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​Maryland Higher Educati​on 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​
Meet with OSFA Staff:  Go to  to make an appointment.                                      


Department of Academic Affairs,

Research & Policy Analysis,

Private Career Schools,

Department of Finance and ​Administration

Phone Number:                                                                
(410) 767-3300  follow the prompt to each unit
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)

We welcome email correspondence from anyone, however we do not accept attachments, so please direct all questions or comments about our web site to

Staff Contact Information


​Sanjay Rai, Ph.D.​
Acting Secretary of Higher Education ​​
Deborah IngExecutive Assistant to the Secretary


VacantAssistant Attorney General - Principal Counsel
Soma Kedia
Assistant Attorney General


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

Office of Academic Affairs

Trish Gordon-McCownDirector of Academic Affairs

Collegiate Affairs - Institution Review 

Alexandra ​(Alix) ​ChaillouAssociate Director of Institution Review
Melissa LeuschelEducation Policy Analyst
Jeffrey WhiteEducation Policy Analyst
Ebony WaltersEducation Policy Analyst​
Online Education Analyst

​VacantAdministrative Officer

VacantAdministrative Specialist

Collegiate Affairs - Program Review 

Lyndsay BatesAssociate Director of Program Review
Glenda AbneySenior Education Policy Analyst
Bryson BarksdaleSenior Education Policy Analyst
Shayla HunterEducation Policy Analyst
​​​​Allie EdelsteinEducation Policy Analyst/ ​ACM Coordinator
Brittany​ MartinEducation Policy Analyst
​​Rose RobinsonEducation Policy Analyst​
​VacantEducation Policy Analyst
VacantEducation Policy Analyst
​​Victoria JohnsonAdministrative Officer

Private Career Schools/Career and Workforce Education 

Eric Jackson
​Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education​​
Donita Moore
Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Desiree Rodri​​guez
Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Tatyana Tate
Administrative Officer​

Veterans Affairs

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

Barbara Schmertz, Ph.D. Director
Yuxin Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Ann Kellogg, Ph.D.Director of Reporting Services
Frances Turner
Research Analyst
​VacantResearch Analyst


Geoffrey NewmanAssistant Secretary for Finance and Administration

Office of Budget and Finance

Samuel Durai Pandian
Director ​​​​
Rona Clegg-SparrowAssociate Director
Administrative Officer
VacantProcurement Officer
Staff Accountant
​Eula Gautreaux​​
Administrative Specialist-Accountant Trainee​​

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)


Jacqueline ColkleyOSFA Associate Director​​

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

For problems logging into your MD CAPS account, please email OSFA at ​

Office of Facilities/Capital Budget Oversight

Daniel SchusterFinance Policy Analyst
Anthony ReinerFinance and Facilities

Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit

Mary LoganManager
Jennifer FischettiAdministrator

Office of Information Technology

Parris JacksonDirector
Alexander RobertsonSystems Specialist
Lisa StollofDatabase Specialist
Swagata PramanikSystems Specialist
Riya RahmanSystems Specialist


VacantExecutive Director

Office of Communications

Rhonda WardlawDirector

Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Kendall CookGrants Management Manager
Laura SchenkNSP II Grant Manager laura.schenk1​​​​
Kimberly FordNSP II Assistant Grant Administrator​
Outre​ach Specialist​​​

GEAR UP Scholarship Administrator
GEAR UP Scholarship Specialist

For information on Financial Aid Outreach Events or Publications, contact Kendall Cook at

Office of Legislative Affairs

Lee TowersDirector

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