Contact Us

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street
Baltimore, MD  21201

Hours of Operation: Monday​ through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

Phone Number: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free Phone: (800) 974-0203
Fax: (410) 332-0250

For questions about your financial aid application or award, please log into MDCAPS at and send us an email through your secure account.

For problems logging into your MD CAPS account, first read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the MDCAPS homepage at  If you still cannot log in to your account, please email OSFA at

      Name                                 Position Title                                        Email

Donna Thomas                     OSFA Director             
Stephanie Southerland         OSFA Associate Director


Department of Academic Affairs, Research & Policy Analysis, Private Career Schools, Department of Finance and Administration

Phone Number: (410) 767-3300
Toll Free Phone: (800) 974-0203
Fax: (410) 332-0270

Visitors who are hard of hearing, deaf or speech-disabled and who use a TTY or text telephone can contact MHEC via Maryland Relay (Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258)

Please direct all questions or comments about our web site to:  We welcome email correspondence from anyone, but we do not accept attachments.​​​​​


Staff Contact Information

Office of the Secretary

Name Position Title Email
James D. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D. Secretary of Higher Education
Priscilla Moore Special Assistant to the Secretary​

Office of the Attorne​y General

Name Position Title Email
Christine Wellons Assistant Attorney General - Principal Counsel
Vacant Assistant Attorney General

Department of Academic Affairs

Name Position Title Email
Emily Dow Assistant Secretary for Academic Affairs
Michael Kiphart Director of Academic Affairs

Collegiate Unit

Name Position Title Email
Karen King-Sheridan Associate Director of Collegiate Affairs
Vanessa Bennett Education Policy Analyst             
Jackie Cade Education Policy Analyst
Glenda Abney Education Policy Analyst
Koliwe Moyo Online Education Analyst
Jermal Butler Administrative Specialist
​Vacant ​Online Education Support Specialist

Private Career Schools

Name Position Title Email
Alan Gallegos Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education
Vacant Senior Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Angela Carroll Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Ashley Wallace Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Ronda Brown Administrative Aide -Career/Workforce Education

Veterans Affairs

Name Position Title Email
Trish Gordon-McCown Associate Director of Veterans Affairs
Olayta Rigsby Veterans Affairs Analyst
Everette Jackson, Jr. Veterans Affairs Analyst

Department of Finance and Administration

Name Position Title Email
Geoffrey Newman Assistant Secretary of Higher Education

Office of Budget and Finance

Name Position Title Email
Jeffrey Cann Director
Sandy Carrera Administrative Officer
Vacant Procurement Officer
Les Hodgson Staff Accountant

Office of Facilities/Capital Budget Oversight

Name Position Title Email
Cynthia Tims Finance Policy Analyst
Anthony Reiner Finance and Facilities

Office of Information Technology

Name Position Title Email
Parris Jackson Director
Alexander Robertson Systems Specialist
Lisa Stollof Database Specialist
Eby Paul Systems Specialist
Daoud Chattha Systems Specialist

Department of Outreach for Public, Student, Legislative, and Corporate Relations

Name Position Title Email
Lee Towers Executive Director

Office of Outreach and Grants Management

Name Position Title Email
Benee' Edwards Grants Management Manager
Peggy Daw Nurse Support Program II Grant Manager
Vacant Nurse Support Program II Grant Specialist
Kimberly Ford Grant Support Specialist
Isaiah Ellis Outreach Specialist
Kendall Cook GEAR UP/CPIP Grant Coordinator 
Vacant GEAR UP Grant Support Specialist


Office of Legislative Affairs

Name Position Title Email
Lee Towers Director


Office of Research and Policy Analysis 

Name Position Title Email
Jon Enriquez Director - ORPA
Barbara Schmertz Associate Director
Ann Kellogg MLDSC Director of Reporting Services
Alexia Van Orden Research Analyst
Wei-Lin Chen Research Analyst