kim, Mathematics Coordinator

Education B.A. Mathematics, Wellesley College
M.A. Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Ms. Kim holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, Ms. Kim successfully completed several undergraduate science courses, including biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics at Harvard University and obtained research experience at Dana Farber Cancer Institute that culminated with publishing a paper as a co-author in a prestigious science journal, Molecular Cell. With her passion in teaching and learning mathematics and her diverse background in science, Ms. Kim has taught as a certified high school math teacher at public high schools in NY, MA and MD and as a math and science tutor in NY for a number of years. Ms. Kim truly enjoys teaching mathematics and she finds it rewarding to see her students increasingly find the joy in solving math problems or doing proofs and gradually emanating their appreciation in the beauty and the strength of mathematics. Ms. Kim joined the Academic Achievement Programs as the Mathematics Coordinator in October 2014.


Pathe Sow, English Coordinator
Office: 2203 Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4750, Email: psow@umd.edu
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AAP English Coordinator Pathe SowPathe Sow, English Coordinator

Education
Certificate, Teaching English as Foreign Language, Moray House Institute of Education, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
B.A., Teaching French & English as a Foreign Language, Teacher Training College Nouakchott, Mauritania (West Africa)
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Postgraduate Studies in English Rhetoric and Composition, University of Mississippi, Oxford

Mr. Sow has been the English Component Coordinator since 2004. From 1997 until 2004 he lectured at Howard University. He has also been a Faculty Consultant at the Educational Testing Service and a part–time English instructor for Montgomery Community College, Howard Community College, Lado International Center, and Parkland Community College. He served as Assistant Professor at the Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, and as English language instructor at the Mauritanian Ministry of Education.


Sharon VanWright, Study Skills Coordinator
Office: 2201A Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-7464, Email: svanwrig@umd.edu
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AAP CSS Coordinator Sharon VanwrightSharon VanWright, Study Skills Coordinator

Ms. Vanwright, a New York City native, has over 16 years of experience in Higher Education spanning several institutions: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, The University of Phoenix, Misericordia University, The University of New Hampshire and Middlebury College. Ms. Vanwright holds a Masters in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Management Nonprofit and Association Management Specialization from the University of Maryland University College and a Masters of Arts in Sociology from The University of New Hampshire. In the course of her career, Ms. Vanwright was instrumental in developing and coordinating successful programs to assist students in their academic pursuits, providing study skills techniques/coaching to students, training tutors and SI leaders to help students master course content in traditionally difficult university courses, teaching "Introduction to Sociology" and UNIV 100 courses, as well as advising undeclared students and students on probation.


Student Support Services (SSS)

Dr. Melanie Hayden Glover, Associate Director - Student Support Services (SSS)
Office: 2212C Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4744, Email: mhglover@umd.edu
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UMD BallDr. Melanie Hayden Glover, Associate Director - Student Support Services (SSS)

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Jamila Corria, Counselor/Advisor
Office: 2212B Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4741, Email: jcorria@umd.edu
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UMD BallJamila Corria, Counselor/Advisor, Student Support Services (SSS)

Mrs. Corria has over 15 years of experience in providing academic, career, and personal/social development services to a diverse population that extends from high school students to working/career adults within various educational settings. She values the systems thinking approach towards learning and seeks innovative ways to incorporate technology into the delivery of services.

Mrs. Corria has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Development from George Mason University, a Education Specialist degree from Liberty University, and is in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Counselors Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.


Dario Middleton, Counselor/Advisor
Office: 2212D Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4743, Email: Dario@umd.edu
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AAP Counselor Dario MiddletonDario Middleton, Counselor/Advisor, Student Support Services(SSS)

Education
B.S., Sociology, State University of New York, Buffalo
M.S., Higher Education Administration, State University of New York, Buffalo

In addition to his duties as Academic Advisor for AAP, Mr. Middleton is a peer consultant for Center for Leadership and Organizational Change (CLOC) and a member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Maryland Executive Council for Educational Opportunities (MECEO).


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Office: 2212A Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-1516, Email: N/A
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Sheena Afoakwa, Academic Program Specialist
Office: 2212E Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4739, Email: safoakwa@umd.edu
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UMD BallSheena Afoakwa, Academic Program Specialist

Education
B.A., Media & Communication Studies; University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)





Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

Dr. Marcal Graham, Associate Director - Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 504, Riverdale, MD 20737, Tel: 301-429-5933, Email: mgraham3@umd.edu
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Dr. GrahamDr. Marcal Graham, Associate Director - Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

Education
B.A., Political Science
M.A., Urban Studies
Ed.D., Educational Administration

Dr. Marcal Graham is the Associate Director of University of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (UMD-EOC) which is dedicated to informing and assisting adults interested in pursuing postsecondary education options. Dr. Graham brings over 10 years of experience in the field of Educational Leadership. He has worked with several Trio Programs prior to joining the University of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (UMD-EOC) such as Ronal McNair Faculty in Training, Student Support Services, and Talent Search Program.

Dr. Graham has worked in several school systems and has significant expertise in the area of student assessment, data analysis, and charter school governance. He has interacted extensively with students, teachers, principals, school administrators, and board members in an effort to inform teaching and learning and to improve student academic achievement at the K-16 level. He has spent several years training teachers and principals to fully and effectively use data in the classroom.

