Meet Our Staff


Tawny L. McManus
Assistant Vice Provost for Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS)
Director, Office of Student Disability Services (SDS, UMBC main & USG campuses)


  • Administrator of UMBC Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS & SDS); oversight for employee accommodations and campus access concerns
  • Manages UMBC disability services’ operations, policies, procedures, training, grievance process, and financial management
  • Liaison to University Committees, the Provost’s Office, OEI, Academic Departments, Campus Offices/Programs, Faculty Senate, and the USM representing accessibility and disability
  • 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)



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


Cassie Kilroy ThompsonCassie Kilroy Thompson, Disability Service Coordinator, SDS
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


Valerie Valentine imageValerie D. Valentine, Disability Specialist, SDS



  • Intake & accommodation specialist
  • Faculty, Residential Life, & Dining Services accommodation consultation


Stephanie LazarusStephanie Lazarus, Accessibility Manager and Campus ADA Coordinator, ADS Office



  • 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
  • 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



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


Part-Time Staff

Monika Arumalla, Graduate Assistant, SDS



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


Consuela Lowery, Office Assistant, SDS



Hirak Ray, Graduate Assistant for Assistive Technology





Julie Rosenthal, Program Management Specialist, SDS/ADS

Email preferred for contact.


  • Website Management & Testing Administration
For general inquiry or accommodated testing questions
For note-taking inquiries 


Website updated September 2021