Student Advisory Council: 2016 Representatives
UMUC Undergraduate Representatives
- LaVita McCray-Morris
- Frank Troiano
- Sean Hall
- Scott Tolbert
- Orlando Lambert (Alternate)
- Natanya Frederick (Alternate)
- Matthew Williams
- Christian Sodeman
- Delvon Anderson
- Curtis Baker
- Kimberleigh Tinsley (Alternate)
- Michael Katzenberger (Alternate)
- Ashley Winston (Alternate)
- Ashley Esposito (Alternate)
UMUC Graduate Representatives
STAC Representatives to Other Advisory Councils
University System of Maryland Student Council
Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council
Bryan Pierce was born in Jacksonville, Illinois and now resides in Maryland with his wife and son. He joined the Army in 2006 as a system maintainer. He left the Army in 2013 and became a contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Pierce is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance. Upon graduation, he will be the first member of his family to earn a graduate degree. His long-term goal is to become a chief information officer or chief information security officer of a company. Pierce understands the importance of an education and the advantages that it provides. He serves on the Student Advisory Council as chair and is looking forward to serving the UMUC student body that entrusted him with this position.
Kimberleigh Tinsley was born in Sacramento, California and now resides in Texas with her son and daughter. Prior to living in Texas, she was a resident of Tennessee and will be returning there in the summer of 2016. She joined the Army Reserve in 2009 as a correctional officer and recently reenlisted for three more years.
Tinsley is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance with an accounting minor. Her long term goal is to become a financial advisor, and she is looking forward to helping others feel confident in their financial abilities. She is passionate about school and understands the importance of a good education. She prides herself on academic excellence and believes there is always more to learn. Tinsley is appreciative of the opportunity to serve on the Student Advisory Council as secretary and is eager to expand her experience and knowledge while integrating herself into the UMUC community.
Shoko Omori was born and raised in Aomori, Japan. She has been associated with language education and has worked several years as an independent contractor, teaching English and Japanese. Her thirst for knowledge has led her to travel the world and experience many different cultures across the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Korea, and Malaysia.
Omori earned a certificate of Business Management at Camosun College in Victoria, Canada in 2005. She also earned an Associate of Arts from UMUC in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a second associate degree in management studies.
Her academic and volunteer accomplishments include:
- Dean's list member, 2011–2012, 2015
- Induction into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2011
- Induction into the Tau Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, 2014
- Volunteering at the Allies Mentor Program, 2015–present
Omori is grateful for the opportunity to study at UMUC in Japan. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she plans to continue her education and pursue a master's degree in counseling psychology to fulfill her professional goal of becoming an international student counselor.
Omori is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. She believes that reality is made by our choices and decisions from the past. She seeks to positively influence students' lives by assisting with the important decisions that shape their future. She is thankful to be a member of the UMUC Student Advisory Council and looks forward to being a student ambassador.
LaVita McCray-Morris has more than 20 years of experience in the administrative field. She has been a volunteer mentor for airmen and their families, has been an emcee for various community events, and has served in many other volunteer roles, including:
- Member, Military Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Diversity Committee
- Co-chairperson, Military EEO African American Heritage Committee
- Vice president and secretary, Royal Air Force Lakenheath High School Roundtable
- Chairperson, Brandon Community Basketball Club
- Member, Women's Royal Volunteer Service
- Volunteer, American Red Cross
- STAC Vice Chair
LaVita believes that being part of the UMUC Student Advisory Council will provide many opportunities to give back to the community and to voice the concerns of the student body.
Frank D. Troiano
Frank Troiano was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2010, Frank joined the United States Air Force to become a pararescue airman. After a rigorous two-year pipeline, he received his beret, along with several awards during training. Troiano was named an honor graduate of the USAF Combat Dive School, and earned The Military Order of the Purple Heart award for medicine, as well as the Jason D. Cunningham/Paramedic Honor Graduate awards.
Troiano served two years in the 23rd Special Tactics squadron, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor during his 2013 deployment to Afghanistan and Pararescue Airman of the Year in 2013. Currently, he works with the 57th Rescue Squadron in England, where he was also awarded Pararescue Airman of the Year in 2015.
Troiano earned his Community College of the Air Force associate's degree in personnel recovery and is working towards his bachelor's in business administration. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. He actively seeks chances to serve in his community by donating time and money to the Boys and Girls Club of America and participating in base community service programs.