Dr. Graham was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and always viewed education as the great equalizer to attaining professional and academic success. He has written several books which shed light on how to overcome personal and professional obstacles and adversity in life. Dr. Graham's goal is to empower and mentor those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. His tool is to help change the mind-set and thinking of those who feel like giving up in life.


Edna I. Gonzalez-Velazquez, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 504, Riverdale, MD 20737, Tel: 301-429-5937, Email: eig@umd.edu
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AAP Ed Specialist Edna GonzalezEdna I. Gonzalez-Velazquez, Educational Specialist

Education
B.A., Marketing and Management, University of Puerto Rico

Edna I. González-Velazquez participated in coalition and community development activities as a Community Resource Specialist in 1995. She joined the Academic Achievements Programs in 1998, working in the Educational Opportunity Center in Prince George's County. She is responsible for career counseling and planning, intake assessment, post-secondary placement services, admissions and financial aid assistance. In addition, she recruits English as a Second Language students and helps them complete their applications for post-secondary placement.


Earl Johnson, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 504, Riverdale, MD 20737, Tel: 301-429-5939, Email: ejohns25@umd.edu
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Muniru (Muni) Amusat, Administrative Assistant
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 504, Riverdale, MD 20737, Tel: 301-429-5933, Email: muni@umd.edu
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AAP Admin Assist Muni AmusatMuniru (Muni) Amusat, Administrative Assistant

Education
B.S., Information Systems Management








Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Dr. Rhea Roper Nedd, Associate Director - Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Office: 2200 Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4748, Email: rnedd@umd.edu
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AAP Assoc Director Rhea Roper NeddDr. Rhea Roper Nedd, Associate Director

Rhea Roper Nedd earned her Ph.D. from Howard University in 2007, her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2000, and her Master of Arts from The Catholic University of America in 2002. Rhea Roper Nedd’s professional experiences consist of teaching and higher education program administration specializing in the development of interventions and services that lead to the retention and graduation of underrepresented groups. As the Associate Director of the McNair Scholars Program she works with a select group of high academic achievers to prepare them for matriculation into doctoral programs upon graduation, through the teaching of research methodologies and the dissertation writing process. Prior to joining the McNair Scholars Program she served as the Assistant Director of the Pre-College Programs-Upward Bound Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, she has taught a number of courses in the field of Political Science and International Relations.

Her primary research and teaching interests focus on educational and social development of marginalized populations defined by racial, ethnic, and gendered underrepresentation, as well as socio-economic status. Her research and work explores the intersections between: education and social development; cognitive and non-cognitive indicators of development; access to higher education; corporate social responsibility as a strategy of sustainable development; good governance; and poverty reduction initiatives.

Rhea Roper Nedd has published a book chapter, “Fragmentations in the Black Diaspora: West Indian-African American Relations” where she explores the relationships and perceptions that West Indians and African Americans in Washington, D.C. hold towards each other. She has also co-published an article, “Short on Confidence: Changes in Attitudes toward American Institutions and Occupations” that explores the changing attitudes and perceptions of Americans toward the U.S.

Over the years Rhea Roper Nedd has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions. Most notably, she was the two-time recipient of the Ralph Bunche Award for Research in International Affairs from Howard University. She was recognized as a graduate student fellow by The American Academy of Political and Social Science, and was also a Mayoral Fellow of then, Mayor Martin O’Malley of Baltimore City, Maryland.





Mary Compton, Administrative Assistant
Office: 2202 Marie Mount Hall, Tel: 301-405-4749, Email: mcompton@umd.edu
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Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) North and Central

Bridget Brandon, Associate Director - Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) North
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: bbrandon@umd.edu
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UMD BallBridget Brandon, Associate Director - Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) North

Ms. Brandon aims to E.E.I.M! To Educate, Elevate, Inspire and Motivate is her mantra! For roughly 10 years, Ms. Brandon’s work has been in service to students seeking to enroll in, and complete, a higher education degree. Throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia (the DMV) she has collaborated with academic, business, educational and non-profit professionals to impact the numbers, particularly, of students of color and their high school graduation and college completion rates.

Ms. Brandon has served in roles such as Center Director, Project Director, College Counselor, and Student Success Specialist primarily at the high school and community college levels. Today, however, she continues in similar work and service to students in a four-year higher education institution as Associate Director for a federal TRiO program in the University of Maryland's Academic Achievement Programs (AAP). Ms. Brandon serves under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Lewis, and states that her professional purpose and passion have finally converged.

Ms. Brandon received her BA and MA degrees from The American University and Howard University, respectively. She is a native of Syracuse, NY, well-traveled, fluent in Spanish and is also a certified Project Management instructor with a local community college. Ms. Brandon resides in Washington, DC.



Cameron Poles, Associate Director - Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) Central
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: cpoles@umd.edu
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Jordan Connors, MA, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: jconnor4@umd.edu
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Lynn Truong, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: ltruong1@umd.edu
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UMD BallLynn Truong, Educational Specialist

Lynn Truong, an Educational Specialist with Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) North, is a former University of Maryland- College Park Alumnae. Lynn is dedicated to the enrichment of young minds to move forth with obtaining higher education.


Shakenna Jones, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: sjones40@umd.edu
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UMD BallShakenna Jones, Educational Specialist

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Ronald Taylor II, Educational Specialist
Office: 6811 Kenilworth Avenue Riverdale, MD 20737 Tel: 301-429-5933 Email: rtaylo12@umd.edu
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UMD BallRonald Taylor II, Educational Specialist

Educational Talent Search Programs (ETS) Central