Staff Council

A group of faculty and staff volunteers.

UMSON Staff and Faculty Community Engagement Opportunities

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


See more details under "Volunteer Opportunities" below.

Share the Love: Help Neighbors in Need
Help us provide street survival kits for individuals experiencing homelessness. Donate items by Friday, Feb. 7, and help us assemble the kits on Tuesday, Feb. 18


See details under "Service Project - Share the Love ..." 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 - Share the Love: Help Neighbors in Need

Share the LOVE: Help Neighbors in NeedThe Staff Council Community Engagement Workgroup is sponsoring a service initiative to create street survival kits for individuals experiencing homelessness. Completed kits will be provided to the UMB Police Department for distribution as they work in the community.

Help neighbors in need by donating items to help us meet our goal of making 100 street survival kits. See what is available to donate and sign up to bring items at the link below.

Sign Up Here to Donate by Feb. 4

Drop your items off no later than Friday, Feb. 7 in Room 612.

Join us to assemble the kits on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon in Room 635. Email Sarah Hokenmaier to RSVP.

Past Service Projects

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.