Meet the Undergraduate Program Staff
Victor Mullins - Victor Mullins heads the Undergraduate Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and he has served in this position since July 2012. Prior to arriving at the Smith School, Victor served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for nine years. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration at New York University (NYU); and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Administration at NYU. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree at NYU, he began his higher education career. During his 11-year tenure at NYU, he served in several positions, including Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Affairs at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. With over 20 years of experience, Victor has been committed to the admission, retention, placement, and graduation of students. He is passionate about student development and enjoys working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporate partners in building a strong student-centered community. Victor is married to Nancy Glover Mullins and has two kids – Justin and Audrey.
Brian Horick - Brian is the Assistant Dean and an academic advisor at the Smith School. He has served full-time in an academic advising/administrative capacity at the Smith School of Business since 1993. He has a B.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at UM, Brian worked as an accountant for several years. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, gardening, fishing and spending time with his wife and three children.
Evan Riddle - Evan is the Director and an Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Program at the Smith School. Originally from Ohio, Evan came to the University of Maryland in 2006 after earning his M.A. in College Student Personnel and B.S. in Social Work from Bowling Green State University. In addition to advising, Evan also serves as an instructor for a course for external transfer students and helps coordinate commencement ceremonies for the Smith School. Evan resides in Howard County and enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons while away from the office.
Luke Glasgow - Luke is Director at the Shady Grove campus where he manages the undergraduate program office, assists with academic advising, and oversees the Robert H. Smith School of Business undergraduate programs. Prior to joining the Smith School in 2000, Luke worked for University of Maryland’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Luke has spent his entire career in higher education and student services. He received an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. degree from the University of Baltimore. While away from the office, Luke enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, family and friends. He is proud of his Scottish heritage and attends Scottish festivals in the US and abroad. Luke enjoys swimming, traveling, and watching and cheering for the Terps.
Assistant Directors & Academic Advisors
Melanie Ashton - Melanie is an Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Program. Melanie is a Maryland native, growing up in nearby Montgomery County. A “Terp for life” she holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her tenure with the Smith School of Business, she has worked with the domestic and global EMBA programs and served as the Student Affairs Coordinator for the QUEST Honors Program. She has interests in student leadership development and mentorship. In QUEST, she instructed the Team Management and Mentorship Practicum. In her current role, Melanie serves as the advisor of the Smith Business Analytics Minor and has coordinated several events for various Smith undergraduate diversity initiatives.
Derek Bowe, Jr. - Derek is an Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Program at the Smith School. He is a proud native of Huntsville, AL, where he graduated with a BA in English from Oakwood University in 2011. During his time at Oakwood, Derek was heavily involved on campus, working as an orientation leader for 3 years and serving as Editor of Oakwood’s student newspaper, The Spreading Oak, during his senior year. From there, Derek attended the University of West Georgia, graduating with an M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs concentration) in 2014. Before starting at the Smith School in 2018, Derek worked at the University of Georgia as a Residence Hall Director and California State University, Fullerton as a Coordinator of Student Conduct. He values advocating for students, helping them discover and strategize how to become the best version of themselves, and enhancing their overall learning and development. When not working, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, exploring, reading, photography, traveling, watching and playing a variety of sports, and tapping into his inner interior designer by watching HGTV.
Ebony Fullwood - Ebony relocated to Maryland in the fall of 2002 from Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. Before joining the staff at The University of Maryland at College Park, Ebony was an Academic Advisor at University of Maryland University College for three years, and for 4 years prior to that, she worked at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in various student services positions. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and watching American Idol and college basketball games.
Kristin LaRiviere - Kristin is an Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Program. Kristin has come to Maryland from Newport News, Virginia, but grew up in places such as California, Maine, and North Dakota. She earned her master's degree in Higher Education Administration here at the University of Maryland and she received her B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University, where she was involved in a myriad of activities, including the Campus Activities Board, the President’s Leadership Program, Peer Advising, and a semester-long study abroad trip to Prague, Czech Republic. During her senior year, Kristin realized her passion for helping students have the best collegiate experience possible, leading her to Maryland to earn her Master’s degree in Higher Education. In the Undergraduate Studies Office, Kristin serves as a Co-Coordinator for Fellows Programs, working to create exciting co-curricular opportunities for our Smith Fellows. In her free time, Kristin enjoys reading, running, drinking coffee, and making random road trips to Newport News and Virginia Beach.
