Staff Council

A group of faculty and staff volunteers.

UMSON Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Opportunities

Friday, March 27, 2020, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Community Engagement Center
Set Up/Serve/Clean Up Lunch

Registser Now

See more details under "Volunteer Opportunities" below.

Hooked on Helping
Sept. 26-Dec. 9
Help us provide knitted and crocheted infant hats to Mercy Medical Center. We'll be collecting hats from Sept. 26-Dec. 9, and will host a kickoff event on Sept. 26.

See details under "Service Project: Hooked on Helping" below.

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

‌The Staff Council acts as an advisory council to the dean and the administration to share concerns. Staff Council promotes professional development through seminars and programs to enhance the personal well-being of staff. Additionally, Staff Council 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 Wednesday of every month from 10-11 a.m. in Room 503. All staff members are welcome to attend.


Executive Board

  • Mikki Coleman – Chair
  • Jenn Volberding – Chair Elect
  • Sarah Hokenmaier – Secretary
  • Terria McClain – Treasurer

Active Members

  • Linda Atila
  • Ayamba Ayuk-Brown
  • Terrance Bradshaw
  • Mikki Coleman
  • Samantha Hoffman
  • Sarah Hokenmaier
  • Kathryn Lamp
  • Laurelyn Irving
  • Casey Jackson
  • Phyllis Lovito
  • Jeffrey Martin
  • Terria McClain
  • Kristy Novak
  • Jill Pahel
  • Nichole Schumaker
  • Mishawn Smith
  • Angela Staten
  • Jill Sullivan
  • Jennifer Volberding
  • Tara Wells
  • Megan Woolley

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

Access these materials with an UMSON username and password on the Staff Council Intranet page.

Volunteer Opportunities

Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Volunteers

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

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. 

Friday, March 27, 2020, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Community Engagement Center
Set Up/Serve/Clean Up Lunch

Register now

If you have questions, contact Sarah Hokenmaier at

Service Project: Hooked on Helping

The University of Maryland School of Nursing Staff Council is sponsoring a service initiative to provide knitted and crocheted infant hats to Mercy Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and Pediatric Units. 

Hooked on Helping
Nov. 12, noon-1 p.m.
Room 150

Grab your knitting or crochet tools and join us! All experience levels are welcome. If you're a beginner, we suggest you bring the following: 

  • Baby soft yarn (size 3)
    pastels of pink, yellow, mint green light blue, etc. are preferred
  • Crochet hook (size H)

Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.

Hat Collection
Sept. 26-Dec. 9
Drop off your crocheted or knitted hats any time to any of the marked bins located at Rooms 259, 402, 518, or 614.

Are you a beginner?

Attend the Kickoff Event to get started and/or check out the YouTube videos and patterns below.

Intro to Crochet Videos

Crochet Tutorials and Resources

*Transcribed from sources by Nichole Shumaker and Megan Woolley

Questions? Contact Sarah Hokenmaier.

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.