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Professional Staff


Brittini Brown, Ph.D. (Acting Director)

Dr. Brittini Brown is the Acting Director for Off-Campus Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at UMBC. Prior to coming to UMBC, she served as the Coordinator for Strategic Planning, Partnership, and Development for Mentoring@Purdue, an initiative aimed at enhancing mentoring relationships between faculty, and women and underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM-based agricultural and life science graduate degrees. Brittini is a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she received her B.S. in Regulatory Science. She also holds a M.S. in Industrial and Agricultural Technology from Iowa State University. Dr. Brown received her doctoral degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education (YDAE) from Purdue University. Brittini’s research interests include the human capacity development of women and URMs in STEM, identity development, mentoring, and student affairs assessment. Dr. Brown also serves as the Director for Assessment, Research, and Strategic Priorities in the Division of Student Affairs at UMBC.

Emily Moroney Emily Moroney, M.S.Ed. (Assistant Director)

Emily has been at UMBC since July 2013, and serves as the Assistant Director in Off-Campus Student Services. A Cincinnati native, Emily graduated from Wilmington College, Ohio, with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Theatre. She received her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton. Prior to her arrival at UMBC, Emily worked in New Student Programs at the University of Dayton, and as a First Year Adviser at Miami University. Emily is passionate about working with students throughout the various stages of their collegiate journeys, as they explore and embrace endless opportunities here at UMBC and beyond.

staff_dholakia Paulomi Dholakia, (Coordinator for Transfer Student Success)

Paulomi joined the OCSS staff in January 2016 as Coordinator for Transfer Student Success. Born and raised near Baltimore, Paulomi graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors degrees in Biology. In 2014, she received her Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biodefense. Although coming from a science background, Paulomi found her passion in Student Affairs and began her journey as a Program Management Specialist in Campus Life at Towson University. Now at UMBC, Paulomi is dedicated to helping transfer students acclimate to the campus, find their passion, and succeed in their chosen fields.

Katie Weir, M.Ed. (Coordinator for Commuter Engagement)

Katie has been at UMBC since June of 2016 serving as the Coordinator for Commuter Engagement in Off-Campus Student Services.  A Maryland native, Katie graduated from Frostburg State University with bachelor’s degrees in history and political science.  She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.  A former commuter student herself, Katie is excited to support UMBC commuter students as they create their own college experiences.

Donnell James Donnell James, (Administrative Assistant II)

Don has worked at UMBC since 2010. He assists with supervising Commuter Assistants and Graduate Assistants. In addition to his general administrative duties, Don also manages Off-Campus Housing operations and the MTA All Access Pass Program here at OCSS. Prior to working at UMBC, Don worked at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing as an Undergraduate/Graduate Academic Program Coordinator in The Acute and Chronic Care Department.

Donovan Garrett, (Veteran Services Student Assistant)

Donovan joined the OCSS team as an undergraduate assistant in the late fall of 2016.  He is currently a U.S. Air Force Reservist after honorably serving six years of active military duty starting in the summer of 2010.  Donovan is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Technology Administration, while also sharpening his language skills in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.  He is passionate about the veterans here at UMBC, committed to ensuring the best transition and success of both veterans and their families as they progress in their academic career.

Joe Vanderplas (Graduate Assistant for Programming & Outreach) 

Joe serves as the Graduate Assistant for Programming & Outreach for OCSS. He is finished his undergraduate degree at UMBC after playing several years on the UMBC baseball team. Joe is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Cybersecurity at UMBC.