Amy Merritt - Amy is an Academic Advisor for the Undergraduate Studies Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master’s Degree at Wake Forest University, also in English. While pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, she served as an academic advisor for the Department of English, focusing on the mentorship of student groups, major recruitment initiatives, and researching the department’s online teaching efforts. During her time as a graduate assistant, she discovered her passion for working with students in a one-on-one setting and decided to take a full-time advising position in the Smith School in 2015. In addition to her advising duties, Amy serves as the Administrative Director for one of the Smith School’s high school summer programs, Women Investing in Learning Leadership. In her free time, Amy enjoys cycling, keeping up with DC’s latest restaurant openings, and obsessing over Game of Thrones.
Gabriele Salinas - Gabriele earned a B.A. in Political Science/German from the University of Western Illinois, and an M.A. degree in Admin. Management: Public Administration from Bowie State University (overseas program). Gabriele is what is commonly referred to as an “Army brat” which means she grew up moving quite a bit as determined by her father’s duty assignments. Today that would probably translate into the term “global nomad”. During that time she grew up mostly in Europe (Germany and Belgium) and spent a few years in Virginia and Arizona. As an adult, she had a short stint in south Texas before returning to Germany. She has spent the last 9 years as an undergraduate Academic Advisor for University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. During off-duty hours, Gabriele’s emphasis is on her son and family. She is a people person, loves animals and children and enjoys vacation travel (to date mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean). She is an avid reader (both in English and in German) and enjoys swimming, touring historic sites, nature walks, international cuisine, baking cookies and occasionally indulges in really good chocolate, latte macchiato, seafood and the odd crafts project.
Tori Shay - Tori is an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Tori is a proud alum of the University of Maryland and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science in 2013. During her undergraduate years, Tori was an Orientation Advisor, participated on the 2013 Class Council, served as a Teaching Assistant for UNIV100, and held numerous leadership positions for her sorority, Delta Gamma. Originally from Long Island, New York, Tori loves the beach, summertime, and cheering on her New York sports teams. She is a proud House Director and Faculty Advisor for Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and also serves on the Delta Gamma Fraternity House Corporation Board as their President.
Jeanette Snider - Jeanette Snider is Associate Director in the Undergraduate Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and has served in this capacity since May 2011. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia. In 2008, Jeanette graduated from the College of William and Mary. She earned her master's in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011. Jeanette is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Maryland. Jeanette has a passion for working with students and helping them reach their full potential at all levels of their educational journey. This is reflected in the programs, initiatives, publications and consulting experiences she has led or participated in while at the University. Currently, Jeanette serves as Director of the Robert H. Smith School’s high school summer programs. Jeanette is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).
Claudia Donnelly - is a Program Manager for the Undergraduate Program and for the College Park Scholars’ Business, Society and the Economy (BSE) program. In both positions, her goal is to increase student engagement by managing academic and community programming. In BSE, which is a living-learning, by invitation-only program, Claudia helps the 150+ students adapt to college life as freshmen and helps them navigate through their sophomore years. Prior to joining the Undergraduate Program Office, Claudia worked for many years with Smith’s Office of Global Initiatives, developing and promoting study abroad experiences and on-campus global learning. She has accompanied students on global study programs to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore/Malaysia, Australia, France/Netherlands and Israel and enjoys personal travel with her family. Claudia earned a Master's in Sports Administration from Ohio University and an undergraduate degree in Communication from Rutgers University. She is a first-generation American and recognizes the unique challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that go along with this.
Lindsay Cabrera - Lindsay is a Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. She is a University of Maryland graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Culture and Literature as well as Foreign Language Education. During her undergraduate years, she served UMD as a Resident Assistant in Ellicott Hall and as an Office Assistant in Human Resources for Resident Life. After applying her degree to teach high school Spanish, she is excited to return to the UMD community in an administrative capacity. She is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys many elements of Latino culture, having traveled to the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Guatemala. She enjoys painting, salsa dancing and CrossFit.
Aki Noguchi Giron - Aki is an alumnus of the Smith School of Business, having earned a double degree in Accounting and Marketing. Prior to graduation, she worked in the office of Undergraduate Studies at College Park; then, after completing her studies, she took a position as an Academic Advisor at the Shady Grove campus. After taking a few years to hone her accounting and administrative skills in the private sector, she returned to the University of Maryland to serve as an Academic and Administrative Operations Coordinator for the Smith School at Shady Grove. When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending concerts and sporting events, traveling, cooking, eating, photography, running, biking and dancing.
