The Board of Advisors is a formally constituted body established under the auspices of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Its principal responsibility is to represent broad community interests and to ensure that student, business, local and state government, and higher education needs are addressed in the development of the Universities at Shady Grove.  Within this framework the Board of Advisors provides:

  1. Advice and support to the Executive Director
  2. Guidance on strategic development and implementation that includes the following areas: program identification, advocacy, fund-raising, cooperation and partnership building, marketing and promotion, financial and facilities planning, and evaluation and assessment.



The Honorable Michael Knapp, Chair
Co-Founder & CEO


Mr. John Sackett, Vice-Chair
COO Adventist HealthCare
President, Shady Grove Medical Center


Mr. Steve Hull, Vice-Chair
Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
Bethesda Magazine



Mr. Daniel Abdun-Nabi
President & CEO
Emergent BioSolutions


The Honorable Charles Barkley
Maryland General Assembly


Mr. Kevin Beverly
President & CEO
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.


Dr. Joann Boughman, ex-officio
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs
University System of Maryland


Ms. Shirley Brandman 
Education Advocate 


Mr. Jay Clarke
Senior VP, Supply Chain Operations
Total Wine & More


Ms. Belinda Coleman
The Coleman Group, Inc.


Dr. Stewart Edelstein, ex-officio
Executive Director
Universities at Shady Grove


Mr. Charles Hess
Principle Owner & CEO
Hess Construction and Engineering Services


The Honorable Patrick (“P.J.”) Hogan
Vice President
Cornerstone Government Affairs


Ms. Tami Howie

Chief Executive Officer

Maryland Tech Council


Ms. Carmen Kaarid 
Student Representative
President, USG Student Council


Mr. Clifford M. Kendall
Former Chair, USM Board of Regents
Chairman, VSE Corporation


Mr. John D. Kenyon
Retired Senior Vice President, Engineering Staff
Hughes Network Systems


The Honorable Nancy King
Maryland General Assembly


The Honorable Nancy K. Kopp, Emeritis 
Maryland State Treasurer


Ms. Nichole Land, Alumni Rep.
Health Sciences Institute 
Montgomery College


The Honorable Ike Leggett
Montgomery County Executive


The Honorable Aruna Miller
Maryland General Assembly


Ms. Roya Mohadjer
Business Development/Health Group



Ms. Joy Nurmi
Special Assistant to the County Executive
Montgomery County Government


Mr. David Petr
Chief Executive Officer
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation


Dr. DeRionne Pollard
Montgomery College


Mr. Louis Pope
USM Board of Regents
President & Owner
Century 21 Trademark Realty, Inc.


The Honorable Craig Rice
Montgomery County Council


Dr. Mary Satterfield, Liaison
Chief of Staff, Material Measurment Lab
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Dr. Sam Shekar
Chief Medical Officer
Northrop Grumman
Health Systems Technology


Dr. Jack Smith
Montgomery County Public Schools


Mr. John Trainer
Vice President 

Partnering and Strategy MedImmune 


Mr. Joseph Vivona, ex-officio
Chief Operating Officer/Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance
University System of Maryland


Mr. Larry Walker
The Walker Group


Ms. Bernadette Johnson-Williams, Liason

Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager

U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Ms. Teresa Wright, Emeritus
Parent Resource Teacher - ESOL Hispanic Alliance
Montgomery County Public Schools


Mr. Robert Youngentob
President and Chief Creative Officer