Sean E. Hall
Sean Hall was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania. He joined the United States Air Force in 2010 and has served for six years. He is currently a supervisor and technician in a network engineering and implementations work center, providing information technology solutions for the largest data center in Europe.
Sean completed his associate's degree in electronic systems technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity at UMUC and is expected to graduate in 2017. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Sean is looking forward to continuing his pursuit of higher education through UMUC's dual graduate degree program in cyber security and business administration.
Sean enjoys helping people. As a Student Advisory Council member, he strives to be more than just an advocate for the UMUC student body.
Orlando C. Lambert
Orlando Lambert was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the United States Army in 2004 and has served over 12 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, both overseas and in the U.S. He currently works for the United States Army Garrison-Ansbach as a military police desk sergeant in Ansbach, Germany.
Lambert graduated from the Military Police Investigators Course in 2007 and the U.S. Army Basic Leaders Course in 2010. Orlando is an active community volunteer and has served in the following roles:
- D.A.R.E. Officer, USAG Vicenza, Italy, 2011
- Volunteer, Harmon Elementary School, Maryland, 2014
- Volunteer, American Red Cross, 2015
Currently, Lambert is on a path to obtain his associate's degree in general studies from UMUC this year and is pursuing a bachelor's degree from UMUC in English and secondary education. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, he plans to begin working towards a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Lambert has had the privilege of living in and/or visiting six different countries. The cultural exposure has led him to currently study three additional languages: Italian, German, and French. His passions and hobbies include volunteering, playing piano, writing, reading books, traveling to new places or old favorites, and spending time with his family. Orlando is a published technology blog writer who enjoys writing poetry, personal and professional blogging, and helping others achieve their goals. Orlando is grateful to serve as a UMUC Europe Student Advisory Council member and he looks forward to being an advocate for the UMUC student body.
Natanya Frederick is a Navy brat who joined the Navy herself out of Hampton, Virginia. Graduating with honors in June 2012, Natanya left for the Navy in December of that same year. After training and school she was sent to Spain where she began volunteering at the youth center, mentoring and supervising kids aged 8–13. She also volunteers at a local animal shelter, helping to take care of the dogs.
Natanya received her Associate of Arts from UMUC and is now pursuing her bachelor's degree, after which she plans to pursue a master's.
Senior Airman Christian A. Sodeman was born in Toledo, Ohio and has lived in Florida and Minnesota as well. He is currently living in Wichita Falls, Texas, being stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base. He joined the Air Force in May of 2012 as a Security Forces member. He has completed one deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Manas, Kyrgyzstan. He currently serves as the Vehicle Control Officer for the 82nd Security Forces Squadron.
Sodeman earned his associates in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Investigative Forensics.
His dedication to his education was prevalent when he started his education during his six month deployment and not only achieved a 4.0 GPA, but also started to help other students enroll and better themselves. Sodeman's goals are to use his position to help others enroll in college and start making a better future for themselves. The people who helped mold him to be where he is today are Technical Sergeant Jacob Jaynes, Technical Sergeant Eric Godinez, Staff Sergeant Andrew Darrough, and Staff Sergeant Kristin Cunningham.
Sodeman is looking forward to better serving the students on the Student Advisory Council this year.
Delvon Anderson was born in Washington, D.C. and enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard in 2008 as an intelligence analyst under a Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Delvon played an integral role supporting operations under Operation New Dawn in Taji, Iraq and later at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, where his proactive analysis and reporting strengthened brigade intelligence operations, making aircrews and passengers safer throughout Iraq.
Anderson was selected as Maryland Army National Guard Soldier of the Year in 2011 and as NCO of the Year in 2013, the first double winner in Maryland history. During the deployment, he received a battlefield promotion to Sergeant (E-5) and was also selected as the 29th CAB NCO of the Year for 2012. In early 2013, he was selected by the Adjutant General of Maryland to receive the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution Maryland 400 Distinguished Service Medal for his achievements and outstanding service to the Maryland National Guard.
Currently, he is employed full-time with the Maryland Army National Guard as an intelligence analyst staff sergeant, supporting future capabilities that will enhance the Army's intelligence functionality. He is working on a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Cybersecurity, with a minor in cybersecurity, as well as an associate degree in intelligence operations from Cochise College. Anderson maintains a 3.8 GPA and is a member the Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at UMUC.
