The Alumnae and Alumni Council serves as a liaising body between the Alumnae and Alumni Community and the University. To get in touch with any Council representative, send a note to email@example.com.
President: Victoria Meadows '15
Victoria is a laboratory animal research assistant for the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine. She studies how parental stress affects the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring. In addition to her volunteer role at NDMU, she is a volunteer at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Victoria cites NDMU as giving her the foundation and tools in which to thrive in her profession. In her role as president, she says, "It's my honor to share my love of Notre Dame with the alumnae and alumni community!" Victoria's term ends June 30, 2020.
Vice President: Elizabeth Brescia M'12
Elizabeth is a Resource Specialist in human services and social services. She earned her Masters of Nonprofit Management at NDMU in 2012 which, "gave me the education I needed to analyze services at a programmatic level," she says. "Notre Dame is important to me because I want to give back to the students, alumnae/alumni, and university that has brought so many opportunities into my life." Elizabeth's term ends June 30, 2020.
Naomi Cross '15 M'17
Naomi is full time faculty at the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing. Prior to her faculty role, her early career gave her experience in labor and delivery and pediatrics. Naomi received her BSN and MSN from NDMU and is passionate about Caring Science and how it can be applied to all aspects of nursing and nursing education. Fun fact: Naomi can be seen in the documentary film, The American Nurse. She lives in Towson with her son, Nathan, and her husband, Jason Cross. Naomi currently serves as a School of Nursing representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Nichole C. Gatewood '01
Nichole C. Gatewood, Esq. is an Assistant Attorney General for the the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland. She graduated from Notre Dame with an interdisciplinary degree in psychology and communications. Nichole says, "Notre Dame is important to me because it is the cornerstone of my education foundation where I learned thinking outside the box is required and inclusiveness is a not a goal but a reality. My Notre Dame is the place where I found my voice and was challenged to speak louder and rise higher. My Notre Dame is a village of support with high expectations, creating a legacy of excellence with a feeling of home each time you enter our grounds. At my Notre Dame, there are no strangers only waiting cheerleaders!" Nichole currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Sallie Mullen '68
Sallie is the Senior Executive, U.S. Department of State, with a specialty in intelligence related to arms control and counter-proliferation. She earned her bachelor's in modern languages from NDMU in 1968. About NDMU, Sallie says, "NDMU nurtured my love of languages and foreign travel, which has given me enormous pleasure over the years; offered me opportunities to develop leadership skills, which enabled me to prosper as a government executive; and encouraged friendships that have lasted a lifetime." Sallie currently serves as a Women's College representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Roxine Phillips '96
Roxine is an adjunct instructor in the Online MBA program at the University of West Alabama. She graduated from the Business Weekend College and says, "my overall experience as a student was instrumental in successfully achieving my academic and professional goals. I value the opportunity to give back to the University by sharing my NDMU experiences with the students and working to promote the advancement of all students into leaders who positively change the world." Roxine currently serves as a CAUS representative; her term ends June 30, 2019.
Jessica Sexton '08
The Rev. Jessica Sexton is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Maryland where she serves as an Assisting Priest for Outreach, Membership and Adult Formation at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. She was a Biology major with a concentration in Pre-medicine and minored in Religious Studies. She is grateful to Notre Dame of Maryland University for being a place of professional and spiritual discovery as her dreams of being a doctor transitioned into a calling to the Priesthood. The professors and staff at Notre Dame cultivated an environment of support and encouragement that allowed her to do so. Jessica currently serves as an at-large representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Monique Turner '03, Pharm.D.'15
Monique is a clinical pharmacist at Northwest Hospital Center in Baltimore. She earned her Bachelors degree in biology in 2003 and Doctoral degree in pharmacy in 2015, both from NDMU. She says, "Notre Dame has provided me with the tools of education and experiences to help individuals make better health decisions regarding their medications. NDMU has developed a culture to enhance and empower women to achieve success and to make a difference within our community." Monique currently serves as a School of Pharmacy representative; her term ends June 30, 2020.
Joe Weatherstein '08
Joe serves as Vice President, Area Manager for First National Bank. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from NDMU where his focus was marketing and management. His experience was, "amazing due in large part to the positive impact made by the faculty and staff in shaping [my] life and career," he says.
In his spare time, Joe is a volunteer firefighter (and serves as Treasurer on the fire department’s board of directors), certified emergency medical responder, and a rescue diver for the City of Havre de Grace. Joe is excited and eager to help carry on the University’s tradition of service through his role on the Council. Joe currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
Tavia Williams '20
Tavia Williams is a current Junior studying Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Arabic at Notre Dame. She serves as the current SGA President and is excited for the new school year. Her goal is to continue to be a advocate for students on campus and be a more efficient bridge between the student population and the school’s administration. Her term ends June 30, 2019.
Brian Zubek M'16
Brian is a West Baltimore resident and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management. Brian focuses his work on furthering city-wide equity opportunities through a collective approach and actively consults and coaches within a wide variety of nonprofit and entrepreneurial business ventures. He drives to impact the Baltimore nonprofit sector through the melding of mission-driven passions with competent and strategic business direction. Reflecting back on his time at NDM, Brian says, “In the classroom, I was able engage with an amazing and diverse cohort of students that challenged and redefined my own views about the world and who I was in my profession. I came for the education but left with lifelong friendships. It’s the students that make NDM what it is and that’s why the Alumnae & Alumni Community is so important to me.” Brian and his wife Rachel, a therapist and LCSW-C, are active leaders in their church, Gallery Sowebo, and love their residence in historic Union Square. Brian currently serves as an at-large representative; his term ends June 30, 2020.
The Alumnae and Alumni Council serves as a liaising body between the Alumnae and Alumni Community and the University. These bylaws help frame their work.
The most recent changes to the bylaws surround accurate Council representation, changes to the committee structure, and defined leadership roles.
Questions about the bylaws can be directed to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per their bylaws, the Alumnae and Alumni Council consists of no less than 12 and no more than 20 members at a time. When positions are due to become open, the Council will review nominations and elect new members to three-year terms. Nominations remain open until April 15, 2019 as terms begin July 1.
Representatives are elected based on the following criteria:
- Potential for contributions to the Council's collective achievement
- Current and/or past NDMU volunteerism (quality and quantity)
- Strength of and/or potential for growing an NDMU network
- Ability to commit to attending in-person and/or virtual Council meetings and NDMU events
- Ability to serve in your local community as an NDMU ambassador.
Any questions about the nomination process or open positions may be directed to Aliza Ross, Director of Alumnae and Alumni Relations: email@example.com or 410-532-3184.