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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

 For information on Financial Aid Outreach Events or Publications, contact  Priscilla Moore at ​

      Name                                 Position Title                                    Email                                     

 Donna Thomas                     OSFA Director                       
 Jacqueline Colkley                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



NamePosition TitleEmail
James D. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D.Secretary of Higher Education
Deborah IngSpecial Assistant to the Secretary


NamePosition TitleEmail
Jennifer KatzAssistant Attorney General - Principal Counsel
Soma KediaAssistant Attorney General



NamePosition TitleEmail
Emily A.A. Dow, Ph.D.Assistant Secretary for Academic Affairs

Office of Academic Affairs 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Trish Gordon-McCownDirector of Academic Affairs

Collegiate Affairs 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Karen King-SheridanAssociate Director of Collegiate Affairs
Glenda AbneyEducation Policy Analyst
Lyndsay BatesEducation Policy Analyst
Jacqueline CadeEducation Policy Analyst
Bryson BarksdaleOnline Education Analyst
VacantAdministrative Officer

Victoria Johnson ​Administrative Specialist

Private Career Schools/Career and Workforce Education 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Ashley Wallace, Ph.D.Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education
VacantSenior Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
VacantEducation Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Eric JacksonEducation Analyst-Career/Workforce Education  
VacantAdministrative Aide -Career/Workforce Education

Veterans Affairs 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Everette Jackson, Jr.  Associate Director of Veterans Affairs
Olayta RigsbyVeterans Affairs Analyst
Wayne HolmesVeterans Affairs Analyst
Priscilla HicksAdministrative Aide ​

Office of Research and Policy Analysis  

NamePosition TitleEmail
Barbara Schmertz, Ph.D.Director
Yuxin Lin, Ph.D.Associate Director
Ann Kellogg, Ph.D.Director of Reporting Services
Alexia Van OrdenResearch Analyst
Alex Bowley
Research Analyst



NamePosition TitleEmail
Geoffrey NewmanAssistant Secretary of Higher Education

Office of Budget and Finance 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Aubrey BascombeDirector
VacantAdministrative Officer
VacantProcurement Officer  
Les HodgsonStaff Accountant

Office of Facilities/Capital Budget Oversight 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Daniel Schuster  Finance Policy Analyst
Anthony ReinerFinance and Facilities

Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit 

NamePosition Title               Email
Mary Logan  Manager
Jennifer FischettiAdministrator

Office of Information Technology 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Parris JacksonDirector
Alexander RobertsonSystems Specialist
Lisa StollofDatabase Specialist
Swagata PramanikSystems Specialist 
Riya Rahman
Systems Specialist 



NamePosition TitleEmail
Lee TowersExecutive Director

Office of Communications 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Rhonda WardlawDirector
Office of Outreach and Grants Management 
NamePosition TitleEmail
Priscilla MooreGrants Management Manager
Peggy DawNurse Support Program II Grant Manager
Kimberly FordNurse Support Program II Grant Specialist
Vacant              Outreach Specialist
VacantGEAR UP Scholarship Administrator

Office of Legislative Affairs 

NamePosition TitleEmail
Lee TowersDirector

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