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)

tmcmanus@umbc.edu
410-455-2459

 

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

 

Michael Canale

Michael Canale, Assistant Director, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)

canale@umbc.edu
410-455-6358 (Desk)
410-688-5088 (Text, Facetime for DHOH students)

 

 

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

 

Cassie Kilroy ThompsonCassie Kilroy Thompson, Disability Service Coordinator, SDS

mthomps2@umbc.edu
410-455-3248
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

 

Valerie Valentine imageValerie D. Valentine, Disability Specialist, SDS

valerie@umbc.edu
410-455-8496

 

 

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

 

Stephanie LazarusStephanie Lazarus, Accessibility Manager & Campus ADA Coordinator, Accessibility & Disability Services Office

slazar@umbc.edu
accessibility.umbc.edu
410-455-5745

 

  • Faculty and staff (employee and visitor) accommodation requests
  • Campus accessibility manager for initiatives, partnerships, training, access concerns, and resource referrals
  • Facilities Management, Environmental Safety & Health, Human Resources, and University committee liaison for accessibility 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 (*on temporary leave, contact the front desk for testing support questions)

lahessel@umbc.edu
disAbility@umbc.edu
410-455-2459

 

  • Reception desk management
  • Student worker supervisor
  • Coordinator for accommodated testing
  • Student employee and note-taker payroll support

 

 

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

eminnigh@umbc.edu
410-455-3485

 

  • Administrative support to ADS & SDS staff
  • Responsible for all office business services and financial operations
 

Part-Time Staff

Photo Coming – Asha Kumar, Graduate Assistant, akumar8@umbc.edu, 410-455-2459

  • Accommodated testing and assistive technology support

 

Consuela Lowery, Office Assistant, SDS

clowery@umbc.edu
410-455-8455

 

  • Accommodated testing & reception desk support

 

Hirak Ray, Graduate Assistant for Assistive Technology

hirakr1@umbc.edu

Email preferred for contact.

 

 

  • Assistive Technology and accessible document support
  • Data analysis and special project support

 

Julie Rosenthal, Program Management Specialist, SDS

julier@umbc.edu

Email preferred for contact.

 

  • Website Management
  • Accommodated testing & reception desk support

 

Photo Coming – Liz Thompson, Office Assistant, db47654@umbc.edu, 410-455-2459

  • Front desk reception and disability services office support

 

For general inquiry or accommodated testing questions
disAbility@umbc.edu
For note-taking inquiries
sdsnotetaking@umbc.edu[Contacts updated January 2022]