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Meet Our Staff

Tawny L. McManus, Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services, Division of Academic Affairs

  • Director, Office of Student Disability Services (UMBC main & USG campuses)
  • Supervisor for Employee Accommodations
  • Consultant for Campus Accessibility Initiatives, specialized focus on digital accessibility
  • Disability Services Policy, Procedure, Training, Grievance and Budget management
  • Liaison to the UMBC University Committees, Provost’s Office, Academic Departments, Campus Offices/Programs, and the USM

Michael CanaleMichael Canale, Assistant Director

Office of Student Disability Services (SDS)

  • Manager of Accommodated Student Testing
  • Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) Services
  • Assistive Technology & IT Accessibility Liaison
  • Accessibility Specialist (specializing in sensory impairments)
410-455-6358 (Desk), 410-688-5088 (Text, Facetime for DHOH students)

Cassie Kilroy ThompsonCassie Kilroy Thompson, Disability Service Coordinator

  • Advising and Orientation support, resources, and referrals
  • Note-taking accommodation administration
  • Disability Services liaison to USG campus & DAPi Honor Society Advisor
  • Data Management
  • Cassie KT’s Virtual Office

Valerie Valentine imageValerie D. Valentine, Disability Specialist

  • Intake & Accommodation Specialist
  • Faculty, Residential Life, & Dining Services accommodation consultation

Laura HesseltonLaura Hesselton, Program Management Specialist

  • Reception desk management
  • Student accommodated testing coordination
  • Student employee and note-taker payroll support;

Stephanie LazarusStephanie Lazarus, Accessibility Manager and Campus ADA Coordinator

  • Faculty and staff (employee and visitor) accommodation requests
  • Campus accessibility
  • Facilities Management liaison
  • MDOD & Access Maryland liaison
  • DAPi Honor Society Co-Advisor

Joyce Trussell, Administrative Assistant II, SDS & ADS

  • Business operations and budget support
  • Financial transactions; contracts, purchasing, payments
  • Reception desk support



Monika Arumalla, Graduate Assistant

  • Note-taking administration support
  • Assistive Technology support
  • Data analysis and special project support


For general inquiry or accommodated testing questions
For note-taking inquiries