Professor of Chemical and Biochemical
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Researcher, Mentor Works to Slow Scourge of Alzheimer’s
Theresa Good, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, works to slow the toll of
Alzheimer’s, one of the world’s most devastating illnesses. Her peers recently voted her as
among the most talented in her field, electing Good as a Fellow of the American Institute for
Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
The Rochester, NY native came to UMBC from Texas A&M in 2002. A former Peace Corps
volunteer who taught biology and chemistry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Good has
always been drawn to real-world challenges.
About 10 percent of the population over age 60 and 50 percent of those over age 80 develop
Alzheimer’s. The progressive, fatal disease causes problems with memory, thinking and
Good’s lab specializes in a protein found in senile plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s
in the brain. Senile plaques are large globs of protein that grow to about the same size as brain
Good is grateful for the AIMBE recognition, but says that her true passion is working with
undergraduate and graduate students and helping them to develop into researchers.
“I’m pleased that my colleagues recognize my contributions, but to be honest, the GSA mentor
award (Good won the Donald Creighton Memorial Faculty Award for Graduate Student
Mentoring in 2007) meant a lot more.
I like to teach undergraduates at UMBC; they’re talented, they’re funny and every day is
different. It’s wonderful to be recognized for producing useful research, but another thing I help
to produce is people.”
“Theresa is a tremendous role model to her students and will go to any length to ensure that
they are both growing intellectually and succeeding in their efforts,” said Julia Ross, professor
and chair of chemical and biochemical engineering.
Good and her colleagues study beta amyloid protein (BAP) as a target for potential new
Alzheimer’s drugs. A buildup of BAP in the brain is linked to most forms of the disease, including
early-onset Alzheimer’s, impacting some patients as early as in their 40’s.
Alzheimer’s is an especially challenging adversary since it is difficult to diagnose in the early
stages. “The brain is redundant; people compensate for memory loss until the damage to brain
cells reaches the catastrophic stage,” said Good. Her lab is examining if fluorescent or metal
nano-molecules can be used as tools for earlier diagnoses.
According to Good, there is room for cautious optimism for Alzheimer’s research and possible
new therapies. “I think there will be something in clinical trials in the next five years to help
prevent further neural damage, but it won’t be perfect,” she said.
Karen L. Olmstead, Ph.D.
Henson School of Science & Technology
As Dean of the Henson School of Science & Technology, Dr. Olmstead has administrative
responsibility for Salisbury University’s science, health science, and technology programs
including seven academic departments, more than 150 faculty, and 1,400 students. Previously,
Dr. Olmstead held several leadership positions at The University of South Dakota (USD)
including Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean, Director of
University Honors and Undergraduate Academic Programs, Chair of Biology, and program
director of an externally funded undergraduate research program.
An ecologist by training, Dr. Olmstead has conducted basic research on insect defense and host-
plant interactions and applied research on tallgrass prairie restoration. She has published
nearly 20 articles in refereed journals and given 50 conference and invited talks. In her various
leadership positions, Dr. Olmstead’s efforts have resulted in more than $2.5M in support of
university programs, including $1.1M for undergraduate research programs in the life sciences
(HHMI), $1M for service learning integration into the undergraduate curriculum (Midwest
Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education), and $450K from the Bush Foundation in
support of undergraduate education. Dr. Olmstead’s success as a faculty member and
academic administrator has been recognized by several awards including USD's Professor of the
Year award and the University of Delaware’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding
Achievement. Dr. Olmstead currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Comprehensive
Institutions for the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences.
Karen Johnson Shaheed, Esq.
Interim Provost and Vice President for
Bowie State University
Karen Johnson Shaheed, Esq. became Bowie State's Interim
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on January 1,
She was named Vice President and General Counsel for Bowie
State University in August 2007. She is responsible for
providing legal and policy advice to the President and members of his cabinet. As VP and
General Counsel she coordinated government relations for the university.
Ms. Shaheed has over 20 years of experience in law, higher education, and public
administration. Prior to coming to Bowie State, Ms. Shaheed served for four years as General
Counsel and Vice President for Government Relations at the National Labor College in Silver
Spring, MD where she assisted the private institution in obtaining initial accreditation by the
Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Shaheed served as Secretary of Higher Education for the state of
Maryland and was the chief executive officer for the Maryland Higher Education Commission,
the statewide coordinating body for postsecondary education. As Secretary of Higher
Education, she worked to secure operating and capital funding increases for Maryland's public
and private four-year institutions and community colleges; led a statewide task force that
examined college readiness for disadvantaged students; worked to increase need-based
financial aid; expanded outreach to middle of high schools in the state; and helped negotiate a
five-year partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights
aimed at eliminating the vestiges of segregation in public higher education in Maryland.
Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Higher Education, Ms. Shaheed served as deputy chief
of staff under Governor Parris N. Glendening. She has also served as Assistant Attorney General
and Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Policy and Programs and Assistant Attorney General for
the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation where she was responsible for
over twenty licensing and regulatory boards and commissions including the Real Estate
Commission, Racing Commission, and the Financial Regulation Commission.
Ms. Shaheed began her career in private law practice in Baltimore.
A native of Baltimore, Ms. Shaheed received her bachelor's degree in political science from the
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and her law degree from the University of
Maryland School of Law. Throughout her career, she has served on various boards and received
numerous awards and honors, including being named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by
The Daily Record.
In 2008, Governor Martin O'Malley appointed her to the Prince George's County Hospital
Authority, a seven-member board established by law to oversee the process of securing new
ownership for the Prince George's County health care system.
Thelma B. Thompson
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore since July 1, 2002.
Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2002-. Member,
University System of Maryland Financial Aid Task Force, 2004. Chair,
Council of University System Presidents, 2006-07.
Professor (English), Bowie State University, 1974-1976. Assistant Chair, English Department, 1979-88,
Associate Dean and Professor, 1988-90, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, University of the District of
Columbia. Dean, School of Arts and Letters, 1990-98, and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, 1998-2002,
Norfolk State University.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies. Teacher's diploma, Bethlehem Teachers College, Jamaica, 1960. Education
certificate, London University, 1965. Howard University, B.A. (English), 1970, M.A. (English), 1972, Ph.D.
(English), 1978. Member, Modern Language Association; National Council of Teachers of English;
African-American Writers' Guild; Phi Beta Kappa. Former President, College Language Association;
National Association of College Professions of Language and Literature. Historian and board member,
Middle Atlantic Writers Association, 1984-2000. Board of Directors, University System of Maryland
Foundation, 2002-; Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, 2003-. Member, Commission on
Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education, 2003-. Co-founder, Caribbean Studies
Association. Author, The Seventeenth Century English Hymn: A Mode for Sacred and Secular Concerns
(1988). Outstanding Graduate and Alumnus, New York Alumni, Bethlehem Teachers College, 2000.
Administrator of the Year, Association of Educational Office Professionals, Norfolk State University, 2002.
Service Award, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2002. Award, Langston Hughes Society,
2002. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2004. Four children.
Bonnie Thornton Dill
Chair of the Women's Studies Department and
Program and Director of the Consortium on Race,
Gender and Ethnicity
University of Maryland, College Park
Bonnie Thornton Dill is Professor and Chair of the Women's Studies Department and Program
and Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland.
Her research focuses on intersections of race, class and gender with an emphasis on African
American women and families and has been reprinted in numerous collections and edited
volumes. Her recent publications include: Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in
Theory, Policy and Practice, (Rutgers University Press, 2009), an collection of essays on
intersectionality edited with Ruth Zambrana; "Disparities in Latina Health: An Intersectional
Analysis" with Ruth E. Zambrana in Amy J. Shultz and Leith Mullings eds. in Gender, Race,
Class & Health (Jossey-Bass, 2006);"Future Directions of Feminist Research: Intersectionality"
with A. McLaughlin and A.D. Nieves in Hesse-Biber ed., Handbook of Feminist Research:
Theory and Practice (Sage, forthcoming); and "Between a Rock and a Hard Place:
Motherhood, Choice and Welfare in the Rural South," in Sharon Harley, et. al., ed., Sister
Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers University Press, 2002)
Because of her innovative work, Dr. Dill is the recipient of several prestigious awards,
including two awards for mentoring; one from Sociologists for Women in Society and a
second from the University System of Maryland Regents. She also received the Jessie Bernard
Award and Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award given by the American Sociological
Association. In 2001-2002 she received the Eastern Sociological Society's' Robin WIlliams, Jr.
Distinguished Lectureship and served as Vice President of the American Sociological
Dr. Marcia G. Welsh
Provost and Vice President of Academic
TOWSON, Md. (July 22, 2009)—Towson University
President Robert L. Caret has named Marcia G. Welsh the
university’s new provost and vice president for academic
affairs. The appointment will be effective August 19, 2009.
“Dr. Welsh was selected after a nationally advertised search,” said President Robert Caret. “Her
skills and experience will only add to the university’s momentum and rise as a premier,
metropolitan-focused institution.” Dr. Welsh will replace former Provost James P. Clements
who recently took over as president of West Virginia University.
Dr. Welsh’s previous positions include: provost and senior vice president at Adelphi University;
associate provost at the University of South Carolina; department chair at the University of
South Carolina; and professor, Department of Developmental Biology and Anatomy, University
of Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Welsh has taught basic science and anatomical sciences
courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
She was voted Teacher of the Year in the USC School of Medicine; selected Woman of the Year
by several associations in South Carolina and New York; and was selected one of Long Island’s
Top 50 Women in 2007.
Dr. Welsh holds a Ph.D. from University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, with a
concentration in anatomy.
