The Joel & Kim Feller Center for BSOS Academic Advising & Career Planning is pleased to host the BSOS Alumni Career Chat series. The Chats connect industry specific alumni/employers with BSOS majors over Zoom. Each Chat will last around 30-minutes and the format will be informal. Students will have the option to talk with professionals through the Zoom chat feature or unmute themselves to pose questions. 

Students who attend will, 

  • learn about a new career field;
  • make a new contact;
  • gain application tips for your industry of interest.

Hosted by the BSOS Career Planning team. Questions? Please email

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BSOS Career Chats Fall 2021 

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Spring 2021 Chats

Review notes for each chat in Careers4Terps, Resources > Industry & Event Notes

Dana Kuan, GEOG '98 | Platform Configuration Engineer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, February 10, 2021 |  Dana graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 1998 with a BS in Geography with a Specialization in GIS (then known as Cartography). After graduation, she began her career with the Department of Defense.  Later she earned her MS in Information Systems from American University in 2001.  Her current title is Platform Configuration Engineer where she is the Team Lead for the world's largest private ArcGIS Portal instance of any ESRI installation.  

Matt McShane, ECON '19 | Management Associate, M & T Bank, February 23, 2021 |  Matt graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2019 with a BA in Economics. After graduation, he began his career with M&T Bank down in the DC area and in the coming weeks will transition to the M&T branch in Adele Stamp Student Union. 

Federal Air Marshal, Department of Homeland Security, February 24, 2021 |  Our BSOS alum will discuss their career as a Federal Air Marshal with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Richard Whitley, GEOG '17 | Geospatial Analyst, Agile Group USA, February 24, 2021 |  Richard graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017 with a degree in Geographical Sciences and a minor in Remote Sensing.

Alexis Carpinteri, CCJS '93 | Special Agent, FBI, March 2, 2021 |  Alexis graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1993 with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After graduating, she earned her JD from Georgetown University as well as her master’s in forensic psychology from Nova Southeastern University. With her law background, she began interning with the FBI. As she learned more about the organization, Carpinteri said she fell even more in love with it. Learn more about Alexis on her BSOS Alumni Spotlight.

Lillia Damalouji, GVPT '18 | Contracts Lead, Naval Sea Systems Command   |   Lillia graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2018 with a BS in Government and Politics. After graduation, she began her career with the Naval Sea Systems Command in the Dept. of Navy. She currently supports the Hospital Ship and Submarine Tender Division as the Contracts Lead and a 3L evening student at George Mason Law.

Barbara Libbin, HESP '04 & '08 | Audiologist, Feldman Hearing Studios  |  Barbara graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2004 with a BA in Hearing and Speech Sciences and in 2008 with an Au.D., a doctorate of clinical audiology. She is currently an audiologist at Feldman ENT, where she has worked for the past 13 years.

Allison Temple, HESP '10 | Speech Language Pathologist, Virginia Hospital Center  |  Allison graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 with a degree in Hearing and Speech Science. After graduating she earned her MA in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Her career has focused on adult clients in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient. For the past 7 years Temple has practiced in the acute inpatient hospital setting with clinical interest in dysphagia. 

Rachel Moore Marks, GEOG '16 | Natural Resource Planner, Chesapeake and Coastal Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources | Rachel obtained a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a focus in Wildlife Ecology and Management from University of Maryland (UMD) in 2010.  She then received a Master's Certificate in Geospatial Information Science (GIS) and a Master's Degree in Physical Geography from the Department of Geographical Sciences in 2011 and 2016 respectively. Her educational and professional background has focused on a combination of GIS, remote sensing, wildlife and forest ecology, and ecological modeling. Since 2016, she has worked as a Natural Resource Planner with the Chesapeake and Coastal Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  She uses her specialization in ecology, geospatial analysis, and ecological modeling to create statewide spatial data, web maps, and interactive web-based decision support tools for use by state, federal, non-profit, and private conservation and restoration partners in natural resource management, project funding, and policy creation. 

