Contact Us

​​​​ ​
​​ ​

​Maryland Higher Educati​on Commission​

6 North Liberty Street
Ba​ltimore, MD 21201

Effective May 13, 2024, The Maryland Higher Education Commission NEW Hours of Operation are:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm​


​Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

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

Create your MDCAP​S account to access the MHEC One-App, where you can apply for all of MHEC'S scholarships and grants in one convenient location!
Review all of the scholarships and grants available​ ​to help you​ achieve your higher education goals!        

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. ​​

Staff Contact Information


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


Kimberly WardAssistant 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
VacantAdministrative Specialist ​​

Collegiate Affairs - Institution Review 

​​Alexandra​ ​ChaillouAssociate Director of Institution Review
Melissa LeuschelEducation Policy Analyst
​​Stephanie FrangosEducation Policy Analyst
Ebony WaltersEducation Policy Analyst​
Online Education Analyst

​Cara MartinezAdministrative Officer

Collegiate Affairs - Program Review 

Lyndsay Silva
Associate 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​
​Alexis M​errimanEducation Policy Analyst ​
VacantEducation Policy Analyst
​​Victoria JohnsonAdministrative Officer

Private Career Schools/Career and Workforce Education 

​Associate Director of Career and Workforce Education​​​​
Donita Moore
Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Desiree Rodri​​guez
Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Briana Hines
Education Analyst-Career/Workforce Education
Jodie Fair​
Administrative Officer​​

Veterans Affairs

Everette Jackson, Jr.Associate Director of Veterans Affairs
Olayta RigsbyVeterans Affairs Analyst
​Wayne HolmesVeterans Affairs Analyst
Administrative Officer

Office of Research and Policy Analysis

Barbara Schm​ertz,​Ph.D.​​
Yuxin Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Ann Kellogg, Ph.D.Director of Reporting Services
Frances Turner
Research and Policy Analyst
​Eliza Kritz
Research and Policy Analyst​


Geoffrey NewmanAssistant Secretary for Finance and Administration

Office of Budget and Finance

Samuel Durai Pandian
Director ​​​​
Rona Clegg-SparrowAssociate Director
Sisay Takele​​​
Accountant Lead​​
Shirlita Lee​
Procurement Officer
Quincy Song
Staff Accountant ​​
Qing Dong​​
Administrative Specialist​​
Ellen Starks​​
Administrative Officer​​​

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

Catherine Litten​
​​Need-Based Program Manager
Carl Brooks
​​Decentralized Program Manager
Donna Cureton
Service Obligation Program Manager
Glendetta Matthews
Career-Based Program Manager
Latasha Williams
Loan Assistance Repayment Program Manager (LARP)
Shaw​nice King
Unique and Special Populations Program Manager​
Create your MDCAPS account to access the MHEC One-App, where you can apply for all of MHEC'S scholarships and grants in one convenient location!
Review all of the scholarships and grants availabe through MHEC to help you​ achieve your higher education goals!       

For questions about your financial aid application or aw​ard,  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
​Office of ​Grants Management​
VacantGrants Management Manager

Laura SchenkNSP II Grant Administrator​
Kimberly FordNSP II Assistant Grant Administrator​
GEAR UP Scholarship Administrator​               

​​For information on Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) visit:

For student inquiries regarding Graduate Nurse Faculty (GNF) Scholarships or the Cohen Scholars Program, contact NSP II staff at



Derrick ColeyExecutive Director ​

Office of Communications


Office of Outreach​

​Alexia SimmonsOutre​ach Specialist​​​

For information on Financial Aid Outreac​h Events or Publications, please ​email at​:


Office of Legislative Affairs

Derrick C​oley

Human Trafficking GET HELP

National Human Trafficking Hotline - 24/7 Confidential

1-888-373-7888 233733 More Information on human trafficking in Maryland

Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

Take Our Survey

Help Stop Fraud in State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

More Information