Mary Anne Akers
Dean and Professor, Morgan State University
Mary Anne Alabanza Akers has had extensive experience in higher education since 1979. She has conducted research on design creativity, learning styles, and student/community engagement, and has built a portfolio of projects that demonstrates her knowledge of multi-dimensional and mixed research methods and techniques. As an applied researcher, Akers has promoted trans-disciplinary research, such as the learning spaces project, where the blending of architecture, education, sociology, and neurobiology is evident. Akers is the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University.
Education Practice Leader, CannonDesign
A leader in CannonDesign's National Education Practice, Patricia Bou is the Education Practice Leader and Principle for the Washington DC office. She has been responsible for all aspects of project delivery and has been the lead planner for multiple libraries and academic buildings. Her work is rooted on understanding each institution, its pedagogy and academic mission to arrive at program and planning solutions that best serve students, faculty and leadership. She provides higher education clients planning solutions to meet emerging trends as they seek to develop new and renovation construction projects. Her strong management skills and broad experience have translated into many well-organized and successful projects, both in terms of meeting schedule and budget goals. She is an active member of the AIA and Society of College and University Planning. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College, and her master's degree in architecture from Columbia University.
Director, Judy E Ackerman STEM Learning Center, Montgomery College
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Principal, Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.
James Determan, FAIA is a principal at Hord Coplan Macht in Baltimore where he has designed learning spaces throughout the Mid-Atlantic for more than 30 years. Determan is an active member of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory and the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education. He presents design and research to national education audiences, most recently at the SCUP Annual, International Conference, the SCUP Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, and the Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Maryland. He collaborated with Morgan State University in research funded by AIA, analyzing learning outcomes of ethnically diverse students in active learning classrooms. Determan recently completed service as director on the national board of the AIA, where he helped guide education design knowledge and policy. He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2012.
Professor of Biology, Morgan State University
Dr. Christine Hohmann conducted postdoctoral work at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was appointed to the faculty in 1989. During her years at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Hohmann trained high school students from the Baltimore City Public School system in her lab and initiated an NIH-funded training program for students and teachers at Hopkins.
Driven by her passion for teaching and particularly training of young students in research, Dr. Hohmann joined the faculty of Morgan State University in 1993, where she was promoted through the ranks to Professor at the School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (SCMNS). Dr. Hohmann's Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory studies the ontogeny of cerebral cortex within the context of mental health disorders in mouse models. Dr. Hohmann has published over 60 peerreviewed papers and book chapters and edited a book and several special issue journals. She has served extensively on grant review panels and as peer reviewer for many scientific journals. Dr. Hohmann's interests also include science educational research.
Dr. Hohmann has previously spearheaded curricular redesign of courses in SCMNS, according to "active-learning, student-centered" principles, and she has implemented two interdisciplinary courses in the SCMNS. Most recently, she organized a schoolwide training seminar in active learning (scientific teaching).
Dr. Hohmann currently serves as PI and Director of the MBRS RISE training grant at MSU and is part of a multiinstitutional NSF funded study on the effects of undergraduate thesis writing on science learning.
William U. Latham
Chief Student Development and Success Officer, University of the District of Columbia
Dr. William U. Latham serves as the Chief Student Development and Success Officer at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Latham oversees the Division of Student Affairs that works to engage all students in meaningful co-curricular programs and experiential learning opportunities to promote retention and persistence toward graduation. The Division of Student Affairs enhances programs and services that optimizes student learning & leadership and builds a supportive and welcoming campus community while fostering emotional growth and personal development of students, thus providing a positive contribution to the overall student experience.
Dr. Latham was a Senior Advisor for the Gallup Organization’s Education practice in Washington, D.C. He assumed this position in January 2013 after having served as an administrator and adjunct faculty member at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee for twelve years. In this capacity, Dr. Latham created and facilitated learning experiences for senior executive leaders, educators and students using a strengths-based approach to improving wellbeing and achieving success in career and in life. He designed strengths-based strategies as well as effective organizational performance strategies. He led team-building sessions and provided executive performance insights for university presidents and other senior education leaders.