Curtis Baker is a 29-year-old California native. A staff sergeant in the United States Air Force, he now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Chelsey. Baker enlisted in the Air Force in 2007 and hopes to serve for 20 years. He has an associate's degree in electronic systems technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
He is enrolled in the information systems management program at UMUC as a committed and assertive distance learner. A radar maintainer by trade, Baker understands the impact networking and IT skills can have in the workplace. He has earned a spot on the dean's list, which he intends to maintain until graduation.
"I am grateful that schools like UMUC can give active-duty servicemembers the opportunity to receive a top tier education through the distance learning program," he said. "It is my mission to take this degree program seriously and show the world that the education that UMUC provides is second to none!"
Michael Katzenberger was born in Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides there. He is employed as a supervisor in the sales department for Maid to Perfection, a maid franchisor, which is a leader in its industry.
He has an associate's degree in general studies from Howard County Community College and is working on his bachelor's degree at UMUC. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his academic career in finance, was on the dean's list in 2015-2016, and is currently a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society.
Katzenberger is motivated to help others, and his mission is to serve the student body and provide fellow students with a better UMUC experience.
Ashley Esposito was born in Concord, Massachusetts, raised in southern Arizona, and now resides in Linthicum Heights, Maryland with her husband. She currently works as a database programmer for the State of Maryland and has been a state employee for six years.
In 2013, Esposito enrolled at UMUC, where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Software Development and Security with a minor in computer science. She has demonstrated her drive and dedication by working full-time, making the dean's list, and being accepted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
In her spare time, Esposito enjoys cooking, playing on her two co-ed soccer teams, painting, photography, and most of all, spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys helping people and working in a team environment. She is excited and thankful to have been elected to the Student Advisory Council.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Mario Curtis is an active-duty Sergeant First Class in the Army, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He enlisted in 1998 and has held many positions through his career, including Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Special Operation Communication Team Leader, Electronic Maintenance Supervisor, and Operations Sergeant.
In the fall of 1999, Curtis enrolled at UMUC and has made a continuous effort towards his education amidst numerous deployments in adverse conditions throughout his career. He currently holds a bachelor's degree in computer and information science with a minor in computing. He is pursuing his Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Software Engineering.
Curtis is currently a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, was awarded the Bronze Star, and is a Samuel Sharpe award recipient. He has contributed many hours towards the Colorado Springs community and volunteers his time to benefit both military and civilian charities. His volunteer history includes:
- Feed the Children, contributor and local volunteer
- Red Cross volunteer, from 2004 to present
- Custer Hill Elementary School, local volunteer
- Active Sergeant Audie Murphy Club member, contributing to a variety of charities in support of military communities
Curtis believes in UMUC's mission and its dedicated support of military servicemembers. He continues to serve in a variety of volunteer roles in order to support the institution and his peers.
Nigel E. Richards
Nigel Richards is a graduate student at UMUC in information technology and computer science. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and is currently starting his own technology company.
As an undergraduate, Richards has been on the dean's list and has been invited to join the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society. Along with serving on the UMUC Student Advisory Council, he also volunteers for the IEEE Young Professional Chapter in Trinidad and Tobago as chairman.
Richards is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, an international body, and is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery student body at UMUC. He's worked in several countries, including the U.S., as a design engineer in New York, as an RF engineer at Huawei Technologies and a senior broadcast engineer at OCM Group in Trinidad and Tobago, and in Jamaica as an advanced engineer at AB Ericsson.
As an undergraduate, he joined the Student Advisory Council to help enrich the student educational experience at UMUC and expand its popularity. He believes membership in bodies like IEEE will improve the general student experience for those attending IT and non-IT courses.
Matt Williams was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He lives in Maryland with his wife, son, and daughter. After serving 14 years in the United States Air Force, Matt is now continuing his service in the private sector.
Matt earned an associate's degree in applied science in intelligence studies and technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He also earned two associate's degrees in Turkish and Serbian/Croatian from the Defense Language Institute. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Marketing at University of Maryland University College.
Matt's dedication to his education was demonstrated when he earned a position on the dean's list while serving during his deployment to Afghanistan and he has maintained his academic excellence ever since. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree in marketing, Matt is looking forward to continuing his pursuit of higher education through UMUC's graduate certificate in project management.
Matt's experience on numerous action groups and boards contributed to his selection as a member of the UMUC Student Advisory Council and his appointment as its secretary.