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
  • 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)
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
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



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


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


  • 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


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

Part-Time Staff

Photo Coming – Asha Kumar, Graduate Assistant,, 410-455-2459

  • Accommodated testing and assistive technology support


Consuela Lowery, Office Assistant, SDS


  • Accommodated testing & reception desk support


Hirak Ray, Graduate Assistant for Assistive Technology

Email preferred for contact.



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


Julie Rosenthal, Program Management Specialist, SDS

Email preferred for contact.


  • Website Management
  • Accommodated testing & reception desk support


Photo Coming – Liz Thompson, Office Assistant,, 410-455-2459

  • Front desk reception and disability services office support


For general inquiry or accommodated testing questions
For note-taking inquiries[Contacts updated January 2022]