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 role USG's Board of Advisors members is to:

  • Provide advice and support to the Executive Director.
  • Offer guidance on strategic development and implementation in the following areas: program identification, advocacy, fund-raising, cooperation and partnership building, marketing and promotion, financial and facilities planning, and evaluation and assessment.
  • Demonstrate their commitment to access in higher education for all students, in accordance with the Board of Advisors' Statement on Commitment to Equity.

The Board of Advisors and the Executive Committee hold several meetings throughout the year which are open to the public for viewing. Topics of discussion are typically posted a few days prior to the scheduled meeting dates. The public may access the meetings for the 2021-2022 session here.



Ms. Shirley Brandman, Chair

Executive Committee Member
Education Advocate

Kevin Beverly Mr. Kevin Beverly, Vice-Chair
Executive Committee Member
Former CEO
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.
Mike Knapp

The Honorable Michael Knapp, Vice-Chair
Executive Committee Member
Co-Founder & CEO

Roya Ms. Roya Mohadjer, Vice Chair
Executive Committee Member
Director, Business Development 
Battelle Memorial Institute 


Charles Barnett

Dr. Charles Barnett
Senior Vice President, Engineering

Hughes Network Systems


Joann Boughman

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


Michael Britnall

Dr. Michael Brintnall

Executive Committee Member
Montgomery College Board of Trustees

Andy Burness

Mr. Andy Burness

Executive Committee Member


Daniel Cochran

Mr. Daniel Cochran

Executive Committee Member

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center



Ms. Belinda Coleman, Emeritus
Executive Committee Member
The Coleman Group, Inc.

Marc Elrich

The Honorable Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Executive


Ms. Ellen Herbst, ex-officio
Executive Committee Member
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
University System of Maryland


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

Steve Hull Mr. Steve Hull
Executive Committee Member
Editor-in-Chief & Publisher
Bethesda Magazine
Bernadette Ms. Bernadette Johnson-Williams, Liaison
Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
*Ms. Johnson-Williams is serving in her personal capacity.
Anne Kaiser

The Honorable Anne Kaiser


Maryland General Assembly

Anne Khademian Dr. Anne Khademian, ex-officio
Executive Committee Member
Executive Director
Universities at Shady Grove

Nancy King

The Honorable Nancy King
Maryland General Assembly


Nancy Kopp

The Honorable Nancy K. Kopp, Emeritus 
Maryland State Treasurer

Ike Leggett

The Honorable Isiah "Ike" Leggett

Executive Committee Member
Board of Regents

University System of Maryland

Eric Lin

Dr. Eric Lin, Liaison

Executive Committee Member
Director, Material Measurement Laboratory

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Donald C. Lo

Dr. Donald C. Lo

Director, Division of Preclinical Innovation


Monifa McKnight

Dr. Monifa McKnight

Executive Committee Member
Interim Superintendent of Schools

Mongomery County Public Schools


Mr. Michael Priddy 

Executive Committee Member
CEO & Founder

Intervise, Inc.

Jorge Restrepo

Mr. Jorge Restrepo

CEO & Founder




The Honorable Craig Rice
Montgomery County Council

Dusty Rood

Mr. Dusty Rood

Executive Committee Member
President and CEO

Rodgers Consulting, Inc.

Marty Rosendale

Mr. Martin Rosendale


Maryland Tech Council

Debbie Spielberg

Ms. Debbie Spielberg

Special Assistant to the County Executive

Montgomery County Government

Paul Tchorni

Mr. Paul Tchorni

Vice President, Human Resources Operations

Marriott International



Mr. Larry Walker
Executive Committee Member
The Walker Group



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

Ben Wu

Mr. Benjamin ("Ben") Wu

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Bob Mr. Robert Youngentob
Executive Committee Member
President & Chief Creative Officer
Fatima Zuhal Qasimi

Ms. Fatima Zuhal Qasimi

Undergraduate Student Representative

President, USG Student Council

Biological Sciences Program - University of Maryland, College Park

Francisco Cartagena Bracamonte

Mr. Francisco Cartagena Bracamonte

Graduate Student Representative

USG Graduate Student Association

Cybersecurity Master's Program - UMBC