Staff Council

A group of faculty and staff volunteers.

UMSON Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Opportunities

More opportunities coming soon.

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 Thursday of every month from 10 - 11 a.m. via Webex. All staff members are welcome to attend.


Executive Board

  • Jenn Volberding (Chair)
  • Terrence Bradshaw (Chair Elect)
  • Jill Sullivan (Secretary)
  • Cailin Barker (Treasurer)

Active Members

  • Linda Atila
  • Ayamba Ayuk-Brown
  • Cailin Barker
  • Terrence Bradshaw
  • 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
  • Jenn 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.

More opportunities will be coming soon.

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. 

If you have questions, contact Sarah Hokenmaier at

Past Service Projects

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.



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.