Having an interest in public scholarship, Dr. Latham has been the recipient of the Kettering Foundation’s Public Scholars Fellowship, Babson College HBCU Case Fellowship and the Community Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Chief Operating Officer, University of the District of Columbia
Troy A LeMaile-Stovall serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he has responsibilities for facilities, procurement, information technology, human resources, enrollment management and institutional effectiveness. He founded and serves as Managing Member of LeMaile Stovall LLC, a management consulting firm focused on strategy, operational performance and capital stack formation. He has served as Interim President for Zenith Education Group, a $400M+, 56-campus career education system. He was a Principal with Butler Snow Advisory Services, serving higher education clients. He has worked at senior levels in higher education as EVP/COO at Howard University and Sr. VP/CFO at Jackson State University, where he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall HBCU CFO of the Year.
Troyholds a BS Electrical Engineering degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University (SMU, minor in mathematics), an MS Computer Science degree from Stanford University (Bell Labs One Year on Campus Fellow) and an MBA from Harvard University (1st year honors).
Roland Lemke serves as one of CannonDesign's key design principals, and is a subject matter expert within our national education practice. His creative vision and leadership energize project teams across the firm. He has partnered with some of the country’s most esteemed colleges and universities throughout his nearly three decades in the industry. A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, Lemke has presented for the American Institute of Architects, Association of College and University Housing Officials, Association of College Unions International, Athletic Business, National Business Officers Association, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and the Society for College and University Planning. His work has been honored with numerous design awards and published in leading professional journals.
Senior Associate, Stantec
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University Architect, Towson University
David Mayhew is a registered architect with over 30 years of comprehensive experience in architecture, construction, and planning. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Architecture with degrees in architecture and urban studies. For the last 18 years, Mayhew has served as the University Architect at Towson University, where he oversees the design of capital improvement projects, and participates in the development and implementation of the campus master plan. Mayhew is a member of the Association of University Architects, a member of the Baltimore chapter of the AIA, a member of the Society of College and University Planners, and is a LEED accredited professional.
Principal, Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Co.
As a senior associate architect at Cho Benn Holback+Associates, Brian combines his design and technical skills with more than 23 years of architectural experience. Brian's commitment to sustainability is reflected in being LEED-accredited since 2002, developing/ teaching an environmental technology seminar and designing sustainability into his projects. Among his educational projects, Mr. Oster's community college STEM designs include Aberdeen Hall at Harford, Science East and Physics, Engineering and Math at Montgomery College.
Kris M. Phillips
Director of Facilities Planning, University of Maryland-College Park
Kris Phillips Director of Planning, Towson University Kris Phillips oversees the development of campus projects. During his 16-year tenure the university has constructed 10 new facilities, 7 major building renovations and extensive infrastructure projects which totaled over $500 million. Over the past 10 years TU has grown nearly 25% to a current student enrollment of over 22,000 students and the next 10 years anticipate over $350 million of additional projects. In addition to developing, planning, and programming for campus construction, he is also responsible for leading the university’s master plan effort. Kris leads the effort to insure that all campus construction projects are planned and programmed to maximize campus wide sustainability efforts and to insure projects deliver facilities that meet long term institutional goals. Kris holds a Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, a Master’s degree in business administration and is active in several professional planning organizations.
Vice President for Real Estate & Facilities Management, University of the District of Columbia
Erik L. Thompson has amassed a comprehensive background in the field of real estate development and facility management. Placing an emphasis on the integration of his architectural education with his project feasibility and development experience, he has spent nearly twenty years helping public schools, charter schools, community colleges, Universities and municipalities address their facility needs. As a consultant, Mr. Thompson also worked with the private sector to assess the capital investments required to meet their special operational and programmatic goals. Cultivating a passion for sustainability, Mr. Thompsons served as a project manager with the District of Columbia on the city’s initiative to reduce new construction in the city by renovating abandoned buildings to support city agency space needs. He is currently the Vice President for Real Estate & Facility Management at the University of the District of Columbia. In this role, Mr. Thompson is responsible for the implementation of a wide range of strategic initiatives. These include: replacing inefficient building systems to reduce energy costs; the design and construction of a LEED Platinum certified Student Center and managing a capital and operational portfolio aimed at supporting the University’s fiscal responsibilities. While with the University, he has focused on bolstering the academy’s participation in the strategic planning process. Mr. Thompson is actively identifying opportunities to, “… use physical space to link the best interest of the University’s academic vision with the sustainable goals of the District of Columbia.”