Meet Our Staff

Tawny L. McManus
Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS)

Director, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS, UMBC main & UMBC-USG campuses)

  • Administrator for Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS & SDS offices); oversight for employee accommodations and campus access concerns
  • Director of UMBC disability services’ operations, policies, procedures, training, grievance process, and fiscal operations/financial management
  • Liaison to University Committees, the Provost’s Office, OEI, HR, Academic & Campus Life Departments, Faculty Senate, General Counsel, Library, IT and the USM representing disability voices and accessibility awareness
  • MD AHEAD liaison (former executive board member)


Michael Canale

Michael Canale
Assistant Director, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)
410-455-6358 (Desk)
410-688-5088 (Text, Facetime for DHOH students)


  • Coordinator, Deaf and hard of hearing (DHOH) services and interpreter supervisor
  • Assistive technology, IT accessibility, and Faculty liaison
  • Accessibility specialist (specializing in sensory impairments)
  • Assists Director in student grievance resolution
  • Co-Manager of Accommodated testing administration for SDS students
  • Inclusion council representative


Cassie Kilroy Thompson

Cassie Kilroy Thompson
Assistant Director, SDS Operations
Cassie KT’s Virtual Office

  • Advising and orientation support, resources, and referrals
  • Note-taking accommodation administration
  • Disability services liaison to USG campus, the Academic Success Center (ASC), & DAPi Honor Society Co-Advisor
  • Disability services data management and Accommodate software administrator
  • Co-Manager of Accommodated testing administration
  • Student worker supervision


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Valerie D. Valentine
Disability Specialist, SDS

  • Intake & accommodation specialist
  • Faculty, Residential Life, Counseling/Health, & Dining Services accommodation consultations



Stephanie Lazarus

Stephanie Lazarus
Accessibility Manager & Campus ADA Coordinator, ADS

  • Faculty and staff (employee and visitor) accommodation requests
  • Campus accessibility manager for initiatives, partnerships, training, access concerns, and resource referrals
  • Liaison to Facilities Management, Environmental Safety & Health, Human Resources, Office of Institutional Advancement, and University committees for accessibility and inclusion initiatives campus-wide
  • Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Access Maryland, and State ADA Coordinators liaison
  • DAPi Honor Society Co-Advisor


Laura Hesselton

Laura Hesselton
Program Management Specialist, SDS testing (*on temporary leave)


Erin Minnigh
Administrative Assistant II/Office Manager, ADS & SDS

  • Administrative support to ADS & SDS staff. Departmental operations contact.
  • Responsible for all office business services, financial, and payroll operations.


Carol Evans
Program Management Specialist

  • Administrative support for front desk reception accommodated testing management, disability documentation/data support, and appointment scheduling
  • Student worker management (office assistant and test proctor hiring, training, and supervision)

Part-Time Staff

Asha Kumar
Graduate Assistant

  • Accommodated testing, notetaking, and assistive technology support


Hirak Ray
Graduate Assistant, Assistive Technology support

  • Assistive Technology and accessible course materials support
  • Data analysis and special project support


Julie Rosenthal
Program Management Specialist, SDS

  • Website and Social Media Management
  • Testing & reception desk support


Liz Thompson
Office Assistant OR

  • Front desk, reception, testing, and disability services operations support

General inquiry or accommodated testing questions:

Note-taking inquiries: (also see SDS notetaking webpage for questions)