Staff Council

A group of faculty and staff volunteers.

UMSON Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Opportunities

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The UMSON Staff Council provides a forum where staff can address and discuss issues that are important to them.

The UMSON Staff Council:

  • acts as an advisory council to the dean and the administration to share concerns
  • promotes professional development through seminars and programs to enhance the personal well-being of staff
  • fosters a spirit of cooperation, professionalism, and integrity with a dedication to honest and open communication.

The Staff Council serves as a channel of communication to the dean in the areas of policy and procedures that affect the quality of the staff's work life and their level of contribution to the strategic goals of the campus. The Staff Senate was begun in 1994 and since has researched many areas of concern for staff members.

Topics of investigation and action include, but are not limited to:

  • policies and procedures affecting eligible employees
  • work environment and staff morale
  • issues impacting wages, benefits, and working conditions
  • community/outreach activities.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 10 - 11 a.m. via WebEx until we are all back on campus and can meet in person. All staff members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Staff Council Elections

It is time to elect yourself or one of your colleagues to serve on the Executive Board of the UMSON Staff Council. Elections will be held June 5 - 9, 2023.
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Executive Board

  • Forjet Williams, Chair 
  • Kourtney Johnson, Chair-Elect 
  • Kirsten Hammerstrom, Secretary 
  • Briana Clark, Business Coordinator 
  • Megan Meadow, Immediate Past-Chair

Staff Action Committee

  • Terria McClain, Chair - Professional Development 
  • Stella Moshonisiotis, Chair - Staff Engagement 
  • Jordan Lyles, Chair - Community Engagement 

Active Members

  • Ayamba Ayuk Brown 
  • Arthur Caesar 
  • Briana Clark 
  • Eugena Ferguson 
  • Olga Grant 
  • Jamie Haines 
  • Casey Jackson 
  • Tamara Jackson 
  • Kesha Johnson 
  • Kourtney Johnson 
  • Phyllis Lovito 
  • Jordan Lyles 
  • Terria McClain 
  • Coretta Mckenzie 
  • Megan Meadow 
  • Stella Moshonisiotis 
  • Janette North-Kabore 
  • Cynthia Pumphrey 
  • Sonia Smith 
  • Enjoli Sonnier 
  • Angela Staten 
  • Natalie Summerville 
  • Gretchen Swimmer 
  • Miriam Weiss 
  • Forjet Williams 

To be an active member, you must:

  • attend at least three-quarters of Staff Council meetings per fiscal year
  • commit to one year of service
  • vote on all recommendations brought forth by Staff Council

Fill out a membership application.




Minutes, Forms, and Newsletters

UMSON staff can access these materials on the SharePoint site.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Volunteers

Join UMSON Staff and Faculty Members in one or more community engagement opportunities.

A Message from the UMSON Staff Council Community Engagement Workgroup:

Volunteer and service activities are challenging at the moment – but now is the perfect time to continue to learn about community service and engagement in and around our UMB community. 

Check back here for upcoming events.

Note: Through the UMB Employee Volunteer Initiative, the University of Maryland, Baltimore will allow full-time faculty and staff to use four hours of paid leave if they wish to volunteer at a qualifying nonprofit organization of their choice.

Past Service Projects

Merry Holiday Recipes, Winter 2020

While teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic, UMSON faculty and staff shared holiday cheer by submitting their favorite recipes and putting together a book of Merry Holiday Recipes.

Share the Love, Winter 2019

The UMSON community came together to donate items and assemble 100 street survival kits for individuals experiencing homelessness. Completed kits were provided to the UMB Police Department for distribution as they work in the community.

Hooked on Helping, Fall 2019

The UMSON community created 350 knitted and crocheted infant hats to Mercy Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Pediatric Units.



Dean Jane M. Kirschling Excellence in Leadership Award

This annual award is presented in the spirit of Dean Kirschling's legacy, "to leave UMSON a better place to work and learn, a place that values inclusiveness, civility and respect."

Learn more and nominate a staff member.

Outstanding Staff Team Award

This award acknowledges and recognizes teams who demonstrate UMB's Core Values.

Learn more and nominate a staff team.

Staff Excellence Award

The semiannual Staff Excellence Award recognizes excellence among staff of the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Learn more and nominate a staff member.