Meet the Team
Terrill L. Drake, EMBA ‘12
Terrill Drake is the Executive Director for programs and special events
overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Office of Smith Programs and Events
and the execution of more than 200 conferences, meetings and special events
annually supported by the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In this role, he
provides leadership and strategic insight for all Smith School events by
directing the logistical, creative and planning processes. In addition, he is
responsible for the financial modeling and reconciliation, including contract
negotiation, to ensure the budgetary success of events. Terrill has over ten
years of experience in the industry with a variety of conferences, meetings,
special events, reunions, receptions and weddings. His background includes
sales, marketing, event management, logistics and operations.
Prior to joining the Smith School, he served as the director of corporate and
community events for the University of Maryland Alumni Association. As director,
he was instrumental in the grand opening and day-to-day event operations of the
Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. His responsibilities included marketing, sales,
event management and staff supervision for more than 500 events annually.
Terrill is a graduate of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of
Business with an Executive MBA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management
and Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running, biking
and playing tennis.
Dakia Kelly Adams
Senior Event Manager
Dakia Kelly Adams is the Senior Event Manager with the Office of Smith
Programs and Events at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In her role, she
manages a portfolio of school wide events focused on career services events. In
addition, she assists in the development of marketing plans for events, venue
marketing for rentals at Smith campuses and other related marketing projects.
Dakia has over five years of experience in the industry – managing weddings,
conferences, meetings, and special events for social, corporate, non-profit, and
Prior to joining the Smith School, she served as the Assistant Director of
Events and Marketing for the University of Maryland Alumni Association. In this
position, she provided event planning services and managed event logistics for
over 100+ events a year at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Additionally, she
grew the event business through new marketing initiatives for wedding, special
event, non-profit, and campus clients. Dakia graduated magna cum laude from
Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, healthy eating, yoga, and
reading home design blogs and books.
Senior Event Manager
Lisa Manning is a Senior Event Manager with the Office of Smith Programs and
Events at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In her role, she manages a
portfolio of school wide events and conferences. In addition, she assists in the
development of marketing plans for events, venue marketing for rentals at Smith
campuses and other related marketing projects. Lisa has over fifteen years of
experience in the industry – managing conferences, meetings, and special events
for social, corporate, non-profit, pharmaceutical, and educational clients.
Prior to joining the Smith School, she managed her own event planning company
and served as Membership Manager for the International Leadership Association.
She provided meeting and event planning services for clients ranging from
pharmaceutical to non-profit to social. Lisa graduated from Howard University
with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading anything
and everything, and going to the movies with her husband.
Aubrey McLaughlin is an Event Manager for the Office of Special Programs and
Events assisting in the planning, logistics, and execution of over 200 events
annually within the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In this role, Aubrey
serves as the liaison for a multitude of departments and clients requesting
event, conference, and program services. She is responsible for administrative
support, room requests and reservations, attendee participation, client and
customer service, and the coordination and execution of day of event services.
Aubrey has over three years of industry experience managing weddings and
Prior to joining the UMD team, she served as a wedding coordinator for one of
the most respected and top ranked wedding companies in Pittsburgh. In this
position, Aubrey handled a variety of elaborate weddings of varying cultures,
guest counts, and budget needs. Her position involved logistic management,
budget forecasting, and vendor and client management. Additionally, her
experience also includes recruitment, sales, and account management. Aubrey
graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Communication and Rhetoric, with special concentrations in Business
Administration and Economics.
In her spare time, Aubrey enjoys spending time with family, playing lacrosse,
working out, and socializing with friends.
Lindsay Smith is an Event Manager for programs and special events hosted by
the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She provides support with event
scheduling and room reservations, event planning and logistics, on-site
management and event follow-up.
Prior to joining the Smith School, she served as a Catering Coordinator at
the Westin Hotel, located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, where she worked with
the Catering, Sales, and Banquets teams planning and executing both social and
corporate events. Lindsay has also worked as a Sales Associate with one of the
area’s top off-premise catering companies. While there, Lindsay was involved in
planning and designing a wide variety of events, including weddings, galas,
auctions, meetings and even a few inauguration events at popular venues around
the metro area.
Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, with a minor
in Business Administration, from East Carolina University in Greenville, North
Carolina. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and
friends, dabbling in graphic design, exercising, and cheering on her alma mater,
the ECU Pirates.