The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is dedicated to creating outstanding career opportunities for students while providing regional employers with a highly educated and skilled workforce. We'd like you to meet nine graduates, one from each partner institution at USG, who are working in the region in their chosen career field.


Dollye McClain '16

Bowie State University
Ed.D in Education
Assistant Principal, MCPS (Paint Branch High School)
Fun/interesting fact: I delivered a baby while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.
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Rivka Alvial '13

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Hotel and Restaurant Management
Market Supervisor, Centrolina
Fun/interesting fact: Although I'm mildly allergic to eggplants, I power through the itch because I'm crazy about the taste!
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Ernest Agyekum '10

Salisbury University
Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Care Practitioner, Holy Cross Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Fun/interesting fact: I am a father of five daughters.
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Roy Gordon'09

University of Maryland University College
Business
IT Program Manager, United States Postal Service
Fun/interesting fact: I am a co-inventor of a number of patents that contribute to ways postal customers can purchase, print and use PC postageTM.
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Brian Doyle '09

University of Baltimore
Simulation and Digital Entertainment
Education Team Manager, Planet3
Fun/interesting fact: I've recently completed my pilot's license.
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April Asare UMBC '08 & UMB '10

UMBC & UMB
Social Work
DDA Waiver and Self-Direction Specialist, MMARS, Inc. 
Fun/interesting fact: People fascinate me — the differences, similarities cultures and diversity.
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Itamar Simhon '08

University of Maryland
School of Nursing
Clinical Nurse Manager, Healogics, Inc. 
Fun/interesting fact: I train and compete in Brazlian Jui-Jitsu. I also enjoy surfing, skiing and skateboarding.
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Valerie Bartel '07 & '10

Towson University
Elementary Education/Special Education
Special Educator, Montgomery County Public Schools
Fun/interesting fact: I have two young children and play volleyball.
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Mario Sanchez '03

University of Maryland, College Park
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Owner/Managing Partner, Realtox Labs
Fun/interesting fact: I didn't walk at my high school graduation, and needed summer school to graduate.
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