The Team

Christine L. Thompson, MBA '99, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Christine ThompsonChristine Thompson is an accomplished and dynamic leader in helping enterprise clients learn and adapt to a rapidly changing world. She operates at the intersection of innovation and effectiveness. She is passionate about convening and connecting organizations, teams, and talented people to spark new ideas and imagine the art of the possible. Her most notable experience is with such recognizable brands as IBM Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP along with three, established higher education institutions. She develops and leads action learning to enterprise clients, manages strategic business development initiatives, delivers operational excellence and is experienced in managing a national sales operations team. Her strong expertise in executive and professional development program design impacted clients such as Lockheed Martin, Under Armour, Customs and Border Protection, Northrop Grumman, NIH and the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation.

Thompson currently serves as the executive director of the Office of Executive Education. Prior to this, she served as the executive director of Columbia College’s Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence and as a senior lecturer in leadership. She was a member of the president’s leadership team and oversaw the institute’s five centers including the Center for Leadership and the McNair Center for Entrepreneurism. Prior to this role, her prominent work was with the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and with the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She directed the activities of graduate degree programs for professional and full-time students, led the career and professional development center and was a member of the school’s curricular design team, supporting a full-scale program enhancement to an internationally ranked international MBA program.

Thompson graduated cum laude with a BA degree in economics and business administration from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a doctorate in higher education management from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

In her personal life, Thompson is the proud mother of four, an avid baseball fan, enjoys playing tennis and taking long walks with her husband, and is a living kidney donor.

Kianna Boatswain, MBA '17
Associate Director

Kianna BoatswainKianna Boatswain is an associate director within the Office of Executive Education where she oversees all program operations. She received her BA in international relations & Chinese from Miami University, OH, and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. Prior to her current role, she oversaw the executive MBA program in Beijing and managed a mixed portfolio of both domestic and international custom programs. Her portfolio included programs with CSX Transportation, Lockheed Martin, PwC and T. Rowe Price.

Caela Rios, MS
Assistant Director

Caela RiosCaela Rios is an assistant director within the Office of Executive Education where she focuses on program design, outreach and building client relationships. She received her BA in communications with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After trading in the beaches of California for the Chesapeake, Rios earned her MS in international enterprise management from the University of Maryland, University College. In her spare time, Rios likes to spend time with family and friends, cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles (Go Birds!) and venture home to sunny San Diego.

Katherine Coleman
Program Manager

Katherine ColemanKatherine Coleman is a program manager within the Office of Executive Education. Since 2015, Coleman has managed a diverse portfolio of executive programs, including the executive MBA program in Beijing, custom private-sector programs and an award-winning leadership development program in the federal government space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology and physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration. Coleman holds a strong sense of social responsibility and is committed to creating a positive impact in the lives of others. She is passionate about serving a greater purpose, fostering long-lasting relationships, spreading kindness, and encouraging others.