SHERECE WEST ’87
BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY
Sherece West has risen far from her youth growing up in a
public housing project in inner-city Baltimore. She is the
president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little
Rock, AK, a $150 million philanthropy founded by a former
She formerly served as chief executive officer of the Louisiana
Disaster Recovery Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA, created by
the state in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita to provide relief and recovery
resources. She previously had been CEO of the Carrier Foundation in Lafayette, LA.
Earlier in her career, she gained broad expertise in public policy, affordable housing, and
community development through jobs with the Social Security Administration, Maryland
Municipal League, DC Department of Public Health, Community Service Society in New York
City, Ford Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, she spent 13 years partnering
with its Rebuilding Communities Initiative grantees and consultants to help five sites advance
their community-building plans. Her last activity at Casey was developing and managing the
foundation's investments in youth mobilization, engagement, and leadership.
After earning her bachelor’s degree from Bowie State, West received a master’s in public policy
from the University of Michigan and a PhD in public policy from the University of Maryland
Debra L. Truitt
Program Management Specialist
Chair of USM Women’s Forum-2010
Debra L Truitt is a champion of the work women do daily, both professionally and privately, that
is easily overlooked. She has worked with Human Resources, the University Administration and
the Maryland Classified Employees Association on behalf of the staff at Salisbury University and
within the University of Maryland System to ensure equal and just application of laws and
Listed below are some of Debra’s more recent accomplishments:
Organizer and champion for the Tuition Remission Task Force- 2010
Vice Governor of Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc. District 5, the Eastern
Shore of Maryland, 2009-present
1st Vice Chair of Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc. Chapter 72, Salisbury
University -2009 -present
Presented the results of a collaborative effort between Dr. Ellyn G. Sheffield, Towson
University and Debra L. Truitt, Salisbury University, titled The Effect of Representational
Reminders on 5-year-olds and Adults. This work was presented at the 2009 Society of
Research for Child Development (SRCD) Conference, Denver, Co.
Recipient of the University Systems of Maryland Women’s Forum Professional
Development Award- 2009
Member of the 2007-2008 Negotiation Team between MCEA and Salisbury University
Recipient of the USM Board of Regents Staff Award for Outstanding Service To Students-
Designed and quilted two quilts for donation in support of the Quilting for Scholarships –
Algonquin –The Acadia Adventure Program 2006
Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Institute of Developmental Research Center-
Participated a member of Salisbury University Product Advisory Group (2004-present)
Assistant Editor of the Eastern Shore Institute for the Advancement of Thinking’s
newsletter, Thinking. 2005-2008
Facilitator for New Student Experience at Salisbury University 2001
Guided participants during the New Student Reader Program-2007-2008
Advisor for Salisbury University Campus Girl Scouts -2002-2003
Served on SU’s Health and Wellness Committee- 2001-2003
Designed and provide quilts in support of the Seagull Century (bike race), and Salisbury
University History Department’s project titled the Underground Railroad in concert with
Dr. Clara Small, and the Relay for Life.
Crafted two quilts for a fund raising effort supporting the annual conference of the
Michelle M. Carter
Social Science Major
Coppin State University
Michelle M. Carter is the daughter of Toni Jackson and late Frederick Carter Jr. of Glen Burnie,
Maryland. She is the seventh child of eight siblings.
Michelle Carter always had a passion for helping, serving, and educating youth and
young adults. Ms. Carter zeal for helping and serving youth led her to the American
Humanics Student Association where she presently serves as the President of the
organization as well as the Chair of the Fundraising and Special Events Committee.
In April 2009, Michelle Carter was elected as a Next Generation Leader of the
American Humanics program, provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
She has willingly volunteered at numerous events including Health Fairs, Junior
Achievement, Bea Gaddy’s Annual Thanksgiving dinner, Vision Awards, Earth day;
clean your neighborhood day, shelters and rescue missions, nursing homes and
many other institutions that were in need of volunteers.
E.B.O.B. (Effective Body of Believers) Ministries is a non-profit organization that
serves the needy in Monte go Bay, Jamaica. Ms. Carter serves on the Board of
Director as well as, is the secretary of E.B.O.B.
November 2008, Michelle Carter along with a team of E.B.O.B. missionaries was
privileged to visit and provide services to New Beginning International Training
Center, (2) Orphanages for boys and girls, and St. James Infirmary. Ms. Carter served
as a missionary, team coordinator, instructor and ministry leader.
Michelle Carter is presently employed at the District Court of Maryland. Her title is
District Court Clerk II; she has held that title for over 9 years.
Ms. Carter future goal is to run her a non-profit organization targeting at-risk youth.
She plans to help at-risk youth by mentoring and providing them with education
they need in order to co-exist in their environments.
Ms. Carter graduated from Glen Burnie Senior High School in 1997. She presently
attends Coppin State University, with a major in Social Science and minor in Non-
Profit Management. She is expected to graduate in 2010 of May.