Joanie Garcia, Smith Start
Joanie is the Graduate Assistant for Smith Start. Originally from the great state of Ohio, Joanie relocated to Maryland to pursue her Master's at UMD in Student Affairs after receiving her Bachelor's degree in Leadership in Higher Education at The Ohio State University in May 2017. Joanie has a passion for helping students transition, thrive, and persist in college--as reflected in her previous experiences and work at the Smith School of Business. Joanie is a proud Cleveland sports fan, self-proclaimed Bachelor/ette guru, and enjoys traveling the country to run half-marathons and marathons.
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Nicole Haggerty, Admissions
Nicole is a Graduate Assistant for Admissions Education. She is a lifelong Maryland resident and an alum of the University of Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with a minor in Global Poverty in May 2017. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a Resident Assistant in La Plata Hall and held several leadership positions for Beta Psi Omega, a professional biology fraternity. She is now pursuing her Master’s of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her friends, family and dog.
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Nemeka Mason, Smith Minors
Nemeka Mason serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Smith Minors Program. Originally from the Caribbean island of Antigua, she completed her Associate degree in Business Administration with distinction from the Antigua State College and transferred to the U.S. to further her post-secondary education. She earned her B.Sc. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and her MBA in International Business and Finance from the University of Baltimore. During her pursuit of her MBA, she served as the Freshman & Transfer Life Coordinator and Academic Advisor where she realized her passion for seeing underrepresented students excel. That work fueled her desire to pursue and obtain her Master of Education in Minority and Urban Education as a part-time student at the University of Maryland while working full-time in Baltimore City as the director of a five-year $1.25 million federal grant funded by the Department of Education. She has returned to the University of Maryland and is pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education where she hopes to be able to assist and support students to realize their dreams.
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Sabrina Callan, Undergraduate Program Office Front Desk
Sabrina is a Front Desk Coordinator for the Smith Undergraduate Program Office. She is also a doctoral student in the School Psychology program, a mental health specialty that helps students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Prior to attending UMD, she grew up in Northern Virginia and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. When she's not studying and conducting research, Sabrina enjoys exploring the restaurants and attractions in DC and visiting her family in Virginia.
Eshan Mulay, Records
Eshan is one of the two graduate assistants responsible for creating and maintaining student records and assisting the academic advisors. He has completed his bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering from Mumbai, India and is now pursuing his master's in Telecommunication at UMD. He found his passion for Wireless RF Engineering while working as a telecommunications engineer at Reliance Jio (a telecom service provider in India). After working for almost four years, Eshan is excited and thrilled to lead the life of a college student again. Outside of work, you will find Eshan watching tennis (he is a big fan of Rafael Nadal), attending music concerts, going on adventure trips, re-watching random episodes of FRIENDS and discussing how awesome Game of Thrones is.
Nicole Winfree, Undergraduate Program Office Front Desk
Nicole is one of the Front Desk Graduate Assistants for the Smith Undergraduate Program. Originally from Alexandria, VA, Nicole received her B.A. in Politics from the University of Virginia in 2015, where she was a member of many cultural organizations and worked as an Orientation Leader as well as a University Guide. After graduation, she spent two years working in schools in Massachusetts and Virginia, which helped her realize her passion for working in schools with students. She is now pursuing her Master's degree in School Counseling at UMD. In her free time, Nicole likes watching movies and tv shows, spending time with her family and friends, and eating various foods.
Prachi Somkuwar, Records
Prachi is one of the two graduate assistants responsible for creating and maintaining student records and assisting the academic advisors. She has completed her bachelor's in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from India and is now pursuing her master's in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Maryland. Having worked as a Network Engineer for a multinational company in India, she is now pursuing her interests in wireless technologies to explore a new side in telecommunications. Wireless technology is her new found passion and she enjoys attending various conferences and getting to know people of the same interest. Personally, her family stands as the most important part in her life and she loves to spend time with them. She constantly tries to strike a correct balance between personal and professional life. When not working or studying, you might see her watching psychological thrillers on Netflix, dancing on Bollywood/Indian songs, exploring new places, having a great time with friends and she loves any food which has chicken in it. Mocha is what she needs to start her day!