Staff Biographies

Santo Stephens, Faculty Director

Santo StephensSanto Stephens will serve as the 2018 Faculty Director for the Smith Sports and Entertainment Business Program.

He is the President and Founder of Life’s Work LLC. Santo is a certified Life Coach and Professional Development Trainer. Life’s Work conducts seminars in Management, Sales, Marketing and Leadership Development to corporations and young adults throughout the country. Mr. Stephens has also embarked on a new partnership with National Scouting Report as the Director of College Scouting for South Georgia.

Santo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Temple University and has completed post-graduate studies in Education. Selected by the Kansas City Chiefs a free agent in 1992, Santo went on to play five years in the National Football League, joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 1994 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 where he holds the distinction of making the first tackle in franchise history. During his years in the NFL, Santo recognized his passion and gift for speaking and connecting with people on a personal level. Santo demonstrated his leadership and commitment to the community by serving as National Speaker for both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.

Ericka Boston, Faculty Associate Director

Ericka BostonSpurred by a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and entertainment, Ericka Boston joins the Smith Sports and Entertainment Business Program as the Faculty Associate Director.

Boston spent more than a decade as a multiplatform journalist, specializing in entertainment and lifestyle content for an audience of more than 1 million. 

As a leader in her newsroom, Boston received a Knight Digital Media Center News Entrepreneur fellowship and launched a digital media company before finding her way back to film, a passion she first discovered in college.

Boston directs and produces independent films and teaches classic and 360-degree VR filmmaking for a youth-focused nonprofit.

Boston earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a graduate certificate in multimedia journalism, both from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She resides in the Washington, DC, area and is on the board of Women in Film and Video.

Ebony Fullwood, Administrative Director

Ebony FullwoodEbony 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 college basketball games.