Daniel Chen, SOCY '18 | Compliance Analyst, National Electrical Benefit Fund | Daniel graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018 with a degree in Sociology and minors in Business and Sustainability. He currently works as a Compliance Analyst at the National Electrical Benefit Fund. His past experiences include work in legal services, sociological research at UMD, and volunteering with the National Park Service.

Ghermay Araya, GEOG '94 | CEO, Senior Technology Consultant, New Light Technologies, Inc. | Ghermay obtained a BS in Physical Geography and Cartography in 1994 and is currently back at UMD working his way through a Master’s degree in GIS.  He is the founder and CEO of New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT). Ghermay has over 25 years of experience leading and implementing GIS and IT data and application development projects. He heads a dynamic team of professionals involved in the full-life-cycle of technology projects from big data analytics to public safety systems. He currently manages teams deployed across both private and public sector customers including at the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce and Eastern States as well as private companies in the Utilities, Civil Engineering, Emergency Management and Public Safety sectors.

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BSOS Career Chats Fall 2020 

Review notes for each chat in Careers4Terps, Resources > Industry & Event Notes

Christian is currently an Operations Analyst at Morgan Stanley. He previously studied and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2020 with a degree in Economics (BA). Christian works in Wealth Management and Private Banking Operations in Baltimore and has previous experiences in Property Management and in the Restaurant Industry. 

Maggie is currently a Manager at Chemonics International, recently promoted from her previous role as an Associate. Her previous experiences include serving as a Congressional Intern, an (amazing!) BSOS Peer Advisor, and a Research Assistant at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.

Nikkia graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2006 with a BA in Communication Studies. She graduated from Howard University School of Law in May 2009. She has been licensed to practice law in Virginia since 2009. She worked as an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges from 2009-2012 prior to joining the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Caroline is currently a GIS Analyst at Mead & Hunt, where her main job responsibilities are transportation planning and environmental permitting.  As a participant in the GEOG 5-Year Master's program, her graduate school experiences include Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Data Management Analyst, and Academic Advisor. Caroline's undergraduate experiences include BSOS Peer Advisor and Office of Sustainability intern. 

Kadeem Khan graduated from UMD in 2015 majoring in Govt and Politics. His first job was a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank in the Poverty and Equity Practice.

After his time at the WB, he earned a Masters in City Planning at MIT in 2019. His current role is an Associate Research Manager on Facebook's Data for Good team.

Erica is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at UMD. She has over two years of experience at Fannie Mae as a Quantitative Analyst and a Financial Engineer. As well as experience as a Research Assistant in the UMD Economics department as an undergraduate student. Other undergraduate experiences include an internship with NASA and the FDIC!  

Taylor Henderson, GVPT '18 | Law Student, Villanova Law 

July 2016, I began my internship as a Program Support Trainee with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Information and Technology Management. As a Program Support Trainee, my main responsibility was to coordinate language services requests for the division. Throughout my time with the Criminal Division, I had the opportunity to work on cybersecurity policies and serve on the selection committee for the new language services contract. Once I graduated, I transferred to the Environment and Natural Resources Division of DOJ, where I served as a legal assistant. My role was primarily administrative, however I gained firsthand experience in the life of an attorney.  A few months into my position, I decided that I wanted to attend law school and began to study for the LSAT. Currently, I am a student at Villanova Law. 

Morgan Williams, ECON '20 | Young Associate, OECD 

Morgan Williams graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2020 with a degree in Economics (BA). She now lives in Paris, France while working as a Young Associate at the OECD - OCDE in the Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs Directorate. Specifically, she supports economists on the Future of Work team as they identify policies that will make the labor market more inclusive for low- and middle-skilled workers in a dynamic global economy. At the University of Maryland, Morgan was involved in the FIRE Program, Federal Fellows Program, the BA/MPP Program, and was a teaching assistant for ECON305 and ECON 422. She had internships at IPSOS, The US Census Bureau, The Coalition on Human Needs, and on political campaigns. She hopes to share advice with students who are interested in pursuing a career in research but are unaware of what options there are.